International Offroad News provides the latest worldwide information about from offroad events and news. en-us SCORE 2014: Armin Schwarz and AGM aim for podium at Imperial Valley 250 Following on from the season-opener in Mexico, Armin Schwarz and All German Motorsports now step on the gas in the USA. Plaster City in California hosts the second round of the 2014 US-"SCORE Championship", the "SCORE Imperial Valley 250", on 26 April. The race is run over three laps each approximately 75 miles long. Armin Schwarz and AGM know the terrain well. It lies just two hours from San D... 20.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: Team Honda HRC to defend championship leadership The "Sealine Cross Country Rally" is the second race of the "FIM World Cross-Country Rallies Championship" for bikes and quads, as Team Honda HRC and its three official riders ready themselves to defend the lead of reigning world champion Paulo Gonçalves. The action gets underway once again on Monday. Once the administrative and technical checks are passed and out of the way, it’ll be down t... 20.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: Competitors from 18 countries to start in Qatar Monday. FIA World Cup leader Vladimir Vasilyev and defending Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma will lead their respective car and motorcycle rivals from 18 countries into the start of the "Sealine Cross-Country Rally" 2014 at the Losail international circuit, north of Doha, on Monday morning. Ahead of a top class field entered in their respective rounds of the "FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies" an... 20.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons back in the Desert. The FIA has nominated the former Rallyraid-womens duo Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons as the crew of the FIA Opening car for the "Sealine Cross-Country Rally" in Qatar, a event of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Kleinschmidt and Pons start to drive the 5 stages 3 days before the competitors with a T2 Toyota Land Cruiser. The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) has ann... 20.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: Yazeed Al-Rajhi rejoins Toyota Overdrive Tam in Qatar. Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi has rejoined Overdrive Racing and will drive a Toyota Hilux as part of a five-car team in next week’s "Sealine Cross-Country Rally", round four of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, in the State of Qatar. The Saudi won both the Baja Russia and Baja Italy with the Belgium-based team before a disappointing outing in the recent "Abu Dhabi Deser... 19.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: After a short break, four X-raid Mini are back in action X-raid and the Monster Energy X-raid Team currently have got virtually no time for a breather. Just a week after the success in the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" – with four Mini All4 Racing vehicles in the top 10 – the teams now are going to contest the "Sealine Cross Country Rally" in Qatar. The team once again is going to enter four Mini cars. The Abu Dhabi winners Vladimir Vasilyev and K... 19.04.2014 Donaldson CC: Tovey first footballer in Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey will be the first football star to make an appearance in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge at round three of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship", the "Nkomazi 450" in Malalane, on May 16 and 17. Tovey will navigate for Terence Marsh in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara running in Class T of the Production Vehicle category. Former Sp... 19.04.2014 Hungarian CC: Second race, second win for Polish Chevrolet at Turkeve Cup Just two weeks after the world-premiere in the Polish "Baja Drawsko" [ <a class="gorm05a" href="" target="_blank"><b>SEE REPORT HERE</b></a> ], the Polish team Lukasz Komornicki and Ernest Gorecki have won their second race with the all-new Chevrolet S10 G1 Racing prototype "Made in Poland". They started at the "Turkeve Cup", round of the FIA CEZ and H... 16.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah to compete in a Mini All4 Racing Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev and Spanish rider Marc Coma head their respective car and motorcycle categories on the entry list for the "Sealine Cross-Country Rally", which was released by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) in Doha on Monday. The competitive action gets underway from Losail on April 21 and the event finishes at the rally bivouac, near Sealine, on April 25. Th... 16.04.2014 Breslau Rally VIDEO: Official trailer of the legendary Breslau Rally Poland 2014 ... 15.04.2014 Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: The Lion is back - Peugeot 2008 DKR presentation ... 