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Ellen Lohr to contest Dakar 2006

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Ellen Lohr to contest the Dakar desert rally

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<p> The competitive field for the 2006 Dakar Rally will be enriched by a prominent challenger: on 31st December, Ellen Lohr will start the classic desert rally behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Mercedes-Benz supports the participation of Lohr and the Team TEAM ORC Sport-Service via its business divisions ‘Global Services and Parts’, ‘Transporter’, ‘Passenger Car’ and ‘Truck’. AMG-Mercedes supports the project with know-how. The Navigon GmbH, Europe’s market leader when it comes to mobile navigation systems and a Lohr partner since 2004, will once again be involved.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.orc.de/bilder/artikel/Unimog_Seite_Stand_neu.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>For DaimlerChrysler, this involvement offers the opportunity of demonstrating the Mercedes-Benz brand’s performance level in all product areas. Team ORC-Lohr will be provided with the following service cars: the brand’s premium truck, the Mercedes-Benz Actros 6x6, and its smaller but efficient sister, the multi-purpose Unimog. The media representatives can ride in the new Viano 4MATIC, while the new M-Class represents the ideal base for both the rally car and the support vehicles.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.orc.de/bilder/artikel/M-Klasse.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> “I’m particularly proud of the fact that Mercedes-Benz has opted for supporting us on this level,� says Ellen Lohr, “and I’m just as proud on the successful creation of an absolutely professional environment, as that’s exactly what you need when planning to contest the Dakar Rally. Quite obviously, Team ORC, as a reliable partner, is a vital part of this project.� TEAM ORC Sport-Service is responsible for the design and the construction of the rally spec of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the preparation and maintenance of the cars for and during the events respectively. <p><IMG SRC="http://www.orc.de/bilder/artikel/Dakar_Foto_CD_2005_066.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> Lohr: Successful both behind the wheel and the microphone<p>Ellen Lohr was the most successful female touring car driver of the 1990s, with her win in the Hockenheim round of the 1992 DTM (German Touring Car Championship) season representing the highlight of her six-year DTM career. So far, this triumph has remained the only win for a woman in this top class series. It was a win that was secured with a Mercedes 190 E and against extremely competitive opponents such as former Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg and touring car legend Klaus Ludwig. In 1997 and 1998, she entered the European Truck Championship for Mercedes-Benz. <p>In 2004, Ellen Lohr switched to off-road racing. “Following my many successful road racing years I was keen on a new challenge,� reveals Lohr. It was a challenge she coped with in fine style. In her only third appearance, she finished runner-up in the Baja Germany. Due to a technical failure of her racing car, her maiden Dakar Rally appearance came to an early end, but during the Morocco Rally, held in May, she caused a stir by setting top times. “For me, racing on dirt tracks was massive fun from the very first kilometre,� reveals Lohr. “And from now on, I’m going to accelerate even more.

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Ellen Lohr presents new desert rally co-pilot

Ellen Lohr presents new desert rally co-pilot

- 35-year old Detlef Ruf will be Ellen Lohr’s co-pilot in the M-Class prototype entered by Team ORC Sport-Service for the 2006 Dakar Rally.
- A two-week test with the brand-new rally prototype, executed in Tunisia in the second half of September, will represent the first appearance of the new pairing Lohr/Ruf.
- The Dubai Rally, held from 7th to 14th November is supposed to represent the racing premiere for the team with its new car and Ellen Lohr and Detlef Ruf in the cockpit.




“I purposely took my time to find a professional co-pilot who suits our team,� says former DTM ace Ellen Lohr. “I’m convinced that it is vital to be a well-rehearsed team, particularly when it comes to marathon rally racing. Hence, we signed a long-term deal. Detlef is young and highly motivated, yet, at the same time he’s got a lot of experience as co-pilot in the Dakar and other rallies.�

Detlef Ruf, who resides in Bavaria, Germany, has been contesting rallies since late in the 1980s. For five years already, he has been working as professional co-pilot, and in the past three years, the 35-year old gathered Dakar experience as co-pilot in fast racing trucks. “Desert rallies are the greatest you can compete in as a co-pilot,� he says. “And the Dakar represents the pinnacle of desert rally racing. To meet this challenge together with a racing driver as renowned and professional as Ellen Lohr is just great.�

Testing in Tunisia – the baptism of fire for the new M-Class prototype
The close to Stuttgart based Team ORC Sport-Service plans to extensively test the rally prototype Mercedes ML 350 Evo II from 18th to 30th September, in Tunisia. “Tunisia’s track conditions are perfect for testing on different terrains and adjusting the set-up to the respective terrains,� explains Team Principal Hans Baur. From 7th to 14th November, Ellen Lohr and Detlef Ruf will make the first racing appearance, in the Dubai Rally, thus competing with the numerous Marathon World Cup competitors who are going to contest this event. “Above all, the Dubai Rally mainly represents a learning programme, for us,� reveals Ellen Lohr. “The field in marathon rallying is extremely competitive, therefore, we want to gain experience and to get used to one another – and we want to see were we stand, compared to the other teams.�

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Dakar 2006 Mercedes Service Vehicles

