|OiLibya Tunisia: Portugal´s Elisabete Jacinto wins Tunisia´s truck category.|
The MAN TGS from Team Oleoban / MAN Portugal, driven by Elisabete Jacinto, was a definite winner at the "Oilibya of Tunisie" rally 2011. A definite and historic triumph, since the Portuguese driver, who had won the 2010 edition, therefore equalled the German Jutta Kleinschmidt. Both ladies register two victories in the World Cup.
Besides having won among trucks, the team also obtained a remarkable 8th place in tha car/truck joint classification. Before her there were only four BMW X3CC, Jean Louis Schlesser’s buggy and the Nissan from the official Italian team, with the QT in 7th place having finished with no more than a 12 minute advantage.
At the end of the race, Elisabete Jacinto made a very positive sportive evaluation: "We managed to get a very good outcome, for which all the team is to be congratulated. We worked very hard before the race, so that our MAN TGS might evolve with what we learned at Africa Eco Race, and during the rally we always did our best, rigorously and with much concentration" she said.
"Personally, I feel I have evolved a lot since the previous competition, mainly during the streak which was run exclusively on dunes and sand, and this makes me very happy. The MAN TGS was flawless, and only a touch on a gigantic camel’s hay left a small mark on the body of the truck."
The next sports event for Team Oleoban / MAN Portugal is set to be in October, in Morocco, and then, at the end of this year, another presence in the big marathon which finishes in Dakar, the Africa Eco Race.
2011/05/09 | 18:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/BARREIROS