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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014













































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Pharaons Rally: Barreda repeats, Al Mutaiwei gains breathing room in SS03.







"It was a beautiful special stage, something from a real rally raid" commented recognizance scout Stephan Le Bail, outside the Abu Mingar bivouac as he prepared to set off again for his work as rally trailblazer.

"It’s a real pleasure to find such symbolic situations: sands, rows of dunes, navigation," added Pierre Lartigue, charged with driving the recognizance car. And the competitors got more than their fair share of sand on Wednesday.

After having his lead reduced to nine minutes yesterday, Khalifa Al Mutaiwei could hardly relax as he started this morning’s special stage. But in the end the roles were reversed, and the driver from the Emirates gained a further nine minutes on Jean-Louis Schlesser.

The Frenchman explained at the finish: "We got stuck in a tight valley between two dunes. The front end was buried, and we were trying to find a way out. To avoid any potential problems, Konstantin (Zhiltsov) placed his helmet atop the previous dune; without that, Al Mutaiwei would have come down on top of us for sure."

This problem cost Schlesser 15 minutes, leaving the way clear for Al Mutaiwei. "It was a very good day," Khalifa commented at the finish.

"We saw the helmet on top of the dune, and we thought it was an injured bike rider, but once over the summit we saw the blue buggy. I then quickly moved to the right to avoid finding myself in the same situation," concluded the the Mini All4 Racing driver.

Régis Delahaye gained one position in the overall standings: third last night, the driver of the MD Racing buggy isn’t making any predictions, but taking it day by day along with his navigator Alex Vinoq. Russian driver Boris Gadasin had his best stage of the rally, third on the day and now fourth overall.

There were no problems for the Toyota Auto Body of Mitsuhashi / Guehennec, fifth overall, and it was another strong day for Michele Cinotto / Fulvio Zini (Dessoude Juke Buggy), now solidly in seventh place.

Forced to retire after suffering numerous mechanical issues was Rocco Anaclerio-Ringo DJ and Maurizio Dominella (Fornasari): after having already changed his transmission twice, it failed yet again today.

In the bikes, Joan Barreda seems to be riding on another planet aboard his Speedbrain Husqvarna, and he was dominant once again today: "The bike was working very well again, and it’s the same one we will use for the Dakar," the Catalan rider affirmed. The competition, and the KTM riders in particular, again seemed shocked by the outright speed of the Husqvarna.

As was the case in stage one, Paulo Goncalves was second fastest, 2:24 minutes behind, completing Husqvarnas third double in the first three stages.

Jakub Przygonski was third fastest, but his teammate Marek Dabrowski failed to finish the stage, breaking both of his wrists in a crash. "Kuba" commented at the finish: "The special was beautiful, complete, difficult, and had all the necessary ingredients from our sport. The Husqvarnas are very fast, and it’s hard to match their pace."

Suffering some bad luck on the day was Jordi Viladoms: The engine in his KTM began to lose power some 150 km into the stage. "After refueling, we tried to fix the problem at the assistance point, but we couldn’t get it done. Luckily I managed to finish the special stage, riding on my own."

The engine will now be changed by his mechanic, giving the Catalan the opportunity to defend his second place in the World Championship standings. Barreda now leads the overall standings with a gap of 5:41 mins over his teammate Goncalves and 12:48 on Przygonski.

The fourth stage on Thursday will be a ring around the Abu Mingar bivouac. Two special stages are scheduled, the first 215 kilometers in length, and the second 248 kilometers.

2012/10/08 | 15:08 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/BAUER











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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