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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: SS2 a Observation Round for Dessoude Proto.

The second day (Thursday) of the OiLibya Rally of Tunisia, between Tunis and the Mellah Wadi, and the first timed stage out on the trails. Shortened due to the violent storms which have hit Tunisia in recent weeks, the timed stage was reduced to 60 km. Despite everything, Wednesday’s rain cleared, and the sun made a welcome appearance, to the delight of the competitors, including Christian Lavieille and Joseph Rosso. As far as Team Dessoude is concerned, a 4th place for the N05 (both in the stage and overall), while the French Joseph Rosso was angry to have been blocked for 35 km.

After the rain - the sunshine. The rain stopped today, allowing the sun to shine through. Good news for Christian Lavieille with his Proto N05. Over the 60 km timed stage, the driver from the Var did not delay, but nevertheless kept a good safety margin: "It was very slippery at the start of the special stage, and you had to beware of the cacti, but overall there was a good pace over these 60 km. There was some confusion concerning the deviation, but I think it was the same for everyone. We didn’t have any rain on the route, but we did have to go through some big puddles. The car was perfect, as was the co-driver, as the navigation was far from easy today. There was plenty of scope to get lost. Tomorrow, a challenging timed stage awaits us; the rally is really getting down to serious business!"

Arnaud Debron had a great time, but underlined, with plenty of humour, all the bad habits his driver has got into with the navigators who have taken his place over recent years, and began to laugh: "In the three years I have been away, I’ve noticed that Christian has been badly trained by those who succeeded me in the right-hand seat. In fact, as they are competing in this rally, I went to tell them how unhappy I was with them."

Plenty of laughs for the ‘red team’, but this evening saw Joseph Rosso rather annoyed by the unsporting behavior of some of the competitors. Blocked by a competitor for 35 km, he had to give up on the idea of overtaking, but lost precious time: "We were fair with Christian Barbier, and after a call on the Sentinel we let him pass. However, there was another one afterwards who never got out of the way, no matter how hard we insisted. I think this is a bad attitude. Eric’s navigation was really good. There were plenty of changes of direction, but he didn’t hesitate once. I am very pleased."

2009/04/24 | 19:49 CET | Article: MR/HS/Lydie Arpizou

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