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“It was a beautiful stage, but it was so difficult. Extremely soft sand, too soft.”

In that loose sand in the tenth stage of the Africa Eco Race, Gerard de Rooy got stuck twice. Fellow Dutchman Jan van de Laar had to come to the rescue to pull the Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco out. So this time it was Van de Laar who came to the finish as the fastest truck in Akjout and not De Rooy.

In the first part of the 408 kilometres long special De Rooy was on his way to first overall. At the first checkpoint he was faster than the cars and the bikes and seemed to strike a blow in the standings.

“We have caught up with everyone in the first 50 kilometres,” says De Rooy. “We were stuck for a minute or five, but got out quickly by ourselves. But because of that the cars that we had overtaken could pass us again.”


At kilometre 100 it was De Rooy’s turn to pass the cars again, when they were stuck on a dune in a riverbed and De Rooy could just get past.

“It went very well, but at kilometre 180 we were completely stuck. We have been digging for three quarters of an hour to an hour. I think we filled some 25 sandpits. We tried to put the air cushions underneath, but that did not work. Just when we were close to desperation, we saw a cloud of smoke coming: Jan van de Laar. He pulled us out.”


Once again, De Rooy drove up the pace and caught back some cars, but 30 kilometres before the finish, the Iveco got stuck again.

“On the penultimate dune. If I had been three meters further to the right then it would not have been a problem, but I just ended up in a dip where I could not get grip. We had to wait for Jan again to pull us out.”


Because of all the escapades, De Rooy lost 39 minutes on the leader of the classification Mathieu Serradori and saw the distance to the podium increase slightly instead of shrinking. Because of the bonus and penalty times of the ninth stage, the margin to third had decreased considerably to just 17 minutes. After the tenth stage the gap is 24 minutes. Tomorrow De Rooy has one more chance to change that. The eleventh stage is the last in Mauritania and is about 219 kilometres long with lots of sand, a bit of dunes and tricky navigation.


Source Team De Rooy official press release
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home
 
Leg 8 CHAMI / AMODJAR
Overall - 10/01/2018
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Diff 1st Pena
1 1 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 1 36951    
2 -1 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 2 36923 01:05:50  
3 0 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 37316 02:48:45  
4 1 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 / 1 03:54:58 -00h30
5 -1 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 4 37681 04:30:41  
6 0 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 5 38047 04:48:23  
7 1 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
T1 / 6 36982 05:36:42  
8 1 218 JULIEN Jean noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 7 38412 05:40:55 -00h37
9 1 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 8 36892 06:58:08 00h06
10 1 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 9 37288 07:37:24  
11 1 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 / 2 07:55:17 00h03
12 1 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
T4 / 3 / 3 08:51:56  
13 1 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 4 / 4 09:39:30 -00h35
14 1 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 5 / 5 11:38:43  
15 1 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 10 37653 11:58:18  
16 3 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 11 38777 12:33:43 04h00
17 0 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 6 / 6 13:46:17  
18 2 257 MONEYRON Jean hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 1 / 1 14:10:44 00h04
19 3 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
T4 / 7 / 7 15:16:36  
20 -2 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 8 / 8 16:07:58 00h01
21 4 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 12 37257 17:11:14 03h59
22 2 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 13 38018 17:56:25  
23 5 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 14 39142 18:35:58 04h30
24 2 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
T1 / 15 37622 19:05:22 -00h05
25 2 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
T1 / 16 37987 19:54:25  
26 3 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 1 36893 20:23:17  
27 3 415 PATTONO Corrado
SIMONATO Giuseppe francesco
ARNOLETTI Marco
T4 / 9 / 9 20:28:34 00h04
28 6 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
T3 / 2 / 2 21:17:28 02h31
29 7 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
T3 / 3 / 3 21:56:13 02h31
30 3 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
T1 / 17 38384 22:51:46 02h31
31 7 253 RUFFIER Jean claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 4 / 4 26:19:42 02h31
32 8 204 BAUD Lionel
POLATO Jean michel
T1 / 18 39508 27:18:39 09h36
33 8 216 PORCHERON Philippe
LURQUIN Jean marie
T1 / 19 39873 32:04:44 12h30
34 8 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
T1 / 20 40238 33:41:41 17h00
35 8 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
T3 / 5 / 5 34:49:41 11h30
36 11 258 PELLONI Stefano
CROCIANI Gianluca
T3 / 6 / 6 41:50:07 14h00
37 11 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 21 37347 43:47:49 20h31
38 6 246 GALLANT Eric
ANCEL Jean-marc
T2 / 2 36924 50:33:42 19h15
39 6 241 GARD Gilles
PINTO Manuel
T2 / 3 37289 54:39:59 28h00
40 6 217 TOSCANO Herve
MARTIN Jean luc
T1 / 22 40603 56:11:44 25h06


7TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA : CHAMI / CHAMI : 508 KM
The 2nd Mauritanian day launched the famous marathon stage of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race. In the first part of this event, the competitors could enjoy a 486 kilometers leg. A day off for the mechanics who does not have the right to approach the cars staying in a "parc fermé" until the start of the 2nd part of the stage tomorrow.
 
