By Johan Laubscher
Unfortunate news has arrived from CR Racing who are contesting the 2015 Dakar Rally. The Italian team suffered electrical problems on the first leg of the event from Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz. It was a 833 km opening day split into three segments, an opening liaison of 144 km, the Special Stage of 170 km and the concluding liaison of 519 km.
The #399 Audi V6 TDI powered Titano began Sunday's Special Stage as the 97th starting car at 12:12.30 local time and began suffering electrical issues within the opening kilometres. After replacing the battery and alternator, they made it through CP1 (passage control point) at the 15 km mark in an agonising time of 4:11.29, running 136th of 137 starters. The electrical problems continued and crippled the car in-between CP1 and CP2, kilometres 15 and 69, leaving the Titano and its driving crew of Michele Cinotto and Fulvio Zini stranded in the stage.
It was a sad end to CR Racing's 2015 Dakar campaign, but the Italian team still deserves much congratulating in getting the car built and completed in time for their Dakar attempt. All of the team members involved worked flat-out in order to complete the build and preparation. As was stated on the the CR Racing twitter feed before their departure from Italy: "Trust us, none of those who have built @CRracing_dakar new car have saved effort and sweat."
Hopefully this will not be the end of the CR Racing Titano and that it will be seen in rally raid competition in the future.
You can find CR Racing on Twitter HERE (@CRracing_dakar) and Facebook HERE.