The driver Elisabete Jacinto won today the fifth stage of the Africa Race 2019, in the truck competition, and regained the leadership of her category. The Bio-Ritmo® team held the 419.37-kilometer special stage, fulfilled between Fort Chacal and Wad Assag, in 3h55m56s finishing the selective sector with a 14m20 lead for the second truck, the Belgian Igor Bouwens, and spending only 10m06s more than the winner of the day of the auto / truck classification, the Russian Sergey Kuprianov.
The special didn’t start well for the Portuguese who, at the start of the course, had to stop because of a mechanical problem. But they quickly solved the situation and managed to beat all their opponents and finished the stage in the 7th place overall. Elisabete Jacinto is again the leader of the T4 class leaving the second classified of the category, the Belgian Noel Essers, 1h40m away. The Portuguese ascended to the 7th position of the overall classification with cars.
Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho performed once again a great stage and proceed to Mauritania at the top of the race: “Today the day didn’t start well because we had to stop about two kilometers after we started the special. We had a mechanical problem, and we stood there for about eight minutes to solve the problem. But, once we resolved the situation, we have done our best to recover positions. This stage was complicated in terms of navigation because it was very wide, had few references on the horizon to guide us, there were several parallel tracks and so it was very easy to make mistakes. But, Zé didn’t miss a single note and we were able to always follow the right track with a good pace and, although we started poorly, we finished well“, said the Portuguese driver.
Tomorrow will be the rest day of the Africa Eco Race which is fulfilled, once again, in Dakhla. For the fifth consecutive year, the camp will be installed on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean where the sun and warm temperatures will allow a true day of rest for both pilots and machines that will thus recover the energies for the second week of race which will be fulfilled mostly in Mauritania.
Elisabete Jacinto concluded today the fourth special of the 11th edition of the Africa Eco Race in which a flat tire in the MAN TGS delayed the pilot who ended up giving in the first place among the trucks, a position that she reached in yesterday’s step. Despite the setback, the portuguese remains in the fight for the leadership of the category having a small difference of 7m24s to the current leader, the Czech Tomas Tomeck. The Bio-Ritmo® team completed the fourth day of this African marathon, composed of a difficult and long route of 492.75 kilometers held between Oued Draa and Fort Chacal in 5h48m15s and was ranked 3rd among the trucks.
Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho were able to accomplish the selective sector without any difficulties, and only one flat tire blocked their progress: “the special was beautiful and very interesting in terms of driving. But it was not easy to fulfil because the courses were winding and had a lot of stone. So, we had to move carefully so we didn’t have any problems. Despite this, we were able to ride well at a good pace, but the bad tracks degraded the tires a lot and at one point we had a flat tire and we had to stop some time to change it which delayed us a lot. Anyway, we have had some happy days because the stages have been going well and we are pleased with the good results“ revealed the Portuguese who was 12th in the auto / truck classification.
The competition for the T4 has been very lively in which the Portuguese trio has occupied a prominent position by enthusiastically discussing the first place in the category against the Belgian Igor Bouwens, the winner of the day among the trucks, and the Czech Tomas Tomecek. Having been disputed four stages of the Africa Race 2019 the Portuguese now assume the 2nd place of the overall classification of the T4 and the 8th position of the joint classification auto / truck.
Tomorrow will be accomplished the fifth stage of the Africa Eco Race that is held between Fort Chacal and Dakhla and will have a total of 638 kilometers. This will be the last stage completed on Moroccan soil and has a very fast selective sector but complex from the point of view of navigation. It will be a very pleasant way to conclude this first week of race and get to the well-deserved rest day that will be fulfilled along the Atlantic Ocean in Dakhla.
The driver Elisabete Jacinto rose today to the 1st place in the truck category by having conquered, in the third stage of the Africa Eco Race 2019 held between Agdal and Assa, the second position among the T4 a result that allows her to ascend to 6th place of the general auto/truck table. The Bio-Ritmo® team spent 4h46m45s to complete the selective sector and finished in the 7th position of the joint classification the 400.71 timed kilometers that composed this day.
Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho starred, in this stage, alongside the Czech Tom Tomas Tomecek and the Belgian Igor Bouwens, a fierce battle for the top spot in the T4 classification. However, it was the IVECO of the Belgian team that ended up winning the today’s special with a minimum advantage of 1m30s over the Portuguese trio. Having reached for the third consecutive time the second place in three stages already disputed, the Portuguese have maintained the consistency of the results showing the reliability of the project and of the MAN TGS of competition.
Completed on a hard and winding track, the course of this third stage was not enough to stop the Portuguese from successfully completing another step of this great African marathon: “Today was a good day. The track was fast, but rather hard because there were many areas with bumps and deep ditches where we had to slow down so we didn’t have any problems. However, we set a good pace and we were able to move fast. Without a doubt it was another good stage and so we are happy with the results achieved in this race“, said Elisabete Jacinto.
The fourth stage of the Africa Race will be accomplished between the Oued Draa and Fort Chacal along a 492-kilometer selective sector. In this stage the caravan will be driven to the south of Morocco which will have different landscapes. The fast tracks will dominate the day.
The Portuguese driver Elisabete Jacinto won today another second place in the Africa Eco Race 2019. In the special that linked La Momie to Foum Zguid, which was composed by 431,22 timed kilometers, the team Bio-Ritmo® spent 6h29m52s to complete the route of this second day of race that already included the passage of sand tracks and the crossing of dunes.
The formation composed by Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho kept the first place in the classification of the trucks during most of the scratch, but at the crossing of a dune, the MAN TGS of the Bio-Ritmo® team got stuck and the Portuguese had to dig to remove the truck from the sand, making them waste a lot of time. With this result, the Portuguese trio maintains the second place in the T4 category and in the joint auto/truck classification comes in 9th place just behind the Czech Tomas Tomecek, who is currently the leader of the truck class.
For Elisabete Jacinto the stage was tough, but the team managed to overcome the setbacks and ended the day with another positive classification: “this stage wasn’t easy because the ground was quite bad because of the stones, and it was very winding. But despite everything, we managed to make an excellent race. We only had a difficulty when at a certain point, crossing a dune, we got stuck and we had to dig what made us lose some time. However, the special went very well and, beyond this mishap, we had no other situation to report“, said the Portuguese driver.
Tomorrow will be accomplished the third stage of the Africa Eco Race that will be held between Agdal and Assa and will count with a total of 400 timed kilometers. The departure will be made directly from the camp. On this day participants will have to face mountain passes, dry valleys and numerous military stations among the relentless Moroccan tracks.
Elisabete Jacinto reached the second position among the trucks in the first special of the Africa Eco Race 2019, a short 90-kilometer journey held between Ameziane and Merada, in Morocco. The Bio-Ritmo® team also attained the fourth place in the joint auto/truck classification, finishing the selective sector with a difference of only 1m34s for the first overall competitor, and took 1h01m20s to complete the course of the day.
The trio composed by Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho completed the first day of this great African marathon without any difficulties imposing a good performance against their most direct opponents and finished ahead of the Czech Tatra Tomas Tomecek, the great opponent of the Portuguese in this race. Now, the Bio-Ritmo® team is only 1m23s away from the first place of the truck category, that is occupied by the Belgian Igor Bouwens who competes with an IVECO.
For Elisabete Jacinto, this was a very positive way to start the competition: “the special was difficult in terms of navigation. But we did all very well without making mistakes and we managed to impose a good rhythm. We won several places in relation to the competitors that left before us and in the end, we reached a good position. The start for the stage was delayed because Morocco changed the entry system in the country. So, we had to carry out the formalities twice, one on the boat and the other as soon as we reached the port, which greatly delayed the competition. However, it all went well, and we are happy with this first day of racing” said Elisabete Jacinto at the end of the first stage of the Africa Eco Race 2019.
The second stage of the Africa Race 2019 will have a debut track and marks the beginning of a rally that promises to be quite interesting. Experienced navigators will have no problems during the special, but they will have to be vigilant to avoid the dangers of the Moroccan tracks. The arrival will be made in the camp where the teams will be able to enjoy the maximum of rest.