Stan's on the way

The Guys from Front Row are getting ready for the Dakar again. Good luck Stan and Jon. Gordon and Stuart are in the truck, hope you can stick it to those factory teams guys!!

1st December 2008




The administrative and technical scrutineering in Le Havre, France was completed for the European competitors and assistance on Thursday evening 27th November.

A total of 710 competition related vehicles passed through scrutineering successfully, with an additional 110 vehicles to be included from the organisors and media groups. All 820 vehicles have been stood in Parc Ferme until 6am this morning, when the boarding began onto the ‘Grande Benelux’, the ship that will make the distant crossing of the Atlantic to the east coast of Argentina and the city of Buenos Aires.

The Grande Benelux is expected to arrive in the Port of Zarate, Buenos Aires on 16th/17th December (weather dependent), and after customs formalities, will be unloaded for the competitors and assistance to collect their vehicles on 30th and 31st December.

Front Row GB depart the UK on 29th December, arriving mid morning in Buenos Aires on 30th, when the Team will move directly to the port and collect the Walker Ecosse MAN 6x6 support truck, containing the Team motorcycles and equipment. All vehicles will move to the assistance parc in the University of Buenos Aires where final upgrades and changes to equipment can be done before Front Row GB enter the second and final phase of scrutineering at 1645hrs local on 31st December.

The presence of the whole crew is compulsory for the final stages of technical and administration checks in Buenos Aires with the vehicles entering into the Parc Ferme for the final time before the start. Primary briefings for competitors, assistance, organisors and media take place throughout 2nd January with the start of the Dakar Rally 2009 set for 6am on 3rd January with a nice gentle 733km.

A big thanks to everyone who has assisted Front Row GB after the disappointment of the Dakar cancellation 12 months ago and remain an essential element to success at Dakar 2009.

- Derrick Edmondson of Edmondson Racing

- Rob Sartin at Talon Engineering

- All at Voltcom Limited

- Dave and Chris at Adventure Spec

- Jo and Adam from Savvy and Victor

- Steve Plain at Steve Plain Suspension and Motorcycles

- Stuart Walker from Walker Ecosse

- Rob Lovejoy at Insignia Signs

- Danny Hall at Rogershill Raceway

- Ian at EN Design for all the helmet paintwork

- Gary Warr of SCEC

- Audette and Leo at ISIS

- Steve Whetman from Nookie

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