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Hungarian Baja 2008 Special-Newssection (FIA Baja Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Hungarian Baja 2008, 4th round of the FIA Worldcup for International Bajas. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Hungarian Baja: Ales Loprais wins Hungarian Baja in Truck-Category.

After the crash of Hungarian driver Istvan "Baba" Gal, the start of the remaining crews into Sunday’s special was cancelled and they had to finish the race with results after Saturday’s stage. Ales Loprais therefore wins the baja in the truck category. Trucks started in so-called Open-Class without the requirement of proper homologation. Open class was to run only one special on Sunday. When only the five remaining trucks were waiting to start into the special, the race was stopped after a heavy crash of Hungarian driver, Gal, whose car burned to the ground. The crew luckily escaped unhurt. All trucks were then sent to the parc ferme and their program for Sunday is blocked.

"Too bad for that, we came to Hungary to race, practice and test. And is what we are not getting at the moment. We wanted to run to the limit especially with the brakes to test their real durability. Yes, we are all pleased with the first place but we the portion of racing could have been greater. At least we see the truck is in a great shape, it has become much faster and clearly we are moving the right way, in terms of development," Ales Loprais said.

"For the whole morning, we had planned to be on the race track and instead we have to wait for the final ceremony in the afternoon. For formal reasons, we cannot skip this action, we could save a few hours," Ales’ navigator Ladislav Lala added.

So, for the last two specials only motorbiks and the international baja cup participants started. Last but not the least, Ales‘ victory is not the only success for Tatra as a brand as Slovak Ladislav Csekey takes the bronze for himself and his red Tatra. Ladislav is also a member of Loprais Tatra Team as a mechanic at greater events like Dakar.

2008/08/28 | 10:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Ales Loprais

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