Thursday, March 19
5th stage / TAFRAOUTE – FOUM ZGUID – OUARZAZATE (300 km – 3 ERR)
Radical change of scenery for the fifth stage: it is a long ribbon of asphalt that competitors have crossed the valleys of the Anti-Atlas. Tata, Foum Zguid Tazenakht, many South iconic cities that dot loneliness huge grazing areas.
The first special regularity of the day was won by the crew Courtens D. – E. Courtens on Porsche 911 2.7. Alas, they deserve the podium escapes following a major technical problem: tonight was their Porsche 911
victim of fire. Fortunately, this has no consequences for the crew forced to retire.
Consequently race leaves the field open to contenders for a place on the podium, among which E. Wiederin – A.
Hoefer on, JM. Arlaud – MF. Arlaud on or F. Kaiser – B. Kaiser.
Competitors efforts have been rewarded with a “Mint tea” break in the beautiful “palmeraie” of Ait Mansour. To end in beauty this day rich in events, competitors spend the night “under the stars” in the luxurious camp erected at the foot of Painted Rocks.
Tomorrow, it’s the longest stage of the rally, with 500 km to connect Tafraoute in Ouarzazate.
The ranking of the day:
1 : R. Cerezo – R. Cerezo (Jaguar XK140 DHC)
2 : C. Ghistelinck – L. David (Mercedes Benz coupé 3.5)
3 : D. Courtens – E. Courtens (Porsche 911 2.7)