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Rallye du Maroc - Morocco Rally - Round 10 of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies

GEO_DXB

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#1
FIA vehicles entry list here:

FIA Cars List

Overdrive at it with biggest representation so far. Notice Nasser is with Toyota Gazoo South Africa - wonder if this is just his Dakar prep or Nasser had enough of blown engines with Jean-Marc Fortin?! Also GDV in with Gazoo.

A Peugeot that went to Easy Raid team of Jean-Pascal Besson, they got hold of 3 cars seemingly.
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Hunt in a Pug with PH Sport.

Wei Han in his 2WD Geely Buggy - essentially an SMG buggy. They had a few of those from his team at the Chinese portion of Silk Way, he is the Chinese sand specialist...
three-time Taklimakan Rally winner, will take part for the first time in the Rallye du Maroc. The Chinese champion is happy to race in Morocco, he said : "This is my first time to participate in the Rally of Morocco , I feel very excited and can't wait to go to Morocco. And this is a new challenge for me .I will try my best to breakthrough myself !"
Isidre Esteve in his Sodicars BV6 - he has no use of his legs after a motorcycle accident. Heres an article on his controls:
The workings of Isidre Esteve's "miraculous" controls - Box Repsol

Kuba and Yazeed in 4wd Minis and 2 Mini buggies in - Despres and someone else...

Going to be interesting, mostly top drivers are in, Vasiliev needs points to secure 2nd overall in the World Cup. And everyone will train for Dakar. There should be some changes to the entry as I think Akira Miura is in in his T2 Autobody Landcruiser adding to the Qatar-Saudi fight between Adel Abdullah and Shegawi. Miura:
"This is important test for the team just before next Dakar. So, we must finish this rally because we want good experience and many information of the machine... I’m happy we can do in beautiful rally of Morocco
Rally Raid Network article

Massive bike entry and will be a tough race:

FIM List

hmmmm..... I see a Dabrowski...

Going to be an interesting race to follow.
 

