Thursday, 27 September 2012

Training to start once again for rally in Croatia

So I'm totally hooked on rallying. The racing is fast, technical, and sometimes terrifying. Throw in the navigation, friendships, the bikes, service trucks, etc, etc and its something truly special. The Rallye Dalmatia starts around April/May.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Transanatolia Rally

Took part in the Transanatolia Rally with Torque Racing and Memo Tours. Finished 13th and managed a personal best of 6th fastest in one of the last specials of the rally. The rally was a difficult and upsetting experience with both Kemal Merkit and Wouter Vaarkamp losing their lives in the early stages of day 3.

Had a hideous 1st day with no navigation equipment and running out of fuel 10km from the end of the 2nd special. Managed to make up a lot of ground during the other days constantly finishing in the top 9 only to find paper towel in my fuel tank on the last day!?! This made my last special very frustrating and the rest of the day rather slow and miserable. Later I watched helplessly as my team mate Donna crashed into an oncoming car during the last section. She needed stitches by the road side and broke her wrist.

The rally had amazing and varied riding with breathtaking scenery. I particularly enjoyed the technical sections and climbs.

My thoughts go out to the families and friends of Kemal and Wouter. Massive loss and genuinely upsetting.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Wouter Vaarkamp Ceremony

Wouter Vaarkamp sadly lost his life during the Transanatolia Rally.

His ceremony will be on the 17th of September. 

Monday, 10 September 2012

Homage to Kemal Merkit At Istanbul Park

Kemal Merkit lost his life in a tragic racing accident during the Transanatolia Rally.

A Desert Tiger Homage was held at Istanbul Park. Participants wore his Dakar racing number "55" on their breasts and motorcycles. His motorcycle and clothes were placed on the track prior to the races.

Turkey Motorcycle Federation President Ucar, and said that this was a sad and full of pride.