“Now, together with Q Motorsport, we at Audi Sport are switching back to race mode after an important development phase,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Rolf Michl. “All team members know only too well that no test can replace a race. Morocco is our dress rehearsal for the new car and, at the same time, for the Dakar Rally.” In the first week of October, the groups cowl 1,583 kilometers on six particular levels at the Morocco Rally with begin and end in Agadir. The complete distance, together with the liaison sections, extends to 2,319 kilometers.
“We have a clear goal,” explains Uwe Breuling, Head of Vehicle Operations Audi Sport. “This time it’s not about the individual sporting results but about completing as many kilometers as possible without any setbacks. It’s important to us to thoroughly prepare man and machine for the Dakar Rally.” A particular function this 12 months is the geographical location of the occasion, which can be held in the southwest of the nation for the first time. “My previous rally experience is therefore of little use to me this year,” says Stéphane Peterhansel, who received there in 2004, 2009 and 2010. “Basically, this rally remains the ideal dress rehearsal for the Dakar. Dunes, sandy trails, small mountains with stony ground, but also fast tracks on solid ground are exactly the variety we will encounter next January as well.” The bivouac is nearer to the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco, however the levels lead inland. “Since we’re going far south, the temperatures will probably be similar to our recent test,” Peterhansel stated.