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Baja Spain Aragon 2009 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Bajas)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Baja Spain Aragon 2009, third round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Bajas. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Baja Spain: X-Raid´s Filipe Campos - "Baja Spain a big challenge".

The Portuguese pilot Felipe Campos (X-Raid BMW X3CC privateer) accumulates 16 participations in the Spanish Baja since he landed here for the first time in 1988. He has been two times fourth and third last year. This 2009 he comes willing to finally win, which will be "a dream" for him. The chances are good and hard both: Involved in the X-Raid Crew Felipe Campos will start with Stéphane Peterhansel, Guerlain Chicherit, Joan "Nani" Roma and his private Teammate Bernardo Moniz Da Maia.

MR: How do you feel about the Baja Spain. What does it mean for you?

Campos: Baja Spain has a special meaning for me. My first participation in this event was in 1988 and from then until now I have more than a dozen presences. It’s a fast race, physically demanding, mainly due to the heat felt in July. However, Baja Espanha is, above all, a big challenge.

MR: How was your experience in last year´s Baja?

Campos: The year 2008 was fantastic and in last Baja edition I got, for the first time, in the podium. Racing against official pilots is, for me, reason of great enthusiasm. It is challenging and always rewarding measure forces with them.

MR: What do you like the most of this race?

Campos: I really like to see official teams present, something that I consider positive, because, by the fact that we are trying to give our best and drive at a fast pace, this allows us to develop. The tracks are fast and demanding at the driving level, something that gives me a great pleasure. On the other hand, we are always very well received, either by the organization or the other pilots.

MR: What do you find in dust and stones that you like so much to be a raids pilot?

Campos: It was always on this kind of tracks that I have raced. It was in this type of terrains that I did my entire racing career. I like, above all, the unexpected and only in this type of events it really exists. I continue to like a lot the dust and stones and I want to continue to race in all terrain events.

MR: What do you think about aragonese public/fans? Do they encourage you during the race?

Campos: I was always very well received and applauded by the Aragonese public/ fans during the several presences in this Baja and due to that I always try to give my best and present a good show.

MR: Who do you think is your harder opponent or rival?

Campos: By the technical conditions they have and the value of the pilots themselves, I think this year the X-Raid official pilots will be my biggest rivals.

MR: For the second year you have a BMW X3 CC prepared by X-RAID. How do you feel with it?

Campos: It’s, without doubt, the best car I drove until now. The BMW X3 CC has the ability of balance in a distinctive way power, agility, robustness and a suspension that makes it a real top car. It’s a unique racing car!

MR: Which are your objectives this year?

Campos: In this Baja I would like to fight for the victory and it is with this objective really present that I will race each of every specials.

MR: What will mean to you if you win the Spanish Baja?

Campos: It represents a dream! To offer Yser Racing Team the victory in this event and by doing that rewarding each of every team members by their effort and dedication in each event we participate is something that would please me a lot.

MR: What distinguishes the Portuguese and Spanish Championship?

Campos: Unfortunately the Spanish Championship is not going to Portugal and vice-versa, as it did in the past. Trying to have more events with Portuguese and Spanish pilots I think it would increase the value of both competitions, and that would become, certainly, more “tasty” to the public, the media, etc.

MR: Would you like to ad something?

Campos: To wish everyone good luck!

2009/07/23 | 14:40 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Baja Spain I Pics: AIFA

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