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Kazakhstan's crew finishes second at fourth stage of Africa Eco Race-2015

05 january 2015, 19:31
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©Vesti.kz
©Vesti.kz

Kazakhstan's crew has finished the fourth stage of the Africa Eco Race-2015 on the second line, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz. The fourth stage ended on January 2 in Morocco. There were eight stages left until the rally marathon ends on January 11 at Lake Retba in Dakar (Senegal).

The fourth stage comprised a 394 km route from Assa to As Sakn in Morocco, and 379 km of special sections.

Photo courtesy of the official website of the rally marathon. 

At this stage, Kazakhstan’s crew of Yuriy Sazonov and Arslan Sakhimov from Mobilex Racing Team lost their first line to the Czech racers Miroslav Zapletal and Bartlomiej Boba representing Offroadsport. The Czech crew completed the stage in 4 hours and 4 seconds. It enabled them to become first in the general standings (comprising the results of all four stages), while the Kazakh racers moved to the second line losing 6 minutes and 27 seconds to the winners.

Another crew from Mobilex Racing Team – Kanat Shagirov and Alexander Moroz – finished fourth in T1 group and got the fourth line in the overall rankings.

The only Kazakh crew in T2 group from Off Road Kazakhstan team – Marat Abykayev and Andrey Chipenko – came fourth in T2 group and 24th among cars.

Kazakhstan’s racers representing Off Road Kazakhstan team - Andrey Cherednikov and Dmitriy Tsyro ended the stage on the 7th line in T1 group and on the 11th position in the overall standings.

“Today we completed the fourth stage’s route. It was a very exciting and fast route. There were many rocks along the route and they were different - sharp, round, large, small, medium-sized . As for us, we started in the 11th position. Yesterday we had technical problems, but we nailed them, and today we drove fast hoping to make up for the lost time until we stopped to change a wheel. We changed it. Unfortunately, my navigator forgot to remove the hydraulic jack. I started driving and it folded. This completely ruled out our changes to continue the race at the same pace. There were further problems with it, the fluid leaked out of the damaged hydraulic jack and we lost our hydraulic steering. Then a pulley broke off from the hydraulic pump and we got stuck. Fortunately, a French crew was passing by and they kindly towed us to the bivouac. Today we are here, happy and full of impressions. Of course, a little bit upset because of the wasted time, but the race goes on and there are still a lot of stages to go. We will keep on fighting. Our other guys drove well. Yuriy, Kanat, Marat, are all in place, they all are moving forward! " Andrey Cherednikov commented on the fourth stage.

Ukrainian biker capped for Kazakhstan Vadim Pritulyak who represents Mobilex Racing Team came first in his +450 group and fifth among bikers. After four stages, he held the 16th line overall.

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Off-road vehicle of Andrey Cherednikov and Dmitry Tsyro. 

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team.

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Photo courtesy of Off Road Kazakhstan team

Off-road vehicle of Yuriy Sazonov and Arslan Sakhimov.

Photo courtesy of the official website.

Off-road vehicle of Kanat Shagirov and Alexander Moroz.

Photo courtesy of the official website.

Vadim Pritulyak. Photo courtesy of the official website.

By Assel Satubaldina


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