Do not take a risk
A few hundred meters from the bivouac, the first part of this special started with a straight line of speed. A slightly sandy fast track sent the competitors to a first easy dune crossing before coming back on very fast tracks with a tricky navigation. The real difficulty remained in the last thirty kilometers with a dunes and camel grass to avoid in order not to damage the vehicles. A complicated leg where caution was required before reaching the "parc fermé" in the middle of a 900 kilometers marathon.
 
A big fight
As announced, the Vasilyev-Serradori duel made the Mauritanian tracks vibrate on this sandy stage. Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA / MCM) had the heavy task of opening on a rolling but tricky course in navigation. A difficulty that did not slow down Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI). The defending champions managed to pass the French-Belgian team for another intense duel on a good part of the stage. The Russians finally won two minutes before their rivals. A little mistake on the sand later, the buggy of Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) which took the 3rd place of the day with 30'27 "of delay. Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) remain comfortably on the 3rd step of the podium overall, finishing 4th today. Still the first truck on the race, Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) had to change a tire during the leg and finished 7th while retaining his 5th place overall.
In motorcycles, Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) let his experience speak and managed to win in front of Dmitry Agoshkov (RUS / KTM). The young Luis Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) crosses the finish line just behind the Italian but takes the 3rd place because of a missing waypoint which costs him 20 minutes of penalties. Another hard day for double winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who started the stage late because of a mechanical problem this morning. Unfortunately he could only ride a few kilometers before returning to the bivouac.

Vladimir VASILYEV: 

"It was a good leg, we drove very well even though the fight was intense, everything is going well with the car, we are ready for tomorrow."

Mathieu SERRADORI: 

"We managed to handle the first day of the 900 kilometers without assistance. We started with a good rythm, Vasilyev then caught us and we did not let him go. Fabian did a very good navigation and we did not have any problems, I thought we could drive faster than him but we drove side by side at 200 km / h without being able to overtake them."

Guillaume GOMEZ: 

"Today we got stuck once but I did not ride in the sand for a year ... I lost about twenty minutes to get out with the sandblasting plates. It is my first rally with François, he brings me a lot and calms me, he makes a very good navigation and helps me to find the tracks. Now I would like to do at least a scratch before the finish in Dakar."

Paolo CECI: 

"It was very fast today with a few dunes, I had a lot of fun, I drove with Luis for more than 400 kilometers, it's very good if we can continue the adventure like that. I knew that Pal had mechanical problems, it's a real shame. My bike is fine, I'm just going to change the air filter to be ready for tomorrow."

Dmitry AGOSHKOV: 

"It was a long leg with a complicated navigation, there was a lot of sand just before the finish line but I really like it!"

Luis OLIVEIRA: 

"It was a good day with a complicated navigation, it was still nice to open the track, I had to stay focused but I missed a waypoint, I'm ready for tomorrow."

 

Ranking stage 7 Chami   / Chami : 508km*
Car / Truck :

1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 03 :53 :48
2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :02 :09
3. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) + 00 :30 :27
 
Bike :
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 05 :20 :22
2. Dmitry Agoshkov n°163 (RUS) + 00 :01 :05
3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :01 :57
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Overall ranking*
Car / Truck : 

1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 22 :51 :28
2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :16 :23
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 02 :02 :06

Bike : 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 28 :57 :13
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :58 :45
3. Martin Benko n°102 (SLK) + 03 :21 :17
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Complete ranking on this link : http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home
  
Source Africa Eco Race official press release
9TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA:
AMODJAR / AMODJAR : 488 KM


A new loop was on the program of the day allowing a little rest for the assistance and the organization who could stay at the bivouac all day long. Meanwhile, the competitors took part in a 340-kilometer stage through the prestigious dunes of Mauritania. A stage full of suspense and surprises.

