|Baja Spain: Campos wins, Novitskiy still FIA-leader, Quandt "A good result".|
Just one week after the one-two success at the Silk Way Rally in Russia, the German-based Monster X-raid Team team was again in winning ways at the Baja Spain. The Portuguese duo of Filipe Campos and Jaime Baptista claimed victory in the round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies at the wheel of their Yser BMW X3 CC.
Portuguese team mates Bernardo Moniz da Maia and Joana Sotto-Mayor secured eighth position in their first appearance in the new Mini All4 Racing and the Russian-German duo of Leonid Novitskiy and Andreas Schulz finished seventh in their BMW X3 CC and maintained the lead in the 2011 FIA World Cup.
Campos gave his opposition no real chance in the three-day event around Zaragoza. The Portuguese won the super special and three of the four stages. The result was all the more impressive, bearing in mind that the BMW driver had to open all four specials as the first car on the route and had no tracks to follow. Only on the last stage did he set the fourth fastest time.
On fourth position overall a second good result for a X-raid BMW. The Czech privateers and former FIA World Cup winner Miroslav Zapletal and Tomas Ourednicek finished with 15:32 minutes after the leader with their white-grey BMW X3CC.
Novitskiy maintains his lead in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies after this fourth round, courtesy of seventh position. Main French rival Jean-Louis Schlesser could only finish 10th. Novitskiy lost several minutes on the last stage with three flat tyres and, because his car was only carrying two spares, he had to wait for team mate Moniz da Maia to lend him a spare wheel.
"All three cars in the top eight. That’s a really good weekend for us," said X-raid team boss Sven Quandt. "Filipe has driven very fast and steady and has rightly secured the victory. The Baja Spain was also a success for Leonid. We must also remember that our rivals in the Mitsubishis were able to run with a six-speed manual gearbox and a larger air restrictor. Bernardo also had a good run to eighth. That was a really good result. "
2011/07/25 | 02:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/SZLAPKA/PERKINS