Last night, the Saluki camp had another visitor, this time in the form
of Mohammed Ben Sulayem who came to chat with the team.
Mohamed Ben Sulayem visits the Saluki Camp
The Saluki support team has increased overnight with a couple of new
arrivals. Currently in the Kennel we have the Love Machines - Ard &
Tessa, Mark & Nicky, Craig & Caroline, Rick, Jason, James, Tracy,
another James, Gayle, Richard, Trevor and Bob. Oh and of course Mark
and Tim. Helping to keep Saluki's support crew's stamina going have
been the provisions supplied to Saluki from Ashoka..
A long 378.75Km section with four PC points and a special refueling
point at PC2 where the service crew have to do the refueling within an
allocated 15 minute slot. The Saluki is expected to use something in the
order of 700 litres (155 Gallons) of fuel today.
The Serck Services trucks are proving to be an excellent resource
enabling the support crew easy access to all the spare parts and tools
without having to pack and unpack everything at each service point - our
thanks to Serck Services for providing these to Team Saluki for the
Todays racing was fairly hectic, the Saluki screamed past PC1 heading
for PC2. It had gained six places from it's revised starting place of
14th. The dog was on heat. The refuelling went ahead as planned,
filling the Saluki tanks to the brim, it was only when the Saluki went
to start and move to the service area that a problem was discovered.
The starter motor had overheated and would not crank. Mark and Tim
could receive no assistance from the support crew as the Saluki was in
parc firme. Tim had to push the car backwards and then forwards to
bump-start the car. With the Saluki under it's own power it was out
into the race. Precious minutes had been lost due to the remote
location of the fuelling point from the main service area.
Once on the race line again - the Saluki suffered a further problem
with the car losing power. Approximately 1Km out from the service area
the car had stopped. The guys again were on their own - a quick change
of the distributor arm and new cap from their on-board supplies and the
Saluki is up and running again.
The long route out to PC3 and the return to PC4 were frantic times for
the Team given the problems experienced close to the service area.
However the Saluki did successfully cross the finish line at a pace and
is given a provisional place of 17th with a time of 6H 23M 32S.
Saluki in the Desert Challenge 2006
An early start to the day as it's effectively a 544.40Km route from the
camp through two special stages returning to Dubai. A long and
isolated journey with very little viewing points easily accessible
The car, as it is every night, was serviced using Britpart provided
parts and was ready to hunt down more prey today. The Team are
impressed with the Dunlop provided tyres and their handling in the sand,
even the service crew gave the Dunlops the thumbs up on the tyres based
on their lack of slippage on the wheels. The gearbox we're glad to say
has performed faultlessly throughout the whole event having been shipped
into the country courtesy of G.A.C.
On the hunt
Starting the day in 17th place, leaving the bivouac the Saluki travelled
119Km to get to the start line, The first stage is 122.45Km long with
only a single PC point to pass, they passed it on a mission and
proceeded to complete the first stage. Upon completion of this the
Saluki then charged towards the Service point some 102Km into the next
stage. Just prior to the service point (102.3Km into the stage), the
Dog was busy hunting down a pack of four vehicles ahead of it. It left
the service point biting at the heels of one of them, heading for the
flying finish of the second stage a further 61Km north.
The Saluki is placed 21st with a day time of 3H 46M 35S and an overall
event time of 38H 51M 05S. This is a full 1H 48M 25S ahead of 22nd place.*
*Crossing the finish line DC 2006*
The Saluki has taken on one of the toughest races in the world and*
*successfully completed it again where many others have failed to get
past day one. * *Out of 46 vehicles only 27 managed to pass the finish
line. The UAE Desert Challenge is certainly a challenge and one that
the Saluki is up for.
Team Saluki <http://www.teamsaluki.com>