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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: Roma and Sunderland closer to first ADC-win.






Only a final leg disaster can prevent Spain’s Nani Roma from claiming a first victory in the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" after another day of spectacular action which saw Dubai-based British rider Sam Sunderland extend his lead in the bikes class with a masterful display in the Rub Al Khali on Wednesday.

While defending champion Jean-Louis Schlesser scored his second successive stage victory on the 266 km Nissan Stage 4, taking it with a margin of just over nine minutes to go second overall, the next fastest time on the day was enough to give Roma and French co-driver Michel Perin a lead of 37:09 minutes in the cars category to carry into the final leg in their Mini All4 Racing.

After getting stuck in soft sand and also losing time when they stopped to repair the engine fan, Brazillian Guilherme Spinelli partnered by Youssef Haddad in a Mitsubishi ASX V8 could manage only the sixth fastest time on the day, slipping one place to third, another 20 minutes adrift of Schlesser.

Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke and fellow-countryman Erik Van Loon, both driving an HRX Ford (based on former factory Mitsubishi Racing Lancer), and Roma’s team-mate, Poland’s Krystof Holowczyc in another Mini, completed the Top 6.

Roma finished the Nissan stage to say: "I just stayed behind Krystof and used his tracks today. It was still a very difficult stage with some very tough patches where, if you got stuck, you would be there for ages. It’s nice to have a strong lead going into the final stage, but at the same time I have to remain focused as a lot can happen on one stage."

Patnered by Russian co-driver Konstantin Zhilstov, six-times Desert Challenge winner Schlesser said: "Today was a very long and difficult stage. The dunes were very steep and very technical to get through. I wanted to take second place overall, but it is too much to expect to catch Roma."

Leading the bikes class by a slender 58 seconds overnight, Sunderland underlined his emergence as a force in international cross country rallying by outpacing some of the world’s best riders as he increased his lead to 2:53 minutes from Spain’s reigning world champion and six-times Desert Challenge winner, Marc Coma.

Tired, but clearly focused on his objective at the end of the Nissan Stage, Sunderland said: "The last part was all piste and I lost my exhaust, and when that happens you lose a lot of power which is what happened now."

He added: "I just want to take it day by day and absolutely don’t want to think about winning right now. We will see how it goes. Anything can happen as you can see with my exhaust. There are so many factors to take into consideration. But I am in a good position and will sit with the manager tonight and talk about how we will tackle the last leg on Thursday."

Also on course for a victory, like Roma and Sunderland, if he can avoid problems on the final leg, is Qatari rider Mohammed Abu-Issa who leads the quads category by more than 16 minutes from the UAE’s defending champion Obaid Al Kitbe.

The stage is set for a great climax over the 296km Abu Dhabi Aviation SS 5, with the ceremonial finish for the Desert Challenge taking place at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi at 4pm on Thursday.

“The Desert Challenge has again lived up to its reputation as one of the great motor sport adventures,” said Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, founder of the event and President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers.

"We could have three first-time winners on Thursday, but none of them can afford to take anything for granted as one mistake in this event can prove very costly."

Overall results after SS04 Abu Dhabi Cars Top 10

01) Roma / Perin (ES/F) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 13:41:01
02) Schlesser / Zhilstov (F/RUS) | Schlesser Buggy | T1 | 14:18:10
03) Spinelli / Haddad (BRA/BRA) | Mitsubishi ASX | T1 | 14:38:13
04) Ten Brinke / Baumel (NL/F) | HRX Ford Mitsubishi | T1 | 14:56:36
05) Van Loon / Rosegaar (NL/NL) HRX Ford Mitsubishi | T1 | 15:03:03
06) Holowczyc / Schulz (PL/D) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 15:33:14
07) Zapletal / Marton (CZ/PL) | Hummer H3 Proto | T1 | 15:55:05
08) Ogorodnikov / Nikolaev (RUS/RUS) | Overdrive Toyota Hilux | T1 | 16:34:08
09) Schott / Palmeiro (D/PT) | Mini All4 Racing | T1 | 16:49:27
10) Saeidan / Telauny (KSA/F) | Polaris | T3 | 16:52:08

Overall results after SS04 Abu Dhabi Cars ALL (PDF)

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Overall results after SS04 Abu Dhabi Bikes Top 10

01) Sam Sunderland (UAE) | Honda CRF 450 X | 11:16:54
02) Marc Coma (ES) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 11:19:47
03) Paulo Goncalves (PT) | Speedbrain 450 Rally | 11:20:29
04) Pal Anders Ullevalseter (N) | KTM 450 Rally | 11:33:13
05) Jakub Przygonski (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 11:37:22
06) Tedeusz Blazusiak (PL) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 12:07:52
07) Juan Salvatierra Carlos (BOL) | HM Honda 500 | 12:09:04
08) Miran Stanovnik (SLO) | KTM 450 Rally Replica | 12:18:57
09) Ozair Khalid Khamis (UAE) | Honda CRF 450 X | 12:42:12
10) Sean Linton (GB) | KTM 500 EXC | 12:49:04

Overall results after SS04 Abu Dhabi Bikes ALL (PDF)

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2013/04/09 | 22:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ADDC











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