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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: First stage-win for Dessoude and Christian Lavieille

After a restful night’s crossing on the luxury Danielle Casanova (SNCM), the Optic 2000 Tunisia Rally set foot on Tunisian soil for a 25km special in the north, before a liason to Douz. A short stage but useful for all the last minute adjustments to the teams and vehicles, before attacking the desert tommorrow, direction Douz.

Having impressed everyone yesterday in Corsica, the Proto Dessoude driver Christian Laveille took charge of the car catergory and the overall placings. This Enduro World Champion now leads the Brasillian Nobre (BMW X3) and the surprising Janis Naglis in his Proto Mitsubishi.

Laveille has 47 seconds in front of Nobre and a minute in front of the portuguese Grancha (Mitsubishi), leader yesterday. As for Jean-Louis Schlesser, who doesn’t like these little technical stages for his Buggy still managed a fourth place and only 1’24 from the leader.

For the bikes Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) won the stage and within distance, 5 seconds, of the leader David Casteu (KTM Gauloises) who had a navigation problem. The surprise of the day on the bikes was the young Romain Souvignet, who took second place on his 450 Yamaha. He starts tommorow behind Coma for the Dessert.

David Casteu goes local: A little detour for David Casteu due to navigation after having started first this morning "I took a little time to size up the property market because it is so nice here, i might buy something!" Souvignet straight ahead: First real surprise was the young biker Romain Souvignet(23 yrs).

For his first African outing he sits just behind Marc Coma with his Yamaha 450. Marchini better than at home: On this first special on African Soil, the Corsican enjoyed himself immensely, especially after his fall on home ground yesterday. He therefore keeps his lead on his Yamaha in the 450 catergory. Declerck all wet? Finishing after the Italian Montico, Christophe Declerck was soaked to the skin. Sweat? Rain? No, "I was so annoyed at the end of the race that i took the water at full throttle".

Who’s copying who? Jean-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Ford) and Christian Laveille (Nissan Navara Proto) have swapped co-pilots. Naturally this leads to lots of remarks back and forwards. "Hey Jean-Louis, do you reget having swapped?" Laveille says to Schlesser "because i’ve understood why i never won last year, Arnaud (Debron) never wanted to be first away the next day."

Eric Vigouroux the lumberjack, going all out in his Chevrolet Trophy Truck on this Optic 2000 Tunisian Rally, Eric Vigouroux and Alexandre Winocq had the rotten luck to collect a few kilos of branches going through a wooded section! Number 807 where are you? The Tunisian Desert Tracking had its first surprise. The leaders in car 807, a Toyota, were the first to cross the finish line today. 2 hours ahead of schedule, ahead of the whole rally. Just enough time to take the assistance route back to the start, ready to start correctly.

2007/04/02 | 17:51 CET | Editor: MR/HS/ASO

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