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The Pink Crew – Annie & Marie in Iquique, Chile
(Marie Hessel is my Press agent)
With Pink Camelia Liparoti on stage 3. Finished as 13th overall.
Sara Vega, a friend and fan, meeting up in Valparaiso
Today I had an invitation to visit the Swedish Embassy in Santiago de Chile and meet the Swedish ambassador and staff. Nice to eat Swedish apple cake and “fika” with them (coffee).
They said that me being the rally princess was the first Swedish princess ever to visit the embassy in chile. I felt very honoured!
Celebration of Nani Roma, winner of the auto category Dakar 2014.
Stephane Peterhansel second, and Al-Attiyah third. It was a triple MINI on the podium.
Xtreme Plus Polaris celebrating their third consecutive victory in class T3, and again a first place by solo driver Willy Alcaraz, and second place by the duo Nicolas Duclos and Sebastien Delaunay.
Here at the Sheraton in Vina del Mar, Chile with all the Polaris distributors of South America.
The whole XtremePlus Team on the finish podium:
More XtremePlus photos and stories on their facebook:
Final standings for our favourites
Nani Roma got the overall victory.
Team XtremePlus’ both Polaris, were 1st and 2nd in the SSV class!
Our Rescue Angel Truck finished on pos 39.
(Scroll down to list at bottom.)
|Polaris #350 & #364
Photos: Team ExtremePlus
||Alcaraz (Fra), solo
Photos DPPI/F.Flamand (Dakar.com)
Overall winner Marc Coma, as I hoped (left and below).
Ladies category winner is Laia Sanz (above).
The Estonians have done quite well, participating in Dakar for the first time.
Photo DPPI/F.Flamand (Dakar.com)
||Karginov (Rus), Mokeev (Rus), Devyatkin (Rus)
||De Rooy (Nld), Colsoul (Bel), Rodewald (Nld)
||Nikolaev (Rus), Yakovlev (Rus), Rybakov (Rus)
||Piana (Fra), Cangani (Ita), Trote (Fra)
STATS & MATHS
|Amount of vehicles
The withdrawal rate was very high this year. Everybody had lots of technical mishaps, many so bad that the vehicle broke down beyond repair, or even burnt to ashes. Bodily injuries were not too severe, except one rider and 2 journalists who died – that is always a tragedy.
This rally was worse than “normal”, usually about 50% finish the rally.
Congratulations to all who made it all the way!
It has been a very hard Dakar this year, with long stages that reminded me of the Dakar in Africa… Also this shows in the result, there are big time gaps between the top riders.
My hopes for a Dakar win goes to Marc Coma, he has shown that when it is a tough Dakar he can play it well. Also he is a rider who does this because he just loves the sport.
Another hero of mine is Spanish lady Laia Sanz, who has show that she is a true pro that can ride with technique and navigate well. Go Laia, to a succesful finish within top 20!
In the car category it also shows that old Dakar veterans like Peterhansel and Roma stand close at the end.
My car is out of race, but I still participate in the rally… as the supervisor of Team XtremesPlus’ mechanics!
The poor guys have a lot to do, all night long.
This is after stage 12 on the bivouac.
And a view from above over the finish area of stage 12:
Now only one more stage tomorrow…
Annie & Garry #366 were unfortunate in this rally, as the engine died just after finishing stage 5.
So was our team mate #386 Yasir & Lauren, the gear box broke half way on stage 5.
But our Team XtremePlus is still in the race! The cars #350 William and #364 Nicolas & Sebastien, are stable on positions around 48-50.
|#350 William (solo)
||#364 Nicolas & Sebastien
#350 had problems with the front suspension on stage 7. #364 tried to help but luckily the truck came to rescue – again – so everybody could continue. But they finished a little too late. It was very windy and dusty.
It seems they are driving together and thus “sharing” the codriver Sebastien, as William drives solo.
The truck #552 (Piana, Cangani, Trote) is also still in the game, position around 42.
There are a couple of Estonian bikers doing quite well. Nice to see other riders from northern Europe in Dakar! These Dakar rookies are #117 Meeru, pos 42, and #133 Triisa, pos 59, both taking it easy and safe – very wise.
|#117 Mart Meeru
||#133 Toomas Triisa
Good luck to all of them, and the others struggeling in the dunes and mountains , enduring heat, sandstorms, cold, rain… and even suffering from painful injuries.
Doing some chassi works on my roller case. Now it will last the remaining week in the Dakar. There’s nothing you can’t fix with iron, zip ties and silver tape!