|Africa Eco Race: On the way to Africa after scrutineering in the south of France.|
Close to Narbonne, in the heart of the great domain of the Château de Lastours, the third edition of the Africa Eco Race started on Monday, December 27th.
Despite some delays and difficulties of traffic in this bad weather period, about fifty cars, bikes and trucks were expected today for administrative and technical checks. The friendly atmosphere was already there before joining Almeria's harbour Tuesday. From December 29th the first Moroccan stage between Nador and Borj Bel Freissat will allow to draw a first hierarchy.
The cars competitors of this new edition of the Africa Eco Race promise a beautiful battle between the regular entrants of the race as Jean-Louis Schlesser and François Léthier on their two wheel-drive Buggies, Nissan Navara of Jacky Loomans, Abdelhamid Abouyoussef Desert Warrior and the Wildcat Trophy drivers Jérôme Pélichet, Michel Visy or Gaëtan Ge.
But the Belgian Stéphane Henrard, last minute entrant is well decided to play disorder as well as MD rally sport buggies of Régis Delahaye and Jean-Noël Julien very motivated too.
In the truck category, Elisabete Jacinto still here this year, driving her MAN as well as the Hungarian Miklos Kovacs on his Scania and the Czech Tomas Tomecek on his TATRA. Elisabete is ready for the fight facing strong competitors. The Belgians Essers and Tielen as well as the French Salvatore won’t be here for fun.
In bike category, Norbert Dubois is ready for a two weeks intensive race while Willy Jobard will try the adventure on his special KTM and will face Thomas Bourgin and Bruno N’Diaye on his BMW.
From Tuesday - straight to the South! First Spain for boarding on Almeria’s harbour, then from Wednesday onwards, the caravan will land on African ground for the first leg.
Africa Eco Race 2011 Stages
Leg 1: Wednesday 29th December 2010
NADOR / BORJ BEL FREISSAT
Liaison : 181,70 km - SS1 : 150,28 km - Liaison : 0,00 km
Leg 2: Thursday 30th December
BORJ BEL FREISSAT / EL MDOUARA
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 2 : 318,21 km - Liaison : 142,51 km
Leg 3: Friday 31st December 2010
EL MDOUARA / WAD TISSINT
Liaison : 4,21 km - SS 3 : 416,14 km - Liaison : 50,53 km
Leg 4: Saturday 1st January 2011
WAD TISSINT /CHEBEIKA
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 4 : 341,33 km - Liaison : 290,89 km
Leg 5: Sunday 2nd January 2011
CHEBEIKA / GREID LAREICH
Liaison : 306,91 km
Leg 6: Monday 3rd January 2011
GREID LAREICH / BOULANOUAR
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 5 : 183,33 km - Liaison : 714,74 km
Leg 7: Tuesday 4th January 2011
BOULANOUAR / GUEL AGANTOUR
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 6 : 371,72 km - Liaison : 20,45 km
Leg 8: Wednesday 5th January
GUELB AGANTOUR / GUELB AGANTOUR
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 7 : 408,06 km - Liaison : 0,00 km
Leg 9: Thursday 6th January 2011
GUELB AGANTOUR / TENADI
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 8: 380,66 km - Liaison : 0,00 km
Leg 10: Friday 7th January 2011
TENADI / TENADI
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 9 : 232,41 km - Liaison : 0,00 km
Leg 11: Saturday 8th January 2011
TENADI / KEBEMER
Liaison : 0,00 km - SS 10 : 203,36 km - Liaison : 394,2 km
Leg 12: Sunday 9th January 2011
KEBEMER / DAKAR
Liaison : 131,11km - SS 11 : 23,68 km - Liaison : 41,00 km
2010/12/30 | 11:45 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ARPIZOU