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Etape 3 AGDAL / ASSA
Classement Général - 04/01/2018 33 concurrent(s) classé(s)
Pos pgr Pilotes Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1er Péna
1 1 101 CECI Paolo 450 / 1 / 1 12:01:02   -00h05
2 -1 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal anders 450 / 2 / 2 12:02:28 00:01:26 -00h06
3 0 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis miguel 450 / 3 / 3 12:36:08 00:35:06 -00h02
4 0 115 OLIVEIRA Rui 450 / 4 / 4 13:14:34 01:13:32  
5 0 102 BENKO Martin 450 / 5 / 5 13:29:15 01:28:13 -00h10
6 0 106 RAHM Henrik 450 / 6 / 6 13:56:20 01:55:18 -00h10
7 1 133 RAFFERTY Nathan 450 / 7 / 7 14:11:58 0,0909259259  
8 1 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan 450 / 8 MM / 1 14:17:22 02:16:20  
9 2 109 PICCO Franco 450 / 9 / 8 14:27:16 02:26:14  
10 -3 103 ZATKO Jan 450 / 10 / 9 14:49:41 02:48:39 -00h10
11 2 118 LECONTE Edouard 450 / 11 / 10 15:01:00 02:59:58  
12 3 121 JENSEN Felix 450 / 12 / 11 15:10:43 03:09:41  
13 1 116 YOUNG Ben 450 / 13 / 12 15:13:12 0,1334490741  
14 -2 165 SANCHEZ Julien 450 / 14 / 13 15:13:18 03:12:16  
15 1 122 HELMERSEN Marius 450 / 15 / 14 15:14:41 03:13:39  
16 -6 125 BARLERIN Frédéric 450 / 16 MM / 2 15:22:36 03:21:34 -00h10
17 0 107 CAPRIONI Paolo 700 / 1 / 1 15:43:27 03:42:25 00h09
18 0 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain 450 / 17 / 15 16:45:24 04:44:22 00h26
19 0 117 KLOMP Erik 450 / 18 / 16 18:16:52 0,2609953704  
20 0 161 RAUBER Pascal 450 / 19 ENDUR / 1 19:10:37 07:09:35  
21 4 158 VANNEKEN Julie 450 / 20 MM / 3 06:09:19 18:08:17 10h00
22 1 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn 450 / 21 / 17 06:59:21 18:58:19 10h00
23 1 123 PAYR Wolfgang 450 / 22 / 18 07:01:09 19:00:07 10h00
24 4 130 ROLO Joao 450 / 23 MM / 4 08:27:40 20:26:38 11h20
25 4 129 SALKELD David 450 / 24 / 19 08:29:46 0,853287037 11h20
26 -5 120 AGAZZI Simone 450 / 25 / 20 04:56:21 16:55:19 30h31
27 4 131 TRUGLIO BEAUMONT Lydia 450 / 26 MM / 5 05:27:00 17:25:58 30h06
28 -6 112 DALMASSO Walter 450 / 27 / 21 05:44:22 17:43:20 31h16
29 -3 166 BOUCHET Pascal 450 / 28 MM / 6 06:48:45 18:47:43 31h47
30 -3 110 SMITH Jamie 450 / 29 MM / 7 07:33:47 19:32:45 32h46
31 -1 127 CHAPSAL Eric 450 / 30 MM / 8 07:51:18 1,8265740741 32h46
32 0 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry 450 / 31 / 22 06:57:17    
33 0 119 CORK Christopher 700 / 2 MM / 1 09:35:54 21:34:52 21h26

Etape 2 DAR KAOURA / AGDAL
Classification on SS2: 443,11 km - 03/01/2018    
39 participantes classified

For the official and overall classification please visit: http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home
 
Pos pgr Pilotes Grp/Pos Diff 1er Péna
1 0 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
T1 / 1      
2 2 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
T1 / 2 00:01:56    
3 -1 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
T1 / 3 00:14:26    
4 8 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
T1 / 4 00:39:43    
5 1 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
T1 / 5 00:50:14    
6 1 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
T1 / 6 01:01:08    
7 -3 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
T4 / 1 01:05:46    
8 2 214 FROMONT Yves
FROMONT Jean
T1 / 7 01:07:01    
9 37 219 GOSSELIN Philippe
MOREL Herve
T1 / 8 01:11:06    
10 7 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
T1 / 9 01:16:04    
11 7 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
T1 / 10 01:30:40    
12 11 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
T1 / 11 01:30:54    
13 1 218 JULIEN Jean noel
JULIEN Rabha
T1 / 12 01:32:20    
14 4 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
T1 / 13 01:33:23    
15 -3 211 BESSON Jean pascal
ROISSAC Patrice
T1 / 14 01:35:09    
16 -3 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
T1 / 15 01:42:49    
17 7 401 TOMECEK Tomas T4 / 2 01:48:25    
18 13 216 PORCHERON Philippe
LURQUIN Jean marie
T1 / 16 01:57:35    
19 -3 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
T4 / 3 01:59:27    
20 17 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
T3 / 1 02:15:26    
21 -3 402 JACINTO Elisabete
MARQUES Jose
COCHINHO Marco
T4 / 4 02:16:20    
22 0 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
T4 / 5 02:17:41    
23 -7 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
T4 / 6 02:24:51    
24 19 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
T1 / 17 02:43:10    
25 3 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
T4 / 7 02:47:04    
26 12 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
T3 / 2 02:50:47    
27 8 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
T3 / 3 03:21:45    
28 9 257 MONEYRON Jean hugues
MAURY Thierry
T3 / 4 03:35:52    
29 -4 222 TITOV Alexey
RUSOV Andrey
T2 / 1 03:57:20    
30 2 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
T1 / 18 04:03:12    
31 -1 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
T4 / 8 04:05:25    
32 -9 204 BAUD Lionel
POLATO Jean michel
T1 / 19 04:08:41    
33 9 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
T3 / 5 04:27:37    
34 13 253 RUFFIER Jean claude
BOS Jerome
T3 / 6 04:46:02    
35 -5 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
T1 / 20 04:50:35    
36 5 220 SZUSTKOWSKI Robin
GRYSZCZUK Albert
OP / 1 05:09:08    
37 -6 415 CORRADO Pattono
SIMONATO Giuseppe francesco
MARCO Arnoletti
T4 / 9 05:10:18    
38 4 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
T2 / 2 05:10:47    
39 7 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
T1 / 21 05:11:13    

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VLADIMIR VASILYEV AND PAOLO CECI FIRST LEADERS !

