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Pharaons Rally 2007 Special-Newssection (FIM Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Pharaons Rally 2007, 5th 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.

Pharaons Rally: Chaleco an Lavieille triumph on third stage in Egypt

The pearl of the oasis of the Lybian desert, Siwa, kept its reputation. The majestic decor offered by its impressive erg, its great lake surrounded by many rocky peaks has been the target of this 3rd stage of the Pharaons Rally. A stage marked, like the day before, by the crossing of a real sea of sand and dunes with numerous traps. The Chilean Francisco Lopez (Honda 450) in bike, as well as the French team from Lavieille Borsotto (Nissan Pickup Dessoude) in car made the difference...

Siwa – Standing between two rocky peaks, facing an amazing lake and boarded by a succession of dunes, the bivouac of Siwa looks like a postcard. Is this the reason why Francisco Lopez, the Chilean rider, didn’t take the time to remove his jacket and boots before to seat in front of this beautiful landscape during several minutes? No, he just realized that he had won this 3rd stage of the 10th Pharaons Rally with his Honda 450cc. Riding a machine with a much smaller engine as the main competitors, ‘Chaleco’, as everyone call him, realized a real exploit by finishing ahead of the two official KTM’s from Marc Coma and Jordi Villadoms, but also the KTM 690 from Matteo Graziani and Pal anders Ullevalseter.

This performance is all the more appreciable since the South-American rider, who just started in African rallies one year ago, stopped at the early beginning of the stage in order to help the Spaniard Jose Manuel Pellicer (KTM), victim of a fall around the 60th kilometer and suffering a shoulder trauma. The Chilean still managed to come back on the leaders thanks to some navigation uncertainties of them, and clinched a well deserved victory, increasing at the simultaneously his advantage in the 450cc category on the Italian Polli (KTM) and the French Pain (Yamaha).

First in the production category, Matteo Graziani (KTM) has dominated Antonio Colombo and Marcel Butuza both on KTM.

Some dunes, more dunes, and ... dunes again! In car, some have become simply “seasick”. But attention to the wave breaking up in front of the vessel. Indeed, the dunes cordon leading to Siwa was trully broken by the wind and were constituting a succession of traps to the drivers.

Opening the track with his Nissan Pickup, Christian Lavieille, perfectly assisited by his co-driver François Borsotto, took benefit of the situation, keeping their main opponents at a respectable distance. Winner of the stage, the former endurance-bike world champion finished ahead of the other Nissan Pickup from the team Overdrive, driven by Krzysztof Holowzcyc, who experienced a punctured tire at the beginning of the stage.

In the wake of the two leaders, the Bowlers of Patrick Sireyjol and Jérome Pelichet are continuing their fight for this category. Like yesterday, the former rider from Le Puy en Velay took the advantage and increased again his advance in the overall Bowlers category.

2007/10/02 | 17:51 CET | Editor: MR/JVD/Rita Konya

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