<B>Andreas Renschler delivers Mercedes-Benz service fleet for the Dakar rally to Ellen Lohr and the racing team ORC

- Unimog U 400 as “Fast Service�
- Actros 3345 with all wheel drive – onboard workshop
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Viano 4Matic to complete the service fleet
- ‘Kwikpower International’ and ‘Mercedes-Benz Global Service and Parts’ as strong partners
- Former DTM racing driver Ellen Lohr is going to race behind the wheel of a rally prototype</B>

The launch of the new ‘Kwikpower Mercedes-Benz Teams’, held in Stuttgart, October 31st, represented the official starting shot for a new, exciting programme. From 31st December, former Mercedes-Benz works driver Ellen Lohr will contest the Dakar Rally, with Mercedes-Benz supporting Lohr and the racing Team ORC (based in Nellingen near Stuttgart and responsible for preparing, maintaining and entering the car) with service vehicles. “Our engagement in the Dakar Rally offers us the opportunity of proving the performance level and reliability of the Mercedes-Benz brand’s entire product range,� says Andreas Renschler, the DaimlerChrysler Board member responsible for the commercial vehicle business division.

The Unimog U 400, a vehicle that has been designed to cope with the most adverse conditions, has been entered for the truck competition and will also be used as a mobile spare parts depot. In the brand’s flagship, the Actros 3354 equipped with all wheel drive, a mobile workshop is going to accompany the event. The new high-capacity vehicle Viano 4Matic und M-Class cars will complete the service fleet. The new M-Class represents the perfect base for both service and rally cars.

Kwikpower Int. und Mercedes-Benz Service as strong partners

English company ‘Kwikpower International’ is renowned worldwide as an expert for renewable energies and fuels as well as carbon recycling. With its involvement in this project, the ‘Global Service and Parts’ business underlines its position when it comes to service and logistics. In more than 160 countries around the world, ‘Mercedes-Benz Service’ successfully conducts after-sales services. In addition to these two main sponsors, the team is supported by further strong partners such as NAVIGON, the European market leader for mobile navigation systems, and Airnergy: the young company from Hennef, Germany in the business for breathing therapy devices.

Ellen Lohr at the wheel of the rally prototype based on the M-Class

The rally car of Ellen Lohr and her co-pilot, Detlef Ruf, a prototype based on the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class, was autonomously developed by Team ORC Sportservice. The project is headed by owner Hans-Erwin Baur, with Andreas Lennartz as the designer. Following the first tests successfully completed in Tunisia, the Kwikpower Mercedes-Benz Team is now to contest the Marathon World Cup finale, held from 9th November in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and representing the team’s final test for the Dakar Rally. This year’s Dakar Rally starts on 31st December, 2005, in Lisbon, with the field having to cover approximately 9,000 kilometres across Morocco, Mali, Mauritania and Guinea before reaching the finish in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, on 15th January, 2006.

For download pictures of the team presentation and up-to-date information please visit our Media Site http://www.pr24.org/lohr. There, you also find the press kit of the Kwikpower Mercedes-Benz Team.

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There are 7 MLs registered for the Dakar 2006.


320 LOHR ELLEN RUF DETLEF MERCEDES ALL KWIKPOWER MERCEDES BENZ TEAM
328 STRUGO JEAN-PIERRE FERRI YVES MERCEDES FRA SDO/COMPETITION
332 JEAN-JOSEPH SIMON BOYERE JACK MERCEDES FRA SDO/COMPETITION
336 THOMASSE PASCAL LARROQUE PASCAL MERCEDES FRA SDO/COMPETITION
370 DRO PASCAL BASSE FRANCOIS XAVIER MERCEDES FRA GUY HOQUET AVENTURE
381 GINES JIMENEZ JOSE MARIA CORDOBA PABLO MERCEDES ESP SDO/COMPETITION
382 GALLOIS PHILLIPE BOCH LIONEL MERCEDES FRA SDO/COMPETITION

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RE: Ellen Lohr to contest Dakar 2006

<b>Kwikpower Mercedes-Benz Team Enters The Dakar Rally</b>
Posted on December 22, 2005 at 12:05 PM CST



In the world of desert rallies, few races can compare to the prestige the Dakar Rally offers its contestants. The 16 day, 5,500 mile course is one of the most difficult races in the world.

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RE: Dakar 2006

I love Dakar! Though I wish the mercedes were good as the Mitsubishi, but I believe that its not the car,but the driver....

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I love Dakar! Though I wish the mercedes were good as the Mitsubishi, but I believe that its not the car,but the driver....
The Mitsubishi are fast, but they are racing prototypes and not production vehicles...

Here's one of the fastest production vehicles in the race:

http://www.dakar.com/2006/DAK/RIDERS/us/coureurs/328.html

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RE: Ellen Lohr to contest Dakar 2006

Maybe it is me and I don't have the patience, but I have not been able to find a simple site with information about the race without all the clutter, I wanted to take a look at the different classes and was taken to a PDF file, I opened it and I closed it, &^%# it!!

How about a simple list broken down by class===standing, team, vehicle.

I am sure I am not the only one who wants a cell phone only with the numbers and off-on.
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