The MAN TGS from Team Oleoban / MAN Portugal, driven by Elisabete Jacinto, was a definite winner at Rallye Oilibya de Tunisie 2011, a competition for the Cross-Country World Cup, where it was the fastest in all five streaks which were run. A definite and historic triumph, since the Portuguese driver, who had won the 2010 edition, therefore equalled the German Jutta Kleinschmidt. Both register two victories in the World Cup.
Besides having won among trucks, the team also obtained a remarkable 8th place in tha car/truck joint classification. Before her there were only four BMW X3CC, Jean Louis Schlesser’s buggy and the Nissan from the official Italian team, with the QT in 7th place having finished with no more than a 12 minute advantage. The Rallye Oilibya de Tunisie 2011 was the 30th edition of this important competition in Africa, and it was also the first sports event to take place in that North African country after its January revolution.
At the end of the race, Elisabete Jacinto made a very positive sportive evaluation: “We managed to get a very good outcome, for which all the team is to be congratulated. We worked very hard before the race, so that our MAN TGS might evolve with what we learned at Africa Eco Race, and during the rally we always did our best, rigorously and with much concentration. Personally, I feel I have evolved a lot since the previous competition, mainly during the streak which was run exclusively on dunes and sand, and this makes me very happy. The MAN TGS was flawless, and only a touch on a gigantic camel’s hay left a small mark on the body of the truck”.
The next sports event for Team Oleoban / MAN Portugal is set to be in October, in Morocco, and then, at the end of this year, another presence in the big marathon which finishes in Dakar, the Africa Eco Race.
Final Car/Truck General Classification
1st Novitskiy/Schulz (BMW), in 13h23m02s; 2nd Schlesser/Zhiltsov (Buggy), with 14m21s more; 3rd Roma/Perin (BMW), with 35m36s more; 4th Zapletal/Ourednicek (BMW), with 1h48m37s more; 5th Tonetti/Lurquin (Nissan), with 3h4m06s more; 6th Garafulic/Lichtleuchter (BMW), with 4h01m35s more; … 8th Elisabete Jacinto/Charly Gotlib/Marco Cochinho (MAN), 1st among trucks, with 6h19m24s more.