Haan-Gruiten, 17 October 2016 – After an overwhelming victory in the Balkans Rally in mid-September, the amateur truck racing Team Heidenreich came in first in the refurbished UH-1 Unimog/Hummer UH-i only two weeks later at the BAJA Deutschland. This time, the boss in the cockpit was chief mechanic Sascha Fichte, who mastered his first rally as a driver at this year's BAJA. The co-pilots were Hermann Schmitz and Jan Borzym. For the first time in a rally truck, the winning vehicle was equipped with a hydro-pneumatic suspension. The technology was provided by BAJA Deutschland truck rally sponsor and suspension specialist HEMSCHEIDT.
Already in the Balkans Rally the rebuilt Hummer proved that it is very fast on off-road terrain. This was now also confirmed in Hohenmölsen. After the first of the two days of competition, the Team Heidenreich was in 1st position, more than seven minutes ahead of the 2nd place vehicle in the truck class up to 7.5 t. On the second day, the lead seemed to wither away due to a considerable loss of time caused by a flat tire and assisting in a salvage operation. However, the team was then credited four minutes by the race management for the time of the salvage operation due to the blocked track. Thus, victory was secured after nearly 500 kilometres with a lead of 2 minutes and 39 seconds.
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Dr. Mark Wöhrmann, Managing Director of BAJA sponsor HEMSCHEIDT Fahrwerktechnik gladly accepts the winner’s cup: “The BAJA Deutschland is a spectacular off-road event for all truck sport enthusiasts. Together with Team Heidenreich, we sent our innovative hydro-pneumatic suspension into the race. This year’s two victories speak for themselves. We are very proud of the team and of the fact that we were able to demonstrate the benefits of our suspension technology under extremely harsh rally conditions.”
A total of 30 competitors started at the BAJA Deutschland on the former opencast mining site located near Hohenmölsen, south of Leipzig, in the truck classes sponsored by HEMSCHEIDT. Behind Team Heidenreich, Steffen Braun and Christian Koepke in a Mercedes Unimog came in second place in the truck category up to 7.5 t. Third were Patrick and Kevin Toepfer and Danny Heyde, also in a Mercedes Unimog. Three German teams occupied the first places in the class over 7.5 t. Winner in this class were Mathias Behringer, Stefan Henken and Marty van den Oever in an MAN SX. Second place went to Tom Heuer and Tobias Henschel in a Tatra 815. Tilo Süptitz, Rene Steinbach and Lars Hiller finished third in a KAMAZ 4911.