On Tuesday, January 2, near Nador, a small town in Northern Morocco, started the jubilee 10-th rally-marathon “Africa Eco race”, which is traditionally held on the old route of “Dakar”.
For 12 stages of the 90 participants (34 motorcycle 35 off-road, 12 trucks and 9 on Quad bikes) will ride about 4 thousand kilometers on the territory of Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
On the first day the crews drove 639 miles from Nador to Dar Kaur. Most of the race fell on the connecting section, whereas the length of the special stage was only 92 kilometers.
In the category of SUVs, the best time showed the current winner Vladimir Vasilyev, as in previous years, the speaker on the Mini. The Russian was ahead by 3 minutes, 6 seconds became the second of Pascal Thomas. Denis Krotov BMW X3 became the ninth. The winner of the Cup of Russia in rally-raids Andrey rudskoy, who plays on the prototype G-Force Motorsport, has shown 12-e time. Champion of Russia in rally-raids in the standings T2 Alexey Titov Ford F-150 Raptor finished 24th.
Among motorcyclists was the best Italian rider Paolo CECI. Russian Dmitry Agoshkov finished third with a delay of 3.5 minutes, also having conceded to the Norwegian Anders Paul Ullevalseter.
In the category of trucks “Africa Eco race” will take place without the team “KAMAZ-Master”, which after three wins in a row decided to skip the race. But went to Africa main rival racers from Naberezhnye Chelny in recent years, the Dutchman Gerard de Rooy on Iveсo. It’s a two-time winner of the Dakar was the best in its class and third in the combined standings of cars and trucks, losing only to Vasilyev and Thomas.
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