|Abu Dhabi DC: All three X-raid team vehicles secure Top 6 positions in SS03.|
For X-raid, the fourth day of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge proved to be another successful one. In the 3rd stage of the event, Khalifa Al-Mutaiwei (UAE) and his German navigator Andreas Schulz set the second-fastest time behind Jean-Louis Schlesser, with their Mini All4 Racing.
They were followed by the Russian pairing Ilya Kusnetsov And Roman Elagin (BMW X3CC) in 3rd position. The fine team result was completed by the Germans Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt in the KS Tools BMW X3CC who finished 6th.
The third special stage was dominated by the battle of Al-Mutaiwei and Schlesser for the win. The driver from Dubai held the lead for a long time but in the end, he was defeated by two minutes. In the overall standings, he now holds a 12-minute lead over Frenchman Patrick Sireyjol in third position.
Kusnetsov also succeeded in defending his position among the front runners throughout the 345-kilometre leg. Following his third position in the ‘Super Special’, this was his best result in the desert legs to date. He now holds sixth position in the overall standings.
By finishing sixth, Stephan Schott also secured his best Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge result to date. With this result, the German worked his way up eighth place in the overall standings.
2012/04/05 | 13:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/X-RAID