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2019 ITINERARY
The recce for the 11th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE recently completed and our team of adventurers back safely, we have been working on the finalization of the road books and can assure you that this edition will be yet again, full of good surprises. New tracks in Morocco and Mauritania, new challenges in the dune strips of Morocco, for an enriched Rally Raid experience. Through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, come and tackle, again, or for the first time, the lands of these beautiful countries, on the tracks of Thierry SABINE.
Stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram and on our website www.theracetodakar.com

VIP TRIP – From 11th to 14th of January 2019
With the success of the 10th edition, we have decided to reiterate the VIP Trip. Applaud the heroes of the AFRICA ECO RACE on January 13th 2019, on the banks of the "Lac Rose". You will attend, as privileged spectators, the arrival of all the competitors at this mythical location. A tailor-made experience for 4 unforgettable days on Senegalese land.

A RISING MEDIA COVERAGE
For this 11th edition, the AFRICA ECO RACE will maintain large media coverage on Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Motorsport TV, our official diffusers. After last year’s success of the LIVE Facebook, a daily LIVE will be broadcasted on the Eurosport digital platforms as well as the ones of the AFRICA ECO RACE.

Once again, we will focus on developing an interactive media coverage through all social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, thanks to our inhouse team as well as our partnering influencers. Experience the AFRICA ECO RACE through the eyes of the actors of this adventure.


Source Africa Eco Race's official press release
Last day for all participants of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race to honor all those who managed to reach Dakar after more than 6000 kilometers. The Lac Rose welcomed these heroes who have all been able to parade on the podium in front of the public.
One last session
All participants had to leave the bivouac in the early morning even before sunrise to join the start of a final fling. After 230 kilometers of liaison, it is on the beach on the shores of Lac Rose that they started for 22 kilometers. A final boost to celebrate the end of the competition before taking the podium to end this 10th Africa Eco Race. Reward for some, deliverance for others, this last day was celebrated in the middle of a crowd where locals and the entourage of some competitors came to enjoy the show.
Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) opened the show by crossing the finish line ahead of all the cars to blow the dust one last time by slipping 360 degrees in front of the public. A final battle with Dimitri Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) on the beach before enjoying their final victory. The big winners of this edition were congratulated by the number one motorbike rider, Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) while Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO), winner on truck category, congratulated Tomas Tomecek (CZE / TATRA) for his 2nd place.
Smiles and champagne
Everyone had a smile, happy to be reunited one last time to celebrate their adventure. The traditional parade on the podium allowed the drivers to pay tribute to their staff by getting them up for a photo shoot and a champagne shower. A little further, the spectators could approach the vehicles queuing, some children have even been able to get inside some cars for a photo.
Jean-Louis Schlesser and René Metge also had a big smile on their faces, delighted that this new race went so well. Jean-Louis was even already focused on the next edition: "we already have registrants, and seeing the joy of the Dutch this year, it should grow fast." As much on the side of the organization as competitors, the slogan was the same despite fatigue: "Heading for next year!".
 
Overall ranking
Car
1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA)
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS)
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) 
Bike : 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) 
3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR)
Truck : 
1. Gerard De Rooy / Darek Rodewald / Moi Torrellardona n°400 (NDL)
2. Tomas Tomecek n°401 (CZE)
3. Johannes Van De Laar / Ben Van De Laar / Adolphus Huijgens n°406 (NDL)



Official press release


11TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA : AKJOUJT / SAINT LOUIS : 558 KM

The last stage of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race was here to confirm the winners of the competition. On a fast track of 219 kilometers, all participants could enjoy the last leg with no pressure and putted an end to their efforts over the last 15 days.
 
What happiness
With a last start on the bivouac this morning, the caravan of the Africa Eco Race could look at the start at sunrise. In a pretty relaxed atmosphere knowing that the podiums were already known, the competitors were especially relieved to leave the biggest dunes behind them. They all desired to finish well and have fun one last time before celebrating the end of a rally particularly intense this year with their teams who came at the finish line.
 
Serradori and Lurquin relieved, Italy honored
There was a lot of emotion for the Serradori Racing Team as the two heroes of this Africa Eco Race emerged from buggy number 202. After an intense battle for nearly ten days alongside last year's winner, Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) win the most beautiful victory of their career. The Franco-Belgian crew was very moved to share this moment with their team on arrival, we even saw a few tears in the eyes of Fabian, so proud to achieve such results after many years of effort and hard work. They finish second of the day's leg, regardless of the time, the main thing was to get to the end. It's the buggy of Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) that makes the scratch today, a last important victory to finish the race after suffering during the first three days due to mechanical problems. Disappointed for not being able to fight for the podium, they were feeling better after this second Mauritanian week. Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) did not manage to win the race two years in a row. The Russian crew finished second overall and suffered a lot from the Mauritanian sand that cost them a lot this week. Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) offer themselves a final podium before officially climbing on the 3rd step at Lac Rose tomorrow.
Despite all his efforts to catch the podium, Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) signed a very good 4th place overall for his first participation and finished at the top of the trucks, about thirty minutes behind Pascal Thomasse.
It was a ggod day for Italy with the leg's victory for Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA) just ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) the big winner of this 10th Africa Eco Race. For his second participation, the favorite of this rally held his rank and was congratulated by the double winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who came to the finish line for the occasion. Forced to give up because of engine problems, the Norwegian could not compete with Ceci this year but looks forward to taking revenge next year. Luis Oliveira (POR / PROTO) made it to cross the finish line alongside his compatriot Rui Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA). The two Portuguese take respectively 2nd and 3rd place of the overall ranking. A very good performance for Luis, youngest participant who at 25 makes a remarkable entry into the world of rallying.
 
