the shadow of The Dakar is elongated and even though she lives ‘moved’ in South america, the weight of the media on the race disputed in its 39th edition between Asunción and Buenos Aires has become to hide in a large extent the development of the Africa Eco Race, the raid as an alternative to the Dakar and that it intends to, one way or another to recover the lost essence by the test managed by the ASO. An appointment which, after twelve stages left as the winner Vladimir Vasilyev at the wheel of a Mini All4 Racing, redeeming the role of discrete X-Raid to the other side of the pond.
The domain Vladimir Vasilyev has been a constant throughout the rally, almost since left behind the formal exit performed in the Principality of Monaco on the 31st of December. The only rival that could not stand the pace of Vasilyev was Thierry Magnaldi with his buggy, but engine problems left him out of the race. A neglect that left it all behind to face the Czech Miroslav Zapletal to occupy the second position, while the last step of the podium was going to stop at the hands of frenchman Dominique Housieaux, both with more than two hours behind the champion.
For his part, Andrey Karginov got the victory in the
category of trucks at the controls of one of the Kamaz that the signature Russian had
reserved for the Africa Eco Race, by signing the doublet of the manufacturer in the
two raids held in the first fortnight of the month of January. Karginov, that
came to go second in the general, that in this raid cars and trucks
share classification, he finished in the fifth position absolute. With almost a
time lost, second was the Tatra of Jaroslav Valtr, while the third
position was for the Tatra of Tomas Tomecek.
Finally, the victory in the motorcycle category went to the
israeli Gev Teddy Sella. Although the pilot has competed under the banner of
South africa, its only 18 years, has managed to give the surprise and overcome
participants with much more experience in this type of raids. 50:12
minutes of disadvantage, and a second end Pal Anders Ullevalseter, while the
podium closed Martin Benko, also at the controls of a KTM. The best Spanish in the legendary Lake Rose has been Juan José Campdera Lozano, ninth in the
general category of two wheels.