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The crew of Buggyra Ultimate Dakar, Tomas Ourednicek and Pavel Vaculik are heading to Morocco to take part in the penultimate round of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies with South Racing’s Ford Ranger Dakar on 1-7 October, 2016.
Morocco Rally is the second biggest desert race and one of the most prestigious events of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, with 310 crews altogether and more than 70 vehicles just in the FIA World Cup classification, and a caravan of 433 vehicles and 1100 people follow the competitors. Attention of the international media is also huge: 70 journalists from all over the world are accredited to cover the event and 73 hours of television broadcast are expected during and after the rally week.
As some kind of a “dress rehearsal” for the Dakar, it’s no wonder that all top teams, including Peugeot decided to start here and such drivers will fight for the top positions like Dakar winners Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz, Nani Roma and Cyril Despres or WRC stars Mikko Hirvonen and Shk. Khalid Al-Qassimi, not to mention Dakar top 10 regulars like Vladimir Vasilyev, Erik Van Loon or Orlando Terranova.
The competition will be huge for Tomas and Pavel, for whom this will be the first desert outing since their successful Dakar in January, and also the first time they taste the dunes with South Racing’s factory-backed Ford Ranger Dakar.
“Last year Morocco Rally was one of the most important steps towards our first Dakar together with Pavel. It was not a good experience: we had to realise that our Hummer was not really prepaired for the desert circumstances. Then I made a promise to myself that I return next year but with a better car – and now we are here, starting with one of the top cars so, of course, I am very happy and excited. I am also very proud to be able to compete with the elite of cross-country rallies, I am looking forward to see how much we improved in the past one year.
Morocco Rally is very difficult, there are lots of high dunes and fesh-fesh, and this, combined with the hot weather, makes some parts being even harder than some Dakar stages. When I remember our race last year, I am really grateful to have air conditioning in the Ford!
This year there will be a marathon stage, that is, we will have no assistance between stage 3 and stage 4. From us, this requires a very careful driving because we don’t have any repairing experience with the Ranger.
This will be our third race with the Ford, and although I am more confident with it kilometre by kilometre, I still can’t say I can get 100% out of the car. So our main goal is still the same as in Spain and in Poland: to finish the rally and gain as many kilometres and as much experience with the Ford, as possible. And yes, of course, we hope for a good result!” – a smiling Tomas Ourednicek said before leaving for Agadir.
Morocco Rally begins already on Saturday with the usual formalities, but the teams have to wait until Sunday for the first race kilometres: a 7 km Superspecial will serve as a warmup. The meat of the action starts on Monday with 155 kilometres against the clock, followed by four more specials until Friday’s finish in Erfoud. The progress of the #321 Ford Ranger Dakar of Tomas and Pavel can be followed daily on the official website of the rally: http://rallyemaroc.npo.fr/ .