Stefan Helin and Annie Seel claim podium finish in Lausitz Rallye Historic European Championship

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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. 


Annie in Mercedes-Benz magazine

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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 joins team Saluki Motorsport in the Emirates Desert Championship

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Annie Seel is teaming up with Mark Powell of Saluki Motorsport this weekend’s for the first round of the 2017-2018 Emirates Desert Championship in Dubai. 

On the starting line the team will enter a total of five vehicles.

We finished 14th in the challenging Historic Vltava Rallye

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Stefan Helin and I finished 14th overall, and 5th in class, in the Historic Vltava Rallye after an eventful race! 

The weather in Czech has been very challenging, cold, snowy, rain, sunshine!

Our extra night lights went black after a couple hundred meters, so we had to drive in the dark in the night stage… 
Last day was raining and we only had dry tyres on, due to new tyre regulations our wet tyres were not eligible. It was slippery all the way to the finish. Our Opel Ascona A 1972 has worked perfectly every day!

We are so happy to roll over the podium. Only 25 out of more than 70 starters reached the finish!

Thanks to my Helins Motorsport Stefan Helin, and mechanix Lucas Helin and Peter Larsson, excellent job. 

Congrats to winner Erik Comas in the white Lancia Stratos #2

Coming up – Dubai International Baja rally 9-11 March. Let’s blast the desert. 

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Next rally for me and team Saluki Motorsport is coming up this week.. The Dubai International Baja!

I’m co-driving for Matt Telling in a Nissan Patrol, in class T2 Auto.

The Dubai International Baja rally is one of the rounds of the FIA World Cup championships. 


Winter coaching new drivers Only Women’s training course

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Coaching happy new race drivers in winter conditions at Only Women’s training course. Great track and weather conditions. All drivers graduated 

More women in Motorsport, now ready to race! 

Entry list Emirates Desert Championship/Round 2: No. 320, Annie Seel, Saluki Motorsport

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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

Annie Seel åter på startlinjen i Emirates Desert Championship

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Annie Seel åter på startlinjen i Emirates Desert Championship.

Dubai, 8 Nov 2016

Nu på fredag 11 november är det dags för deltävling två i Emirates Desert Championship. Och det är dags igen för Annie Seel att tävla i ökenrally. Hon har  fått förnyat förtroende av Saluki Motorsport att köra i deras team. I första deltävlingen körde Seel en Ssangyong Musso och lyckades ta en tredjeplats i bilklassen trots lite tekniska problem.
Denna gång kommer hon att köra en Polaris RZR i buggyklassen.

– Jag är så glad att få komma hit igen. Teamet tyckte jag gjorde ett bra jobb förra gången, och erbjöd mig nu att testa deras Polaris som de håller på att utveckla. Jag har en del erfarenhet i en Polaris från Merzouga rallyt och Dakar 2014, men jag har inte åkt den här versionen som är lättare och mer sprintpreppad, berättar en förväntansfull Annie Seel.

Buggyklassen är största klassen vilket kommer att innebära ett större motstånd. Värsta motståndaren kommer från egna teamet, där Salukis teamchef Mark Powell själv vann förra tävlingen. Men en annan toppförare i Polaris är sugen på revansch då han rullade i premiärrundan. De flesta kör utan kartläsare i sin buggy för att spara vikt, vilket Seel också kommer göra nu.

– Det ska bli kul att få testa att köra en ny klass. Jag var imponerad av hur Mark flög över sanddynerna i sin Yamaha buggy förra tävlingen. Mitt mål är att lära mig av honom, och kanske lyckas hänga på om det går. Dock, den Polaris jag kommer köra har inte den värsta fjädringen, så jag kan inte hålla full fart eller hänga med toppförarna, förklarar Annie Seel vidare.

Saluki Motorsport är baserade i Dubai och är specialiserade på att bygga och anpassa tävlingsbilar för ökenrally. Teamchefen Mark Powell har många års erfarenhet  som bilbyggare och förare. Dessutom har han en 23e plats i Dakar 2015 som codriver åt polske Marek Dabrowski.

– För oss är det en tillgång att ha förare med Dakarrutin i vårt team. Annies mentalitet att alltid lösa problem är viktigt när man ska utveckla och testa bilar. Hon ser även små detaljer som kan vara de avgörande svaga punkterna. Det är den erfarenheten man får under långlopp som Dakarrallyt, menar Mark Powell.

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Annie Seel in #NGKmasters Folkrace

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Racing in NGK Masters Folkrace for the first time in my life. And this is the biggest event of the year. I’m sharing car in team Polarna, so it’s just quick adaptation to get into it.
Follow live on SBF Play, https://sbfplay.solidtango.com/




Withdrawal of Peru from the #Dakar2016 route

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Press announcement from ASO:

The Organizers of the Dakar have acknowledged the final decision of the Peruvian authorities to cancel the stages of the 2016 Dakar that was planned to pass through Peru.

Due to forecasts concerning the El Nino weather phenomenon, which is expected to be extremely violent this year, the Peruvian government has decided to make this issue a national priority by ensuring that all state services are able to mobilize if necessary to help the population that could be affected.

While hoping that the people of Peru will not have to face these predicted disasters, the entire Dakar organizing team is already hard at work to create an alternative route with optimal sporting and safety conditions both in Argentina and Bolivia.

The Dakar organizing team is at the disposal of all the competitors who have already entered to provide all relative information concerning these route changes in a timely manner.

The final route of the 2016 Dakar will be announced in the second half of September.