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BAJA CHALLENGE is an international cross country race - 330km, for motorcycles, ATV, UTV and of course the cars. The rally was located in Czarne city in Pomeranian - north Poland. The organizer prepared a 33 km lap, where were different types of surfaces to ride: wide sandy tanks' tracks, forest tracks, the long straight drives. There was plenty of space for overtaking, and no trophy crossings. The race was last for two days and was divided into two stages. Each day competitors was overcome the lap five times, moving according to the notes of navigation (road book), including navigation in azimuth. Rally could ride off-road vehicles, not-modified, and therefore there is a tourist class.

The organizer created a platform for competition by the party, which brought satisfaction to the participants, provided excitement for observers. The task BAJA CHALLENGE was to popularize tourism and also promote the interest of Polish regions..

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Stage 9 was the longest special stage of the Dakar 2012. Stage 9 was also famous for the big sand dune at the end of the stage in Iquique, where you can go full speed downhill from a huge dune, speeds are reached of up to 200km/h! Again it was a problem free day and it hopefully the first days of suffering and problems are now being rewarded with a good push forward. Martin in Dakar truck #510 finished in 11th position and climbing in the overall standing to the 14th position. Fingers crossed Martin can push forward a little bit more and match the 2011 result. A shock for the trucks competition was of course the crash of number 2 Ales Loprais, the truck was upside down and the whole front axle was missing after the crash, it was on a normal road not during the special stage. There are rumours that say that Ales didn't drive the truck himself during the connection part and that the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

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Together with our distributor in Portugal, Krautli, Valvoline sponsors Armindo Neves and Bernardo Gusmao. We would very much like to congratulate them with the CRRC championship title in Portugal!

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Round two of the Valvoline Forest Championship witnessed a professional and dominant drive by Craig Breen on the Wm Loughman rally, hosted by the Carrick-on-Suir MC on Saturday March 3rd, writes Austin Shinnors

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Day 2 of Dakar started of as a dream, Martin was very quick and passed waypoint1 in second position! The second day of Dakar started of amazing, passing Waypoint 1 in second position. Martin hit a rock and a tire blew. Normally not much of a problem, but the ring holding the tire in place was bend and so they couldn't drive on and had to wait for the quick assistant Martien to come with spare parts It had put them back in 24th position :-(. Lets hope for a better day on day 3.

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