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Alle Fogliani, 19 years old and his father, Pietro, won the T3 Category when Jes Munk and Seb Delanay finished in the 2nd place.
CONGRATULATION to all the team for the great job you did!

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Alle Fogliani, 19 years old and his father, Pietro, won the T3 Category when Jes Munk and Seb Delanay finished in the 2nd place.
CONGRATULATION to all the team for the great job you did!

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Alle Fogliani, âgé de 19 ans et son père, Pietro, ont remporté  la catégorie T3 de l’Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2014.

Jes Munk et Seb Delanay, malgré leur problème de joint de culasse ont rallié l’arrivée et se classent deuxièmes de la catégorie T3.

FÉLICITATIONS À TOUTE L’ÉQUIPE pour le super boulot que vous avez fait !

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stage 5: Qasr Al Sarab

Road connection: 7.8 km – Special Stage: 244.77 km – Road Connection: 107.3 km – Total: 359.87 km

 

 

 

The last special stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was composed of 244 km from Qasr Al Sarab to the Yas Island Marina in Abu Dhabi. Extremely hot weather, a few dunes and lots of straight lines were the menu of the day. A uninteresting special stage that Alle Fogliani and his father managed smartly and crossed the finish line taking the 15th place overall.

Unfortunately, Jes Munk and Sebastian Delaunay were not as lucky and they broke the cylinder head gasket at kilometer 17 of the special stage. The Danish/French crew had a struck of mechanic luck because the breakdown occurred in the asphalt. They were able to be pulled to Abu Dhabi so that they could finish the rally in the 25th position.

Alle and Pietro Fogliani N°348 – 15th overall: “I drove calmly, the special stage was all straight, just a few dunes. This was my first race and I think that cross country is a beautiful discipline, I enjoyed it. I only regret that there was not enough sand, with the RZR, it is such a pleasure to cross the dunes and it´s fun”, says the 19 years old Italian driver.

Jes Munk / Sebastian Delaunay N°347 -25th overall: “So, let’s be positive,” says the former bike rider, “At list I didn’t make a mistake this time. “It’s a pity not to be able to do the last special stage, but honestly we were lucky because the breakdown happened on asphalt, in a limited speed area, right before going back to the sand. If that would have happened further, then we would still be in the dunes. At least, we were able to get help and we went through the podium! Now we are going to grab a well-deserved drink with the team. The mechanics are fantastic, great sportsmanship among them, they did a great job! They gave me great advice every day, just like Seb an outstanding co-driver. It´s a nice team and I had fun with them and with the RZR, especially in the dunes!”

 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stage 5: Qasr Al Sarab

Road connection: 7.8 km – Special Stage: 244.77 km – Road Connection: 107.3 km – Total: 359.87 km

 

 

 

The last special stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was composed of 244 km from Qasr Al Sarab to the Yas Island Marina in Abu Dhabi. Extremely hot weather, a few dunes and lots of straight lines were the menu of the day. A uninteresting special stage that Alle Fogliani and his father managed smartly and crossed the finish line taking the 15th place overall.

Unfortunately, Jes Munk and Sebastian Delaunay were not as lucky and they broke the cylinder head gasket at kilometer 17 of the special stage. The Danish/French crew had a struck of mechanic luck because the breakdown occurred in the asphalt. They were able to be pulled to Abu Dhabi so that they could finish the rally in the 25th position.

Alle and Pietro Fogliani N°348 – 15th overall: “I drove calmly, the special stage was all straight, just a few dunes. This was my first race and I think that cross country is a beautiful discipline, I enjoyed it. I only regret that there was not enough sand, with the RZR, it is such a pleasure to cross the dunes and it´s fun”, says the 19 years old Italian driver.

Jes Munk / Sebastian Delaunay N°347 -25th overall: “So, let’s be positive,” says the former bike rider, “At list I didn’t make a mistake this time. “It’s a pity not to be able to do the last special stage, but honestly we were lucky because the breakdown happened on asphalt, in a limited speed area, right before going back to the sand. If that would have happened further, then we would still be in the dunes. At least, we were able to get help and we went through the podium! Now we are going to grab a well-deserved drink with the team. The mechanics are fantastic, great sportsmanship among them, they did a great job! They gave me great advice every day, just like Seb an outstanding co-driver. It´s a nice team and I had fun with them and with the RZR, especially in the dunes!”

