Stage 4 | Assa - Foum Zguid

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THE RACE

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Nicolas:”Perfect morning…..to much rocks in the evening.”

 

The days follow each other and are always diffrent! As much during the 3rd stage I was struggling in the morning and then I released the big attack. Today all the opposite. The knife between the teeth from the starting line, I pointed 4th at the refueling. Things were badly spoiled in the afternoon and despite landscapes of all splendors. A little less good, a big heat but especially the tracks of stones that I hate. I admit to having really struggled. And yet ...

And yet I save my day with almost perfect navigation. Many pilots got lost time, while my feeling and my experience hit home. I'm even becoming known for my navigation skills in the paddock. Which earns me an 18th place overall now.

I'm expecting a lot of tomorrow. Finally the dunes! Both desired and so dreaded. I hope to look good in this particular crossing exercise.

 
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Rally Guide 2019 - MOROCCO DESERT CHALLENGE

RallyGuide2019 - MOROCCO DESERT CHALLENGE

RallyGuide2019 - MOROCCO DESERT CHALLENGE

A stage for the big boys and certainly one of the more difficult ones, both in navigation as in track quality. After a slow start with many oueds, chotts, hill climbs and thrilling descents we enter the famous Dakar piste. This year our race director found a completely new variation, never used before by any other rally. Nevertheless it’s dusty and stony with a lot of fesh-fesh.

Mid stage, you enter the military zone with its numerous heckpoints. A large portion of “piste sautée” (jumpy tracks) awaits you. This continues even after the fuel stop, but here the track is more sandy than stony. The fastest vehicles will definitely be the ones with the best suspension and shock absorbers. Also the navigation will be a lot more challenging here. The last part of the stage is more fluid than the rest, with winding tracks in the hills and a long, beautiful valley which is pure fun to drive. However, once you cross the tarmac, an interesting surprise awaits you, and it’s definitely in your advantage to be there before dark. In short: a long, difficult day, full of driving and navigational challenges, but very rewarding once you reach the safety of the Foum Zguid bivouac.
— RallyGuide2019 - MOROCCO DESERT CHALLENGE
 
 
Nafigationtower of Nicolas Monnin

Nafigationtower of Nicolas Monnin

RANKING

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BIVOUAC

For today some great Pictures from moroccodesertchallenge.com

 
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