Giti Tire is thrilled to announce its partnership with the ‘Giti Gazelles’ off-road driving team, which will include a variety of driving and community support activities. Headlining the events in the first half of the year will be the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles desert rally held in Morocco from Sept 17 - Oct 2 (moved from May due to travel restrictions). The rally is the original women only off-road rally raid and the only one with ISO-14001 environmental accreditation.
The Giti Gazelles team brings together passionate and seasoned driving veteran Helen Tait Wright and experienced navigator Sue Alemann, as well as their beloved vehicle named Priscilla. Helen grew up on an English farm and has spent her working life in the design world. She has been a car fanatic all her life and says being behind the wheel is her happiest place. The 2021 event will be her second participation in the Rallye des Gazelles. Sue is from New Zealand where she learned to navigate on the waters around Auckland, a skill she has already proven in off shore sailing in the northern hemisphere. A consultant by profession, and an adventurer at heart, this will be Sue’s first navigation in the Sahara. Priscilla is a Land Rover Defender 110, one of several Land Rovers in Helen’s garage, and is fully prepared by the team for her second running in the desert adventure. Based in France, the team travels frequently throughout Europe as well as other locations, such as the upcoming North Africa event. Priscilla is equipped with Giti4x4 AT70 tires, which enable both on-road and off-road action throughout different terrains.
"Having Giti Tire as our Principal Partner for this challenging all woman event has enabled us to participate in training in Morocco ahead of the event and to focus more on our preparation. In addition we are of course so excited and proud to be running their technologically advanced All Terrain Tires, the AT70s, in the competition for the first time”, explained Tait Wright and Alemann.
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is a unique event, first started in 1990. Since its creation, the all-female rally has developed a new vision for motorsports – using no GPS and taking place entirely off-road. Its focus is utilizing a navigation plan by each team to achieve success during the 15 day adventure, rather than an emphasis on speed.
In addition to the driving action, Giti Tire and the Gazelles are excited to sponsor community support projects along with the event, which will focus on environmental initiatives – as well as educational support in rural Morocco.
The partnership with the Giti Gazelles continues Giti’s commitment for diversity, as well as encouraging the empowerment of females in motorsports. This also includes the company’s ongoing partnership with the ‘Girls Only’ Giti/WS Racing Team - an elite all-female racing team that has seen great success in recent years, including winning its group in Nürburgring VLN racing action and strong performances in the past two 24 Hours Nürburgring races on Giti tires.
Be sure to check out www.giti.com and Giti’s social media for much more about the Giti Gazelles team and the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in the coming months. In addition, you can find out additional facts about the Rally on their website.
About Giti Tire
Giti Tire Group (headquartered in Singapore) has roots in the tire business going back to 1951 and is now one of the world’s largest tire companies. Giti Tire produces a broad range of tire products, serving major original equipment vehicle manufacturers, auto-service outlets, motorsports teams, tire dealers, and consumers in more than 130 countries worldwide. The company has eight production centers in three countries, including a newly opened tire factory in South Carolina, USA.
In addition to its wide network and motorsports presence, Giti Tire is also heavily focused on green production and community efforts, including participation in local education and environmental efforts to create a better society.
Find out more at www.giti.com
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