After a busy day, celebrating New Year's eve on a rough sea, all the participants in the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race arrived at the port of Nador at the end of the day on Tuesday 2 January 2018. A tough first day for all competitors with a special stage before reaching the bivouac 500 kilometers later.

READY ...
After the obligatory passage through Moroccan customs, the caravan of the Africa Eco Race 2018 was able to benefit from the first light of the sun around a Moroccan breakfast orgqnised by the governor of Nador. All vehicles then took to the road to join the start of the race with the mountains of the Anti-Atlas as a backdrop. 51 kilometers of liaison before starting the race to warm up the engines under a cloudless sky... Until 9:22 am local time when the first bike Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR) made his mark on the route drawn by René Metge.

GO!
With a special stage of 92 kilometers to warm up for both drivers and navigators. On a gravelly rugged track, the 91 vehicles had to be wary of a complicated navigation between the wadis and the small, almost invisible tracks. A win today for the 2018 favorite and winners last year, Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS). A good stage also for the Optimus of Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque who take 2nd place. The good news story of the day comes from a brand new participant, the team of Gerard De Rooy (NL) driving his truck Iveco takes 3rd place in the standings, just ahead of Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin. Mechanical problems for Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (MD Rallye Sport) who still managed to cross the finish line albeit very slowly. Amongst other competitors on four wheels, special mention for the Ford of Alexey Titov and Andrey Rosov (RUS) first series vehicles. Finally in the SSV category, it was the Italians Stefano Pelloni and Gianluca Grociani who were the fastest, arriving 25 minutes after the winner of the day. In the motorbike category no surprises. Paolo Ceci (ITA) left 2nd and finished 1st ahead of Pal Anders Ullevalster and Dmitry Agoshkov (RUS).

QUOTES...
201 - Vladimir Vasilyev :

"This first stage went well, the Moroccan tracks are excellent, it's been a long time since we have competed, so it was a very good warm-up, the car is running well, we were fastest but at the same time careful. "


206 - Pascal Thomasse :

"It was rural land with lots of pebbles, we enjoyed the speed and the navigation was very good despite two small mistakes that made us lose about ten seconds. The car is perfect !"


400 - Gerard De Rooy :

"It was a very nice special stage, first we had to warm up on the first kilometers with this new truck, then the dust added some difficulties but the tracks are great, I'm really happy to be here in Africa. "


Paolo Ceci :

"The navigation was difficult but I managed to overtake Ullevalseter midway and then we drove together, I'm very happy with my race."


Résults: 

1st Stage in Morocco: Nador / Dar Kaoura: 92 KM 
Car / Truck: 
  • Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 00 :57 :22 
  • Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :03 :06 
  • Gerard De Rooy/ Darek Rodewalde / Moi Torrellardona n°400 (NLD) + 00 :05 :25 

Bike: 
  • Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 1 :14 :07 
  • Pal Anders Ullevalster n° 100 (NOR) + 00 :02 :19 
  • Dmitry Agoshkov n°163 (RUS) + 00 :03 :53 

The Portuguese driver Elisabete Jacinto concluded today another stage of the Africa Race 2018, the third one that was fulfilled between Agdal and Assa, in Morocco. The day started very well for the Bio-Ritmo® team which registered a very fast speed during much of the special. Until CP2, the Portuguese were in second place among the trucks and were discussing closely the lead with the Hungarian Micklos Kovacs. But a few kilometers from the CP3, the front differential of the MAN TGS broke making difficult the progress of the Portuguese who finished the day in the 10th place of their category.

The trio, made up of Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho, had a small difference of 40 seconds of the first place when the setback arose which ended up making it impossible for the Portuguese team to keep the speed particularly in the dune zone. The Bio-Ritmo® team completed the selective sector, which was won by the Dutch Gerard De Rooy, in 6h00m02s. The Portuguese are now in fifth place in the overall T4 standings.

Although it is a difficult situation to solve, Elisabete Jacinto continues in the race:

"we were driving very well when at one point we heard a noise. We did a few more kilometers, but the noise began to grow and we stopped to see what was happening. That's when we realized that the front differential had broken. From that moment on we made the rest of the race with two-wheel drive, which meant we had to roll slowly and it was more difficult to finish the special. Still we managed to print a good speed until the end and now we have to try to solve the problem so that tomorrow we can be at the start", revealed the Portuguese.


Tomorrow will be the fourth stage of the Africa Eco Race which will link Assa to Fort Chacal. It will be held 499 timed kilometers in this which will be the longest leg of the whole rally. The journey will be particularly complex in terms of navigation and will require a lot of concentration. In addition to returning to the Oued Draa the caravan will enter a plains area without much landscape and therefore without many visual points to navigate. Even before reaching the camp at Fort Chacal, the competitors will face the final challenge of crossing the Oued Hamra.

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Rally-Raid Network news update:

After trying to find a solution for some time, Elisabete Jacinto decided to retire from the race. The part they need is very hard to obtain in Morocco, and even if the team had found one, it is not likely that the part can be delivered to the Portuguese team before the extremely hard Mauritanea stages.
Still, in spite of this unlucky event, Elisabete Jacinto decided to stay with the race, and will now follow the assistance route until the end of the rally.

