|Estoril-Marrakech: Vigouroux with second place in the first day in Morocco.|
In a ground much more adapted for the Trophy Truck, Eric Vigouroux and Alex Winocq achieved the second best time in the timed section of 255 km, 12 minutes from the Russian driver, Leonid Novitsykiy. The Trophy Truck climbed to the fifth place overall after stage on Wednesday.
"It was a magnificent special, with fast tracks, no too dangerous, not too stony," explains Vigouroux as he arrives to the bivouac in Er Rachidia. "There was lots of steering, so we profited of the skills of the Trophy Truck, and we overtook a bunch of cars. As we were approaching to the end of the timed section, we saw Novitskiy´s dust from the distance, the only car in front of us. Unfortunately, a problem of the vapor lock, due to the high temperature (over 45º Celsius) we lost about minutes 10 km before the finish. A reason to complain at that moment, but it was a good day after all."
"As tracks were fast, we demanded too much from the engine in a place where temperatures are too high, and this causes problems to fuel pumps. Tonight, the two of our mechanics will be working in an "African cooling system", in order to lower the pump´s temperature by using an engine of a windshield washer we found here."
Thursday the race will do a big loop Er Rachidia - Er Rachidia with one of the longest timed section of the whole rally: 338 km including the Erg of Merzouga. If everything goes well, the Trophy Truck should be able to take back one or two positions. The performance of this first day in Morocco is particularly encouraging.
2010/06/10 | 12:41 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/URTUBIA