The most difficult leg
Jean-Louis Schlesser announced last night, the 9th stage of this Africa Eco Race will be the hardest. This is the first time that the route goes so far in eastern Mauritania, with splendid dunes all around. It was difficult to find all the checkpoints in the middle of 100 kilometers of dunes. The whole while avoiding to get stuck in the sand, an exercise at the highest level as much in driving as in navigation.

Vasilyev is back, happy Ullevalseter

It is still a fierce duel between the crews number 201 and 202 that animated the Mauritanian tracks today. New leaders in the overall classification, Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) have not managed the feat of doing a perfect leg. Because of three stops on the sand, they end up losing 30 minutes on Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) the fastest today despite two punctures. The dunes spared no one, the SRT team preferred to ride carefully and were caught by the Russians at CP3. 
Starting 14th after a bad day yesterday, Vasilyev crosses the finish line just behind Serradori's black buggy and is now 48 minutes behind the French-Belgian crew.

The truck of Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) which is doing very well in this Mauritanian week, 
takes second place just ahead of Serradori.

In the motorbikes, the passion of Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) struck again. After a day of repairing the engine of his KTM, the 49 years old double winner of the event showed that he was still the fastest in the dunes. He won 13'36 "ahead of Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA), still happy to continue the adventure despite his 20th place in the overall standings, while young Luis Oliveira (POR / KTM) finishes third just ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM). 
A great day for the Team Ullevalseter as the Norwegian champion's two protégés achieve their best rally performance on the most complicated leg. Marius Helmersen (NOR / KTM) takes 5th place ahead of his compatriot Felix Jensen (NOR / KTM) about thirty minutes from their master.

QUOTES...
Vladimir VASILYEV :

 "We tried to attack but we had two punctures at kilometer 40 and 100 because of the very tricky sand. We still wanted to go as fast as possible. We will try to give everything tomorrow to catch up even if we know that it will be difficult to win this year."


Gerard DE ROOY : 

"It was hard today with a lot of sand, we got stuck once, which made us lose about fifteen minutes. For the rest I did well in the dunes, we did a good job despite a navigation not always obvious because the wind has erased the tracks. It's been a long time since I found so much sand in the shoes!"


Mathieu Serradori 

"It was hard physically and mentally today, we made some mistakes but we did not panic knowing that Vasilyev was further behind. It was complicated but it was a good day."


Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER : 

"It was a great leg, especially when you start behind, it's easier to follow in the others. The dunes were incredible, it was difficult but I'm happy to be back and to continue the adventure. "


Ranking stage 9 Amodjar / Amodjar : 488km*
Car / Truck :

1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS)  04 :30 :47
2. Gerard De Rooy / Darek Rodewald / Moi Torrellardona n°400 (NDL) +00 :17 :26
3. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) +00 :17 :48
 
Bike :
1. Pal Anders Ullevalseter n°100 (NOR) 04 :25 :14
2. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) +00 :13 :36
3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) +00 :16 :44
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Overall ranking*
Car / Truck : 

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 32 :33 :23
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) +00 :48 :02
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) +02 :57 :03

Bike : 

1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 39 :01 :25
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) +00 :50 :39
3. Martin Benko n°102 (SLK) +04 :33 :37
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Complete ranking on this link : http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home


Source Africa Eco Race Official press release
To view the official and updated results please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home
 
Leg 8 CHAMI / AMODJAR
Overall - 10/01/2018 25 pilots in result
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 101 CECI Paolo / 1 450CC / 1 34:17:45   00h14
2 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis miguel / 2 450CC / 2 35:12:06 00:54:21 00h19
3 0 102 BENKO Martin / 3 450CC / 3 38:19:02 04:01:17 -00h25
4 0 115 OLIVEIRA Rui / 4 / 1 39:26:26 05:08:41  
5 0 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan / 5 450CC / 4 40:29:06 06:11:21  
6 3 121 JENSEN Felix / 6 450CC / 5 41:24:14 07:06:29  
7 -1 106 RAHM Henrik / 7 / 2 41:30:15 07:12:30 -00h10
8 0 133 RAFFERTY Nathan / 8 450CC / 6 41:35:18 07:17:33 -01h14
9 1 165 SANCHEZ Julien / 9 450CC / 7 42:21:22 08:03:37  
10 1 103 ZATKO Jan / 10 / 3 42:21:37 08:03:52 -00h10
11 1 116 YOUNG Ben / 11 450CC / 8 43:03:30 08:45:45  
12 1 118 LECONTE Edouard / 12 450CC / 9 43:21:40 09:03:55  
13 -6 109 PICCO Franco / 13 450CC / 10 44:49:03 10:31:18 -00h16
14 0 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain / 14 450CC / 11 45:44:11 11:26:26 00h26
15 0 117 KLOMP Erik / 15 450CC / 12 54:09:53 19:52:08  
16 0 122 HELMERSEN Marius / 16 / 4 59:53:47 01:36:02 12h15
17 0 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn / 17 450CC / 13 66:52:17 08:34:32 10h20
18 0 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry / 18 450CC / 14 68:15:50 09:58:05 18h00
19 0 129 SALKELD David / 19 450CC / 15 70:18:03 12:00:18 11h20
20 0 125 BARLERIN Frédéric / 20 450CC / 16 76:56:36 18:38:51 22h51
21 1 120 AGAZZI Simone / 21 450CC / 17 78:12:08 19:54:23 30h31
22 -1 107 CAPRIONI Paolo / 22 / 1 81:12:46 22:55:01 24h43
23 0 130 ROLO Joao / 23 / 5 103:36:29 21:18:44 39h19
24 0 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal anders / 24 450CC / 18 114:23:19 08:05:34 60h46
25 0 161 RAUBER Pascal / 25 450CC / 19 122:12:14 87:54:29 59h29
To view the official and uptaded results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home​​​​​​​
 
