Africa Eco Race

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Africa Eco Race
Logo AR avec site.JPG
CategoryRally raid
CountryEurope and Africa
Inaugural season2009
Drivers362
Drivers' championRussia Vladimir Vasilyev (Cars)
South Africa Gev Sella (Bikes)
Russia Andrey Karginov (Trucks)
Constructors' championKTM (Bikes)
Kamaz (Trucks)
Official websitewww.africarace.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
Passage of Jan de Rooy's truck through the Tijirit zone of Mauritania during the 2009 Africa Race.

Africa Eco Race is an annual rally raid organized in North of Africa, as an answer to the cancellation of 2008 Dakar Rally, and the subsequent moving of the rally to South America, for those who wanted to live the real Dakar spirit.

The rally has innovated to give a special focus on security issues and sustainable development. In addition to the sporting aspect, the rally aims to put emphasis on individual awareness about eco-responsibility.[1]

Bivouacs are chosen far from cities and airport tarmac, competitors find themselves in the desert, far from everything, left to themselves. Mutual aid, solidarity and friendliness are the words that come up in the mouths of those who lived through that adventure.[2]

History[edit]

2012 Route

The Africa Eco Race Rally, intended for amateurs and professionals, lasts for more than 6500 km over 11 stages. The race crosses the territories of Morocco, Western Sahara , Mauritania and Senegal.

Editions[edit]

2009 - The 1st edition of the so-called Africa Race sailed from Marseille on December 26, 2008. The technical and administrative checks occurred on 26 and 27 December, the prologue took place on December 28, followed by embarkation and arrival in Nador, Morocco on 30 December.

2010 - The second edition of the Africa Eco Race started from Portimão, Portugal where administrative and technical verifications took place on 27 and 28 of December 2009, preceded by a shakedown, in which the contestants could show and test their vehicles.

2011 - The third edition took place from 27 December 2010 to 9 January 2011. The start was at Châteaux de Lastours and the arrival, as usual, was in Dakar, Senegal. This edition was the third victory in three editions for Jean-Louis Schlesser in cars, Willy Jobard with a hybrid KTM in bikes and Czech Tomáš Tomeček in a MAN truck .

2012 - The fourth edition made its departure on December 27, 2011 in Saint-Cyprien and arrived in Dakar on January 8, 2012. A fourth victory was claimed by Jean-Louis Schlesser in a buggy built by himself. The motorcycles title was won by Oscar Polli with a KTM and the trucks category was won by Tomáš Tomeček who got a second place in the overall ranking.

2013 - The fifth edition made its departure on December 28, 2012 in Saint-Cyprien and arrived on the shores of Lac Rose in Dakar on January 9, 2013. A fifth victory was taken by Jean-Louis Schlesser in a buggy built by himself. The motorcycles title was won by Martin Fontyn and the trucks category was won by Anton Shibalov with his Kamaz truck who finished second overall, ahead of Tomáš Tomeček and his Tatra truck.

2014 - The sixth edition made its departure December 29, 2013 in Saint-Cyprien and arrived on the shores of Lac Rose in Dakar on January 11, 2014 . A sixth consecutive victory was achieved by Jean-Louis Schlesser in a buggy built by himself, co-driven by Thierry Magnaldi. The motorcycle title was won by Michael Pisano with a Honda 450cc and Tomáš Tomeček took the trucks title with a Tatra.

2015 - The first edition without Jean-Louis Schlesser and with the return of the Kamaz official team, including an Hybrid truck. Jean Antoine Sabatier won the cars category with his Bugga One, the former Rally Dakar driver Pål Anders Ullevålseter won the bikes category while Anton Shibalov led his conventional Kamaz to the victory.

2016 - Departure from Monaco. Kanat Shagirov won the cars category with his Toyota Hilux Overdrive, while Pål Anders Ullevålseter and Anton Shibalov dominated completely motorcycles and truck categories.

2017 - Departure from Monaco.[3] Russian Mini driver Vladimir Vasilyev won the cars' category, his fellow countryman Andrey Karginov captured the victory in the trucks' section, while 17-year-old Gev Sella from Israel claimed the bikes' title ahead of last year's winner Pål Anders Ullevålseter from Norway.[4]

2018 - Departure from Monaco. French driver Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin won the car category for the first time as well, Paolo Ceci for Bike category and Gerard de Rooy, Darek Rodewald, Moi Torrellardona in truck category.

Environment and sustainable development[edit]

Both the participants and the organization as a commitment to take care not to leave harmful traces of their passage through countries. A series of projects will aim to use renewable resources to a long-term contribution to the lives of people in remote areas of several countries that the race will cross. These actions are tangible and lasting.

The organization is leading the way, giving all participants reusable flatware kits for any event. Some organization vehicles are equipped with solar panels to use the energy stored during the day to carry out their missions.

