HOME | CONTACT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING | RSS















NEWS & LIVE TOP HEADLINES


NEWS & LIVE ARCHIVE


ENGLISH NEWSLETTER


FAQ: HOW DOES IT WORK?


FAQ: MY/OUR NEWS HERE?


FAQ: OLDER NEWS?













Silk Way Rally: Rally officially cancelled - "Nobody wants to visit Russia now". | 23.04.2014


Sealine Rally Qatar: Stage victories for Al Attiyah, Sunderland and Abu Issa. | 23.04.2014


Australia 2014: Robinson / Skinner winning AORC opening round in Kalgoorlie. | 21.04.2014


Sealine Rally Qatar: Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons back in the Desert. | 20.04.2014


Breslau Rally: Rally will be more International - new full Cross-Country class. | 15.04.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot unveiled first details of Peugeot 2008 DKR Proto. | 15.04.2014


FIM World Cup: Paulo Gonçalves - "It's not about luck - it’s about hard work". | 15.04.2014













































Welcome to the marathonrally.com newssection. Here you can find the article you selected. For a full selection of news please click on "NEWS & LIVEREPORTS", for older articles use the search function in top of the right navigation.




SCORE 2013: Armin Schwarz contests Baja 500 in the AGM "Desert Lizard".




Bone-rattling washboard tracks combined with full tack through the desert: Armin Schwarz and All German Motorsports tackle the next test of endurance. This coming weekend (30 May to 2 June), the squad contests the "Baja 500" with their AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck.

Round two of the 2013 U.S. Score Championship takes off in Ensenada, Mexico, and runs a loop over 501 miles straight through the Baja California and back to the coastal city on the Pacific.

This year marks the 45th running of the Baja 500 which is traditionally regarded as the final rehearsal for the legendary "Baja 1000". The route is partly identical to that of the 1,000 mile race. A new feature is the qualification: For the first time, the starting positions for a SCORE race are not chosen by a lottery, but will be determined in a qualifying session on Thursday.

Awaiting the AGM-run Trophy Truck, which is also affectionately known in the SCORE scene as the “Desert Lizard” thanks to its yellow and green Schaeffler Racing Design, is predominantly rough rally tracks. “Unlike the Baja 1000 where it leads into open terrain to the south of the Mexican peninsular with sandy desert tracks, the Baja 500 features a high proportion of passages as we know them from rallying,” explains Armin Schwarz.

This means that the competitors have to deal with very hard and rough ground on hilly and twisty tracks. But that’s exactly the habitat that “desert lizards” prefer. “Our car is designed and set-up for such tracks. Plus ours is lighter than the other Trophy Trucks, so the route should definitely suit us,” said Armin Schwarz.

The ultimate test of endurance for man and machine at the Baja 500 is the passage over deep bumps, for which the name “washboards” is somewhat of an understatement. A sturdy suspension is one of the keys to success. This is also one of the areas in which AGM has planned for. Their partner Fox has developed a new bypass-shock absorber with which the Trophy Truck can roar even smoother over the uneven terrain.

During the break since the Baja 250, the crew under team boss Martin Christensen has worked intensively on fine-tuning and further developing the torque converter together with Jeff Hemphill’s Schaeffler team. At the final test several days before the Baja 500, the focus was on the set-up of the suspension and torque converter. Because of the rally-like character of the race, the tyres are also of critical importance. “In this regard we can rely on our partner BFGoodrich and their rallying expertise,” says Armin Schwarz.

When it comes to All German Motorsports, let the race begin. The team and the car are ready to tackle the Baja 500, and the Trophy Truck has already shown in the previous race that it is one of the fastest cars in the field. But anything can happen in the desert, and bad luck recently prevented a podium result.

Accordingly, Armin Schwarz is cautious in formulating his personal goal: “From a pure performance perspective we have good chances to climb the podium and I also believe that we can aim for that. But of course it also depends on how the race goes – you need that touch of luck. And that was missing often enough, therefore I’m reining in my expectations a little. I’d personally be quite content if we finished in the top ten. If we could finish in the top five I’d be really happy – and a podium spot would of course be the icing on the cake.”

This year, the Baja 500 is not only part of the U.S. SCORE Championship – but also a round of the Dakar Challenge which is run by the A.S.O, the organiser of the famous Dakar Rally. Armin Schwarz is the representative of the A.S.O. in the USA and has done his part in ensuring that the SCORE organiser Roger Norman and the promoters of the Dakar Rally now work together.


In addition to the Baja 500, another event organised by Norman, the 500 Miles of Reno (USA), has also been added to the Dakar Challenge calendar. The most successful drivers of this series are automatically qualified to take part in the 2014 Dakar Rally. The goal of this co-operation is to make the Dakar more interesting for the U.S. scene – and attract more American racers to the marathon across South America.

“Early this year I visited the Dakar Rally with Roger and now I feel a certain pride that they have agreed to this partnership,” says Armin Schwarz. “It has been tried several times over the past years to bring the Dakar and the Baja scenes closer together, and it’s wonderful that we’ve now achieved this. Now I hope that many U.S. racers enter the Dakar Challenge, and that Baja Offroad Racing is well represented at the 2014 Dakar Rally.”

