Trenker at Top Ten on First Day
DHL TT Racing German Moto rider Tim Trenker start his sixth attempt on UAE Desert Challenge rally raid with his second best starting result ever on Desert Challenge event. He finishes the first special stage from Abu Dhabi to Moreeb hill clinch ninth position on Moto overall standing.
UAE Desert Challenge starts Monday morning affront of Marina Mall on UAE capital Abu Dhabi, Dubai based Trenker starts from his 21st position on moto numbers starting orders, passing more than ten bikes, jump to eighth on second CP, but facing some technical problem losing just one position drop to ninth on the end of the day. He also clinch third place on Marathon category for standard bikes.
Tim Trenker, TT Racing rider sponsored by number one courier service company DHL, with co-sponsored by Mobil, MGMotorsports.
Stage victory went to Spaniard Marc Coma, who looking for his second victory this season after clinch his home event on Baja Aragon in Spain last July, he finishes first stage two minutes ahead of team mate Isidre Esteve Pujol, with Polish rider Marek Dabrowski third, UAE's based David McBride came fourth ahead of 2004 world cross country champion Norwegian Pal - Andres Ullevalseter.
Cars victory went to UAE's Khalifa Al-Mutawei, who clinches his first stage on his home event, seeking for first UAE driver victory since 1992. Al- Mutawei finishes 25 seconds ahead of Nissan driver, Belgium Gregoire De Mevius, with 1995 WRC champion Scotsman Colin McRae. Four times WRC champion Finish Juha Kankkunen came fourth, with German lady Jutta Kleinschmidt on fifth. Desert Challenge defending champion Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel hit trouble with rear differential on his Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution broken before CP 5, drop to 18th position with eight hours penalty. Engine trouble hit VW driver and Desert Challenge 1996 winner Frenchman Bruno Saby, drop him to 19th on the end of the day.