The most successful Budapest-Bamako so far ended in the capital of Mali on Sunday. After last year’s unfinished rally, now a real public celebration welcomed the competitors.
On Sunday at 3 pm, the sixth edition of Budapest-Bamako officially ended in Bamako, capital of Mali. At the most spectacular finish so far, African drummers and dancers welcomed the teams with Malian and international TV crews also present.
One of the first vehicles to arrive was the rusty Polski Fiat (Rat Polski Team). At the start not many would have bet on they would finish the rally… ’This is incredible but we did it!,’ said the two team members enthusiastically. They were followed closely by the Zastava and the Slovenian Renault 4.
In the racing category, Juraj and Daniela Ulrichova (Raid Adventure Team) were the first to arrive, followed by the other rcing crews. Barna Kőváry (Hungarian rally driver and TV presenter) covered the last 50 metres on foot, running, to be able to reach the finish line by the deadline, 3 pm. According to the regulations, the vehicle itself doesn’t need to cross the finish line, it’s enough ifone of the team members hands in the task sheet on time.
Only 125 of the 160 crews started arrived to Bamako and 18 of the 40 race category entries finish in the time limit. Competitors were greeted by the Malian Minister of Tourism who expressed his thank for the trust given to his country.
Soon after the finish, the annual Bamako car market started. This is the day of joy for the car dealers of Mali, as at this time they can obtain good quality 4×4 vehicles. Some of the competitors have already sold their vehicles, and the market continues on Monday and Tuesday.
At 9 pm with the closing ceremony the sixth Budapest-Bamako officially comes to an end.
A large amount of donations will be delivered from the truck of African-Hungarian Association and Kádár Sped to the local organisations tomorrow.
|Position||Race #||Team name||Points|
|1||18||GOGO DB Team||1053|
|3||38||Raid Adventure Team||1008|
|10||36||Team Always Sick But Never Dies||844|
|11||8||Savaria Motorsport Team SE||736|
|12||29||Norwegian Budapest-Bamako Team||708|
|14||5||Redda Posta Bamako Team||518|
|29||9||MCG Films Team||111|
|32||39||Space Station Plc||13|
A picture of the route
Source: Lochner Group
Among monkeys and wart-hogs, nocturnal safari in Senegal
Simenti, 28th January 2011 – Thursday’s stage ended at one of the most graphic sites of Senegal Niokolo Kobe National Park. The hell-bent competitors had to make their way through the middle of the jungle, on a 30 km long dusty dirt track at late evening. This was the first occasion in the history of the Bamako, that the teams have to face such a safari-like stage. Wart-hogs, herds of naughty mandrills and exotic birds accompanied the participants of the sixth Budapest-Bamako .
Pityu was the only one to completethe stage on time but he missed all tasks. He still is in the last position in the race. During the day, Pityu met the smallest man of Senegal, 115 cm tall Dou-Dou, to whom he gave some gifts. Until the evening only five teams managed to reach the jungle camp, some others arrived during the night altough the gates of the park were closed after sunset.
The Kőváry-Badár crew stuck outside the national park, so all their efforts on yesterday’s stage failed. Getting into the National Park at night is not an easy task, it requires foxiness, diplomacy skills and some bribe money to open the gates.
The leading crew, Turjanyi and Nagy arrived at the camp at 2 am and they didn’t want to tell anyone about how could they get into the National Park. According to the rivals, they took a short cut in the bush close to a nearby village. This is another proof that ingenuity and inventiveness are essetial for winning.
Among the „little” cars, the Zastava was the only one to make itt o the camp on time, proving their unbelievable courage. Attila Marecsko’s team completed the 30 km in almost three hours. The car is running well, brake shoes are the only worries, declared the driver of the Yugoslav machine-marvel.
By the morning, altogether teams of the racing category were able to reach the camp and hand in their task sheet. One of yesterday’s tasks: find a remote grocery in Senegal and take a pair of Barack Obama slippers. Only four teams succeeded.
On Friday morning the rally caravan woke up ont he shore of river Gambia. The stunning scenery made softened even the heart of the strict referees and they put off the briefing from 6 am to 9 am, allowing the competitors to watch the local wildlife: crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and more wart-hogs on the shore in the sunrise.
On Friday another 450 km stage and another border crossing was ont he menu for the teams, as they are to arrive in Mali.
Standings on 26th January
|Position||Race #||Team Name||Points|
|1||18||GOGO DB Team||838|
|3||38||Raid Adventure Team||798|
|10||36||Team Always Sick But Never Dies||639|
|11||8||Savaria Motorsport Team SE||536|
|13||29||Norwegian Budapest-Bamako Team||503|
|14||5||Redda Posta Bamako Team||448|
|28||9||MCG Films Team||111|
|32||39||Space Station Plc||13|
Some pictures of the route
Source: Lochner Group
Standings on 25th January
|Position||Race #||Team name||Points|
|1||18||GOGO DB Team||808|
|3||38||Raid Adventure Team||758|
|10||36||Team Always Sick But Never Dies||609|
|11||8||Savaria Motorsport Team SE||501|
|12||29||Norwegian Budapest-Bamako Team||463|
|17||5||Redda Posta Bamako Team||413|
|28||9||MCG Films Team||111|
|33||39||Space Station Plc||13|
More injuries after the toughest day of Budapest-Bamako. Pityu close to be arrested
The caravan is in Nouakchott already
On the eighth day of the rally, teams started from the desert camp near Bou Lanoar towards the scene of the traditional beach party at the B2 Beach, named after the Budapest-Bamako. But before fun they had to complete a very demanding 280 km classic Sahara stage. Most astonishing was that after the unusual summer rainfalls the desert became green. Int he first half of the day the vehicles ran in greening chotts , while int he afternoon they had hard moments int he dunes.
