|Sertoes International Rally: Survey reach halfway mark with "extra difficulty".|
Hardship for machines and drivers shows up in any kind of terrain; this is the hallmark of Sertões International Rally in Brasil. And the survey for the 18thedition of the greatest Brazilian off-road adventure goes on, while technical director Edu Sachs, from Dunas Race, has been working to raise the level of challenge for the competitors.
Since May 5th, Sachs is riding and mapping routes that will make up the route of this year’s edition, which will take place between August 10th and 21st, starting in Goiânia (GO), and finishing in Fortaleza (CE). And yet, half of the ten stages of the rally have already been mapped.
"The fourth day has all sorts of terrain. It begins downhill with some erosion, followed by slow roads, with log bridges, and plenty of rocks. The final part is the most beautiful, with tight passages on farms and river crossings with stones and sand," he described. "The level is very good. We had to come up with some deviations because of fallen bridges," he said.
Exactly halfway in the course, Sachs said he had assembled the most difficult stage in ten years’ experience in surveying for the Rally. "We had all kinds of problems: fallen bridges, diversion of rivers, impassable sections and other difficulties that forced us to seek alternative routes. We found some gates with padlocks and even had to spend a night sleeping in the woods," described Sachs.
"But the special came up wonderful. Despite the difficulty, it was the prettiest road book ever. It's awesome," said an impressed Sachs. "It has a bit of everything: slow sections, GPS navigation, many rivers, rocks, sections of trial, high-speed roads merging with trails and secondary roads all the time," he explained. Features that demand much integration between machine and driver, and mainly the navigator," described the technical director. "We have been working for ten days to set up five specials". Despite the delay, everything is going very well," he said.
More information for the participant teams can be obtained with Sabrina Proença, by phone + 55 11 4191-0133, or e-mail [ email@example.com ] or visit the official website at [ www.sertoes.com ].
2010/05/19 | 11:31 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PROENCA