Dakar, Day 2: HS RallyeTeam gets to know the maliciousness of Peruvian dunes

downhill stage 2January 7th 2013 : An eventful day for the HS RallyeTeam: During the second stage of the Rallye Dakar, their little experience with dunes in the 4WD prototype becomes noticeable for the pilotes Matthias Kahle and Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann. The German competitors lost valuable time when they got stuck in the sand and had to search for a Waypoint.

„We are still in the learning phase“, explained navigator Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann a few days before the start of the Rallye Dakar. During today’s second stage of the desert rallye, it became obvious what the co-pilot of the HS RallyeTeam had meant. Various challenges were waiting for Schünemann and driver Matthias Kahle on the 240 kilometers long, mostly sandy Special.

The soft sand of the desert in the Dunas de Ica caused the HS Rallye team a lot of trouble: Kahle/Schünemann got stuck on the crest of three dunes as they approached them too cautiously and the SAM’s bottom plate touched down. The team from Hamburg will intend to avoid this problem during the next days through height adjustments. Moreover, Kahle/Schünemann, just as many others, lost significant time searching for a Waypoint.

MAN dunes stage 2As consequence of the difficulties this day had brought, Kahle/Schünemann only reached place 36 in today’s Special. The SAM 30D CC with competition number now ranks 33 overall, lagging approximately one hour behind the top. Mathias Behringer, Hugo Kupper and Michael Karg in the HS Rallye Team’s racetruck, however, can score this day as a success. Despite their unfavorable starting position as the 52nd truck, the German-Dutch trio accomplished a sensational performance. The Maurer-MAN crew overtook 26 trucks as well as 70 cars on the 240 kilometer distance, what equals one overtaking-manoeuvre every 2.5 kilometers. The HS truck reached the 17th position of today’s qualification and has already made it to rank 25 overall.

Matthias Kahle: „Today, the SAM went very well once again. But, to be honest, I am not satisfied with my own performance. During the Silk Way Rallye there have been really few dune passages, so today was our first real day in the dunes with a 4WD car. We are simply lacking some more experience on how fast we can approach the dune crests in such a car – with 90, 110 or even 130 km/h? I suppose we have been a bit too careful, but will steadily approach the limit.”

Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann: „We can definitely call this day an eventful one! We go stuck three times and drove around the Waypoint. Later, a truck got stuck in a riverbed right in front of us and there was a car in flames on the track. Fortunately, the crew was okay. Altogether, these incidents took us much time. Of course we are not satisfied with today’s result. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of the fans standing all over along the track was great. It was gigantic!”

SAM-Captain Sven Knorr: „We have now accomplished the second stage – a short warm up and a hard challenge – and we have not had any technical problems so far. Even if we did not have the chance to turn it in the corresponding results yet, we are convinced of the overall package SAM and will improve step by step during the next days.”

Preview: Stage 3, Pisco-Nazca, Total Distance: 343 km, Special: 243 km

The third day of the Rallye Dakar 2013 will start sensationally. During the first 100 kilometers, the teams have to cross the so called “Erg”, a dune area with extremely soft sand. Who does not get stuck hear can breathe deeply, but should not lose concentration. The underground of the second part is sandy as well and will challenge man and machine.

Results of the Rallye Dakar 2013 after Stage 2

Pos. Pilot/Co-Pilot Vehicle

Total Time

1. Sainz/Gottschalk Qatar Red Bull Buggy

2:55:15h

2. Peterhansel/Cottret Mini All4 Racing

+5.05m

3. De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz Toyota Hilux Pickup

+7:43m

4. Chabot/Pillot SMG V8 Buggy

+8:51m

5. Terranova/Fiuza BMW X3 CC

+11:31m

6. Novitskyi/Zhiltsov Mini All4 Racing

+14:38m

7. Alvarez/Graue Toyota Hilux Pickup

+17:32m

8. Holowczyc/Palmeiro Mini All4 Racing

+19:05m

9. Sousa/Ramalho Great Wall Haval

+20:53m

10. Errandonea/Debron SMG Buggy

+15:48m

33. Kahle/Schünemann SAM 30D CC

+1:01:53h

Rankings of the HS RallyeTeams

SAM 30D CC

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Daily classific.

28.

36.

Overall classific.

28.

33.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maurer-MAN

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Daily classific.

58.

17.

Overall classific.

58.

25.

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