2013/05/27 | 12:53 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WEDDIGE











Silk Way Rally: Rally officially cancelled - "Nobody wants to visit Russia now". | 23.04.2014 11:42 | NEW




Dakar Rally 2015: Dakar Tour has visited Tokyo and the Japanese competitors | 23.04.2014 11:05 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Stage victories for Al Attiyah, Sunderland and Abu Issa. | 23.04.2014 10:56 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Marc Coma - "Terrain completely different to Abu Dhabi" | 21.04.2014 17:59 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Joan Barreda - "Really pleased with the stage in Qatar" | 21.04.2014 17:34 | NEW




TORC 2014 VIDEO: "Duel in the Desert" impressions of the Primm Valley race | 21.04.2014 17:14 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Al Attiyah, Holowczyc and Vasilyev first winner in the cars | 21.04.2014 15:48 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Honda´s Barrera and Sonik the early bike / quad leader | 21.04.2014 14:56 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar VIDEO: Rally scene and short interviews before the start | 21.04.2014 14:29 | NEW




Australia 2014: Robinson / Skinner winning AORC opening round in Kalgoorlie. | 21.04.2014 13:39 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar VIDEO: Overdrive Toyota Hilux testing before the rally | 21.04.2014 13:33 | NEW




Australia 2014: GHR Honda Team dominates Condo 450 Rally in the bikes | 21.04.2014 13:21 | NEW




SCORE 2014: Armin Schwarz and AGM aim for podium at Imperial Valley 250 | 20.04.2014 18:59 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Team Honda HRC to defend championship leadership | 20.04.2014 18:50 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Competitors from 18 countries to start in Qatar Monday | 20.04.2014 18:23 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons back in the Desert. | 20.04.2014 15:17 | NEW




Sealine Rally Qatar: Yazeed Al-Rajhi rejoins Toyota Overdrive Tam in Qatar | 19.04.2014 15:48 |




Sealine Rally Qatar: After a short break, four X-raid Mini are back in action | 19.04.2014 15:24 |




Donaldson CC: Tovey first footballer in Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge | 19.04.2014 15:08 |




Hungarian CC: Second race, second win for Polish Chevrolet at Turkeve Cup | 16.04.2014 19:50 |




Sealine Rally Qatar: Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah to compete in a Mini All4 Racing | 16.04.2014 19:22 |




Breslau Rally VIDEO: Official trailer of the legendary Breslau Rally Poland 2014 | 15.04.2014 23:08 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The Lion is back - Peugeot 2008 DKR presentation | 15.04.2014 23:05 |




Breslau Rally: Rally will be more International - new full Cross-Country class. | 15.04.2014 20:06 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Dakar Tour stopped in the Netherlands with Cyril Despres | 15.04.2014 19:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot unveiled first details of Peugeot 2008 DKR Proto. | 15.04.2014 19:05 |




Hungarian CC VIDEO: Short impressions Turkeve Cup - Nissan Qashqai Proto | 15.04.2014 18:53 |




Hungarian CC: Double bad luck for Hungarian Solyom Team at Turkeve Cup | 15.04.2014 18:41 |




Australasian Safari: Competitors from all around the globe - Rallysafe System | 15.04.2014 18:13 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: Tatra-Union - Loprais and Buggyra Dakar Forces | 15.04.2014 17:39 |




FIM World Cup: Paulo Gonçalves - "It's not about luck - it’s about hard work". | 15.04.2014 17:38 |




Sealine Rally Qatar: QMMF announces route for Sealine Cross Country rally. | 14.04.2014 17:43 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Marc Coma - "We fought until the last kilometer" | 14.04.2014 17:11 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Official video impression D5 in Abu Dhabi | 14.04.2014 16:24 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Summary Vasilyev Mini All4 Racing Team | 14.04.2014 16:19 |




Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Kazakhstan Teams Interview Sven Quandt | 14.04.2014 16:13 |




TORC 2014: Kleiman adds second Truck 2014 - keeps busy at Primm Valley | 14.04.2014 15:55 |




TORC 2014: Canadian two-truck team Sle Co Race had a challenging weekend | 14.04.2014 15:47 |




TORC 2014: Cenni wins season opener - Kvamme gets first career podium | 14.04.2014 14:26 |




TORC 2014: Hoek welcomes Nitto & Trailready with solid start at Primm Valley | 14.04.2014 14:19 |




















NEWS & LIVEREPORTS




NEWS & RALLY ARCHIVE




NEWSLETTER










VIDEO CLIP GALLERY




PHOTO LIVE GALLERY




PHOTO DATA & SHOP




YOUTUBE CHANNEL




FIA CC WC CALENDAR




IMPRINT & CONTACT




ADVERTISE ONLINE








RACE-DEZERT.COM




TERENOWO.PL











FACEBOOK GROUP




TWITTER GROUP




DAILYMOTION




RSS LIVE FEED


















HOME | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY STATEMENT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING

Copyright 2003 - 2014 | All rights reserved by marathonrally.com international
London | Hamburg | Saint Petersburg | Kuala Lumpur | Monte-Carlo
Major office: marathonrally.com international | Joern Schekahn
Address: Gluckstr 74 A | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 152 53 54 19 38
Email:
INFO(AT)MARATHONRALLY.COM | Web: MARATHONRALLY.COM