Etape 2 DAR KAOURA / AGDAL
Classement sur Secteur Sélectif 2 - 443,11 km - 03/01/2018 32 concurrent(s) classé(s)
Pos Pilotes Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1er Péna
1 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal anders 450 / 1 / 1 05:52:43    
2 101 CECI Paolo 450 / 2 / 2 05:55:05 00:02:22  
3 114 ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis miguel 450 / 3 / 3 06:20:15 00:27:32  
4 115 OLIVEIRA Rui 450 / 4 / 4 06:26:01 00:33:18  
5 102 BENKO Martin 450 / 5 / 5 06:36:34 00:43:51 -00h10
6 106 RAHM Henrik 450 / 6 / 6 07:04:12 01:11:29 -00h10
7 133 RAFFERTY Nathan 450 / 7 / 7 07:05:51 0,050787037  
8 103 ZATKO Jan 450 / 8 / 8 07:09:33 01:16:50 -00h10
9 165 SANCHEZ Julien 450 / 9 / 9 07:11:39 01:18:56  
10 125 BARLERIN Frédéric 450 / 10 MM / 1 07:23:22 01:30:39 -00h10
11 109 PICCO Franco 450 / 11 / 10 07:23:41 01:30:58  
12 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan 450 / 12 MM / 2 07:25:27 01:32:44  
13 116 YOUNG Ben 450 / 13 / 11 07:26:48 0,0653356481  
14 118 LECONTE Edouard 450 / 14 / 12 07:36:13 01:43:30  
15 121 JENSEN Felix 450 / 15 / 13 07:49:56 01:57:13  
16 122 HELMERSEN Marius 450 / 16 / 14 07:51:35 01:58:52  
17 107 CAPRIONI Paolo 700 / 1 / 1 08:07:41 02:14:58 00h09
18 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain 450 / 17 / 15 08:49:01 02:56:18 00h26
19 117 KLOMP Erik 450 / 18 / 16 09:16:01 0,1411805556  
20 161 RAUBER Pascal 450 / 19 ENDUR / 1 10:21:45 04:29:02  
21 120 AGAZZI Simone 450 / 20 / 17 14:54:00 09:01:17 03h50
22 112 DALMASSO Walter 450 / 21 / 18 15:54:00 10:01:17 04h50
23 123 PAYR Wolfgang 450 / 22 / 19 16:04:00 10:11:17 05h00
24 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn 450 / 23 / 20 16:04:00 10:11:17 05h00
25 158 VANNEKEN Julie 450 / 24 MM / 3 16:04:00 0,4245023148 05h00
26 166 BOUCHET Pascal 450 / 25 MM / 4 16:04:00 10:11:17 05h00
27 110 SMITH Jamie 450 / 26 MM / 5 17:24:00 11:31:17 06h20
28 127 CHAPSAL Eric 450 / 27 MM / 6 17:24:00 11:31:17 06h20
29 129 SALKELD David 450 / 28 / 21 17:24:00 11:31:17 06h20
30 130 ROLO Joao 450 / 29 / 22 17:24:00 11:31:17 06h20
31 131 TRUGLIO BEAUMONT Lydia 450 / 30 MM / 7 17:24:00 0,4800578704 06h20
32 190 STEFANI Giovanni Q / 1 / 1 19:44:00 13:51:17 08h40
Tuesday January  2nd 2018 : Stage  1
NADOR / DAR KAOURA : 639 km
Liaison : Nador / Ameziane : 51 km
Leg : Ameziane / Merada : 92 km
Liaison : Merada / Dar Kaoura : 496 km

PROVISIONAL RESULTS FROM STAGE 1 - MOTO
For the official and updated results, please visit http://www.africarace.com

 
Pos Pilotes Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1er
1 101 CECI Paolo 450 / 1 / 1 01:14:07  
2 100 ULLEVALSETER Pal anders 450 / 2 / 2 01:16:26 00:02:19
3 163 AGOSHKOV Dmitry 450 / 3 / 3 01:18:00 00:03:53
4 120 AGAZZI Simone 450 / 4 / 4 01:21:21 00:07:14
5 115 OLIVEIRA Rui 450 / 5 / 5 01:22:35 00:08:28
6 128 BLACKBURN Jonathan 450 / 6 MM / 1 01:23:32 00:09:25
7 114 OLIVEIRA Luis 450 / 7 / 6 01:23:37 0,0065972222
8 106 RAHM Henrik 450 / 8 / 7 01:23:39 00:09:32
9 103 ZATKO Jan 450 / 9 / 8 01:24:14 00:10:07
10 112 DALMASSO Walter 450 / 10 / 9 01:24:22 00:10:15
11 118 LECONTE Edouard 450 / 11 / 10 01:26:03 00:11:56
12 122 HELMERSEN Marius 450 / 12 / 11 01:27:54 00:13:47
13 125 BARLERIN Frédéric 450 / 13 MM / 2 01:28:30 0,0099884259
14 102 BENKO Martin 450 / 14 / 12 01:29:06 00:14:59
15 121 JENSEN Felix 450 / 15 / 13 01:29:15 00:15:08
16 133 RAFFERTY Nathan 450 / 16 / 14 01:29:44 00:15:37
17 111 ESPINASSE Sylvain 450 / 17 / 15 01:33:35 00:19:28
18 109 PICCO Franco 450 / 18 / 16 01:33:43 00:19:36
19 124 HAMIAUX Bjorn 450 / 19 / 17 01:37:39 0,0163425926
20 123 PAYR Wolfgang 450 / 20 / 18 01:38:20 00:24:13
21 116 YOUNG Ben 450 / 21 / 19 01:39:03 00:24:56
22 107 CAPRIONI Paolo 700 / 1 / 1 01:39:16 00:25:09
23 110 SMITH Jamie 450 / 22 MM / 3 01:43:47 00:29:40
24 117 KLOMP Erik 450 / 23 / 20 01:44:58 00:30:51
25 165 SANCHEZ Julien 450 / 24 / 21 01:46:00 0,0221412037
26 161 RAUBER Pascal 450 / 25 ENDUR / 1 01:49:43 00:35:36
27 158 VANNEKEN Julie 450 / 26 MM / 4 01:56:30 00:42:23
28 130 ROLO Joao 450 / 27 / 22 01:57:33 00:43:26
29 166 BOUCHET Pascal 450 / 28 MM / 5 01:57:45 00:43:38
30 129 SALKELD David 450 / 29 / 23 01:58:38 00:44:31
31 127 CHAPSAL Eric 450 / 30 MM / 6 02:01:18 0,0327662037
32 190 STEFANI Giovanni Q / 1 / 1 02:09:29 00:55:22
33 119 CORK Christopher 700 / 2 MM / 1 02:09:54 00:55:47
34 131 TRUGLIO BEAUMONT Lydia 450 / 31 MM / 7 02:24:17 01:10:10
35 180 BESSE Bertrand CL / 1 MM / 1 02:40:41 01:26:34
             


