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Dakar 2007: Qatars Al Attiyah looses positions after bad mistake.

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver Alain Guehennec arrived in Dakar in 4th overall position after the 14th stage - but then ordered back into 6th position overall after another time-penalty. What has happened? The Qatari and his French co-driver Alain Guehennec passed a village with 90 km/h, only 50 km/h were allowed here. More painful: They were too fast in the liasion, not in the stage. So this is the third time-penulty for the X-Raid-duo during the Dakar 2007 - so Al Attiyah could be happy not to be withdrawed from the race.

For the German-based X-Raid BMW Team this are bad news - after the second penulty (for a speeding in Morocco) Al Attiyah lost his overall 3rd position, the French Jean-Louis Schlesser climbed up. With the 4th or 5th position Al Attiyah could secure the best position for a Diesel-engine powered race-car in the Dakar 2007, but after his third penalty yesterday and his 6th position overall Volkswagen will now reach this honourful result.

German driver Jutta Kleinschmidt and Swedish co-driver Tina Thörner had retained 15th place at the start of the final Black African stage into Dakar this morning and were an excellent eighth fastest on the special to maintain 15th. Spaniard José-Luis Monterde and Jean-Marie Lurquin began the day in 16th position, but lost over 25 minutes to the leaders and finished the stage in 43rd place, although Monterde retained 16th overall. Brazilian Paulo Nobre and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro were 40th this morning in their BMW X5 and set the 24th fastest time into Dakar. They retained a position inside the top 40.

2007/01/21 | 12:03 CET | Editor: MR/hs/X-Raid

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