The 2018 Africa Eco Race

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  1. rides2little

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    So close but yet so far.... that is 5-6 km off course near the finish.....


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    AFRICA ECO RACE 2018 - STAGE 7

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    7TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA
    CHAMI / CHAMI : 486 KM
    VLADIMIR VASILYEV (RUS/MINI) AND PAOLO CECI (ITA/KTM) BIG LEADERS

    The 2nd Mauritanian day launched the famous marathon stage of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race. In the first part of this event, the competitors could enjoy a 486 kilometers leg. A day off for the mechanics who does not have the right to approach the cars staying in a "parc fermé" until the start of the 2nd part of the stage tomorrow

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    A few hundred meters from the bivouac, the first part of this special started with a straight line of speed. A slightly sandy fast track sent the competitors to a first easy dune crossing before coming back on very fast tracks with a tricky navigation. The real difficulty remained in the last thirty kilometers with a dunes and camel grass to avoid in order not to damage the vehicles. A complicated leg where caution was required before reaching the "parc fermé" in the middle of a 900 kilometers marathon.

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    A big fight
    As announced, the Vasilyev-Serradori duel made the Mauritanian tracks vibrate on this sandy stage. Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA / MCM) had the heavy task of opening on a rolling but tricky course in navigation. A difficulty that did not slow down Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI). The defending champions managed to pass the French-Belgian team for another intense duel on a good part of the stage.
    The Russians finally won two minutes before their rivals. A little mistake on the sand later, the buggy of Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) which took the 3rd place of the day with 30'27 "of delay. Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) remain comfortably on the 3rd step of the podium overall, finishing 4th today.

    In T2, the special stage which was quite fast with rolling sectors made the fortunes of the powerful FORD Raptors as Robert Szustkowski and Jaroslaw Kazberuk (POL / FORD) finished in 28th position, ahead of Alexey Titov and Andrey Rusov (RUS / FORD), on the same vehicle.

    In the T3, the former biker Jean Hugues Moneyron (SEN / CAN AM), co-driven by Thierry Maury, who was on the first edition of the Africa Eco Race on two wheels, stroke hard today. He finished in 24th place at the scratch and was ahead of the other two SSV CAN AM team Senegal Kamil Rahal - Thierry Sanchez and Jean Claude Ruffier - Jerome Bos.

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    Still the first truck on the race, Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) had to change a tire during the leg and finished 7th while retaining his 5th place overall.
    The Dutch driver finishes ahead of Miklos Kovacs, Peter Czegledi and Lazslo Acs (HUN / SCANIA) more and more present in the front positions and Tomas Tomecek (CZE / TATRA), still performing well, although he is driving and navigating alone .
    It is more than a challenge for him as this year, the navigation is particularly hard. In general, although the Czech lost a little time on the Hungarian, Tomecek remains 2nd with a little less than an hour ahead of Kovacs.

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    In motorcycles, Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) let his experience speak and managed to win in front of Dmitry Agoshkov (RUS / KTM) who completely evolved since he got in Mauritania. The young Luis Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) crosses the finish line just behind the Italian but takes the 3rd place because of a missing waypoint which costs him 20 minutes of penalties.

    Martin Benko (SLK / KTM) finished in a good 4th place in front of the three youngsters, Felix Jensen (NOR / KTM), Julien Sanchez (FRA / KTM) and Marius Helmersen (NOR / KTM), first in + 450 cm3.

    
Another hard day for double winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who started the stage late because of a mechanical problem this morning. Unfortunately he could only ride a few kilometers before returning to the bivouac.

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    Vladimir VASILYEV:"It was a good leg, we drove very well even though the fight was intense, everything is going well with the car, we are ready for tomorrow."

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    Mathieu Serradori:"We managed to handle the first day of the 900 kilometers without assistance. We started with a good rythm, Vasilyev then caught us and we did not let him go. Fabian did a very good navigation and we did not have any problems, I thought we could drive faster than him but we drove side by side at 200 km / h without being able to overtake them. "

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    Guillaume GOMEZ :"Today we got stuck once but I did not ride in the sand for a year ... I lost about twenty minutes to get out with the sandblasting plates. It is my first rally with François, he brings me a lot and calms me, he makes a very good navigation and helps me to find the tracks. Now I would like to do at least a scratch before the finish in Dakar. "

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    Paolo CECI:"It was very fast today with a few dunes, I had a lot of fun, I drove with Luis for more than 400 kilometers, it's very good if we can continue the adventure like that. I knew that Pal had mechanical problems, it's a real shame. My bike is fine, I'm just going to change the air filter to be ready for tomorrow. "

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    Dmitry AGOSHKOV :"It was a long leg with a complicated navigation, there was a lot of sand just before the finish line but I really like it!"

