Rally recce: step 1
Start this morning reconnaissance of the 23rd Rally Classic from Casablanca Morocco. The showers will accompany us throughout the output of the economic capital of the Kingdom.
After only twenty kilometers, nature takes its course on urban planning and gives way to agricultural plains and rolling that will lead the Rally caravan to El Gara, tray entry point « Khatouat » never crossed over the 22 previous editions of the Classic.
For history, El Khatouat was long the first special stage run by the participants of the Rally of Morocco of yesteryear, then enrolled in the World Rally Championship. This track now « asphalt » will go to competitors, flying from their former for a first regularity test, twisty and technical.
In less than 80 km, the rally will indeed be launched before the start of the day’s special 2nd. The profile remains similar. A winding route climbs and descents made that will allow the use of a higher average.
After the special, the competitors will head for the lunch held in the heart of a surprising eucalyptus forest, green setting in this desolate environment.
After this stop, the cars will borrow more rolling road and take the altitude. A final regularity test will also be at this day program. While Cedars forest around us, where Oum Rbia rises a few kilometers, a former special Classic await the competitors.
Located at 1600m altitude the race will start near the forest; the road for 12km meander on the plateau of the Middle Atlas often covered in white from November to March. Very winding, in the woods, this special will give the Classic looks like a « Mounted »!
Then short link to Ifrane end of this first strong step of about 380km.
Competitors will spend the night at Michlifen Suites & Spa *****.