Leg 9 AMODJAR / AMODJAR
Overall - 11/01/2018
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 1 36951 32:06:23   -00h27
2 0 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 2 36923 32:51:25 00:45:02 -00h30
3 0 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 37316 35:40:26 03:34:03 00h30
4 0 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 / 1 35:57:59 03:51:36 -01h00
5 0 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 4 37681 36:38:22 04:31:59 -00h30
6 2 218 JULIEN Jean Noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 5 38047 37:58:55 05:52:32 -01h07
7 0 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
T1 / 6 36982 38:25:04 06:18:41 -00h30
8 1 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 7 36892 39:19:15 07:12:52 -00h24
9 1 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 8 37288 40:00:44 07:54:21 -00h30
10 1 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 / 2 40:55:09 08:48:46 -00h27
11 1 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
T4 / 3 / 3 41:58:41 09:52:18 -00h30
12 1 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 4 / 4 42:50:44 10:44:21 -01h05
13 1 214 FROMONT Yves
FROMONT Jean
T1 / 9 37347 44:44:43 12:38:20 -00h15
14 3 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 10 38412 44:49:49 12:43:26 03h31
15 0 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 5 / 5 46:55:00 14:48:37 00h30
16 0 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 11 37653 47:22:57 15:16:34  
17 -11 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 12 38777 48:33:11 16:26:48 07h30
18 1 257 MONEYRON Jean Hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 1 / 1 48:49:44 16:43:21 00h04
19 3 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 13 37257 49:29:06 17:22:43 03h29
20 -2 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 6 / 6 49:47:48 17:41:25 -00h30
21 0 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 7 / 7 50:44:59 18:38:36 -00h28
22 -2 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
T4 / 8 / 8 51:31:24 19:25:01  
23 1 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 14 39142 53:24:55 21:18:32 04h30
24 2 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
T1 / 15 37622 54:13:25 22:07:02 -00h35
25 5 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
T3 / 2 / 2 56:00:08 23:53:45 02h31
26 3 415 PATTONO Corrado
SIMONATO Giuseppe Francesco
ARNOLETTI Marco
T4 / 9 / 9 56:13:22 00:06:59 -00h25
27 4 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
T3 / 3 / 3 56:39:55 00:33:32 02h31
28 4 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
T1 / 16 38018 58:12:28 02:06:05 02h01
29 -4 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
T3 / 4 / 4 58:44:29 02:38:06 03h30
30 3 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
T3 / 5 / 5 59:56:43 03:50:20 00h30
31 -8 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 17 38384 60:41:13 04:34:50 06h30
32 3 253 RUFFIER Jean Claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 6 / 6 61:14:09 05:07:46 02h01
33 -6 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
T1 / 18 37987 63:39:13 07:32:50 07h30
34 -6 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 1 36893 64:08:05 08:01:42 07h30
35 2 222 TITOV Alexey
RUSOV Andrey
T2 / 2 37258 65:29:23 09:23:00 04h30
36 3 408 HOONDERT Adwin
HOEFNAGELS Wilko
GILLIS Jac
T4 / 10 / 10 65:41:58 33:35:35 09h30
37 4 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
T1 / 19 39508 65:45:49 33:39:26 16h30
38 -4 226 VAN LIESHOUT Gerard
SLAATS Guido
T2 / 3 36924 68:03:32 35:57:09 08h00
39 3 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
T3 / 7 / 7 70:04:42 13:58:19 11h00
40 0 216 PORCHERON Philippe
LURQUIN Jean Marie
T1 / 20 39873 74:49:32 18:43:09 19h00
41 -5 204 BAUD Lionel
POLATO Jean Michel
T1 / 21 40238 77:03:27 20:57:04 23h06
42 3 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 22 37712 78:34:44 22:28:21 20h31
43 -5 242 FREBOURG Loic
BOULAY Franck
T2 / 4 37623 80:33:28 00:27:05 19h36
44 0 258 PELLONI Stefano
CROCIANI Gianluca
T3 / 8 / 8 85:34:55 05:28:32 21h30
45 -2 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
T1 / 23 38749 86:41:01 06:34:38 24h33
46 2 217 TOSCANO Herve
MARTIN Jean Luc
T1 / 24 40603 90:41:29 10:35:06 24h36
47 -1 246 GALLANT Eric
ANCEL Jean-marc
T2 / 5 37289 94:18:30 14:12:07 26h45
48 -1 241 GARD Gilles
PINTO Manuel
T2 / 6 37654 104:54:47 00:48:24 42h00
49 0 251 BARBU Claudiu Laurentiu
SPIRIDON Paul Nicusor
T3 / 9 / 9 115:01:20 10:54:57 43h00

