GERMAN DUO WIN PLACE IN 2012 MONTE CARLO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RALLY

The final Green Cars Challenge event of the year is complete, and we can now reveal the overall winners from all the challenges that have taken place since 5 March 2011.

I am delighted to announce Thomas Irath and Thomas Eichmann as this year’s winning team. The German duo finished their 160 km challenge from Neuchâtel through Gurnigel, organised by TAG Heuer Germany on 14 September, with a fantastic total of 203 km battery life remaining.

Their prize is a place in the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally from 22 to 25 March 2012, where they will drive one of the five cars in my Green Cars Challenge team. Interestingly, the winning pair used the same car – 332 – that I drove to victory in the Monte Carlo Rally 2011.

The two Thomases showed a great sense of orientation, as well as skilful time management and energy efficiency in their Tesla Roadster 2.5. Their excellent performance should stand them in good stead for their first ever rally, during which respect for 50 km/h speed limits and management of their car’s battery life will be constant factors.

I am really looking forward to seeing this brilliant pair again at the start of the 13th Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally. I would like to thank Jean Christophe Babin, CEO of TAG Heuer, for the confidence he has placed in Green Cars SA throughout 2011, and for his continued support in 2012.

Erik COMAS

 

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