Morocco: Elisabete Jacinto returns to the trucks’ top ten

Elisabete Jacinto © DR

The Portuguese driver Elisabete Jacinto reached today, at the end of the fourth stage of the Morocco Desert Challenge, the seventh place among the trucks on a day when competitors crossed once again the Erg Chegaga dunes. The special allowed the team Bio-Ritmo® to win 15 places, compared to the stage of the previous day, and to increase again in the overall classification of the T4.

With this result the Portuguese return to the top positions of the trucks occupying the ninth place of its class.

Today’s journey, which included 310 time kilometers held between the Erg Lihoudi and Fezzou, although complex was positive for the Bio-Ritmo® team who, after the setbacks recorded in yesterday’s stage, managed to recover by taking a course without problems and having completed the selective sector in 5h48me33s only 20 minutes behind the third classified of the T4.

For Elisabete Jacinto this special allowed the team to continue the consistent progress on the race: « today all went well. We passed the dunes without any problems. We had a minor problem on the crest of a dune, but we were able to solve the situation very quickly. We had to pass the dunes quite calmly, because due to the configurations of our truck I’m not able to be fast in the sand. But we did everything gently and it went pretty well. After the sand we were able to print a good rhythm and we managed to climb places in the classification of the trucks which makes us satisfied », revealed the Portuguese pilot.

Tomorrow will be the fifth stage of the Morocco Desert Challenge which connects Fezzou to Merzouga and will have a distance of 275 timed kilometers. It is going to be a special with a little bit of everything: between Fezzou and Marabout the competitors will find sand plains, then the MHarech cliff, where the rocky paths predominate, the dunes of Ouzina, which will have many sandy trails and, finally, a the first crossing of the Erg Chebbi.

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