I’m the sort of person who has a natural drive to get ahead. Off-road – and seriously off-road: we wanted to go to the places where other drivers give up. Yes, it’s mad, actually. If you look at the story of how we started out. We were 13 minutes quicker than the second-placed vehicle. But in relation to 24 hours’ driving time – i.e. all the stages together – that’s nothing at all. It’s equivalent to a wheel change. It’s a Unimog 1311 built in 1988, and the engine is an OM 366 LA. It’s never let us down. The big advantages are: Going into tough sections like extreme inclines or really deep mud or river crossings – that’s when its strengths come to the fore. The Unimog is very stable and extremely agile in off-road conditions. For the amateur enthusiast it’s obviously possible to get hold of parts within a normal budget. BIn a rally you’re always going need one thing or another. From sandy tracks and tank trails to extreme mud, fords, rough terrain, mountains, forest tracks, fast stretches, really deep sand, slow sections. There’s a bit of everything, that’s the nice thing about it. Unimog now dominates the field, overall. The highlights for me are always the fast sections through the forest in Poland. The tracks are narrow with a lot of sand. The Unimog can hit speeds over 100 km/h, which is awesome. And even if it gets bogged down it’s not hard to get out again. We’ve hardly ever got so stuck that we couldn’t pull ourselves free without our own cable winch. I am one of the two components of the service team. And I work in the service department as well, and he’s my boss. Steffen’s job is to drive fast and not have to worry about the vehicle. If any repairs are needed we have to try and get them done overnight so he can be ready at the start again the next morning. We aren’t professional mechanics. But you can pick up what you need to know. Unimog is more than a vehicle – it’s the foundation for a really good community. We always help each other out and it’s really good fun, the community thing. It’s our hobby, our passion.