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Italian Baja: Staying cool...

The 2nd round of the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas continued this morning in Italy. Today the participants will have to cover a bit more than 160 competitive kilometres. First crews have already passed the half-point of that distance and finished on SS5...

The G-Force Motorsport crew of Boris Gadasin/Vladimir Demyanenko completed the stage in 52 minutes and 42 seconds which was one minute faster than yesterday's best time. Why? Quite simple - the route has been done three times already, and soon they'll be able to drive it with their eyes shut...

Tonnie van Deijne, who was 55 seconds slower through the stage, took just 6 seconds off Miroslav Zapletal's advantage. The czech driver finished third and maintained his runner-up position in the race.

Alexander Mironenko completed the stage 8th fastest and lost one position in the general classification. Yaroslav Solovyev came on the finish eleventh and gained two places rising from 18th to 16th overall.

As it was expected, crews had to apply a different driving style before the penultimate special stage. Our sportsmen told us about this in the service park area following their return from the route...

Boris Gadasin: "On today's first special stage we were doing the same thing as yesterday - were testing the car and trying new suspension settings, and in addition worked on the moments of switching gears, as this new engine is very different to our previous one and we wanted to optimise its compatibility with transmission. The route today was quite damaged after the Saturday passages, and any active driving was gone, cause in every turn there were big ruts which made it impossible to oversteer into corners. So, the rally part of the route wasn't so interesting this time, but in the riverbed the surface became firmer and we could go faster. Overall, we're doing well and getting pleasure from the race."

Vladimir Demyanenko: "During the night everything that we experienced yesterday was sorted in my head. That's why some corners were like familiar for me. It was much easier to read the road book especially after we had improved it yesterday."

More information about the team can be found at

2009/03/22 | 15:53 CET | Editor: MR/G-Force Motorsport/Rita Konya

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