The third stage of the Africa Eco Race was a good day for Gerard de Rooy. The captain of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco initially crossed the line with a gap of 48 minutes to the buggy of stage winner Mathieu Serradori, but he got 25 minutes back for waiting with a motorcyclist who had crashed. As a result, he came fifth in the results. Wuf van Ginkel was not included in the results. He had to abandon the stage again, this time because of a problem with the engine.
Looking only at the trucks, the advantage of Gerard de Rooy on the others was big again. Jan van de Laar crossed the finish line as the second truck, more than 45 minutes behind De Rooy. But De Rooy is not interested in just the trucks. He wants to win the Africa Eco Race overall. Therefore he now has to make up at least 1.33.57 on Vladimir Vasilyev.
The third stage, with a timed section of 400 kilometres from Foum Zguid to Assa, was not in favor of the trucks.

“It was a high speed stage, with lots of stones”, describes Gerard de Rooy.
“We could make it with a speed of 150 kms/h, but the buggies drove 180, 190. In such a case there isn’t much to gain.”

At about 100 kms into the stage De Rooy was the first to stop with a motorbike rider who had crashed. 

“We waited for help. We got 25 minutes back, but I had the idea we have been there for 35, 40 minutes.”

The remainder of the stage went fine, until about 80 kilometres before the finish a band slowly went down. Mechanic Darek Rodewald could pump some air in it while driving, but in the last 20 kilometres the tyre was too badly damaged. 

“Changing tyres takes more time than moving on carefully,” says De Rooy. “But it turned out at the finish that the tread had completely finished.”

De Rooy was not dissatisfied with the result, but obviously would have preferred to have lost less time.
Wuf van Ginkel suffered considerably more. Already after 60 kilometres he ran into such big problems that he had to leave the stage, just like the second day. And this time he couldn’t do it alone. The truck had to be transported to the bivouac at the back of the trailer. 

“First we had to deal with the water reservoir that was broken,” says Van Ginkel. “We could repair that, but a little later we got problems with the engine, so we could not go any further. It isn’t clear yet what the exact problem is. We will have to look at that in the bivouac tonight. I hope it can be fixed, but it is a huge disappointment anyway.”




Souce Team DeRooy

2ND DAY IN MOROCCO
DAR KAOURA / AGDAL: 478 KM


The 2nd Moroccan day offered to the competitors the real beginning of the race. On the program a 443 kilometers leg between dunes and stony tracks under a summer sun, enough to disturb the ranking and reveal the favorites of this 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race.

Welcome to Morocco

After a short 28-kilometer run that saw the first bike leaving at 7:15 this morning, each competitor joined Merzouga to start the leg. The famous dunes close to the Erg Chebbi offered both navigation and driving difficulties, especially on the sand particularly soft because of the heat. Off-piste, 7 dune crossings, rolling tracks... The two highlights of the day will be the crossing of the Oued Draa, which is usually soft at this time of the year, and the Erg Chegaga which is often tricky.

Vasilyev as boss, Ullevalseter as usual
Just past the finish line, the winners of the day and overall leaders Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov threw themselves on bottles of water. Under the eyes of the organizer, they were congratulated by all their staff and some spectators after 4h50'25 of race. "You did not even burst, bravo! ", said Jean-Louis Schlesser the former teammate of the best co-driver of the day. Very nice 2nd place for Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA / MCM) who finished 1'56 after the winner of the day. Third place goes to Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) 14'26 off the lead. A very good day for Serradori Racing Team taking the 2nd place overall. Harder day for Gerard De Rooy, Darek Rodewald and Moi Torrellardona (IVECO) who reach the finishing line 1h05'46" behind the leader and falls off the podium. In the motorbikes category, the race remains tight with an arrival within seconds in between Pål Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) and Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM). The fight promises to be intense between the two competitors as Ullevalseter takes the lead of the overall standings 3 seconds ahead of his main rival for the final victory. For the less fortunate, the evening also looks very long ... The day's leg revealed everything you can find in the hardest routes in the greatest African raids. They will reach the bivouac very late at night after a very educational experience navigating in the dunes.

QUOTES...
Pål Anders ULLEVALSETER: 

"It was a great leg with lots of dunes, I caught up with Paolo, thanks to his navigation mistakes, I tried to overtake him but it took me a lot of time because he's really really fast."


