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Dakar 2015 - Annie Seel to try out for British team

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Oct 14 kl. 11:29

In a telephone interview earlier today on Swedish television TV4 it was announced that Swedish rally rider Annie Seel is on her way to test out for the pilot's position in a British rally team over the weekend. If she is accepted and makes the start in Buenos Aires 4th of January she will be the first Swedish lady to have started the Dakar rally as a pilot in both the motorcycle as well as in the car category.Last year Annie Seel did her first appearance in a car, after five starts and finishes in the Dakar rally on the motorcycle, as a navigator together with Australian rider Garry Connell.

Dakar 2014 - Annie Seel and Garry Connell out of the competition!

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 09 Jan 14 kl. 13:04

After the problems on yesterday´s stage Annie Seel and Garry Connell #366 are now out of the Dakar rally... Cause: hole in oil lineNo words to describe this situation...

Dakar 2014 - Pål Anders Ullevålseter out of the competition

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 06 Jan 14 kl. 19:56

Pål Anders Ullevålseter declared he was out of the competition earlier today. Due to engine problems. Sad, sad, sad....

Dakar 2014 - Annie Seel/Garry Connell losing their breaks - Stage 1

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 06 Jan 14 kl. 19:41

First stage included different driving tactics for the duet..

Dakar 2014 - Our Dakar Eurosport blog is up and running

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 04 Jan 14 kl. 13:36

Check our videoblog out and follow Annie Seel and Garry Connell during the Dakar rally.

Dakar 2014 - Nationalities represented in the motorcycle category

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Nov 13 kl. 20:34

Taking a quick look into the nations represented in the upcoming event, France is still holding it´s grip when it comes to the number of entrants of participants. One might have thought, by now, that the South American nations would have overtaken the lead in numbers of participants. Missing out from last year: Canada, China, El Salvador, Greece, Lithuania, Morocco, Namibia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Dakar 2014 - List of motorcycle entrants/competitors

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Nov 13 kl. 20:32

Photo Marie HesselPål Anders Ullevålseter heading down the slopes of ChileSpring in November...The list of entrants to the 2014 Dakar rally has finally been made public...a typical Dakar sign telling us we´re getting closer to D-day.

Dakar 2014 - List of car entrants/competitors

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Nov 13 kl. 20:16

Car category and it´s princes and princesses.Stephane Peterhansel #300, aiming for his 12th win, already securing five in the car and six in the motorcycle category. Last year word was out he might be switching the car for a truck, but that just never happened.

Dakar 2014 - Manufacturer market share quads

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Nov 13 kl. 15:47

And a quick look on the statistics of the representation of the manufacturers in the quad category tells us that Yamaha is growing stronger, improving its lead to Can-Am. This year 24 riders using their vehicles, an additional four from last year. No newcomers to welcome this year, and none losing out from last year.

Dakar 2014 - List of quad entrants/competitors

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 23 Nov 13 kl. 12:43

Photo: Marie HesselFinishing podium in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2011 - Alejandro PatronelliFor the first time the number of entrants in the quad category reaches above forty. The Patronelli brothers have dominated the quad category for the last four years, leaving good riders as Rafal Sonik and Ignacio Casale with a dream still not fulfill. The only one of the Patronellis participating in the 2014 Dakar rally will be Marcos, with two previous wins and the possibility of overtaking the 2-2 situation between him and his brother Alejandro.

Dakar 2014 - List of truck entrants/competitors

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 22 Nov 13 kl. 21:03

Big Bad Boys!They´re back this year as well, and what would the Dakar rally be without this extremely cool category. The heavy machinery.

Dakar 2014 - The Rally Princess is back!

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 07 Nov 13 kl. 12:21

And finally it was made public today, first out was www.dakar.com;Once again Annie Seel will participate  in the gruesome Dakar rally, this time as a co-driver in a Polaris Buggy together with Australian pride and glory Garry Connell.

Annie Seel "This is me, the rally, the desert, the race"

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Oct 13 kl. 19:10

From the Merzouga rally, Annie Seel shares her thoughts after finishing:"The rally is finished and I am so grateful that I got a shot as a co-driver in Garry¨s buggy. We did well. Two newbies to the vehicle and to our tasks, as well as being in a team, the Connell/Seel team.

Stage 6 Merzouga rally - Connell/Seel

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Oct 13 kl. 18:17

Merzouga RallyGARRY CONNELL AND ANNIE SEEL ARE THE SSV CLASS WINNERS WITH THE POLARIS RZR XTREME+ 900 XP40!Garry Connell & Annie Seel - WINNERS SSV RALLY©J.TomaselliStage 6: Jbel O Ramal “The Sand Mountain”Road connection: 39.

Stage 6 Merzouga rally - Garry Connell and Annie Seel finishes fourth!