Mathieu SERRADORI: 

"There will surely be more emotions tomorrow at Lac Rose, we had a wonderful race thanks to a great team without whom we would never have done it, three years ago I did not think that we could reach such a level especially against big competitors like Vasilyev. "


Pascal THOMASSE: 

"We came to play the win, to finish on the podium is a very good result, I do not make forecasts for next year, I'm too young!"


Guillaume GOMEZ: 

"It was still a great stage today, almost perfect for us, it feels good to finish like that, we lived three cursed days at the beginning, it's a shame, we immediately lost all chance to fight for the classification but since Mauritania we feel better. I want to congratulate Mathieu Serradori who did a wonderful job. "


Paolo CECI: 

"I'm very happy to win this year, it was a dream. It was really hard but I did a good job in navigation. I want to thank my wife Sarah who helped me a lot and supported me and of course my whole team too. I had a lot of pressure from the start in Monaco, it was an extraordinary race especially in Mauritania. "


Simone AGAZZI: 

"I am very happy to win the leg today and especially very happy for Paolo, it was a very good race for Italy and I will remember all my life the Mauritanian sand with its dunes so difficult to conquer."




Ranking stage 11 Akjoujt / St Louis : 558km*
Car / Truck :

1. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) 01 :36 :19
2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :01 :42
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :04 :40
 
Bike :
1. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) 02 :00 :39
2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :01 :59
2. Jonathan Blackburn n°128 (GBR) + 00 :06 :35
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Overall ranking*
Car / Truck : 

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 40 :18 :50
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 01 :07 :31
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 04 :10 :40

Bike : 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 47 :21 :53
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 01 :26 :20
3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR) + 06 :43 :27
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Complete ranking on this link : http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home


Source Africa Eco Race
  

 
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR AFRICA ECO RACE 2019
That is it, the end of the long summer nights on the warm sand… The AFRICA ECO RACE team is back to school! 
The telephone and emails have started up again in order to reply to all the competitors signing up with the before September 15th, when the entry fees will change. We have really seen a rise in popularity, as the 2019 caravan is already bigger than the previous year!
AFRICA ECO RACE is becoming a key event on the calendar!

SEPTEMBER 15th, END OF THE 1st RATES
At AFRICA ECO RACE, like at a majority of events in this sport, the entry fees grid varies depending on the sign up date. At the moment we are still in the first entry fees box, and this low price will only stay until September 15th 2018. This means all you, future competitors, have only a few more days in order to be part of the AFRICA ECO RACE at a very interesting rate.
We would like to remind you also that our entry fees are the same fees as last year. 
Come join us and sign up today !  Visit : Registration online

THE AFRICA ECO RACE TEAM OUT ON THE FIELD
The AFRICA ECO RACE 2019 course is freshly completed. The key motto for the creation crew was “a minimum of liaison for a maximum of racing”.
The opening team is gone for 3 weeks to discover over 6500km of track in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, in order to create the road books. 
A tough job, but one that needs to be done correctly to insure the perfect quality and precision of the itinerary which will enable the competitors to give their maximum whilst seen some of the most amazing country side in Africa. 
This is also the opportunity for the team to meet the local, regional and governmental authorities of each province and work with them in order to create the best course for the racers, the assistance crews and take the time to exchange some words with the local African populations.

Soon on our website and our social media, you will be able to discover all the photos from the team during this road book creation mission : www.thereacetodakar.com


Source Africa Eco Race's official press release
The last stage of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race was here to confirm the winners of the competition. On a fast track of 219 kilometers, all participants could enjoy the last leg with no pressure and putted an end to their efforts over the last 15 days.

