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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: Only 12 cars managed to arrive in time.

Monday┬┤s half of the marathon was a killer stage. Only twelve cars managed to arrive within the allotted time. Naturally, the Pro-System racing trophy Truck was one of them, but she limped into the bivouac very much the worse for a very hard day.

With no assistance allowed and very tired driver and co-drivers, the prospect of getting up today to attack the second half of the marathon was not an appealing one. Eric and Alex are fighters however and were ready for the rigours to come today except the stage was cancelled because high winds on the dunes made visibility impossible and could have led to catastrophe. Eric admitted, they were relieved not to have to push the truck in such atrocious conditions. Believe me, they were not the only ones to feel relieved.

The storm which caused the cancellation of the timed stage also played havoc at the bivouac the night before and very nearly took the bivouac away into the Libyan desert.

Once in Brack, Eric could finally break his silence to explain part one of the marathon stage. Although it ended with problems, it started well with the Pro-System racing trophy truck achieving one of the fastest times to check point 1. Hitting the dunes after CP1, the car started to have problems until finally, Eric and Alex stopped at the second checkpoint to change the alternator. That cost one hour of race time.

That itself would have been enough to challenge the team but shortly after, an oil hose failed in the last sector of dunes. Step forward navigator Alex Winocq, who showed his resourcefulness carrying out a miracle repair, remaking the oil circuit with pieces of surplus hose. Despite this, Eric reckons they lost about three hours attending to these problems.

Even with three hours of unforeseen repairs necessary, Eric Vigouroux and Alexandre Winocq were able to get to the bivouac within the maximum time allotted, one of only 12 cars to manage this. They now sit 9th in the general classification, with a difference of 4:14:50 hours on the leader.

Whilst the top step of the podium is all but gone, Pro-System Racing will be pushing hard for stage victories and to achieve the highest place they can overall. The Trophy Truck, tonight back in the hands of the mechanics, will be like new for tomorrows stage.

2009/04/28 | 14:02 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Pro-System Racing

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