In the end, the first Moroccan night on the Bivouac of La Momie wasn’t as cold as cold as predicted as the temperature did not go bellow 3 degrees. Luckily because after this first long stage of the 11th edition of the Africa Eco Race, some competitors arrived very late. Therefore, repairs and maintenance went on a good part of the night. Nevertheless, besides Philippe Pinchedez who is forced to abandon after his CAN AM SSV drove into a rift, all the participants were at the start this morning.
Tomecek brings order back in the ranking
On the truck side, even if they had to take out their shovels and platters, Tomas Tomecek in his Tatra and Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques, Marco Cochinho in their MAN end the race in 8th and 9th position for today’s special stage Auto/Truck ranking. They also have the same ranking in general after this second stage where most of these desert beasts have a hard time to join the arrival.
Elisabete Jacinto – MAN – TEAM BIO RITMO (9th stage and 9th overall): “We got seriously stuck at the top of a dune which made us loose approx. 30 minutes. But it is part of the game. I am very happy of the development with my truck. I really hope we will continue like this and erase the bad memories of the two last years at Africa Eco Race.”
Today, the third stage will bring the caravan of the Africa Eco Race towards Assa. A special stage 400km long of typical Moroccan landscape will be awaiting the competitors, who will have to take it easy if they do not want to encounter any issues.