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Dakar 2007: X-Raid BMW now with two cars in the Overall Top 10.

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and French co-driver Alain Guehennec climbed to seventh overall in the 29th Dakar Rally, after the seventh timed special stage of between Zouerat and Atar in north-west Mauritania on Friday. Al-Attiyah headed towards Atar this morning in 10th place, but the Qatari was third fastest at the first passage control, a mere 2m 06s behind the leader Peterhansel, and eventually finished the stage in fifth position in his BMW X3CC.

German Kleinschmidt and Swedish co-driver Tina Thörner began today’s stage in 29th position in the overall classification. The German had suffered alternator problems on the run into Zouerat and was forced to stop again this morning after 17km. "Guerlain’s accident yesterday was a carbon copy of the accident I had with Colin McRae two years ago," admitted co-driver Thörner. "He was really pushing to gain some time. It was a typical racing accident."

Spaniard José-Luis Monterde and Jean-Marie Lurquin held 13th overall at the Zouerat bivouac. He completed the stage in 5h 29m and held the 10th position at the rest day with several cars still to arrive at the service point. Brazilian Paulo Nobre and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro began the second Mauritanian special stage in 18th position in the overall standings and were classified 57th overall after today´s stage.

2007/01/12 | 21:26 CET | Editor: MR/X-Raid

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