The Countdown has started


Few days from the departure of vehicles from Venice Port bound for Alexandria in Egypt, in order to face this new adventure of the Pharaons Rally. The first day of October will sanction the actual start of the race due to end after six legs at the Pyramids of Giza.

All is ready for the 30th year edition of the Pharaons Rally. This year marks an important winning post for the Egyptian race that is running no stop since 30 years thanks to the welcoming of Egypt and its institutions The call for vehicles at Venice Port is set for this coming Monday, from where the M/V Euroferry Malta of Grimaldi Group Napoli is bound for Alexandria.

Few days of sailing then the vehicles will be ready to be collected by drivers on September 29th, while the bikes get directly in containers at Moevenpick Media City Hotel which has become the ideal logistics base for the Pharaons race since last year.

The crews that will get the start at the 2012 Pharaons Rally have reached the figure of hundred and right in these last days two important names have been added to the caravan; Jordi Viladoms (Bordone-Ferrari Racing Team) among bikes and Khalifa Al Mutaiwei-Andreas Schulz (Fazza Team). The first one will be the only rider attending for this Italian team and he’ll try to double his first world victory gained in Sardinia last June.

For Al Mutaiwei-Schulz it’s even more important to reach the finishing line; the Emirates driver on board of the Mini is in fact the actual leader of the general classification of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, leading with 115 scores versus the 106 of his most direct contender Jean Louis Schlesser.

The Pharaons will probably be decisive with its 60 scores as a prize and could close the games within one early race. The last race of the World Cup will in fact be the Baja Portalegre in Portugal on early November.

Few days to go for the exciting challenge in the Egyptian desert that will officially open on Saturday September 29th with two days reserved to scrutineerings. On October 1st from the astonishing terrace over the Pyramids of Giza, the official start of the 2012 Pharaons Rally will be given, for the first scheduled leg. Total kilometres are 2300 to be faced by riders and drivers with all the typical efforts of the big African marathons. Ancient caravan trails, challenging off roads and many, many dunes will mark every day the obstacles to conquer, in order to pass below the finishing arch on Saturday October 6th.

As usual the Pharaons will be followed by the TV reporters of France 24, with broadcasts in English, in French and in Arabic, of News Eurovision and ..... that will daily tell about the performances of riders and drivers and of the atmosphere of Pharaons. The schedules will be published shortly on our website