|OiLibya Rally of Tunisia: A bad day for Vigouroux and Winocq in Protruck.|
This fifth stage was the last chance for the Trophy Truck to get back on top. Unfortunately, a drive shaft problem takes their opportunity away. "We know that this stage made in loop was very rough, and it was favorable for the Trophy Truck. Also, we started with tight teeth. After about thirty kilometers, we have already reached Chabot´s buggy, which started two minutes before us, but we were feeling a big vibration in the car", explains Vigouroux.
"Due to the vibration and the noise that was coming from the transmission, we decided to stop before the U joint of the drive shaft would explode. This incident didn´t happen to us for more than one year and a half, and we use reinforced U joints for the drive shaft. But it seems that they are not reinforced enough."
"We repaired it during the special and it took us two hours. We started again but hour spirit wasn´t there. Temperature was getting higher, and we run taking care of everything every minute," concluded Eric.
Nevertheless, the Trophy Truck is in the 7th place of the general classification. Friday, the stage is short, with a selective section of 130 km followed by 40 km to Douz, where the race will end.
2010/05/06 | 22:57 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/URTUBIA