|Tuareg Rally: More then 200 teams to start in Morocco in end of March.|
20 Nations represented by 200 vehicles in competition: These numbers shows, that the "Tuareg Rally" is now one of the most established Desert Rallys. 2500 kilometers including 500 kms of dunes are part of this year’s Tuareg itinerary. Several international teams will take on this challenge In the profi motorcycle group, the title of the favourite is still open.
Thorsten Kaiser, three times winner of the Tuareg Rally will be modest at the start due to his lack of training. The possibility of Martin Fontyn (Team chief of EAO) raising his previous podium finish to first position cannot be dismissed. It will be an interesting battle.
Team Brown, which provided last year’s winner Mike Tomkinson, is back in the race with several top drivers. Rally Raid Sweden and Memotours are the biggest Teams in this year’s Tuareg Rally. Many members of this team have already been seen in the leading field on last year’s Tuareg Rally.
In the motorcycle amateur group, taking part will be more important than winning. Experienced riders from last year as for Example Thomas Stricker or Raffele Bacchi know that precise navigation is far more important than an open throttle.
With more than 50 vehicles in the 4x4 group, the level of competition for the Tuareg Rally has been set. Christoph Danner, several times winner of the Tuareg Rally, will have to fight hard against massive competition. Rally Raid International and Team McRae, two teams known from the Dakar will be seen at the start of the Tuareg Rally.
But this is not all: The German-French Team lead by Malte Asmus, having great experience in European Rallys will also be good for a surprise. And don’t forget Team Land Serwis from Poland, Team RR Belgica, Team Walcher from Germany and Team Lambeth from UK.
In the 4x4 amateur group, the familiar array of enthusiastic desert racers in budget race cars has not changed. The father & son team Dominique and Reiner Kleer or Fabrice Della Barbera with Codriver Karine Simechalle will on one hand provide good competition, but also demonstrate the unique camaraderie found amidst the competition and the social elements of the Tuareg Rally. Whether out on the race tracks or back in the paddock, the friendly cooperation found between all participants of the Rally is something to be proud of.
The Tuareg Rally Organisation is very well respected as a professional, experienced and effective unit providing good security for all Rally participants with up to nine known and hidden checkpoints. Six medical teams under the leadership of Dr. Oliver Zorn and supplemented by the ORMS medical service, will ensure fast response time and top-class medical service provision.
Two MAN recovery trucks and several pickups will bring broken-down vehicles safely back to the night’s camp. Hopefully, they’ll just be returning with exhausted recovery truck passengers. Information about the route, participants and more details can be found at [ www.tuareg-rallye.com ].
2011/03/03 | 14:02 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/AUTENRIETH