The Africa Eco race is back. The race has been held in North Africa since 2009.
After starting in Monaco, it speeds from Morocco to Mauritania to Senegal where the winners will be crowned on January 14. Between now and then are 12 stages and more than 6500 kilometres.
The first stage covers 610 kilometers on hard and stony ground from Nador to Domaine Mouly.
Pål Anders Ullevålseter has dominated the race in recent years winning the 2015 and 16 editions.
The Norwegian made a decent start claiming third spot 2mins 15secs off the pace in the motorcycle category.
Gev Teddy Sella from South Africa took the honours by coming home first. He was followed by the Italian Paolo Ceci 16 seconds behind.
In the cars category Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov from Russia took the honours in their Mini.
Ford Drivers Theirry Magnaldi and his partner Francois Borsotto were second 1min 3secs behind.
Mathieu Serradori and Belgian Fabian Lurquin were third more than five minutes behind the leaders.
Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Dimitri Nikitin from Russia won the race in the truck category.
The next stage takes the drivers over 393 kilometres from Doumaine Moulate to Tagounite where the drivers will face their first difficult challenge among the sand dunes.