Dakar Rally : Team Maxdata Mercedes - Scrutineering
The scrutineering of the competition and service cars, held in Lisbon today, represented the official 2007 Dakar Rally starting signal for Team ‘MAXDATA Mercedes-Benz'. The rally car of Ellen Lohr and her French co-driver,
Antonia de Roissard, a prototype based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, will bear the competition number 324 when starting into the event in Lisbon, on 6th January, with the race Unimog being entered with competition number 560.
« We are going to face two and a half truly exhausting weeks, » says Germany's most successful female motor racing allrounder, « But we are well prepared for the challenge represented by the 2007 Dakar. My new, marathon rally-proven co-driver also adds to our team's professionalisation. It's our goal to make it to the finish ramp in Dakar, on 21st January. Yet, a look at the record book proves that it will be anything but easy to achieve this goal. In 2006, just about 4 0 percent of the car-category entrants made it to the finish. This means, that the chances of finishing are smaller than the ones of failing ! The Dakar most definitely is the toughest rally of the world – but that's exactly what makes it that extraordinarily attractive.»
The Dakar Rally will be started on 6th January in Lisbon and will end 15 days later, on 21st January, in Senegal's capital, Dakar. The total distance adds up to 7,915 kilometres, with 4,309 kilometres being covered as special stages. The route takes the competitors through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Senegal.
Team Maxdata Mercedes