Paolo CECI: 

"It was incredible, there was everything in this leg: sand, navigation, fast tracks ... all that can be found in Morocco. Today Pal caught me 30 kilometers from the finish and we drove together. The fight is not over! "


Vladimir VASILYEV: 

"We're tired, it was a long leg, it's been a long time since we had any, in the dunes it was not easy, the sand was soft and it was brittle. It was a wonderful stage with interesting tracks, thank you Jean-Louis! "


Pascal Thomasse: 

"Why do we do this? ... Now it's better but 100 kilometers from here I would have preferred to be on my couch! In the dunes it was long, hard and very brittle. I took a normal rhythm to avoid damaging the car, we end the day at our place, without making any mistakes. "


Mathieu Serradori: 

"We started on a good rhythm, Fabian did a great job, it was very technical navigation, we had a good day with a speed around 200 km/h! "


Résults: 
Second Stage : Dar Kaoura / Agdal : 478 km 
Car / Truck: 
  • 1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 04 :50 :25 
  • 2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :01 :56 
  • 3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :14 :26 
Bike: 
  • 1. Pal Anders Ullevalseter n°100 (NOR) 05 :52 :43 
  • 2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :02 :22 
  • 3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :27 :32

Overall : 
Car / Truck: 
  • 1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 05 :52 :47 
  • 2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :07 :24 
  • 3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :17 :32 
Bike: 
  • 1. Pal Anders Ullevalseter n°100 (NOR) 07 :09 :09 
  • 2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :00 :03 
  • 3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :34 :43

Official press release
Tuesday January  2nd 2018 : Stage  1
NADOR / DAR KAOURA : 639 km
Liaison : Nador / Ameziane : 51 km
Leg : Ameziane / Merada : 92 km
Liaison : Merada / Dar Kaoura : 496 km

PROVISIONAL RESULTS FROM STAGE 1 - COMBINED AUTO/TRUCK
For the official and updated results, please visit http://www.africarace.com
 
Pos Pilotes Marque Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1er
1 201 VASILYEV Vladimir
ZHILTSOV Konstantin
  T1 / 1 1,2 / 1 00:57:22  
2 206 THOMASSE Pascal
LARROQUE Pascal
  T1 / 2 1,3 / 1 01:00:28 00:03:06
3 400 DE ROOIJ Gerard
RODEWALD Darek
TORRELLARDONA Moi
  T4 / 1 / 1 01:02:47 00:05:25
4 202 SERRADORI Mathieu
LURQUIN Fabian
MCM T1 / 3 1,3 / 2 01:02:50 00:05:28
5 209 VAUTHIER Remy
BRUCY Jean
  T1 / 4 1,3 / 3 01:03:31 00:06:09
6 403 VAN GINKEL Wuf
VAN DONKELAAR Bert
KOFMAN Erik
  T4 / 2 / 2 01:06:18 00:08:56
7 211 BESSON Jean pascal
ROISSAC Patrice
  T1 / 5 1,1 / 1 01:07:22 00:10:00
8 212 GERARD David
DELACOUR Pascal
  T1 / 6 1,3 / 4 01:07:24 00:10:02
9 215 KROTOV Denis
TSYRO Dmytro
  T1 / 7 1,2 / 2 01:08:01 00:10:39
10 214 FROMONT Yves
FROMONT Jean
BUGGY T1 / 8 1,4 / 1 01:08:07 00:10:45
11 218 JULIEN Jean noel
JULIEN Rabha
  T1 / 9 1,3 / 5 01:09:07 00:11:45
12 203 RUDSKOY Andrey
ZAGORODNIUK Evgenii
  T1 / 10 1,1 / 2 01:09:28 00:12:06
13 405 KOVACS Miklos
CZEGLEDI Peter
ACS Laszlo
  T4 / 3 / 3 01:11:29 00:14:07
14 406 VAN DE LAAR Johannes
VAN DE LAAR Ben
HUIJGENS Adolphus
  T4 / 4 / 4 01:11:58 00:14:36
15 223 IMSCHOOT Erwin
VAN HYFTE Patrick
  T1 / 11 1,1 / 3 01:13:10 00:15:48
16 402 JACINTO Elisabete
MARQUES Jose
COCHINHO Marco
  T4 / 5 / 5 01:13:34 00:16:12
17 225 MOGNIER Gerald
ROUBIN Pierre
  T1 / 12 1,4 / 2 01:14:43 00:17:21
18 408 HOONDERT Adwin
HOEFNAGELS Wilko
GILLIS Jac
  T4 / 6 / 6 01:14:54 00:17:32
19 213 LAURE Dominique
CRESPO Christophe
  T1 / 13 1,3 / 6 01:15:15 00:17:53
20 204 BAUD Lionel
POLATO Jean michel
FD01 RAID T1 / 14 1,3 / 7 01:15:38 00:18:16
21 410 ESSERS Noël
COONINX Johan
LAUWERS Marc
  T4 / 7 / 7 01:18:33 00:21:11
22 404 ELFRINK Johan
SCHUTTEL Dirk
  T4 / 8 / 8 01:18:42 00:21:20
23 401 TOMECEK Tomas   T4 / 9 / 9 01:18:58 00:21:36
24 222 TITOV Alexey
RUSOV Andrey
  T2 / 1 2,1 / 1 01:19:12 00:21:50
25 205 MARTIN Patrick
BIGOT Didier
  T1 / 15 1,4 / 3 01:20:08 00:22:46
26 414 VAN VELSEN Aad
SCHOTANUS Jos
MEGENS Emiel
  T4 / 10 / 10 01:22:54 00:25:32
27 258 PELLONI Stefano
CROCIANI Gianluca
QUADDY T3 / 1 / 1 01:22:59 00:25:37
28 234 VIDAL Luc
VIDAL Marlène
  T1 / 16 1,2 / 3 01:23:17 00:25:55
29 415 CORRADO Pattono
SIMONATO Giuseppe francesco
MARCO Arnoletti
  T4 / 11 / 11 01:23:33 00:26:11
30 411 GOVAERE Jan
HILLEWAERE Patrick
HELEWAUT Philip
  T4 / 12 / 12 01:24:04 00:26:42
31 216 PORCHERON Philippe
LURQUIN Jean marie
MD T1 / 17 1,3 / 8 01:24:47 00:27:25
32 231 PEDECHE Philippe
PERRY Philippe
  T1 / 18 1,1 / 4 01:25:00 00:27:38
33 242 FREBOURG Loic
BOULAY Franck
  T2 / 2 2,1 / 2 01:27:49 00:30:27
34 256 GUINDANI Vincent
NGUYEN Stephane
  T3 / 2 / 2 01:28:01 00:30:39
35 241 GARD Gilles
PINTO Manuel
  T2 / 3 2,2 / 1 01:28:15 00:30:53
36 257 MONEYRON Jean hugues
MAURY Thierry
CF MOTO T3 / 3 / 3 01:30:23 00:33:01
37 255 GONZALEZ Vincent
DOMINELLA Maurizio
  T3 / 4 / 4 01:30:47 00:33:25
38 226 VAN LIESHOUT Gerard
SLAATS Guido
  T2 / 4 2,2 / 2 01:31:01 00:33:39
39 252 BONNEVIE Loic
HAMYS Sophie
  T3 / 5 / 5 01:31:38 00:34:16
40 221 SZUSTKOWSKI Robert
KAZBERUK Jaroslaw
  T2 / 5 2,1 / 3 01:31:52 00:34:30
41 254 CROMPHOUT Johan
VERHAEREN Christian
  T3 / 6 / 6 01:32:36 00:35:14
42 220 SZUSTKOWSKI Robin
GRYSZCZUK Albert
  OP / 1 / 1 01:33:41 00:36:19
43 224 PETRUS Gintas
VALAITIS Povilas
  T1 / 19 1,2 / 4 01:35:28 00:38:06
44 246 GALLANT Eric
ANCEL Jean-marc
  T2 / 6 2,2 / 3 01:36:12 00:38:50
45 230 DIERS Herve
BROUSSE Alain
  T1 / 20 1,2 / 5 01:37:24 00:40:02
46 240 ROSSI Stefano
BORSOI Elvis
  T1 / 21 1,1 / 5 01:38:33 00:41:11
47 253 RUFFIER Jean claude
BOS Jerome
  T3 / 7 / 7 01:40:15 00:42:53
48 259 RAHAL Kamil
SANCHEZ Thierry
  T3 / 8 / 8 01:43:41 00:46:19
49 228 BASTIDE Bruno
CHAUDAT Didier
  T1 / 22 1,2 / 6 01:46:36 00:49:14
50 251 BARBU Claudiu laurentiu
SPIRIDON Paul nicusor
  T3 / 9 / 9 01:50:18 00:52:56
51 217 TOSCANO Herve
MARTIN Jean luc
  T1 / 23 1,3 / 9 01:55:04 00:57:42
52 207 GOMEZ Guillaume
BORSOTTO Francois
  T1 / 24 1,3 / 10 01:59:26 01:02:04

