|Pharaons Rally: Schlesser second win, Vasiliev rolled in 286 kms 3rd stage.|
A short stage of 310 kilometers with a 286 kms special after which competitors were satisfied to have crossed the finish line early this morning so they could get some rest before the three race days that are coming from tomorrow, for the second part of the rally.
The day was marked by the various kinds of grounds that riders had to run through along the stage. Some of them did not appreciate the harshness of the stony start, and some others the fast track that took them to the end. So, it was necessary to take the right combination of both, but crossing the desert was cherished by all competitors.
Second victory for Jean-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser Buggy) who just like Marc Coma made stand out his experience. The buggy driver played for a moment during the timed section before letting escape Boris Gadasin to find him later changing a tire. Meanwhile the Russian compatriot, Miroslav Vasiliev was less lucky and rolled over.
The regularity of driver Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota Land Cruiser) paid off and the Japanese/Belgium crew takes the second place of the stage and overall standings. "He drives well, he listens and we don´t have any problem," explains his co-driver Alain Guehennec.
The Cinotto´s family, Michele, the father, and his two sons, Pietro and Carlo, finished the stage with no problems in their Nissan Pathfinders of Team Dessoude. Team Objetif Dunes, Bernard Touzery and Benoît Maurice, continues their race steady despite of a puncture. Concerning Thierry Magnaldi, complications continue, but he keeps going forward.
In the bikes, Marc Coma renews a victory after leaving the place to Helder Rodrigues, and reign among the three riders that follow. Either Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha), who started two minutes before, or Jakub Przygonski (KTM) or the opener Helder Rodrigues (Yahama), they all acknowledge that Marc performance was outstanding. "It was impossible to follow Marc at his rhythm", was the common statement among them, so they were glad to stay focused in the tricky surprises of the race track.
"Chaleco" López would have loved to ride with his friends but the casing of his Aprilia played him a bad joke. After his clutch of the first stage, it was the carter´s turn today, the Chilean rider takes it with philosophy hoping to be able to restart tomorrow to continue his "comeback".
2011/10/05 | 18:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/BAUER/URTUBIA