The desert waits for the Pharaons
Leaning on the blue of the Mediterranean Sea, half way between El Alamein and Marsa Matrouh, the Caesar Bay Resort has welcomed two days of checks of the 2015 Pharaons Rally. hugged by the sea breeze, pilots and assistants have finalized all the initial procedures, ready to launch themselves in five difficult stages that will take all to the Giza Pyramids, where Saturday May 16th the Egyptian Rally will finish.
Today they have concluded the checks all the bigs of the two and four wheels, headed by the winners of the previous editions, the Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota Overdrive) among the cars, the Bolivian Chavo Salvatierra among the bikes and the Polish Rafal Sonik among the quad.
The fight among cars will be lead mainly by Nasser Al Attiyah (Mini X-Raid), that last year fought up to the last kilometer with Yazeed, and obviously also with the actual World Champion, the Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (Team G-Energy). Keep an eye also on the Brazilian Reinaldo Varela (Toyota) and the Czech Miroslav Zapletal (Team Offroad Sport). To fight against Salvatierra among the bikes will be mainly the Polish Jakub Piatek and the pilot Mohammed Balooshi from the Emirates, all on KTM, while the Qatarian Mohamed Abu Issa is the most dangerous competitor for the World Champion on quad Rafal Sonik.
All in all they passed the checks 26 cars, 16 bikes, 6 quads and 3 trucks.
The first stage tomorrow will lead the Rally at the Tibniya Oasis, the base of the Pharaons for these next three days. The first bike will leave Caesar Bay Resort at 4.45 to face the transfer of 215 km, before the special stage of 228 km. Other 103 kilometres will take pilots at the bivouac.