American Expedition Vehicles
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:52

Leg 5 Recap

Leg 5 of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles brought the top competitors closer together in the standings, leaving little room for error between the three as the finish draws near.

Team Lerner Reina #107 finished strong once again, but fell two positions in the overall to tenth after placing 16th in Leg 5. With only two more days left of competition, they are staying cool despite the pressure as the only U.S. team in the top ten. Amy Lerner, driver, stated "We were a little off yesterday, and today both of us made an effort to make this one count. The only expectation we set for ourselves was to improve, and we've taken a lot of time this past year to learn and practice our skills."

Wednesday's Marathon leg will take the teams for two days through a 255 kilometer course, with nine CPs and two advanced "X" CPs in the high dunes of M'hamid, known as Erg Chegaga. The first day of the leg is known as one of the most difficult of the rally due to navigation challenges in the open, featureless landscape and tedious driving conditions. Old dune remains create sand traps, cratered silt and dried mud, making a straight line nearly impossilble.