In less than two months, the 11th Edition of the Africa Eco Race will depart from Monaco. 15 days of intense adventure full of surprises and challenges on the tracks of Thierry Sabine. From the 30th of December 2018 to the 13th of January 2019, the participants will tackle the Morrocan desert as well as the Mauritanian and Senegalese landscapes before arriving at the finish line located at the famous Rose Lac.
A marathon rally full of emotion and with this year, a focus on the navigation experience.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
For 12 days of racing and 6 022km including 4 014km of Special stages, the participants will adventure themselves into a versatile route with a maximum of sandy tracks and dunes.
With special stages that can make a big difference in the ranking, René METGE, sports director of the race, announces a rally in its purest form: “This year, with over a third of the route renewed, we wanted to focus the race on the navigation and the off-road, even more than the previous editions."
In this African rally, the drivers will need more than ever their co-pilots to navigate in the dunes:
"In Morocco, we found some new tracks such as the first and second steps which will be quite challenging for our participants. In Mauritania, over 45% of the route will be off-road. The intense rain of this year will add difficulty as it redesigned the existing dune landscapes and new sand banks were created. There are no more landmarks.
Last but not least, the marathon stage we call the “500 MILES”, created last year on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the AFRICA ECO RACE, is maintained and will enable some to make a difference.
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THE PROGRAM OF THE 11TH EDITION
15th of November 2018 – Closing of entries
28th and 29th December 2018 - Administrative and technical scrutineering in Menton
30th of December 2018 – Official departure from Monaco to the boarding from Sète to Nador
1st of January 2019 - Arrival in Nador, First stage and 6 stages in Morocco
6th of January 2019 - Rest day in Dakhla, Morocco
7th of Januray 2019 - 5 stages in Mauritania
13th of January 2019 – 1 stage in Senegal and arrival at the Rose Lac in Dakar for the award ceremony
CLOSING OF THE ENTRIES ON 15TH OF NOVEMBER
ONLY ONE WEEK TO ENTER THE RACE AND BE PART OF AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE