AFRICA ECO RACE 2020: Stage 9+10 / 9. + 10. Etappe – VIDEO-Highlights, RESULTS, Impressions – Neutralisierung wegen Sandsturm!

Am gestrigen Tag sollte die 10. Etappe mit 499 km Distanz zwischen Tidjikdja und Idini der Deal Maker verlaufen. Leider musste der Race-Direktor der Veranstaltung die Sonderprüfung bei km 249 an einem Tankstopp neutralisieren.

Tatsächlich hatten drei Biker im ersten Teil der Strecke einen Unfall, der die Aufmerksamkeit von zwei von insgesamt drei Hubschraubern erforderte. Zudem gabe es einen Sandsturm. Daher war es unmöglich, die Sicherheit der Wettbewerber auf der 500 km langen Strecke zu gewährleisten. Die Teilnehmer erreichten die Ziellinie 20 km vor dem Biwak auf einer 250km langen und leichten Verbindungsetappe. Mehr im Video…

VIDEO-Highlights – Stage 10 / 10. Etappe

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Results / Ergebnisse – BIKES – 10. Etappe / Stage 10

Pos pgr # Nat. Pilots Make Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 Progresssion0 185 ita GRITTI Giovanni HONDA / -450 / 1 03:43:05
2 Progresssion+2 106 nor ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders KTM / -450 / 2 03:44:56 00:01:51
3 Progresssion0 101 ita BOTTURI Alessandro YAMAHA / -450 / 3 03:47:00 00:03:55
4 Progresssion-2 151 ita LUCCI Paolo Husqvarna / -450 / 4 03:49:04 00:05:59
5 Progresssion+2 120 pol CZACHOR Jacek KTM / -450 / 5 03:49:25 00:06:20
6 Progresssion0 123 pol DABROWSKI Konrad KTM / -450 / 6 03:51:45 00:08:40
7 Progresssion-2 100 gbr POSKITT Lyndon KTM / -450 / 7 03:53:49 00:10:44
8 Progresssion+10 140 ita LA CAVERA Blasco KTM / -450 / 8 04:07:13 00:24:08
9 Progresssion0 102 aus SUTHERLAND Matt KTM / -450 / 9 04:08:53 00:25:48
10 Progresssion+4 195 fra BARATIN Amaury KTM / -450 / 10 04:10:13 00:27:08


Results / Ergebnisse – BIKES OVERALL

Pos pgr # Nat. Pilots Make Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 Progresssion0 101 ita BOTTURI Alessandro YAMAHA / -450 / 1 46:30:54
2 Progresssion0 106 nor ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders KTM / -450 / 2 46:32:58 00:02:04
3 Progresssion0 151 ita LUCCI Paolo Husqvarna / -450 / 3 47:13:24 00:42:30 -00h02
4 Progresssion0 100 gbr POSKITT Lyndon KTM / -450 / 4 47:24:13 00:53:19
5 Progresssion0 112 svk BENKO Martin KTM / -450 / 5 51:42:25 05:11:31
6 Progresssion+1 120 pol CZACHOR Jacek KTM / -450 / 6 52:08:08 05:37:14 02h00
7 Progresssion-1 102 aus SUTHERLAND Matt KTM / -450 / 7 52:18:38 05:47:44 -01h41
8 Progresssion+1 123 pol DABROWSKI Konrad KTM / -450 / 8 53:05:48 06:34:54 02h00
9 Progresssion-1 118 pol STASIACZEK Pawel ktm / -450 / 9 53:23:30 06:52:36
10 Progresssion+1 185 ita GRITTI Giovanni HONDA / -450 / 10 54:03:49 07:32:55



Pos pgr # Nat. Pilots Make Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 Progresssion+4 200 fra FROMONT Yves
BUGGY T1 / 1 1.4 / 1 03:48:32
2 Progresssion+1 266 fra ETIENNE Patrice
CAN AM SSV / 1 / 03:58:08 00:09:36
3 Progresssion+3 250 fra FRETIN Benoit
DUPLé Cédric
CAN AM SSV / 2 / 04:01:43 00:13:11
4 Progresssion0 260 fra FREBOURG Loic
CAN AM SSV / 3 / 04:05:14 00:16:42
5 Progresssion-2 204 fra MARTIN Patrick
MERCEDES T1 / 2 1.4 / 2 04:10:50 00:22:18
6 Progresssion+10 416 hun FAZEKAS Karoly
HORN Albert
Scania T4 / 1 4.1 / 1 04:11:02 00:22:30
7 Progresssion+15 255 sen EZZEDINE Walid
BERRAZ Thierry
CAN AM SSV / 4 / 04:21:49 00:33:17
8 Progresssion+5 406 cze TOMECEK Tomas TATRA T4 / 2 4.1 / 2 04:21:55 00:33:23
9 Progresssion+11 212 fra COQUELLE Alain
Bowler T1 / 3 1.1 / 1 04:27:20 00:38:48
10 Progresssion+6 400 bel ESSERS Noel
MAN T4 / 3 4.1 / 3 04:32:02 00:43:30



Pos pgr # Nat. Pilots Make Grp/Pos Cl/Pos Scratch Diff 1st Pena
1 Progresssion0 204 fra MARTIN Patrick
MERCEDES T1 / 1 1.4 / 1 46:43:54 00h08
2 Progresssion0 420 hun KOVACS Miklos
ACS Laszlo
Scania T4 / 1 4.1 / 1 47:53:55 01:10:01 00h15
3 Progresssion0 416 hun FAZEKAS Karoly
HORN Albert
Scania T4 / 2 4.1 / 2 51:25:35 04:41:41 00h10
4 Progresssion0 250 fra FRETIN Benoit
DUPLé Cédric
CAN AM SSV / 1 / 51:31:04 04:47:10
5 Progresssion0 406 cze TOMECEK Tomas TATRA T4 / 3 4.1 / 3 51:51:38 05:07:44
6 Progresssion0 266 fra ETIENNE Patrice
CAN AM SSV / 2 / 53:22:11 06:38:17 00h15
7 Progresssion+2 260 fra FREBOURG Loic
CAN AM SSV / 3 / 53:41:23 06:57:29 00h12
8 Progresssion0 400 bel ESSERS Noel
MAN T4 / 4 4.1 / 4 54:01:07 07:17:13
9 Progresssion+4 200 fra FROMONT Yves
BUGGY T1 / 2 1.4 / 2 55:01:30 08:17:36 03h45
10 Progresssion+2 220 rus TITOV Alexey
Ford T2 / 1 2.1 / 1 55:39:11 08:55:17 00h06


All results / Alle Ergebnisse: LINK


Once again, this stage in the form of a loop around Tidjikja , will have allowed competitors to discover fully this region of Mauritania, a real jewel of the country. In terms of sport, the 415 km route was also a big challenge in piloting and navigation. However, the race leaders were discreet and the suspense remains intact in all categories. Above all, this day of rest for the assistants and the organization, will have enabled Jérôme FROISSART, the President of AMADE, a Monegasque association for the protection and development of childhood in the World, to distribute hundreds of lamps in schools in the Tidjikja region .

In the motorcycle category, this 9 th special stage should have been that of the Italian offensive. Indeed, Alessandro BOTTURI and Paolo LUCCI had decided to roll together and attack as much as possible to try, for a first to widen the gap with Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER to ensure his leadership . And in second , the goal was to take the 3 rd place overall from Lyndon Poskitt. Alas, the two men got lost after 10 km, adding 8 km to their route . They took 250 km to overtake their opponents and then continued to attack . But BOTTURI slipped into a stony part. He then told LUCCI not to wait for him and to run towards the finish.

The young Italian did so and the revelation of this 12 th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE won his 2 nd rally special on his HUSQVARNA ahead of BOTTURI at 00:02:18 , since it was slightly delayed during the restart of his YAMAHA. Arriving at the same time that two Italians, Pal Anders Ullevalseter concedes 00:02:03 on BOTTURI. The Italian Giovanni GRITTI HONDA ends in 4th place at 00:06:56 behind the winner, in front of Lyndon Poskitt by 00:06:40 pm. since the Columbia lost about ten minutes after the gasoline supply problems of his KTM 20 km from the finish.

Note the superb performance of the young Polish Konrad DABROWSKI. At just 18, the junior knows how to racesand end endip 2nd rally, land left this monring in 41st position , extrememly exhausted by today. eft this morning in 41 th position, completely exhausted from yesterday’s special where he had a day in hell. Despite this, he rode alone all day and riding his KTM, it gives a beautiful 6 th time. The first bike + 450 cm3 is that of the Italian Franco Picco, 13 th day when victory in this special category in the MOTUL XTREME RIDER comes to the French Amaury BARATIN, 17 th , just before the Senegalese Mamadou BOCOUM progressing every day.

In the Auto – Truck – SSV category, Patrick and Lucas MARTIN are again imposing their Tarek MERCEDES Buggy today since the SCANIA of Miklos KOVACS, Laszlo ACS and Peter CZEGLEDI is fined 15 minutes for a missed Waypoint . The French thus consolidate their first place overall on four wheels.

The 3 rd place special stage returns to the SSV CAN AM Patrice Etienne and Jean-Pierre Saint Martin . The French, who had a small flip, had the chance to finish the stage. They are ahead of Loïc FREBOURG and Franck BOULAY, also on a CAN AM and still as efficient . Jean Yves Fromont, who paid the price of a penalty of 15 minutes and therefore will not end as 5th before Gert-jan and Vander VALK Branco DE LANGE, Dutch on a CAN AM.