 

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Jeudi 10 avril 2014

5e Spéciale : Qasr Al Sarab

Liaison : 7,80 km – Spéciale : 244,77 km – Liaison : 107,30 km – Total : 359,87 km

 

 

 

La dernière spéciale de l’Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, longue de 244 km, repartait de Qasr Al Sarab pour revenir vers la Marina de Yas Island à Abu Dhabi. Chaleur, peu de dunes et beaucoup de lignes droites fut le menu du jour. Une spéciale peu intéressante qu’Alle Fogliani et son père, Pietro, ont gérée avec intelligence pour franchir l’arrivée, 15es au général.

Malheureusement, Dame malchance s’est acharnée sur Jes Munk et Sébastien Delaunay qui ont cassé un joint de culasse au km 17 de la spéciale. Mais, dans son malheur, l’équipage Franco-Danois eut de la veine car la casse mécanique s’est produite sur une partie d’asphalte. Ils purent être dépannés et tractés jusqu’à Abu Dhabi afin de terminer le rallye, classés 25es.

 

Alle et Pietro Fogliani n°348 – 15es au général : « J’ai roulé tranquillement, raconte le jeune Italien de 19 ans à la fin du Rallye. La spéciale était toute droite et pas très belle avec vraiment très peu de dunes. C’est ma première course en Rallye Tout Terrain et j’ai trouvé cette discipline vraiment belle, cela m’a beaucoup plu. J’ai juste regretté qu’il n’y ait pas plus de sable, avec le RZR, c’est un régal de franchir les dunes, c’est très amusant. »

 

Jes Munk / Sébastien Delaunay n°347 – 25es au général: « Et bien soyons positif, s’exclame l’ancien motard danois en riant, au moins je ne serai pas tombé cette fois-ci ! C’est dommage de n’avoir pu faire la dernière spéciale mais sincèrement, nous avons eu beaucoup de chance de casser sur l’asphalte, dans une DZ (Limitation de vitesse), juste avant de repartir dans le sable. Si cela nous était arrivé plus loin, dans les dunes, on y serait encore. Au moins, nous avons pu être aidés, nous avons franchi la ligne d’arrivée et nous sommes montés sur le podium ! Maintenant, nous allons aller boire un verre bien mérité avec toute l’équipe. C’est un super team, les mécaniciens sont fantastiques, ils ont fait du très bon travail et ont un bel esprit sportif. Ils m’ont, tous les jours, donné de précieux conseils, tout comme Seb qui est un précieux copilote. C’est une belle équipe et je me suis vraiment amusé avec eux et avec le RZR, tout spécialement dans les dunes. »

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Stage 4: Qars Al Sarab – Qasr Al Sarab

Road connection: 127.81 km – Special Stage: 239.68  km – Road Connection : 11.20 km – Total 378.69 km.

 

 

The sun is up high when the cars take the start of the stage of the fourth stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, of 240 km. At the finish line, the two Xtremeplus Polaris teams are tired due to  the high temperature and the difficulties of the stage. This time, Jes Munk, navigated by Sebastian Delaunay, arrived first to the bivouac of Qart Al Sarab and reaches the 14th place of the stage while the Foglianis finished 17th.

Jes Munk / Sebastian Delaunay N°347 – 14th of today´s stage and 15 overall: “It was hard today, very difficult, but it´s fun to be back and to drive in extreme conditions. I am happy because today everything worked well, except that I got stuck once, because I was talking to Seb and I was not concentrated for 30 second. I keep learning kilometer after kilometer.

I try to preserve the car and the tires and avoid being aggressive, not to overcome the limits, even if Seb told me to use my joker today and I got the RZR stuck in the sand from the nose. With that said, I am glad to have made a good score while many competitors are still on the tracks.”

Alle and Pietro Fogliani N°348 – 17th of the day and 14th overall. “It was a very difficult special” says Alessandro as he comes out of the RZR. “I got stuck twice because the tires had too much pressure. We lost some minutes and then, after taking pressure out, everything worked better. Because of the high temperatures, we also have a problem with a fuse, but we were able to change it on time.”

Tomorrow, the last special of the rally will take competitors back to Abu Dhabi.

 

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Stage 4: Qars Al Sarab – Qasr Al Sarab

Road connection: 127.81 km – Special Stage: 239.68  km – Road Connection : 11.20 km – Total 378.69 km.

 

 

The sun is up high when the cars take the start of the stage of the fourth stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, of 240 km. At the finish line, the two Xtremeplus Polaris teams are tired due to  the high temperature and the difficulties of the stage. This time, Jes Munk, navigated by Sebastian Delaunay, arrived first to the bivouac of Qart Al Sarab and reaches the 14th place of the stage while the Foglianis finished 17th.

Jes Munk / Sebastian Delaunay N°347 – 14th of today´s stage and 15 overall: “It was hard today, very difficult, but it´s fun to be back and to drive in extreme conditions. I am happy because today everything worked well, except that I got stuck once, because I was talking to Seb and I was not concentrated for 30 second. I keep learning kilometer after kilometer.

