|Africa Eco Race: Cars-winner Schlesser "The race was harder than last year".|
Logical conclusion after its unstoppable progression during the race, Team Sonangol Schlesser took his fourth consecutive win on the banks of Lac Rose, near Dakar. After a free reign on the race, Jean-Louis Schlesser and Cyril Esquirol climbed on the top of the podium of this fourth Sonangol Africa Eco Race. This ceremony was followed by a large audience but also in the presence of team partners.
Despite the difficulties of the race and demanding weather conditions, the Blue Buggy has never released the pressure on his opponents and won with panache. Between Dakar and Saint-Cyprien, between Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the blue color was the main theme each day of this intense and exciting event.
For Jean-Louis Schlesser, winning is the goal and achieving this goal is the first satisfaction for a real competitor. "I am very pleased to be in Dakar as this year's race was particularly hard and demanding. But nothing is written as we saw yesterday when our hydraulic ram was out in soft sand. To me, it's a very good win and Cyril really did a good job."
"The race was harder than last year and the weather did not help us imposing terrible conditions as the three-day sandstorm. René designed a beautiful route and we have experienced magical moments. I want to thank my team, who as usual did a great job and of course, the partners who have chosen to trust me. "
In the right seat, the triple World Enduro Champion, Cyril Esquirol, comes back on this new experience. "I am delighted to have participated in the Africa Eco Race for the first time. The organization of this race is exceptional, especially the atmosphere and conviviality which allowed me to live magical moments. Sharing this experience with Jean-Louis was extraordinary, even if he has his own character, I understand him. To be a champion you have to be demanding. All this was very positive and my wish is just to come back, but next time, I hope, driving my own car! "
2012/01/09 | 15:50 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/SCHLESSER