Despite the threats of the Polisario, competitors, sponsors and participants of the 14th edition of the Africa Eco Race Rally fully enjoy the dunes and the sandy tracks of the Sahara and are currently on Wednesday in Akjoujt, Mauritania for a loop stage (Akjoujt/ Akjoujt) more than 420 km of special.
The international rally-raid Africa Eco Race, created in 2009 by the will of African countries to maintain a rally on the continent after the Dakar Rally in South America has 550 participants and 212 vehicles (80 participate in the race) in four categories, namely motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles (4 4), gears halfway between buggy and quad (SSV) and trucks linking Monaco to Dakar via Morocco and Mauritania
Thirty nationalities from all continents are represented to compete for twelve days of extreme adventure, all of surprises and twists over a distance of more than 6,000 km, including more than 4,00 km of special before arriving in Dakar, at Lac Rose on 30 October.
There was a change of half of the journey from the previous pre-Covid Lady. The latter had forced the rally to a two-year break. This being the case, the teams covered five stages in Morocco, the first between Nador and Bousaid (605 km), the second between Bousaid and Tagounite (466 km), the third between Tagounite and Assa (526 km), the fourth between Assa and Es-Smara (455 km) and the fifth between Es-Smara and Dakhla (691 km) before crossing Monday 24 October, Guergarate, the gateway from the Moroccan Sahara to deep Africa. They then headed towards the city of Chami in Mauritania, after a stopover on Saturday, October 22, in Dakhla.
Everything is good under the blue sky of the Sahara and the international rally-raid Africa Eco Race is going well. We remember that in the first week of September, the separatists launched a press release, threatening to reserve “the right” to use all “legitimate” means to respond to any action to undermine their “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity”.
The Polisario accused the organisers of the rally of collusion with the authorities in Rabat, trying to make the participants believe that the circuit crosses a war zone. The organizers did not care and did not even deign to respond to the communiqué.
Today, everything is good under the best of the skies, that of the Sahara in this case and the participants of the Rally Africa Eco Race give themselves to heart-joy with no offence to Algeria as well as to its offspring. It must be said that this competition from its conception in 2009 received the security assurances of Morocco, Mauritania Senegal as well as those of the United Nations through Minurso.