|Pharaons Rally: First stage-win for Gerard Farres in the motobikes on SS3.|
The Wednesday of Pharaons Rally 2010 was a hard test to all competitors. The sun on top made visibility harder, but it didn´t take away the sweet first victory for Spanish enduro rider Joan Barreda in the first selective section while the second was as sweet for Gerard Farres, a gift after the technical problems encountered with the back before.
All riders and crew cars left Bir Karawein for two special sections. Sand was the main character of today´s stage, and it didn´t make it easy on anyone. The first special section, of 170 took competitors to the old village of El Qasr, in the Dahkla Oasis was the first victory for the 27 years old endure rider who signs his first stage victory in his first cross country rally.
On the second special stage, it was Gerard Farres to take the joy of a stage victory after starting way back this morning due to the fixed penalty he received yesterday. It was also the first stage win for the Spaniard over Aprilia, a well-deserved prize.
"I still cannot believe I just signed my first stage victory with Aprilia in cross country rally" said the Spaniard. "It´s amazing, I didn´t think I could make it with the small problems we have had before so I´m very happy. Tomorrow I will open the track for the first time. It won´t be easy, but I will earn experience."
Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez remains the leader overall and comforts his place after the decision of Marc Coma during the stage. As the sun didn´t let him see the relief well enough, the Catalonian lowered his pace to keep walking though the FIM Cross Country World Championship title in open class.
"The first part of the first stage was very fast" Chaleco told. "Then, the entrance to the English Labyrinth was very beautiful but hard at the same time. For the second special stage, dunes were soft and much more technical. Then, the last 100 km were off track and straight to the finish in Abu Mingar."
Marcos Patronelli keeps showing his amazing skills on the quad´s category and imposes himself over Sonik Rafal and Dimitri Pavlov. The Argentinean was 13th of the day and keeps heading in quads.
"The black pyramids was something I had not seen before" the Italian said. "There were beautiful landscapes and a nice stage. Great fun for quads in the sand today, it was fast, there were dunes... The problem was that visibility was reduced because of the sun. I have to keep the pace until the end, so I have to stay focused."
2010/10/06 | 19:29 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS