Originally Posted by nachtflug
so if one were to have undertaken this as a support person, how many days total would a trip like this involve?
Hi Nachtflug - It depends on what you intend to offer as support - a lot of the teams include vehicle transport from the UK (or wherever) and back, which obviously takes a couple of days each way, plus the ferry from France to Tunisia is an overnight, then you have a good half day (7+ hours) drive from Tunis to Douz where the rally starts and finishes.
If you are just flying in (as a mechanic for example), then typically two days before the start and one day after is really all you need - although I know a number of competitors actually extended their stay a few days to make the most of the nice hotels and good weather at this time of year.
To give you an example, the Torque Racing crew were originally flying out on the Thursday evening, we'd have to drive through the night when we landed, to spend the Friday prepping and scrutineering - then seven days of race support, and fly home again the day after the finish - so 10 days in total.
As it happened, out flight out was cancelled so we ended up going out a couple of days earlier instead - it certainly made the journey down a lot less of a rush.