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    Luis OLIVEIRA:"It was a good day with a complicated navigation, it was still nice to open the track, I had to stay focused but I missed a waypoint, I'm ready for tomorrow."

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    RESULTS 7th stage : Chami / Chami : 508km*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 03 :53 :48
    2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :02 :09
    3. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) + 00 :30 :27

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 05 :20 :22
    2. Dmitry Agoshkov n°163 (RUS) + 00 :01 :05
    3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :01 :57

    Overall:*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) 22 :51 :28
    2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :16 :23
    3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 02 :02 :06

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 28 :57 :13
    2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :58 :45
    3. Martin Benko n°102 (SLK) + 03 :21 :17
    * Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberationy

    All Standingshere

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    CONTACT
    AFRICA ECO RACE
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    All infos on Website
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    What is the difference in the fuel system of PAU with for example Ceci? They should know you need proper filtration of African fuel before entering the EFI.
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    AFRICA ECO RACE 2018 - STAGE 8

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    8TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA
    CHAMI / AMODJAR : 477 KM
    MATHIEU SERRADORI (FRA / MCM) ON TOP, LUIS OLIVEIRA (POR / YAMAHA) STILL IN THE GAME.

    After one night without being allowed to approach their vehicles, the competitors took part of the second lef of the marathon this morning. A 439 kilometers leg with beautiful dune passages under a blazing sun was waiting for them. The real difficulty of the Mauritanian sand and the pressure of the race have probably revealed the future winners of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race.

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    From the beginning of the stage, the participants found themselves on the off-piste with a first dune crossing as a warm-up. Then, they were able to regain speed by rolling alternately on sandy fast tracks. This third Mauritanian leg then revealed more and more complicated dune crossings. The best competitors came out with caution. But for everyone, the finish line offered itself as a deliverance after 900 kilometers of a two days race without assistance.

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    You had to be confident this morning to start and open the track. Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) have therefore decided to be caught by Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) after 80 kilometers of race in order to follow them in the dunes. The two cars then played a game to see who would dare to go first on the dunes. A game that ended up turning to the advantage of Serradori Racing Team who won the leg even if they got stuck in the sand a few kilometers from the finish line. A feat noticed by the organizer Jean-Louis Schlesser who came to congratulate them: "what is important is to win the second leg of the marathon, bravo!".
    Less enthusiasm at the end for the Russians who finished 1h22'13" behind the new leaders overall. Not lucky with some engine belts troubles and a difficulty getting stuck in the sand, they finished 14th today. This stage was particularly successful for two crews of the MD Rallye Sport team. David Gérard and Pascal Delacour (FRA / OPTIMUS) take the 2nd place just ahead of Jean-Noël and Rabha Julien (FRA / OPTIMUS). The crazy "Roc and Gravillon" (David and Pascal) as well as "Penelope and Jolicoeur" (Rabha and Jean Noël), as they call themselves, were happy of their results after avoiding the dangers of the day.
    Unfortunately, this was not the case for their Team mates MD Rallye since Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque put their Optimus buggy on one the sides. Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto who have not much to hope have been the “Saint Bernard” of the desert by helping the two Pascal to get out of this bad step. Difficult stage also for Rémy Vauthier and Jean Brucy who broke a transmission and lost a lot of time to repair. Also Bad day to end with for Yves and Jean Fromont (FR / Buggy FROMONT) as, without the hydraulics, they will join the bivouac on the Balai truck.

    In T2, Robert Szustkowski and Jaroslaw Kazberuk (POL / FORD) win with their Raptor once again. They beat Gilles Gard - Manuel Pinto (FR / MITSUBISHI) and Eric Gallant - Jean Marc Ancel (FR / TOYOTA). Overall, the Polish crew is now in 25th position.

    In T3, after a day in hell yesterday because of fuel supply problems, Vincent Guindani's two CAN AMs - Stéphane Nguyen and Loïc Bonnevie - Sophie Hamys took revenge today, finishing 12th and 13th respectively on the stage. However, it is still Jean Hugues Moneyron and Thierry Maury (SEN / CAN AM) who lead the pack in this category with the 18th place overall.

