In Anadia, a municipality in Portugal, during the presentation of the 12th edition, which is to start in Monaco on 5 January 2020, passing through Morocco, Mauritania and ending on 19 January in Senegal, Jacinto told Lusa that she continues "to look hard” for the financial means that allow her to defend the title won in the last edition.

“So far, I still do not have the participation guaranteed," Jacinto said, adding that she is looking for private funding for the large expenses of this type of competition, which can reach hundreds of thousands of euros.

Jacinto considered the possibility of replacing the truck with another vehicle to lower the costs.

If she can guarantee to finance, it will Jacinto’s 11th consecutive participation in the competition.

The Portuguese presence in the 2020 Africa Eco Race is to count on biker João Rolo, SSV rider Castro and João Póes de Mina. In cars, the team of Fernando Barreiros and Nuno Barreiros was also confirmed.

The race’s participants are to run a route of over 6,000km, through trails that largely coincide with the ones from the former African Dakar, with the arrival scheduled on 12 January in Lago Rosa in Dakar, Senegal.