 
Finally they were there: dunes. And difficult ones too, which caused shifts in the ranking of the Africa Eco Race. The eighth stage was won by Mathieu Serradori, who took over the lead from Vladimir Vasilyev. Gerard de Rooy crossed the line 26 minutes after Serradori and advanced to fourth in the general ranking, where he has almost four hours to make up to the Frenchman.
 

“There will be a lot who will lose time”, De Rooy expected at the end of the stage, 439 kilometers from Chami to Amodjar, which is located near Atar. The most difficult strip of dunes was about 40 kilometers long. “They were very difficult dunes. It has been a long time since I have experienced such heavy dunes. They were not big, but they were super soft. It was tough to get through. We have stopped ten times to bring the tire pressure down, so that we could get going again.”


In all likelihood, tomorrow’s stage will cause even more shifts. In the ninth stage, 100 kilometers of dunes are on the menu in the Chinguetti area.



Source Team De Rooy official press release
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home

 
Leg 7 CHAMI / CHAMI
Overall - 09/01/2018    
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Diff 1st Pena
1 0 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 1    
2 0 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 2 00:16:23  
3 0 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 02:02:06  
4 0 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 4 03:42:52  
5 0 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 03:45:00 -00h30
6 0 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 5 04:41:40  
7 1 214 FROMONT Yves
FROMONT Jean
T1 / 6 04:57:55  
8 -1 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
T1 / 7 05:15:41  
9 1 218 JULIEN Jean noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 8 05:31:18 -00h37
10 -1 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 9 05:35:05 00h06
11 0 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 10 05:44:57  
12 0 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 06:42:11 00h03
13 0 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
T4 / 3 07:29:49  
14 0 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 4 08:43:17 -00h35
15 0 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 5 10:12:41  
16 0 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 11 10:26:06  
17 0 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 6 11:17:15  
18 3 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 12 11:25:49 03h30
19 0 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 7 11:43:09 00h01
20 3 257 MONEYRON Jean hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 1 12:49:04 00h04
21 1 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
T3 / 2 13:00:26  
22 2 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
T4 / 8 14:17:13  
23 3 408 HOONDERT Adwin
HOEFNAGELS Wilko
GILLIS Jac
T4 / 9 14:30:19  
24 3 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 13 15:13:29  
25 10 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 14 15:36:12 03h59
26 2 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
T1 / 15 16:52:51 -00h05
27 3 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
T1 / 16 16:54:47  
28 8 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 17 17:02:46 04h30
29 3 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 1 17:10:45  
30 1 415 PATTONO Corrado
SIMONATO Giuseppe francesco
ARNOLETTI Marco
T4 / 10 17:24:20 00h04
31 2 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
T3 / 3 18:27:31  
32 -3 226 VAN LIESHOUT Gerard
SLAATS Guido
T2 / 2 18:27:39  
33 4 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
T1 / 18 19:46:58 02h31
34 4 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
T1 / 19 20:21:33 00h33
35 4 222 TITOV Alexey
RUSOV Andrey
T2 / 3 23:39:55 05h00
36 5 253 RUFFIER Jean claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 4 24:08:04 02h31
37 3 242 FREBOURG Loic
BOULAY Franck
T2 / 4 24:14:00 05h36
38 9 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
T1 / 20 32:29:48 17h00
39 5 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
T3 / 5 32:31:32 11h30
40 8 241 GARD Gilles
PINTO Manuel
T2 / 5 38:05:19 17h30
41 8 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 21 42:09:05 20h31
To view the official and updated classifications, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home​​​​​​​
 
