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Event description

Intercontinental Rally is an annual off-road competition and adventure tour for motor enthusiasts who want to participate in a challenging and well-organized, trans-African rally.

The 2020 edition of the rally will take place from January 20th to February 1st. The route passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal evoking a timeless sense of adventure and exploration. From the endless dunes of the Sahara to the desolate expanses of coastal deserts, the rocky trails of the High Atlas, and the low lying Savannah, each day brings new surprises and unexpected challenges.

In an effort to make the Intercontinental Rally an event accessible to almost any off-road driver and rider, we have a short and long route options each with competitive and touring categories.

The route choices are: a 5 day “Lite” route starting in Mahirija, Morocco and ending in Dakhla, Morocco and a 13 day Full Range route starting in Almeria and ending on the shores of Lac Rose in Senegal. Each of these is further differentiated into two categories based on the level of competition and difficulty of the terrain.

The Race categories are a physically demanding and navigation-wise challenging competition that will test even seasoned veterans of African rallies. During each stage, competitors race against the clock on an off-road course navigating with GPS receivers and reaching control points. There are 7 main classes and 8 categories: Motorcycles (categories M1 to 450cc, M2 451cc to 690cc and M3 691cc up) , Quads (categories Q1 to 700cc and Q2 701cc up), UTV/BUGGY (max 1499cc), Cars (categories C1 to 3000cc, C2 3001cc to 4200cc and C3 4201cc up), Women, Veteran (47+) and Classic vehicles (built before 1993) – with the top three finishers in each receiving awards. Special recognition is awarded to the most successful team overall.

The Adventure category provides a more relaxed rally experience without competition or a prescribed route. Adventure category participants receive a detailed road book with the daily stages and are free to roam and discover, visiting places along the route and connecting with local people.

General Rules

1.IRC is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of their rally experience or nationality.(Exception is possible only in the Adventure category. The younger 18 must be accompanied by parents all time.)

2.Federations license is not required to participate.

3.Every participant is responsible for his/her own safety and security.

Participants must understand the dangers associated with the rally and also understand that they are participating at their own risk. Each participant is responsible for damages they may cause to vehicles, humans, animals or property.

4.The driver is responsible for all passengers in the vehicle.

5.All participants must obey the local traffic laws. In particular they must respect the speed limit on paved roads and through settlements.

6.Cancellation. The 50% of registration fee is refundable till 30.10.2020. Cancellation must be made with cancellation form (available by request). After 30.10.2020, the fee is non-refundable unless the rally is canceled because of event of force majeure.

7.The registration is for a specific category (Race, Adventure) and route (Lite, Full) and cannot be changed at a later date.

8.Registration is transferable free of charge till 30.11.2020.

9.The event is limited to 100 registered vehicles.

10.Registration application and full payment must be submitted by November 30, 2020 and no applications will be accepted after this date.

11.Upon successful completion of document and technical inspections every participant will be issued a rally pass that is required for entry into bivouac sites.

12.The accepted vehicles will receive adhesive race decals for their with their start number. The dimensions of the decals are as follows:
12.1.Cars/Trucks: 55cm tall x 80cm wide(both front door sides)
12.2.Moto, Quad/ATV: 13,5cm tall x 25cm wide (both sides and front)

13.A participant may be disqualified from the event under the following circumstances:
13.1.Failure to obey Org Team instructions
13.2.Grave offense against the rules
13.3.Behavior violating the spirit of the rules
13.4.Disregard for fair play
13.5.Dangerous or reckless driving on public roads
13.6.Harming the natural environment.
13.7.Requesting medical assistance in case of a technical break down is considered as reckless endangerment of other participants and will result in disqualification from the rally.
13.8.For safety reasons, without the explicit consent of the Rally Director in during of Intercontinental rally is prohibited 1) share any information on the following routes and accommodation with unregistered people (except government authorizations) , 2) Share a ride with unregistered people (except government authorizations). Violation of this will result in disqualification from the Rally.

14.Disqualified participants will not be allowed to continue in the Rally.

15.The rally director is the only authorized person who can explain and control the race rules.

16.The organizers reserve the rights to reject any applicant under no obligation to give any reason. Any payments prior the rejection will be refunded.

17.The director reserves the right to modify the route, competition
rules and travel arrangements as deemed necessary. All participants are required to accept and obey any changes announced by the organizers.