Another problem of the day was that the only petrol station of the stage ran out of gasoline. Many teams could go on only with balck market diesel fuel sold at an exorbitant price. „The problem is always petrol. With diesel we have never experienced such a situation. Buti t doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Andrew G. Szabo, founder of the rally. At Budapest-Bamako there is no official fuel supply, teams obtain fuel as they can.
Tension was increased also by the fact that the beach camp could be breached only at low tide. On Monday the high tide closed the route in the early evening hours.
Smaller and weaker vehicles went round the tough dune route and reached the camp directly ont he wet sand of the beach before the high tide. By the evening, Rat Polski Team, the Zastava and the Audi were there already. Many teams choose the wrong way towards the beach and they towed each other for hours int he deep wet sand.
From racing category first to arrive was Raid Adventure Team, Juraj Ulrich and Daniela Ulrichova. They coped with the dunes and with the tasks of the day in an excellent way. The only difficulty for them was that their GPS broke down. „Today we missed some points but with the aid of map, compass and our memories we reached the camp without any problem,” said Danka Ulrichova, co-driver of the Slovakian team.
Crew Badár – Kőváry was again the hero of the stage. Late at night among the dunes they helped a British and a Portuguese team. They arrived at the camp at 2 am.
Unfortunately, on Monday rescue team had quite much of work. They had to help two bikers. Zoltan Egyed fell with his bike early int he afternoon near a village called Twillit. He has been transported to a private clinic in Nouakchott with pain in ribs and shoulders. Istvan Latyak arrived int he camp late at night. He had a fall int he dunes. Rescue unit M1 transported him to Nouakchott with the eraly morning low tide. According to the X-rays, he has three fractures on his clavicule. According to Gábor Gyurkó, leader of the rescue team, if everything goes well he will be able to fly back to Budapest soon. The condition of the driver from Poland injured on Sunday is improving and he may follow the caravan to Bamako.
At the sixth Budapest-Bamako so far three of the 16 riders needed hospital treatment. „Completing the Bamako by bike is a big achievement. Many of the riders start with too much luggage, too heavy bike and minimal training,” says the founder of the rally.
So far eleven competitor needed ambulant or hospital treatment. Head injuries, broken ribs, inner bleedings and even a burn injury (the victim was cooking goulash) are in the sad statistics.
Last int he racing category, Pityu, the smallest man int he world, almost ended u pin a Mauritanian jail after the authorities found a gun in his car. „It was not hard to notice it as Pityu didn’t hide i tat all,” said Attila Lorincz. Pityu wanted to use the gun as an accessory for his circus show but the Mauritanian authorities did not accept this argument so the situtaion needed the intervention of the local organisers of the Bamako. The gun has been confiscated.
After the tough Monday, Tuesday was a day off for the competitors. They have some rest and prepare their vehicles for the last 2600 kilometres int he biggest city of the Sahara, Nouakchott. On Wednesday the rally continues with a 600 km stage into Senegal. The finish line will be at the famous Lac Rose, near Dakar.
First cars are on the ferry
The competitors had an uneventful Sunday
First day of the super marathon was uneventful for most of the teams. Some of them are already in Spain, or even ont he ferry towards Africa. Many competitors visited Monaco to have a look at the streets that host the most legendary F1 track.
Team Pasche had to stop for some repairs with a broken power steering. Visit Poland African Taxi finally was able to leave Lendava after the alternator of their Mercedes had been repaired. They have to cover almost 2500 kilometres until the ferry so they have to hurry up if they want to catch up with the rally caravan at the first African camp in Morocco…
According to jarmukovetes.hu the teams were very disciplined on Sunday: only one speeding was registered (PROMETEIA Team, Poland).
Lots of technical mishaps ont he first stage of Budapest-Bamako
Rally started with a 1094 km stage
Venice. 15th January 2011 — After evaluating the risks on Friday night, sixth edition of Budapest-Bamako started on Saturday morning with the most spectacular and funny start ceremony ever. Competitors in race category were able to get 2 points for wearing fancy dresses. The 300 Euro prize for the Best Fancy Dress went to the the team dressed as honeymooners.
Reacting to the Thursday warning of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Andrew G. Szabo, the founder of the rally said at the start ceremony that „cancelling the rally would mean a much bigger risk because 70-80 percent of the competitors would set off towards Africa anyway, without the safety measures provided by the rally.”
The teams today had to complete the longest stage of the rally. The Hungarian part of the 1094 kilometres was untroubled for all teams but shortly after the first border crossing some teams already started to experience problems. The Zastava had to stop after the Italian border, the Trabant had alternator problems and also Rat Polski had to stop for some repairs but all of them could continue. Worse was the case for Team 75 who had to stop just after crossing the Slovenian border, in Lendava. They have to change the alternator and they cannot continue until Monday morning. The Trabant was helped by Team 16 „makezdtemSanyikám” – so they will be awarded Super Hero of the Day at the briefing in Genova.