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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: Clean sweep for Team Dessoude in Stage 2.

One-two-three for the Nissan Pathfinders in Production The first African leg of the 26th edition of the Rally Optic 2000 Tunisia took place today, with the competitors setting off for a picturesque 25 km stage after landing in Tunis yesterday morning. The Dessoude clan reaped a fine harvest.

Christian Lavieille set the fast est stage time, taking the overall lead, while the three T2 class Nissan Pathfinder cars m anaged a fine triple result, taking the top three places in the category. Laurent Rosso kept the lead, ahead of his team-mates Jean Pierre Strugo and Paul Belmondo. A good reason for the Sorcerer of Saint-Lô to be smiling at the Douz bivouac.

Christian Lavieille claimed his first stage win in his rally raid career today. A first which we hope will be follow ed by many, many more: "It’s quite strange for me to have claimed my first stage win here. This stage is nearly identical to that of the 2003 Dakar, which was my very rally raid, when I was driving with Thierry Magnaldi. Thierry had taken the wheel for the European stages, and I took over here, for m y firstever special stage in the sport. It’s a really nice coincidence.

The start of the stage took place on an ancient, paved roman road. Then we went into a pine forest, and the terrain became hilly, with
corners that tightened quite suddenly, almost WRC style. The driving was far from unpleasant. I pushed quite hard, to see how the Pickup reacted ; I am discovering more about it as the kilometers build up. There were a few holes and tricky ditches, but we got through without problems.

As we took the overall lead, we’ll have to open the way tomorrow. I don’t see this as an inconvenience. Starting further back, you have to find ways to overtake, which is not always easy. But the rally is only just starting!"

André Dessoude could not hide his satisfaction at the end of this second leg. "Christian controlled this fast stage perfectly. He went up a gear, but he still has to limit his effort, as he has not had many kilometers with the Pickup. This first place overall is very satisfactory and a morale boost for the whole team. But the amazing result in T2 is another reason to be satisfied. Laurent Rosso is in the lead, just ahead of Jean Pierre Strugo and Paul Belmondo. This result really does me good. We have had no problems with the cars. As Christian said, the rally is only just starting, but what we have achieved so far cannot be taken away."

2007/04/03 | 11:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Dessoude

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