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Al Rajhi, Salvatierra and Sonik are the new Pharaons


GIZA – After an intense week made of desert, high temperatures and hard tracks, the arrival to the Giza pyramids is really a moment of relief for the Pharaons Rally 2014 survivors. Emotions, some tears of joy, many souvenir photos with the fantastic Pyramids on the background.

No particular surprises has shaken the general ranking, so Yazeed Al Rajhi, Juan Carlos Salvatierra and Rafal Sonik were crowned as new pharaons, in car, bike and quad categories. Nasser Al Attiyah tried in every way to attack Saudi, he overtook him at km 50, but Yazeed had only to control by distance Qatar pilot dust, and lost only three minutes on track.

Surprise among cars arrived thanks to third podium position that until yesterday was firmly occupied by Polish Marek Dabrowski. Ex motorbike pilot broke his Toyota rear drive shaft reaching the final line with three hours delay and obviously lost the desired ...


Just one step to the Pyramids


BAHARIYA – Fortunately Pharaons temperatures decreased a bit, so the rally's fourth stage, a loop starting and arriving in Bahariya Oasis, has been enjoyable for everybody apart from motorbike leader, Juan Carlos Salvatierra, who fell down by the end of special stage for having relaxed too much.

Bolivian seriously damaged his Speedbrain, loosing fork oil and radiator water. Fortunately, both Cardona and Sonik stopped to get water from their camel-back, so Salvatierra could finish the stage. Today 315 km stage winner has been Nicolas Cardona with an advantage of three minutes on Rafal Sonik's quad and of ten minutes on Salvatierra.

Salvatierra still maintains competition leadership , but his advantage has now reduced to 21 minutes. Stefano Chiussi is third overall, but the surprising Italian fell down and dislocated his shoulder. He only has a three minutes advantage on Sonik that tomorrow will have the concrete opportunity to grab the ...


Yazeed controls Al Alattiyah, Salvatierra keep Cardona at distance


BAHARIJA – The show of Libyan Egyptian desert performed today during third Pharaons Rally 2014 stage, that ideally related Dakhla and Baharija Oasis with a special stage of 289 km among the wonderful landscapes pilots found around each corner.

Cars fight is becoming interesting, with Nasser Al Attiyah who's trying to regain the gap collected during the first day from Yazeed Al Rajhi.

Qatar “prince” won the stage again today, but Saudi had a delay of 1’23’’ only. More than nine minutes instead, the delay of Dutch Erik Van Loon, third in Baharija finish line.

Vladimir Vasilyev was performing a good trial and seemed to be going through today's victory, but the upper suspension arm breaking made him loose almost one hour for repairing. The fight at the top is among Mini All4Racing and Toyota Overdrive, as confirmed by Marek Dabrowski fourth place, that ended in front of ...


Al Attiyah and Salvatierra first in Dakhla


DAKHLA – Another hot day at Pharaons Rally, that left Nile Valley to go through the Libic Desert, in Dakhla oasis that hosted the first bivouac after the nights spent in hotel. Pharaons atmosphere has so begun in earness with a difficult special stage of 362,76 km, faced after a 244 km tranfer and started this morning at 11.

Temperatures over 47 degrees that made the day very difficult with lots of problems concerning dehydration especially for bikers.

Cars instead had to face wheel punctures, like the three happened to today winner Nasser Al Alattiyah or the two occurred to the general classification leader Yazeed al Rajhi.

Al Attiyah won with two minutes over the car brand companion Vladimir Vasilyev and with less than four minutes on Saudii Yazeed Al Rajhi, that remains at the top of the classification with two minutes over Vasilyev and nine over Al Attiyah.

Among ...


Al Attiyah gets lost and let Al-Rajhi to go ahead - Savatierra wins among bikes


LUXOR – Pharaons first stage suddenly heated pilots tempers, most of all because of the high temperatures that accompanied them during the whole day, reaching 48 degrees. A difficult day, especially for navigation, that created some important plot twist.

The 221 km Special Stage, rode among scenographic canyons and old caravan tracks, brought the 2014 Pharaons first surprise: Nasser Al Attiyah actually took the wrong track around km 100 by squeezing in the wrong valley and leaving almost thirteen minutes to today winner, Saudi Yazeed Al-Rajhi who made today a competition based on an attack strategy. Behind him the World Cup leader Vladimir Vasilyev, from Russia with a delay of 3’50’’. Vasilyev leads the small three Mini all4Racing squad, in front of Dutch Erik Van Loon and Al Attiyah. Fifth and sixth position for the two Hummer H3, with Kazakh Yuriy Sazonow and Czech Miroslav Zapletal.

