Hoffmann International Real Estate Group, DLS Immobilien Invest Service GmbH, Hotel Schloss Fuchsmühl, Black Forest Quadwww.hiraidsport.com
By his own admission, Bernd Hoffmann has been fascinated by motorsport since childhood, although it was not until recently that the 54-year-old entrepreneur actually began racing. In 2015, he was invited to attend Baja Aragon by X-Raid founder Sven Quandt, and realised that getting involved in cross-country rallies might not be as complicated as he had first thought. He entered the Spanish championship in 2017 and was later introduced to Germany-based Juan Carlos Carignani, who has already participated in the Dakar five times on a quad. The 49-year-old has come through some dramatic moments on the world's toughest rally, even recording a farewell message for his loved ones early in the 2015 edition when he found himself stranded in the Argentine wilderness. He recovered to finish 13th and has emerged as one of the Dakar's most colourful characters, always willing to help out a fellow competitor in need. His experience is likely to be invaluable as he and Bernd look to stay sensible over the Peruvian dunes and make it safely to the finish line in Lima.
“I'm always open to adventures! I first thought about doing the Dakar a very long time ago, but firstly I had no money, and secondly I had no time, so I forgot about it. Then three years ago, my friend Sven from Mini invited me to Baja Aragon. I saw all the guys racing in buggies and SxS, and I thought 'the level isn't so high, I can do it too'. So I started racing in the Spanish championship. I met Juan Carlos through a quad dealer in Freiburg. He's Spanish-speaking, and he made the connection because I also speak Spanish. So Juan Carlos and I raced together at Baja Aragon, where we had bad luck and lost a place on the podium because of a late penalty. We were celebrating with a beer when we found out! He knows Dakar, he knows Peru, which is a big advantage of course. And my driving is good. I'd say our manpower is good but the car is not the strongest, not as well prepared as some others. So we can't go too quickly, we have to be realistic and not think we can be in the top three. First and foremost, we'd like to finish somehow. That's our primary target.”
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