|Africa Eco Race: Big promotion success in the Netherlands and Belgium.|
After the opening of the entries for the 2012 edition, René Metge, Sporting Director of the "Africa Eco Race", and Jean-Louis Dronne, the new General Manager of the event, had to meet the competitors and the press of the Netherlands and Belgium.
As usual, Mieke and Kees Tijsterman invited the small world of rally-raids in the Netherlands for a good drink and a delicious buffet in their Waddinxveen's workshop. After the presentation made, with passion, by René Metge, conviviality and warm atmosphere were real.
Questions, interviews - the 80 guests got all the information needed. The interest shown in the event augurs a strong participation of the Dutch crews on the 2012 edition of the Africa Eco Race on "Race" or "Raid" categories.
"I promise you an incredible route which will allow you to rediscover Morocco and Mauritania as you have never seen them! In the beauty of the landscapes, by respecting the level of difficulty for each competitor, but also, as you know, with conviviality" said René Metge.
After the presentation in the Netherlands, meeting was fixed to the big family of the Belgian rally-raid at Zutendaal (Limburg). A great and sunny party orchestrated in a masterly fashion by Tony Maessen and all his team.
Except the regular competitors of the event whom are henceforth Stéphane Henrard, Jacky Loomans, Noël Essers, Albert Vanierschot and Rudy Goeminne (with their whole teams), the organisers also noticed the presence of other many drivers and Belgian teams, such as Cor Bezemer, Roland Hoebeke, but also Vincent Thijs.
On the motorbikes category, the organiser noticed an increasing interest from amateurs riders. Great enthusiasm also for the new SSV category (Side by Side Vehicles) and from the important contingent of crews in Raid category.
"If we compare with other events where, except for some leaders, all the competitors are reduced to "walk-on parts", the Africa Eco Race is 100 % cheaper - but for 100% more pleasure" said Jean-Louis Dronne in front of about 90 guests before opening the festivities.
2011/05/22 | 21:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/AER