I try to preserve the car and the tires and avoid being aggressive, not to overcome the limits, even if Seb told me to use my joker today and I got the RZR stuck in the sand from the nose. With that said, I am glad to have made a good score while many competitors are still on the tracks.”

Alle and Pietro Fogliani N°348 – 17th of the day and 14th overall. “It was a very difficult special” says Alessandro as he comes out of the RZR. “I got stuck  because the tires had too much pressure. We lost some minutes and then, after taking pressure out, everything worked better. Because of the high temperatures, we also have a problem with a fuse, but we were able to change it on time.”

Tomorrow, the last special of the rally will take competitors back to Abu Dhabi.

 

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Mercredi 9 avril 2014

4e Spéciale : Qasr Al Sarab – Qasr Al Sarab

Liaison : 127,81 km – Spéciale : 239,68 km – Liaison : 11,20 km – Total : 378,69 km

 

 

 

Le soleil est déjà haut dans le ciel quand les autos prennent le départ de l’avant-dernière spéciale de l’Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge longue de près de 240 km. À l’arrivée, les deux équipages Xtremeplus Polaris sont éprouvés tant il fait chaud dans le désert d’abu Dhabi et que le parcours est difficile. Cette fois, c’est Jes Munk, navigué par Sébastien Delaunay, qui arrive le premier au bivouac de Qasr Al Sarab et se classe 14e de la spéciale tandis que les Fogliani, père et fils, terminent 17es.

 

Jes Munk / Sébastien Delaunay n°347 – 14es de la Spéciale et 15es au général : « C’était dur aujourd’hui, confirme Jes Munk, vraiment dur mais c’est bon d’être de retour à rouler avec des conditions extrêmes. Je suis content car aujourd’hui, nous avons bien marché malgré un  »plantage » (ensablement dans le jargon des rallyes) parce que je parlais à Seb et que je me suis déconcentré 30’… J’apprends, à chaque kilomètre, j’apprends…

J’ai tenté de préserver la voiture et les pneus et de ne pas être trop agressif, ne pas dépasser les limites même si Seb m’a dit que j’avais utilisé mon joker aujourd’hui en plantant le RZR sur le nez en bas d’une dune ! Ceci dit, je suis content d’avoir fait un bon temps et une belle place alors que de nombreux concurrents sont encore sur le parcours. »

 

Alle et Pietro Fogliani n°348 – 17es de la Spéciale et 14es au général : « Ce fut une spéciale dure et difficile, commente Alesandro en descendant de son RZR. Je me suis planté une fois car nous étions trop gonflé. Nous avons perdu un peu de temps mais ensuite, après avoir dégonflé, cela a bien marché. À cause des températures très élevées, nous avons aussi failli avoir un problème avec un fusible mais nous avons pu le changer à temps. »

 

Demain, la dernière spéciale du rallye emmène les concurrents vers Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stage 3: Qasr Al Sarab – Qasr Al Sarab

 

Road connection: 88.05 km – Special stage: 256.40 km– Road connection 27.57 km – Total: 372.02 km

 

 

 

It was more than 40 degrees in the shadow when the two RZR Polaris Xtremeplus arrived to the overheated bivouac of Qasr Al Sarab. The special stage, of more than 250 km was, of course, on the sand, crossed a magnificent ocean of dunes. For the Xtremeplus Polaris Factory team competitors, learning was awarded with the 22 and 23 places in the stage ranking, and 18 and 19 in the overall rank.

 

Alle and Pietro Fogliani N°348 – 22nd of today´s stage and 18th overall. “It was awesome, and everything worked well,” said Alle at the bivouac. “We saw a number of cars trapped in the sand and in places where there was not many options cross. But, because the RZR makes crossing easy, we were able to keep going. The sand became softer with the high temperature so we had to stay much focused. At a moment, we followed a lonely trace that took us out of the race track. I don´t know who was that “opening car” but it passed through amazing places. When we realized we were getting far from the race track, we turn and went back to the traces.”

 

Jes Munk / Sébastien Delaunay n°347 – 23 of today´s stage and 19th overall: “Today, we did not have to change the belt… but I made a mistake and we lost 20 minutes. It´s sad because we were doing all right. I keep learning and I have learned a lot crossing the dunes. But I still make mistakes that have cost me a puncture because I hit hard after a downhill path. Slowly I am learning how to drive these 4 wheels. It´s just sad that we do not have 15 or 20 km/h more in the straight lines…”

 

Tomorrow, the fourth stage is the fourth loop of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. This time, it will be 378 km long.