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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: Casteu and Grancha take the lead in Stage 1.

Blue skies over Propiano for this first day of this Optic 2000 Tunisian Rally, the first in its kind to be held on the island of Corsica. This stop over, made possible with the help of the Corsican Territorial Collectivity and the Conseil General of southern Corsica, was a great success. A chance for many to test their equipment in magical surroundings, and for a public to witness the entire caravan at work at arm’s length.

For the cars, it was the leader of the first special, the Portuguese Pedro Grancha (Mitsubishi Pajero) who stole the show for the day in front of Jean-Louis Schlesser (Buggy Schlesser), winner of the second special of the day. Grancha leading Schlesser by 21 seconds, who was himself pressed by the Proto Dessoude of Christian Laveille, the BMW X3 of the Brazillian Nobre and the monoplace buggy of Philippe Gache.On the bikes it was David Casteu (KTM Gauloises) who flew over the island to victory with nearly a minute in front of Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) and the Spainish Pellicer (KTM) completing this rich journey of experiences.

Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) hot up front! Close to the edge at the end of the second special of the day, Jean-Louis Schlesser chose not to stop to take a bow. "I was sorry for the reporters and photographers, but due to the knife edge attack during the special, my brakes were hot and I had to cool them down on the move".

Pedro Grancha (Portugal) just like home! If the Portuguese Pedro Manuel Grancha surprised everyone by winning the first special of this Optic 2000 Tunisian Rally, it was no surprise for his fellow countrymen. For back home he’s one of the favourite rally champions. This explains why the Mitsubishi driver felt at home on this type of circuit.

Discovery time for Nobre (Brasil) and Laveille (France). If there is one thing that Paulo Nobre and Christian Laveille have in common on this 2007 edition of Optic 2000 Tunisia, is that there both here to discover and learn what their cars can really do on the job. For both it was a rewarding day with impressive times".

David Casteu (France) to the rescue! More than ever, David Casteu affirmed his nickname of "the saint-Bernard of off-road rallies, by flying to the rescue (having just crossed the finish line moments before)of the unlucky Czachor, whose bike threatened to catch fire. Moments later it was his "water carrier and client" Laurent Lazard, who cried help, with a broken battery".

Marc Coma plays it cool. Gently does it for Marc Coma on his first day. Being this Spanish riders first rally since his accident on the Dakar he chose to not take the risks on Corsica. Having learnt of Casteu’s time "Hey David, you had better calm down a bit".

Marchini takes a tumble. Amongst the favourites of this first special, the Corsican Michel Marchini, Enduro champion of France and with seventh overall, a first place in the amatures on the Dakar. Didn’t get the start to this rally that he was hoping for, arriving at the finish with left hand side damage to his Yamaha 450"

2007/04/02 | 12:08 CET | Editor: MR/HS/NPO

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