MAZ-SPORTauto team has successfully overcome the fifth stage of Morocco Desert Challenge rally-raid, improving its position in the general classification.The hood MAZ truck driven by Sergey Vyazovich became the leader of the African race.
At the fifth stage, the racers overcame the quicksand, “swallowing” as a cement mixture, and the first large dunes, similar to those at Dakar in South America. The main burden fell on the pilots, and the Belarusian riders hadn't let us down.
Sergei Vyazovich was the first for most of the race, but almost at the finish line he slowed down and moved to second place. On the track he spent 4 hours and 45 minutes and left only the minute for the winner of the race - Gerth Huzink at Renault. In the overall standings, the hood MAZ truck occupies the first position, followed by four Dutchmen at MAN, Iveco and Renault.
“Finally, the real sands come. We waited for this day and immediately began to attack. We rushed forward, making a big handicap on time. And in the second half of the race we slowed down so as not to risk and calmly take first place in the general classification. There were no problems with the equipment, ” said the head of the team, Sergey Vyazovich.
Alexey Vishnevsky also overcame the stage at a high speed, finishing in the fourth place. His time is 4 hours 48 minutes, and the gap is almost 5 minutes. In the general classification the Belarusian crew got to the seventh place with 47 minutes separated from the best result.
“The stage turned out to be difficult: there were sands, dunes, and many more bumps, potholes and stones. We started from the forty-fifth place, so we had to go in the dust and catch up with jeeps, buggies and trucks. Passing in the dust is very difficult. One jeep in general "rested" and did not allow itself to be missed - it drove several tens of kilometers. In general, the race is interesting. It is quite hot in Morocco, but the air conditioner copes well, “- said the pilot Alexey Vishnevsky.
The length of the sixth special stage will be 324 km. The organizers prepared the racers for “a bit of everything”: there will be sands, dunes and canyons.
The Morocco Desert Challenge rally raid takes place in Morocco from April 12 to 20. Most of the route runs through the desert and sandy terrain and among the barriers are the dunes, “fesh-fesh” and dry river beds. The route of the race is 2741 km and is divided into 8 stages. The marathon is distinguished by the absence of liazons: special areas start immediately from the bivouacs.