Elisabete enters the Telefónica Dakar Rally driving a truck for the first time, a Mercedes 1936, with the Belgian Charly Gotlib as navigator and the Spaniard David Martin as mechanic.
Having had little experience driving trucks and with one which did not have much power, besides being loaded with material for assistance to other teams, Elisabete turned out to be unable to overcome all dunes in time.
Having driven without sleeping for three days in a row, she leaves the competition and goes to the T5 category (Assistance Vehicle Category).
Being convinced that she can do better, Elisabete spends the whole season preparing her next entry driving a truck.
This same year, by invitation from Alberto Gonçalves, she takes part in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles.
It is a competition for women only, where navigation is paramount, and Elisabete Jacinto and Sofia Carvalhosa win the SUV category with a Renault Kangoo.
In 2002, since it was impossible to go back to the Paris Dakar Rally for financial reasons, Elisabete decided to end her motorcycle running career and to start driving cross country trucks.
With the purpose of becoming adept at four-wheel driving, she continues to enter Copa Jimny by Cimpomotor invitation.
She takes part in two World Cup rallies having in mind the possibility of entering the Paris Dakar rally driving a rented car – a Toyota Land Cruizer.
Sónia Catarino was her navigator, except at Baja Portalegre, in which Elisabete took part with Rui Porêlo.
3 Hours CC Accenture
Lameirinho/Serras do Norte CC Rally
Esporão Vindimas CC Rally
Baja Sagres Portalegre
Cross Country Cars World Cup
Baja de Aragón
This same year she receives at Baja Portalegre an invitation by Team Tibau to drive a truck at the Paris Dakar Rally.
The fact that four days of competition had been cancelled in the 2000 Dakar-Cairo rally made some people doubt whether Elisabete would have been able to finish it if it had consisted in what had been first planned.
Therefore, Elisabete insisted on taking part in the 2001 Rallye Paris-Dakar, forming a team with Pedro Machado, and this was the toughest competition she entered, with all her physical and psychological resistance put to the test.
At the border between Morocco and Mauritania her assistance car passes over a mine which explodes and she is left alone to do all the assistance tasks by herself.
In spite of the bad conditions with which she had to cope in this competition, she reaches the end with a sense of contentment because she had finally attained her aim: to finish the toughest rally in the world – the Paris-Dakar.
Elisabete goes on competing for the World Cup. She is 13th, and first among women.
Cross-Country World Cup
Rallye Optic Tunisie (Tunisia)
Montes de Cuenca Rally (Spain)
Baja de Aragón (Spain)
Master Rallye (Russia and Turkey)
UAE Desert Challenge (Dubai)
Cimpomotor invited Elisabete to take part in Copa Jimny during the year, and this was a way to begin driving a 4×4. Her co-pilot was Teresa Correia.
She also entered Baja Esporão Vindimas (Competition from the Auto Cross-country National Championship) driving a Jimny too, where she had TV presenter Laura Santos as navigator.
3 Hours CC Compact
Baja Telecel 1000
Vodafone 24 Hours CC
This year Elisabete Jacinto obtains a great triumph in her career when she finishes the Dakar-Cairo rally with her KTM Rallye and forming a team with another driver, Mário Brás.
She not only finishes the rally, she also wins the Ladies’ Cup, in a competition considered by many people as the toughest in the whole world. Everybody recognizes her merit.
This is another year in which she enters the World Cup competitions, now with a KTM Rallye 660, and she finishes in the 25th place, but first among women.
Cross-Country World Cup
Rallye Optic Tunisie (Tunisia)
Master Rallye (Several Eastern Europe and Western Asia countries)
UAE Desert Challenge (Dubai)
This year she has her first experience driving a Cross-Country car in Baja TT Optiroc with TV presenter Cecília Carmo as co-pilot.
She did not finish the competition due to mechanical problems.
Elisabete enters the Paris-Dakar Rally for the second time with a truck – a Renault Kerax 4×4.
When she finished this rally (in 26th place) she became one of the first women in the World to have managed to do so.
Her success motivates her to take part in other World Cup competitions. One of these is the Rallye Optic Tunisie, and she becomes the first woman in the World to win a special streak driving a truck.
She finishes this rally as runner-up in the truck category.
