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Dutch Offroad Rallye Championship - Won by Mercedes G

Last weekend the dutch off road rally season started with the renowned beach race in Ijmuiden, The Netherlands.

It was a pretty tough and spectacular race as the sand was pretty heavy, tracks got nastily deep and the competition among the top teams was hard.

The first line of T1 class heads of into the race...

Rick Aarts (Offroad Racing Team Holland) fine tuning his Reiger shocks on his Bowler Wildcat

#37 - Raoul Jacobs & Jean Pierre Jacobs in a T1 Nissan Navara

#20 - Ingo Kaldarasch & Jule Haendschke (Pure Racing Team)

#10 - Rick & Nienke Aarts lead in Satrurdays race, but closely followed by #11 - Simon van der Velde (Elephant Offroad)

#10 - Rick & Nienke Aarts were pushing hard the whole weekend, but only won the Race on Saturday...

#20 - Ingo Kaldarasch & Jule Haendschke (Pure Racing) going well...

...but one lap later the belt disc shattered and they were out of the race on Saturday...

#20 - Jule "Icey" Haendschke with the lost belt...

#38 - Peter van der Vliet & Mark Klinkhamer (Offroad Daltons in a modified Predator Buggy)

#11 - Simon van der Velde (Pro Truck / Elephant Offroad)

#26 - Bert Heskes & Arien Groenewegen (LR Desert Warrior)

#33 - Fabian Boel & Nick Casteele (Jeep Cherokee)

# - Marc Heussen (HEUMA / LR Discovery)

#38 - Peter van der Vliet & Mark Klinkhamer

#11 - Simon van der Velde

#33 - Fabian Boel & Nick Casteele (Jeep Cherokee)

#26 - Bert Heskes & Arien Groenewegen (Desert Warrior)

#38 - Peter van der Vliet & Mark Klinhamer (Desert Daltons / Predator Buggy)

#13 - Ronald Schoolderman & Marcel Blankenstijn (Toyota ORD / 4x4 Centrum Ermelo)

#20 - Team Pure Racing - Fixing the Mercedes G of Ingo Kaldarasch in the Camp. Thanx to Mercedes Holland and their emergency spares delivery they got the G fixed in the afternoon and where thus able to race the second race of the season on Sunday...

2. Lauf der NK ORR (Sonntag) - Ingo Kaldarasch flooring it at the start on Sunday morning...

...and really pushes hard to catch up with his main rivals, Rick Aarts, Simon van der Velde and Arno Baauw...

...his strategy proved right and he managed to get ahead of them during Sundays four heats...

#13 - Ronald Schoolderman & Marcel Blankenstijn (Toyota ORD / 4x4 Centrum Ermelo) tried hard to catch up with Ingo´s G...

...while Ingo Kaldarasch and Jule Haendschke raced a clean race...

...only to be arrested for "speeding in the race" by John, the event´s policeman, on their way to the price giving ...

Happy winners!!

It´s been some very tough three years of work for the Pure Racing Team from Schwerin, Germany, and at times they even though about abandoning the G, because of all the problems they encountered after buying this "race-ready" car.
Luckily they didn´t as victory wouldn´t have felt this good, becoming the very first foreign team to win a race in the Dutch Offroad Rallye Championship and doing so with a Mercedes G!

The next races promise to be very interesting, as last years champion Rick Aarts (Bowler Wildcat) and Simon van der Velde (Land Rover Pro Truck) will step up the pressure to prevent Ingo Kaldarasch from winning another race.

The next race will be in Havelte (NL) from the 19th to 21st of April, 2013 and it´s going to be a 500 mile race with lap lengths of about 20 miles, thus involving a great amount of navigation, too.

In Havelte there will be an open class, too, so if you´re around and have a race ready, but not FIA spec car, why not join?

So long & greetings from the road,


P.S.: These and many more images can be found on my little agency page, too:
NK ORR Ijmuiden - Beach Race (2013) - Images | Robert W. Kranz
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