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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: Coma and Holowzcyc to open the race.

Started from the plateau of Giza with the pyramids as background, the 130 teams of the 10th TOTAL Pharaons International Rally took the cap to the South on the track of the oasis, direction Baharija. This is the first stop on the way to the Lybian desert. At the finish line of this stage and its 316 km, the Spanish Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) in motorbikes and the Polish Krzysztof Holowczyc (Nissan Pickup) in cars have been the first winners of this 10th edition...

The wind blowing out on the heights of Baharija barely cooled down the atmosphere. Arrived very sparingly at the finish line of the stage, the competitors hurry themselves to lay down in the shadow of the bivouak, accompanied by a well deserved meal and a cold drink. For this very first stage of the 10th TOTAL Pharaons Rally, Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) honoured his level.

Signing the first intermediary time with an average speed of more than 120 km/h, the Great Catalan perfectly masterized the tough navigation off the track, relegating his colleague Jordi Villadoms 6 minutes behind him, and Pal Anders Ullevalseter (KTM) almost 8 minutes. The Norwegian was still very happy of being able to take part to the race thanks to the bike of his friend Knud Martin Storegjerdet. This one has indeed renounced to his only rally of the year to rescue his friend, whose semi-official KTM has been stucking at the custom office of Cairo after its shiping from Chile.

Fourth time of the day, Francisco Lopez (Honda 450) is occupying the head of this category; a category that he will leave soon after having taken possession of his new bike, an official KTM where he will be the teammate of Cyril Despres for the next Dakar. The Chilian rider finished in front of the Italian Polli (KTM) and the Franchman Olivier Pain (Yamaha).

Starting first this morning with his Nissan Pickup Dessoude, Christian Lavieille and François Borsotto were doing the perfect race until they punctured one tire at the right rear, and lost almost three minutes at about 60 km from the finish line. A real gift for the Polish Krzysztof Holowczyc and his Nissan Pickup number 06. Co-driven by the Belgian Jean-Marc Fortin, the former European Rally Champion is signing here his first victoty at the stage of a cross-country rally, and thus got the chance to start the first tomorrow in direction of the lake of Sitra.

Third of the stage, the Israelian Heymann and Yehoshua (Mitsubishi Pajero) are ahead of the first Bowlers Wildcat from Jérome Pélichet and Patrick Sireyjol, who are already well positioned for the conquest of the Bowler Trophy. First misfortune for the duo De Gavardo – Brucy whose Chevrolet D-Max endured some troubles, first of all with its front axle and then with its gear-box (3rd gear broken) only 40 km before the finish line. The first truck to finish the stage has been the Iveco of Giacomo Vismara, who ends up with a very good 7th time of the scratch.

2007/10/01 | 01:57 CET | Editor: MR/JVD/Rita Konya

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