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Pharaons Rally: Tonetti-Wildcat Team dominating Pharaons Rally.

The great hot, that until today reprieved the Pharaons Rally 2009, binded today the Abu Mingar’s bivoac with temperature over 40° degrees. An enourmus sandy flat ground, stopped just by the asphalt’s dark line that connect Dakhla with Farafra, is tha scenary of the arrival of the rally’s thirth stop, a stop full of sensational development.

Beginning with the motorbikes where the Overall’s leader Francisco Lopez, after a bad landing from a dune, didn’t attained to restart his motorbike. He did it just after two hours, thanks Franco Picco’s help. Long standing Dakarian, Picco made bridge from his battery and Chaleco’s motorbike. A banal trouble to the starter motor relais tooked the fast chilean away from the fight for the victory. Before the CP3 gained more than one minute on the pacesetter Cyril Despres, who won undisturbed the stop.

Resounding Luca Manca concluded at just 34 seconds from the french. So Manca passed in second position in Overall with a delay of eleven minutes from the french. Thirth stop place for the polish Jakub Przigonski, in front of the two Aprilia of Alex Zanotti and Paolo Ceci. The two pilots stopped for a few minutes, trying to help Lopez, than the instrumentation support of Zanotti cracked and he had to drive with one hand for 60 Kilometres.

Sixth place for Oscar Polli, at last incisive after a few stops in which fever didn’t allow him to give the best. Excellent seventh position for Ivan Boano, at his first rally after a long militancy in the enduro. In the Overall league Despres commands with eleven minutes on Manca, Zanotti is thirth with twenty minutes. Today, among the quads, the faster is the french Jean-Christophe Thamas.

"Elimination round" among the cars: Pelichet/Decré had troubles at the change during the first part of the special trial, loosing more than half an hour from the stage winners, Roberto and Nicola Tonetti. They are father and son and with the today’s victory they consolidated their position on the top of the Overall. Also Abdelhamid Abouyoussef, that probably was going to win the stage, was going very fast, but in the last part of the round shelved ending on a sixth place.

Tonetti’s victory counter with the twins Aldo and Dario Di Lorenzo second place, arrived at ten minutes from the outriders . Pelichet/Decré ended anyway in thirth position, preceding Visy/Bourquin and the Al Muhna/Alsand Saudi crew. Roberto and Nicola Tonetti are on the Overall top with 39 minutes on Pelichet and one hour and a half on Visy, while the twins De Lorenzo passed on the fifth position.

Tomorrow is the Pharaons 2009 Grand Prix great day: Start in line, first of the motorbikes and then of the cars, in the Abu Mingar plane with two 28 Kilomtres rounds to cover before going toward North, direction Farafra. Two are the specials scheduled for a 428 Kilometres stage that will bring us in Baharija

2009/10/07 | 00:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Edoardo Bauer

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