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Italian Baja 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA International Baja Cup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Italian Baja 2007, 1st round of the FIA International Baja Cup. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Italian Baja: Boris Gadasin from Russia win Italian Baja with Nissan

The Grand Finale of the Italian Baja, applicable for the FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas, gave a surprising result. The Russian Crew with pilot Boris Gadasin and co-pilot Alexa Mironenko on their Nissan Pick up truck won with a total of 04:28:37. Right at the end of the last Selective Section on the riverbed of the Tagliamento (Spilimbergo, 46 km long), they were able to surpass the dominators of the race, Marc Blazquez with his co-national Manuel Navarro from Spain who, as a result of the axle shaft breaking on their Nissan Navara after crossing the riverbed, were blocked during the race.

Therefore the race, which had already created problems to a number of important protagonists especially Italians, excluded its main protagonist even though Blazquez’s results showed a clear dominance, as he had the best time for 8 out of the 10 Selective Sections. On the other hand Gadasin explained his success with the fact of being the only one able to surpass Blazquez and arriving in first position, passing to the lead Saturday after the first passage on "Spilimbergo", with Blazquez delayed by a small digression on the track and therefore allowing the Russians the possibility to win two of the Selective Sections.

Second place for Sandor Kis and Peter Czegledi from Hungary on their Nissan Navara with a 5:30 margin, whilst in third place Alexandre and Pedro Re, brothers from Portugal on their Nissan Pathfinder with a 10:55 gap. In fourth place we find another Russian Crew, Alexey Berkut and Anton Nikolaev on their Mitsubishi Triton Evo with a 13:04 margin.

Sven Knorr from Germany entered 8th position overall with his ORC Mercedes ML Evolution II-B after the Japanese Kenjiro Shinozuka (Nissan Pathfinder) and the best Czech Team Zapletal/Janacek with a Mitsubishi Pajero (05:21:26). In the T2 category, vehicles that come from production, the Sheik of Qatar, Al-Thani, repeated his 2006 success. Rusland Misikov from Russia, who rolled his Dessoude Nissan Pathfinder on Saturday three times could resume the race after several repairings and finished on 28th position overall.

The first Italian and Fifth in the race is the Crew from Pordenone comprised of Angelo Montico and Andrea Turchet on their Mitsubishi Pajero, with only a 17:53 gap. An extraordinary result, considering that Montico, until last year rode a Quad and his only attempt to race with four-wheels in summer 2006 ended straight away in the Prologue of the Rally Tout Terrain of Friuli because his car broke down. This time however, everything worked perfectly and the home pilot exploited to the best of his ability both his excellent knowledge of the tracks and the potential of his Pajero, a vehicle prepared by Walter Benazzato, and he also took the liberty of entertaining his numerous fans on the track.

Brimming with excitement and entertainment also the motorbikes with four wheels, in which the Italian Baja was part of the Europeand Championships for the first time. Victory for Dario Segato on his Suzuki Ltr 450 with a time of 03:39:18, in second place Marcello Iannaccone (another Suzuki) with a 18:08 gap and Silvestro Paris (Polaris) with 20:42 margin.

2007/03/20 | 11:39 CET | Editor: MR/Italian Baja Liveteam

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