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.
Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk kick-off Marathon Baja World Cup with 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.
How? Another review of the year? Why this one with Timo Gottschalk is without exception positive and worth reading
A national rally title at the end, a sensational podium at the Dakar Rally before that and particularly sweet victories against the cremé-de-la-créme of cross-country rallying – this fast-forward through Timo Gottschalk’s motorsport year 2023 goes just that: far too fast, given the many remarkable things that happened.
- Challenging first round of the FIA Marathon Baja World Cup and the Saudi Arabian Championship – for drivers and co-drivers
- Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk start the season with victory
- Navigation in the north of Saudi Arabia particularly tricky
Ha’il, Saudi Arabia (February 10, 2024) – 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. At the curtain raiser of the series, which also marked the first round of the Saudi Arabian Championship, last year’s runners-up built up a lead on the first of two days, which they used to their advantage on the final stage. A small mistake with a big impact kept the suspense going right to the end: Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk drove in the wrong direction at a point that was unclear in the road book and lost a lot of time when they turned back. They then activated their reserves, made up ground and narrowly won.
The Baja Ha’il in the north of Saudi Arabia, with around 472 kilometers of testing, 856 in total, was a crisp foretaste of the next big task: the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, in which Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk are competing as last year’s winners. The second round of the FIA Cross Country World Rally Championship (W2RC) will be held from February 25 to March 2.
“A good result at the start of the Baja World Cup, which makes us very happy. We made it a bit tense at the end and briefly drove in the wrong direction. But our lead from the previous day and a sprint to the finish were enough for overall victory. Mistakes are part of our sport, but you have to deal with them properly – we proved that today.”YAZEED AL-RAJHI
“A challenging Baja, both in terms of driving and navigation. Shortly before the end, I fell into a trap and we drove in the wrong direction – that cost us a lot of time. We then put our foot down again right up to the finish and activated our reserves – that was enough and showed that we can always go one better.”TIMO GOTTSCHALK