|Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: A special challenge for Mini-Newbee Van Loon|
The second stage of the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" was heavy, both for man and machine. Today the X-raid customers and rally-experts but Mini All4 Racing-"Newbees" Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar from Holland had a special challenge. After approx. 35 miles the engine of the Mini was running perfect, but does not respond to the throttle.
"We stopped in the stage and tried to find the problem," reported Van Loon. "It took a while, but than we could find the mistake and repaired it quickly. Simply two wires were not plugged correctly."
He continued: "Even if we lost a lot of time it was a good learning experience - to find the mistake under pressure and became friendly with the tools and technics of the car. Overall, the car is very good and we are very satisfied. After we stopped we could catch a lot of cars again and went forward. Tomorrow is a new day and we go for it again!"
Navigator Wouter Rosegaar said: "During the stage, we saw a lot of cars standing, in some teams the driver or codriver got sick. The hilly ground was like a rough sea or like sitting in a fast rollercoaster - I also was shortly before getting sick. Tomorrow also promises to be a tough day, but that makes the challenge even more funny."
Top 10 stage results CARS SS 02 Monday
01) Vasilyev/Zhiltsov (RUS/RUS) I X-raid Mini I 03:46:48 I 00:00:00
02) Dabrowski/Czachor (PL/PL) I Overdrive Toyota I 03:53:59 I 00:07:11
03) Al Helei/Alkendi (UAE/UAE) I Nisan T1 I 03:56:34 I 00:09:46
04) Malysz/Marton (PL/PL) I Overdrive Toyota I 03:57:15 I 00:10:27
05) Zapletal/Marton (CZ/PL) I Hummer H3 Proto I 03:59:19 I 00:12:31
06) Schott/Schulz (D/D) I X-raid Mini I 04:05:21 I 00:18:33
07) Issabayev/Demyanenko (KZ/RUS) I Overdrive Toyota I 04:08:27 I 00:21:39
08) Corbett/Mohr (RSA/RSA) I Century Buggy I 04:13:24 I 00:26:36
09) Rakhimbayev/Nikolaev (KZ/KZ) I X-raid Mini I 04:13:40 I 00:26:52
10) Grigorov/Meshcheryakov (RUS/RUS) I Nissan I 04:17:38 I 00:30:50
Top 10 overall results CARS SS 02 Monday
01) Vasilyev/Zhilstov (RUS/RUS) I X-raid Mini I 07:32:12 I 00:00:00
02) Dabrowski/Czachor (PL/PL) I Toyota Overdrive I 07:32:56 I 00:00:44
03) Malysz/Marton (PL/PL) I Toyota Overdrive I 07:53:34 I 00:21:22
04) Zapletal/Marton (CZ/PL) I Hummer H3 Proto I 08:00:03 I 00:27:51
05) Al Helei/Alkendi (AR/AR) I Nissan Pickup Proto I 08:09:20 I 00:37:08
06) Schott/Schulz (D/D) I X-raid Mini I 08:29:59 I 00:57:47
07) Grigorov/Meshcheryakov (RUS/RUS) I Nissan I 08:59:00 I 01:26:48
08) Berezovskiy/Falkov (KZ/KZ) I Nissan Patrol T2 I 09:02:09 I 01:29:57
09) Van Loon/Rosegaar (NL/NL) I X-raid Mini I 09:04:14 I 01:32:02
10) Issabayev/Demyanenko (KZ/RUS) I Toyota Overdrive I 09:11:28 I 01:39:16
2014/04/08 | 00:43 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/VL