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OiLibya Rally 2009 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the OiLibya Rally 2009, second round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

OiLibya Rally: Eric Vigouroux with mixed feelings after SS2.

Arriving at the finish of todays shortened second stage (after Prologue, which counts as SS1), Eric Vigouroux had mixed feelings. Pleased with the car he said they were really very reasonable today. However, the shortened stage left them less time to chase down the cars ahead. With traps everywhere to catch out the slightest lapse in concentration, it was ideal hunting ground for the experienced pair. The course still consisted of recently formed muddy swamps caused by the rain along with prickly pears and giant oversized cactus.

The Trophy truck doesn't have a windscreen so every one of the muddy swamps had to be crawled through at walking page so that the water did not enter the car and cause widespread damage to the electrics. Vigouroux came upon the buggy of Delahaye which had just barrel rolled fortunately without serious injury but illustrating the respect needed to be given to the course.

Another minor glitch hit the car when the tripmaster (the instrument which gives the precise distances between the indications of the road-book) went slightly out of order. It left Eric braking about 300m too early for each turn. Given this and the need to slow right down for the water hazards, it is a miracle that at the end of the stage he is only 3 minutes 30 seconds behind stage winner.

On the plus side, the most even competitor for Pro-System, the 2 wheel drive buggy of Jean-Louis Schlesser was only 40 seconds faster than the 2 wheel drive Trophy Truck.

Eric is still very firmly in touch with the lead. only 3:49 minutes behind the leading Argentinian Terranova and his BMW X3 DC. Tomorrows stage sees the going get rough with 356 km of special which, while rough, should suit the Pro-System Racing Trophy Truck.

2009/04/23 | 23:41 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Eric Vigouroux

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