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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:35

Amy Lerner and the 2015 Rally Aicha des Gazelles

Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles
March 20 –April 15, 2015 

Amy Lerner and her navigator Sabrina Howells will join over 300 women from 32 countries to compete in the 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Crossing over 3,500 km of harsh terrain throughout Southern Morocco, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is grueling off-road rally that has gained the well-deserved reputation as the toughest all-women’s sporting event. Teams face massive dunes, steep rocky mountains, dry riverbeds and lots and lots of sand. The rally is unique whereby teams are not allowed technological assistance. In the absence of GPS, communications and service crews, teams must find the shortest distance between the checkpoints over nine days of competition with only the aid of traditional navigation – compass, outdated maps, and plotters. The event is an incredible test of endurance, patience, and teamwork, pushing competitors to their limits.

Amy Lerner is a professional off-road rally driver and has competed in a number of challenging races under some of the world’s most demanding environments. She holds a Production win, Overall Safari Production win and a Dakar Challenge at 2013’s Australasian Safari Rally following a top-ten finish in 2012’s Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. She has also won the Logica EcoChallenge for the most ecofriendly driving in the 4×4 class.  The 2015 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles will be her first time competing in the 4x4 Expert class. 

Lerner will once again be behind the wheel of her 2012 AEV Wrangler JK350. This is the same vehicle that she drove to a top-ten finish in the 2012 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles and scored multiple wins in the 2013 Australasian Safari Rally. Aside from a few safety modifications and race components, this AEV JK350 Wrangler is the same vehicle that can be purchased through any one of our AEV Certified Dealerships.

Everyone here at AEV wishes Amy and Sabrina the best of luck as they compete in the 2015 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Official competition begins on Wednesday, March 25th and you can join us in tracking Team Lerner’s (#400 – Expert Class) progress online at  http://www.rallyeaichadesgazelles.com/en/Rally/2015/the-teams/.