What happiness

With a last start on the bivouac this morning, the caravan of the Africa Eco Race could look at the start at sunrise. In a pretty relaxed atmosphere knowing that the podiums were already known, the competitors were especially relieved to leave the biggest dunes behind them. They all desired to finish well and have fun one last time before celebrating the end of a rally particularly intense this year with their teams who came at the finish line.
Serradori and Lurquin relieved, Italy honored
There was a lot of emotion for the Serradori Racing Team as the two heroes of this Africa Eco Race emerged from buggy number 202. After an intense battle for nearly ten days alongside last year's winner, Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) win the most beautiful victory of their career. The Franco-Belgian crew was very moved to share this moment with their team on arrival, we even saw a few tears in the eyes of Fabian, so proud to achieve such results after many years of effort and hard work. They finish second of the day's leg, regardless of the time, the main thing was to get to the end. 
It's the buggy of Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) that makes the scratch today, a last important victory to finish the race after suffering during the first three days due to mechanical problems. Disappointed for not being able to fight for the podium, they were feeling better after this second Mauritanian week. 
Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) did not manage to win the race two years in a row. The Russian crew finished second overall and suffered a lot from the Mauritanian sand that cost them a lot this week. 
Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) offer themselves a final podium before officially climbing on the 3rd step at Lac Rose tomorrow.
Despite all his efforts to catch the podium, Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) signed a very good 4th place overall for his first participation and finished at the top of the trucks, about thirty minutes behind Pascal Thomasse.
It was a ggod day for Italy with the leg's victory for Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA) just ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) the big winner of this 10th Africa Eco Race.
For his second participation, the favorite of this rally held his rank and was congratulated by the double winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who came to the finish line for the occasion. Forced to give up because of engine problems, the Norwegian could not compete with Ceci this year but looks forward to taking revenge next year.
Luis Oliveira (POR / PROTO) made it to cross the finish line alongside his compatriot Rui Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA). The two Portuguese take respectively 2nd and 3rd place of the overall ranking. A very good performance for Luis, youngest participant who at 25 makes a remarkable entry into the world of rallying.

What they said
Mathieu SERRADORI: 

"There will surely be more emotions tomorrow at Lac Rose, we had a wonderful race thanks to a great team without whom we would never have done it, three years ago I did not think that we could reach such a level especially against big competitors like Vasilyev. "

Pascal THOMASSE :

"We came to play the win, to finish on the podium is a very good result, I do not make forecasts for next year, I'm too young!"

Guillaume GOMEZ :

"It was still a great stage today, almost perfect for us, it feels good to finish like that, we lived three cursed days at the beginning, it's a shame, we immediately lost all chance to fight for the classification but since Mauritania we feel better. I want to congratulate Mathieu Serradori who did a wonderful job. "

Paolo CECI :

"I'm very happy to win this year, it was a dream. It was really hard but I did a good job in navigation. I want to thank my wife Sarah who helped me a lot and supported me and of course my whole team too. I had a lot of pressure from the start in Monaco, it was an extraordinary race especially in Mauritania. "

Simone AGAZZI :

"I am very happy to win the leg today and especially very happy for Paolo, it was a very good race for Italy and I will remember all my life the Mauritanian sand with its dunes so difficult to conquer. "


RESULTS 11th stage : Akjoujt / St Louis : 558km* 
Car / Truck: 

1. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) 01 :36 :19 
2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :01 :42 
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :04 :40

Bike: 
1. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) 02 :00 :39 
2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :01 :59 
2. Jonathan Blackburn n°128 (GBR) + 00 :06 :35

Overall* 
Car / Truck: 

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 40 :18 :50 
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 01 :07 :31 
3. Pasal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 04 :10 :40

Bike: 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 47 :21 :53 
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 01 :26 :20 
3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR) + 06 :43 :27 
* Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberation


Press release


The last stage of the Africa Eco Race in Mauritania again was one that was too fast for Gerard de Rooy. He pushed the Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco to the limits, but could not beat the cars and buggies that reached speeds of up to 180 kilometres. At the finish of the 219 kilometre selective section, he scored the sixth fastest time.

The eleventh stage of the Africa Eco Race started early and was not too long, as the participants today cross the border with Senegal. There is the final stage tomorrow, a ride of 20 kilometres on the beach at Lac Rose. If De Rooy still wanted to change something in the rankings, then it had to happen today, but the terrain was again not in his favor.

“There was no time to make up for today,” concluded De Rooy at the finish. “The mix of sand and speed still runs too much in favor of speed. The Africa Eco Race is a great rally and I had a great time with beautiful, long specials, but the course is still too much designed for the buggies. I can not cope with that, limited at 150.”


The tenth stage, yesterday, was the best chance for De Rooy to make it to the podium in the final classification, but that failed. 

“I screwed up myself because I got stuck for an hour,” 

he says self-critical. In the overall classification Mathieu Serradori can hardly miss the victory. De Rooy enters the final stage in fourth place. His gap on Serradori is 4.42.03. De Rooy is 32 minutes short of the podium.



Source Team De Rooy official press release
2019 AFRICA ECO RACE FROM DECEMBER 30TH 2018 TO JANUARY 13TH 2019
After the smiles and the champagne on last January 14th on the shores of Lac Rose, all the participants agreed: "Can’t wait for the next edition! ". 
The AFRICA ECO RACE team got straight to work in order to prepare the 2019 edition. 
At the program, a course with as little liaisons as possible, 100% sand stages, with landscapes that only Africa can offer, a “ 500 Miles “ stage without any assistance, and of course, the mythical Lac Rose. 
Our keywords, share the passion of cross-country rallies to live an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure! Strong emotions and good memories are guaranteed!

