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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: Lavieille reached Brak with no problems.

After a restless night, due to the wind at the Oubari bivouac, the competitors headed for the Brak bivouac by liaison. Further to the request of the drivers, made Monday morning, and in agreement with the race direction, the second part of the marathon stage was neutralized. Joseph Rosso reached his assistance team during the night, while Eric Leblanc, his navigator, is currently at the Sebbah hospital and is waiting to be repatriated. There is no cause for concern. Christian Lavieille reached Brak with no problems.

A number of competitors spent the night under the stars, in the dunes. And this morning, the wind, which had blown all night over the Oubari bivouac, showed no signs of dying down. At the request of the drivers, due to the low visibility, this second part of the marathon stage was neutralized.

"Last night, our tents turned into kites, due to the strong winds" siad Lavieille. "If we had left this morning, we would have got going quite late, at around 10:00. At that time, it is already hot, the sand is soft, and the visibility would have been reduced due to the wind. It was a sensible decision to cancel the stage, even if we are slightly disappointed as when the conditions are bad, we are sometimes able to get an advantage.

But we could also have been caught out. But this is best for the rally as a whole, as I think that most of the competitors need some rest. It’s also a good opportunity to work on the vehicles. As far as we are concerned, the Proto N05 arrived at Oubari in one piece. The car had been well prepared before setting off on this long stage, and today the mechanics had the whole afternoon to work on it so we can set off in optimal conditions. There are still five legs to go, and nothing has been decided yet. We will fight to maintain our second place overall."

Tomorrow, the racing will start again, with a 410 km stage which will take the remaining competitors to Quaryat. Technical, winding, with plenty of changes of direction, and extremely varied, this special stage could prove to be very challenging.

2009/04/28 | 14:02 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Lidye Arpizou

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