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MDC 2024: 95% Fully Booked

MDC 2024: 95% Fully Booked

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SOUTH RACING, ERIK VAN LOON AND SÉBASTIEN DELAUNAY AT THE START OF THE MDC2024

The year 2023 is coming to an end, as well as the possibility to still register for the Morocco Desert Challenge 2024. With "95% full" and a lot of participants indicating their desire to register after Dakar (if both man and machine leave the battlefield not too battered), we can already be satisfied and enthusiastically continue working on the logistical and sporting planning.

Those who still want to join after we reach 100% can only do so in the "Adventure Raid" category. In this class, speed is not important, but experience is key. Raid participants will have their own road book and parallel tracks. Moreover, you can participate with either a (rental) car, SSV, truck, or motorcycle. The initiator of this last category is Yamaha. For the MDC2024, 10 motorcyclists have already been linked to the "Ténéré Spirit Expérience" project. Those who join them will be accompanied during the rally by a big name from the international rally scene. Last April, it was Stephan Peterhansel. Curious about what Yamaha has in store for our participants next year. To be continued!"

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He witnessed the previous MDC from the sidelines, acting as a coach for his wife Anja during her debut in the race truck. But in April 2024, ex-FIA Priority Driver Erik Van Loon (55) will once again pick up the helmet. Together with his regular navigator, 42-year-old Frenchman Sébastien Delaunay, he will participate in the Morocco Desert Challenge – Coast-2-Coast, with a Side-by-Side specially built for them.

"Because we still have to wait for the T3 version of the newest Can-Am, we are building one ourselves based on my previous FIA Maverick X3. It will have a new 1000 cc engine, a semi-automatic gearbox with 6 gears, and large 32-inch tires. With this combination and our experience, we can certainly aim for the podium," says Erik.

For the construction and service of the new vehicle, Van Loon relies on South Racing. With 80 SSVs at the start of the MDC2024, it promises to be a great competition. 

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