Annie Seel set to compete in an all-women’s rally event in China
Annie Seel says her goal is to inspire more women to experience motorsport.
Swedish rally driver, Annie Seel has always been somewhat of a women’s pioneer in motorsport, accustomed to going head-to-head with the men.
Now, for the first time in her illustrious off-road racing career, she’ll get the chance to compete in an all-women’s event when she lines up for the first ever Gazelles Morocco-China rally. And she can’t wait.
“My passion in life is off-road racing,” she explained.
“I have, for almost 20 years, raced around the world, including eight Dakar rallies on both motorcycles and in cars. Now for the first time I will be part of an all-women’s rally, and also explore a new continent – an adventure and challenge I could not resist.”
Seel will be racing alongside Jeanette James, four-time winner of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles at this month’s initial promo event for the Gazelles Morocco-China, in Naiman Province, China from Oct 23-26.
Having started her racing career back in 1987, Seel is the only professional driver taking part in this month’s promo event.
Seel brings to the Gazelles Morocco-China plenty of years of experience, and a list of impressive achievements. She’s not only the first woman to have raced both the Dakar Rally and the Baja 1000 on a motorcycle and in a car – not many men can make that claim – she also set a world altitude record by riding a motorcycle beyond base camp and up to 5305m on Mount Everest.
All those skills will be put to the test in the Ke’erquin Desert.
There, 10 teams featuring drivers from 12 different countries will be armed simply with a map, pencil and compass and have to plot their way across the course to reach as many checkpoints as possible and cover as few kilometres in the process.
While that will certainly provide a challenge, Seel is accustomed to taking on seemingly insurmountable tasks.
“When I finished my first ever Dakar rally back in 2002, it was my biggest achievement standing on the podium at Lac Rose. I had overcome so much, including a fractured wrist, mechanical problems, rainstorms and fever – but I still reached the finish line. I felt I was reborn as a super hero.”
But the Gazelles Morocco-China is going to offer the 51-year-old Swede something she hasn’t experienced before.
“I have never raced there before. I imagine a vast landscape and almost endless scenery. I think the scenery will be spectacular, and to meet the culture of the East will be a fantastic experience.”
An instructor and motivational speaker as well as a professional driver, Seel is also on another mission.
“My goal is to inspire more women to experience motorsport. I organise the only women’s rally school, and have also invited new women who are beginners as my co-drivers in different events during the years.”
INFO GAZELLE RALLY CHINA:
Gazelle Rally China is an offshoot of the famous Rallye Aicha des Gazelle, which has taken place in Morocco since 1990. To celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary – the rally will offer a new challenge in the gruelling Naiman Desert, China.
An initial promotional event will be held in China from 23-26 October 2019, as a taster for the full Gazelle Rally China, which is scheduled for August 2020.
A total of 10 teams with drivers from 12 different countries, will tackle the three-day event, putting their skills to the ultimat in the Naiman Desert.
Annie Seel is the only driver representing Sweden and Scandinavia, but she will be in good company teaming up with the four-time winner Jeannette James from France.
One of the categories in China will include electric cars, while the Gazelle rallies are the only motorsport events in the world with International ISO 14001:2015 certificate which guarantees that organisers have implemented an Environmental Manage System (EMS).
Organizer of the event is Maienga Sports Event agency, specialized in adventure sports. (www.maienga.com)
Promotor of the event is Mitime Sports which also operates golf’s Volvo China Open and the China Formula Grand Prix. (www.mitimegroup.com)
Official website of Aicha des Gazelles Rallye Morocco: www.rallyeaichadesgazelles.com
Official website of Annie Seel: http://www.annieseel.com
Super happy to finish 10th in our class (out of 34 cars) after a tough and challenging rally!
We were the only historic rally car, and the black Opel Ascona A 1975 gave the modern cars a good fight. Out of almost 160 competitors, we proudly finished 60th overall.
Stefan Helin and I had a clean drive, and no real mechanical issues. Team mechanic LP served us perfectly.
Thanks to Helins Motorsport, I love to be part of the team. We have fun and do great results!
Thanks to Saaremaa Rally, very friendly and well organised.
Annie Seel medverkar i radio ”På väg med Karin Adelsköld”: Kör inte som en kärring – eller?
Programledaren och komikern Karin Adelsköld intervjuar rallyföraren Annie Seel i radioprogrammet där hon undersöker människans relation till bilen.
– Jättekul att få vara med i radioprogrammet “På väg med Karin Adelsköld” och prata bilkörning, och min syn på motorvärlden, säger Annie Seel som just är på väg till Finland för att köra en rallytävling.
