Rally Estonia: out of race – main drive shaft split

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This morning we restarted an were so happy to be back in the rally.
First special this morning SS10 was really nice and we got into the groove, but still keeping a lite back not to push the car too hard. Reading Pace notes worked better today and I almost nailed every one!
Next special we were really on it, and pushing a bit harder…
Bang, on a tight left hander the connection for the main drive shaft snapped and we had to roll to the side.
Tried to fix it, but had to realise it was game over. Sadly.
Our assistance team came and towed us back to the service park, where we officially handed in the time card.

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Rally Estonia: we’re back, restart stage 2 tomorrow!

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Mechanics and Stefan worked hard to get the car back on 4 wheels! Lucky the team had all the parts necessary, so now we’re good to go. Restart tomorrow morning!

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Rally Estonia stage 1 – mishaps

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SS1 was ok, I got a little mixed up reading som notes cause we’re going so fast. Also had some air over a crest landed a little wobbly. Set 15th time of 34 cars.

But then we lost left rear wheel on ss2… :-(
Waiting for assistance all day.

Ove, one of the mechanics, backtracked and found the wheel/drive shaft and the brake pad 1,5 km up the stage!
We’ve been driving on the brake cover when the wheel fell off!

While waiting for the ERC (European Rally Championships) cars to pass so we can tow our car out of the stage, our wheel “worked” as fence post on one of the spectator sections.

Working on the car now. Hope to restart as Stefan has the parts to repair.

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Rally Estonia: ceremonial start across the podium

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Today the rally officially started. All the competition gathered in Tartu city where the podium and a special “rally catwalk” where the cars passed into parc ferme.
Many spectators came to welcome us and cheer us on!

Video: presentation at podium (50 sec) Facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152121375632127

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Rally Estonia: final recce and admin & tech inspection

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All day recce of the remaining stages.
Writing pace notes is getting better – I can read what I wrote!!
Then admin and tech inspection in the evening. Stefan was a little nervous because it is always a little chaos at scrutineering. But we got through and met some of our charming competitors in the Historic category.

Stefan HELIN, Annie SEEL (SWE), OPEL Ascona A 1900, Cat2 / C3

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Toomas HENK, Heiti MERING (EST), GAZ M24, Cat1 / B5

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Mait MÄTTIK, Kristjan LEN (EST), LADA VFTS, Cat4 / E5

Rally Estonia: Recce

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Arrived to Otepää in south Estonia were the rally HQ is. Stefan Helin and I did the admin check in and prepped for recce of two stages in the afternoon. I’ve never been co-driving with pace notes, only roadbook navigation in the Dakar which is very different from “normal” rally. I hope I don’t mess up!

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Next up: Rally Estonia European Championship, 17-19 jul

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Straight to Rally Estonia, European championship this week 17-19 July.
I’m co driving for Stefan Helin in an Opel Ascona in the Historic cathegory.

See start list here, we’re no H16:
RallyEstonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/auto24-Rally-Estonia-Historic-2014-Entry-List.pdf

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Midnattssolsrallyt pris Ewy Rosqvists Pokal är hemma med Killer Starlet igen!

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Ewy Rosqvist’s Pokal är hemma i garaget med Killer Starlet för tredje året!
Det har varit en fantastiskt kul tävling, som trots mek strul ända fram till sista sekund ändå blev en succé.

Stort tack till min helt sanslöst härliga nybörjarkartläsare – konstnären Catrine Näsmark som kastade sig i högerstolen bara veckan före start, utan att veta vad hon tackat ja till!

Tack alla som hjälpt mig i år:
– Lasse Knubbe Karlsson, uber meck
– Hans Ove Danielsson, assist meck
– Christopher Fransson, lån av växellåda
– Roland Löwgren för “finjusteringar”
– KAK, min klubb
– Rallytravels
Utan er hade det inte blitt nåt.

Och tack mina sponsorer:
– Årets Bilsport
– ABT Transport
– Krutcupen
– G-partners/Bell hjälmar
– Simpson Hybridskydd
– LM Motorsport/Sabelt overall
– Kå-Hå’s plåt & lack
– Printproffset dekaler
– Staffan Beck Motor släpvagn

Tack Midnattssolsrallyt och Kungliga Automobilklubben för årets höjdpunkt och sveriges bästa tävling!

Tack all publik och fans, så kul att se er ute på tävlingen!

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Visar upp Midnattssolsrally-pokalen på TV4

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TV4 Nyhetsmorgon imorse med vinnarna i “babe”-klassen intervjuade av Lotta Engström.
TV4.se/nyhetsmorgon/klipp/catrine-näsmark-och-annie-seel-om-insatsen-i-midnattssolsrallyt-2692438
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Etapp 3 Midnattssolsrallyt – putting on a show last day!

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Idag har det varit full fräs från start. Catrine hade fullt fokus och visste nu hur man läser roadbooken.
Jäklar vilken attack!
På en sträcka åkte en amazon av och svängde upp precis framför oss igen utan att släppa förbi oss som var snabbare. Jag svor och tutade men blev kvar i dammet. Sista svängen såg jag publiken och tänkte bjuda på nåt stort – fullt ställ in i målfållan rätt upp bakom amazonen.
Sen har vi showat, sladdat brett på sina ställen och haft sjukt kul hela dagen.
Kom 50 totalt och är jätteglada!

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