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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: Vigouroux getting up to Speed on friday´s SS3.

Eric and Alex took Friday´s high speed stage at an incredible pace. the 356 km race went well for the team and they came home fourth taking them to fourth place overall. Pro-System came to Tunisia with one of the smallest budgets and with preparations to the car as much as could be afforded but knowing the factory and semi factory teams had deeper pockets inevitably meaning the team would have to give 110% even to keep up never win beat some of the extremely experienced and talented field. Achieving 4th behind three factory teams is a victory in itself.

Eric Vigouroux said his strategy for the stage was to keep pushing but avoid punctures. At the end of the stage, Eric brought the car home intact and in a very fast time. Yesterdays tripmaster problems were overcome by some "field maintenance" which is like normal maintenance but a bit more physical. it meant the navigation was pinpoint accurate and the Trophy Truck rolled up to the bivouac having lost no time and suffered no punctures or mechanical incidents.

mechanical incidents are going to be key for the team as they have only three mechanics to service the car compared to the full teams of the factory cars. Eric has to drive to avoid breaking the car as he cannot compete in the service area. Fortunately after another smooth drive from Eric, the mechanics in Ras El Oued service area will only have routine maintenance to manage tonight.

The special was fast from the start but after crossing some railtracks, the terrain changed to harder, more treacherous going before finishing on the sand on which Eric excels.

Saturdays stage, between Ras El Oued and Darj, some 288 km, means more sand, mostly on trails but also the first "off-piste" excursions. This is Pro-System Racing's opportunity to gain some ground since their experience on such terrain and Alex's navigation will give them an edge. Tomorrow also, the race crosses into Libyan where the overnight bivouac of Darj. is located There, finally, the team will come face to ace with the large dunes that typify African rallying. Expect fireworks.

2009/04/24 | 19:49 CET | Article: MR/HS/Pro-System

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