It's the day of the prologue which this year instead of some scrub land is taking place on the Jebel Ali Moto-Cross track.
Tight twisty turns and lots of bumps meant an interesting course - especially for something like the Saluki and it's slightly wider wheel base. Lots of people were having problems with a particular corner in-between a couple of the jumps and the Saluki was no exception. Finding themselves running wide, the guys opted to run over the mound that was causing them problem and decided to run through a section of the course they had already completed. Coming into the same corner the second time around it was straight through this time no problems. The rest of the run was completed without problems.
Not at the problem corner
This additional section of the course that the guys completed twice meant that they travelled further than anyone else in the prologue taking them to 36th place out of 37 cars. Not really a problem as tomorrow will be a cracking day as the guys have 35 other entrants to set their sights on to hunt down and pass. If ever there was a target - tomorrow's the day.
The sun has obviously been playing tricks with some of the supporting crew from the Challenge and especially a member of the forward sweep team - Streaky (for that is his name) has taken to protecting his skin with some novel attachments for his sunglasses. Elvis is alive and well and working in Dubai.
Uh uh uh
To keep the team motivated before we leave for the desert tomorrow morning we've tried a multitude of things with varying success but you should have seen the effort put in when we had some "rev-head" Australian visitors to the Kennel last night. They came bearing gifts in the manner of home made chocolate fudge. Absolutely divine it was. We had a second shipment dropped off this morning to keep us going - Many thanks Lynn and Brian.
The team have just came back from the prologue, it's late at night here and it's an "Oh my God what time is it" start tomorrow morning. Wheels will be moving by 5:15 for some of us who have to pick up camera crews etc and off to the Emirates Palace Hotel for the ceremonial start.
We will of course keep you posted on our progress but I fear enthusiasm may drop because the fudge will be finished by then.
You can also reply to this email and send the Team words of encouragement, abuse or whatever takes your fancy. I'll make sure they see it in the camp each evening.
Regards Team Saluki