15.04.2014 Breslau Rally: Rally will be more International - new full Cross-Country class. As the Frenchman Thierry Sabine in 1978 created the legendary "Dakar Rally" in Africa nobody could have guessed that this would be the cornerstone of a whole new kind of motorsport. Not only off-road motor sport was acceptable, the term "long-distance / marathonrally" was created. The rally became a myth, found dozens of imitators and created entirely new industries, accounting for millions of ... 15.04.2014 Dakar Rally 2015: Dakar Tour stopped in the Netherlands with Cyril Despres It was a relaxed atmosphere for the meeting with the Dutch contingent of the Dakar. The stakes are sufficiently far off for the main players in the truck category to avoid looking ahead to the competition at present. So, for the moment, on the shores of Loon op Zand Lake, near to Breda, Pieter Versluis focused on inviting journalists for an exhilarating ride in the cabin of his Man truck, just lik... 15.04.2014 Dakar Rally 2015: Peugeot unveiled first details of Peugeot 2008 DKR Proto. Three weeks after the exciting news that Peugeot will contest the 2015 Dakar, Peugeot presented the first photos and details of the new Peugeot 2008 DKR - the new "rally-beast" in which the both former Dakar-winners Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres will defend the colours of Team Peugeot Total on next January’s Dakar. Impressive: The 2008 DKR consequently sits on 37-inch diameter Michelin tyres (a... 15.04.2014 Hungarian CC VIDEO: Short impressions Turkeve Cup - Nissan Qashqai Proto ... 15.04.2014 Hungarian CC: Double bad luck for Hungarian Solyom Team at Turkeve Cup The Hungarian Partner-team "Sólyom" wasn’t lucky at the "Túrkeve Cup", round of the FIA CEZ and Hungarian Championship. On the first day the crew Gyabronka / Radics, running in category TH, rolled and their car was so badly damaged that they had to quit the race. On the second day a mechanical problem lead to an early end of the rally of the crew Sólyom / Galbács. During... 15.04.2014 Australasian Safari: Competitors from all around the globe - Rallysafe System "The level of competition in this year’s 2014 "Australasian Safari" is exciting," said the organizers of the Australian Rally today (Tuesday). "We have competitors coming from all round the globe - places such as Italy, Slovenia, Latvia, Sri Lanka, Botswana and South Africa, just to name a few." The event will take place from September 19-27. With just four months left until close of entries,... 15.04.2014 Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: Tatra-Union - Loprais and Buggyra Dakar Forces ... 15.04.2014 FIM World Cup: Paulo Gonçalves - "It's not about luck - it’s about hard work". In an enthralling final stage with very little between the riders, Paulo Gonçalves was able to show the kind of class that helped him in the world championship, this time winning the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" in the United Arabic Emirates, which finished last week. <b>MR: </b>Congratulations Paulo! You had a great rally, winning the final stage and the overall race. How was the final stage?... 15.04.2014 Sealine Rally Qatar: QMMF announces route for Sealine Cross Country rally. With less than a week to go before the start of the "Sealine Cross-Country Rally", a round of both the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championships, the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) has announced final route details of the most ambitious event of its kind ever to be staged in the State of Qatar. The rally takes place from April 19-25... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Marc Coma - "We fought until the last kilometer" KTM’s four time Dakar winner Marc Coma fought a great fight this week at the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" for the closest of finishes on the final Leg Five to miss the overall victory by just 20 seconds. Coma of Spain was on the podium with overall winner Paolo Goncalves and third placed Joan Barreda but can be well satisfied with his performance in the opening round of the FIM Cross-Countrie... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Official video impression D5 in Abu Dhabi ... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Summary Vasilyev Mini All4 Racing Team ... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Kazakhstan Teams Interview Sven Quandt ... 