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It’s green, it’s mean and it’s ready to rumble.

Team Saluki rise to the Challenge[/size]

Team Saluki are set to maintain their lead as both the No.1 rally team in the Gulf and also the highest placed non-works team in the forthcoming U.A.E. 2005 Desert Challenge.

Driving their heavily modified 110 Landrover, Team Saluki are hopeful of rising to the challenge of seeing off their world class competitors in a repeat of last years Desert Challenge. Team Saluki came in a highly commendable 4th place in the T2 Category, ahead of many of the specialised works teams. This finishing position placed them as the number one rally team in the Gulf.

Named after the legendary Arabian hunting dog, Team Saluki will this year be aiming to stay ahead of the pack and maintain their dominance in the Gulf.

To assist in this challenge, Team Saluki will be running a specialist 4.8Litre V8 engine that produces 325 BHP. A very strong International following not only provides support but this year 8 crew members are coming from Europe to ensure that Team Saluki maintain their lead.

Speaking on behalf of Team Saluki, Driver - Mark Powell said ”The pressure to do well in 2005 is that much greater after our performance last year, but we have made several improvements to the car’s transmission and cooling system and with these in place we’re confident of improving on that fourth place. Of course we are racing against professional works teams from around the world so competition is intense, but we have the advantage of local knowledge of the conditions, which gives us a big advantage in the most challenging dunes.

Our new sponsor Mountain Dew have been backing successful NASCAR teams in the U.S.A. for many years now, and we aim to show them that Team Saluki means business too. Years ago we were happy enough just to finish the Desert Challenge, but in 2002 and again in 2004 we made the professionals sit up and take notice of us. A podium finish has always eluded Team Saluki until now, but we’ll never stop aiming for one.”

More information on Team Saluki can be found on their website www.teamsaluki.com or email Team Saluki at [email protected]





Mark Powell (L) and Tim Ansell (R) stand poised once again to take on the world champions in the UAE Desert Challenge in November



Team Saluki powering around a corner in the recent Um Al Quwain rally held in the UAE.
 

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Ah, that would be Maria then? :)

Good to hear the website update is being well received!

As the event gets nearer I will keep you up to date with team news and will be providing regular updates (daily or better) during the event itself as Team Saluki take on all comers in the desert.

Thanks for your support.
 

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Man, thanks a lot! Hopefully, not only the pros will take notice of your podium finish, but so will LR!!! LR Needs to see that Rovers are being used in the most extreme conditions, and that us Americans are putting D1s, DIIs, RRCs, and P38s through their paces!! Maybe they'll break the leash that bounds them to Ford and go back to building TRUE off road vehicles again!

Thank you Team Saluki...

I'll have a beer and a 6 pack of Dews for ya! :drink1:
 

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Sweet ride...but why am i thirsty? Good Luck to the team....
 

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Wierd....I want to mail Mountain dew via ups to the middle east???? Seriously...grreat site! Nice to see the marque going through its paces as it should. cool!! :rellye :drink1:
 

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Thanks for the wishes folks!

Note #1 - Maria belongs to the team and is not for hire. ;)
Note #2 - Buy loads of Mountain Dew and send all your parcels via UPS so they will support us next year! Then we can afford to fly ALL the fans out to join us!

Regards,

Mark
 

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TeamSaluki said:
Thanks for the wishes folks!

Note #1 - Maria belongs to the team and is not for hire. ;)
Note #2 - Buy loads of Mountain Dew and send all your parcels via UPS so they will support us next year! Then we can afford to fly ALL the fans out to join us!

Regards,

Mark
Note #1 - Maria belongs to the team and is not for hire. :bawling: :bawling:

Note #2 - Buy loads of Mountain Dew and send all your parcels via UPS so they will support us next year! Then we can afford to fly ALL the fans out to join us! :clap: :beer: :clap: :beer: :clap: :beer:
 

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The dog’s got a new heart.

