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Africa Eco Race: Jean L. Schlesser - "It's always a great joy to return to Africa".





In Saint Cyprien a large crowd of excited spectators got to see the new buggy go through scrutineering, but then it was a long drive to Almeria where there ferry was waiting to take all the competitors to Nador in Morocco, but then the event's first stage, 622 km, with 277km of special awaited where Jean Louis' new co-driver Cyril Esquirol, triple Enduro World Champion had his baptism of fire.

It couldn't have been any harder with constant changes of direction, very tricky parts where a wheel wrong would mean that you are in the stones... and many, many turnings. For Schlesser it was a warm-up rather than an all-out attack.

"It's always a great joy to return to Africa, but I still have nerves about throwing myself into a special stage - and I was right to be nervous and in a traditional Moroccan stage, it was particularly rough" Jean Louis Schlesser said after the stage.

"For his first day beside me as my new co-driver Cyril Esquirol had a lot of work to do with the many changes of direction and succession of difficulties. He did a good job and even though we lost some time due to a lack of coordination, he learned very quickly and I am sure we will soon working together fine. Also our new Schlesser Buggy Sonangol worked perfectly. The new developments made a notable difference, so I am really confident for the future."

And confident he should be, as with a new car and a new co-driver the team took second overall on this particularly difficult stage, especially as Schlesser wasn't at all fatigued as he climbed from the cabin. Although his new co-driver was slightly less than relaxed.

"I had a busy day. I was pretty stressed this morning before the start because I had no idea if I would be at the level of talent for Jean Louis. I'm a little reassured though because even though I struggled to keep up with the many note in the road book we only lost a little time. Jean-Louis is a great teacher and an amazing driver and although I still haven't perfected everything I have to say that I really enjoyed it!"

Tomorrow, the Sonangol Schlesser Buggy will start second on the special that will lead competitors to Mhamid. Rene Metge has said that this 375km is rolling, pleasant and will have the first dunes... a stage that Jean Louis Schlesser and Cyril Esquirol hope will be one that helps them towards their first victory in the Africa Eco Race.

2011/12/30 | 20:38 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/SCHLESSER











Africa Eco Race: MAN TGS and Elisabete Jacinto shine at Africa Race 2012. | 12.01.2012 14:44 |




Africa Eco Race: Elisabete Jacinto and MAN 2nd - truck-duel by 3 seconds. | 09.01.2012 18:23 |




Africa Eco Race: Cars-winner Schlesser "The race was harder than last year". | 09.01.2012 15:50 |




Africa Eco Race: Behind the rally scenes - the last kilometers before Dakar. | 09.01.2012 15:37 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser, Polli and Tomecek - all at the Lac Rosé Dakar. | 09.01.2012 14:10 |




Africa Eco Race: Stories behind the scenes on SS06 - going south to Dakhla. | 03.01.2012 17:07 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser - "Navigation tricky but the landscape incredible". | 03.01.2012 16:07 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser and Polli keep the pace in the South of Morocco. | 03.01.2012 15:01 |




Africa Eco Race: Third stage win for Team Schlesser - "Nice start on 2012". | 02.01.2012 15:45 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser, Lenoble and Jacinto start the year well in Africa. | 02.01.2012 15:27 |




Africa Eco Race: The story behind Stage 04 - "It was almost like a miracle". | 02.01.2012 15:12 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser keeps the pace after SS04 crossing Erg Chegaga. | 02.01.2012 11:11 |




Africa Eco Race: Jean-Louis Schlesser takes control in 3rd stage in Morocco. | 31.12.2011 17:39 |




Africa Eco Race: Behind the scenes - enjoying 3rd stage inside the helicopter. | 31.12.2011 03:40 |




Africa Eco Race: Jean L. Schlesser - "It's always a great joy to return to Africa". | 30.12.2011 20:38 |




Africa Eco Race RESULTS: D01/SS02 Borj bel Freissate - El Mdoura Morocco | 30.12.2011 14:53 |




Africa Eco Race: Story behind "They said it was going to be hard - and it was". | 30.12.2011 12:29 |




Africa Eco Race: Rally started with first stage in Africa after long Europe-liasion. | 30.12.2011 11:41 |




Africa Eco Race: The importance of spirit - start of the "real rally to Dakar" 12. | 28.12.2011 21:00 |




Africa Eco Race RESULTS: List of competitors Africa Race Cars/Bikes/Trucks | 20.12.2011 20:41 |




Africa Eco Race: 4th edition promises great show in two-wheel drive category. | 30.11.2011 13:23 |




Africa Eco Race: Presentation of the rally route 2012 from France to Dakar. | 19.11.2011 21:04 |




Africa Eco Race: Rest-day Morocco, 3.0000 trees for Mauritania, Photovoltaic. | 15.09.2011 20:58 |




Africa Eco Race: Team Loomans to start with 5 cars (Africa-Toyota) and trucks. | 10.08.2011 15:03 |




Africa Eco Race: Big promotion success in the Netherlands and Belgium. | 22.05.2011 21:57 |




Africa Eco Race: Entries for the "Real Dakar" open, also for Amateur-teams. | 18.05.2011 22:50 |




Africa Eco Race: The fourth AER rally edition is on its way - again head for Dakar. | 11.03.2011 13:31 |




Africa Eco Race: René Metge after third Edition of Rally - "I thank you all". | 04.02.2011 21:04 |




















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