Leg 9 AMODJAR / AMODJAR
Overall - 11/01/2018
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 101 CECI Paolo / 1 450 / 1 39:01:25   -00h15
2 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis Miguel / 2 450 / 2 39:52:04 00:50:39 -00h12
3 0 102 BENKO Martin / 3 450 / 3 43:35:02 04:33:37 -00h55
4 0 115 OLIVEIRA Rui / 4 / 1 44:32:18 05:30:53 -00h27
5 0 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan / 5 450 / 4 45:56:56 06:55:31 -00h30
6 0 121 JENSEN Felix / 6 450 / 5 46:24:15 07:22:50 -00h30
7 1 133 RAFFERTY Nathan / 7 450 / 6 46:57:53 07:56:28 -01h44
8 1 165 SANCHEZ Julien / 8 450 / 7 47:36:10 08:34:45 -00h30
9 -2 106 RAHM Henrik / 9 / 2 47:42:58 08:41:33 -00h40
10 0 103 ZATKO Jan / 10 / 3 48:08:07 09:06:42 -00h40
11 0 116 YOUNG Ben / 11 450 / 8 48:35:02 09:33:37 -00h30
12 1 109 PICCO Franco / 12 450 / 9 50:15:55 11:14:30 -00h37
13 1 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain / 13 450 / 10 51:23:27 12:22:02 -00h04
14 1 117 KLOMP Erik / 14 450 / 11 64:39:53 25:38:28 02h00
15 1 122 HELMERSEN Marius / 15 / 4 64:59:14 25:57:49 11h55
16 -4 118 LECONTE Edouard / 16 450 / 12 65:19:40 26:18:15 13h28
17 1 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry / 17 450 / 13 73:21:25 10:20:00 17h30
18 3 120 AGAZZI Simone / 18 450 / 14 82:50:58 19:49:33 30h01
19 3 107 CAPRIONI Paolo / 19 700 / 1 87:39:48 00:38:23 25h03
20 0 125 BARLERIN Frédéric / 20 450 / 15 87:41:36 00:40:11 25h06
21 -4 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn / 21 450 / 16 88:50:17 01:48:52 23h48
22 -3 129 SALKELD David / 22 450 / 17 90:36:03 03:34:38 23h08
23 1 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders / 23 450 / 18 118:48:33 07:47:08 60h16
24 -1 130 ROLO Joao / 24 / 5 130:34:29 19:33:04 57h47
25 0 161 RAUBER Pascal / 25 450 / 19 154:10:14 19:08:49 82h57


8TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA: CHAMI / AMODJAR: 477KM


After one night without being allowed to approach their vehicles, the competitors took part of the second lef of the marathon this morning. A 439 kilometers leg with beautiful dune passages under a blazing sun was waiting for them. The real difficulty of the Mauritanian sand and the pressure of the race have probably revealed the future winners of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race.
 
Find your trail
From the beginning of the stage, the participants found themselves on the off-piste with a first dune crossing as a warm-up. Then, they were able to regain speed by rolling alternately on sandy fast tracks. This third Mauritanian leg then revealed more and more complicated dune crossings. The best competitors came out with caution. But for everyone, the finish line offered itself as a deliverance after 900 kilometers of a two days race without assistance.
 
Serradori on a regular basis, Oliveira is doing the job
You had to be confident this morning to start and open the track. Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) have therefore decided to be caught by Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) after 80 kilometers of race in order to follow them in the dunes. The two cars then played a game to see who would dare to go first on the dunes. A game that ended up turning to the advantage of Serradori Racing Team who won the leg even if they got stuck in the sand a few kilometers from the finish line. A feat noticed by the organizer Jean-Louis Schlesser who came to congratulate them: "what is important is to win the second leg of the marathon, bravo!".
Less enthusiasm at the end for the Russians who finished 1h22'13" behind the new leaders overall. Not lucky with some engine belts troubles and a difficulty getting stuck in the sand, they finished 14th today. This stage was particularly successful for two crews of the MD Rallye Sport team. David Gérard and Pascal Delacour (FRA / OPTIMUS) take 2nd place just ahead of Jean-Noël and Rabha Julien (FRA / OPTIMUS). The crazy "Roc and Gravillon" (David and Pascal) as well as "Penelope and Jolicoeur" (Rabha and Jean Noel) as they call themselves (from a french cartoon), were very happy by their result after avoiding the pitfalls of the day.
Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO), still impressive with his truck, had fun in the dunes by driving faster than some cars and took 4th place.
In motorbikes, Luis Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) won his second stage with a 6'24 lead over Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM), who remains the overall leader, while Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA) were pleased in the sand to finish third.
 


