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Munich. The 23rd #italianbaja takes place 23-26th June, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeast Italy, with the action taking place on the rolling plains and river beds around the province of #pordenone.
Two #mini #all4 #racing are lined up against a large entry of competitors, which should guarantee spectacular cross-country rally #racing for the competing teams and the spectating crowds. Under the banner of X-raid Team, the two #mini #all4 #racing entries will be crewed by #yazeedalrajhi (KSA) and co-pilot Timo Gottschalk (GER) in car 202, with #brycemenzies (USA) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) in #mini #all4 #racing 214.
The new partnership of Al Rajhi and Gottschalk has proven to be a successful one. In the first third of this year’s Fia Cross Country World Cup, at Round 2, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016, the pairing netted a deserved second place result. The same race end position was also achieved at Round 3, Qatar Sealine Cross Country Rally 2016. For the #italianbaja, Al Rajhi is in a determined mood to go one better...
For America’s #brycemenzies, the 2016 #italianbaja is only his second outing in a #mini #all4 #racing. His first full race at the controls of a #mini #all4 #racing took place at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016. Considering he had never competed in such a lengthy desert rally competition, Menzies completed the race in an amazing fourth place with the experienced co-pilot Andreas Schulz (GER) at his side.
By utilising Al Rajhi and Menzies’ varied rally experiences (climate, terrain, vehicles), they are proving to be key components in X-raid Team’s development of the #mini ALL 4 #racing ahead of the 2017 Dakar Rally.
Ongoing test and development work under race conditions is paramount to reliability and performance, both of which are essential ingredients to securing success at the Dakar Rally – the ultimate in long distance cross-country endurance rallies. The fact a #mini #all4 #racing won the Dakar Rally across four consecutive years (2012-15) and completed the 2016 edition in second place pays testament to this continuous development regime.
Racing action at the 2016 #italianbaja starts Friday 24th June with a “shakedown” test available for the competing teams. This will be followed at 17:00 local time by a spectacular timed Super Special Stage (SSS – Leg 1) in the area of Cordenons.
The end results of SSS Leg 1will determine the start order for the two Special Stages (SS 2/3) of Leg 2, Saturday 25th June. Leg 3 on the final day, Sunday 26th June, features two further Special Stages before the final result late afternoon – results that hopefully will mirror the #mini win achieved in the 2015 #italianbaja. For more important information regarding this year’s #italianbaja, please vist: www.italianbaja.it
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