Africa Eco Race | Dakar rally raid is postponed until October 2022

Due to closed Moroccan borders and French vaccine rules, organisers of the Africa Eco Race are forced to postpone the rally from March to October.

Africa Eco Race postponed to October 2022

Originally scheduled to take place on the 12th of March this year, the Africa Eco Race has been running since 2008 - but falls to the same issues that plague many events in recent years, COVID rules and regulations. 

As a result of a combination of closed borders into Morocco and French vaccine rules, organisers have been forced to postpone the 2022 rally raid from March to October this year. 

The rally, which is a genuine race to the mythical Pink Lake in Dakar, Senegal - and by virtue a genuine Dakar rally - has already been badly affected for the past two years by the obvious issues and enforced rule changes that have plagued events organisers since early 2020. 

A new schedule has been penned for October 14th to 30th, with all 12 stages due to take place from the 18th of October through Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal - as originally planned. Participating vehicles will then return to France from November.

As per Enduro21, Jean-Louis Schlesser (French racing driver and one of the organisers) made it known that Moroccan authorities have expressed their eagerness for the rally to still go ahead, whilst keeping everything safe & smooth for the competitors. 

What is the Africa Eco Race?

An annual rally raid launched back in 2008 due to the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rally (and its subsequent relocation to South America), the Africa Eco Race was formed to keep a genuine Dakar rally raid event in place. 

As the name suggests, the rally itself has a special emphasis on sustainable development and security issues, aiming to promote individual awareness and eco-responsibility. Those involved take special care to leave no harmful traces of their passage.

The race itself is open to Amateurs and Professionals, with categories consisting of motorcycles, cars & trucks, with an ‘experimental group’ with vehicles powered by renewable energy. 

Source: Africa Eco Race

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