Just a little less than two months from the start of the AFRICA ECO RACE 2016 edition, which will be held in Monaco on December 26th and 27th. The ORGA just returned from final recognitions and they are now preparing the road books, a press conference is in preparation, the organization list is finalized, etc… Breifly, the excitement within the organization team is ramping up until the D-Day, in order to continue to honour Thierry SABINE’s disappearance on January 14th 1986, nearly 30 years ago.
Is it the desire of participants to go back in Africa, the variety of the route, the quality of the road books or the incomparable atmosphere on the bivouacs and effectiveness of the organization team? The fact remains that this 8th edition should have a nice pack of competitors, in both car and bike categories.
In the Car category, Jean Antoine SABATIER who is the defending champion, will have much to do as the pack has never been as high and competitive as on the AFRICA ECO RACE 2016. However, the French-Moroccan is not impressed and he is working hard to try and win the 2016 edition.
Jean Antoine SABATIER’s predicitions are to be considered as a strong battle should occur between the four-wheel drive and the buggies.
In the four wheel drive category, everyone will have to keep an eye on Anton GRIGOROV’s OSCAR V8, on the Kazakh HUMMER driven by Yuriy SAZONOV and Yerden SHAGIROV that continue to improve, but also on the TOYOTA Overdrive of the experienced Kanat SHAGIROV.
Talking about experience, Buggies will not be disappoint with the return on a great african rally of Dominique HOUSIEAUX, Pascal THOMASSE and especially Jean Pierre STRUGO who is a legend in the production vehicles category, registered with his mates in the MD Rallye Sport Team.
Due to the number of participants and the obligation to take a boat to go to Spain, the administrative and technical checks will take place from Saturday, December 26th at 14:00 and will end Sunday, December 27th around 16:00, all within the comfortable facilities of the Monte Carlo Country Club which hosts the prestigious Monte Carlo Tennis Masters. Competitors will have two days to enjoy the beauty and the luxury of the city. After the traditional opening, car and truck competitors will exit the “parc fermé” to start their way to Spain.
In order to nicely present the Monegasque and African festivities, a press conference will be held Tuesday, November 24th at 10:00 am in Monaco. The opportunity to learn all about the 2016 edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE®.
PRESS RELEASE: Africa Eco Race 2016