Andrew Houlihan continues to climb back up the standings in the 2020 Africa ECO Race. Another 20th place in Stage 4 today has moved him to 30th overall. Today’s 380km special stage threw plenty of challenges to the riders – many sandy and rocky tracks, lots of dust, and some bad fesh fesh.
A very strong result in Stage 3 has moved Andrew Houlihan back up the standings in the 2020 Africa ECO Race. Andrew finished the stage in 20th position (17th in his group), which has moved him up 21 places. He now sits 37th overall. Teammate Pablo Guillen also had a good day.
Heading out 38th in the morning, Andrew set a good pace and passed more than 15 riders in the first 200km. But then a fuel pump issue brought the Coca-Cola Energy KTM to a standstill for an hour and a half. In the true spirit of the race, teammate Pablo Guillen stopped to assist.
The first stage of the 2020 Africa ECO Race is done! A 241km liaison, short 23km special stage to determine the starting order for stage 2, and another 489km liaison to Tarda. Andrew’s time in the special places him 38th in the field of 73 bikes.
When Australian off-road racer Andrew Houlihan rolls up to the start line for Stage 1 of the 2020 Africa ECO Race later today, he’ll be doing it on a new bike with new sponsorship from Coca-Cola Energy.
Andrew revealed the new Coca-Cola Energy KTM 450 Factory Rallye bike and its stunning livery in Monaco this week.
Coca-Cola Energy has partnered with the Nomadas Adventure Rally Team to support Andrew and teammate Juan Pablo Guillen in what will certainly be one of the toughest challenges so far in their off-road racing careers.
As well as competing under the new sponsorship arrangement for the first time, this event is Andrew’s debut on the new KTM 450 Factory Rallye.
Andrew is in Monaco for the start of the 2020 Africa ECO Race. He will ride the new KTM 450 Factory Rallye bike, and the team has secured a sponsorship arrangement with Coca-Cola Energy. Both team bikes are now carrying spectacular Coca-Cola Energy livery.
The Africa ECO Race is an annual rally raid that starts in Europe and follows much of the path of the original Paris-Dakar. For 12 days competitors race more than 6,500km through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal where the finishers will stand proudly on the famed podium at “Lac Rose”.
While most people are celebrating on New Year’s Eve, Albury based motorcycle racer Andrew Houlihan will be leaving Australia to embark on the toughest challenge so far in his international off-road racing career.
Andrew will be travelling to Europe and then on to Africa to compete in the 2020 Africa ECO Race, a gruelling 6,000 km rally held over 14 days in early January.
He will be competing as part of the Swiss based Nomadas team, and for the first time will be racing on his Coca-Cola Energy KTM 450 Factory Rallye bike.
Andrew is now 9th in the 2019 Rally du Maroc Enduro Cup going into the final day tomorrow.. “Every day seems to get harder, maybe it’s fatigue setting in. I’ve been in Morocco now for 25 or 26 days and have been on the bike either racing or training for 18 of those days.”
Andrew Houlihan started Stage 3 in 12th place overall in the Enduro Cup category. A 14th place today has moved him up to 10th place. Andrew says he “had a reasonable day with navigation, only losing maybe 30-40 minutes. Bike problems were minimal as well which was good.”