Africa Race : Leg 11 - 419 km
To make everything alright till the end of the first edition of the Africa Race, the race board had decided to shorten the spéciale taking place in the region of Idini, Mauritania. Indeed from CP2, the route became easier and crossed several
villages. Before starting the liaison towards Senegal, the competitors had to cover 118 km proposing alternately dunes and fast sectors.
Before the competitors start, agitation was palpable in the bivouac set up below a magnificient erg. Discussions dealt with the decision of the marshalls car college who had decided during the night to lengthen the yesterday's stage time-limit of an hour.
As a consequence, the penalties which were inflicted to the car and trucks competitors were cancelled so the two-hour penalties of Jan De Rooy and Hans Belx were taken away. Therefore, Jan De Rooy still leads the overall ranking followed by Hans Bekx but the surprising hungarian driver Miklos Kovacs lost the opportunity to win the race.
This short spéciale was covered without any problems. In the bike category, José Manuel Pellicer won once again. Thomas Schattat finished second followed by Jean Hugues Moneyron who seemed clearly touched to join Senegal. Arnaud Jacquart suffered a lot. While he was pulling up his bike, a hernia which was supposed to be over came back and locked up Jacquart's back. Joining Saint Louis was very hard but as he promised, the KTM rider will finish the race.
Except another victory of Schlesser and Debron in their Powerade Buggy, nothing surprising happened in the car category. Abdelhamid Abouyoussef came after the Frenchman thanks to a great job of Hervé Cotel who had worked all night long to solve the clutch problem of the Toyota Buggy. Artem Varentsov finished third, a few minutes after the Egyptian. The day before the finish at the Lac Rose, the Russian seems to be comfortably settled at the second rank of the overall classification.
In the truck category, Jan De Rooy started the day's stage as leader of the overall ranking thanks to the decision of the marshalls. As a strong leader, he never got weaker and won this last mauritanian spéciale. He finished before Giacomo Visamara and 5 minutes before Hans Bekx while Miklos Kovacs came 8 minutes later. As Jean Louis Schlesser and José Manuel Pellicer, Jan De Rooy confirmed his domination and is likely to take the first step of the podium under the finish-arch of the Lac Rose near Dakar.