Kickoff in the  Algarve !

With the sun shining and spring-like temperatures, a number of the Africa Eco Race competitors took advantage of the opportunity to ‘put on a show’ in front of the many spectators who had come to admire the cars, during a shakedown. The Municipality of Portimao had done things in style, having built a spectacular off-road circuit by the sea side, close to the Marina, in order to allow all those who wished, to test their cars before spending the next two days with the official scrutineering procedures at the « Palais des Expositions Arena Portimao ».

And they did not hold back … to the delight of the spectators.  According to the applause, the day’s star was definitely Elisabete Jacinto with her MAN track.   The public was enchanted and delighted to see the competitors enjoy themselves, doing two or three laps one after each other !  Afterwards, it was time for autographs, or for photos alongside the ‘stars’,  between the cars in the car park, all taking place in a convivial atmosphere which was a real pleasure to see !