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UAE Desert Challenge 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the UAE Desert Challenge 2007, last round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

UAE Desert Challenge: Team Saluki startet with new Honda-Buggy.

The Dubai-based UK-Team "Saluki" team are up and running early morning to shoot off and get the "out of towners" their UAE driving licenses. At the licensing office we have Craig, Roel, Bob and Lee from the Team all lining up to pay their money, take an eye test and then get the paperwork translated into Arabic to be dealt with by an official. As they collected their licenses - Bob, just five minutes after taking his eye test declares that the license that the official was handing back was in fact his and takes it. Unfortunately for Bob his eye test must have been sub-standard as the license was in fact Craigs. We're thinking about getting Bob a Guide Dog.

We spent some time getting both camera's up and running, getting them aligned and briefing Navigator Tim Ansell on how to operate the "complicated" controls. There's one button to switch the unit on, and the same button operates the start stop. It seems that race nerves got the better of him and in the buildup to the first day of racing for the Saluki buggy Tim forgot to push the start button. We've worked out a system for tomorrow - the word "Video" will be at the top of his race notes for future days. C'est la vie.
Saluki III into the hairpin on the prologue 2007

Saluki started the day in 22nd position and run of just over 2m and six seconds it's done and dusted for the day. We're placed provisionally in 17th, a place Driver Mark Powell and Tim Ansell are happy with - it gives us more to hunt down. Mark Powell commented that the run was much faster than last years with long straights between the tight turns and provided some challenges in the deep soft sand. It was a 5am start for the Saluki team as we head down to Abu Dhabi for the Ceremonial start tomorrow morning so no doubt it will be an early night tonight.

2007/10/29 | 13:57 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Team Saluki

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