Competing in the Ajman rally prior to the Desert Challenge served it’s purpose. It was meant to be a shakedown for both the vehicle and passengers and a shakedown was exactly what Team Saluki received. We managed to break the gearbox. So while the transmission was out of the car for repairs we decided to check on a couple of other things too. We’ve had some serious reservations about the engine since having it rebuilt in the U.K. in the summer of 2004 and our worst fears were realised when our new sponsors Castrol analysed our engine oil for us a couple of days later. “There’s far too much fuel getting past the piston rings so you’re wasting fuel, running too lean and washing all the oil off the cyclinder walls too.” they said, then added “Sorry to tell you but in our opinion this engine won’t last for another five days under race conditions”.

We had received the news on the morning of 3rd October, with just 5 weeks until the Challenge. The decision to have the engine rebuilt yet again was made – we really had no choice but it was to stretch our budget to breaking point - and a series of frantic phone calls began. The engine was removed the next day and our longest serving sponsors GAC pulled all the stops out to deliver it to V8 Developments in the UK three days later, whilst new sponsors Britpart did their best to ‘lean’ on the engine builders to keep their rebuild costs down. In turn, just 48 hours after receiving it, V8 Developments called us to give us their verdict, but unfortunately it was worse than we had expected. A lot of work had to be done and the bill would be double the original estimate – this was money we simply didn’t have.

To the rescue came yet another sponsor, Al Thika Packaging, who made up the shortfall in the funds, allowing us to call V8 Developments and tell them to go ahead with the full rebuild and modifications, instead of the ‘patch it together’ job which we could otherwise have afforded. After less than a week, the engine was run up on the dynometer and the results showed an excellent flat torque curve, with maximum power a fraction over 300bhp. This is down very slightly on the old engine’s figures, but the new version should be a lot more reliable and the torque more useable in steep sand climbs. Combined with our slightly lower final drive ratios, the ‘new’ Saluki should have superb dune driving capabilities. Perfect for Liwa and the Challenge.

Thanks again to Castrol, GAC, Britpart, Al Thika Packaging and of course to V8 Developments for turning the engine round inside a week. What could have been a catastrophic problem was overcome as quickly as possible.

Black, red and orange rocker covers go nicely with lime green body panels!

The Saluki’s engine is unpacked after being rebuilt in the UK


Follow the dogs new heart at www.teamsaluki.com
 

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Congrats on getting the drivetrain together...........motor looks great. Awsome pics on the website from the last run. Anxious to hear how your race ends up. Good Luck..... :drink1: (By the way that's Mtn. Dew in the glass ;) )

P.S. How's that Maria doing?
 

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Team Saluki – A V8 in P8

The team received fantastic news today when they learned that they had been seeded 8th of the 37 starters in autos for this year's Desert Challenge. Thanks to their great finish last year, 7th overall, 4th in the T2 category, the team have broken into the top 10 seedings for the first time in this, their 6th Desert Challenge.

Mark & Tim will once again be racing against Stephan Peterhansel and Jean Paul Cottret, who finished behind the Saluki in last year's race, and against Joan Roma and Henri Magne who they first met in last year's Qatar Baja. The Fitech and Liberty Team are local rivals from the U.A.E., whilst Bruce Garland has been racing in the Desert Challenge for many years and is well known to Mark. Dave Mabbs, who shared the Saluki bivouac last year, has a new co-driver Michael Hannagan and is seeded 24th, one place ahead of David Gabbis & Xavier Caminada who also race locally in their T2 Pathfinder.

In order to catch all the excitement from the race, Sony Broadcast & Professional have loaned the team their latest semi-professional film camera, the HV-A1E. It is a High Definition camera and so will be recording material in broadcast quality. The team hope to offer this footage to production companies around the world immediately after the race.



Unfortunately the HD-TV tape length is just 63 minutes and with stages taking as long as 5 hours, Tim will be operating the camera by remote control and hoping to record the most exciting action. The camera will be mounted just behind the pair's heads from a cross beam on the roll-cage, so the footage might include a few choice words when the going gets tough. We just hope the sound track can be edited...! Another feature of the camera is its ability to automatically take a still photograph every minute or every five minutes, even when filming. With sufficient memory installed, Mark & Tim hope to capture some memorable photos of the view from the ****-pit of the Saluki racer. Some of these these may be posted on the web-site within minutes of the end of each day's racing so look out for the updates.

