The participants of the rally-marathon “Africa Eco race” continue to conquer the Sands of Mauritania. Monday, January 9, they overcame the annular stage of the rally-marathon, the length of which amounted to slightly more than 400 km.
In the truck category for the first time in rally-RAID 2017 failed to win the team “KAMAZ-Master”. A double victory was won by the racers Tatra Yaroslav Valtr and Tomas Tomecek, while the best representatives of the “Blue Armada” Andrey karginov is on the third line.
“Today was really the very long-awaited Moorish Sands, – shared his impressions of the overall leader. – They are unusual in that this is not the dunes, and sandy road where the car bogged down, not going, warned the organizers.
In addition, the “hooked” Sergey Kupriyanov’s crew, we stopped, helped the guys together and went on to finish the sandbox together as planned”.
Kupriyanov eventually finished in fourth place.
“Was “planting” in the sand. We got off the beaten track on a flat area, as in Mauritania nearly went to the side immediately changes the consistency of the sand and you just stop. Well, consider for tomorrow”, – said Sergey.
Alas, the problems with viscous Moorish Sands of the misadventures of the crew Kupriyanova has not ended. 15 km to the finish line athletes have had to change the wheel.
“Somewhere in 25 minutes we lost because of the “landing”, then five of them have played Ultra, it can be seen in the rate of passage of the CP, but then somewhere over 150 km to go broke the wheel. First cope “paging”, about 15 km “paging” failed to cope. Next to go was impossible. I had to change the wheel, we lost another 11 minutes,” – said Kupriyanov.
In offset SUVs the pace continued to ask the crew of Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov, who won his fourth win on “the Africa Eco race-2017” and ahead of just 10 seconds, the Frenchman Thierry Magnaldi, who returned to action after technical problems at the previous stage.
The third time proved the Kazakh racer Andrei Cherednikov on the Ford. It Cherednikov is now the closest rival of Vasiliev in the General classification, but his gap is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
It is also worth noting good the fourth time Victor Horoshavtsev BMW X3, whereby he again rose from tenth to eighth place in the overall standings.
In the category of motorcycles is the first victory in the “Africa Eco race-2017” noted the reigning winner PAL Anders Ullevalseter. However, in the General offset Norwegian it did not help, because the leader of the GeV Sella and Paolo Checchi finished in the top three.
Thus, Sella continues to lead with 28 minutes, and he Cecchi almost as much ahead of Ullevalseter.
January 10 the team will leave the bivouac near the town of Tulit, where he spent the last two days. They have to overcome a special stage with a length of over 400 km and a short connecting section of a length of about 25 km.
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