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Oct 13 kl. 18:04

And they did it!Reaching the finishing line in the Merzouga rally earlier this afternoon as buggy number four, Garry Connell and Annie Seel. A big congratz to the team we hope to see soon again.

Stage 6 Merzouga rally - Connell/Seel

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Oct 13 kl. 11:54

Liason: 36,99Special: 50,92Liason: 58,41Total: 149.

Stage 5 - Merzouga rally Connell/Seel

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Oct 13 kl. 01:41

Merzouga RallyGarry Connells keeps learning and enjoying the dunes!Garry Connell & Annie Seel ©J.TomaselliFriday, October 25, 2013Stage 5: The Palm Forrest of NaklaRoad connection: 0 - SS:218.

Stage 4 - Connell/Seel 3rd on today´s stage, 2nd in the total

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 24 Oct 13 kl. 22:39

Merzouga RallyG'DAY MATE !GARRY CONNELL AND ANNIE SEEL OBTAIN A BEAUTIFUL THIRD PLACE IN THE MARATHON STAGE!Garry Conell & Annie Seel ©J.

Annie Seel "Rehearsal pays off"

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 24 Oct 13 kl. 00:01

Courtesy: Marzouga rally organization/J.TOMASELLIGarry Connell and Annie Seel moving forwardFrom the Merzouga rally, Annie Seel says:"Today was all about sand, sand and sand, and I sure got myself a decent work out as we managed to get completely stuck twice. And for us this meant we had to jack up not only one, two or three of the wheels but all four of them.

Annie Seel "First stage win is a fact"

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 22 Oct 13 kl. 23:44

Courtesy: Merzouga rally organization/J.TomaselliStage winners of Stage 2; Garry Connell and Annie SeelTalking to Annie Seel stage winner in the Merzouga rally;"Mine and Garry´s first stage win is a fact and we are so proud of what we´ve accomplished today as a team. Stage win hurray.

Annie Seel "Warm up was intense"

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 21 Oct 13 kl. 17:51

Courtesy: Merzouga organization/J.TomaselliIRiders and teams are getting ready for the first special stage of the rally, but earlier today they got to try the dunes for real on the liason. Team Connell/Seel had a quite dramatic warm up as they got three flat tires, plunged and rolled the car one time, got stuck in the sand and had to dig themselves out.

Annie Seel returns to the desert - as a co-pilot

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 21 Oct 13 kl. 08:21

Courtesy: Merzuoga Rally organization/©J.TomaselliIAnnie Seel and Gerry ConnellOh yes...Finally she´s back where she belongs - in the desert.

Dakar 2013 - Manufacturer market share quads

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 29 Dec 12 kl. 13:15

As the rally moved it´s path to South America the numbers of entrants increased in the quad group, and has become a mature racing group in the rally.A quick look at the numbers before entering new grounds:Year   Entrants2007:  132006:  102005:  6Market share 2013 - quadsYamaha has really taken a grip on the rally. Total numbers of participants enrolled in this years edition reaches 39, an increases by 9 from last year.

Dakar 2013 - Quad list of entrants

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 26 Dec 12 kl. 00:54

Photo courtesy: ASO/MaindruPatronelli brothers riding side by side 2012 Dakar rallyThe youngest category competing in the Dakar is the quad group, actually a sub-division of the motorcycle class. First time out as a group in the rally was as late as the first edition was being held in South America, in 2009. Numbers of contestants are growing and a new record is being set this year, 39 riders ready to take off from Lima, Peru on January 5th.

2013 Dakar - Manufacturer market share motorcycles

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 25 Dec 12 kl. 22:20

Motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles that´s what I am talking about!King of the throne is as expected KTM, backing down a few units from last year, 69 riders in total and a 37,7 percent market share. In 2009 the number was 56 percent.

Dakar 2013 - Nationalities represented on motorcycles

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 24 Dec 12 kl. 17:40

Just love the facts and figures of the rally, here´s the list over the nations represented by the bikers.France in the top again, the domination nation with 25 contestants, as they have been since the beginning. A part of their DNA it must be.

Dakar 2013 - Motorcycle list of entrants

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 24 Dec 12 kl. 17:17

Copyright ASO, Photographer: ERIC VARGIOLU  DPPIMarc Coma and Cyril Despres at the finish of the 2012 Dakar rallyOh yes! The list of entrants as shown on Dakar.com 24th of December.

Dakar 2013 - A late Christmas gift!

The Dakar Rally - greatest adventure ever! - 21 Dec 12 kl. 11:07

The Dakar put a spell on me many years ago, enchants me in all possible ways and this time of the year it starts to show. Christmas is coming closer and the gifts are all taken care of. Last work day is today, not returning to the office until seventh of January.