THE DATES
On Friday December 28th and Saturday 29th 2018, the entire Rally caravan will meet again for the technical and administrative checks in the sunniest city of France, Menton, on an improvised bivouac in the city center, right by the Mediterranean Sea.
Sunday December 30th 2018 will mark the Official Start of the 11th AFRICA ECO RACE edition. All the caravan of the Rally will then join the port of Sète to embark on the ferry which will head down to Nador in Morocco.
On Tuesday January 1st 2019, competitors will start as soon as the boat has disembarked, for 12 stages across Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
On Sunday January 13th 2019, the final stage on the mythical beach of Lac Rose will be the ending point of 6500 kms of racing.

THE COURSE
The route will be extremely variable, on brand news tracks with a lot of driving, in the heart of unforgettable landscapes with a real resting in Morocco and two loop stages in Mauritania. 
The course will be designed in such a way that the competitors will find all what they are looking for with a minimum of liaisons, also for assistances to be able to rest and fully devote themselves to their drivers and machines. 
For the second consecutive year and after last year’s success, the "500 Miles" stage without assistance will be renewed in Mauritania. It's a safe bet that this stage could shake the ranks, a few days before the finish line!

THE BIVOUACS
On the AFRICA ECO RACE, the bivouacs are comfortable, with showers and toilets, but also friendly with their big tents where everyone ends up for briefings, screen video summaries and catering. The bivouacs are also authentic in hidden places, surrounded by typical African landscapes.
The Internet will also play a major role in the media coverage of the event because in addition to the day/day broadcasting through channels, video streaming will make it possible to discover night's life at the bivouac. Like in 2018, "BIVOUAC INSIDE" will be broadcasted each evening on social media on the next edition; a wonderful way to follow you from anywhere in the world! 
For 2019, the wish of the AFRICA ECO RACE is to make an even wider media coverage through partnerships with different TV channels. Stay tuned ...


CHOOSE YOUR FORMULA
The AFRICA ECO RACE: Cars: T1, T2, T3 FIA, SSV, T4, OPEN, Motorcycles and Quads; pure happiness for sports lovers of open spaces and adventure. 
The AFRICA ECO RACE CLASSIC: Open to vehicles built before 1986 for a return to the roots for legendary vehicles. 
The AFRICA ECO RAID: Open to trucks, cars, SSV, motorcycles and quads. Discover Africa without a stopwatch with a vehicle without special preparation and at your own pace.

THE RATES
The keywords on the AFRICA ECO RACE: "all in one". 
As always, in the entry fees will be included: the round trip of the Europe / Africa for vehicles, the one-way boat trip of the participants, the bivouacs (catering), the petrol refueling on stages for motorcycles and quads, the visa for Mauritania, vehicle insurance in Mauritania and Senegal, awarding prizes. 
Just like last year, the registrations are made directly online. In just a few clicks, register and complete your registration as you go. 
Opening of the online registrations, May 15th, 2018.

OPENING TEASER OF THE 2019 EDITION
To mark the launch of the 11th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE, have a look at the teaser; a nice way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere while waiting for start on December 30th, 2018.


AFRICA ECO RACE TOUR: REMEMBER THE DATES

Like every year, Jean Louis SCHLESSER and René METGE will start their AFRICA ECO RACE TOUR. 
From now on, book your dates and contact our representatives for: 
Russia: Moscow on May 16th, 2018, Olga ZVYAGINA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Italy: Venice, June 22nd, 2018, Franco PICCO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Portugal: Lisbon, June 29th, 2018, José MARQUES: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/ranking
 
