The dunes leg widens the gap
DAR KAOUA - DAR KAOUA
Difficult to be as close to the ideal distance in this second leg, which took the Gazelles through the heart of the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes. In 4×4 Class, Jeanette and Rachelle of Team 267 (Jeanette JAMES / Rachelle GRESLE)finish in the lead, with 10.15 km over the ideal distance of 60 km. This performance moves them up two spots in the general 4×4 ranking, which they are now leading with 10.15 km, just ahead of Team 216 (Tania LIO / Régine ZBINDEN). Team 238 (Hélène GRAND'EURY / Charlotte ZUCCONI) drops a spot, ending up in third place. Team 125 (Sophie SOLON-BREUSSE / Laure DE LA JONQUIERE) makes a noteworthy climb to 4th place in the general ranking, 8.16 km behind the 3rd-place team.
This dunes leg caused a lot of damage for the First Participation 4×4 teams. Most of them had to call for mechanical assistance, which cost them a hefty penalty. The only novice team that managed without assistance, and which therefore now dominates the category, is Team 223 (Cendrine AZZOPARDI / Pauline CHAPPAZ). This also puts them into 13th place in the general ranking!
A second win for Team 39 (Betty KRAFT / Sonia BAUDOIN-GUERARD) in SSV/Quad Class! The quad team finishes with just 3.22 km over the ideal distance, or one third as much as the best 4×4 teams, an impressive performance! Delphine and France of Team 47 (Delphine BICHOFFE / France CLEVES)finish with 4.57 km, just ahead of Laurence and Véronique of Team 44 (Véronique DE SYBOURG-SIFFERT / Laurence BRASEY). The general ranking remains the same as at the end of the first stage.
In Crossover Class, it’s same thing, different day: the results of Leg 2 are exactly the same as those of Leg 1, but with a wider gap. Adeline and Karima of Team 308 (Adeline DROUIN / Karima BENOUARET BENZID) are in the lead with 14.29 km over the ideal distance. They are still followed by Hajar and Malika of Team 306 (Hajar EL BIED / Malika AJAHA)with 19.35 km, who are trailed by Marion and Aziza of Team 305 (Marion SUBILS / Aziza BOUBEZARI) with 31.73 km. The general ranking remains the same.
The sand was also a challenge for the E-Gazelles, many of whom requested mechanical assistance. Only Manal and Karolyn of Team 500 (Manal FAXELLE-ABOUHAMDA / Karolyn FAVREAU)managed to do the entire leg without assistance. They finish with 13.01 km over the ideal distance. In the general ranking, Sophie and Nadjette of Team 509 (Sophie QUERO / Nadjette GUIDOUM) hold on to second place but are trailing behind with 90.2 km. Among the electric prototype buggies, Armelle and Yolande of Team 602 (Armelle MEDARD-LANG / Yolande BENS)once again take top spot, beating yesterday’s performance with just 3.9 km over the ideal distance. Marie and Agnès of Team 600 (Marie BELINGARD / Agnès MOSSINA) are far behind with 16.29 km. It won’t be easy for them to catch up to the leaders. Nahide and Marta of Team 601 (Marta PARDO / Nahide ENNAM)did not reach all their checkpoints and finish with 114.09 km.