Seventh position for Marek ...


Pharaons 2014 is on stage at El Gouna!


EL GOUNA – Three days of strong wind accompanied the 2014 Pharaons Rally first acts. After an intense day of administrative and technical checks, this morning top drivers had to pass under the watchful eye of the Commissaries.

A busy day for everybody, waiting to let off adrenaline since the very first afternoon when the show started with the Super Special Stage by the sea, a three km track that defined tomorrow first leg starting order.

El Gouna, the wonderful “self-contained town” just a bit north from Hurgada, has magnificently welcomed Pharaons Rally caravan, hosted in Abu Tig Marina that changed for a few days its luxurious tourist harbour vocation. Among luxurious yachts and picturesque tok-tok, small taxis riding daily in El Gouna, cars and bikes made the show starting since 3.30 pm

The fastest among two wheels was actually the Polish Rafael Sonik's quad, that realized the fastest ...


ESP-PHARAONS RALLY: ¡La cuenta atrás ha empezado!


¡La cuenta atrás ha empezado! El Rally de los Faraones 2014, del 18 al 25 de mayo vuelve al fantástico desierto egipcio para vivir una edición totalmente desconocida.

El carguero de Grimaldi Lines ‘Istanbul’ dejó el puerto de Venecia el pasado martes y está cruzando el mar Mediterráneo con destino final Alejandría, en Egipto.

Otros vehículos que tomarán parte en la carrera están llegando desde Dubai i Qatar con su GPS marcando el destino de El Gouna, en el Mar Rojo, que albergará la salida, por primera vez en la historia, de una nueva edición del Rally de los Faraones.

Las verificaciones tendrán lugar el domingo 18 de mayo y el día siguiente se celebrará una magnífica prólogo a tocar de la playa y luego la carrera seguirá con la mirada puesta en Luxor, primero, y luego para adentrarse en el desierto egipcio, para llegar a los oasis de Dakhla ...


PHARAONS RALLY, the legend is starting again!


Countdown has begun! The 2014 Pharaons Rally, from 18th to 25th May will be back in the amazing Egyptian desert for a never-ever-seen-before edition.

Grimaldi Lines’ Eurocargo Istanbul ship left Venice’s port in Italy on Tuesday and it is now sailing on the Mediterranean Sea toward its final destination Alexandria in Egypt. Many other vehicles are coming from Dubai and Qatar with their GPS set on El Gouna on the Red Sea, for the first time the start of the Pharaons Rally.

Scrutineerings will take place on May 18th, a marvelous prologue on the day after next to the beach and then the race starts heading toward Luxor, then through the Egyptian desert, touching Dakhla and Baharija’s oasis. The traditional and always exciting finish line is on Saturday May 24th in Cairo under the Pyramids of Giza.

The challenge among cars will turn out extremely hard and stunning ...




X-Raid is back at Pharaons Rally with 2 cars! The X-Raid team, absolute master of the 2014 Dakar (1st - 2nd - 3rd place), with its performing MINI ALL4 Racing, confirms its participation to the next Pharaons Rally, that will take place in Egypt in May 2014. Two cars registered in the race so far and probably others will join the team directed by Sven Quandt in the coming weeks.

There will be at the steering wheel of the MINI ALL4 racing Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) with co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) and Erik Van Loon (NDL) with co-pilot Wouter Rosegaar (NDL).

Vladimir Vasilyev is the Russian Rally champion, besides his tenth position at the last Dakar and sixteenth in 2013! Running with a new co-pilot (Konstantin Zhiltov). Although they just started the season, they already got top results, second place at the Northern Forest and fourth at the Italian Baja. Around the top ...




PRESS RELEASE - March 31st 2014

Back from scouting in order to verify the track of the coming 2014 Pharaons Rally, our “reco team” tells you that this year is dedicated to the pleasure of driving over different types of terrains and also to the pleasure of sight.

Actually the route will roll over a beautiful variety of terrains, over a rhythm that allows to show the technical skills of the vehicle and of its crew. It will reward more the quality of the driver than the risk taken and the high speed.

The scrutineering and the start of the Pharaons Rally will take place in the town of El Gouna, on the shore of the Red Sea. A small Egyptian "Las Vegas", El Gouna is a comfortable beach resort that offers many water sports for tourists. In order to arrange the best “place” for everyone at the start of the ...