Trenker put up a brave fight for first on 2005 Qatar Baja
DOHA - Qatar - 28 November 2005: Sadafco DHL TT Racing UAE-based German rider Tim Trenker put up a very brave fight for 2005 Qatar Baja title before the crash to record his first retirement sine 2002.
Last year's bikes' champion the Sadafco DHL TT Racing rider fell off his KTM 660 Rally Replica (Marathon category) on the super special stage and lost around 30 seconds. "It was quite a big accident," said Trenker. "But the main problem was a persistent carburetor problem we needed to fix before the start of the long stage" He reach the lead before drop to third for much of the first stage on the second day, but slipped to fourth at the finish and fell out of contention after a crash.
Trenker lost more than 15 minutes searching for PC4 (the last of the big loop on second day), which is cancelled later on, but he shows his solid performance on the first loop climb the overall standing from 21st to lead on a few kilometers.
Trenker looking forward a strong entire on 2006, with more rallies to compete next season. "I am looking forward to do Pharaohs Rally in Egypt, UAE Desert Challenge the biggest two rally raid events on Middle East and I will return to Qatar for gets Baja title back" Trenker explain his nearest future plans.
UAE's based rider Tim Trenker, TT Racing rider sponsored by Sadafco (Saudia Milk) & number one world logistics service company DHL, Mobil & MG Motorsports.
Spaniard Pau Soler Ferrero, who was third overall in last year's led the survivors into the final desert stage, but noticeably eased his pace to fall into the chasing pack, as Khamis Ozair and Jordi Martin Prim pushed hard for a podium place. Khamis Ozair was in a class of his own on the last stage to take the fastest time, but the top five held station in the overall standings with Soler taking a maiden Qatar Baja title by a winning margin of 19m 22s. Beat and Benetti completed the podium places, Martin Prim and stage winner Khalid Ozair rounded off the top five.
On Cars Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Alain Guehennec polished off the opposition in clinical style to clinch victory and complete their final competitive Dakar Rally preparations in style.
The Russian Buggy driver Sergey Shmakov had dropped as low as eighth position during the second stage and climbed into second overall prior to the final stage in the only two-wheel drive car on the entry list, when time penalties were imposed on other competitors by Baja officials. He maintained an impressive pace through the final stage to shadow Al-Attiyah to the finish, albeit 2h 34m 37s behind the Qatari in the overall classification.
Portugal's Rui Sousa was able to restart with massive time penalties in eighth position on Saturday morning, but with the FIA Baja title in the bag Spaniard Marc Blazquez maintained a solid pace over the closing stage to finish third overall.
Qatar's Jaralla Al-Meia Al-Marri had been classified second after leg two, but incurred 1h 05m time penalties at the Sealine bivouac for missing a passage control and slipped to fourth place, a position he held to the finish at the QMMF in Doha, despite losing valuable time in the sand dunes near the stage finish. His closest challenger was the Qatari Sheikh Hamed Bin Eid Al-Thani in a Nissan Pathfinder. <pre> 2005 Qatar Baja - Final Result:
Cars 1 Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QA)/Alain Guehennec (F) BMW X5 4:35:02 hrs 2 Sergey Shmakov (RUS)/Sergei Miskin (RUS) Buggy +2:34:37 hrs 3 Mark Blazquez (E)/Ignacio Salvador (E) Nissan Pathfinder +2:52:01 hrs 4 Jaralla Al-Meia Al-Marri (QA)/Mohammed Al-Marri (QA) Land Rover +4:05:46 hrs 5 Sheikh Hamed Bin Eid Al-Thani (QA)/George Sarayan (AUS) Nissan Patrol +5:12:02 hrs
Bikes 1 Pau Soler Ferrero (E) KTM 525 EXC 6:28:28 hrs 2 Juen Beat (A) KTM +19:22 min 3 Fabio Benetti (I) KTM +56:17 min 5 Jordi Martin Prim (E) Yamaha +1:07:13 hrs 6 Khalid Khamis Ozair (UAE) Honda CRF 450 +1:34:59 hrs
Quads 1 Angelo Montico (I) Honda TRX 450 9:25:22 hrs 2 Abdulrahman Al-Hajri (QA) Yamaha Raptor 10:23:22 hrs 3 Adel Hussein (QA) Yamaha Raptor 10:25:27 hrs 4 Khalifa Safar (QA) Yamaha Raptor 10:26:09 hrs