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Optic 2000 Tunisia 2007 Special-Newssection (FIM Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Optic 2000 Tunisia Rally 2007, 1st round of the FIM Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Optic Tunisia: Another stagewin for Casteu and Schlesser in Tunisia

A complete change in surroundings for this Optic 2000 Tunisia Rally, from sand dunes to mountain tracks, all this in the space of a few hours. Not fat from the town of Matmata (famous for it’s Troglodite village), this sixth stage wasn’t without excitement. In the cars, it was, even with a slight navigational problem, Jean-Louis Schlesser who marks his fifth win, four in a row. Next was the Nissan Navara of Christian Lavieille and Pascal Thomasse’s Nissan Buggy.

Behind these leaders, it was a nightmare of problems for Paulo Nobre (X-Raid BMW X3CC), Eric Vigouroux (Chevrolet Trophy Truck), Jose-Luis Monterde (Nissan Navara), Janis Naglis (Mitsubishi) and Pinchedez (Toyota Buggy). At the end of the day, there are still four teams less than eighteen minutes from the third place podium in Tozeur on Sunday.

Really positive with his BMW X3 yesterday, Paulo Nobre started with a mission. Sadly, all ended abruptly with a rock. The car simply refused to continue on three wheels, too much damage. Once again for Eric Vigouroux and his Chevrolet Trophy Truck, this Optic 2000 Tunisain Rally turned nasty. After a day off from problems, he was in second place at the start of this special, when again he had to pull over to the side to become mechanic.

For Janis Naglis, this special finished end over end. After a forceful slide the Proto Mitsubishi finished on it’s roof, before being righted by Dominique Housieaux. Happy with his fifth place today, Dominique Housieaux (Mitsubishi Pajero) pushes the Buggys of Isabelle Patissier and Philippe Gache, both victim of a puncture.

After climbing to 16th place overall at El Borma, Philippe Pinchedez and Gilles Tixador (Toyota Buggy) lost control at 26 km. After three end over ends, the team got out unscathed. Navigator for the Spaniard Jose Luis Monterde, Jean-Marie Lurquin lost today, sight of the podium (problems with the transmission and brake pipes). Losing nearly forty minutes, Lurquin was overtaken by his son, Fabien, co-pilot for Laurent Rosso (Nissan Pathfinder), leader of the T2 in front of Jean-Pierre Strugo.

The explosion of a tyre prevented Elisabete Jacinto today from the victory - her MAN and the French Ginaf Truck fought door-to-door through the whole special

On the bikes, It was David Casteu (KTM Gauloises) who took advantage of the hesitation of Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) to grab the win today and snatch back a little more than two minutes. In third place and in top form, Michel Marchini (Yamaha 450) celebrates reaching the podium overall and being on top of the podium in the 450 catagory.

Michael Angerer is on a permanent buzz here in Africa. Towards the end of this technical special, the young Austrian decided to stick behind Michel Marchini on his Yamaha 450. "I nearly found myself in the ditch a few times with my KTM 660. It was close."

Come to light at the start of this Optic 2000 Tunisian Rally, Romain Souvignet (Yamaha 450) had a bad fall. Looks like some broken ribs, his breathing was difficult when Christian Lavieille stopped to set off the distress signal and call for help.

2007/04/06 | 11:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/NPO Press

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