Africa Eco Race

Africa Eco Race is an annual rally raid, organised in France and run in North and West Africa, launched after the cancellation of 2008 Dakar Rally, and the subsequent moving of the rally to South America.

Africa Eco Race
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CategoryRally raid
CountryEurope and Africa
Inaugural season2009
Drivers' championFrance Patrick Martin (Cars)
Italy Alessandro Botturi (Bikes)
Hungary Miklós Kovács (Trucks)
Constructors' championMercedes(Cars)
Yamaha (Bikes)
Scania (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.

The rally claims to have 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.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
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.

EditionsEdit

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 ZONGSHEN in bikes and Czech Tomáš Tomeček in a Tatra 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.

2021 - The race was cancelled due to health risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.[5]

Environment and sustainable developmentEdit

Both the participants and the organization make 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 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 categoriesEdit

 
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 ranking by kilometers

List of winnersEdit

Year Route Cars Bikes Trucks SSVs
Driver Constructor Driver Constructor Driver Constructor Driver Constructor
2020  Monaco
 Tangier
 Dakar
  Patrick Martin
  Lucas Martin
Mercedes   Alessandro Botturi Yamaha   Miklós Kovács
  Peter Czegledi
  Laszlo Acs
Scania   Benoit Fretin
  Cédric Duplé
Can-Am
2019  Monaco
 Nador
 Dakar
  Jean Pierre Strugo
  François Borsotto
Optimus MD   Alessandro Botturi Yamaha   Elisabete Jacinto
  José Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN   Rudy Roquesalane
  Vincent Ferri
Can-Am
2018  Monaco
 Nador
 Dakar
  Mathieu Serradori
  Fabian Lurquin
LCR 30   Paolo Ceci KTM   Gerard de Rooy

  Darek Rodewald   Moi Torrellardona

Iveco   Jean Hugues Moneyron
  Thierry Maury
CFMOTO
2017  Monaco
 Nador
 Dakar
  Vladimir Vasilyev
  Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini   Gev Sella KTM   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Dmitrii Nikitin
Kamaz   Frederic Pitout
  Hervé Lavergne
Polaris
2016  Monaco
 Nador
 Dakar
  Kanat Shagirov
  Vitaliy Yevtyekhov
Toyota Hilux Overdrive   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Anton Shibalov
  Robert Amatych
  Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz
2015  Saint-Cyprien
 Nador
 Dakar
  Jean Antoine Sabatier
  Jean-Luc Rojat
Bugga One   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Anton Shibalov
  Robert Amatych
  Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz
2014  Saint-Cyprien
 Nador
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Thierry Magnaldi
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Michael Pisano Honda   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2013  Saint-Cyprien
 Nador
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Martin Fontyn KTM   Anton Shibalov
  Evgeny Yakovlev
  Dmitry Sotnikov
Kamaz
2012  Saint-Cyprien
 Nador
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Oscar Polli KTM   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2011  Chateau Lastour-
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Willy Jobard ZONGSHEN Hybrid   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra
2010  Portimão
 Agadir-
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Marco Capodacqua KTM   Miklós Kovács
  Peter Czegledi
  Tomas Toth
Scania
2009  Marseille
 Dakar
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Josè Manuel Pellicer BMW 450 X   Jan de Rooy
Dany Colebunders
Darek Rodewald
Iveco

