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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: Team Dessoude and Lavieille maintains 2nd overall.

The seventh leg of the 27th edition of the Rally of Tunisia took the competitors from Brack to Quaryat. A very demanding stage, with the first part rough and the second faster. Over this uneven ground, Christian Lavieille and Arnaud Debron, in the Proto N05, opted for prudence, taking care of their vehicle. Setting the 7th fastest time, Team Dessoude maintained second place in the overall classification. With the car intact and just one puncture today, the crew reached the bivouac without issues.

The day’s first hiccup was a trial-style, narrow section, which could have caused havoc among the rally caravan. Therefore, it was far more sensible to take things easy and admire the scenery - sandy mountains, old volcanoes, huge rocks. Patience and careful attention to the navigation was well rewarded - on the first third of the route. Afterwards, the drivers were able to really enjoy themselves over 280 km of fast, enjoyable routes, which were sometimes winding, technical, with plenty of changes of direction. This varied stage could have proved to be very challenging.

For Christian Lavieille and Arnaud Debron, the keyword was prudence, taking great care not to get any punctures. Unfortunately, a puncture proved inevitable: "The first part of the route was very rough and we were careful to avoid punctures. Unfortunately, our efforts were not rewarded, as 20 km after CP1, we got a puncture on the left rear. The end was a bit too fast for us. We saw that Guerlain Chicherit had stopped. The route was very varied, and the car was perfect!"

Slightly frustrated, Arnaud Debron still enjoyed himself today: "We only took two spare wheels with us, deciding to take things ‘easy’ and avoid punctures, but we were unlucky - we got a puncture at the end of the rough stuff. The navigation was fun, but there were too many waypoints for my taste ! It spoils the fun, but the road-book was perfect."

Tomorrow, they will cross the border again, but this time in the other direction. The special stage will take place in Libya, before heading for Oueni, on the Tunisian side. We will be leaving the sand, to go back on the stony ground, with narrow passes, wide canyons and fast plateaux. Technical or very fast, the trails will be dusty. But the numerous parallel routes will make overtaking easier. Navigation can prove tricky, and punctures can slow the pace. Harmless or defining, the day’s outcome will depend on ‘race sense’. The end of the day will be very fast, followed by a liaison section on tarmac to reach Tunisia in the evening.

2009/04/29 | 13:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Lidye Arpizou

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