UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI
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UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI
Page Prologue 2018-03-21T16:59:54+00:00

PROLOGUE

RALLYE AÏCHA DES GAZELLES DU MAROC ÉDITION 2018

CHECKPOINTS 3

KM IDEAL KM 44km

ESTIMATED TIME 3h

TERRAIN relatively flat, straightforward navigation

All their equipment is ready.
Compass – check… Precious maps – check… Much-anticipated road book – check …
Start your engines… and they’re off!

For this 28th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, as is the custom, the prologue provides an initiation with no major challenges.

With relatively flat terrain and straightforward navigation, it is a chance for the Gazelles to test their driving and map-reading skills under the best possible conditions.
The bivouac is never far away, but the Gazelles will need to remain vigilant: possible pitfalls lurk around every “bend in the road”…
The results of the prologue count only for determining the starting order for tomorrow’s leg.
New this year: e-Gazelle Class. 5 teams. A class for 100% electric vehicles, with a route adapted to their capacities… it’s the first electric vehicle class in the history of rally-raids!

But have you ever seen anything stop a Gazelle? We’re still looking!

LIVE NEWS

The last three teams to reach the bivouac are on the finish line: 144 (Laurene VOILLEQUIN / Laure AVELINE - Adhome Services), 143 (Leila MASSON / Monica OBERLE - Programme Alimentaire Mondial) and 166 (Stephanie PIERI-CHESNAIS / Isabelle AVIS - TRANSAVIA). They still need to hand in their road sheet and tracking devices... But a glass of Tsarine champagne is waiting for them!

The stretch from the dunes to the bivouac offers easy navigation and driving. There are even several trails leading to the bivouac.

That’s how Team 178 (Marie GUARINO / Giliane STORRER - MERSE-TRANSAC) described their feelings at the finish line, in front of the Ranking office. "We’re happy it’s over but it’s really strange to say that this is the last time we’ll be handing in our road sheet. We’re proud to have found every checkpoint of the Rallye. At first we didn’t think we could do it, but we got into it because we’re pretty competitive."

We're starting to have a good idea of who will be on the podium but aren't saying anything... we'll let you make your own predictions!

...and honking horns: it feels like the end of the Rallye! Many teams have crossed the  finish line before a crowd of photographers and cameramen. Tears, laughter, emotions, arms waving triumphantly... they are all proud of what they have accomplished. Just making it to the finish line is a exploit in itself.

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