|OiLibya Rally of Morocco: X-Raid BMW enter five cars in NPO-Morocco Rally.|
The BMW X-raid Team has entered five BMW X3 CCs in the OiLibya Rally f Morocco as an integral part of the build-up and preparation for January’s Dakar Rally in South America. The non-championship event takes place in the Zagora region of the North African country between October 17-23rd, 2010.
Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret won the rally for the Treburbased X-raid team in 2009 and they head the official team entry. Both will be bidding for their third Morocco victory in the space of seven years - the French duo also won the event in 2004.
Fellow countryman Guerlain Chicherit also faces the six-day Moroccan challenge and takes part in his first event with the X-raid team since steering his BMW X3 CC to fifth overall in this year’s Dakar Rally. The defending FIA World Cup champion will be co-driven by the vastly experienced French co-driver Michel Périn, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally.
Joining them are new Polish team signing Krzysztof Holowczyc in his PKN Orlen-backed car, last year’s Moroccan runner-up Leonid Novitskiy and Portugal’s Ricardo Leal Dos Santos, all of whom will represent X-raid in January’s Dakar Rally.
The X3CC trio will be co-driven by Belgian Jean-Marc Fortin, Germany’s Andreas Schulz and Portugal’s Paulo Fiúza, respectively.
The BMW X-raid team will carry out a four-day test and development session before the rally, where the line-up will be bolstered by the appearance of German driver Stephan Schott and navigator Holm Schmidt, one of five crews already confirmed in X-raid’s 2011 Dakar Rally line-up.
2010/10/12 | 15:25 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/QUANDT