UAE Desert Challenge: Team Saluki stage four report

Team Saluki - DC2009 - Day 4 - I don't think we've got a bonnet anymore. A not so hot day in the Empty Quarter - the temperature barely reached above 40oC, however the wind has picked up causing severe sand storms and the obvious issues that...

Team Saluki - DC2009 - Day 4 - I don't think we've got a bonnet anymore.

A not so hot day in the Empty Quarter - the temperature barely reached above 40oC, however the wind has picked up causing severe sand storms and the obvious issues that this causes. Items such as sleeping in your bed, inside your tent, waking up thinking you're dreaming of having a face massage only to realise that your face is getting blasted by sand as it blows under the edge of the tent and hits you square on. Not nice.

So we started the day with the Castrol EDGE Buggy in 14th place overall - very good considering we've got 24 hours of penalties for our earlier abandonment of the race on day two due to gearbox problems. None of that seemed to matter when the guys started the race in the position they finished yesterday - in 3rd place. The Saluki, eager to continue stretching its legs, headed off on the beginning of a 314Km section. For those that don't work in Euros that's 197 Miles.

Two minutes into the stage and the Saluki, eager to please it's masters leapt from the sand dunes and planted it's nose into the sand in dramatic style. The end result after a small delay whilst the Saluki regained it's composure was the front bonnet was no longer attached to the car. Luckily, Paul had remembered to switch on both the on-board videos so the "small" incident is captured and will be available shortly once we've got time to edit it together.

The Saluki, picked itself up and headed, once again on a charge through the dunes but without it's bonnet.

The minor reduction in bodywork failed to stop its progress and by the time it had finished the stage the guys had pulled up another place and finished in 2nd place for todays stage. Another impressive finish and one that's causing concern as we may actually have to fit that ice-cream maker they are wanting.

With the Castrol EDGE buggy finishing so high again, we all returned to the camp this afternoon delighted, only to discover that Mother Nature, having pounded us all day with her own version of a sand blaster, decided that she would have a further dig at Team Saluki. The tents that we've been sleeping in and orchestrating the event from have been blown down and filled with sand. The sand on our face this morning seemed to be the the least of our worries.

Tomorrows final stage sees the race head back towards Abu Dhabi towards the race finish.

It's going to be a late day tomorrow so were hoping to get the update out at the earliest opportunity however if you're really keen to see our progress follow this link here whilst the race is being run. If you want to see the overall positions, this is the link you need. The right hand column is the important one and we're car 211.

Regards Team Saluki

-credit: ts

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