Document Requirements

1.Every driver must hold a standard and international driving license for the type of the registered vehicle.
2.Every vehicle must have a valid registration.
3.Every vehicle must have a valid international insurance (Green Card)
4.The registration shall be under the driver’s name. In case the vehicle is not registered under the driver's name, the driver must hold a French translation of the registration document validated by the power of attorney.
5.Every participant must hold a valid passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the event and must meet visa requirements of each country visited.
6.Every participant must hold a valid traveling insurance.
7.Every participant must hold the International Vaccination Card with recorded vaccination against Yellow Fever.
8.Every participant is fully responsible for his/her own border crossing and must provide all the required documents to the border officials.

Technical requirements

1.Every vehicle must pass the technical and document inspections before the start of the rally. Only vehicles that satisfy all the requirements will be allowed to start.(On serious problem with the permission of the Director of the Intercontinental Rally can be waivers granted.)
2.Every vehicle must be equipped with mandatory equipment comprised of GPS navigation, regional map and a first aid kit.
3.Additionally, cars and truck must be equipped with at a fire extinguisher, rope, tools for common repairs and equipment to extract the vehicle from sand and mud.
4.All participants must use personal protective equipment. Motorcyclist must wear a helmet at all times while riding.
5.All participants must be in adequate health to start each stage. The race director can at his discretion remove from the event anyone deemed injured or sick and unable to continue.
6.All vehicles must meet minimal range requirements.
6.1.The minimum range for cars and trucks is 600 km.
6.2.Minimum range required for motorcycles, quads and buggies is 250 km. If there (after 250Km) are no refueling opportunities on the course the ORG will carry your own jerry cans with your own fuel for Your refueling .

Race category regulations

1.Competition Regulations

1.1.Each vehicle is registered for the race according to the VIN number. Substituting vehicles during the rally is not allowed.
1.2.All race participating vehicles must be equipped with a gps receiver which must be turned on and storing the current track data for the entire duration of each stage. At the request of the race director the device must be made available to the organization for data download. This information may be used to verify compliance with the rules, specifically obeying speed limits and reaching of control points. The organization is setup for downloading and inspecting data from Garmin devices. If another brand is used the owner must be able to provide GPX formatted data.
1.3.Each vehicle must traverse the entire stage (special sections as well as any liaison sections) under own power of vehicle. (accept is only short recovery up to 30m in special sections) Failure to do so, such as getting towed, for any portion of the stage results in time penalties as described in the timing section.
1.4.Competitors are allowed to enter the special stage start corral 1 minute prior to their start time . The corral is marked by yellow and red flagging.
Competitors are allowed to start only on their start time. Early start is allowed only with agreement of organization.
1.5.Competitors unable to enter a stage or special section 1 can do the Excuse from the stage. Excuse card (available at ORG briefing or on start SS from ORG ) must be fill in and hand in personally to Organization on or before start time SS1. (in this situation ORG Team will not respond to further assistance requests till the team will be back in race) In this case they will be allowed to continue in the race later. Failure to notify the ORG Team will result in relegation into the adventure category. Excuse form the stage or special can be use only tree times (tree stages) for all rally.
1.6.If Competitors can not make the time limit for special section 1, will not be allowed to enter the special section 2. If Competitors will not make the time limit for last liaison of the day will be assigned 1 extra minut for each 1 minut after time limit.
1.7.Repairs during the rally, including the replacement or rebuild of major components, are allowed without penalties.
1.8.Every vehicle must start each stage in a roadworthy and safe condition and meet the technical inspection requirements.
1.9.The complete crew must be present for the duration of the stage. No team substitutions are allowed.
1.10.Violation of competition regulations results in relegation into the adventure class.
1.11 All vehicles must do minimum 50% of control points from all Intercontinental Rally (Full or Lite cat. ). Less than 50% of control points will result in relegation into the adventure category.
1.12 All vehicles must start and finish the Intercontinental Rally under own power.
1.13.Appeals and protests must be lodged within max 1 hours after arriving at the stage finish or 1 hours after publishing official result of the stage. The race director makes a ruling. If the appeal is denied the person requesting it will be fined 50€.