14.04.2014 TORC 2014: Kleiman adds second Truck 2014 - keeps busy at Primm Valley Kleiman Off-Road Racing headed to Primm Valley, Nevada with two PRO-Light entries for the 2014 "TORC Series". Mark Kleiman will be entering his sophomore season driving the #42 Dodge while his sons Cody and Kyle will share the driving duties of the #48 Ford. The opening weekend of the season saw all three drivers show their potential, but due to various racing incidents the team had only one top t... 14.04.2014 TORC 2014: Canadian two-truck team Sle Co Race had a challenging weekend The TORC Series' only Canadian PRO race team came across North America to begin their second season in the PRO-Light division in southern Nevada. The two truck team of Jeff Sleegers and Travis Dinsmore had a challenging weekend, nevertheless the team will use the experience as a building block for the rest of the season. For a driver to finish on the podium in the competition in the largest and... 14.04.2014 TORC 2014: Cenni wins season opener - Kvamme gets first career podium After a season of new truck gremlins, Adrian Cenni has started off the 2014 "TORC Series" like a man on a mission as the "Wildman" leaves Primm Valley with a win and a runner-up finish. The opening round also saw 2013 TORC Rookie of the Year, Mark Kvamme take home his first career podium finish. The two Barlow Motorsports built and prepared Pro 4x4 race trucks will definitely keep their competitio... 14.04.2014 TORC 2014: Hoek welcomes Nitto & Trailready with solid start at Primm Valley The start of the US-2014 "TORC Series" saw Ross Hoek Motorsports take his PRO-4x4 race program to the next level. The team welcomed Nitto Tire and TrailReady Beadlock Wheels as team partners as Ross Hoek nearly finished on the podium in the opening round of the season. The solid weekend performance definitely caught the attention of the fans and competitors of the short-course off-road racing worl... 14.04.2014 Defender Challenge: Race2Recovery take top step on Defender Challenge RD2 Rally fans were treated to racing featuring one of the country’s most iconic vehicles this weekend as the "Defender Challenge by Bowler" visited the UK´s Somerset Stages rally. Seven drivers were behind the wheel of their Bowler-modified Land Rover Defender vehicles for Round 2 of the series, which aims to provide a pathway for teams who aspire to compete in the toughest races in the world. ... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Four Overdrive Toyota in the final Top 10 Overdrive Racing’s Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton finished second overall in the gruelling "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge", the third round of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies and the first of the long-distance marathon-type events last week. The Team Orlen Toyota Hilux crew finished as runners-up behind the Russian event winner Vladimir Vasilyev and lifted themselves into a stron... 14.04.2014 Formula Off-Road: Robby Gordon wins round 3 in front of Venezuela´s EJ Viso As the racetruck of Venezuela’s E.J. Viso and the truck of Sheldon Creed slammed each other heading into the final lap of the "Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas" (former Stadium Super Trucks) race at Long Beach, US-superstar Robby Gordon watched the two leaders through his front window and inherited the win as both drivers took themselves out of contention. The race was the I... 14.04.2014 Dakar Rally 2015: Czech Loprais Tatra team now together with Buggyra Tatra. End of to-date hegemony of Kamaz make and defeat of the Dutch Ivecor DeRooy crew? Why not! This is exactly the brave goal of the newly established "Loprais Buggyra Dakar Forces team" - a Czech "Tatra marriage of convenience". The new Dakar coalition is based on partnership of three long-term most successful Czech pilots of the Dakar Rally, AleÅ¡ Loprais, Martin Kolomý and Jaroslav Valtr. This ... 14.04.2014 Pharaons Rally: X-raid back in Egypt, the stages of the Egyptian Rally 2014. The German X-raid team, absolute master of the 2014 Dakar (1st / 2nd / 3rd place) and actual winner of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" confirms its participation to the next [ <a class="gorm05a" href="" target="_blank"><b>PHARAONS RALLY</b></a> ], that will take place in Egypt from 18th-25th May 2014. Two customer Mini All4 Racing registered in the race so far and ... 14.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Vasilyev/Zhiltsov and Mini winning in Abu Dhabi. Russian Vladimir Vasilyev cruised to a commanding cars victory in the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" today (Thursday). Partnered by Konstantin Zhilstov in a X-raid Mini All4 Racing, Vasilyev took the 244 km Abu Dhabi Aviation SS05 to win by an impressive 47:55 minutes from Poland’s Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton in a Toyota Hilux. Becoming the second Russian driver to win the Desert Challenge aft... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Surprising ADDC victory for Paulo Goncalves. Surprise after the last day of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" in the bikes: FIM world champion Paulo Goncalves (Honda HRC) wipe out a 1:31 minutes overnight lead for this year’s Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma (KTM), to deny the Spaniard an eighth Desert Challenge crown and secure a first for himself. At the end of a five-day passage through some of the most demanding desert terrain on earth, ... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Official video impression D4 in Abu Dhabi ... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of SS03 by Team Matzker ... