Libya Rally 2014 is over. After 6 months of preparations and 7 days of intensive racing we can evaluate the 6th edition of our event. Based on our own experiences and the feedback we received from the nearly 300 racers and their assistance crews, we can state that it has been a fantastic week. Also I have enjoyed it 200%.
Libya Rally 2014 was a tough one, with often very long stages for the participants. In every sense of the word it was a true cross-country rally which started in the north-Moroccan royal city of Fez. Via the plains of the Rekkam, the dunes of Merzouga, the mountains around Zagora, the Erg Chigaga, Lac Iriki and the riverbeds of the Oued Draa, everybody drove through a constantly changing but always breathtakingly beautiful Moroccan scenery. Not only did all racers have to face the fatigue, typical for a long rally, but also the high temperatures (sometimes up to 40°C) and even two sand storms, limiting visibility to less than 50 meters. As a result the final stage on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean and the arrival at “Plage Blanche”, between TanTan and Agadir, were an unforgettable moment for those still in the race.
For a moment the event was overshadowed by a few accidents, luckily not lethal ones. Willem Kien (NL, Wrangler Jeep), winner of the past two editions, and Rik van Hoorebeke (B, Mercedes Race truck) were flown to hospital by helicopter with a few broken vertebrae. Also motor bikers Alex Van Ginkel (NL), Pietro Pasti (IT) and Chris Corke (UK) had a serious crash. Luckily all these injuries were not life-threatening and all of them are doing well today. A sincere “thank you” to the 9 emergency doctors and nurses of our medical staff.
Also for the assistance teams and the organisation the 2014 edition was a true challenge. Being sandblasted while doing the maintenance on the vehicles at night or trying to serve a barbecue for nearly 400 people in the middle of a sand storm was not simple. Nevertheless they all found creative solutions, every day again. I therefor thank my crew from the bottom of my heart for their unconditional support and their eternal smiles with which they performed 8 days and 8 nights.
I’d like to end this message by once more congratulating the winners of the 2014-edition
General Ranking (All Cars/Trucks/Buggies/SSV’s):
1. David Rozand & Denis Rozand (Predator Buggy)
2. Pascal Feryn & Tom De Leeuw (Toyota Landcruiser 200)
3. Jean-Antoine Sabatier & Vincent Brotons (Bugga One)
1° Pascal Feryn & Tom De Leeuw (Toyota Landcruiser 200)
2° Alwin Oud & Mark Luijckx (Bowler Wildcat)
3° Chris Leyds & Rients Hofstra (Mc Rae Enduro)
Cars – subcategory “Rigid Axles”
1° Alwin Oud & Mark Luijckx (Bowler)
2° Peter Erren & Jean-Paul Van der Poel (Wrangler Jeep)
3° Erwin Imschoot & Jan De Paepe (Toyota Landcruiser HDJ80)
1° David Rozand & Denis Rozand (Predator X-18)
2° Jean-Antoine Sabatier & Vincent Brotons (Bugga One)
3° Pascal Cattiaux & Michel Ollivier (Predator X-18)
1° Gregoor Bauwens, Marc Lauwers & Dave Bergmans (Iveco)
2° Wouter Leenknegt, Gregory van Gheluwe & Mike Strinckx (MAN)
3° Karel Vereecke, Wineboud De Lille & Rik Van Hoorebeke (Mercedes)
1° Thierry Gerome & Geoffroy Noel de Burlin (Polaris RZR)
2° Laurent Tournay & Clarisse Beckers (Polaris RZR)
3° Janus Van Kasteren & Erwin Van Den Bosch (Polaris RZR)
1° Kim De Rycker (KTM)
2° Luc Van de Huygevoort (KTM)
3° Ben Norman (KTM)
1° Guido Slaats (KTM)
2° Joey Van den Outenaar (Polaris Scrambler)
3° Jacob Van den Outenaar (Polaris Scrambler)
And once more a sincere thank you to everybody who joined the Libya Rally 2014 and who contributed to its success. You were fantastic !!!
Sportive regards & hopefully see you next year
Race Director Libya Rally