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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: Christian Lavieille on the top after the second stage

Pushing more to the South-West in the direction of the oasis of Siwa, the 10th TOTAL Pharaons Rally has found its favorite playground in the heart of the desert during this 2nd leg, rich in new developments. Marc Coma (KTM/Repsol), and the Polish Krzysztof Holowzcyc (Nissan Pickup), respective leaders of the previous day in bikes and cars, have faced some misfortunes leaving the door open to their direct pursuers. Indeed, the Spanish Jose Manuel Pellicer (KTM 690) and the French Christian Lavieille (Nisan Pickup Dessoude) are the big winners of the day at the finish line in the bivouac on the border of the lake of Sitra.

SITRA – The wonderful Egyptian desert without any boarders. That is the only landscape offered to the eyes until some unexpected green vegetation rises from nowhere, protecting thoroughly a lake, result of a former petroleum drilling, midway between the oasis of Baharija and the one from Siwa. That is the scenery chosen by the organisators, between sand and water, to settle the bivouac of the 2nd stage of the 10th TOTAL Pharaons Rally.

Like the previous day, even by arriving in front of his friends and competitors, Marc Coma (KTM/Repsol) does not seem very happy yet. The Catalan, who came to Egypt to train his off-road navigation skills, has seen his wishes more than fulfilled. He got lost after CP2. Forced to turn back, he was then facing his main competitors, who just had to stay in his wheels for the rest of the leg. Increasing the pace at the end of the stage, Coma finally managed to gain some time but not enough...

Winner of the day, Jose Manuel Pellicer (KTM 690) took the advantage and signed his first victory in this World Championship. The spanish finished in front of the Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) and Jordi Villadoms (KTM/Repsol). In the 450cc category, Francisco Lopez (Honda), forced to leave the head group in order to make an additional refuelling at CP2, still leads comfortably ahead of the Italian Polli (KTM) and the French Olivier Pain (Yamaha). On the other hand, bad news for Ringo, the ‘DJ’ from Mailand and regular of this race, who has broken his shoulder after a fall while he was crossing a dune...

On four wheels, the day has been even more difficult for tyhe Polish Holowzcyc and his Belgian co-driver, Jean-Marc Fortin (Nissan Pickup). Victim of some gastric troubles, the former european rally champion had to stop due to a flat tire after only 20 km, before to get silt up two times in the second part of the stage.

Whereas ‘Holek’ was ‘sinking’ in his trap of sand, Christian Lavieille and François Borsotto (Nissan Pickup Dessoude), authors of a perfect race, have driven with full gas in order to relegate their main opponents to almost one hour! Second today, the former rider Patrick Sireyjol and his teammate Paul Vidal have signed the exploit of day with their Bowler Wildcat by finishing ahead of Jérome Pélichet and Pascal Ferrarny, as well as the Egyptian buggy from Mahmoud Esseldin, and then seizing the head of the Bowler Trophy.

Checking second at CP4 (km 235), the SMG two-seaters buggy from Etienne Smulevici and Gille Tixador has been forced to stop due to severe shock after a dune with the finish line in sight. Troubles also for the two former ski champions, Carole Montillet and Mélanie Suchet (Nissan Pathfinder) delayed by mechanical problems shortly before CP4.

2007/10/01 | 17:27 CET | Editor: MR/JVD/Rita Konya

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