March 17 – Step 6 : Ouarzazate – Marrakech (290 km / 2 ERR)
Which route to take to reach Marrakech from Ouarzazate? The question arises each year: Tizi’n Test or Tizi’n Tichka?
We are for the alternation and it is the Tichka which was thus honored in 2017 with a road considerably enlarged and resurfaced for a route a little faster where many of the worries of circulation of the pass were suppressed.
Unfortunately, the crew C.FIGARET-A.RAYNAL could not take the AC Cobra very far … just out of Ouarzazate their car broke down, the clutch stop was already weak for two days , It did not hold. It was therefore in a vehicle of courtesy that the two Frenchmen continued the day.
As the climb to the Tizi’n Tichka rises, competitors have experienced a sudden change in temperature. It was by 3 ° C that the first ERR of the stage took place. The competitors who started on this fast and technical course to a series of pins.
The sustained pace was perfectly agreed with M.TOUHLALI – O.VERGER who placed the Porsche 911 in first place in the Classic category. The Toyota Prius Hybrid of the AIN IFRANE team took the lead in the Prestige category.
Once the pass of Tizi’n Tichka past, it is surrounded by the highest peaks of the Atlas that the rally initiated the descent towards Marrakech and the Valley of Ourika.
Indeed, the participants left the main axis to go again to the foothills of the Atlas to go to Ouirgane, more precisely to the Roseraie, for a rich breakfast in colors, in the park, to the scents of roses. A haven of peace that seems almost toise the Jbel Toubkal, summit of the Atlas culminating in 4167m.
Once the lunch break was over, the competition resumed its rights with a new special event. For this final event, between Ouirgane and Asnitres, along the torrent below, the very winding road allowed the competitors to grab a few points or to consolidate their positions in the overall standings.
Done for the Porsche 911 Carrera of D.COURTENS – E.COURTENS, winners of the race for the Classics; On the Prestige side, the crew AIN IFRANE achieves a double by winning this second ERR!
Tonight, participants enjoy the hospitality of the Selman of Marrakech, renowned for its thoroughbred horse stud. The 7th and final stage of the 2017 rally will take place as usual on the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, with the last race on circuit, without a joker for the competitors, who will dedicate the great winner of this 24th edition.
1 – C.GHITELINCK – L.DAVID (Mercedes Coupé 350)
2 – JM.ARLAUD – MF.ARLAUD (Citroën DS 21)
3 – D.COURTENS – E.COURTENS (Porsche 911 Carrera)
1 – Equipage TOTAL (Maserati Gran Cabrio)
2 – Equipage AIN IFRANE (Toyota Prius Hybrid)
3 – C.VERZELE – J.IDE (Bentley Continental GTC)