The participants of the rally-marathon “Africa Eco race-2017” held the eighth stage of the race and began another 450 km closer to the finish line.
According to the pilot team “KAMAZ-Master” Andrey Karginov, yesterday the sand road turned into sand dunes.
“The sandy area was small, less than 10 km. honestly, we expected that today’s stage will be very similar to yesterday’s because of the legend even a little bit match, said karginov. But, as it turned out, the plot was completely different.
If yesterday was an ordinary road with difficult sand, but today there were dunes. Not large, not small, average. It was felt that the sand is viscous, so it was a big load on the motor, on the transmission”.
In the Sands of the crew Karginov came in with a crew of pilot Sergey Kupriyanov. Athletes have insured each other in a complex plot.
“The fact that no one can guarantee that you will cross the sand without problems,” said karginov.
Kupriyanov added: “the temperature in the cabin today were low, +33, but the stage was hot. We had play time so we drove as quickly as possible, slowing the speed just for the obviously difficult areas.
We quickly overtook Tomiczek, but then there was a very dangerous moment: we didn’t have enough speed to climb the dune, and began to descend down the slope and stood up.
The machine was under very strong inclination, she resisted and didn’t turn over just because the wheels have already been deployed along the slope. Otherwise, we would lay on her side. All went well, left, but, once again, the moment was very dangerous.”
Also Kupriyanov added that until he noticed the differences of the Mauritanian stages of the “Africa Eco race-2017” from the same sections of the rally-marathon 2016 and 2015.
“The sand is very soft and friable, but this was expected. Now waiting for sections of the route that was last year. Small dunes with a total length of 800-900 metres, which “sits” half of the participants. If such areas are, and if we did not stick around, it will be very good, – said Sergey. – Played some time with Valtra, but the gap is big, and today was enough running sites, a lot of time to win difficult. But two minutes we had “bitten”. And Tomicek played well, 30 minutes, and the trucks came in third position.”
The crew of Andrey Karginov in its category maintained the lead. The pilot said that happy African tracks and noted their diversity.
“There are rocky slopes. Today, for example, no one expected that at the end will start the stones. Were the boulders that KAMAZ could not jump over, had to go around – admitted karginov. – Was very sharp rocks, moving that we risked damaging the tires.
I got a sweet “straight”: straight roads where there are cross ditches, where you hit and take off.
There are highways on which you drive at the limit, the maximum allowed by the organizers of speed, but there is no guarantee that here you will not meet any obstacles.
There are trails in the vegetation, there are areas with so-called “camel-grass”, camel’s thorn, which KAMAZ can go, but it starts shaking, to withstand which the crew is physically very difficult. The result will still have to turn and hold the road. There are Sands. In short, a complete variety of”
If we talk about the General classification, here continues to lead Vladimir Vasiliev. Russian Mini with a comfortable margin holds the first place ahead of closest pursuer, which is the Frenchman Pascal Thomas, for half an hour.
Interestingly, the third place in the overall standings is karginov, acting in the category of trucks. Andrew broke for intermediate podium due to the fact that passed eighth SU better SUV under the direction of Andrei Cherednikov and Dominic Uso. Second place Tomasso karginov concede less than seven minutes.
Today, 11 January, the teams will have to travel about 425 km of special stage and a few dozen kilometers, according to the liaison to the next bivouac in the area of the settlement of Akduct.
Here athletes will stay for two days, because the stage on January 11 to be circular. Just before the Pink lake in Dakar, where on 14 January will be the finish of the “Africa Eco race-2017”, the athletes need to overcome a little more than a thousand kilometers.
|2.||201||T1||Pascal Thomas||OPTIMUS MD||+1:34.42|
|4.||211||T1||Dominic Uso||OPTIMUS MD||+2:03.22|
|20.||240||T2||Marat Abykayev And Other||TOYOTA||+7:55.54|
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