From left to right: Günter Knopper, Christian Horwath and Tilen Gabrovšek holding the 2nd place on the Tuareg Rallye 2018 plaquette.

From left to right: Günter Knopper, Christian Horwath and Tilen Gabrovšek holding the 2nd place on the Tuareg Rallye 2018 plaquette. Photo by Goran Grgič

The 2018 edition of the Tuareg Rally that took place from 3rd to 10th of March in southern Morocco was especially successful for the Desert Soul Rallye Team. After having finished a 14-day dirt bike (enduro) tour in Moroccan desert, the team picked up 3 racers in Marrakesh and transferred them to the starting point of the rally which was this year for the second time in row in Midelt to the north of the High Atlas.

Christian Horwath getting ready to start 1 minute after the leading in its class, Azzurrorosa's Mirco Bettini.

Christian Horwath getting ready to start 1 minute after the leading in its class, Azzurrorosa's Mirco Bettini. Photo by Goran Grgič

Preparing the bivouac in Midelt on the scrutineering day.

Preparing the bivouac in Midelt on the scrutineering day. Photo by Tilen Gabrovšek

Christian Doering flying to the finish of stage 2 Tuareg rallye 2018

Christian Döring flying to the finish of day 2 stage on the Tuareg Rallye 2018. Source: Rallymaniacs

All 3 competitors under the Desert Soul flag made it to the finish line in Midelt (official video) one week and 2.400 km later, with Christian Döring (Enduristan) finishing 16th in the Pro group where traditionally victourious was again Thorsten Kaiser, while Christian Horwath (Contiger Rally Team) won 2nd place overall in the Expert group, less than 36 minutes behind Azzurrorosa team leader Mirco Bettini. Both were generally holding 1st and 2nd place on almost every daily stage that lead them over rocky terrain, narrow mountain passes and through lots of dunes and both managed to check every secret checkpoint. "Best Rally-Service I ever had, it was like a *****stars-hotel! Next time again!" is what dr. Horwath commented after the race was over, which makes us at Desert Soul Rally Team extremely happy. We also had great time with his mechanic Günter Knopper. Another great moment we experienced during the rally worth mentioning was the almost traditional tea with our friend Giada Beccari who was on a roadbook training with Jordi Arcarons in the area of Merzouga. Had we planned the meeting, we couldn't have met up at a petrol station with more accuracy. Once again, it was great to see you, Giada.

Lunch time after the daily stage has been completed for all our racers in Merzouga, Morocco.

Lunch time after the daily stage has been completed for all our racers in Merzouga, Morocco. Photo by Goran Grgič

Meeting in Merzouga with Giada Beccari

Incredible meeting with Giada Beccari while refueling our racers. Photo by Alessandro Fantato

Next time we'll be supporting motorbike rally competitors will be on the Albania Rally from 9th to 16th of June 2018 and maybe on the Serres Rally in Greece at the end of August, before returning to African dunes to take part in the Sahararallye El Chott from 21st to 29th of October 2018. The rally will be followed by our 11-day entry-level enduro tour in Tunisia. If you wish to be supported by our team, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the sooner, the better.

But this is not all, the best is yet to come: we've been dreaming about Algeria for years, but the main drawback was the fact it's pretty difficult to enter and freely travel in Algeria. In 2019, our dreams will come true: Tuareg Rallye is moving to Algeria (official video) where we're planning to do a raid behind the rally itself. Save the dates - 16th to 23rd of March 2019 - and stay tuned with us for more information.

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