Morocco: Elisabete Jacinto stopped in the desert

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The Portuguese driver Elisabete Jacinto is stopped in the desert, where she is likely to stay overnight, after her competition truck has turned in the dunes of the Erg Chegaga when the pilot attempted to dodge a mud-covered area.

The Bio-Ritmo® team was fulfiling the third stage of the Rallye Oilibya du Maroc, a long and difficult marathon day, when the incident occurred wich left the Portuguese formation conditioned to the passage of the truck from the organization.

The Portuguese are waiting for the help of the organization so that the MAN TGS can be lifted allowing them to stay in the race since the competitors can continue in the competition as long as they arrive at the camp one hour before the first pilot leaves for the next stage.

In the last hours a great sandstorm has risen which is greatly damaging the works of the Portuguese team that looks forward to the developments of the next hours.

Tomorrow will be the fourth and penultimate stage of the Rallye Oilibya du Maroc 2017. In the journey that will connect the Erg Lihoudi and Erfoud the competitors will, once again, face two selective sectors, the first with 191.56 km and the second with 263.51 km. On this day the caravan of the rally will go through the different types of Moroccan landscapes. Dune crossing, fast and winding rails, oueds, fesh-fesh and sand tracks are the ingredients of this stage that will certainly be decisive for the final result of the competition.

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