Rallye des Pharaons

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The Rallye des Pharaons (French for "Pharaoh's Rally") is a rally-raid event that takes place in Egypt. Cairo is both the starting and finishing point at the foot of the pyramids of Giza, and covers roughly around 3,100 kilometres (1,900 mi). It is similar in format to the Dakar Rally in that it takes place in desert conditions and cars, trucks, and motorcycles are all permitted to compete.

The Pharaons Rally was born in 1982 from an idea of Jean-Claude Morellet. In 1998 the organization was taken over by JVD, a company managed by Jacky Ickx, Vincenzo Lancia and Daniele Cotto, and the name was changed to Pharaons International Cross Country Rally.

The competition is valid for the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship since 2000 and for the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup since 2005.

Tragedy struck on September 29, 2004, when three-time Dakar Rally winner Richard Sainct was killed when his motorcycle ran off the course.[1][2] KTM, who Sainct rode for, pulled all other factory racers from the rest of the rally in respect for Sainct.


Year Cars (driver / co-driver) Motorcycles Trucks (driver / co-driver) Quads
1982 France André Trossat / Jean-Claude Briavoine Italy Edi Orioli
1983 France Jean-Claude Briavoine / Catherine Plessis France Patrick Dobrecq
1984 France Christian Avril / Gérard Troublé Belgium Gaston Rahier
1985 Qatar Saeed Al-Hajiri / United Kingdom John Spiller Belgium Gaston Rahier Czech Republic Kovář / Brzobohatý / Switzerland Héritier
1986 Spain Miguel Prieto / Termanz Italy Franco Picco Switzerland Bonvin / Jacquerod / Missilliez
1987 Finland Ari Vatanen / Sweden Bruno Berglund Italy Alessandro De Petri France Groine / Ferri
1988 Finland Ari Vatanen / Sweden Bruno Berglund Belgium Gaston Rahier Italy Francesco Perlini / G. Belotti / Claudio Vinante
1989 Finland Ari Vatanen / Sweden Bruno Berglund Italy Alessandro De Petri Not held
1990 France Hubert Auriol / Philippe Monnet Italy Alessandro De Petri France Gueguen / Damereu
1991 Finland Ari Vatanen / Sweden Bruno Berglund United States Danny Laporte France Pelichet / Pelichet / Musitelli
1992 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Italy Franco Picco Italy Maurizio Traglio / Del Prete
1993 Finland Timo Salonen / United Kingdom Fred Gallagher Italy Edi Orioli Italy Maurizio Traglio / Pio
1994 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Austria Heinz Kinigardner
1995-97 Not held
1998 Italy Giorgio Beccaris / Roberto Ferrari Italy Fabrizio Meoni
1999 Belgium Gerard Marcy / Jean-Paul Cottret Italy Fabrizio Meoni
2000 Belgium Grégoire De Mévius / France Alain Guehennec Italy Fabrizio Meoni
2001 Spain José Luis Monterde / Rafael Tornabell Italy Fabrizio Meoni Italy Gilberto Sandretto / Corrado Pattono
2002 Hungary Balázs Szalay / Aladár Laklóth France Richard Sainct Italy Giuseppe Panseri / Giacomo Vismara / Marco Sangalli
2003 France Yves Loubet / Jacky Dubois Spain Nani Roma Japan Teruhito Sugawara / Masahiro Saiki
2004 Belgium Alain De Mevius / France Emmanuel Eggermont Norway Pål Anders Ullevålseter Italy Giacomo Vismara / Mario Cambiaghi
2005 Belgium Stéphane Henrard / Antonia De Roissard Spain Marc Coma Italy Giuseppe Panseri / Marco Piana / Oscar Mor
2006 Russia Sergey Shmakov / Konstantin Meshcheryakov Spain Marc Coma Italy Giacomo Vismara / Mario Cambiaghi / Paola Bellina
2007 France Christian Lavieille / François Borsotto Spain Marc Coma Italy Matteo Paccani / Attilio Brevi
2008 France Cristian Lavieille / François Borsotto France David Casteu Italy Matteo Paccani / Attilio Brevi / Luca Baschenis
2009 France Jérôme Pélichet / Eugénie Decré France Cyril Despres Not held Italy Camelia Liparioti
2010 France Jean-Louis Schlesser / Arnaud Debron Spain Marc Coma Italy Luisa Trucco / Corrado Pattono Argentina Marcos Patronelli
2011 France Jean-Louis Schlesser / Arnaud Debron Spain Marc Coma France Marco Piana / Christophe Troesch / Poland Jarosław Kazberuk France Lilian Lancelevee
2012 United Arab Emirates Khalifa Al Mutaiwei / Germany Andreas Schulz Spain Joan Barreda Bort Not held Poland Lukasz Laskawiec
2013 Not held
2014 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Germany Timo Gottschalk Bolivia Juan Carlos Salvatierra Not held Poland Rafal Sonik
2015 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah / France Mathieu Baumel Poland Jakub Piątek Kazakhstan Artur Ardavicius / Alexey Nikizhev / Czech Republic Jakub Hrava Qatar Mohamed Abu Issa


  1. ^ Edge, Alex. "Richard Sainct Killed in Egyptian Rally Crash". MotorcycleDaily.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Richard Sainct" (PDF) (Press release). FIM. 30 September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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