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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: Unwelcome start to the Libyan stages for Pro-System Racing.

A small incident caused the loss of power steering and lost the team about 50 minutes making a repair. The French Eric Vigouroux described the twisting start of the stage as "sinuous" and with a heavy car fully gassed for the stage, a steep turn proved disastrous for the team. 6 km into the stage, Vigouroux ran over a large protruding obstacle which tore off a power steering hose.

The French didn't try to shift the blame saying it was his own fault and ruefully reflecting that he may just have wasted a "joker". In fact the consequences of this minor off were dramatically compounded by the power steering problem which was out of proportion with the scale of the incident.

Vigouroux and his Codriver Alexandre Winocq immediately spotted the fault and after attempting repairs, set out to meet their service truck after about ten minutes. The Trophy Truck had to be nursed to the service truck which was 100 km down the road. The mechanics did a stellar job of making a quick repair getting Vigouroux and Winocq back in the race in just 25 minutes. Pro-System Racing may not have the number of mechanics of the factory teams but the guys showed that quality can make up for quantity occasionally.

After the repairings were complete, they attacked the remainder of the course on a mission to minimize the lost time and the car flew through the remainder of the stage. With the time taken to repair the car and the need to drive slowly to reach the service truck, the total time lost for the Trophy truck was about 50 minutes.

Whilst frustrated at the bad luck that such a small incident caused such a big problem, Eric Vigouroux was delighted and relived that the Chevrolet Trophy Truck was otherwise undamaged in the incident and remains competitive. Tomorrow, her promised, the Pro-System Racing team will be on the attack from the very start.

Overall, the team slip to 9th overall, just behind the Mitsubishi Pajero MPR 13 of the French driver Deveaux (JMB Racing). But the two stages to come in Libya are treacherous, with two long specials on sand, where the Trophy Truck excels and the team hope to catch up some of the lost time.

2009/04/27 | 14:11 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Pro-System Racing

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