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Welcome to the Africa Eco Race 2012 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




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




After a 1000km tarmac liaison section from St-Cyprien to Almeria the competitors of the "Africa Eco Race" boarded a ferry which docked in the Moroccan port of Nador at 5am Thursday morning. Straight away the organisers, consisting of 120 people and 40 set off to open the first stage, 622 km, including 277 km of special.

The route headed south on alternating sides of the main road following a tough route designed to showcase the best of the driver's and co-driver's abilities, a technical track to drive and many changes of direction to test the navigator. Although Rene Metge considers today's action to be just a warm up.

KTM 690 No.101 lost time today and finished second behind Frenchman Norbert Dubois, also on a 'big' KTM. The third biker to cross the finish line in Talhari was Xavier Moreau on his KTM 450, but is over 25 minutes behind the day's winner.

In the car class Jean-Louis Schlesser and his new co-driver Cyril Esquirol the triple World Enduro Champion, had his baptism of fire in the co-driver's seat by opening today's stage. The Schlesser Sonangol Buggy took second today, beaten by 12 minutes by the Franco-Russian crew of Régis Delahaye and Konstantin Zhiltsov. Schlesser and Esquirol are going to have to learn fast how to work together! Behind them in 3rd 3'54'' back, is the team Overdrive Pickup of Jacques Loomans and Frits Driesmans.

In the truck category,Elisabete Jacinto, with José Marques and Marco Cochinho, started on the attack in the Portuguese MAN taking 5yj overall. The bttle of the giants looks set to be intense as they were only just a little more than two minutes ahead of the Czech TATRA of Tomas Tomecek and Moravek Vojtech.

And so it was an exciting first step... but also a hard one. Stéphane Henrard and his new Beetle didn't make it to the end and Egyptian Abdel Hamid Abouyoussef experienced mechanical problems. Also Hubert Auriol, "the African" drowned his buggy in a deep river.

Tomorrow, after a night in the bivouac situated on plateau where the temperature should drop below zero the second special stage of the Sonangol Africa Eco Race will take the competitors Mhamid with a special of 375 km... although it is promised to be 'less challenging'.

2011/12/30 | 11:38 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/AER











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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