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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: Interviews / What they said after Stage 7.

Jordi Viladoms, KTM: "I am very happy to have posted the fastest time over this very difficult stage. The first half over the stones was particularly difficult and you really had to concentrate. Then on the second half I saw that Marc and Cyril had got lost and I picked up the pace. I don’t want to make any predictions for the final result but I am of course aiming for a podium."

"Chaleco" Lopez, KTM: "What a stage. Really technical, where the slightest error could be very costly. My tyre and wheel were so damaged I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish. The navigation wasn’t easy either, but I posted the second fastest time. Africa is really different to South America!"

Marc Coma, KTM: "The stage was very long today, with the first part particularly technical and physical - lots of stones and tricky trials type terrain. After refuelling the piste became faster and the pace picked up. I made a navigation error and then saw Cyril’s dust… This rally is very demanding and doesn’t pardon mistakes. There are still four stages and I know from experience that no rally is finished until you have crossed the final finish line."

Cyril Despres, KTM: "The pace was fast over the last 90 kilometres but the entire special was tough. The first 150 were great, with lots of stones, changes in direction in the canyons. With Marc, we lost a bit of time looking for the right compass heading and then Jordi and Chaleco caught us up. At the end of the stage my rear tyre was completely worn out - I attacked from start to finish but the slightest error costs a lot of time. Navigation is never an exact science, well not for me anyway. For the overall, when Marc has a small lead he follows me like my shadow, so it isn’t easy to take back the time."

David Casteu, KTM: "Over the technical sections you were up on the footpegs - there were stones everywhere and you had to be very alert. At the end with ‘Paulo’ (Pal Anders Ullevalseter) we went off piste following our compass - a lot of fun."

Olivier Pain, Yamaha: "I rode well today but it will be very difficult to make up the time I have lost on Luca overall. Let’s hope I can keep this up everyday. Up until the refuelling it was very hard and if you fell you could have damaged yourself or the bike. The second part was more ‘rolling’ and nice to ride - and I didn’t make any navigation errors."

Eric Vigouroux, Chevrolet: "We didn’t have any problems, drove at our own pace and used the car’s potential to the full. Alex was perfect and the result logically followed. It makes me regret even more yesterday’s mechanical problems. The mechanics worked all night. Our series of problems is very disappointing. In 2008 the car was very reliable and we were able to finish second. This year, as far as the overall is concerned, if we finish in the Top 10 we will be doing well."

Orlando Terranova, X-Raid BMW X3CC: "I have never seen anything like the first part of the special. It was very hard for the car and particularly the tyres. After our puncture at km 150 everything went perfectly and we were able to attack over the fast going."

Jean-Louis Schlesser, Porsche Buggy: "We really took care over the stones but at km 200 we nevertheless punctured. The second part of the special was magnificent with some really nice bends. I am very happy that Eric won the special."

Nicolas Misslin, Mitsubishi MPR13: "You had to be really careful. We came up behind Vigouroux and then we punctured, then coming up behind Schlesser we punctured again. After that we had no more jokers to play. I am beginning to get the hang of the Mitsubishi and am really enjoying driving it."

Pascal Thomasse, Schlesser MD Buggy: "It wasn’t a special for the buggies but there was nevertheless the possibility to put in a good time. At this point of the rally we can still hope for a podium."

Christian Lavieille, Nissan Dessoude Proto: "The start was very rocky and we took great care not to puncture. Unfortunately our efforts weren’t rewarded and 20 km after CP1 we got a flat on the rear left. The end was a little faster but we didn’t get carried away."

2009/04/29 | 13:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Lidye Arpizou

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