3RD DAY IN MAROCCO : AGDAL / ASSA : 421 KM


The 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race caravan is still going south in Morocco. On this January 4th 2018 the leg starts directly at the bivouac and 400 kilometers later they reach Assa where awaits them a 21 kilometers to the bivouac. Speed was the order of the day to the delight of Mathieu Serradori in the cars and in the motorcycles it was a great first for Luis Oliveira.

A fast track

After a short night for many competitors who had a very tough day yesterday, it felt nice to have more time this morning to get prepared for the leg starting just outside the bivouac. The leg started with a nice fast track at the foot of the Anti-Atlas mountains. Later the cairns helped them follow the track so they can speed during a long part of the leg. Throughout the day, the competitors passed many military outposts but also many dried lakes. It was near the end of the stage where the navigation got a bit more complicated as they headed back toward the Oued Draa. The finish was set up on the outskirts of the town of Assa.
 
Serradori, and the surprise Oliveira
Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin's car was the fastest on this particularly tough leg. Starting two minutes after leaders Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI), the SRT crew crossed the finish line a few seconds behind their main competitors. A tight duel between the two cars that remained in contact a good part of the race. The Russians were still happy to congratulate them just after a tire puncture on the finish line. The result of 400 kilometers of fast stony tracks but tough on the tires. That's what caused some problems to Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (OPTIMUS) who lost time to change a wheel and finished 4th. 3rd place went to Remy Vauthier and Jean Brucy (SUI / OPTIMUS). The first truck of the day also had to replace a wheel just behind the finish line. Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) finished 5th, frustrated for not being faster but gaining two places overall.
In motorbikes, after 4h54'56" of race, Luis Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) won the first stage of his career. At 25, he came with his father, who acts as a mechanic for his first rally-raid and is already on his way with a 3rd place overall, he finished 1'57" ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) who takes the lead 2'29" in front of Pål Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM).
Poor Elisabete Jacinto (POR / MAN) only female truck driver is forced to give up. The regular actress in the Africa Eco Race broke her differential and does not have the spare part in her assistance truck. It is very sad that she leaves the Africa Eco Race before joining Mauritania, as last year when her engine broke during the 2nd stage.
 
Ranking stage 3 Agdal / Assa : 421 km
Car / Truck :
  • 1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 03 :48 :12
  • 2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 00 :00 :22
  • 3. Remy Vauthier / Jean Brucy n°209 (SUI) + 00 :13 :33
 
Bike :
  • 1. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) 04 :54 :56
  • 2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :01 :57
  • 3. Pal Anders Ullevalseter n°100 (NOR) + 00 :04 :29
 
Overall ranking :
Car / Truck : 
  • 1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 09 :41 :21
  • 2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :07 :02
  • 3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :34 :28

Bike : 
  • 1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA)  12 :06 :05
  • 1. Pal Anders Ullevalseter n°100 (NOR) + 00 :02 :29
  • 3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :32 :43


Complete ranking on this link : http://www.africarace.com/fr/course/2018/home
  
They said
Mathieu SERRADORI: 

"We are happy, it was a great leg, Fabian navigated very well which allowed us to catch up with Vasilyev, there was a good fight. We will open tomorrow, I have confidence in my co-pilot so that's not a problem."

Vladimir VASILYEV: 

"Today it was particularly tricky because of pebbles, it was like being on Mars, we like our rivalry with Serradori, we are fighting on the track but we are friends."

