Dominated, made it exciting again – and won: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk got off to a strong start in the FIA Marathon Baja World Cup.
Washing machine with spin cycle: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk win Italian Baja
Rien ne va plus: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk must finish the 2024 Dakar Rally early and for good. After the Saudi Arabian-Brandenburg duo had led the world’s toughest desert rally for 1,119 kilometers, a rollover on the sixth stage at kilometer 1,808 put an end to their dream of victory.
Game over – Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk have to give up their dream of winning the “Dakar” while in the lead
The dream of winning the “Dakar” is over. Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk ended the tough marathon stage of the Dakar Rally early after a multiple rollover.
100% dunes, 100% Yazeed and Timo: Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk go into the tougher marathon stage as “Dakar” leaders
Part one of the dune triad: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk consolidated their lead in the overall standings of the Dakar Rally with fourth place on day five.
With their hearts in their hands and a brick on the gas pedal: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk extended their lead in the Dakar Rally on the fourth day.
Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk lead the Dakar Rally after three days of competition.
Challenge accepted, challenge mastered: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk put down a big marker on the second day of the Dakar Rally and took second place in the overall standings.
Two in a hurry – 35 overtaking maneuvers and eighth place for Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk at the start of the “Dakar”
When reality doesn’t match the carefully thought-out plan 100 percent: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk made the most of a tricky opening leg of the Dakar Rally, finishing eighth on the day.
Stop once in a while, take a deep breath – all with sights set to a good starting position: Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk deliberately slowed down on the Dakar Rally prologue.
With drive and humility to the “Dakar” – Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk ahead of the “Big Mama” of all desert rallies
And now: Dakar Rally! Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk start the world’s toughest rally on Friday.
- FIA World Cup Baja around the white goods town of Pordenone with lots of water, dust and speed
- Short and sweet: 404.13 kilometers against the clock, spread over three special stages and a prologue – sprinting skills required
- Speed duel at eye level between Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Nasser Al-Attiyah with identical material – tricky navigation challenges co-drivers
Pordenone (July 9, 2023) – Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk have won the Italian Baja 2023 in a duel with five-time “Dakar” winner Nasser Al-Attiyah and his co-driver Matthieu Baumel. The Saudi-Arabian-Brandenburg duo – fortunately easy to clean and wash – experienced a marathon rally-style express wash around Pordenone, the largest industrial center for the production of household appliances and white goods in southern Europe. With around 400 test kilometers over two days, sprinter qualities and uncompromising attacks without tactical calculation were required in the northeast of Italy. An exercise that Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk mastered brilliantly, especially on Sunday.
After two thirds of the stage distance, Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk were in the lead. They tackled the final 130 kilometers on Sunday with a lead of just 22.3 seconds. As on the previous day, the route led along the Tagliamento river. The challenges remained the same: water crossings, jumps, dust and rocky shore terrain awaited the participants. Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk extended their lead to just under nine and a half minutes on the final leg. They kept the pressure on the competition permanently high without making any mistakes of their own.
The navigation turned out to be tricky. The co-drivers could only rely on the now unfamiliar paper road book and an even more unfamiliar GPS system. A large number of instructions had to be mastered.
“We’re taking the big trophy with us this time. We really gave our all throughout the Baja and spared neither ourselves nor the material. That paid off. We are delighted with this victory in a duel at eye level!”YAZEED AL-RAJHI
“A really thrilling battle between Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel and us. The two drivers had each won here three times before – so it was all about who would triumph for the fourth time. It was a tough, exciting race – even with difficult navigation. To come away as the winner in the end is a great thing.”TIMO GOTTSCHALK