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    Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO), still impressive with his truck, had fun in the dunes by driving faster than some cars and took 4th place. A podium of the day 100% Dutch since the leader of the general truck finished in front of the DAF of Johannes Van De Laar and the MERCEDES of Johan Elfrink, both separated of only 3 minutes.

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    In motorcycles, all riders in the race came out of the stage before dark. Some in pain in the image of Franco Picco (IT / KTM) arrived last good after having mechanized a long time on the track. On the other hand, Luis Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) won his second stage with a 6'24 "lead over Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM), who remains the overall leader, and Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA) also enjoyed himself. in the sand to finish third ahead of Rui Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA) who wins the category over 450 cc.
    For the Veterans, with 8th place, Nathan Rafferty (USA / KTM) is the winner of the day in this category over 45 years old, while in general, Henrik Rahm (SUE / KTM) has only 5 minutes of ahead of the American.
    In the challenge "Motul Malles Moto", Jonathan Blackburn (GBR / KTM) is still leader with a superb 5th place provisional overall.

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    Mathieu Serradori:"We saw that Vasilyev let us pass before the dunes, he stopped on the side and opened the hood, so we had to go alone in front. It was physically hard, the sand was soft, it was hot and we tanked once. I was convinced that Vasilyev was leading in the middle of the dunes, it was really rough. "

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    David GERARD :"We're happy, and for Mathieu too! It was complicated, very tricky in navigation and difficult with the camel grass on the last part. We got stuck once but Pascal was very efficient in getting us out and he lost his phone! We paid attention to the car because we lost a ski yesterday and this morning the mechanics had only 10 minutes to repair our belts, they were amazing. "

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    Jean-Noël JULIEN :"We did it slowly but surely, it was a difficult leg, we had to pay attention to the car, but we drove without putting pressure on it. Last dunes, we stayed calm, it was not simple but full with emotions."

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    Vladimir VASILYEV:"We had problems with engine belts and we lost a lot of time to repair, and then we got stuck in the end in the camel grass, it was very difficult. "

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    RESULTS 8th stage: Chami / Amodjar : 477km*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 04 :36 :57
    2. David Gerard / Pascal Delacour n°212 (FRA) + 00 :23 :06
    3. Jean-Noël Julien / Rabha Julien n°218 (FRA) + 00 :26 :00

    Bike:
    1. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) 05 :14 :08
    2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :06 :24
    3. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) + 00 :31 :27

    Overall:*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 27 :44 :48
    2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 01 :05 :50
    3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 02 :48 :45

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 34 :17 :45
    2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 00 :52 :21
    3. Martin Benko n°102 (SLK) + 04 :01 :17

    * Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberation

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    CONTACT
    AFRICA ECO RACE
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    AFRICA ECO RACE 2018 - STAGE 9

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    9TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA:
    AMODJAR / AMODJAR : 488 KM
    VLADIMIR VASILYEV (RUS/MINI) SE REFAIT, ULLEVALSETER (NOR/KTM) RENOUE AVEC LA VICTOIRE

    A new loop was on the program of the day allowing a little rest for the assistance and the organization who could stay at the bivouac all day long. Meanwhile, the competitors took part in a 340-kilometer stage through the prestigious dunes of Mauritania. A stage full of suspense and surprises.

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    The most difficult leg
    Jean-Louis Schlesser announced last night, the 9th stage of this Africa Eco Race will be the hardest. This is the first time that the route goes so far in eastern Mauritania, with splendid dunes all around. It was difficult to find all the checkpoints in the middle of 100 kilometers of dunes. The whole while avoiding to get stuck in the sand, an exercise at the highest level as much in driving as in navigation.

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    It is still a fierce duel between the crews number 201 and 202 that animated the Mauritanian tracks today. New leaders in the overall classification, Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) have not managed the feat of doing a perfect leg. Because of three stops on the sand, they end up losing 30 minutes on Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) the fastest today despite two punctures. The dunes spared no one, the SRT team preferred to ride carefully and were caught by the Russians at CP3.
    Starting 14th after a bad day yesterday, Vasilyev crosses the finish line just behind Serradori's black buggy and is now 48 minutes behind the French-Belgian crew.

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    The truck of Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) which is doing very well in this Mauritanian week,
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    In the motorbikes, the passion of Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) struck again. After a day of repairing the engine of his KTM, the 49 years old double winner of the event showed that he was still the fastest in the dunes. He won 13'36 "ahead of Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA), still happy to continue the adventure despite his 20th place in the overall standings, while young Luis Oliveira (POR / KTM) finishes third just ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM).
    A great day for the Team Ullevalseter as the Norwegian champion's two protégés achieve their best rally performance on the most complicated leg. Marius Helmersen (NOR / KTM) takes 5th place ahead of his compatriot Felix Jensen (NOR / KTM) about thirty minutes from their master.

