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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: Story behind "They said it was going to be hard - and it was".







By Robb Pritchard: The world is full of necessary evils! Things we have to do, place you have to go through to get where you are going... and yesterday (Wednesday) that was Spain.

Enthusiasm for the way ahead was put on hold when the bus pulled up at 4am ready for a 15 hour haul along the Costa Del Sol. But then in the port of Almeria another archetypical symbol of the way to Dakar was waiting in the form of the ferry that takes the convoy of vehicles from Europe to Africa...

From the tarmac to the sea and suddenly the rather tedious road trip, where over a thousand kilometres was kicked off almost as an afterthought, turns back into an expedition.

A whole car park was set aside so teams could make last minute checks and change the road tyres for the chunkier looking All Terrains for the coming stage.

Outlandish looking buggies mixed with more normal looking pickups, including the beautifully prepared VW Amarok of Team Loomans and the stunning looking Porsche 911 in 'traditional' Martini livery - which is actually more than it looks. The furthest travelled team Transspecnaz from Moscow had time to get a leg of ham on a makeshift spit next to their beautiful buggy - and then under cover of a starless night we set off for the Dark Continent.

After a full 4 hours sleep to add to the 3 and a half I had the night before I got in the back of the press car before we disembarked and was asleep all through customs and the town of Nador, but when I came around to something resembling consciousness the view was absolutely stunning.

A wide valley of ochre earth lined by distant, rugged mountains that were swathed in a post dawn mist. Small box-like houses were dotted here and there in the landscape and a bank of cloud was set ablaze by the rising sun...

The start of the stage was at the foothills of the snow-covered Atlas mountains and a few kilometres in we found a rocky wadi (dry river) crossing with the majestic mountains in the background. With short stabs of maximum revs it was Jean-Louis Schlesser first into view and the tight twists and rough crossing were tackled faultlessly... and fast.

In the first couple of hundred metres it is of course impossible to have any idea of what can happen in an event that is nearly two weeks long. But we could hear that the next car was slower. Then one car went the wrong way on the very first corner and Sergei Savenko from the Transspecnaz team was completely missing! He eventually stormed passed last, just behind the Porcshe of Dr. Eric Brandenburg.

Behind, in the truck class, the battle of the behemoths was under way from the drop of the flag. Tomas Tomecek slid his mighty Tatra around the corners and had it airborne as he powered out of the wadi. Two minutes behind was Portuguese lady driver Elisabete Jacinto had already caught the truck ahead of her, but unsighted by his dust crashed over some of the big rocks in the riverbed.

At the back of the field the two Spanish MX motor 'baby buggies' were pushing hard and looked spectacular. I will get more information about them later!

And while the last of the dust trails faded away in the gentle breeze we set off for a massive liaison section to the first bivouac... where it wasn't Schlesser at the top of the timesheets... but Regis Delahaye in his MD buggy. "Rene Metge said today was going to be hard" he smiled. "And it was! It was very hard to get any rhythm going as they were so many changes of direction, many stones and it was very hard to find the way. But apart from that it was a very beautiful stage and there were no problems with the car."

Schlesser has parted company with co-driver Konstantin Zhiltzov in favour of three-time World Enduro champion Cyril Esquirol, but his baptism of fire in the navigator's seat will have to end soon as the 'Boss' won't be happy about giving so much time away again...

Many people had the same thing to say about the difficulty of the stage. Tomas Tomecek dropped two minutes to Elisabete Jacinto but is just happy to have got to the end. "Sometimes it's good to build up to the hard stages," he said at dinner. "But today was completely in at the deep end. I think about 40% of the cars are still out there... but 2 minutes is nothing in the Eco Race, so I am not worried."

4th today in the black Bowler Nemesis were Vincent Demonceaux and Jose Castan. "Tres jolly," Vincent smiled. "Lots of fast, lots of slow, lots of big stones..."

Tomorrow is a 350km stage, but the organisers have been assuring those few who made it to the briefing that it will be much easier than today. I will be in the helicopter tomorrow, so I hope that I will have some good photos.

2011/12/30 | 12:31 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PRITCHARD











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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