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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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Africa Eco Race: Rocking the rankings in the dunes.






René Metge, racedirector of the Africa Eco Race during the briefing insisted on taking the right cap during the whole day, and when René insists on something the competitors usually listen very carefully or pay during the stage. 'Those who did not listen to my advice are still in the dunes,' René said smiling during last nights' briefing.

'I had announced this to be a harsh stage and I insisted on finding the correct cap. In the end it turned out to be different from what I had expected. What I thought would be very difficult turned out to be easy and what I though would be easy was difficult for the teams. The biggest issue was after CP 3, where the competitors had to follow an 11 degree cap to stay out of a very difficult dunefield. Some didn't and when I noticed this I put the helicopter there to guide them. Some managed to get back on the right track, others damaged their clutch and stayed stuck during a long moment and only found their way back onto the stage after a long time.' Even at 20:00h local time 14 cars/tracks and 4 bikes were still not in the bivouac.

Jean Antoine Sabatier was one of the team who could take advantage of the situation, winning his forth stage in the Africa Eco Race 2014. Stephane Henrard was close behind him with the DuneBee who managed to finish second in this tough stage. 'Jean Louis Schlesser inspired us to attack this time, as we saw him getting stuck in the dunes and we managed to overtake him. Today finally we had no mechanical problems but I was too carefull at the end of the stage so Sabatier could catch up with us.'

Jacky Loomans finish 3rd today, even while helping Yves Fromont who was stuck with his VW Tarek. 'We have won 10 minutes on Jean Louis Schlesser, who is still ahead of us. Our second position is still strong and we want to continue like this in the next days.'

Like last year Jean Louis Schlesser had problems with his hydraulic lift system, which got stuck in the lowest position, with the vehicle lifted. At the finish he wasn't happy at all, seeing so many competitors in front of him.

Today the buggies and trucks had a strong battle, with Miklos Kovacs driving the fastest stage of his career in the Africa Eco Race and winning ahead of Tomas Tomecek and the other teams. Either lightweight with a lot of power, or larger than life with huge engines: the battle amoung the trucks was inspiring all day long.

One thing is sure, the Africa Eco Race reveals more and more talents like the Austrian Robert Theuretzbacher his 3rd stage, but also Gwen Backx 2nd at 7’17 and Joris van Dyck, 3rd at 12’57, both from Belgium. Behind this trio, Harite Gabari who was injured on the 3rd stage finishes 4th at 14’14 right in front of Michael Pisano at 20’25. Dominique Robin gets 13 minutes back of his Corsican rival and Nobert Dubois loses all chances to be on the podium ending at 2h18’08 from the first bikes of the day. In the general rankings Pisano stays 1st, 42’27 in front of Robin and 1h11’50 on Joris van Dyck.

The 9th stage of 309km of which 289km of special between Akjoujt and Toueila will be the last episode of the Mauritanian sand battles, rocking the rankings of the Africa Eco Race 2014!

2014/01/09 | 09:42 CET | ARTICLE: MR/NH/AER











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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