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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


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Rainforest Challenge Italy: 36 competitors were fighting in the North of Italy.







It was action all the way from the word "Go" for 36 well prepared 4x4 off-road warriors from Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France (Corsica) and different parts of Itay.

They came in their equally impressive upgraded and modified Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki and Land Rover, among others. The weekend of 18-20 March was played out with full passion at the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) European Selections. Early Spring is still cold, but Italy took the lead in RFC calendar to warm-up the for European 4x4 enthusiasts.

The host venue of Farra D’Isonzo (airport at Trieste) in North-East Italy facing the borders of Austria to the north and Slovenia in the east is a region renowned for some of Italy’s finest wine vineyards from Gorizia province in the region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

The Isonzo river, over which the Romans built their stone bridges across still stand testimony of the many battles fought between the Roman Legions and invaders to the empire (Goths, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Avari, Huns and Turks)

Fast forward to our modern era, the rugged countryside was transformed into battle zones, this time fought out by 4x4 warriors and their machines against the extreme terrain charted out by the organizer.

“Apart from the undulating, soggy and muddy sections, this time we also added the hilly sections to simulate the conditions we have faced in the RFC in Malaysia,” commented Ales Plesnicar, the Event Director.

“Everyone must learn how difficult it is to last 10 days in the RFC in mindset, skills and vehicle preparation, but in the end, it’s Mother Nature who rules supreme, so come well prepared,” added Patrick Slyvestri who together with Paolo Paoletti, Max, Merino (Vice President) and Titiano (President of GFI Alpe Adria Club) form the backbone of the organizing committee. The event was a good warming up time for the Europeans on the harsh realities of the RFC.

To remind everyone of the tough conditions in RFC, the organizer also had a welcome night show with photos, testimonies of ex-participants of the RFC and followed by the showing of video clips of RFC 2010 at the town hall of Farra D’Isonzo which was also attended by the Mayor, Alessandro Fabbro.

It was also a time to pay tribute of Silvano Marchino the veteran photo-journalist of RFC who passed away recently also to Mauro Caporali of the famous red Jeep somersaulting in the river in RFC 2003. Both Italians are dearly missed but never forgotten.

The Special Stages (SS) challenged the driving and recovery skills in the two classes of competitor teams (Modified and Special) to the maximum as they shake, rattle and roll their machines.

If the Friday Prologue SS was tough with mechanical problems and broken egos, the following two days were even tougher for man and machine. On the second day, the action shifted to the banks of the Isonzo river and the nearly hills of Farra. It was time for very technical maneuvers which required nerves of steel even from the most seasoned teams, but everyone was on full throttle with passion and played out the SS with true grit.

In times of great difficulty where the digger team could not reach in time, it was Team France (Corsica) who did the event proud with their readiness to assist in the recovery of some teams stuck in deep mud. Drawing out their winches, snatch blocks and swinging into action in the mud they rescued those in distress even to the point of overstraining their equipment. Filippi Costant and Cossu Francois eventually went on to win the Team Spirit Award for their noble deeds.

At the end of the three exhausting but satisfying days everyone was a winner. From the participants, for going through the rough and tumble of the 9 SS, the organizers, sponsors and finally for Farra D’Isonzo itself; which was filled with tourism revenue from spectators, support crew and teams.

The Rainforest Challenge finale event will take place in Malaysia from 3 to 12 Dec but for those who have gone through this “Italian Job,” it was well worth test of will power, machine power and winch power.

Top Three in Special Class

01) Axel Burmann / Tom Olieslagers I Belgium I Land Rover 90
02) Wolmer Ducci / Eros Gibertini I Italy I Suzuki Jimney
03) Alberto Peila /  Peter Peradotto I Land Rover Defender 90

Top Three in Modified Class

01) Marchiori Alessio / Ricardo Nascardi I Italy) I Jeep Wrangler TJ.
02) Maurizio Servedio / Alessandro Arato I Italy) I Toyota BJ
03) Marco Zanuttini / Ivaldi Calligaris I Italy) I Nissan terrano

More pictures and informations you could find at the official website [ www.rainforest-challenge.com ].

2011/04/15 | 12:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/WEE/BARALDI












Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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