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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014













































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Oilibya du Maroc: Two X-raid in the Top 5 - Leonid Novitskiy finished second.




Following the "Oilybia Morocco Rally", the Monster Energy X-raid Team leaves Morocco with mixed feelings. At the end of the 2000-kilometre event, the Russian pairing Leonid Novitskiy and Oleg Tyupenkin finished second behind Frenchman Eric Vigoroux, with their orange Mini All4 Racing.

And while Chile’s Boris Garafulic and his French navigator Gilles Picard also secured a pleasing result by finishing fourth with their BMW X3CC, Polish Krzystof Holowczyc and his Portuguese co-driver Filipe Palmeiro had to cope with a big dose of bad luck.

Having secured two special-stage wins on the first four days, they held a promising position in the battle for the overall win, with their white Mini - but in the penultimate special stage, gearbox problems made a sudden end to their dreams of making it to highest step on the podium.

For Novitskiy and his co-driver, it was a special rally and finishing runner-up represented a major success, for them. Three years ago, the two Russians had a serious crash in the Rally Tunis and since then, Tyupenkin hadn’t contested a rally. So, the 2012 Rally of Morocco marked his comeback as co-driver. But the pairing quickly found back to a smooth cooperation and improved special stage by special stage.

Things looked promising for Holowczyc: After having finished second in special stage one, the Pole upped the ante by winning the second. A puncture in the following special stage cost him some time, but he struck back with another special-stage win on day four.

The overall win seemed to be within reach but just a few kilometres after the start into the fifth special stage, gearbox problems cost Holowczyc a lot of time and positions. Nonetheless, the Pole demonstrated his competitiveness and fighting spirit by also winning the final special stage.

"With three special-stage wins, Krzysztof demonstrated his skills and without the problem, he definitely could have won the rally," said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt.

"Now we have to analyse what went wrong to make sure that we won’t encounter such a problem in the Dakar. At the same time, I have to praise the performance of Leonid and Oleg. They haven’t cooperated for three years and in consideration of this fact, their performance was really good. And Boris also once again impressed with a consistent performance."

Final results Cars Top 4 OiLibya Morocco Rally 2012

01) Vigouroux & Winocq (USA/FRA) I Chevrolet Protruck I 17:55:14
02) Novitskiy / Tyupenkin (RUS/RUS) I X-Raid Mini All4 I 18:12:57
03) Spinelli / Haddad (BRA) I Mitsubishi Racing Lancer I 18_18:37
04) Garafulic / Picard (CHL/F) I X-raid BMW X3CC I 18:47:12

2012/10/22 | 13:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/NPO











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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