In spite of the success, Elisabete and Renault Trucks decide to cut the sports season short in order to make mechanical improvements in the truck, particularly at suspensions and engine levels.
Following an invitation by Alberto Gonçalves, she enters Rallye Aicha des Gazelles for the second time with Sofia Carvalhosa in a Renault Kangoo.
Elisabete’s aim was to win in the SUV category, but a penalty wrongly imposed by the organization classifies her as runner-up.
As in the previous season, Elisabete Jacinto takes part in competitions with the MAN TGS truck, and the navigator is José Marques, and the mechanic, Marco Cochinho.
The season began with the Africa Eco Race Rally, where there were rather competitive trucks. The team got third place among trucks and was seventh in the Car/Truck joint classification.
Once again, they entered Baja de Aragón, where they managed to be second in the truck category, and they finished the season with a brilliant first place among several prototype trucks in the Oilibya du Maroc Rally.
During the season there were training sessions in Morocco, bearing in mind the continuous technical improvement of the MAN TGS.
Elisabete also took part in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, driving an Amarock, once again in the VW France Team, and having the French woman Valérie Dot as navigator.
They led the competition from the first day but, when there were only thirty kilometers to the finishing line, a mechanical problem made them lose places, and they were eleventh.
Having finished the Africa Eco Race with an excellent second place among trucks and fourth in the Car/Truck classification, the team felt the need to technically improve the truck.
Therefore, the performance of the engine was enhanced, the tanks were raised to better allow going over the crests of dunes, a cabin support system was created, and the exit angle and suspensions were improved.
The truck also changed in appearance, with the new logo of the Oleoban brand.
Instead of the usual Tunisian rally (which did not take place this year), the team entered the Baja de Aragón and is second among trucks and seventh in the Car/Truck general classification. There followed the Moroccan rally, where once again they had to face really competitive trucks, and they finished in third place.
The year 2012 also included Elisabete taking part in the main navigation rally in the world, the Aϊcha des Gazelles Rally. She was invited to enter the Volkswagen team, which had 10 Pick-up Amarock in it. She teamed with Sofia Carvalhosa and was third in the Car/Truck classification.
It was a good sports year for the whole team!
The year 2014 began with the Oleoban team entering the Africa Eco Race Rally.
At the last streak Elisabete drops from second to third place in the Truck category due to a problem in the front transmission of her MAN, driving the last 60km with just two-wheel drive.
With Valérie Dot she takes part in the Aicha des Gazelles Rally, driving a VW Amarock, and finishes second in the 4×4/Truck category.
In the Moroccan Rally she competes with several prototype trucks and finishes fourth in the Truck category. This year, Hydraplan, Lisbon MAN concessionary, moved to another venue, and that reflected in the need for a new workshop.
A new cargo box, more functional and resistant, was built for the assistance truck.
The competition truck also had its cargo box replaced with a lighter one and having better aerodynamic performance.
The 2011 sports season begins with Africa Eco Race.
Happy to go back to the big African marathon, the team gets to the end of this rally for the first time, being second among trucks and seventh in the car/truck joint classification.
The beginning of 2011 was a time of distress, with revolution in many North African countries.
The Tunisian rally was in danger of not taking place but, to give a sort of affidavit to the newly formed democracy, both the organization and the teams made an effort to be present.
The rally was held as normally as possible.
The result obtained by the MAN TGS was first place among trucks and eighth in the car/truck classification.
At the Moroccan rally the team had to deal with a vast number of prototype trucks and strong competition. It held its own with teamDeRooy and finished in third place, first among regular trucks.
At the end of the year Elisabete decides to change the configuration of the suspension buffer springs, in order to become more competitive. She asks ELO to produce buffer springs capable of improving the suspension in her truck, and she starts preparing for the next season.
The team starts the 2010 season with Africa Race.
Although her performance is excellent and she is very happy to return to the great African marathon, Elisabete has to quit due to mechanical problems.
The first part of the year is then dedicated to make the truck reliable and to adapt it for competition.
Elisabete enters the Tunisian rally with one of the best truck navigators in the World, Charly Gotlib, and her sports results become noticeable.
She wins in the truck category and gets eighth place among cars.
At the Moroccan rally Elisabete confirms her good level and the excellent work of her team, winning again among trucks and being within the first eleven cars.