|Estoril-Marrakech: Vigouroux reassures his position before Morocco.|
Monday´s ground wasn´t the best for the Trophy Truck. Eric Vigouroux and Alex Winocq didn´t want to take risks. They finished this second stage in the seventh place overall, 29 minutes from the leader, Filipe Campos (X-Raid BMW X3CC), and they assure the head of the two wheel drive class.
"Monday we rolled at a nice pace, taking care of not wearing the car and avoiding unnecessary risks," tells Vigouroux. "The roads were very narrow and slippery, and the two BMW that started behind us reached the Trophy Truck, we let them pass without difficulties. We stood focused until the end, our goal was to limit the gap in these Portuguese stages before "letting out the beast" in Moroccan tracks. For the moment, we are exactly where we want to be."
After the long special of 188 km of this morning, where Vigouroux and Winocq achieved the seventh time, a gathering took place in Portimao. The day finished with a short but twisty special of 14,78 km where the Trophy Truck got the eighth position, with an average speed of 60 km/h. "Here, there was true steering, these narrow tracks are an excellent school to learn how to manage a rally-raid car. You just have to see how fast the young Portuguese drivers can go," highlighted Alex Winocq.
The stage of Tuesday will be the last to take place in Europe. Next to the start in Portimao, competitors will go for a 104 km special before a long road connection of 350 km that will take them to the port of Algeciras in Spain. After a night transfer by ferry, and disembark in Nador, the rally will become an African rally raid race.
2010/06/10 | 12:15 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/URTUBIA