Leg 11 AKJOUJT / ST LOUIS
Overall - 13/01/2018      
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 1 36951 40:18:50   -00h27
2 0 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 2 36923 41:26:21 01:07:31 -00h30
3 0 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 37316 44:29:30 04:10:40 00h30
4 0 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 / 1 45:00:53 04:42:03 -01h00
5 0 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 4 37681 46:30:43 06:11:53 -00h30
6 0 218 JULIEN Jean Noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 5 38047 47:00:36 06:41:46 -01h04
7 0 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 6 37288 49:43:29 09:24:39 -00h30
8 0 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 7 36892 50:10:40 09:51:50 -00h24
9 0 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 / 2 50:13:25 09:54:35 -00h27
10 0 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 3 / 3 51:50:05 11:31:15 -01h05
11 0 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 8 38412 54:49:11 14:30:21 03h31
12 0 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 4 / 4 56:41:15 16:22:25 00h30
13 0 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 9 38777 57:38:02 17:19:12 07h30
14 1 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 10 37257 59:05:35 18:46:45 03h29
15 1 257 MONEYRON Jean Hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 1 / 1 60:17:35 19:58:45 00h04
16 1 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 5 / 5 61:01:13 20:42:23 -00h28
17 1 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 11 39142 61:31:43 21:12:53 04h30
18 -4 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 12 37653 61:51:58 21:33:08  
19 2 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
T4 / 6 / 6 64:15:02 23:56:12  
20 3 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
T3 / 2 / 2 65:19:33 01:00:43 02h31
21 4 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
T3 / 3 / 3 66:13:36 01:54:46 02h31
22 4 415 PATTONO Corrado
SIMONATO Giuseppe Francesco
ARNOLETTI Marco
T4 / 7 / 7 69:08:58 04:50:08 -00h25
23 4 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
T1 / 13 38018 69:43:28 05:24:38 02h31
24 4 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
T3 / 4 / 4 70:50:40 06:31:50 03h30
25 4 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 14 38384 71:09:00 06:50:10 06h30
26 4 253 RUFFIER Jean Claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 5 / 5 71:33:21 07:14:31 02h31
27 4 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
T3 / 6 / 6 73:02:01 08:43:11 00h30
28 5 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
T1 / 15 39508 74:06:20 33:47:30 16h30
29 3 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 1 36893 74:23:06 34:04:16 07h30
30 4 408 HOONDERT Adwin
HOEFNAGELS Wilko
GILLIS Jac
T4 / 8 / 8 75:46:48 35:27:58 10h00
31 4 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
T1 / 16 37622 76:20:36 36:01:46 07h30
32 4 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 9 / 9 79:18:13 38:59:23 16h30
33 4 226 VAN LIESHOUT Gerard
SLAATS Guido
T2 / 2 36924 81:17:09 40:58:19 08h00
34 4 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
T3 / 7 / 7 82:05:48 41:46:58 12h03
35 6 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 17 36982 89:53:49 01:34:59 20h34
36 6 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
T1 / 18 38749 98:24:35 10:05:45 24h33
37 9 242 FREBOURG Loic
BOULAY Franck
T2 / 3 37258 110:21:43 22:02:53 36h06
38 9 246 GALLANT Eric
ANCEL Jean-marc
T2 / 4 37289 124:55:01 12:36:11 43h15
39 9 251 BARBU Claudiu Laurentiu
SPIRIDON Paul Nicusor
T3 / 8 / 8 128:07:45 15:48:55 43h00
                 
The 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race is giving its best two days before the arrival in Dakar. After the most difficult stage yesterday, the sand is still a big part of the menu for the competitors today with a 453 kilometers leg. You had to be patient on arrival to see the fastest finish two hours behind schedule.
Mountains of dunes
It is in a valley with mountains and dunes scenery that competitors started this morning. Tired of the previous day's efforts, cars and bodies were spared with a later awakening thanks to a 45-kilometer short link before seeing the first bikes start at 8:43 am. And you had to be well awake from the beginning to tackle a big dune crossing from the first kilometers. A warm up for the continuation of the route more and more complicated in the middle of the mountains of dunes where it was necessary to follow the right direction in order not to be lost in a very soft sand. What a relief then to find the finish line at the entrance of the bivouac located a few kilometers from the city of Akjoujt.
The big win for Laure and Crespo, Ceci still there

"I don't know how we did it ...",

these are the first words spoken by Dominique Laure and Christophe Crespo (FRA / OPTIMUS) coming out of their yellow buggy just behind the finish line. 6h21'19" of race on the most complicated day, 13'07" better than the leaders of the Serradori Racing Team, an exceptional performance for these amateurs for their first participation in the race. Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) maintain their leadership with a 57'28" lead over Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) who finished 4th today. Another buggy from MD Rallye Sport took 3rd place, Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) managed to reach the podium on this leg, quiet worthy of the biggest African rallies.
Beautiful story of the day belongs to Loïc Bonnevie and Sophie Hamys (FRA / CAN-AM) who finishes 6th today. An achievement because it is the best performance ever made by an SSV on the Africa Eco Race since its beginning.
Another nice surprise for the trucks as Johannes Van De Laar (NL / DAF) finishes first of the category. He crossed the finish line just ahead of Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) who stopped to let him pass, the fairplay of the Dutchman who wanted to thank his compatriot for taking it out of the sand during the leg
In motorbikes, the wisdom and experience of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) have struck again. The strong leader is ahead of Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA). Luis Oliveira (POR / PROTO) is relegated 3rd because of a 23 minutes penalty. Another blow for Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who was forced to give up half-way because of a new engine problem.
QUOTES...
Dominique LAURE :

"It's hard to believe in this victory, it's a big surprise! We stopped twice in the sand without wasting too much time, this is my first rally and I feared the dunes. Yesterday we had troubles in the sand, so today we decided to go slowly and then we accelerated, it ends very well for us. We are finished with the dunes, we are very happy. "

Mathieu Serradori

"Where is Vasilyev ?! ... This one was not stolen! We helped each other all day with Fabian, it was the most difficult leg for us. We went into the dunes, we doubled Vasilyev who was stuck in the sand and we did not go out badly. Moreover the radio broke down in the end, we had to communicate in sign language up to the arrival."

Guillaume GOMEZ :

"It was difficult ... very hard ... This leg surprised us, we did not expect it, we got stuck in the sand five or six times at the beginning and then we lost another 45 minutes a little further, we are tired by the stress but the ending is good."

