Second stage win for Jean Antoine SABATIER in Auto class
René METGE announced it, the stage from Foum Zguid to Assa, 387km long, was a real pleasure in terms of driving for the auto class. The smile on each of the drivers face at the end of the stage proved it. The happiest was for sure the Frenchman, Jean Antoine SABATIER, which won his second stage on the 2014 AFRICA ECO RACE®. He wins the stage at the wheel of his BUGGA ONE with 4,13 min in front of Jean Louis SCHLESSER which was quite surprised. He becomes the five times event winner’s first opponent after the triple puncture of Balazs SZALAY and the transmissions problems of Philippe PORCHERON on this 4th stage. Without forgetting Jacques LOOMANS, 4th of the day and 3rd overall, 8,10 mins away from the leader. Today’s performance is for Kanat SHAGIROV from Kazakhstan, 3rd best time at the wheel of his H3 Hummer. Few words on Michel TURON BARRERE with his CRD Buggy, which proves his regularity since the beginning of the rally. Even though he punctured both rear tires after a harsh jump, he finishes 5th of the day and is 5th in the overall rankings : “ I had great fun today with beautiful powerslides over 160 km/h ! I love it ! Thanks to Guillaume’s great navigation but also to a very well explained road book. I feel completely confident at the wheel of a fabulous car. 5th position is way over what I was expecting.”
SERIOUS RACING HAS STARTED
As planned, the second stage between Boudnib and FoumZguid, 612km of which 431km of selective sectors, has already affected the AFRICA ECO RACE® caravan. Indeed, at 20:30 ( 21:30 Paris ), one third of the auto and bike participants were still missing. A normal situation if we consider the difficulties on the field and with navigation. Actually, most of the latecomers had mechanical problems. Therefore, all of them are in constant communication with the PC, thanks to the organizations modern communication technology.
Most of the participants will arrive at the bivouac before the Check Point close, at midnight. For the rest of them they will have the night to be back, repair if needed, rest a bit and leave the next morning. If its not the case, they will receive the biggest penalty but will still be able to start on the next day, because the AFRICA ECO RACE®’s goal is to have many participants as possible at the Lac Rose in DAKAR.