Avsnitt 3 i radioserien:
På vilket sätt skiljer sig manligt och kvinnligt bilkörande åt? Hur är det att jobba som bilförsäljare som kvinna? Vi undersöker kvinnligt och manligt inom bilens värld. Finns det plats för både och?
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Mark Powell of Saluki Motorsport and Annie Seel teamed up again for the Emirates Desert Championship.
A foggy morning delayed the start of the race but as the sun climbed the visibility cleared. The first lap had to be driven carefully. The course was very technical in small sharp dunes with drops and steps, and suited the smaller buggies perfectly. The big green beast of Saluki Motorsport had a new gearbox put in since last race in October where it ceased just before the finish line, and was only out for shake down.
Overall winner was Khalid Al Jafla in a Can-Am turbo buggy.
Mark and Annie took a first in class and sixth overall.
What a fantastic result! Stefan Helin and Annie Seel on the podium, finish third general in the European Historic Champiobship Lausitz Rallye in Germany. And also winning their class!
The rally was very demanding on the historic cars. 170 km of special stage on many different types: gravel, asphalt, concrete, soft sand and slippery mud. The second lap the stages ver rough and rutted from all previous cars. Six of the stages were run in the dark, making the drive even more of a challenge.
The team worked hard to keep a good pace, still saving the car. Some technical issues with overheating at the first night stages. A quick change of radiator at service by super mechanics Lucas and LP.
Then later on radiator fan stopped working causing overheating again, and hot coolant water spraying the windscreen.
Second day stages varied from twisty narrow and slippery to really fast. The poor Opel Ascona was on top revs but only reaching 145 km top speed, loosing time to the faster cars doing about 180-200 km per hour. The strategy was to try and keep the car out of trouble, and make clean stages. Some of the other competitors had trouble, two got a few turns wrong and got lost, and some others even got stuck in the soft sand! Last two stages took their toll on the historic cars, forcing Jari Latvala in his Toyota Celica to withdraw with electrical problems.
– It feels great to reach the finish and be part of the team’s success. Our smooth drive strategy worked out and the service crew did a great job.
Thanks to team Helin Motorsport for having me onboard. And wishing codriver Lotta Lundqvist a speedy recovery. I’m happy I could jump in on such short notice and help out. Even happier now that we claimed a podium finish!
Also thanks to the organisers of Lausitz Rallye for a challenging and nice rally.
More thanks to all the fellow competitors, everyone being helpful and in good spirit. Hope to see you soon again.
Wow! I’m interviewed in the Mercedes-Benz magazine Sweden!
I used to own a black Mercedes… sold it to afford my racing.
Now I’m in the Mercedes magazine because of my racing.
Annie Seel på startlinjen i ökenrally VM i Abu Dhabi
1 april 2017 Yas Marina Cirquit, Abu Dhabi
Idag startar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, som populärt även har kallats för “lilla Dakar”.
Team Saluki Motorsport har totalt tre bilar till start. Annie Seel står på startlinjen i T2 standardklassen i en Nissan tillsammans med rookien Abdullah Al Zubaid från Oman.
– Den här tävlingen är speciell för mig. För 17 år sedan körde jag nämligen mitt livs första ökenrally just här, fast då på motorcykel. Jag körde i mål trots en bruten fot, och det var då jag myntade “hellre bruten fot än bruten tävling”, berättar Annie Seel.
Den sex dagar långa tävlingen startar med ett tidskval 1 april, för att sedan avverka drygt 200 mil ren ökenkörning. Målgång är den 6 april.
Sedan flera hösten har Annie Seel åkt för Dubaibaserade team Saluki Motorsport, och deltog i VM rallyt Baja Dubai i mars.
223. Mark Powell/Quin Evans, Fast& Speed Buggy, T1.1
227. Georgy Gomshiashvili/Nikita Abramov, Predator Buggy, T1.1
232. Abdullah Al Zubair/Annie Seel, Nissan Patrol, T2.1
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Transportsträcka : 749 km
Specialsträcka: 1339 km
Totalt: 2087 km
The entry list for the round 2 of EDC starting on Friday the 11 Nov.
14 buggies on the starting line, 4 in auto class, and 85 moto/quad.
Saluki Motorsport drivers:
302. Mark Powell (GBR)
311. Georgy Gomshiashvili (RUS)
319. Nikita Abramov (RUS)
320. Annie Seel (SWE)
Good luck to us!
Full entry list on the official web: http://www.emiratesdesertchampionship.ae