Africa Eco Race 2015
Posted by Other - 02/01/15 05:05PM - 0 Comments - Other Rallies -
Today’s stage was the longest one in kilometers as a special stage on the Africa Eco Race 2015. It was also one of the most complete with various African landscapes and of course, the Chegaga Erg which is always a delicate part of the stage in termes of Navigation and steering. Anyhow, even if there were some little problems and two bikers injured, everyone should arrive in Assa tonight.
For the 3rd consecutive day, the bikes category is dominated by Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER. The Norwegian bike rise absolutely unbeatable and once again did not do a single error. He was interviewed right at the end of the stage in which, first of all wishing a Happy New Year to his countrymen, he explained his stage.
Behind the leader, the bike race is quite animated as Belgium’s Gilles VANDERWEYEN classifies 2nd today, 2’15’’ in front of Robert THEURETZBACHER who’s coming back in the top of the ranks. Namibia’s Ingo WALDSCHMIDT confirms his outsider status by finishing 4th of the day right in front of the surprising Anastasiya NIFONTOVA, only 45 minutes behind the best time of the day. Unfortunately, she won’t have anymore girl opponent as Patsy QUICK fell sharply. She has been transported to the hospital of Guelmine and was diagnosed with a thoracic trauma and a shoulder dislocation. One other biker have been injured ; Andrew NEWLAND from Great Britain broke his clavicle. All two of them should be rapatriated in Europe tomorrow.
In the Auto category, the AFRICA ECO RACE® has a 3rd overall leader in three days of race. We can say the battle is harsh and its only the start. Today, the victory was for Jacky LOOMANS winning his second stage since the beginning of the event.
But today’s big performance was for both KAMAZ trucks of Anton SHIBALOV and Sergey KUPRIANOV finishing 2nd and 3rd of the Auto-Truck ranks of the day. They obviously are now on top of the general Truck standings right in front of Tomas TOMECEK’s Tatra Truck, who was handicaped by the speed of his truck much more agile in the dunes than fast on tracks. However, the spreads are quite small so the battle between the Desert Mastodons will for sure be intense.
Tomorrow, the 2015 AFRICA ECO RACE® will continue its journey down south with a 394km long stage of which 379km will be the special stage between Assa and As Sakn.