Rémy VAUTHIER: 

"We drove fast but it was not a good race, the Africa Eco Race is not really easy, besides I have the flu but we manage to finish 3rd today, I'm happy with it."

Pascal THOMASSE:

"These stony tracks were not fun... and as we did not change our tires yesterday, I wanted to be careful but 50 kilometers from the finish we had problems with one wheel. I prefer the 100-kilometer stages at my age!"

Gérard DE ROOY: 

"It was a great leg, very long, we had a slow puncture a little before the finish but we were able to drive and continue to the end, slowing down. It will be difficult to top the overall ranking but I keep the podium in mind."

Luis OLIVEIRA: 

"It was a quick and difficult leg for me, I'm learning every day, it means a lot to me to have passed the two best drivers, I made a mistake, Paolo came back faster and I followed him to the finish."

Paolo CECI: 

"For 200 kilometers until the refueling it was very monotonous, then there was a lot of navigation, it was easy to make mistakes. Today it was flat and stony, I preferred the dunes yesterday. The motorbike is doing very well and I am confident."

Pål Anders ULLEVALSETER: 

"There were a lot of stones, it was very hard physically, I got lost twice but I managed to get back into the race to keep in touch with Paolo. I hope to feel better and better day after day."




Source Africa Eco Race


Gerard de Rooy and Wuf van Ginkel made their mark immediately in the first stage of the Africa Eco Race. In the special stage of 92 kilometres De Rooy put down the third time overall, 5.25 behind the Russian Vladimir Vasilyev with Mini, and Van Ginkel the sixth (+8.56).

The stage from Nador to Dar Kaoura, in the north of Morocco, gave no problems for Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco, but was quite difficult because of dust and stones. 

“That made it quite tricky”, said Gerard de Rooy. “With all those stones on the side of the track, I could not drift well. I did not want to run the risk of punctures. That did matter in terms of speed.”

It was even more difficult that the sentinel – the warning system making it possible to indicate that a faster participant arrives, but that also gives a signal when someone is standing still at the track – did not work with any of the trucks. Remnants were therefore not clearly visible, but in turn they didn’t see the faster trucks coming up behind them either.

“Overtaking these small SSVs and slower cars took a lot of time,” De Rooy said. “A few times I’ve been driving next to the track to pass, but that also involves risks. I think I’ve lost some five minutes with that. ”

Wuf van Ginkel also lost time because of the non-working sentinel. As the fourth truck, he quickly closed the gap to Elisabete Jacinto, who didn’t notice the Iveco behind her because of the dust. 

“We also could not indicate that we were there. At one point we did take the risk in the dust to get close behind her and let them know by horning that we wanted to pass. As soon as that was possible she immediately went aside, but it took a lot of time. I think those SSVs and the slower cars have been shocked a few times that a truck suddenly appeared from the dust.”

De Rooy came at the finish of the special stage with a side window missing.

“At 10, 15 kilometres before the finish there was a group of stone throwers. We got a vowel through the side window. Fortunately, nobody has been injured. Some others got stones on the windshield.”

Van Ginkel saw the group standing at the exit of a bend, just at a point where he drifted the truck.  

“As a result, I drove more or less straight to them and apparently they got scared because they hurried away. That has probably been our luck.”

Tomorrow the trucks will start between the cars, according to the general classification of today. The second stage has 443 kilometres of competition, including 30 kms of Erg Chebbi dunes. The first car starts at 9.21 am local time (10.21 am Central European Time).



Official press release

This sunny Sunday morning in Monaco, Jean Marie Bigard offcially started the 10th anniversary edition of the Africa Eco Race. Alongside organiser Jean Louis Schlesser, the race godfather was clearly thrilled to be part of the event as the 91 vehicles roared out of Monaco.
Childlike, he enthused :

"When Jean Louis asked me to come, I accepted at once." Jean Marie Bigard exchanged his comedian hat for that of rally raid superfan this morning. He started by discussing his charitable association "bouchons d'amour" which collects plastic bottle tops in order to raise money for building schools in Africa. "The Africa Eco Race is going to bring me home a whole lorry load of bottle tops! It's the best way to recycle and to build new schools."

The comedian was there as much for his charity as to live out a dream. He adores the racing trucks:

"I actually met Gerard de Rooy (winner of the Dakar) - I'm so excited!"

For two hours, he stood and watched the competitors roll out one by one, a huge smile on his face.

179 competitors - 91 vehicles are racing

35 motorbikes competitors, 110 in Cars and 34 in Trucks will cross Morocco and Mauritania before crossing the finish line at Lac Rose in Senegal on Sunday 14th January. 91 vehicles will actually be racing: 34 bikes, 1 quad, 35 cars, 9 SSV and 12 trucks. They represent 27 different nationalities. They were all excited and emotional at the start - last chance to say goodbye to family and friends, take a few photos they were off. Next stop Sete, where they will board the boat for Morocco. There were smiles all round and the pride in being able to take part in adventure like this was evident. "Let's do this!" exclaimed Julie Vanneken as she mounted the starting block for her second time a bike rider in this race. Potential winner of the car category, Matthieu Serradori (MCM) is keen to get to Morocco:

"We're ready, we've been working towards this for a year. Only two days on the boat and the real work will begin."

Before that, however, everyone got their moment in the sun in Monaco, joined together with one common goal: to get to Dakar in 2 weeks time.
 
Jean Louis Schlesser - Organiser: 

"This morning in Monaco was incredible. We witnessed yet another race start from Monaco, making sure everything possible is done to ensure everyone gets to Sete for the boat this afternoon. After that, we will celebrate bringing in the New Year together."

 
Rene Metge - Sport Director: 

"It is always a pleasure to see all the competitors gathered here. This year they are going to experience a particularly difficult course, lots of navigation and some spectacular landscapes."