Follow the action on www.teamsaluki.com

Regards

Team Saluki
 

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Thanks guys

Thanks for the support guys.

I'd love to race in the Baja - I lived in Florida about 18 years ago and had a great time, and have friends living near to La Jolla so would have the perfect excuse to go see them.

When we make it over, save me a seat at the nearest Hooters (damn I miss Hooters restaurants :drink1: :boobies: ) and then we'll catch some NFL action after the race. (I'm a big fan - I played gridiron for 10 years in the UK and even married a cheerleader).

The race is nearly on us now. Keep an eye on the web-site daily for updates.

Keep it Green

Tim Ansell
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Good luck, Team Saluki!


I miss Hooters, too, especially the wings and the beer...
 

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Wow, Bolivian support, excellent!

Well, the heat is on. Things are starting to happen.


Sunday 6th November 2005 - Nearly there & nearly ready!

The first phase of the 2005 U.A.E. Desert Challenge takes part tomorrow as Mark and Tim have to complete the documentation process, showing the organisers numerous documents such as their driving licenses, international racing licenses, team registration, car registration, insurances etc. etc. This will no doubt take a few hours as they struggle for a place in the queue with about 150 competitors, including bike riders, drivers and co-drivers, at the official race headquarters, Dubai International Marine Club.

Ard Lampers arrived from the Netherlands last night, and he and Mark spent all day carrying out the hundreds of small but very important jobs on the car to make sure it's in perfect - or at least as close as we can get to it - condition for the race. There was a slight problem when we realised the fire extinguishers were out of certification, so these were whisked off to a nearby extinguisher inspection company and they have PROMISED that they'll be ready for collection by noon tomorrow.

They must be installed in the car by tomorrow evening because the all important scrutineering takes place on Tuesday 8th November inside the Ibn Battuta shopping mall. The whole car and the crew's safety clothing will be inspected to see it meets the FIA's regulations and once that hurdle is crossed, Team Saluki will be included on the official starting list.

Later today the UK contingent of service crew and supporters will be arriving at Dubai airport where the very busy Ard Lampers will collect them and they'll all, somehow, be squeezing into Mark's villa in Dubai.

Various magazines have come out this week featuring articles about Team Saluki, including Game On, Time Out, Middle East Car, Total Sport, Emirates Today and others, whilst Tim has been busy with radio interviews on both Radio 2 (FM 99.3) and Dubai Eye (FM 103.Cool in the last two days. In the UK we also have articles in Land Rover Monthly, Land Rover Enthusiast and Land Rover Owner International this month. The team's P.R. machine continues to roll on...


Monday 7th November 2005 - The band of crazy volunteers has arrived

Early this morning Team Saluki expanded with the arrival of the rest of the volunteer crew who will support the team during the Desert Challenge - Mark, Nicky, Dave and Craig have all arrived safe and well and spent today with Ard tidying up loose ends on the Saluki. Bob Morrison from LandRover Monthly also made an appearance the Saluki camp.

The support crew spent the day getting the vehicle into a fit state for scrutineering which will take place tommorow . Items that were completed today include - aligning the belts on the waterpump / tensioner and drive shaft, electrical changes and checks, and the fitting of new side windows amongst other things. True to their word - the fire extinguishers have been collected from the inspection company and are now back in the vehicle.

Since documentation took place today successfully- the vehicle has been plastered with vehicles number (208) as is now well and truly stickered up.

The vehicle is 99% complete with only a small number of tasks to be completed for tommorows scrutineering which for the first time ever for an FIA event is being held in a public location - Ibn Battuta shopping mall. Team Saluki are scheduled for a 12:00 appointment with the scrutineers.

We'll let you know tommorow how we got on...

Regards,

Team Saluki.

www.teamsaluki.com
 

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Good luck, Team Saluki!


I miss Hooters, too, especially the wings and the beer...
Sorry for the de-rail...........But MG, it seems like you have an entire country full of Hooter Girls! Just add some wings and beer :drink1:
 
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