We had a great day today! Starting this morning in 11th position, behind very fast and powerful cars like Audi Quattro, Porsche, Opel 400, Ford Escort, Lancia Integrale… And the two first morning stages were very fast and flowing. I expected maybe some of the faster cars catching up. But my strategy was to keep focusing on pace notes and let the car flow with the track. The pace notes I’ve been using are a new system from Jemba, that worked better and better the faster I drove.
Actually driving quicker and not loosing too much time. One Escort in front had mechanical trouble and dropped out, so I was in 10th place!
I am very happy in this my first European championship to finish in 10th position general, and also winning my class 1300 cc.
It was a great result for all Swedish drivers:
Super big thanks to my codriver Marcus Sundh and team mechanics Benny Öberg and Kjell Lundberg. We’ve had a clean race from day one.
And thanks to my team partners WoodTech AB, Årets Bilsport, Krutcupen, Trygg Racing and G-partners.
And thanks to Team Killer Starlet supporters!
Xtreme Plus Polaris celebrating their third consecutive victory in class T3, and again a first place by solo driver Willy Alcaraz, and second place by the duo Nicolas Duclos and Sebastien Delaunay.
Here at the Sheraton in Vina del Mar, Chile with all the Polaris distributors of South America.
The whole XtremePlus Team on the finish podium:
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GARRY CONNELL and ANNIE SEEL with the trophy
SSV-Rally Class winners with the Polaris RZR Xtreme+ 900 XP40
“The rally is finished and I am so grateful that I got a shot as a co-driver in Garry’s buggy. We did well. Two newbies to the vehicle and to our tasks, as well as being in a team, the Connell/Seel team. Both of us very experienced on the motorcycle back, but it is different to do racing in a buggy and doing it together. A win in our class, and a fourth in the total, a result of our teamwork. Makes me proud.
It has truly been yet another great adventure and competition which has given me more experience of desert rallying, a lot of new first-time situations technically, mechanically and physically. Those flat tires really wears you out, let me tell you. But all in all I feel that I am still learning and developing for the future.
I really don’t think that I’ve realized just how much I’ve been missing it all until I arrived here last weekend. I do believe this is me – the rally, the desert, the race. It will always be a part of me. And I want more of it.”
“When we took the start, we started ‘attacking’ the soft sand small dunes… Everything was going well until I took a hole a bit fast and got trapped in the sand… We lost about 25 minutes, but happy to have made it in spite of the problems.
In front of the dunes of Merzouga, we deflated our tires. But… one of us pushed a button with the helmet and launched the fire extinguisher and we took a shower of dust!
The Rally of Merzouga was a great training for the Dakar, last week I was in the Rally of Morocco – makes two continued races. Next goal: The Dakar, next January!”
This has been a great experience for both,
learning a lot, much training – and preparing for The Dakar…
Breaking the finish line
The start, last stage – quite a show off:
Cars at 2:20 min (total 3:30 min)