|Africa Eco Race: Sireyjol, N´Diaye and Jacinto winners of Stage 2 in Morocco.|
Thursday was the second stage of the 2011 Africa Eco race. The French-team Patrick Sireyjol and Patrick Antoniolli wins the car category with their Buggy, Elisabete Jacinto from Portugal wins the truck category and Bruno N’Diaye wins the motorbike’s one for the first time.
This stage was globally fast, but it was a necessity to stay concentrated because of some traps. Those who stayed on the good route were the best.
Unhappy Wednesday because of some breakdowns, Patrick Sireyjol won Team Cummins’ first victory. He has come to Africa to test and to settle his buggy, and the driver is satisfied with his results, and he seems to enjoy the race.
Jerome Pelichet (Bowler QT Wildcat), second on Thursday, gets the first place of the rally, 9 seconds ahead of Francois Lethier (Schlesser Buggy) and Régis Delahaye (MD Rally Sport Buggy). Jacky Loomans, Mido Abouyoussef, Sergey Savenko and Stéphane Henrad are not so far away.
Problems of the day are for Jean-Louis Schlesser (Team Schlesser), who had some problems with its power-steering, for Jean-Noel Julien (MD Rallye Sport) who broke its suspension, and for Gérard Beniellli (Team Diffazur) who landed badly after a jump. At the end, they all lost some precious minutes for the classification. Jean-Antoine Sabatier is first in the buggy category, ahead of Philippe Pinchedez and Hubert Auriol, who had no problems on Thursday.
It was a strong competition between the Bowler of Edmond Pelichet (Raid Lynx), Bruno Oliveira (Team Azores), Michel Visy (Cantal Events) and Kees Tijsterman’s Jeep.
In the motorbike category, Willy Jobard (Challenge 75.com) is still first of the rally, but Bruno N’Diaye won the stage with his BMW. Victory for his first experience in rally, the perfect day for this nice rider from the south of France. In a better form today, Norbert Dubois (Nomade Racing) is second today, two minutes behind N‘Diaye.
Thomas Bourgin (Nomade Racing) was very unlucky today, he fall one kilometer before the finish line. He is still third after this stage.
In the truck category, Elisabete Jacinto (MAN TGS, Team Oleoban) has felt better o Thursday. She won the stage and is now first in the general classification ahead of Miklos Kovacs (Scania, Team Qualisport).
The Hungarian Kovacs had some mechanics problems today. After having repaired, he has followed Elisabete, who tried to do her best to stay far away from him. Tomas Tomecek (Tatra 815) is still behind them because he knows that he will be strong on the dunes. Noel Essers, Michel Salvatore and Tavi Tielen are still just behind.
The third stage of the Africa Eco Race will be so different from the previous ones, faster at the beginning. At the end of the stage, we will discover the Iriqui Lake and the first dunes. There will be less notes on the road-book, but it doesn’t mean that it will be easier.
2010/12/31 | 12:55 CET | ARTICLE: MR/ARPIZOU