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Libya Rally Raid Special-Newssection / Non-FIA Semi/Amateur





This is the single-news section of the marathonrally.com special of the Libya Rally Raid 2008, one of the most interesting Non-FIA Semi/Amateurrallies. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.









Libya Rally Raid: Second stage "harder than the Dakar".





Thursday afternoon the second stage of the 1st Libya Rally Raid ended successfully. After a transfer of 80 km the crews covered 158 km exclusively on dunes. But not "usual" ones: these were the mighty and several hundred metre high "cathedral dunes" which are the landmark of Libya.

"I drove a lot in my life but today was the heaviest, harder as at the Dakar" told us Belgian Bernard Dhont (ORC Mercedes G320) who competed many times at both the Dakar and other FIA rallies. "At the beginning it was easy, beautiful dunes with hard sand, so we could drive fast. But it became harder and harder. Before a gigantic dunewe stopped and waited for the other competitors, alone that would have been very dangerous" so the Belgian.

The track became more and more exciting from kilometre to kilometre. In the end the drivers worked together. "The sand was hard but the dunes became higher and higher, steeper and steeper and on the left and on the right there were very soft ditches. From there nobody could get out on his own" told us Thomas Eisenmann (Toyota Landcruiser). "In fromt of a big dune waited the ORC Mercedes of the Belgians and some other teams and we decided to complete the rest of the stage together."

The competitors helped each other from dune to dune. "This was very difficult" says Andreas Wulf (Nissan Navara), "without working together as team it would have been problematic." What the team only discovered at the finish: the track wasn"t so difficlut but at km 83 the competitors left the path of the roadbook. "That was a mistake" says rally organiser Wolfgang Pasetti, "if they would have followed the roadbook, it wouldn"t have been so difficult."

At the end of the most difficult stage of their career, Andreas Wulf and Anja Bork could celebrate their first stage victory. "It seems like we are the first today" says Wulf smiling. "It was difficult and we weren"t sure that our car will bear it, but it did. It"s a great feeling not only to complete but even win a stage like this."

The stage victory is partly also the present of Belgian Dhont. He stopped just before the finish to let Asmus/Asmus get the victory. But Malte Asmus and his father started earlier than Wulf/Bork so at the end the Nissan team came in first.

On the third rally day only six cars and two trucks started the stage still in race since on the car of British team Garnham/Garnham on the first stage first the all wheel drive, then a suspension broke. On the second stage two cars crashed in the dunes – after last available information there were no injuries and at least one of the cars can continue the rally.

2008/03/20 | 19:36 CET | Editor: MR/HS/LRR-Liveteam






















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