The Belgians Igor Bouwens, Ulrich Boerboom and Frits Driesmans also gone very far this morning after the time lost yesterday, well back on track by placing their IVECO in 7 th position . Benoit FRETIN and Cedric duple, category leaders SSV XTREME RACE with their CAN AM X3, rank 8 th before the Belgian Geoffrey NOEL BURLIN on POLARIS. E xcepté for FRETIN, the provisional overall leader with nearly 2 hours ahead, nothing is certain in this category ISS since ETIENNE and FREBOURG CHRISTMAS BURLIN stand in less than 12 minutes. In the top 10 of the day, we find again the MERCEDES truck of the Dutch Johan ELFRINK and Dirk SANDERS.

Tomorrow, Friday January 17, the AFRICA ECO RACE caravan will head for Idini for the penultimate Mauritanian stage. This will be the longest stage of this 12 th edition with 600 km to go on a track with 90% sand. Needless to say that this 10 th stage will be capital.


Today, Friday 17th of January, the 10th stage of the Africa Eco race between Tidjikdja and Idini, long of 499km, was supposed to be the deal maker on this 12th edition, should it be for the bikes or the four wheels category. Unfortunately, the director of the event had to neutralise the special stage at km 249, at a refuelling point.

Indeed, three bikers had an accident on the first part of the course which needed the attention of two of the helicopters out of three. It was therefore impossible to ensure the security of the competitors on the 500km route and such decision was obligatory. The participants joined the finish line 20km from the bivouac on the liaison route, relatively rolling and easy on the last 250 km.

The days pass and seem the same for the delegation of Italian drivers present on the Africa Eco Race as the victory of the special stage is once more for them. Giovanni GRITTI on his Honda won with 00.01.51 in front of the Norwegian Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER and 00:03:55 in front of the YAMAHA of his fellow patriot Alessandro BOTTURI.

The Italian Paolo LUCCI on his HUSQVARNA and the Polish Jacek CZACHOR on their KTM complete the top 5 today. In the +450 category the Italian Gabriele MINELLI finishes 1st by scoring the 13th time. In the MOTUL XTREME RIDER category, the French Amaury BARATIN did well and took the 10th place today.

In the temporary ranking, the day before the final special stage which will settle the ranking of this 12th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE, Alessandro BOTTURI is still the leader of the motorbike category with 00:02:04 in front of Pal Anders ULLEVALSETER. The leader says it’s not much and the second insists that it will be hard to recover that time on the 187km special stage left. Who is wrong ? Who is right ? We will know tomorrow end of morning.

Unlike the motorbikes, the four-wheel vehicles were able to make a difference on the 249km chrono stage.

In the auto category, on this technical stage, Yves and Jean FROMONT shed dust on the MERCEDES Buggy by ending in front. In the scratch. The French are ahead their team mates from Team MMO Patrick and Lucas MARTIN, 5th of the special stage. Onboard his Tarek Mercedes Buggy, the father and son drove without taking any risks.

The 3rd auto gets the 8th time of the day. In the name of Alain COQUELLE and Grégory LECOMTE in their BOWLER, who end up in the top 10 for the first time. Behind the French, the FORD Raptor of the Russians Alexey TITOV and Dmitry PAVLO who earn the 10th ranking today and 1st of the category T2 where they keep the leadership.

On the SSV XTREME RACE side, from 2nd to 4th place, we find three CAN AM including Patrice ETIENNE and Jean Pierre SAINT MARIN at 00:09:38, Benoit FRETIN and Cedric DUPlé at 13 at 00:13:11 as well as LoÏc FREBOURG and Franck BOULAY at 00:16:42. Unfortunately for him, the Belgium Geoffroy NOEL DE BURLIN who was fighting for the podium in his category, rolled in his Polaris on km 20. He is intact and will probably be looking at the Lac Rose.

In the truck, once again the SCANIA of Karoly FAZEKAS, Albert HORN and Peter CSAKANY took 1st place by getting the 6th time of the special. Obviously very fit in this second week, the Hungarians were ten minutes ahead of the TATRA of Czech Tomas TOMECEK and the MAN of the Belgian Noel ESSERS, Marc LAUWERS and Tijs VRANKEN.

As for Miklos KOVACS, Laszlo ACS and Peter CZEGLEDI, the leaders of the desert monster category, their SCANIA experienced a small problem that only allows them to get the 12th time at 01:04:25 from the winner. This is the first misstep for the Hungarians who have little to fear in the truck classification but are now just over an hour away from MARTIN for the overall victory.

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 18, AFRICA ECO RACE will arrive in Saint Louis, Senegal. Before that, the competitors will have participated in the last 187 km stage between Idini and Teverit, still in Mauritania. On the program, navigation, sandy tracks and still some crossings of dunes. It’s enough to lose precious time all the same. It will therefore be necessary, to the various leaders of the race, to stay focused until the end to hope to put their names on the list of the AFRICA ECO RACE


Quelle / Source: Africa Eco Race