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Baja Tierras del Cid: Race diary of Jaime Batista – Part 2.

It is always interesting to learn about how do those guys in the cockpit see the rallies from the inside. This weekend we have the honour to publish the diary of Jaime Baptista, co-driver of reigning Portuguese Champion Filipe Campos (X-Raid BMW X3 CC) from the Baja Tierras de Cid in Burgos, Spain.

”The first day of the Baja Terras d'El Cid went very well for the Yser Racing Team, since we got the first two places of the classification: me and Filipe [Campos] in the lead, and Bernardo [Moniz da Maia] and Joana [Sotto-Mayor] in second position.

This baja has some innovations in terms of structure, and one of them is the fact that we got the chance of passing in the Prologue for two times, counting the best time made. It was a nice experience, that i think the Portuguese organizers should try... The track was very fast and good for us to understand exactly what kind of stage will be held tomorrow.

The second leg will have 450 kilometres “non stop”. This means that the assistance and refuelling are part of the stage, and will count for the classification. We will start the day with a lot of confidence but also apprehensive of all the dificulties.

The Super Special today had some problems, whith some parts of it without any signs of the track, and also with some errors with the distances in the road book. This factors can make our lives very difficult tomorrow, because the track is very long and fast. 

Our BMW X3 is amazing and gives us all the guaranties to be fast and keep us in the front at the Baja Terras del Cid.”

Jaime Baptista

Classification of the Prologue
1. Filipe Campos/Jaime Baptista (BMW X3) 00:05:15
2. Bernardo Moniz da Maia/Joana Sotto-Mayor (BMW X3) +00:00:16
3. Luís Recuenco/Victor Alijas (Mitsubishi L200) +00:00:17
4. Rui Sousa/Carlos Silva (Isuzu D-Max) +00:00:18
5. Oscar Fuertes/Victor Vico (Herrator), +00:00:19

2009/09/19 | 21:47 CET | Editor: MR/Jaime Baptista/Rita Konya

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