|Pharaons Rally: The most difficult stage between Sahl Baraka and Tibniya.|
Marc Coma celebrates his 35th birthday today, and he offers himself a stage victory as a present! The Spaniard signs the third victory out of five stages. In cars, Jean-Louis Schlesser doesn´t stop attacking and increases the gap from the top.
Today was the most difficult stage of Pharaons Rally 2011. All competitors agreed that the extreme hit was a steady difficulty during the 444 km of the timed section.
Behind Jean-Louis Schlesser, who signs another stage win, which make four out of five stages of Pharaons 2011, and behind him everything is quiet. The Buggy man shows his resistance on the tracks, and adds 30 more minutes at each performance. Today, it was Boris Gadasin (G-Force) who finishes second, in front of Vadym Nesterchuk (Mitsubishi L200) and his co-driver Laurent Lichtleuter, which is the best performance of the Ukranien-French crew.
Japanese driver Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota T2) can manage his advantage in overall standings and has more than 20 minutes over the Russian driver, Boris Gadasin, who takes the third place.
Rumanian Costel Casuneaunu keep quiet in his Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13, while the French "bio" crew composed by Bernard Touzery and Benoit Maurice (Buggy Porche) took the seventh place after stage four. The two guys from Toulouse had a serious mechanic problem in the dunes.
The first five bikes of overall standings run together for part of the stage as if they needed to spy one over the other! Certainly the battle starts with the two Yamaha riders, Jordi Viladoms and Helder Rodrigues (fifth of the day), both wanting to take the place after Coma, who has 14:53 minutes of advantage. Chaleco López on Aprilia and Jakub Przygonski on KTM joined the crew and the five together rode at a very high pace.
Marek Dawroski (KTM) finishes 6th and didn´t participate of bunch. The Polish is in front of Italian rider Andrea Mancini (Honda) and Jes Munk (KTM). Then, the first French, Edouard Boulanger (Aprilia) is particularly regular. In the overall standings, behind Marc Coma, Jordi Viladoms opened the gap from Helder Rodrigues for less than six minutes. The two Yahama riders must control each other during the last stage, keeping an eye on Jakub Przygonski.
The last stage between Tibniya and Le Caire will be of 414 km and its timed section will contain 350 km. Anything can happen!
2011/10/08 | 19:55 CET | PICTURES: MR/SY/BAUER/URTUBIA