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The Rally Qualifying Trials

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In snow, ice and biting cold, 16 (female) Mercedes-Benz employees gathered on the Swabian Jura to prove that they had the right stuff to take their place in the cockpit of the coveted Rally Vito 4x4.

Pure challenge

In snow, ice and biting cold, 16 (female) Mercedes-Benz employees gathered on the Swabian Jura to prove that they had the right stuff to take their place in the cockpit of the coveted Rally Vito 4×4. Beforehand they had already successfully proven themselves against approximately 100 other women. The competition entered the final round on the Swabian Jura: Ultimately, there were only two spaces available for the rally. The individual trials were correspondingly demanding. While driving blindfolded, the gazelles had to place their complete trust in their co-pilot’s instructions. Under the supervision of a professional rally driver, their task on the off-road training track with an incline of up to 27% was to find the right combination of intuition and daring. In contrast, freeing a Sprinter stuck in the snow – with only shovels and sand mats – called for teamwork. The ladies had to prove their skills at cleaning the air filter and changing tires in the “Vehicle basics” section. The selection process concluded with a navigation trial over the Swabian Jura. Equipped with a compass, a map and a ruler, the aim was to find a number of checkpoints along the route home. Finally, the time had come: The Rallye Vito 4×4 was revealed at a celebratory event. Behind the windscreen the names of the two lucky victors: Sabrina Trillmann (driver) and Astrid Ebermann (navigator).

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