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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: Magnificent 2nd position for Team Dessoude.

The last leg, around Nefta, did not change the overall classification of this 27th edition of the Rally of Tunisia. If Orlando Terranova had secured the win, Christian Lavieille and Arnaud Debron did not falter, and claimed a superb second-place finish ahead of the other official BMW X3 driven by Guerlain Chicherit. The Dessoude Proto N05 demonstrated once again its reliability and performance. To the great delight of André Dessoude, the red Proto finished between the two official cars, and despite fierce competition.

Yesterday’s leg was cancelled due to the serious accident which befell Leonid Novitskiy and Oleg Tyupenkin at the start of the stage, which needed the intervention of both the rally’s helicopters. This morning, leaving for the first of the two loops which made up the final leg, Christian Lavieille only needed to maintain his lead over Guerlain Chicherit without taking the slightest risk. That is exactly what the Frenchman did, taking care of his vehicle and listening for the smallest suspicious noise emanating from his Proto N05. Without suffering any problems, the duo of Lavieille and Debron crossed the finish line of this 27th edition of the Rally of Tunisia.

A smiling Christian went over to his assistance team at the finish: "From the start, we knew that it would be difficult to finish on the podium. The marathon stage allowed us to gain an advantage in the overall classification. Arnaud put in a faultless performance and the whole team repared a perfect car. During the timed stages, I didn’t have to stop at all due to mechanical problems or navigational issues. It is difficult to fight against factory cars - today’s result is very positive.

I would like to thank André Dessoude for having trusted me once more. After our fire on the Dakar, we had some difficult times and a lot of Frustration. This second place is very reassuring and I am very satisfied with this result considering the level of competition."

In the right-hand seat, Arnaud Debron was far from displeased with his rally: "We did the best we could up against the BMW cars, Schlesser, Thomasse and Vigouroux. It was far from easy, we didn’t make many mistakes and in normal conditions we could not have done better. Christian has changed a lot since the World T2 Cup. I will have to give him some training sessions, or reformat him! (laughing..) However, in terms of driving, it is wonderful. He has made a lot of progress and he is both good and very quick. He is very reassuring. We get on perfectly well, and enjoy ourselves."

André Dessoude is smiling again. A great relief and much satisfaction for the Wizard of St-Lô: "I am delighted with this result. Christian did a great race and this time we were able to prove that the Proto is competitive and reliable. This result is good for the whole team, and has improved the morale. We have worked, and our work has been rewarded. To finish between two factory cars adds value. It is disappointing for Joseph Rosso, who could have had a good result in T2."

2009/05/06 | 00:45 CET | Editor: MR/Team Dessoude/Rita Konya

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