March 15 – Step 4 : Agadir – Ouarzazate (490 km / 3 ERR)

After two evenings at SOFITEL, it was time for this 24th Morocco Classic Rally to leave AGADIR. After leaving the city, after a few hundred meters to cross a small village, the competitors join the “old” and narrow road of Marrakech.

Verdicts of this first special on this small road rough and swirling: Category Classic, the event is won by the crew E.WIEDERIN-A.HÖFER aboard their PORSCHE 356A; On the Prestige side, the Toyota Prius Hybrid led by the AIN IFRANE crew takes the lead of the day.

The Rally continued towards Argana before leaving the main road on the right to climb the slopes of the mountain. It was here that the starting line of the second stage was fixed. The climbing event will have benefited C.FIGARET-A.RAYNAL at the wheel of their AC Cobra, victim of a mechanical incident during the stage of yesterday … Winners of this 13th Prestige ERR: the crew AIN IFRANE!

The region of Argana is little inhabited and only a few goats and their shepherds have come to disrupt the progress of the participants. Not a car on the horizon … Magnificent and mysterious landscapes, which blend harmoniously with the presence of men, wild flora and imposing rocks. A caravan has finally joined the great plain of Souss, direction Taroudant, the small Marrakech of the south, by a large flat and flat road. La Gazelle d’Or did not welcome us this year. The doors are definitely closed … So it was in Dar Zitoune that the competitors found themselves around a gourmet lunch.

After this halt, a great connection awaited the competitors to join the capital of saffron, Taliouine, then Tazenakht the capital of the carpet … A well known stretch and again greatly appreciated this year. Average speeds increased as the Rally approached Ouarzazate, facing the High Atlas!

Starting from Tazenakht, the last special stage, set in the Tizi N Bachkoum, on a very beautiful road, brought together all the ingredients for the pleasure of the competitors: a wide track, impeccable tar, climbs and descents succeeding each other in a rhythm Endiablé. 11.9 km of a fast-paced event which sees the crew R.CEREZO-JR.CEREZO (JAGUAR XK 140) win its first victory this year; On the Prestige side, the cards are rebuffed: the Bentley Continental GTC of C.VERZELE – J.IDE returns to the first place!

The WIEDERIN-HOEFER crew was less fortunate in this event: an electrical failure of the Porsche 356A cut the power supply of the Trip Master in full special. To save his good position in the standings, the crew burns his joker today!

Finally, as every year, Ouarzazate and the Berbère Palace were waiting for the 24th Rally Maroc Maroc for two nights, in order to make the most of the time spent in these enchanting places. In the program of the evening: the raffle to the benefit of the partner association Heure Joyeuse will bring together the competitors around the many prizes to win.

Tomorrow, it will be a loop Ouarzazate – Ouarzazate, discovering the south of the Moroccan Atlas.

General Ranking

Classics Category
1 – C.GHITELINCK-L.DAVID (MERCEDES Coupé 350)
2 – JM.ARLAUD-MF.ARLAUD (CITROEN DS 21)
3 – E.WIEDERIN-A.HÖFER (PORSCHE 356A)

Prestiges Category
1 – Equipage TOTAL (Maserati Gran Cabrio)
2 – Equipage AIN IFRANE (Toyota Prius Hybrid)
3 – C.VERZELE – J.IDE (Bentley Continental GTC)

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