Astana racers lack spare parts at Africa Eco Race29 december 2012, 18:46
One of the crews of Kazakhstan’s Astana team was faced with some complications related to spare parts on December 28 one day before the start of one of the stages of Africa Eco Race, Tengrinews.kz reports.
The team was getting ready to depart from Spain's Almeria ferry port to Marocco's Nador port at midnight. But their supplier failed to deliver shock absorbers for one of their cars (Mebar). That's why the mechanics had to install absorbers from their Bowler, making small design changes.
Pilot Zhanat Zhalimbetov is confident that the substitution will not create a big problem. “We will continue fighting for victory in any case,” he said. The shock absorbers are a very important part that is selected individually for each car.
The race stage started on at noon on December 29 in Marocco. The Africa EcoRace 2013 started in France on December 27. The route crosses Spain, Morocco and Mauritania. The rally will finish in the capital of Senegal, Dakar. The total length of the race is over 3 thousand kilometers and the racers have to cover almost 500km every day.
Kazakhstan’s Astana is represented by 3 maintenance vehicles and racing 3 crews: navigator Marat Abykayev and pilot Zhanat Zhalimbetov in the first crew, pilot Kanat Shagirov and navigator Aleksander Moroz in the second crew and pilot Yuriy Sazonov and navigator Arslan Sakhimov in the third crew.