Paolo CECI :

"It was even harder than yesterday! There were a lot of difficult dunes to cross and a complicated navigation. I'm happy, the tough part is done, I just have to be carefull without making a mistake until Lac Rose now. "

Simone AGAZZI :

"Today it was intense, very complicated in the sand but I enjoyed it."

Luis OLIVEIRA :

"It was long and very difficult with complicated dunes to cross, but I'm doing well, I ride a lot with Ceci and I managed to finish the last 50 kilometers alone, I'm very happy.



Official press release
12TH STAGE IN SENEGAL
SAINT LOUIS / DAKAR : 230 KM

Last day for all participants of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race to honor all those who managed to reach Dakar after more than 6000 kilometers. The Lac Rose welcomed these heroes who have all been able to parade on the podium in front of the public.

One last session
All participants had to leave the bivouac in the early morning even before sunrise to join the start of a final fling. After 230 kilometers of liaison, it is on the beach on the shores of Lac Rose that they started for 22 kilometers. A final boost to celebrate the end of the competition before taking the podium to end this 10th Africa Eco Race. Reward for some, deliverance for others, this last day was celebrated in the middle of a crowd where locals and the entourage of some competitors came to enjoy the show. 
Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) opened the show by crossing the finish line ahead of all the cars to blow the dust one last time by slipping 360 degrees in front of the public. A final battle with Dimitri Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) on the beach before enjoying their final victory. 
The big winners of this edition were congratulated by the number one motorbike rider, Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) while Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO), winner on truck category, congratulated Tomas Tomecek (CZE / TATRA) for his 2nd place.
 

Smiles and champagne
Everyone had a smile, happy to be reunited one last time to celebrate their adventure.
The traditional parade on the podium allowed the drivers to pay tribute to their staff by getting them up for a photo shoot and a champagne shower. 
A little further, the spectators could approach the vehicles queuing, some children have even been able to get inside some cars for a photo. 
Jean-Louis Schlesser and René Metge also had a big smile on their faces, delighted that this new race went so well. Jean-Louis was even already focused on the next edition:

"we already have registrants, and seeing the joy of the Dutch this year, it should grow fast." 

As much on the side of the organization as competitors, the slogan was the same despite fatigue: "Heading for next year! ».
 
Tomecek a real hero 
This one deserves to become a legend. Tomas Tomecek (CZE / TATRA) has achieved a feat by reaching Dakar alone in his truck from Monaco. More than 6,000 kilometers later, the triple winner of the event manages to finish his 8th Africa Eco Race in 9th place. He braved the dunes, came out of complicated situations without help and took up the crazy bet that he embarked on to spice up his race. He finished 2nd in the trucks behind Gérard De Rooy (NL / IVECO). "I'm happy like a child, it's a dream come true," he said just behind the podium at Lac Rose.

SSV in the spotlight 

Jean-Hugues Moneyron and Thierry Maury (SEN-FRA / CF MOTO) will have reached the end of their goal. This crew of Team Dakar dreamed of joining their city in Senegal by overcoming the race with their SSV. And yet mechanical problems at the end of the first week had complicated things but the motivation and determination of the team composed of two other crews led them safely. They finish 15th in the event and were received as heroes in the country. Special mention to Jean-Claude Ruffier and Jérome Bos (FRA / CAN AM) who take 26th place with the oldest driver of the event. At 78, he finishes his first rally-raid ... it's never too late!

T2 podium 
In the classic 4x4 it is Poland that has the best ride on the 4006 km leg. Robert Szustkowski and Albert Gryszczuk (POL / FORD) of the R-Sixteam team were the fastest and won the trophy in their category and finished 29th in the competition. Gérard Van Lieshout and Guido Slaats (NL / TOYOTA) are 2nd in the category ahead of Loïc Frebourg and Franck Boulay (FRA / TOYOTA) who complete the podium

Blackburn, first of the "malle-motos", Rafferty best veteran
They were nine to embark on the adventure in "malle-motos". These riders who receive no assistance but just a trunk transported by the organization are often those who sleep the least on the bivouac. Thus they find every night the minimum necessary to reach Dakar and are left to themselves to take care of their mechanics. 
Among them, Jonathan Blackburn (GBR / KTM) achieves the best performance by taking the 5th place. This morning he was relieved to finish and was especially eager to recover with a good night's sleep. Nathan Rafferty (USA / KTM) finished just behind but won the title in the veteran category.

Team Ullevalseter, youth and experience
This team still has a bright future. Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) is already experienced at the age of 49 and with two victories in the Africa Eco Race, even if he intends to return to wipe his failure this year, the Norwegian has decided to talk youth. 
As a national coach, he has selected two young drivers to join him on the adventure of the African desert. Felix Jensen and Marius Helmersen are 26 years old and have participated for the first time in their young career in a full-scale rally. 
The Norwegian succession is ensured with the nice 4th place of Felix in the overall classification. A performance all the more remarkable since he had an eye surgery to treat his vision problems and took a year to recover. The three team-mates are now looking forward to coming back next year to let their experience talk.

