Stage3: Elisabete Jacinto wins stage and leads Libya Rally

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Elisabete Jacinto won today categorically the third stage of the Libya Rally 2016. The team OLEOBAN® fulfilled the 406 timed kilometres, carried out between Icht and Mhamid, in 6h06m37s and was the first team of four wheels to finish the special with all the GPS points validated in a correct way. With this victory, and disputed that are three of the seven stages of this rally, the Portuguese take the first place in the overall classification auto/truck with a lead of 11m22s for the second-place which is occupied by the Belgian José Eduardo Vanzinni that competes at the wheel of a Ford Cruiser.


Regarding the truck competition, the Portuguese trio formed by Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques and Marco Cochinho, managed to get in this selective sector an advantage of 16m39s for the second place of the class the Dutchman Jos Smink that follows aboard a GINAF.

OLEOBAN team ensures the first place in the overall classification at this third stageElisabete Jacinto revealed that the she was pleased with the work done and that the special went without problems: « the stage today went quite well. Yesterday the standings turned out to be corrected, due to penalties for speeding, and with this update we left for the selective sector in the ninth place overall and we were the third truck. The first kilometres ran quite well. The special was fast, with a lot of driving and quite beautiful. We did 25 kilometres of dunes, although they were quite treacherous, we passed them well. In the final part there was some confusion. There was a lack of information and we ended up losing some time to find the right way.The good part in this story is that the other teams had even more difficulties than us and they failed some points and we managed to find them all. However, despite this mishap of navigation, the stage went quite well and we were the first to arrive at the camp » said the Portuguese pilot.

In the fourth stage of the Libya Rally, which takes place tomorrow, competitors will have to face once again the difficult Erg Chegaga dunes and the Lake Iriki. There will be 202 timed kilometres in this special that will be fulfilled around Mhamid.

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