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 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.
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
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.
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!
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