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Dakar – stage 1 done

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Rosario – San Luis, SS 180 km
Cars #366 Pos 86, time 3:10:04 (var 0:49:28). 5th in buggy class!

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Spectators enjoying a shower in the terrible heat. 

Annie & Garry are in a good mood and have done well, in spite of some problems with brakes. They got lost early in the stage, and Garry must adjust his driving, using the motor to slow down the speed.
So, it was quite exciting as the stage was rather difficult.

Connell/Seel: “Splendid stage! The terrain was like it is in Australia, in the Safari Rally. Stones, narrow, sinuous… It was awesome, I had so much fun! We passed Robby Gordon twice, and also Ronan Chabot, it was fun! Only our brakes suffered due to the hot temperature and of all the braking.”

Video (on Eurosport.se)
video.eurosport.se/rally-raid/dakar/2014/dramatisk-etapp-for-svenskan-forlorade-bromsarna_vid308115/video.shtm

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Happy finishing stage 1 

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Evening activities:
preparing the roadbook for tomorrow and changing socks.
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Svenska Dagbladet 2014-01-05:
A summary of Annies past adventures and some goals for the coming – to reach the finish line for the 22th time. This time as the codriver to Garry Connell in a buggy.
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Ceremonial start Dakar 2014

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All the competitors and teams, all in all some 700 people gathered for the official competitors briefing presented by the ASO organiser Etienne Lavigne and race director David Castera.
The emphasis is on sporting conduct and safety. And of course the spirit of the Dakar rally which is important: it’s not a race, it is THE RACE!

After the briefing all competing vehicles rolled over the starting podium and made a presentation before driving a loop for the public waiting to celebrate the competitors.

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Garry and I had a great drive round town, waving, honking, and I even jumped out and danced in the street for all the people. I think we got some new fans along the road!
VIDEO Dakar intro street show, cars and trucks:
Youtube.com/watch?v=hzZgxutKi8g (total 15 min) – #366 at 1:10-1:36
http://Youtube.com/watch?v=lKUvEF30SCE (11 min) – Truck #552 at 5.15

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In the evening we packed everything for the race car and I made my road book, which is colouring and making notes to help me while navigating for Garry.

Now the Dakar 2014 really kicks off!

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About a million spectators kicking off the greatest event of the year.

VIDEO of the Dakar fiesta (english speaker)
Video.Eurosport.se/rally-raid/se-bilarna-infor-starten-av-dakarrallyt_vid307838/video.shtml 

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Annie’s Dakar Video blog on Eurosport.se

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Its up!
Now you can follow my swedish Dakar Video blog on eurosport.sevideo.eurosport.se/rally-raid/dakar/2014.
Already there are pre-rally videos showing what’s going on before the start of Dakar 2014.
I will show you stuff from behind the scenes and also try to report how the race is going.
I hope you all realize that transmitting from the desert can be very difficult, so updating the blog is maybe not so regular.

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Screenshot

eurosportplayer.se/tvschedule.shtml
Daily broadcasting, approximate times (in Sweden)
Eurosport 1 starting Jan 5:  23.00, 1.00, 8.30 etc
Eurosport 2 starting Jan 6:  0.30, 9.30, 13.00 etc
* A hint: if you don’t already have Eurosport, sign up for a subscription on eurosportplayer (computer) for 69 SEK monthly (or equivalent amount in other currencies). 

Team preparation in assistance parc #Dakar2014

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Storm and rain today. Teams are busy for last preparation before the inscription and technical verification.
Garry and me sorting out equipment.

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Happy new year – Happy Dakar 2014

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Last day of year 2013 in Rosario.
Looking forward to a happy new Dakar 2014.

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Dakar is arriving to town

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The Dakar Village is being built, road barriers put up, excitement in the air. On Saturday 4/1 we will roll (or jump) over the starting podium in Rosario. The Dakar 2014 is on!

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The Dakar 2014 starting podium in Rosario Argentina

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On Saturday we take off!
We are buggy #366.

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Pressinfo: Annie Seel byter mc mot bil i Dakar 2014

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PRESSINFO 2013-12-17

Annie Seel byter bil mot mc i Dakar 2014

Annie Seel byter mc mot bil i Dakar 2014 som codriver åt australiensaren Garry Connelle i Team Xtreme Plus
Annie Seel byter mc mot bil i Dakar 2014 som codriver åt australiensaren Garry Connell i Team Xtreme Plus.
Foto: Judith Tomaselli, fri användningsrätt i media.

Hösten 2013 bildebuterade Annie Seel i sitt första ökenrally som co-driver tillsammans med australiensaren Garry Connell. Duon tog hem segern i SSV RALLY buggy klassen och kom 4a totalt i Merzougarallyt i Marocko.

Denna lyckade premiär som co-driver gav Annie förnyat förtroende att åka med i Dakarrallyt som körs 5-18 januari 2014 genom Argentina, Bolivia och Chile.
Connell/Seel har startnummer #366 i bilklassen T3-SSV BUGGY.

Annie Seel satsar nu på bil i ökenrallysammanhang efter att en axelskada tvingat henne att lämna tävlandet på motorcykel. Det här inhoppet som co-driver är bara början. Det stora målet är att köra egen bil i Dakarrallyt.

Fakta Annie Seel
Längd: 163 cm Vikt: 55 kg Ålder: 45
Yrke: Marknadsekonom, egen företagare inom marknadsföring och design, föreläsare och äventyrare.
Bor: Täby, Stockholm
Klubb: Kungliga Automobilklubben
Motto: Ger mig aldrig
Idol: Zlatan & Lara Croft ”Tomb Raider”
Pryl: Diskmaskin & mobil
Mat: Stekt strömming
Alterego: Rallyprinsessan

Meriter i urval

Meriter MC:
5 genomförda Dakarrallyn av 5 starter (2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
 Seger Damklass Dakar 2010, 45a totalt av 250 startande i mc-klassen. 
VM guld 2004, Womens Cup Rally Raid.
 Silver Nordiskt Mästerskap Enduro Damer 2010. 
Världsrekord 2003: högsta kvinna på Mt Everest med mc, 5305 m.

Meriter BIL:
Seger SSV Rally-klassen, Merzouga Rally Marocko 2013.
 Segrare 1300-klassen Midnattssolsrallyt 2012 och 2013. 
German Offroad Masters 2012, 24-timmars lagtävling, 23e plats. 
Krutcupen, 2:a Gruscupen 2012

Meriter ÖVRIGT:
Korad till Årets Kvinnliga Äventyrare 2005.
Totalt 21 genomförda ökenrallyn av 21 starter.

Följ Annie Seel
Hemsida: http://www.annieseel.com
Blogg: anniedakar.wordpress.com
Facebook: Annie Seel
Twitter: @AnnieSeel
Instagram: @annieseel

Presskontakt: Marie Hessel, thedakarrally@gmail.com

Ladda ner pressinfo som PDF: AnnieSeel-Dakar2014-infoblad-web