Search is over. I found my new co-driver for #Dakar2016

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My search and ad looking for a co-driver to go with me in Dakar 2016, has resulted in many responses.
Many candidates had good mechanical qualification and adventurous spirit. Few had the navigational skills. Even fewer had the budget to pay the Dakar entry fee.

But only one candidate had all of the above.
I found my co-driver – Bert Heskes from Holland.

And this weekend I am in England to meet up with him for the first time. We are meeting Paul Round in team RallyRaid’s workshop where we are also prepping the Desert Warrior rally car.





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.

Here we go! Entry #Dakar2016 accepted

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I’m so exited.
Today I got the confirmation of my entry to the Dakar 2016.
I will be driving the same Desert Warrior DW2 as of this year, in team RallyRaid UK.


Podium ceremony #Dakar2015

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Jan 4. Buenos Aires

This afternoon it was the official podium ceremony. Thousands and thousands of spectators waving and celebrating the start of the Dakar 2015 in Buenos Aires.
Already me and Paul had to help a fellow competitor, from the parc fermé.
The car starting behind us, no 395, had forgot their key and were risking to miss their start time, so we towed him to the starting gates. Luckily the key was found, and they could take the start. But this is how it should be in Dakar, helping each other – that’s Dakar spirit!

Below our cool car Desert warrior 394, and me and friends. And photos of the ceremony. Video link on bottom.







VIDEO – Dakar 2015

Start podium
Annie Seel & Paul Round #394



Obelisco, Car parade.
Rally Raid UK team cars passing by.
394 at 20 sec, 411 at 2:20, 424 at 3:05

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