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: 1-2-3 for the X-raid Minis, 4-5-6 for the Toyotas. Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (X-raid Mini All4 Racing) moved within sight of his first victory in the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" on Wednesday. Partnered by Konstantin Zhilstov, the Russian recorded the second fastest time on the spectacular 239 km Nissan Patrol Special Stage 4 to open up a lead of 35:36 minutes from Poland’s Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton in an Overdrive Toyota Hilux. Vasilyev r... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Coma leading, Sunderland mechanical problems. In the fourth stage of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" on Wedenesday, Dubai-based English rider Sam Sunderland (KTM) was halted by a broken swingarm, putting him out for the day. Mechanics were later assessing the damage to decide if Sunderland could re-start on the final stage. His departure saw KTM team-mate and seven-times Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge winner Coma end the stage leading by 1:31... 10.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Joan Barreda wins SS4, Marc Coma new leader. Spanish Joan Barreda (Team HRC Honda) rode a superb fourth stage of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" on Wednesday, winning the special and remaining alone up front from the start to the finishing-line in Qasr Al Sarab in 03:37:20 hours, only 1:20 mins in front of Dakar-winner Marc Coma (KTM) and Portugal´s Paulo Goncalves (Honda, +2:29). In the overall rankings, KTM´s Marc Coma is the new lea... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Riding the dunes with Vasilyev / Zhiltsov ... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Vasilyev/Zhiltsov - with "support" of Schlesser Before the start, Russian X-raid Mini customer Vladimir Vasilyev hoped to be on the podium at the end of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" 2014. Actually it looks like that he and his experienced navigator Konstatin Zhiltsov were reaching their goal, leading the overall rankings in the cars with 10:58:10 hours, 9:48 minutes in front of Marek Dabrowski and 26:34 mins before Adam Malysz, both from... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: "Youngster" Ollie Lloyd climbed 13th pos overall Well known from many rallies like "Hellas Rally Greece" or "Merzouga Rally", British "youngster" Ollie W. Lloyd from Derbyshire is proud about his participation in the 2014 "UAE Desert Challenge". With his Speedbrain bike, Lloyd is now on 13th position overall, in Tuesday´s third leg he finished in 12th position. Let´s have a review of the past rally-days. Day 1 (Sunday) saw Ollie W. Lloyd st... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Impressions SS03 of Kazakhstan Teams ... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Official video impression D3 in Abu Dhabi ... 09.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of SS03 by Team Matzker ... 09.04.2014 Desafio Ruta 40: The worst case will not end - again cancellation of a stage. Again bad news from Argentina - in 11 years of we never heard, that a rally based on FIA stats did not start - even after the second day! A catastrophe for the organization, based on the extremely bad weather... Bridges were broken, highways under water, trucks sank in the floods, people using boats instead of cars in the streets... The "Desafío Ruta 40" ended up in a middle ... 08.04.2014 China Grand Rally: Rally-Legend Hubert Auriol strikes again - now in China. He was Dakar winner in bikes. He was Dakar winner in cars. He was the Dakar Boss. He invented the "Africa Eco Race": French rally-legend Hubert Auriol. Now Auriol announced the second edition of the "China Grand Rally". After the first edition where hundred teams entered, mostly chinese, the Chinese rally will be back in September 2014 with one goal: Host more foreigners competitors. Hubert Auriol... 08.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Joan Barreda - "Third stage we had a good day" A highly productive day for Team HRC riders at the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge", with Joan Barreda flying to victory in the third special just ahead of team-mate and reigning world champion Paulo Gonçalves. It was a terrific win for Joan Barreda and a worthy second place for Paulo Gonçalves, who moves in on the front-runners. The race goes into the final days with everything left hanging in the ... 08.04.2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Marc Coma - "Our rivals are not making it easy" KTM Factory riders Sam Sunderland and Marc Coma continue to occupy the first two overall places as the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge". Britain’s Sunderland, the factory team’s latest recruit has a narrow overall lead over veteran and four-times Dakar winner Coma of Spain but they are being hotly pursued by two other top riders, Paolo Goncalves and Joan Barreda. Sunderland and Coma finished 3-... 08.04.2014