Sporting the number #251, Eric de Seynes and co-driver Camelia Liparoti were put to the test during a short 8-kilometer prologue stage. The course was made up of a variety of terrain, with gravel, hardpack and sand, which made for a technically challenging yet enjoyable sprint to the finish. Eric de Seynes enjoyed taking the time to get used to driving the YXZ1000R prototype but admitted to preferring the long-distance stages and was thrilled to get to the finish mistake-free. At the same time, co-driver Camelia Liparoti – who is usually in the driver’s seat - used the time to adapt to her new responsibilities as navigator and is looking forward to the remainder of the rally.
Alongside the X-raid developed prototype, two regular YXZ1000R European Cup crews from Franco Sport were also in action, vying for both Andalucia Rally honours as well as a Wild Card entry into the prestigious YXZ SuperFinale. Franco Sport YXZ1000R driver Mario Franco and co-driver Nuno Guilherme put in a superb performance on the short, fast, opening prologue stage to top the open class standings. Teammates Manuel and Pedro Breyner crossed the finish line in a favourable 12th position.
Stage One of the Andalucia Rally will begin tomorrow, May 13th, where Eric de Seynes and Camelia Liparoti will start 58th in the FIA category. The stage will comprise a total of 293 kilometers, 257 of which will be the timed Special Stage.