PodiumsEdit

CarsEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Make Crew Make Crew Make
2009   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Arnaud Debron
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Artem Varentsov
  Roman Elagin[6]
Toyota Landcruiser   Abdelhamid Abouyoussef
  Hervé Cotel
Toyota Cotel Buggy
2010   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Arnaud Debron
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Jerome Pelichet
  Eugenie Decre
Bowler   Francoi Lethier
  Jean Marie Lurquin
Buggy
2011   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Céline Merle-Beral
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Stéphane Hernard
  Francois Beguin
Buggy   Jerome Pelichet
  Eugenie Decre
Bowler
2012   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Jacques Loomans
  Frits Driesmans
Toyota   Salim Kamoun
  Sofiane Driss
Toyota
2013   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Cyril Esquirol
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Yves Fromont
  Jean Fromont
Buggy   Joost Van Cauwenberge
  Jacques Castelein
Toyota
2014   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Thierry Magnaldi
Schlesser-Renault Buggy   Jacques Loomans
  Frits Driesmans
Toyota   Stéphane Hernard
  Bruno Barbier
Buggy
2015   Jean Antoine Sabatier
  Jean-Luc Rojat
Bugga One   Kanat Shagirov
  Alexandr Moroz
Toyota   Yuriy Sazonov
  Arsian Sakhimov
Hummer
2016   Kanat Shagirov
  Vitaliy Yevtyekhov
Toyota   Pascal Thomasse
  Pascal Larroque
Optimus MD   Mathieu Serradori
  Didier Haquette
Optimus MD
2017   Vladimir Vasiliev
  Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini   Miroslav Zapletal
  Marek Sýkora
Hummer   Dominique Housieaux
  Cristophe Crespo
Optimus MD
2018   Mathieu Serradori
  Fabian Lurquin
LCR 30   Vladimir Vasiliev
  Konstantin Zhiltsov
Mini   Pascal Thomasse
  Pascal Larroque
Optimus MD
2019   Jean Pierre Strugo
  François Borsotto
Optimus MD   David Gerard
  Pascal Delacour
Optimus MD   Julien Jean Noel
  Julien Rabha
Optimus MD
2020   Patrick Martin
  Lucas Martin
Mercedes   Yves Fromont
  Jean Fromont
VW Tarek Buggy   Alexey Titov
  Dmitry Pavlov
Ford Raptor (T2)

BikesEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Rider Bike Rider Bike Rider Bike
2009[7][8]   Josè Manuel Pellicer BMW 450 X   Arnaud Jaquart KTM   Thomas Schattat Yamaha
2010   Marco Capodacqua KTM   Alberto Dottori KTM Only two riders classified
2011   Willy Jobart KTM Hybrid   Norbert Dubios KTM   Bruno N'Diaye KTM
2012   Oscar Polli KTM   Norbert Dubios KTM   Xavier Moreau KTM
2013   Martin Fontyn KTM   Guillaume Martens KTM   Patrick Arnoult Honda
2014   Michael Pisano Honda   Dominique Robin KTM   Joris Van Dyck KTM
2015   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Robert Theuretzbacher KTM   Ingo Waldschmidt KTM
2016   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Andrew Newland KTM   Stéphane Hamard Husqvarna
2017   Gev Sella KTM   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Martin Benko KTM
2018   Paolo Ceci KTM   Luis Miguel Anjos Oliveira Proto   Rui Oliveira Yamaha
2019   Alessandro Botturi Yamaha   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Simone Agazzi Honda
2020   Alessandro Botturi Yamaha   Pål Anders Ullevålseter KTM   Lyndon Poskitt[9] KTM

TrucksEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Make Crew Make Crew Make
2009   Jan de Rooy
  Dany Colebunders
  Darek Rodewald
Iveco   Hans Bekx[10]
?
?
DAF   Miklós Kovács[11]
?
?
Scania
2010   Miklós Kovács
  Peter Czegledi
  Tomas Toth
Scania   Noel Essers
  Hans De Pauw
  Richard Baeten
MAN SE   Stéphane Olivier
  Xavier Turlais
  Frederic Vivier
Renault
2011   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE   Michel Salvatore
  Raymond Louin
Mercedes-Benz
2012   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE   Noel Essers
  Marc Lauwers
  Peter Belmans
MAN SE
2013   Anton Shibalov
  Robert Amatych
  Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2014   Tomáš Tomeček
  Vojtěch Morávek
Tatra   Miklós Kovács
  Peter Czegledi
  Laszlo Acs
Scania   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2015   Anton Shibalov
  Robert Amatych
  Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz   Sergey Kuprianov
  Alexander Kuprianov
  Anatoly Tanin
Kamaz   Tomáš Tomeček
  Ladislav Lála
Tatra
2016   Anton Shibalov
  Robert Amatych
  Almaz Khisamiev
Kamaz   Tomáš Tomeček
  Ladislav Lála
Tatra   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE
2017   Andrey Karginov
  Andrey Mokeev
  Dmitrii Nikitin
Kamaz   Jaroslav Valtr
  Rostislav Pilný
  Filip Škrobánek
Tatra   Tomáš Tomeček
  Ladislav Lála
Tatra
2018   Gérard de Rooy
  Darek Rodewald
  Moi Torrellardona
Iveco   Tomáš Tomeček Tatra   Johannes Van De Laar
  Ben Van De Laar
  Adolphus Huijgens
DAF
2019   Elisabete Jacinto
  Jose Marques
  Marco Cochinho
MAN SE   Noel Essers
  Marc Lauwers
  Johan Cooninx
MAN SE   Johan Elfrink
  Dirk Schuttel
Mercedes-Benz
2020   Miklós Kovács
  Peter Czegledi
  Laszlo Acs
Scania   Karoly Farekas
  Albert Horn
  Peter Csakany
Scania   Tomáš Tomeček Tatra

