|OiLibya Tunisia: X-raid´s Sven Quandt happy about (four) X-raid BMW results.|
The Russian/German X-raid BMW duo of defending FIA World Cup champion Leonid Novitskiy and his German co-driver Andreas Schulz confirmed a superb victory in the "OiLibya Rally of Tunisia", round three of the FIA Cross Country World Cup.
The Russian won two of the event’s five special stages on his way to a 14:21 minutes victory over two-time Dakar winner Jean-Louis Schlesser. Noivitskiy’s success was his first in Tunisia and enabled him to extend his overall lead in the 2011 FIA World Cup.
Spaniard Joan "Nani" Roma returned to the Monster Energy X-raid team with French co-driver Michel Périn and finished in third position in a second BMW X3 CC. The duo lost time in soft sand on the third stage and, despite winning two of the desert stages, they had to settle for the final podium position.
Chilean Boris Garafulic enjoyed his debut with the X-raid team alongside co-driver Laurent Lichtleuchter and finished the punishing North African event in sixth position in the third BMW X3 CC.
But not even this three cars represented the brand from Germany: Also the former FIA World Champion Miroslav Zapletal and his Codriver Tomas Ourednicek from Czech Replublic startet with a fourth - but private rented - X3 CC in grey/white colours and the brand of the "Offroadsport.cz" Team. They finished 4th overall with a plus of 01:48:37 hours.
"Leonid has finally managed his first victory of 2011 and this is great," said team manager Sven Quandt. "Nani Roma is back in the team after a year and has settled in quickly. Like Boris, who has shown a very good performance without having a previous test before this rally."
The teams won four of the five special stages in a dominant display, which began with Novitskiy taking the outright lead on the first 263 km section between Tozeur and Ksar Ghilane.
The Russian immediately moved into a 1:43 minutes overall lead over Schlesser. Roma slotted into third and Garafulic was sixth. The second section in the Ksar Ghilane area was cancelled because of violent winds and shifting sands.
2011/05/09 | 15:11 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PERKINS