SCHLESSER, TOMECEK AND PISANO WIN THE 2014 AFRICA ECO RACE®
Its between Toueila and Ghreidat Ligkjoulé, on the west Mauritanian coast near Nouakchott that the last stage of the SONANGOL AFRICA ECO RACE took place.
The last selective sector was mainly composed by beautiful dunes and sandy tracks and was a real driving pleasure for the leaders, Jean Louis SCHLESSER, Michael PISANO and Tomas TOMECEK.
Today, Friday 10th of January, the bivouac takes place in St Louis in Senegal, before joining the last stage, tomorrow, on the Atlantic Ocean shore with a mythical arrival at the “Lac Rose”.
Even if the two dune fields of the day were not easy, this second last Mauritanian stage was not as hard as René METGE had expected it. It was actually not a bad thing as a lot of participants came in really late the day before and it really affected the caravan of the AFRICA ECO RACE®. Except some exceptions, the majority of the 40 cars and trucks, the 20 bikes still in the race had arrived at the bivouac in the afternoon.
CAPE WAS THE KEY WORD
During the breifing of the 8th stage, René METGE insisted on the fact to take the right capes during the whole day.
Some participants applied the hints of the sporting director of the AFRICA ECO RACE®, the others who didn’t are still in the dunes.
Here are some words of René METGE concerning this stressful sandy stage in Mauritania :
« I had announced this stage has a harsh one and I insisted on the importance of the capes. In reality, what I expected difficult was quite easy and what I thought would be easy became very difficult. The biggest issue came after CP 3. The participants had to go on a 11° capes and instead they went straight into a very difficult dune field. Some continued during 5km before noticing their error. I then decided to stop the helicopter to show them the way myself. Some managed to get back on the right track, others damaged their clutch and stayed stuck during a long moment and didn’t get back before a long time. As a matter of a fact, the ranks might have several changes.”