Three questions to Christian Fellinger, Logistic Manager in the Volkswagen factory team What is the biggest challenge from the logistical point of view during the Dakar Rally? "Think about everything beforehand and having everything on-hand...
Three questions to Christian Fellinger, Logistic Manager in the Volkswagen factory team
What is the biggest challenge from the logistical point of view during the Dakar Rally?
"Think about everything beforehand and having everything on-hand during the rally. The supply of spare parts and their quantities are specified by the technicians. My job is to distribute and transport these quantities so that they are at the right place at the right time when and where they are needed. To achieve this, I try to distribute the parts so that they are transported in various Service-Touaregs, T5 vans and trucks. I'm personally responsible for the drivers' bags, the equipment, tents and setting-up of the bivouac as well as the engineers and co-drivers office space."
How much can you prepare, how often must you react?
"You have to prepare everything, so that you can react when something unforeseen happens. I have to run-through every conceivable procedure beforehand. Because the desert, off-road tracks and sand storms make our lives more difficult. The logistic must nevertheless function."
The Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 cars and the Service Team are separated from one another during the marathon stage. What do you have to prepare for this?
"Apart for things such as spare parts and tools, a small detail as example: For every driver we packed a small sleeping bag, which is transported by Kris Nissen in the Team Managers' plane to the marathon stage. The kitbags with sleeping bags, tents and insulation mats were on the fastest Race-Truck. If this truck gets bogged down on the way, the next truck stops and takes the kitbags. Every driver carries small bag with a toothbrush and personnel items such as T-Shirts in the rally car."
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