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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: The story behind Stage 04 - "It was almost like a miracle".







By Robb Pritchard: The line of jet black mountains was outlined against the cobalt glow of the false dawn... and such a sight meant that I had had a lie in! I was again with the Belgorod Offroad team and we headed off into the stage looking for a good spot to take photos and 20 km in we came over a low pass out onto a huge dried lake.

It looked stunning, but the most noticeable feature was the absolute silence. Footsteps on the hard and smooth ground sounded unnaturally loud and the sounds of the first cars started echoing off the mountains on both sides more than five minutes before they came into sight.

Regis Delahaye was first after winning yesterday's stage and was absolutely flat out across the completely flat surface. Jacques Loomans was 2nd but he couldn't keep his foot totally down as he was in Delahaye's dust cloud which hung in the still air. The lake was the first time I'd seen the trucks at top speed and Tomas Tomecek and Elisabete Jacinto stirring up a massive dust trails were a sight to behold.

It was only a short little skip of 6 hours to drive to the camp and the first thing I did was to sit down at Sergei Savenko's table with a bowl of borzch shared with Jean-Louis Schlesser. Savenko was celebrating finishing 3rd, but Schlesser didn't seem in the slightest bit bothered that he won today.

"I spent almost all the day in the dust" Schlesser reported. "I got passed Looman's but it was 150km before I could get by and there were many stones off the track. So today I was just patient. But I am very happy for Savenko. I am happy to see him in such a good position, he deserves it!"

Savenko was also relaxed as he refilled Jean-Louis' glass with whisky. "We took the stage very calmly and took no risks and had no idea that the time would be so good. It was almost like a miracle! We really enjoyed the stage and have to say that the organisers have made this event perfect. We are really enjoying everything!"

Taking 4th today in his Crd Buggy was Michel Turon-Barrere. "So far all is very well," he said. "Today we started 4th so were following Schlesser which was great, but then the tyre exploded at 150km and we were stuck behind Loomen's and Savenko. But the end of the stage was very good, very fast. Today the result is good, but on the 1st stage we had to drive 100km in 1st gear so lost a lot of time."

One place behind in the sleek and wide VW Buggy were the father and son team of Yves and Francois Fromont. "Morocco is such a beautiful country, the race is very well organised and we race in some incredible places." Fancois smiled. "Today I made a few little mistakes, but nothing serious... which is good seeing as this is my first rally-raid!"

A bit less happy was Jacques Loomans who shrugged and said," This was not my stage. The stones made it feel like we were driving on eggs so we couldn't go fast... we had to just drive safe."

Someone not taking it too safely though werePavel Ushakov and Artem Shevelev who were beating their very bend Land Cruiser wit big hammers. I asked what had happened but they only said that an elephant had fallen out of the sky...

Elisabete Jacinto, taking what seems to be her customary last afternoon nap next to her truck, popped her head out of the tent long enough to tell me that she'd had a good day. "We had to stay behind Tomecek for about 100km but then we found a parallel track and got by him. And from there we had no problems... no stories... but then that' good!"

And then as I wondered aimlessly about, trying not to go too near to the organiser's tent in case they give me another official text to translate, I bumped into the delightful Sandra Bocande, who is special for several reasons. Not only is she a female drive which normally attracts attention in itself, but she is doing the race backwards from everyone else. We all start in Europe and then fly back from Dakar, but Sandra shipped her Nissan Patrol to Europe and is now racing back home... yes, she's from Senegal!

"I love challenges," she smiled. "But I never did such a rally-raid in the desert before, so I am trying to learn from everyone who has much more experience than me. But also I am here to promote awareness of my illness; sickle cell disease. Last week I was in bed wondering if it would be possible to get here... My doctor said no, but it is great to be here, getting so much support!"

2012/01/02 | 15:12 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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