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    Vladimir VASILYEV :"We tried to attack but we had two punctures at kilometer 40 and 100 because of the very tricky sand. We still wanted to go as fast as possible. We will try to give everything tomorrow to catch up even if we know that it will be difficult to win this year."

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    Gerard DE ROOY :"It was hard today with a lot of sand, we got stuck once, which made us lose about fifteen minutes. For the rest I did well in the dunes, we did a good job despite a navigation not always obvious because the wind has erased the tracks. It's been a long time since I found so much sand in the shoes!"

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    Mathieu Serradori"It was hard physically and mentally today, we made some mistakes but we did not panic knowing that Vasilyev was further behind. It was complicated but it was a good day."

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    Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER :"It was a great leg, especially when you start behind, it's easier to follow in the others. The dunes were incredible, it was difficult but I'm happy to be back and to continue the adventure. "

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    Simone AGAZZI :"Jean-Louis Schlesser said it was the toughest stage of the rally, so I'm very happy to finish 2nd, especially since I've prepared my motorbike myself, I'm very proud."

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    Luis OLIVEIRA :"It was a good leg but very difficult with big dunes to cross, I opened the track during 50 kilometers then I fell two or three times so I preferred to let Agazzi pass and follow him until the finish line."

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    RESULTS 9th stage : Amodjar / Amodjar : 488km*
    Car / Truck:
    1. VASILYEV Vladimir / HILTSOV Konstantin n°201 (RUS) 04:00:47
    2. DE ROOIJ Gerard/RODEWALD Darek/TORRELLARDONA Moi (NL) + 04:18:13
    3. SERRADORI Mathieu / LURQUIN Fabian n°202 (FRA) + 04:18:35

    Bike:
    1. ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders n°100 (NOR) 04 :25 :14
    2. AGAZZI Simone n°120 (ITA) + 04:38:50
    3. ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis Miguel n°115 (POR) + 04:41:58

    Overall:*
    Car / Truck:
    1. SERRADORI Mathieu / LURQUIN Fabian n°202 (FRA) 32:06:23
    2. VASILYEV Vladimir / HILTSOV Konstantin n°201 (RUS) + 32:51:25
    3. THOMASSE Pascal / LARROQUE Pascal n°206 (FRA) + 35:40:26

    Bike:
    1. CECI Paolo n°101 (ITA) 39:01:25
    2. ANJOS OLIVEIRA Luis Miguel n°114 (POR) + 39:52:04
    3. BENKO Martin n°102 (SLK) + 43:35:02

    * Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberation

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    Can you explane? I am very interested to hear.
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    Just spoke with Pål on the phone about Martin Benko. Did not see him in his usual position.
    Bike stopped, then run out of battery... Many problems. That's tough luck but that's how the second part unfolds usually. All drama...
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    AFRICA ECO RACE 2018 - STAGE 10

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    10TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA
    AMODJAR/AKJOUJT : 453 KM
    SURPRISE FOR DOMINIQUE LAURE (FRA/OPTIMUS), PAOLO CECI (ITA/KTM) IN PLACE

    The 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race is giving its best two days before the arrival in Dakar. After the most difficult stage yesterday, the sand is still a big part of the menu for the competitors today with a 453 kilometers leg. You had to be patient on arrival to see the fastest finish two hours behind schedule.

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    It is in a valley with mountains and dunes scenery that competitors started this morning. Tired of the previous day's efforts, cars and bodies were spared with a later awakening thanks to a 45-kilometer short link before seeing the first bikes start at 8:43 am. And you had to be well awake from the beginning to tackle a big dune crossing from the first kilometers. A warm up for the continuation of the route more and more complicated in the middle of the mountains of dunes where it was necessary to follow the right direction in order not to be lost in a very soft sand. What a relief then to find the finish line at the entrance of the bivouac located a few kilometers from the city of Akjoujt.

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    "I don't know how we did it ...", these are the first words spoken by Dominique Laure and Christophe Crespo (FRA / OPTIMUS) coming out of their yellow buggy just behind the finish line. 6h21'19" of race on the most complicated day, 13'07" better than the leaders of the Serradori Racing Team, an exceptional performance for these amateurs for their first participation in the race. Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) maintain their leadership with a 57'28" lead over Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) who finished 4th today. Another buggy from MD Rallye Sport took 3rd place, Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) managed to reach the podium on this leg, quiet worthy of the biggest African rallies.

