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Dakar 2007: Stories from some private Mitsubishi-Teams.

China’s Lui Bin and French co-driver Serge Henninot began the stage in 46th overall and 28th position on the stage. They were 42nd fastest into Kayes and slipped to 49th place. "It was okay today, but I think the stage was more tiring than the last two specials in Mauritania," said Bin. "It was more like a jungle. There were some low trees with no tops, just roots and stumps. It was easy to break the suspension. I broke a mirror on the tree, but nothing serious."

Frenchman Dominique Housieaux and co-driver Jean-Michel Polato were the 39th team into today’s stage in their Mitsubishi L200 Triton and finished 23rd. They remain the leading Mitsubishi privateers in 19th place. Thailand’s Mana Pornsiriched and French co-driver Jean Brucy were classified 24th at the finish of the day’s stage and now hold 68th overall. "The stage today reminded me of a typical special in Thailand," said Pornsiriched. "It was not so difficult, but more of a test for my co-driver and his navigation skills. We hit three tiny trees today. There was no major damage, but just some scratches on the car."

Russian Leonid Novitskiy was 21st on the road this morning, while Brazilian Klever Kolberg began this morning’s stage 22nd on the road, behind the Russian. The Brazilian finished the stage in an excellent 20th position and now holds 59th, while the Russian is 21st overall after setting the 15th fastest time. "The landscape and the scenery in Mali were very beautiful," said Novitskiy. "There were many small baobab trees on the stage and we were very careful. We grazed some gently, but nothing too serious. No problems with the car." Yaroslav Soloviev was 43rd of the 111 starters to leave Ayoûn-el-Atroûs this morning and finished the stage in 35th place to hold 52nd position.

2007/01/19 | 14:22 CET | Editor: MR/MMSP/Neil Perkins

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