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Rally dos Sertões: Sertões International Rally has first Marathon round.

The Sertões International Rally arrives at Maranhão this Saturday, in the city of Alto Parnaíba, border of Piauí State. Starting off from Palmas (TO), the competitors will go through decisive moments due to the fact that this will be the first Marathon round of the 15 years edition of the largest rally of the Americas. This means that besides the 485kms of the route, 358 of them are timed and the challenge will be to finish the day and not be allowed to do any maintenance on the vehicles.

At the end of the timed part, also called Special, the competitors will have to take their vehicles to the Parc Fermé, located near the finish line. The bikes, quads, cars and trucks will be "untouchable" until the following day, a few minutes before the start for the next timed Special. During the Special only the competitors themselves are allowed to make any mechanical repairs.

"The secret is to spare the vehicles and not have to do any maintenance at the end of the day like changing the shock absorbers. Regardless of the quality of the machines and independently of their resistance and robustness there will always be an obstacle", explained Marcos Moraes, Dunas Race President.

The first Marathon round and third day of competition of the 2007 edition has a completely new route. The largest part of the course is raced on sandy and twisty with erosions. The first 80kms are fast, with some parts that are very dusty that difficult the visibility. The other marathon round will be on August 13th between São Raimundo Nonato (PI) and Barra (BA).

2007 Sertões International Rally Schedule:

Aug, 11th - Palmas (TO) / Alto Parnaíba (MA) * Marathon round
Aug, 12th - Alto Parnaíba (MA) / São Raimundo Nonato (PI)
Aug, 13th - São Raimundo Nonato (PI) / Barra (BA) * Marathon round
Aug, 14th - Barra (BA) / Lençóis (BA)
Aug, 15th - Lençóis (BA) / Juazeiro (BA)
Aug, 16th - Juazeiro (BA) / Aracaju (SE)
Aug, 17th - Aracaju (SE) / arrival in Salvador (BA)
Aug, 18th - Award party

2007/08/13 | 11:34 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Vipcomm

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