The organization of the Africa Eco Race also created two projects for power generation using photovoltaic panels in Mauritania to power a school in Nouakchott and a library in Chinguetti.

For the environment, was created a category for experimental vehicles powered by renewable energy, designed to test at large scale and under extreme conditions, the reliability, power, strength and endurance of these vehicles. In 2011 Africa Eco Race funded the planting of native 3000 eucalyptus in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

However, the race organisation has refused to create any dialogue with the Polisario over rally access to Western Sahara.

Vehicles and categories[edit]

A Buggy, in Tijirit, Mauritania during the 2009 Africa Race.

The three main categories are the Cars, Bikes and Trucks

Motorcycles: 450 cc class, up to 450 cc, Class Open (over 450 cc), +700 cm3 bicyl., EnduroCup, Female, Junior, Experimental (Hybrids, Eco), Classic and quad's

Cars and trucks: T1 (modified all-terrain vehicles), T2 (production all-terrain vehicles), T3 SSV, Open/Score, Classic, and T4 (Trucks)

"Experimental" group: vehicles powered by renewable energy created specifically for the rally, with its own raking by kilometers.

List of winners[edit]

Year Route Cars Bikes Trucks
Driver Constructor Driver Constructor Driver Constructor
2019 MonacoMonaco
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Jean Pierre Strugo
France François Borsotto
Optimus MD Italy Alessandro Botturi Yamaha Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal José Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN
2018 MonacoMonaco
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Mathieu Serradori
France Fabian Lurquin
LCR 30 Italy Paolo Ceci KTM Netherlands Gerard de Rooy

Netherlands Darek Rodewald

Netherlands Moi Torrellardona

Iveco
2017 MonacoMonaco
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
Russia Vladimir Vasilyev
Russia Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini South Africa Gev Sella KTM Russia Andrey Karginov
Russia Andrey Mokeev
Russia Dmitrii Nikitin
Kamaz
2016 MonacoMonaco
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
Kazakhstan Kanat Shagirov
Kazakhstan Vitaliy Yevtyekhov
Toyota Hilux Overdrive Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Robert Amatych
Russia Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz
2015 FranceSaint-Cyprien
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Jean Antoine Sabatier
France Jean-Luc Rojat
Bugga One Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Robert Amatych
Russia Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz
2014 FranceSaint-Cyprien
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Thierry Magnaldi
Schlesser-Renault Buggy France Michael Pisano Honda Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2013 FranceSaint-Cyprien
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Belgium Martin Fontyn KTM Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Evgeny Yakovlev
Russia Dmitry Sotnikov
Kamaz
2012 FranceSaint-Cyprien
MoroccoNador
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Italy Oscar Polli KTM Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2011 FranceChateau Lastour-
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy France Willy Jobard KTM Hybrid Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2010 PortugalPortimão
MoroccoAgadir-
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Italy Marco Capodacqua KTM Hungary Miklós Kovács
Hungary Peter Czegledi
Hungary Tomas Toth
Scania
2009 FranceMarseille
SenegalDakar
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Spain Josè Manuel Pellicer BMW 450 X Netherlands Jan de Rooy
Dany Colebunders
Darek Rodewald
Iveco

Podiums[edit]

Cars[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Make Crew Make Crew Make
2009 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Arnaud Debron
Schlesser-Renault Buggy ? ? ? ?
2010 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Arnaud Debron
Schlesser-Renault Buggy France Jerome Pelichet
Switzerland Eugenie Decre
Bowler France Francoi Lethier
Belgium Jean Marie Lurquin
Buggy
2011 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Céline Merle-Beral
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Belgium Stéphane Hernard
Belgium Francois Beguin
Buggy France Jerome Pelichet
Switzerland Eugenie Decre
Bowler
2012 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Belgium Jacques Loomans
Belgium Frits Driesmans
Toyota Tunisia Salim Kamoun
Tunisia Sofiane Driss
Toyota
2013 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy France Yves Fromont
France Jean Fromont
Buggy Belgium Joost Van Cauwenberge
Belgium Jacques Castelein
Toyota
2014 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Thierry Magnaldi
Schlesser-Renault Buggy Belgium Jacques Loomans
Belgium Frits Driesmans
Toyota Belgium Stéphane Hernard
Belgium Bruno Barbier
Buggy
2015 France Jean Antoine Sabatier
France Jean-Luc Rojat
Bugga One Kazakhstan Kanat Shagirov
Kazakhstan Alexandr Moroz
Toyota Kazakhstan Yuriy Sazonov
Kazakhstan Arsian Sakhimov
Hummer
2016 Kazakhstan Kanat Shagirov
Kazakhstan Vitaliy Yevtyekhov
Toyota France Pascal Thomasse
France Pascal Larroque
Optimus MD France Mathieu Serradori
France Didier Haquette
Optimus MD
2017 Russia Vladimir Vasiliev
Russia Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini Czech Republic Miroslav Zapletal
Czech Republic Marek Sýkora
Hummer France Dominique Housieaux
France Cristophe Crespo
Optimus MD
2018 France Mathieu Serradori
France Fabian Lurquin
LCR 30 Russia Vladimir Vasiliev
Russia Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini France Pascal Thomasse
France Pascal Larroque
Optimus MD