Mathieu SERRADORI: 

"We saw that Vasilyev let us pass before the dunes, he stopped on the side and opened the hood, so we had to go alone in front. It was physically hard, the sand was soft, it was hot and we tanked once. I was convinced that Vasilyev was leading in the middle of the dunes, it was really rough."


David GERARD: 

"We're happy, and for Mathieu too! It was complicated, very tricky in navigation and difficult with the camel grass on the last part. We got stuck once but Pascal was very efficient in getting us out and he lost his phone! We paid attention to the car because we lost a ski yesterday and this morning the mechanics had only 10 minutes to repair our belts, they were amazing."


Jean-Noël JULIEN:

"We did it slowly but surely, it was a difficult leg, we had to pay attention to the car, but we drove without putting pressure on it. Last dunes, we stayed calm, it was not simple but full with emotions."


Vladimir VASILYEV: 

"We had problems with engine belts and we lost a lot of time to repair, and then we got stuck in the end in the camel grass, it was very difficult."


Ranking stage 8 Chami / Amodjar : 477km*
Car / Truck :

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 04 :36 :57
2. David Gerard / Pascal Delacour n°212 (FRA) + 00 :23 :06
3. Jean-Noël Julien / Rabha Julien n°218 (FRA) + 00 :26 :00
 
Bike :
1. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) 05 :14 :08
2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :06 :24
3. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) + 00 :31 :27
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Overall ranking*
Car / Truck : 

1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 27 :44 :48
2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 01 :05 :50
3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 02 :48 :45

Bike : 
1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 34 :17 :45
2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :52 :21
3. Martin Benko n°102 (SLK) + 04 :01 :17
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Complete ranking on this link : http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home

Source: Africa Eco Race official press release



 
To view the official and updated results, please visit: http://www.africarace.com/en/race/2018/home
 
Leg 7 CHAMI / CHAMI
Overall - 09/01/2018 25 pilots in result
Pos pgr # Pilots Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 0 101 CECI Paolo / 1 450CC / 1 28:57:13   00h14
2 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis miguel / 2 450CC / 2 29:55:58 00:58:45 00h17
3 1 102 BENKO Martin / 3 450CC / 3 32:18:30 03:21:17 -00h25
4 -1 115 OLIVEIRA Rui / 4 / 1 33:23:27 04:26:14  
5 0 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan / 5 450CC / 4 33:35:39 04:38:26  
6 0 106 RAHM Henrik / 6 / 2 34:41:33 05:44:20 -00h10
7 0 109 PICCO Franco / 7 450CC / 5 34:44:40 0,2412847222 -00h16
8 0 133 RAFFERTY Nathan / 8 450CC / 6 35:13:48 06:16:35 -01h14
9 1 121 JENSEN Felix / 9 450CC / 7 35:14:30 06:17:17  
10 2 165 SANCHEZ Julien / 10 450CC / 8 35:34:55 06:37:42  
11 0 103 ZATKO Jan / 11 / 3 35:51:45 06:54:32 -00h10
12 1 116 YOUNG Ben / 12 450CC / 9 36:15:54 07:18:41  
13 -4 118 LECONTE Edouard / 13 450CC / 10 36:16:10 0,3048263889  
14 0 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain / 14 450CC / 11 38:41:02 09:43:49 00h26
15 1 117 KLOMP Erik / 15 450CC / 12 44:50:39 15:53:26  
16 2 122 HELMERSEN Marius / 16 / 4 53:41:40 00:44:27 12h15
17 3 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn / 17 450CC / 13 57:35:40 04:38:27 10h20
18 -3 125 BARLERIN Frédéric / 18 450CC / 14 57:53:42 04:56:29 12h33
19 4 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry / 19 450CC / 15 60:10:39 1,3009953704 18h00
20 1 129 SALKELD David / 20 450CC / 16 60:59:42 08:02:29 11h20
21 4 107 CAPRIONI Paolo / 21 / 1 71:45:26 18:48:13 24h43
22 2 120 AGAZZI Simone / 22 450CC / 17 72:26:33 19:29:20 30h31
23 -1 130 ROLO Joao / 23 / 5 72:44:29 19:47:16 19h25
24 -7 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal anders / 24 450CC / 18 73:31:19 20:34:06 30h52
25 -6 161 RAUBER Pascal / 25 450CC / 19 81:20:14 52:23:01 29h35
The ninth stage of the Africa Eco Race was, against expectations, not the day that made the big differences. The time the fastest cars needed for the 340 kilometres special stage in Mauritania barely escaped the time Gerard de Rooy needed. In fact, De Rooy won only 22 seconds on standings leader Mathieu Serradori. Vladimir Vasilyev won the race, with a 17 minutes advantage to the Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco.

