|Pharaons Rally: Dessoude´s "Juke Buggy" clinches Top 5 in SS02 Tuesday.|
The second stage of the "Pharaons Rally" was a loop of 309 km around Tibniya. Originally planned to be 347 km long, the special stage of the day was reduced to 309 km. The rally is evolving crescendo, every day it’s a little harder and each day offers more surprises.
Indeed, at the end of the route, not far from Baharija, many cultures appeared since last recos. In order not to damage the farmland, the end of the route was revised.
Tuesday, the second stage was no exception to the rule by crossing a new step. In addition to the terrain sometimes bumpy, sometimes sandy or with dunes, the navigation caused most of the problems.
At the wheel of the Dessoude Juke Buggy during the first leg, Michele Cinotto warned about this vehicle he was discovering, "a day to learn and understand". Today, the situation is simple, the Italian driver learns quickly.
By signing the fifth time of the second stage, it is clear that he has significantly increased the pace. Starting from the 20th position this morning, Michele took quickly many minutes to his opponents.
While he was fighting with a Toyota, the driver was trapped at about km 200 and failed into a hole. The Juke was damaged at the front but without any mechanical problem after the shock.
On fourth position at the four CPs, it’s on the last part of the stage that he lost time after a navigation mistake. Time to get back on the right track and 4th place was gone.
Anyway, this fifth position at the finish is a big pleasure for the whole team, and of course for the driver who said he was extremely pleased with the performance of the buggy.
On one of the two Nissan Pathfinder, Pietro Cinotto had a much quieter day than yesterday. Taking a steady pace of almost all the way, the #332 was around the 15th position. But, like his father, at the end of the special stage, navigation became the problem.
After CP4, following a biker, the crew headed towards south. Few minutes later they understood the mistake and made a u-turn but the Pathfinder was already 20 km away. Precious minutes were gone and Pietro had to concede many positions.
The fastest yesterday but today the last of the three cars, Carlo Cinotto did not really had an easy leg. Following closely his brother around the 16th place on 3/4 of the stage, the Pathfinder had to stop at km 240. Indeed, with the rear axle problem the car was in two wheel-drive.
2012/10/08 | 13:03 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/DESSOUDE