SSVsEdit

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
Crew Make Crew Make Crew Make
2017   Frederic Pitout
  Hervé Lavergne
Polaris   François Cousin
  Stephane Cousin
Can-Am only 2 teams finished the rally
2018   Jean Hugues Moneyron
  Thierry Maury
CFMOTO   Loic Bonnevie
  Sophie Hamys
Can-Am   Vincent Guindani
  Stephane Nguyen
Can-Am
2019   Rudy Roquesalane
  Vincent Ferri
Can-Am   Bruno Fretin
  Willy Charbonnier
Can-Am   Benoit Fretin
  Anthony Pichard
Can-Am
2020   Benoit Fretin
  Cédric Duplé
Can-Am   Patrice Etienne
  Jean Pierre Saint Martin
Can-Am   Loic Frebourg
  Franck Boulay
Can-Am

Palmares and recordsEdit

Palmares Auto
Name victories Editions
1   Jean-Louis Schlesser
6
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
2   Jean-Antoine Sabatier
1
2015
  Kanat Shagirov
2016
  Vladimir Vasilyev
2017
  Mathieu Serradori
2018
  Jean Pierre Strugo
2019
 Patrick Martin
2020
Palmares Bike
Name Victories Editions
1   Pal Anders Ullevalseter
2
2015 and 2016
  Alessandro Botturi
2019 and 2020
2   José Manuel Pellicer
1
2009
  Marco Capodacqua
2010
  Willy Jobard
2011
  Oscar Polli
2012
  Martin Fontyn
2013
  Michael Pisano
2014
  Gev Teddy Sella
2017
  Paolo Ceci
2018
Palmares Trucks
Name Victories Editions
1   Tomáš Tomeček
3
2011, 2012 and 2014
  Anton Shibalov
2013, 2015 and 2016
2   Miklós Kovács
2
2010 and 2020
3   Jan de Rooy
1
2009
  Andrey Karginov
2017
  Gérard de Rooy
2018
  Elisabete Jacinto
2019
Palmares SSvs
Name Victories Editions
1   Frederic Pitout
1
2017
  Jean Hugues Moneyron
2018
  Rudy Roquesalane
2019
  Benoit Fretin
2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Journal L'Equipe du 9 mai 2008[dead link]
  2. ^ Mototribu.com
  3. ^ Writer, Staff (January 2017). "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.
  5. ^ "AER2021 - CANCELLATION | Drupal". www.africarace.com. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  6. ^ "Africa-Race2009".
  7. ^ "Africa Race 2009. Vittoria finale per José Manuel Pellicer - Dueruote".
  8. ^ "Africa Race 2009: Vince Pellicer su BMW".
  9. ^ "Etape 12 ST LOUIS / DAKAR Classement Général - 19/01/2020". Africa Eco Race 2020 (in French). Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Iveco Trakker Victorious on Africa Rally". 2009-01-14.
  11. ^ "AFRICA RACE 2009 c'est parti -". 3 January 2009.

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