Kaiser takes sixth Tuareg Rallye win despite fractured foot
Thorsten Kaiser has won the Tuareg Rallye for the sixth time in his career. Kaiser dominated the rally despite an accident a few weeks before the rally where he broke his foot. Kaiser finished in front of Dominique Robin from France and Dutchman Kay-Arne Bulsink.
Kaiser took the lead on the second day of the rally when early leader Janiko Naber hit trouble. Kaiser won a total of five stages and was only beaten by Robin in the fifth stage of the race. Robin rode solid all week but didn’t want to take risk by attacking to Kaiser. The French rider said afterwards he was satisfied with the result and that he wants to give it another try next year. He did win the class for riders over 50 years.
Bulsink took a third place after becoming fourth last year and commented afterwards he was pretty happy with that. Despite a small hick-up in the last stage he still went on to second in the last selective section and claimed third overall. His advantage on Belgian ace Mathieu Delmotte was 58 minutes.
Delmotte claimed a fourth place overall after last years podium. He said: “I think the three guys on the podium are there for a reason. They made no mistakes all week. I’m happy with my fourth place, there’s always next year...” Ferdinand Kreidl from Austria claimed fifth place. Julien Robin overtook Fabian Görlach on the last day and finished in sixth place.Ugo Peila, Björn Schäfer and Filip de Waele completed the top ten.
Mirco Bettini went on to finish first in the Motorbike Expert category. The Italian rider build an impressive advantage early in the week and kept his head cool when needed. Bettini held an 35 minute advantage over Christian Horwath. German rider Martin Terhardt came in third. Christine Steinkrauss won the Motorbike Challenge.