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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: Jean-Louis Schlesser win 3rd Leg of Tunisian Rally

Even with sand storms and blazing sun, there was the sweet smell of contentement at the end of this third Optic 2000 Tunisia special. With nearly 350km between Douz and El Borma, everybody suddenly got what they came for. Soft sand, technical, navigation and fast track, all in one day, Cyril Neveu assembled all the ingredients that make the Africain rallies famous.

So taxing, that at the finish the space between contestants wasn’t just seconds but tens of minutes. First to start, first to finish, Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) set the records straight. The two times World Champion leads David Casteu (KTM Gauloises) by 16 minutes. Janis Vinters trails by 22 minutes. Similar thing in the car catagory, with the result of the day reflecting the overall placings.

Jean-Louis Schlesser using his experience and his powerful Ford-Buggy to take the lead. Behind the wheel of his Nissan Dessoude Proto the French Christian Laveille, Monday´s leader, lost more than 12 minutes, wheras Eric Vigouroux and his impressive Chevrolet Trophy Truck took third place. He storms forward. Third on the stage and in the overall placings of this Optic 2000 Tunisia Rally, Eric Vigouroux had a great special. This lunge forward in the ranks was despite a broken anti-roll bar and some damage to the rear brakes from the 20 km mark untill the assistance area.

Dominique Housiaux (Mitsubishi Pajero) blown out but not down. The French had a good special yesterday at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Pajero. Today was a little frightening with a high speed blow out at a few kilometers from the finish. The Spaniard Jose Luis Monterde was starting in tenth place with his Nissan Navara, passed the second check point in third place before the rear transmission broke. Forced to weld ro repair, the Spaniard crossed the finish line with time lost.

Laurent Rosso from Dubai (Nissan Pathfinder) goes gardening. The leader of the T2 catagory (production series) was literaly planted in an irrigated field. Leaving a slot that was taken advantage of by his fellow team mates from Dessoude, Paul Belmondo (winner of the day) and Jean-Pierre Strugo.

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

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