Overall: 
Car: 

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) 

Bike: 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) 
3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR) 

Truck: 

1. Gerard De Rooy / Darek Rodewald / Moi Torrellardona n°400 (NDL) 
2. Tomas Tomecek n°401 (CZE) 
3. Johannes Van De Laar / Ben Van De Laar / Adolphus Huijgens n°406 (NDL)
 
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/ranking​​​​​​​
 
LEG 11 AKJOUJT / ST LOUIS
Overall - 13/01/2018      
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 101 CECI Paolo / 1 450 / 1 47:21:53   -00h15
2 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis Miguel / 2 450 / 2 48:48:13 01:26:20 00h10
3 0 115 OLIVEIRA Rui / 3 / 1 54:05:20 06:43:27 -00h27
4 0 121 JENSEN Felix / 4 450 / 3 55:55:20 08:33:27 -00h30
5 0 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan / 5 450 / 4 56:04:59 08:43:06 -00h30
6 0 133 RAFFERTY Nathan / 6 450 / 5 57:20:38 09:58:45 -01h44
7 0 165 SANCHEZ Julien / 7 450 / 6 57:22:17 10:00:24 -00h30
8 0 106 RAHM Henrik / 8 / 2 58:18:16 10:56:23 -00h40
9 0 103 ZATKO Jan / 9 / 3 58:58:28 11:36:35 -00h40
10 0 109 PICCO Franco / 10 450 / 7 60:29:06 13:07:13 -00h37
11 1 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain / 11 450 / 8 66:02:25 18:40:32 01h56
12 2 122 HELMERSEN Marius / 12 / 4 74:30:07 27:08:14 11h55
13 2 118 LECONTE Edouard / 13 450 / 9 76:01:27 28:39:34 13h28
14 2 117 KLOMP Erik / 14 450 / 10 77:41:15 30:19:22 02h40
15 2 120 AGAZZI Simone / 15 450 / 11 91:20:13 43:58:20 30h04
16 2 107 CAPRIONI Paolo / 16 700 / 1 100:26:15 53:04:22 25h03
17 2 125 BARLERIN Frédéric / 17 450 / 12 101:25:25 54:03:32 25h26
18 2 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry / 18 450 / 13 102:14:01 54:52:08 33h30
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home​​​​​​​
 
Leg 10 AMODJAR / AKJOUJT
Overall - 12/01/2018
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 1 36951 38:40:49   -00h27
2 0 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 2 36923 39:38:17 00:57:28 -00h30
3 0 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 37316 42:48:31 04:07:42 00h30
4 0 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 / 1 43:12:17 04:31:28 -01h00
5 0 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 4 37681 44:38:53 05:58:04 -00h30
6 0 218 JULIEN Jean Noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 5 38047 45:12:51 06:32:02 -01h04
7 2 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 6 37288 47:36:35 08:55:46 -00h30
8 0 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 7 36892 48:04:40 09:23:51 -00h24
9 1 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 / 2 48:07:07 09:26:18 -00h27
10 2 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 3 / 3 49:40:57 11:00:08 -01h05
11 3 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 8 38412 52:53:42 14:12:53 03h31
12 3 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 4 / 4 54:23:29 15:42:40 00h30
13 4 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 9 38777 55:50:49 17:10:00 07h30
14 2 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 10 37653 56:22:58 17:42:09  
15 4 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 11 37257 57:10:16 18:29:27 03h29
16 2 257 MONEYRON Jean Hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 1 / 1 57:30:57 18:50:08 00h04
17 4 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 5 / 5 58:42:06 20:01:17 -00h28
18 5 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 12 39142 59:46:14 21:05:25 04h30
19 -12 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
T1 / 13 36982 60:07:04 21:26:15 11h00
20 -9 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
T4 / 6 / 6 60:10:41 21:29:52 07h30
21 1 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
T4 / 7 / 7 61:43:24 23:02:35  
22 -9 214 FROMONT Yves
FROMONT Jean
T1 / 14 37347 62:26:43 23:45:54 07h15
23 2 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
T3 / 2 / 2 62:59:02 00:18:13 02h31
24 0 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
T1 / 15 37622 63:17:25 00:36:36 -00h35
25 2 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
T3 / 3 / 3 63:52:10 01:11:21 02h31
26 0 415 PATTONO Corrado
SIMONATO Giuseppe Francesco
ARNOLETTI Marco
T4 / 8 / 8 64:51:20 02:10:31 -00h25
27 1 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
T1 / 16 38018 67:07:16 04:26:27 02h31
28 1 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
T3 / 4 / 4 68:27:01 05:46:12 03h30
29 2 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 17 38384 68:41:04 06:00:15 06h30
30 2 253 RUFFIER Jean Claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 5 / 5 68:59:02 06:18:13 02h31
31 -1 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
T3 / 6 / 6 70:08:43 07:27:54 00h30
32 2 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 1 36893 71:51:34 09:10:45 07h30
33 3 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
T1 / 18 39508 72:30:01 09:49:12 16h30
34 3 408 HOONDERT Adwin
HOEFNAGELS Wilko
GILLIS Jac
T4 / 9 / 9 73:26:04 10:45:15 10h00
35 -2 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
T1 / 19 37987 73:51:13 11:10:24 07h30
36 -16 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 10 / 10 76:59:48 14:18:59 16h30
37 1 226 VAN LIESHOUT Gerard
SLAATS Guido
T2 / 2 36924 78:15:32 15:34:43 08h00
38 1 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
T3 / 7 / 7 79:23:03 16:42:14 12h03
39 -4 222 TITOV Alexey
RUSOV Andrey
T2 / 3 37258 83:41:23 21:00:34 12h30
40 1 204 BAUD Lionel
POLATO Jean Michel
T1 / 20 39873 85:50:45 23:09:56 23h06
41 1 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 21 37712 87:19:12 00:38:23 20h34
42 3 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
T1 / 22 38749 95:40:41 08:59:52 24h33
43 3 217 TOSCANO Herve
MARTIN Jean Luc
T1 / 23 40238 100:53:29 14:12:40 24h36
44 -4 216 PORCHERON Philippe
LURQUIN Jean Marie
T1 / 24 40603 101:31:32 14:50:43 35h30
45 -1 258 PELLONI Stefano
CROCIANI Gianluca
T3 / 8 / 8 104:16:55 17:36:06 30h00
46 -3 242 FREBOURG Loic
BOULAY Franck
T2 / 4 37623 107:15:28 20:34:39 36h06
47 0 246 GALLANT Eric
ANCEL Jean-marc
T2 / 5 37289 121:00:30 10:19:41 43h15
48 1 251 BARBU Claudiu Laurentiu
SPIRIDON Paul Nicusor
T3 / 9 / 9 125:13:20 14:32:31 43h00
49 -1 241 GARD Gilles
PINTO Manuel
T2 / 6 37654 131:36:47 20:55:58 58h30
                 
