Gev Sella — the 18 year old rider who is doing his first Great offroad Rally — beat his opponents on the timed special stage that featured heavily with navigation.
This is what happened today on the 3rd special stage long of 433 km between Tagounite and Icht.
- Stage 3: Tagounite — Assa
- Stage: 525km
- Special: 433 km
- Liaison: 92 km
It was necessary to see the expression of Pal Anders Ullevaseter — the two time winner of the event at the finish…
“I am 50 years old but today, with what this kid has done, took me 20 years more. I had no particular problems and he took me over 20 minutes.
“It is incredible because I see his marks and on the jumps for example, I have to admit he goes further than what I can do. His trajectories are clean and he makes no mistakes in terms of navigation. It will be hard to fight with him.”
The Norwegian holds second at 21.07, ahead of Harite Gabrari, who is increasingly comfortable as the rally descends to the south from where he is originally.
On the other hand, a big disappointment today for Paolo Ceci whose Honda Africa Twin faced fuel problems in the dunes. While he was forcing to come back, the Italian had to drop his pace on the end of the special stage to save the bib foam of his rear tire. As a result, more than 50 minutes were lost and he placed fourth onthe day.
In fifth, was Russian Dmitry Agoshkov, who’s been consistent since the start. Note also the good return of Guillaume Martens who ranks sixth and shows that he is the man for long stages.
Gev Sella took command of the race. He’s comfortably ahead of Ceci by 51.05 while Pal Anders Ullevaseter is third at now 1:23.28. The Norwegian has no more margin for error.
A word on the only quad of the race. After suffering a fuel failure, Aleksandr Maksimov finished 18th today but is in 12th position overall.
Stage 4, Thursday January 5, 2017, the rally is heading south, to go from Assa to Remz El Quebir With 409km and no liaisons this should be the best stage of this year from a driving point of view.
Results — Stage 3
1. G. Sella (AFS/KTM) in 4h54.39
2. P.A. Ullevalseter (Nor/KTM) at 21.07
3. H. Gabari (Mar/KTM) at 36.41
4. P. Ceci (Ita/Honda) at 52.54
5. D. Agoshkov (Rus/KTM) at 1h01.01
6. G. Martens (Hol/KTM) at 1h04.05
7. M. Benko (SLQ /KTM) at 1h04.51
8. S. Pelloni (Ita/Yamaha) at 1h06.47
9. J. Zatko (Slo/KTM) at 1h11.29
10. B. Young (Aus/KTM) at 1h18.20
1. G. Sella (AFS/KTM) en 10.53
2. P. Ceci (Ita/Honda) at 51.51
3. P.A. Ullevalseter (Nor/KTM) at 1h07.43
4. H. Gabari (Mar/KTM) at 1h23.28
5. D. Agoshkov (Rus/KTM) at 2h13.10
6. M. Benko (SLQ /KTM) at 2h26.21
7. J. Zatko (Slo/KTM) at 2h35.02
8. S. Pelloni (Ita/Yamaha) at 2h36.14
9. G. Martens (Hol/KTM) at 2h49.48
10. H. Rahm (Sue/KTM) at 3h03.12
CARS / TRUCKS
1 V. Vasilyev - K. Zhiltsov (Rus/Mini) in 4h17.30 ; 2 T. Magnaldi - F.Borsotto (Fra/Buggy 2WD) at 3.16 ; 3 P. Sireyjol - FX. Beguin (Fra-Bel/Buggy LCR 30) at 5.49 ; 4 A. Karginov - A. Mokeev - D. Nikitin (Rus/Kamaz) at 10.47 ; 5 P. Thomasse - P. Larroque (Fra/Buggy Optimus) at 13.17 ; 6 A. Cherednikov - D. Tsyro (Kaz-Ukr/Ford) at 27.32 ; 7 D. Housieaux - C. Crespo (Fra/Buggy Optimus) at 31.41 ; 8 M.Serradori - F.Lurquin (Fra-Bel/Buggy SRT) at 31.59 ; 9 M. Zapletal - M. Sykora (SLQ/Hummer) at 34.33 ; 10 Y.Fromont - J. Fromont (Fra/Volkswagen) at 37.49
1 V. Vasilyev - K. Zhiltsov (Rus/Mini) in 9h06.04 ; 2 T. Magnaldi - F.Borsotto (Fra/Buggy 2WD) at 28.41 ; 3 A. Karginov - A. Mokeev - D. Nikitin (Rus/Kamaz) at 37.00 ; 4 P. Thomasse - P. Larroque (Fra/Buggy Optimus) at 49.05 ; 5 3 P. Sireyjol - FX. Beguin (Fra-Bel/Buggy LCR 30) at 1h13.03 ; 6 D. Housieaux - C. Crespo (Fra/Buggy Optimus) at 1h15.34 ; 7 A. Cherednikov - D. Tsyro (Kaz-Ukr/Ford) at 1h15.42 ; 8 J.A. Sabatier - A. Rizzardi (Fra-Ita/BuggaOne) at 1h24.32 ; 9 M. Zapletal - M. Sykora (SLQ/Hummer) at 1h34.32 ; 10 G. Gomez - L. Fagot (Fra/Buggy Optimus) at 1h39.00