Chrissie Beavis and Nicole Pitell-Vaughan celebrate their second-place result in the #180 Toyota Tacoma at the finish of the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. (Photo: Nicole Dreon / Rallye Aicha des Gazelles)

Chrissie Beavis and Nicole Pitell-Vaughan celebrate their second-place result in the #180 Toyota Tacoma
at the finish of the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. (Photo: Nicole Dreon / Rallye Aicha des Gazelles)

ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — After nine days of grueling off-road competition in Morocco, American teams claimed two podium spots in the hotly contested 4×4 division of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. Final results saw four American teams placed in the top 10 and all eight U.S. entries awarded finish positions.

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The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles saw a change in fortunes for several leading American teams on Tuesday as mechanical issues and tough terrain challenged the front-runners.

Rallye-Aïcha-des-Gazelles-3-13-13March 13th, 2013 (Oceanside, CA) – Five American teams will depart on Friday for one of the toughest all-female sporting events in the world, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles.  The grueling off-road driving and navigation event will kick-off in two iconic locations before transferring to Southern Morocco’s most beautiful, challenging and unpredictable terrain.

Concurrent with the record number of American women participating this year, the rally organizers have designated Casablanca as the host city and ceremonial start for 23 North American and Moroccan teams.  The new 5-star beach resort, Hotel Mazagan, will host a welcome ceremony, press event and technical inspections.