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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: X-Raid finishes One, Two, Three, Coma back on top.

On the eve of the Marathon stage the lead in the bike class once again swapped places. The Spaniard Marc Coma retakes the top spot in front of Cyril Despres after the Frenchman "went gardening". He wasn’t the only one to take the wrong track, but the Frenchman is nevertheless now over 7 minutes behind the Spaniard. In the 450 class Bruno Da Costa posts the fastest time while Olivier Pain holds on to the overall lead despite an electrical problem.

In the cars the French Guerlain Chicherit made up for yesterday’s disappointment by winning against the other two X-raid BMW X3CC and the Proto Nissan Dessoude of Christian Lavieille. The first time the three BMWs take the top three places, but probably not the last. Overall the Argentinian Orlando Terranova keeps a small advantage of just over a minute on Leonid Novitskiy and Nicolas Misslin. Out of luck today, Eric Vigouroux conceded more than 50 minutes on the leaders.

In the lead this morning, Cyril Despres had a relatively difficult day. Two navigation mistakes cost him is first place which Marc Coma now occupies with an advantage of over 7 minutes. A relatively large amount of time, even if the Frenchman knows that the race is far from over. Jordi Viladoms continues with the regularity of a metronome. Second on the stage and third overall, the Spaniard attempts to hold onto the leaders’ shirt tails. Behind these three the navigation caused plenty more problems, particularly for David Casteu and "Chaleco" Lopez.

In the 450 category Bruno Da Costa, 3rd on the last Rallye du Maroc, takes the day’s victory. Overall he moves up to third place while Olivier Pain and Luca Manca both ran into mechanical problems - for the Frenchman an electrical fault that caused the engine to cut out and required roadside repairs - for the Italian an empty fuel tank before reaching the refuelling point.

In the quad class it is Karim Dilou who wins today ahead of Lionel Laine, though the Frenchman is still comfortably in the lead overall.

In the cars BMW takes the first three paces with Guerlain Chicherit finishing ahead of Leonid Novitshiy and Orlando Terranova. Christian Lavieille takes the fourth position. Overall no changes - the Argentinan keeps the first place ahead of the Russian, with the Frenchman Nicolas Misslin in his Mitsubishi third ahead of Chicherit, Lavieille and Schlesser. Eric Vigouroux loses more than 50 minutes with damage to his steering system. In T2 the Russian Varentsov keeps the lead ahead of the Frenchman Francois Lethier and Michele De Nora.

Tomorrow, the highlight of this 27th edition, with the first leg of the Marathon stage. Deri-Ouban will be the longest special in the entire history of the Rally de Tunisie. With no assistance tomorrow evening, there promises to be plenty of upsets in the Libyan sand.

2009/04/27 | 13:33 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Lydie Arpizou

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