    Beautiful story of the day belongs to Loïc Bonnevie and Sophie Hamys (FRA / CAN-AM) who finishes 6th today. An achievement because it is the best performance ever made by an SSV on the Africa Eco Race since its beginning.

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    Another nice surprise for the trucks as Johannes Van De Laar (NL / DAF) finishes first of the category. He crossed the finish line just ahead of Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) who stopped to let him pass, the fairplay of the Dutchman who wanted to thank his compatriot for taking it out of the sand during the leg.


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    In motorbikes, the wisdom and experience of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) have struck again. The strong leader is ahead of Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA). Luis Oliveira (POR / PROTO) is relegated 3rd because of a 23 minutes penalty. Another blow for Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who was forced to give up half-way because of a new engine problem.

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    Dominique LAURE :"It's hard to believe in this victory, it's a big surprise! We stopped twice in the sand without wasting too much time, this is my first rally and I feared the dunes. Yesterday we had troubles in the sand, so today we decided to go slowly and then we accelerated, it ends very well for us. We are finished with the dunes, we are very happy. "

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    Mathieu Serradori"Where is Vasilyev ?! ... This one was not stolen! We helped each other all day with Fabian, it was the most difficult leg for us. We went into the dunes, we doubled Vasilyev who was stuck in the sand and we did not go out badly. Moreover the radio broke down in the end, we had to communicate in sign language up to the arrival."

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    Guillaume GOMEZ :"It was difficult ... very hard ... This leg surprised us, we did not expect it, we got stuck in the sand five or six times at the beginning and then we lost another 45 minutes a little further, we are tired by the stress but the ending is good."

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    Paolo CECI :"It was even harder than yesterday! There were a lot of difficult dunes to cross and a complicated navigation. I'm happy, the tough part is done, I just have to be carefull without making a mistake until Lac Rose now. "

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    Simone AGAZZI :"Today it was intense, very complicated in the sand but I enjoyed it."

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    Luis OLIVEIRA :"It was long and very difficult with complicated dunes to cross, but I'm doing well, I ride a lot with Ceci and I managed to finish the last 50 kilometers alone, I'm very happy."

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    RESULTS 10th stage : Amodjar / Akjoujt : 453km*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Dominique Laure / Christophe Crespo n°213 (FRA) 06 :21 :19
    2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) +00 :13 :07
    3. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) +00 :22 :53

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 06 :17 :50
    2. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) +00 :10 :46
    3. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) +00 :19 :10

    Classement général*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 38 :40 :49
    2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) +00 :57 :28
    3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) +04 :07 :42

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 45 :19 :15
    2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) +01 :09 :49
    3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR) +06 :28 :57

    * Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberation

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    AFRICA ECO RACE
    info@africarace.com

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    What happened with that prodigy kid from Israel that was at ECO last year?
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    Gev Sella is fulfilling his Army services in Israel. So for some time he will not be in racing. Dunno how long the Israeli services are though. May be in the next Eco race we see him again. It'd be good to see how he does against Ceci who is both fast and knows his way.
    What puzzles me is why Tsuk Sella is not there this year (his younger brother). He was supposed to be and all was ready for them to go. I hope nothing serious happened. I am sure we will hear more about the Sella family.
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    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    Israel? 3 years for guys, 2 for women afaik.
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    oh dear... that's another two Eco races up for grabs then :D
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    Could be 2&1, I employed an Israeli backpacker for a while and she did tell me but buggered if I can remember which, either way it's at least two years...
  19. silverstone

    silverstone Been here awhile

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  20. barrier

    barrier Says who?

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    AFRICA ECO RACE 2018 - STAGE 11

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    11TH STAGE IN MAURITANIA
    AKJOUJT / SAINT LOUIS : 558 KM
    GLORIOUS MATHIEU SERRADORI (FRA/MCM), SIMONE AGAZZI (ITA/HONDA) FOR THE HONOR

    The last stage of the 10th edition of the Africa Eco Race was here to confirm the winners of the competition. On a fast track of 219 kilometers, all participants could enjoy the last leg with no pressure and putted an end to their efforts over the last 15 days.

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    What happiness
    With a last start on the bivouac this morning, the caravan of the Africa Eco Race could look at the start at sunrise. In a pretty relaxed atmosphere knowing that the podiums were already known, the competitors were especially relieved to leave the biggest dunes behind them. They all desired to finish well and have fun one last time before celebrating the end of a rally particularly intense this year with their teams who came at the finish line.