2.1.In the Race category the competitors race against the clock while reaching set control points and completing the timed special sections within a given time limit.
2.2.Competitor time is stopped only in case of medical assistance
for other rally participants or decision race director.
2.3.The stage itinerary lists both control points and way-points. Only the control points are mandatory. The way-points are provided only as navigational aids.
2.4.Control point is considered reached within 100 m radius of the GPS coordinate.
2.5.Every stage is comprised of one or more timed special section and liaison segments. Under certain circumstances (border crossing, inclement weather) a stage may be only a liaison without a special section.
2.6.Failure to start the special section 1 or firs start of the rally (without of Excuse 1.5) on time starts and a maximum of 10 minutes (extra the penalty are 5 extra minut for each 1 minut after start time.) will result in relegation into the adventure category.
Failure to start the special section 2 on time starts will result not be allowed to enter the special section 2 .
2.7.If the vehicle fails to start the special section it will not be allowed to enter the special section. (And can meet the 2.6, 1.5)
2.8.Competitors who do not complete a special section will be assigned the 10 hour penalty or all stage will be assigned the 20 hour penalty (it means, that if the competitors will not make the finish of the stage).
2.9.Penalty for failure to traverse the entire stage under own power, i.e. being towed, results in 4 hour penalty for the stage. (accept is only short recovery up to 30m in special sections)
2.10.Not reaching a control point will results in 2 hour penalty for the each control point.
2.11.At the request of the race director the GPS device must be made available to the organization for GPS data download. This information may be used to verify compliance with the rules, specifically obeying speed limits and reaching of control points. The organization is setup for downloading and inspecting data from Garmin devices. If another brand is used the owner must be able to provide GPX formatted data. Failure to provide the track data for the most recent stage will result in 8 hour penalty.
2.12.The standings are based on the overall time.
2.13.Time penalties will be issued by the race referee for breaking traffic laws on public roads and in locations disclosed during the briefings (villages, residential areas). The violation carries are 2 min penalty for each kilometer over the speed limit.

3.Itinerary and Navigation

3.1.At the evening briefing prior to every stage participants will receive a stage itinerary in either paper form or as Garmin Mapsource file (.gdb).
3.1.1.If the participants choose the electronic format they must provide a USB Flash drive for upload before briefing before start.
3.2.Content of the Itinerary
3.2.1.GPS coordinates for special section start and finish location
3.2.2.Coordinates of control points and refueling
3.2.3.Route way points
3.2.4.Locations of refueling stations along the route
3.2.5.Mobile and satellite phone numbers to contact organizers
3.2.6.Other important guidelines for the stage
3.3.Participants will also receive a stage scoring card containing
3.3.1.Precise time to start each special section.
3.3.2.Time limit for each special section.
3.3.3.Time penalties associated with the failure to reach each control point.
3.4.The scoring card (start card ) needs to be turned to a designated ORG team member. If will be lost the scoring card (start card ) will result 1 hour penalty.

4.Technical and medical assistance

4.1.Participants may receive technical assistance from another participant or service team at any time during the race without penalization.
4.2.Every vehicle in the Race category must be equipped with the SPOT GPS messenger device providing the capability to request medical or technical assistance.
4.3.The organizers must be reimbursed 300€ for lost ORG SPOT device before the participant is allowed to continue.
4.4.Anyone who requests technical or medical assistance from the organizers will be relegated to the adventure class. .(except for legitimate calling for the other rally participants in medical case)

Adventure category regulations

1.Prior to every stage participants will receive a stage itinerary listing GPS route way-points and locations of refueling stations along the route.

2.The itinerary will also list any other important guidelines for the stage including mobile and satellite phone contacts for organizers.

3.Every stage will be assigned a generous time limit allowing for comfortable completion of the stage as well as additional time for exploration and sightseeing.

4.Participants are required to arrive at the bivouac within the set time limit and notify the organizers if they are delayed.

5.The organizers are not obliged to assist the participants after the stage time limit without the late arrival notification.

6.The participants can register their own SPOT device with the organization.

7.The participants can request medical or technical assistance from the organization once (except for legitimate calling for the other rally participants in medical case) for the duration of the rally using their personal spot device, satellite phone or mobile phone if service is available.
7.1.The participant is allowed to continue after requesting assistance from the organizers at their own risk
7.2.Organizers will not respond to additional assistance requests.

8.Requesting medical assistance in case of a technical break down is considered as reckless endangerment of other participants and will result in disqualification from the rally.
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