On the beach at the Lac Rose, near the Senegalese capital Dakar, Gerard de Rooy couldn’t resist to make a race out of the 20 km stretch. The end of the Africa Eco Race was short, but spectacular, with all ten remaining trucks together on the beach. At the finish line, De Rooy looked back on what he called ‘old skool Dakar’.

“I had a really nice rally.”

It had been eleven years since De Rooy was in Mauretania and Senegal for the last time, but little had changed, he noticed.

“It is just as beautiful as the last time.”

He couldn’t win the Africa Eco Race overall – the buggies and the Mini were too fast compared to the trucks – but De Rooy was satisfied after all.

“I enjoyed both the beautiful specials and the toughness. That was what it was all about in the first place: having fun again. They were long specials, but still short days because we had almost no connection. I really look back on it with a very good feeling.”



Official press release
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home
 
Leg 10 AMODJAR / AKJOUJT
Overall - 12/01/2018
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 101 CECI Paolo / 1 450 / 1 45:19:15   -00h15
2 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis Miguel / 2 450 / 2 46:29:04 01:09:49 00h10
3 1 115 OLIVEIRA Rui / 3 / 1 51:48:12 06:28:57 -00h27
4 2 121 JENSEN Felix / 4 450 / 3 53:42:04 08:22:49 -00h30
5 0 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan / 5 450 / 4 53:57:45 08:38:30 -00h30
6 1 133 RAFFERTY Nathan / 6 450 / 5 54:59:42 09:40:27 -01h44
7 1 165 SANCHEZ Julien / 7 450 / 6 55:06:51 09:47:36 -00h30
8 1 106 RAHM Henrik / 8 / 2 55:48:11 10:28:56 -00h40
9 1 103 ZATKO Jan / 9 / 3 56:31:22 11:12:07 -00h40
10 2 109 PICCO Franco / 10 450 / 7 58:03:52 12:44:37 -00h37
11 -8 102 BENKO Martin / 11 450 / 8 62:07:02 16:47:47 07h25
12 1 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain / 12 450 / 9 63:35:27 18:16:12 01h56
13 -2 116 YOUNG Ben / 13 450 / 10 67:07:02 21:47:47 07h50
14 0 122 HELMERSEN Marius / 14 / 4 72:17:02 02:57:47 11h55
15 1 118 LECONTE Edouard / 15 450 / 11 73:33:14 04:13:59 13h28
16 -1 117 KLOMP Erik / 16 450 / 12 74:39:19 05:20:04 02h40
17 1 120 AGAZZI Simone / 17 450 / 13 89:19:34 20:00:19 30h04
18 1 107 CAPRIONI Paolo / 18 700 / 1 97:47:02 04:27:47 25h03
19 1 125 BARLERIN Frédéric / 19 450 / 14 98:08:23 04:49:08 25h26
20 -3 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry / 20 450 / 15 99:33:25 06:14:10 33h30
21 0 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn / 21 450 / 16 108:22:17 15:03:02 33h08
22 0 129 SALKELD David / 22 450 / 17 116:28:03 23:08:48 38h48
23 0 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders / 23 450 / 18 138:20:33 21:01:18 69h36

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