Gifts from partners
Audrey of Team 153 (Audrey FONDANAUX / Angélique LASPOUGEAS - Saturne Services), receives many warm wishes, and for good reason: this Friday March 15th is her 41st birthday. She has tears in her eyes: “I decided to do this rally exactly a year ago, the day I turned 40, which makes this day even more important and very emotional for me.” She and the other Gazelles are then given a set of gifts from various event partners. They receive a keychain, pen and mini first-aid kit from Bosch Car Service, a new partner who will be present throughout the rally at the mechanics area of the bivouac. Atol offers yellow-tinted glasses that improve night vision for better night driving, as well as sunglasses and a planner. Nikel, the first individually packaged wet toilet paper, will also be accompanying the Gazelles into the desert. Maïenga, the event’s organizer, gives each competitor a collapsible cup. The event is highly committed to protecting the environment and is the only motorsport with ISO 14001:2015 certification. And the Gazelles receive a ‘mascot’ in the form of a plush toy from CBA Informatique. The Gazelles then get to know each other over a cup of coffee. The mood is cheerful and there is a smile on every face. No stress for the moment… maybe tomorrow, when the adventure officially begins with the ceremonial start on the Promenade des Anglais de Nice.