Africa Eco Race 2024
Submitted on Thu, 01/11/2024 - 23:09


All the competitors were unanimous upon arriving at the finish line located on the runway of the Chinguetti airfield in saying that this 9th stage in the form of a loop around Amodjar was the most beautiful so far in this 15th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE. But it was also the most difficult, with a copious 90km stretch of dunes and, once again, varied terrain that was hard on both machines and men. All this over 363 kilometers in blazing sunshine. As a result, the gaps at the finish were quite large, and the rankings were shaken up several times, except at the top of the table.

But the performance of the day went to Juan Pedrero Garcia. The HARLEY DAVIDSON 1250 PAN AMERICA set off in 23rd position. After a crash at kilometer 40, the Spanish giant put in a strong attack, including in the dunes, to claim the 9th fastest time of the day. A real achievement when you consider that the course was far from ideal for the 'big' HARLEY. Finally, a word about Kevin DURAND, who also cracked the top 10 for the first time. The Frenchman had a huge smile on his face at the finish, such was his delight. In the Motul Xtrem Rider category, a second consecutive victory for Frenchman Patrice CARILLON who, by finishing 13th, strengthened his position in the provisional overall standings in this category of unassisted motorbike trunks.


And that makes five! Fifth special stage success for Pierre-Louis LOUBET and François BORSOTTO. The French driver celebrated the signing of his WRC2 contract with SKODA with a victory. After yesterday's mechanical problem, the Corsican started 7th this morning. That didn't stop him from winning the special stage 36 seconds ahead of the CAN AM of Carlos VENTO and Carlos RUIZ MORENO. Heatcliff ZINGRAF and Gregory REVEST completed the day's podium.


As for Gautier PAULIN and Remi BOULANGER, after a puncture in the morning, the overall leaders drove the other APACHE of LOUBET, without ever forcing the pace in order to save as much as possible on fuel. The Frenchmen nevertheless finished fifth. It was an ideal day for the SSVs, as they had to drop down to 7th position to find the first car with the TOYOTA of Pascal FERYN and Kurt KEYSERS. The Belgians were 24 minutes ahead of the TOYOTA of Dutchmen Teun STAM and Rene BARGERMAN. Hungary's Imre VARGA and Jozsef TOMA took 3rd place by just 59 seconds.

In the truck category, Tomas TOMECEK was once again the winner. Alone at the wheel of his TATRA, the Czech beat the GINAF of Belgium's Cedric FERYN, Bjorn BURGELMAN and Tom DE LEUW, while the Dutchmen Aad VAN VELSEN, Michel VAN VELSEN and Marco SIEMONS finished 3rd for once with their SCANIA. Overall, Tomas TOMECEK is just off the podium in the Car/SSV/Truck rankings of this AFRICA ECO RACE 2024.

Tomorrow, the AFRICA ECO RACE caravan will head for the village of Akjoujt on the road between Atar and Nouakchott. The 413km stage, 387km of which will be a special, will start from the bivouac and will allow all those in attendance to watch the race vehicles take off. This will be the penultimate opportunity to shine on a route that is 90% sand, making it a real test of driving skills.

Submitted on Thu, 01/11/2024 - 23:09