Official press release

The second stage of the Africa Eco Race, with a special of 443 kilometres from Dar Kaoura to Agdal, was a beautiful, but also tough day in which both Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco trucks had a hard time. A broken shock absorber cost Gerard de Rooy an hour of loss of time. Wuf van Ginkel even had to leave the special stage and drive via the road to the bivouac at Foum Zguid.
“The first part of the special we were at rocket speed”, opens Gerard de Rooy. In no time he had overtaken the buggy that had started ahead of him, in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, and the first bikers. De Rooy closed in on Vladimir Vasilyev’s Mini.
But then things went wrong. On a fast stretch, where the cars and buggies were in favor of the truck, De Rooy got into trouble with one of the brakes.

“One of the shock absorbers appeared to be broken. We had to dismantle it, which took a lot of time. Then we had to stop two more times to secure everything again. Because of that broken shock absorber, one of the brakes was broken too. With only three of four brakes through the dunes and some bad stretches with lots of stones; that doesn’t help.”

De Rooy was disappointed by the result, because he had liked the special. De Rooy finished in ninth time overall (trucks, cars, motorcycles) at 1.05.46 from Vasilyev. In the combined standings of cars and trucks he is now seventh at 1.11.11 of the Russian.

Van Ginkel can forget about a good result after a day of bad luck

Wuf van Ginkel saw his chances of a good result fading on the second day of the Africa Eco Race. In the 443 kilometres long stage from Erfoud to Foum Zguid he ran into so much bad luck that he had to leave the race halfway through to reach the bivouac by road. A non-working tire pressure system was the cause of the misery.
Because the system did not work well on one side of the Iveco, mechanic Bert van Donkelaar could not get the right pressure in the tires. In the stage with dunes, sand, fast paths and riverbeds with stones, tire pressure was crucial. The problem caused two tattered tires and one that went down slowly.

“We have changed the broken tires and the one that ran empty we moved to the other side, where the tire system still worked,” says Van Ginkel. “Unfortunately, that was not enough, because the wrong tire pressure caused a steering ball to break, causing another two punctures. Then it was over. The steering axle did not want to go left anymore. I couldn’t continue without steering. Such a shame when a small problem has such big consequences. It went so well.” In total Van Ginkel and his crew had to change a wheel six times.

At Mhamid Van Ginkel was able to take the road to drive to the bivouac at Foum Zguid. Because he could not steer to the left, he had to take some turns in reverse.

“Right in reverse is also left. It is just a bit more difficult.”

After arriving in the bivouac, Van Ginkel needed the time to process his disappointment. “This is a big downer. We are not here to drive via the road. We can forget about the classification now. The only thing we can still hope for is a few nice results day by day.”


Elisabete Jacinto completed today the first special of the Africa Eco Race 2018, a short 92-kilometer journey held between Ameziane and Merada in Morocco, in the fifth place among the trucks. The Bio-Ritmo® team took 1h13m34s to complete the course of the day and registered a difference of 10m47s for the first place of the T4 category, a position that was reached by the Dutchman Gerard de Rooy who participates at the commands of a powerful IVECO, and has a small disadvantage of only 2m05s to the Hungarian Miklos Kovacs, winner of the 2010 edition of this race, which is currently the third among the trucks.

This first day was very demanding, because much of the route was composed of narrow, winding, rocky paths and had many navigation difficulties, and besides all dificulties also a fail in the sentinel system, which is a device that allows competitors to realize the presence of a faster driver behind him and who for safety reasons should facilitate overtaking, ended up delaying Elisabete Jacinto: 

"the specials made in the north of Morocco are always the most complicated because the roads are very narrow and it becomes very difficult to go with a truck. However, in terms of course, we managed to overcome all the setbacks that have appeared to us. Despite everything we had a mishap that delayed us a lot. We were printing a good rhythm and we were able to get close to Tomecek, who left in front of us. When finally there was an opportunity to overtake him we realized that the sentinel system wasn’t working. We spent a lot of time in the dust and we ended up losing a lot of time due to that fault", said the driver who occupies the 16th position of the joint auto / truck classification.


Tomorrow will be held, between Dar Kaoura and Agdal, the second stage of the Africa Eco Race 2018. The leg, which will be composed by a total of 443 kilometers, will be a reflection of the wide variety of terrain that Morocco has to offer, with highlights such as dune crossings, fast lanes and stone paths. The day will start with an approach to Erg Chebbi where competitors will find the first dunes of this race. The crossing of the Oued Draa will also be one of the highlights of this stage.



Official press release


The Bio-Ritmo® team held today in Menton the technical and administrative checks of the Africa Eco Race 2018. This is the last stage that competitors have to complete before the official departure of the race, which will be held tomorrow with great excitement from the Principality of Monaco.
The Portuguese carried out the technical checks with normality and are now in countdown to the first leg of the rally that will be disputed on January 2nd already on Moroccan soil. For Elisabete Jacinto, the checks went smoothly: 

"it was an impeccable day without any setback. The weather was excellent which made everything more enjoyable. The truck is already in Parc Fermé which means we are ready to leave”, said the Portuguese.

Elisabete Jacinto and the Bio-Ritmo® team will display in this Africa Race the number 402 and will face several major opponents such as De Rooy team, that is going to participate in this edition with two IVECO trucks one of which will be commanded by Gerard De Rooy and the second by the Dutchman Wuf Van Ginkel, an experienced driver who has participated for several times in the Dakar rally. Tomas Tomecek with his Tatra, with which he has already won for three times this race, and Micklos Kovacs, winner of this competition in 2010, with a Scania will also be present in the 10th edition of this rally with the ambition to win it.
The Africa Eco Race will have, this year, the largest number of truck teams having a total of 14 registered pilots in the T4 category which will face the difficult and complex routes of this African marathon. Several formations will make their debut in the Africa Race, namely the Dutch team led by the pilot Johan Elfrink, with a Mercedes, and also the Dutch Van de Laar Racing team, with a DAF, but is still expected a great competition among them.



Official press release

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