Ellen Lohr at the 40th Dakar Rally

Rennfahrerin und Rednerin Ellen Lohr bei der Rallye Dakar 2018

On January 6, 2018, the spectacular Dakar Rally started for the 40th time in South America. More than 14 stretches through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina with a total of 332 vehicles - 190 motor bikes and quads, 100 cars and 42 trucks, some of which covered a total distance of 8,793 kilometres. With its highly demanding course, this year’s race has been the racing series’ toughest Dakar Rally so far. Female automobile racer and Global Topspeaker Ellen Lohr has attended the world’s most famous off-road race twelve times already. As a driver and head of team, she is well aware of the rally’s challenges and in 2018 she passed on her insider knowledge in her capacity as Germany’s media representative.

As a member of the press team of the French sports organiser A.S.O (Amaury Sport Organisation), she travelled 9,000 km in the press car. Together with her team, she updated motorsports enthusiasts with daily videos on the participants’ daring courses via autobild.de, motorsport-magazin.com and racing-tv.de.

Ellen Lohr herself is one of the most famous and most successful female motorsports racers all over the world. The professional race driver is the only woman to have won a race in the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) so far and with more than 30 years of professional experience can draw on an enormous amount of expertise in motorsports. The Global Topspeaker integrates her concentrated experience into her fascinating presentations on the future of mobility. Ellen Lohr is always in tune with the times and pays particular attention to the latest technological developments in professional racing.

The Dakar Rally started on January 6 in the Peruvian capital of Lima and ended in an extremely fast track rally in the Argentinian city of Cordoba on January 20. Seven of the 14 legs of the race led through dunes far away from any paved roads and in part even went up to heights of 3,000 metres above sea level.

During the Global Topspeakers Event „Motorsport hautnah“ (Motorsport up close), motorsports enthusiasts can – besides attending race driver Ellen Lohr’s captivating presentations – also take a glimpse into the backstage area of the fast-paced races.

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