Bikes[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Rider Bike Rider Bike Rider Bike
2009 Spain Josè Manuel Pellicer BMW 450 X ? ? ? ?
2010 Italy Marco Capodacqua KTM Italy Alberto Dottori KTM Only two riders classified
2011 France Willy Jobart KTM Hybrid France Norbert Dubios KTM France Bruno N'Diaye KTM
2012 Italy Oscar Polli KTM France Norbert Dubios KTM France Xavier Moreau KTM
2013 Belgium Martin Fontyn KTM Netherlands Guillaume Martens KTM France Patrick Arnoult Honda
2014 France Michael Pisano Honda France Dominique Robin KTM Belgium Joris Van Dyck KTM
2015 Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM Austria Robert Theuretzbacher KTM Namibia Ingo Waldschmidt KTM
2016 Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM United Kingdom Andrew Newland KTM France Stéphane Hamard Husqvarna
2017 South Africa Gev Sella KTM Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM Slovakia Martin Benko KTM
2018 Italy Paolo Ceci KTM Portugal Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira Proto[disambiguation needed] Portugal Rui Oliveira Yamaha

Trucks[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Make Crew Make Crew Make
2009 Netherlands Jan de Rooy
Belgium Dany Colebunders
Poland Darek Rodewald
Iveco ? ? ? ?
2010 Hungary Miklós Kovács
Hungary Peter Czegledi
Hungary Tomas Toth
Scania Belgium Noel Essers
Belgium Hans De Pauw
Belgium Richard Baeten
MAN SE France Stéphane Olivier
France Xavier Turlais
France Frederic Vivier
Renault
2011 Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal Jose Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN SE France Michel Salvatore
France Raymond Louin
Mercedes-Benz
2012 Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal Jose Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN SE Belgium Noel Essers
Belgium Marc Lauwers
Belgium Peter Belmans
MAN SE
2013 Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Robert Amatych
Russia Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal Jose Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2014 Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra Hungary Miklós Kovács
Hungary Peter Czegledi
Hungary Laszlo Acs
Scania Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal Jose Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2015 Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Robert Amatych
Russia Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz Russia Sergey Kuprianov
Russia Alexander Kuprianov
Russia Anatoly Tanin
Kamaz Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Ladislav Lála
Tatra
2016 Russia Anton Shibalov
Russia Robert Amatych
Russia Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Ladislav Lála
Tatra Portugal Elisabete Jacinto
Portugal Jose Marques
Portugal Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2017 Russia Andrey Karginov
Russia Andrey Mokeev
Russia Dmitrii Nikitin
Kamaz Czech Republic Jaroslav Valtr
Czech Republic Rostislav Pilný
Czech Republic Filip Škrobánek
Tatra Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
Czech Republic Ladislav Lála
Tatra
2018 Netherlands Gérard de Rooy
Poland Darek Rodewald
Spain Moi Torrellardona
Iveco Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček Tatra Netherlands Johannes Van De Laar
Netherlands Ben Van De Laar
Netherlands Adolphus Huijgens
DAF

Palmares and records[edit]

Palmares Auto
Name victories Editions
1 France Jean-Louis Schlesser
6
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 et 2014
2 France Jean-Antoine Sabatier
1
2015
Kazakhstan Kanat Shagirov
2016
Russia Vladimir Vasilyev
2017
France Mathieu Serradori
2018
Palmares Bike
Name Victories Editions
1 Norway Pal Anders Ullevalseter
2
2015 et 2016
2 Spain José Manuel Pellicer
1
2009
Italy Marco Capodacqua
2010
France Willy Jobard
2011
Italy Oscar Polli
2012
Belgium Martin Fontyn
2013
France Michael Pisano
2014
South Africa Gev Teddy Sella
2017
Italy Paolo Ceci
2018
Palmares Truks
Name Victories Editions
1 Czech Republic Tomáš Tomeček
3
2011, 2012 et 2014
Russia Anton Shibalov
2013, 2015 et 2016
3 Netherlands Jan de Rooy
1
2009
Hungary Miklós Kovács
2010
Russia Andrey Karginov
2017
Netherlands Gérard de Rooy
2018


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Journal L'Equipe du 9 mai 2008[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Mototribu.com
  3. ^ Writer, Staff. "Africa Eco Race takes off from Monaco port | Monaco Life". www.monacolife.net. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  4. ^ "Teenager Sella wins Africa Eco Race". euronews. 2017-01-15. Retrieved 2017-01-15.

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