GEO_DXB

Well-Known Member
#2
PRESS RELEASE

Rally of Morocco
October 3-9, 2018

OVERDRIVE RACING ENTERS NINE TOYOTA HILUXES IN CRUCIAL PRE-DAKAR SHAKEDOWN AT RALLY OF MOROCCO
· Russian Vladimir Vasilyev still aiming for FIA World Cup success
· Al-Attiyah, De Villiers and Ten Brinke to drive Toyota Gazoo Racing SA cars
FES (MOROCCO) – Sunday, September 30: Overdrive Racing is making its final preparations for the company’s second busiest week of the season after the Dakar Rally by fielding nine Toyota Hiluxes in the six-day Rally of Morocco.
The penultimate round of the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies starts with a Prologue stage on Thursday afternoon (October 4th), near Fes, and finishes on Tuesday, October 9th after five desert selective sections and 1,362 competitive kilometres in a route of 2,051km.
Russian G-Energy driver Vladimir Vasilyev and navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov are still chasing glory in the FIA World Cup. Vasilyev, 49, arrives at the north-eastern Moroccan town of Fes trailing series leader Jakub Przygonski by 71 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
While the Pole is the strong favourite to win the title for the first time, 60 points are at stake for the winner in Morocco and a further 30 are on offer at the last round in Portugal later in the month, so the Baja Spain winner - who finished third in both Hungary and Poland during the summer - still has a mathematical chance of winning his second title.
Overdrive Racing will also oversee the running of a trio of Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Toyotas featuring the team’s latest innovations and revisions. The entire team tested in the Moroccan deserts in the days building up to the event and Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke will be hoping for a successful test and an impressive showing in the Moroccan event that acts as a vital pre-Dakar Rally shakedown for the entire team.
Al-Attiyah was unable to defend his FIA World Cup title on this occasion. A couple of mechanical failures cost him dearly in Qatar and Kazakhstan after he had won Baja Russia and the decision to miss the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge meant that his title bid was over long before he and French navigator Matthieu Baumel finished second at the non-championship Silk Way Rally in Russia.
An injury to co-driver Robert Howie sidelined De Villiers prematurely in Qatar, but the consistent South African has been working on the development of the Toyota Hilux behind the scenes and the goal of continuing a string of Dakar podium finishes will be boosted no end by a good result for him and new French navigator Alexandre Winocq in Morocco.
Ten Brinke teams up with Frenchman Xavier Panseri in the third of the Toyota Gazoo cars, the Dutchman keen to put in some competitive times before the Dakar in January.
Poland’s Aron Domzala holds eighth in the FIA World Cup standings after a mixed season that included fourth places in Spain and Qatar. He and fellow countryman Maciej Marton crew the fifth car.
The experienced Dutchman Erik van Loon returns to the hot seat for the first time since finishing sixth in Spain with Wouter Rosegaar. But Van Loon also has a new co-driver for his Moroccan challenge. Harmen Scholtabers will co-drive the sixth of the Toyotas.
Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Seaidan returns to competitive FIA World Cup action for the first time since missing Rally Kazakhstan. The Saudi was the revelation of the earlier rounds of the championship and finished third at the Dubai Baja and in Qatar back in April. He will be partnered by Russian navigator Alexei Kuzmich.
Frenchman Ronan Chabot returns to the driving seat in the eighth of the Toyotas with co-driver Gilles Pillot and the all-Chinese crew of Yuxiang Liang and Kou Hongtao round off the truly international Toyota team line-up in Morocco.
Overdrive Racing’s CEO Jean-Marc Fortin said: “Morocco is one of the toughest events on the calendar and equally an important test for the team before the Dakar. Vladimir is still chasing success in the FIA World Cup, but we have a real emphasis on fine tuning and testing and leaving nothing to chance before all the focus turns to the final preparations for Dakar.”
A Prologue of 10km loops around the desert near Fes to determine the opening stage running order for the top 10 crews on October 4th.
The first of the desert selectives starts out of Fes on October 5th and is split into two timed sections of 103km and 91km before arriving in Erfoud – an oasis town situated in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of eastern Morocco.
The second, third and fourth selective sections of 329km, 289km and 342km loop around Erfoud on October 6th, 7th and 8th and action draws to a conclusion with a fifth section of 198km en route to the finish in Fes on October 9th.
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – standings after round 9:
1. Jakub Przygonski (POL) 288pts
2. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) 217pts
3. Martin Prokop (CZE) 196pts
4. José Pena Campo (ESP) 64pts
5. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU) 60pts
6. Yasir Seaidan (SAU) 58pts
7. Ahmed Al-Shegawi (SAU) 52pts
8. Aron Domzala (POL) 36pts, etc
Ends
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Jean-Marc Fortin (E-mail: jmf@overdriveracing.be), Overdrive S.A., rue de L’Enterprise 1, 4530 Villers-le-Bouillet, Belgium, Tel: + 32 475 762 391. www.overdriveracing.be - Facebook group: Overdrive Racing
 

spalind

Well-Known Member
#7
Yes, sorry...I had only looked at the FIA Cars list...

North American Entries on Bikes:

Ricky Brabec, Honda, #11
Andy Short, Husqvarna, #16
John Henson, Husqvarna, #29

North American Entries in SSVs:

Santiago Creel Garza Rios, RZR 1000 Turbo, #202
Austin Jones, Maverick X3, #205


Also a ton of Canadian entries and one US entry in the Enduro Cup class:

Lawrence Hacking, Husqvarna, #126
Scott Thornton, KTM, #127
Chris Allen, Husqvarna, #128
Devon Mahon, KTM, #129
Rome Haloftis, Husqvarna #130
Keith Billings, Husqvarna, #131
Trevor Picard, KTM, #132
Lance Webb, KTM, #133


No cars here for North America but that's a pretty solid group of interested parties for us...
 

Bull-dust

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#12
Etape 4 - Brabec - 2:30 Despres - mini wins stage Sainz-gearbox problems but says car is fast when going. Austin Jones - crashed out in the Can Am Maverick X3



GDV - on board
 
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spalind

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#15
Also of note that Andy Short finished 7th overall and American John Henson finished 30th of 31 overall....Plus the giant group of Americans and Canadians in the Enduro Cup class all finished the event.

Santiago Creel Garza Rios in the only RZR in the event finished 11th of 15 in the SSV category while the only North American DNF was Austin Jones
 
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