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The second edition of the biggest proof of all-terrain on the continent today's party in December towards Portugal to Dakar, now with the designation of Africa Eco Race.

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The Eco Africa Race 2010, the greatest proof of all-terrain on African soil since the transfer of the legendary Dakar to South America, will from this year's Algarve, in this case from Lagos, where they will be made to the technical and administrative scrutineering . The choice of the beautiful Algarve town was due largely to the affinity with motor sport, very encouraged with the construction of the Algarve International Circuit, where this first year held several international events in particular motor sport. For the organization, the local fans are guaranteed an excellent reception to the teams and drivers participating in the Eco Africa Race 2010.

The technical and administrative scrutineering will commence on 27 December 2009 in Lagos, and the arrival in Dakar, Senegal's capital, is scheduled for January 10, 2010, on a test that promises to have lots of sand and emotion to the mix.

Upon completion of the development path of Africa Eco Race 2010 with the collaboration of Jose Maria Servia, René Metge, sporting director of competition, is back with a big smile on his face and a gleam in his eyes. The signs do not lie, "King René, who arrived as a rider to win the Dakar, drew a route rich in new features and challenges, where the driving skills and navigation can be decisive, and promises to stay in the memory of all competitors. The new route includes at least 65% of competition in the sand and decreases to a minimum the terrain.

Have you ever heard of Mrhimina, Greid lareich, or Tabrenkout Tenadi? Possibly not, but the Africa Race 2010 Eco transports you there, through the various stages of losing my breath. Despite thousands of miles it has traveled throughout his life, Rene Metge continues to surrender to the beauty of the African continent, being extremely pleased with preparations for next season's competition from all-terrain "I'm completely satisfied satisfied with the way we set. We got a good balance between navigation and driving on routes that are sometimes surprising. Our aim was to balance the scale and difficulty of steps, reducing the length of the connecting sections and arranging several special steps to camp directly in the camps.

In the sector of Morocco, more particularly in the north, we tried to reduce the most damaging sectors as much as possible. Along the way, about 65% of the steps will take place on sand dunes. I must confess that we have gone through some landscapes extraordinároas ... Africa continues to be Africa and will always be able to make you dream. Since Nador Dakar, once again, the competitors will be able to demonstrate that this is true. "

The broadcast will be provided by several European channels, which will feature daily updates of the race. In France, the channel Direct 8 Sport + and will be official partners of the Africa Eco Race 2010, broadcasting daily programs with the best moments and weekly summaries. Countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and Belgium have also confirmed the transmission of similar programs on the competition.

Program ...

Sunday, December 27

Portimão: technical and administrative scrutineering

Monday, December 28

Portimão: technical and administrative scrutineering

Tuesday, December 29

Step 2: Portimao / Nador

Wednesday, December 30

Stage 3: Nador / Borj Frissate

Thursday, December 31

Step 4: Borj Frissate / La Momie

Friday, January 1

Step 5: La Momie / Mrhimina

Saturday, January 2

Step 6: Mrhimina / Agadir

Sunday, January 3

Rest day: Agadir

Monday, January 4

Step 7: Agadir / Greid lareich

Tuesday, January 5

Step 8: Greid lareich / Boulanouar

Wednesday, January 6

Step 9: Boulanouar / Tabrenkout

Thursday, January 7

Step 10: Tabrenkout / Tabrenkout

Friday, January 8

Step 11: Tabrenkout / Tenadi

Saturday, January 9

Step 12: Tenadi / Saint-Louis

Sunday, January 10

Step 13: Sainte-Louis/Dacar

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