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    Serradori and Lurquin relieved, Italy honored
    There was a lot of emotion for the Serradori Racing Team as the two heroes of this Africa Eco Race emerged from buggy number 202. After an intense battle for nearly ten days alongside last year's winner, Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin (FRA-BEL / MCM) win the most beautiful victory of their career. The Franco-Belgian crew was very moved to share this moment with their team on arrival, we even saw a few tears in the eyes of Fabian, so proud to achieve such results after many years of effort and hard work. They finish second of the day's leg, regardless of the time, the main thing was to get to the end.
    It's the buggy of Guillaume Gomez and François Borsotto (FRA / OPTIMUS) that makes the scratch today, a last important victory to finish the race after suffering during the first three days due to mechanical problems. Disappointed for not being able to fight for the podium, they were feeling better after this second Mauritanian week.
    Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / MINI) did not manage to win the race two years in a row. The Russian crew finished second overall and suffered a lot from the Mauritanian sand that cost them a lot this week.
    Pascal Thomasse and Pascal Larroque (FRA / OPTIMUS) offer themselves a final podium before officially climbing on the 3rd step at Lac Rose tomorrow.

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    Despite all his efforts to catch the podium, Gerard De Rooy (NL / IVECO) signed a very good 4th place overall for his first participation and finished at the top of the trucks, about thirty minutes behind Pascal Thomasse.

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    It was a ggod day for Italy with the leg's victory for Simone Agazzi (ITA / HONDA) just ahead of Paolo Ceci (ITA / KTM) the big winner of this 10th Africa Eco Race.

    For his second participation, the favorite of this rally held his rank and was congratulated by the double winner Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR / KTM) who came to the finish line for the occasion. Forced to give up because of engine problems, the Norwegian could not compete with Ceci this year but looks forward to taking revenge next year.

    Luis Oliveira (POR / PROTO) made it to cross the finish line alongside his compatriot Rui Oliveira (POR / YAMAHA). The two Portuguese take respectively 2nd and 3rd place of the overall ranking. A very good performance for Luis, youngest participant who at 25 makes a remarkable entry into the world of rallying.

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    QUOTES...
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    Mathieu Serradori"There will surely be more emotions tomorrow at Lac Rose, we had a wonderful race thanks to a great team without whom we would never have done it, three years ago I did not think that we could reach such a level especially against big competitors like Vasilyev. "

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    Pascal THOMASSE :"We came to play the win, to finish on the podium is a very good result, I do not make forecasts for next year, I'm too young!"

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    Guillaume GOMEZ :"It was still a great stage today, almost perfect for us, it feels good to finish like that, we lived three cursed days at the beginning, it's a shame, we immediately lost all chance to fight for the classification but since Mauritania we feel better. I want to congratulate Mathieu Serradori who did a wonderful job. "

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    Paolo CECI :"I'm very happy to win this year, it was a dream. It was really hard but I did a good job in navigation. I want to thank my wife Sarah who helped me a lot and supported me and of course my whole team too. I had a lot of pressure from the start in Monaco, it was an extraordinary race especially in Mauritania. "

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    Simone AGAZZI :"I am very happy to win the leg today and especially very happy for Paolo, it was a very good race for Italy and I will remember all my life the Mauritanian sand with its dunes so difficult to conquer. »

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    RESULTS 11th stage : Akjoujt / St Louis : 558km*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Guillaume Gomez / François Borsotto n°207 (FRA) 01 :36 :19
    2. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) + 00 :01 :42
    3. Pascal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 00 :04 :40

    Bike:
    1. Simone Agazzi n°120 (ITA) 02 :00 :39
    2. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) + 00 :01 :59
    2. Jonathan Blackburn n°128 (GBR) + 00 :06 :35

    Overall*
    Car / Truck:
    1. Mathieu Serradori / Fabian Lurquin n°202 (FRA) 40 :18 :50
    2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov n°201 (RUS) + 01 :07 :31
    3. Pasal Thomasse / Pascal Larroque n°206 (FRA) + 04 :10 :40

    Bike:
    1. Paolo Ceci n°101 (ITA) 47 :21 :53
    2. Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira n°114 (POR) + 01 :26 :20
    3. Rui Oliveira n°115 (POR) + 06 :43 :27
    * Provisional results, subject to changes in ranking after jury deliberation

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    CONTACT
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    info@africarace.com

    All infos on Website
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