The Portuguese pilot Elisabete Jacinto reached today, at the end of the fourth stage of the Africa Race, that linked Assa to As Skan, the second place in the T4 category and was the eighth fastest pilot of the joint classification of auto and truck. The OLEOBAN® team fulfilled in an exemplary way the stage with 378.93 timed kilometers and managed to successfully overcome all obstacles of today’s selective sector. At this moment, and after being held four stages of this great African marathon, the Portuguese formation rises to the third place in the overall classification of the truck and the 13th position of the joint table, at 23 minutes from the top 10.
In addition to its good performance on this journey, Elisabete Jacinto benefited from the setbacks that emerged over the stage to the Russian Kamaz Sergey Kuprianov team and the Czech Tomas Tomecek: “Today all went well. It was a very hard stage. However, we didn’t have any problems. We caught many stone areas and very complex track and, although we took our tires to the limit, we didn’t have any flat tire. Halfway through the stage we saw Tomecek and Kuprianov in trouble and we overcame them. Today we are truly happy with our work and this is reflected in the final standings. At this time, I have to manage well the race because we have to spare the material. We still have many steps ahead and we cannot take risks”, said Elisabete Jacinto.
The Kamaz of Anton Shibalov was, once again, the fastest truck on track. The Russian assumes at this time, the absolute leadership of the race with a lead of 17m03s for the Kazakh pilot Kanat Shagirov racing onboard a Toyota. The team OLEOBAN® follows tomorrow for the last Moroccan stage occupying a place on the podium in its class.
In the fifth stage of the Africa Race, which takes place tomorrow between Remz el Quebir and Dakhla, competitors begin the competition the minute they leave the bivouac. The delegation will travel 453 timed kilometers and then begin to move south towards the city of Dakhla. Already in Dakhla the pilots and their assistance crew will enjoy the well-deserved day of rest before passing the border of Mauritania.