2011

Oz Safari: Stage 7 ‚Äď FUN FINISH, 14th place overall!

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All finished! 2 specials and then 2 short super specials. Total result 14th general, time 34:35:45. So happy!!!

Congratulations to the winner Todd Smith, who now claimed the victory ahead of his brother Jake Smith (who did Dakar 2011). Two years ago it was the other way around.
And also congrats to third Rod Faggoter, who will go Dakar 2012 with Team Husaberg!

Great event, I didn’t think I’d finish this high in the result. It’s been the toughest starting field in years… And this time I am almost unscratched.
And I’m the best international rider ūüėČ yeeaaah!

This was my 20th rally and the 20th I finished – keeping up my statistics 100%! It is even a greater record than my 14th position.
The tracks were difficult with sand, stones, tall grass, deep ruts and hidden obstacles… yet the speed was very fast. I rode carefully and attentively, still fell a few times, but luckily got no severe injuries. Just a tiny scratch on my elbow.
It has been very tough, many competitors had accidents and about half of them couldn’t make it all the way.

THANKS

Big thanks to team Husaberg Australia, and especially Garry Connell for putting the team together. My thoughts are with poor Garry who had a bad crash yesterday – still in hospital (get well soon).

Also to my friend and now rookie mechanic Rikard “Eppis” Epstein, who never has worked on bikes before and was thrown into this only 2 weeks before start.

More on thanks to the entire Safari Organisation and all officialls at checkpoints and time controls etc, for arranging this great event.

And last, thanks to all my fellow competitors for contributing to a great spirit out here – it’s been so fun racing with you (even if I HATE the dust some of you make… thinking of the two KTM 950, #75 and #89 that I’ve been having a great time with).

All the results are on the Australasian Safari website.

Oh dear … is this a girl who got lost in a rally!!?? Not me!

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Oz Safari: Stage 6 ‚Äď Rough and hard.

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Nothing easy about today’s stage. Fast and then very technical in rocks altered with winding tight soft sandy trails and deeply rutted creek crossing. My hands, wrists and most of all the right thumb are really aching now, so really just holding on to the bike and wrestling it around tight corners is hard work. I rode accordingly at very moderate pace not to get into trouble, but still dropped it twice in soft sandy creek.

Some had more bad luck… I found a few of my team mates had problems: Sam #10 burt clutch, and team boss Garry #14 had a really bad crash injuring his shoulder and cracking some ribs. Also super starCyril Depres unfortunately hit his foot and chose to withdraw.
By riding consistently every day I have now moved up to 15th general!

Article on Marathonrally.com:
Sweden‚Äôs Annie Seel who is Safari‚Äôs only female moto competitor is the leading international entrant. She said it had been a long week. ‚ÄúThis morning and yesterday also I was in cruise mode, which isn‚Äôt too good. I let a couple of guys pass me and then I switched on and started to push. Today we had very good stages. I broke my thumb two years ago and it‚Äôs sore again now, and of course I‚Äôm tired! I was thinking about it, and it really is a tough seven days,‚ÄĚ she said.

Coming up! Australasian Safari Rally, 22-30 Sept

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Annie Seel in Australasian Safari 2011

Soon I will take off down under… It is time for the Australasian Safari Rally, and for me this is my third start.

Aussie Garry Connell has once again put together a massive Husaberg Team with some really top riders, like Damien Grabham (Safari winner Ben Grabham’s really fast brother). And this year we will actually outnumber the official KTM team! First time this happens…
KTM is topping their team with three-time Dakar-winner Cyril Despres (FRA). It’s gonna be a killer race!

Team Husaberg Riders
·         Damien Grabham
·         David Schwarz
·         Mick Heuchan
·         Sam Sunderland
·         Manuel Lucchese
·         Annie Seel
·         Ben Young
·         Ben Obrien
·         Garry Connell

www.australasiansafari.com

So red. So hot. So Sabelt! – Thanx LM-Motorsport.com

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So red. So hot. So Sabelt!
My new racing suit just arrived. I will wear it on this weekends 6-hour car race driving Alfa Romeo!

Thank you Lars Lergell!
www.LM-motorsport.com

TV-inspelning “Helt Magiskt”

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Nu spelar SVT in h√∂stens l√∂rdagsunderh√•llning “Helt Magiskt”, d√§r tre magiker g√∂r olika trolleritricks.
Jag medverkar i n√•gra program med min rally-mc… Inte helt om√§rkbart f√∂r deltagarna.
Programmet börjar sändas i oktober.

Joe Labero är helt magisk!

En liten kille utanför TV-studion.

Sommarspelen – premi√§r 11 sept, Kanal 5

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11 sept b√∂rjar Kanal 5 s√§nda lekprogrammet “Sommarspelen” som jag √§r med i. Jag √§r dock inte med i det f√∂rsta programmet…

Artikel Midnattssolsrallyt

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Ericsson Motorsport intervjuar mig och min kartläsare Maria Andersson under Midnattsolsrallyt:

Team Tidö Porsche: Maria Andersson & Annie Seel

Från ökendrottningen till Midnattssolsrallyts lyxprinsessa

Annie Seel Рkänd för sina fantastiska resultat i stentuffa Dakar Rallyt. År efter år gör hon det tuffa rallyt på egen hand Рpå motorcykel. Här hemma har vi sett Annie i Midnattssolsrallyt tidigare, då som föråkare på sin Dakarhoj. I år ingick hon i storsatsande Team Tidö och rattade en Porsche 911 och lotsades av Maria Andersson. Vi passade på att sno åt oss en intervju med tjejerna när de just genomfört Midnattssolsrallyt tillsammans.

Du bytte två hjul mot fyra Рhur kändes det?
Riktigt pirrigt. För mig var det så mycket nytt och verkligen en utmaning. Målet var att ta bilen i mål Рoskadd så det var spännande.

Men hur var det för dig Maria, du som tidigare åkt med erfarna förare i VM serien, det här var en ny uppgift för dig?
Ja det skiljer sig en hel del mot vad jag är van med men det var väldigt kul att lära någon från början. Man får helt ändra notläsningen och även vara med och försöka styra farten.

Läs hela artikeln:
http://www.emotorsport.se/special/intervju-annieseel-msr11.php?in=4

Inspelning av “Sommarspelen” – Kanal 5

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Jahapp d√• ska man bli “idrottare”… Jag √§r med som “k√§ndis” i Sommarspelen Kanal5. Undrar hur mycket d√§ng jag f√•r – det √§r ju inga vanlig OS-grenar direkt.

Om programmet:
I Sommarspelen premieras de som inte sn√∂at in p√• klassiska OS-grenar utan som med styrka, kaxighet, elegans och en stor portion humor kan ta sig an de lite st√∂rre utmaningarna i livet. Som att springa 100 meter ‚Äď med grodf√∂tter eller hoppa simhopp ‚Äď och samtidigt sl√• s√∂nder en mexikansk pinata.
TV-programet visas i höst nån gång på kanal5.

“Sommarspelen”

kanal5.se

Det finns de som tränar på att springa snabbt, hoppa högt, kasta långt och dyka snyggt. Och så finns det de som inte gör det.

DN 15 juli Sportbilagan

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WOW!!!

(Tyvärr tycks artikeln inte finnas på webben.)

Testar, testar…

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Kör tidtagningsbilen i Gästabudstrofén! Åke håller koll på klockorna.


Cockpit Porsche 911 Carrera 1972