“It was less difficult than they had said”,

judged Gerard de Rooy at the finish line at Amodjar.

“To be honest, I found the dunes in the previous stage more difficult than this one. Which does not mean that it wasn’t a beautiful special, with lots of sand and paths between the trees. Very nice to drive. The navigation was a bit trickier.”

In the first part of the stage, De Rooy made a small mistake, which cost him a quarter of an hour, and allowing Vasilyev to pass him with the Mini. “My own fault”, De Rooy admitted.

“I was a little bit off the route, but heading straight to the waypoint. On the last dune before the waypoint, I killed the car and we were stuck. Darek managed to drive the truck back out again.”

The dunes in the ninth stage were numerous, but not very difficult and not very high.

“They were very soft, with sharp edges. Those who did not dare were allowed to skip the highest dunes. They will get a time penalty for that. Those who did took the highest dunes will receive a half hour bonus time. Which we get also, but that will not matter much, because obviously all riders in the top of the rankings have crossed them.”

At the top of the rankings not much changed. Serradori retains the lead, followed by Vasilyev at 48 minutes. Number 3, Pascal Thomasse, is at 2.37.03. De Rooy is an hour and 17 minutes behind the Frenchman.


Press: Official press release

In the seventh stage of the Africa Eco Race, Gerard de Rooy still has not got the large and extensive dunes he hoped for. The special stage of 486 kilometres was particularly varied:

“Fast, some stones, some dunes – not spectacular – and camel grass. After so many years I know again what camel grass is. I haven’t missed it.”


The special stage had both start and finish in the vicinity of the bivouac at Chami in Mauritania. De Rooy completed the distance in 4 hours and 40 minutes. Standings leader Vladimir Vasilyev extended his gap on De Rooy with more than 46 minutes. The Russian Mini again achieved an average speed of 125; more than 20 km/h faster than the Iveco.

On the mostly fast tracks, interspersed with the hard humps of camel grass, De Rooy almost had a broken tire.

“The tread was damaged. We changed the tire before it would puncture,” he says in the bivouac. “That means that I still have one and a half spare tire left for tomorrow.”


The seventh stage was the first part of the marathon stage. De Rooy had to put his Iveco Powerstar in a parc fermé where the service crews are not allowed to enter. With the spare tires he started the seventh stage with, he also has to make it to the end of the eighth.


“We can quietly do our thing and the mechanics can go to bed early”, said De Rooy. “That’s good, because the service team will have a ten-hour drive tomorrow.”

The participants in the race have a stage of 439 kilometres awaiting them, in which – according to the organization – ‘the real dunes start’. This may be the chance for De Rooy to advance into fourth in the standings. The Swiss driver Remy Vauthier has only 3 minutes left to De Rooy.


Source Team de Rooy official press release


 


In 1.47.22 Gerard de Rooy finished the 211 kilometres of the sixth stage of the Africa Eco Race. With his average speed of 118 he really could not match the 144 km/h that Mathieu Serradori got with his buggy. De Rooy added 19.56 to the Frenchman.

In the first test in Mauritania, the pedal was pushed to the metal again, just like in the stages in Morocco. De Rooy had hoped those fast tracks were behind him.

“Fortunately, there were a few bad pieces and it was less boring than the last stage before the rest day, but again this was indeed not an ideal test for the trucks.”


The average speed of De Rooy was somewhat tempered by a quick stop on the way. 

“An oil lamp went on. We had to check that, but it was nothing.”


The participants in the Africa Eco Race this morning moved in column across the Mauritanian border. Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco was the first to cross the border, which meant that Gerard de Rooy had to wait a few hours before he could start the special stage. 

“Time enough to take a nap,” he said when he arrived in the bivouac near Chami.


Tomorrow the first part of the marathon stage will be on the program. After a special of 486 kilometres, the participants return to Chami, but the vehicles must be parked in a parc fermé that is forbidden for the service crews.



Source Team DeRooy Official press release

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