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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Alvarez out, Roma and Sunderland leaders.







Spanish driver Nani Roma (X-raid Mini All4 Racing) swept to the front of the pack in the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" on Monday while Dubai-based British rider Sam Sunderland overshadowed the world’s best on two wheels to take the lead in the bikes class.

"It was definitely not easy and much harder than yesterday. I got stuck once and lost maybe seven minutes. But it’s ok – I’m feeling good at the moment" Roma said.

Partnered by French co-driver Michel Perin in his Mini, Roma was fastest over the gruelling 250 km special stage 2 which sent the rally on a difficult passage through the giant dunes of the Rub Al Khali, and he finished it leading the cars class by 17:10 minutes from Brazillian Guilherme Spinelli.

"This stage was more difficult than yesterday. I was climbing one of the biggest dunes in second gear and at the top I tapped my brakes slightly and got stuck. It cost us maybe ten minutes. But this is a very good experience for me as I’ve never driven in the desert before" Spinelli reported after the stage.

Accompanied by Youssef Haddad in a Mitsubishi ASX V8, Spinelli was 19:31 mins clear of Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and French co-driver Matthieu Baumel in third place in their HRX Ford, based on a former factory Mitsubishi Racing Lancer.

With another Dutchman, Erik Van Loon (Ford HRX), slipping one place overnight to fourth, defending champion and six-times Desert Challenge winner Jean Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Buggy) had a much better day after his problems on the first leg, climbing to fifth, although he was more than 50 minutes off the lead.

While a procession of cars and bikes became stuck in soft sand as the route wound its way through the spectacular but unforgiving dunes, Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saeidan took his Polaris into seventh position, while the UAE’s Yahya Al Helei shrugged off his first leg setback to move into the top ten, and lead the T2 production class.

The cars category was guaranteed a new leader on Monday when Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez, who had won the Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management special stage 1, withdrew overnight after his Toyota Hilux Overdrive was deemed unfit to continue. It had been damaged when it rolled 2 km from finish of the first stage.

While many of the riders found the going particularly tough today, Sunderland produced a stunning performance, outpacing world champion Marc Coma throughout the stage and finishing with a lead of 2 mins 13 secs from the Spaniard, the defending champion in the Desert Challenge and six-times winner of the event.

Portugal’s Paulo Goncalves, Norway’s former world champion Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Polish rider Jakub Przygonski and Dutchman Sebastian Husseini, the leader in the quads category, completed the top six who were separated by just over 20 minutes. Another UAE-based British rider, Dave McBride, held seventh place.

“It was hot, very hot, but a good day,” said Sunderland at the finish. “I had to do a bit of extra navigation at the end but the bike is going really well. It was just nice to get out there after missing out yesterday.”

The result underlined the star quality of a rider who made his mark in motocross before moving into cross country rallying in 2011. He won two stages on the Desert Challenge that year, and two more on the Australasian Safari before being knocked out of the event by a kangaroo.

He made his debut in the Dakar Rally last year, and was seventh fastest on first stage before being forced to retire with a mechanical problem. He was prevented from taking part in this year’s Dakar after being injured during testing for the event.

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Cars Top 10

01) Roma / Perin (ES/F) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 06:06:57
02) Spinelli / Haddad (BRA/BRA) | Mitsubishi ASX V8 | T1 | 06:24:07
03) Ten Brinke / Baumel (NL/F) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 06:43.38
04) Van Loon / Rosegaar (NL/NL) | Mitsubishi Ford HRX | T1 | 06:43.46
05) Schlesser / Zhilstov (F/RUS) | Schlesser Buggy | T1 | 06:57.50
06) Zapletal / Marton (CZ/PL) | Hummer H3 Proto | T1 | 07:07.27
07) Saeidan / Telauny (KSA/F) | Polaris | T3 | 07:24.23
08) Ogorodnikov / Nikolaev (RUS/RUS) | Toyota Hilux | T1 | 07:36.38
09) Alhelei / Alkendi (ARE/ARE) | Nissan Petrol | T2 | 07:39.08
10) Holowczyc / Schulz (PL/D) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 07:59:23

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Cars ALL (PDF)

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Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Bikes Top 10

01) Sam Sunderland (UAE) | Honda CRF 450 X | 03:41:00
02) Marc Coma Camps (ES) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 03:43:13
03) Paulo Goncalves (PT) | Speedbrain 450 Rally | 03:43:54
04) Pal Anders Ullevalseter (N) | KTM 450 Rally | 03:55:38
05) Jakub Przygonski (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:00:38
06) Sebastian Husseini (NL) | Honda TRX 700 XX | 04:01:26
07) David MC Bride (GB) | KTM 500 EXC | 04:02:56
08) Tedeusz Blazusiak (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:06:14
09) Juan Salvatierra Carlos (BOL) | HM Honda CRE F 500 X | 04:10:22
10) Miran Stanovnik (SLO) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 04:12:51

Overall results after SS02 Abu Dhabi Bikes ALL (PDF)

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2013/04/08 | 17:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/LEWIS











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