Competitors and organization satisfied with first half Tuareg Rally
Competitors and the organization are satisfied with the Tuareg Rally 2017 so far. That’s the conclusion after four days in a rally that’s been made more special and even more tough for the riders.
Promotor Rainer Authenrieth is very satisfied with the running of the nineteenth running of the Tuareg Rally. “We tried to raise the level of the rally this year and it’s been good up to now. Everybody is happy and we have had no major incidents which is always good.” The search to find new routes has succeeded again, Authenrieth said: “The canyon on the first day was completely new and only known by a few locals. We put those in the special stages and we’ll see also new tracks on the last two days.”
Participants are happy as well with the rally. Gary Aldington is one of them. After crashing hard on the third day, he started without pressure and rode the best stagetime of all the competitors. The Brit, who’s been riding quads in Britain for a long time, was obviously very happy with that.
Aldington took the opportunity after the leaders were caught by surprise and didn’t find a checkpoint. Sebastian Lodder missed the first secret checkpoint and got a four hour penalty. Matyas Somfai and Aleksander Piorctynski had problems finding the first checkpoint and also Gerard List joined the frontrunners. Hungarian Somfai leads the general standing in the quad-category.
In the bike-pro category Torsten Kaiser was the successor once again. He finished a few minutes before Kay-Arne Bulsink who’s had a reasonable day again. Still, Bulsink is fifth in the general classification. Kaiser leads the classification comfortably before Andrea Fesani and Belgian Mathieu Delmotte who’s been enjoying himself a lot in the past days. “It’s my first Tuareg Rally and I really enjoy it so far. I like the riding and try not to think about the overall classification. I want to have fun and ride as good as I can.”
In Expert-category Mirco Bettini leads the rally and won the days stage.
Hofstra takes lead in Car-Pro
Rients Hofstra didn’t have the best of days as he suffered a broken drive shaft in the final part of the stage. Hofstra got a fourth place on the day but took over the lead in the general classification as other competitors hit trouble.
In SSV the Swedish duo Skirvin/Edmonsson took the win followed by Sven Quant and Annett Fischer.