Dakar: Inventor Racing update 2005-01-11

Yesterday rest day 2005-01-10 Yesterday it was a rest day for all. To us, the best thing was to get together as a whole team again, since the service team (Jan, Allan and Mikael) has been out in the desert and the race team (Ivan and Niels)...

Yesterday rest day 2005-01-10
Yesterday it was a rest day for all. To us, the best thing was to get together as a whole team again, since the service team (Jan, Allan and Mikael) has been out in the desert and the race team (Ivan and Niels) has had tough but nice days at the rally stages.

The service team will continue the race. As long as they can go on asphalt roads, the repairing will probably last. Yesterday, they spent the day searching and waiting for the truck in which they transported their equipment and spare sparts, to arrive to the bivouac in Atar. Finally, it came which was a luck as well. The crew in that truck had also been in troubles and had to spend some days in the desert.

The race car seems to work fine. At stage 9 (Saturday) we had a position of 52 which gives us on averall standing at nr 35. Our total time is 39h40'42". Today and tomorrow will however be tough stages. Today, the special is 482 km long.

-Det går fint, (it works fine), Ivan says. We have missed the service team, but now they are with us again. About the stages, we are trying to do our best. But everything can happen very quickly and circumstances can be changed in a second. So we are not being careless and we make a lot of thinking. As well as driving fast. Of course.

Overall standing 32 2005-01-11
On yesterdays stage (Monday, stage nr 10) we had a puncture on one rear wheel. Normally, that wouldn't be any problems but since we also had problems with the compressor, it was a little tricky. But we were helped by the crew in one of the Bowler team to get some air into the wheel.

We are nr 54 on todays stage, which gives us an overall standing at nr 32. Total time is 49h30'41".

Good news is also that the service team has today been given the information that they are allowed to continue. This has been a question, since they were delayed due to the problems in the desert.

Overall standing 33 2005-01-12
At yesterdays stage (Tuesday, stage 11) the special was shortened, since it was considered to be very tough, due to the fact that the weather has made the rally more tough than expected. So we drove a 400 km long special instead of 650 km. The 250 km of liaison was going on asphalt.

Todays position is nr 50. This gives us an overall standing at nr 33. Our total time is 58h56'47".

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-Inventor Racing Team

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