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Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014


Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014


Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014










































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SA-Dakar Rally: 1st Peterhansel - "I think doing so was the right strategy".






Following the special-stage wins of Leonid Novitskiy and Krzysztof Holowczyc, French pairing Peterhansel / Cottret gave Team X-raid its third special-stage win in wednesday’s fourth special stage, with their green Mini All4 Racing. Thanks to this success, the Frenchman also regained the lead in the overall rankings.

Spaniard Nani Roma and Michel Périn took their yellow Mini to fourth position, followed by their team-mates Krysztof Holowczyc (Poland) and Jean-Marc Fortin (Belgium) in the Orlen-Mini.

Russian / German pairing Leonid Novitskiy / Andy Schulz in the orange Mini and the two Portuguese Ricardo Leal dos Santos and Paulo Fiuza with the red Mini All4 Racing completed the fine team result by finishing tenth and eleventh.

Peterhansel had to wait for the closing stages of the fourth special stage to take the lead. For a long time, he held second position behind Nasser Al Attiyah but then, the latter was forced to stop for 15 minutes. The Frenchman benefited from Al Attiyah’s problem and celebrated his first special-stage win in the 2012 Dakar.

"Following the two punctures we encountered yesterday I opted for a somewhat careful approach in the early stages," revealed Peterhansel. "Even later I didn’t take the car to the very limit - and I think doing so was the right strategy. In the closing stages I passed the two standing Hummers and Terranova who was stopped by a puncture."

Roma, the winner of tuesday’s 3rd special, finished fourth, today. He had the difficult task to open the fourth special stage. "Finding the right way wasn’t easy," the Spaniard said, "While the others could follow our track." The 39-year old opted for a cautious style of driving, today, and explained: "You can’t win the Dakar in these special stages - but losing it is possible at any time."

There are days when things just don’t run as you would like them to - and Holowczyc encountered one of these days, today. "The result isn’t exactly what you would call bad but I’m not happy with our achievements, nevertheless," said the Pole who finished fifth. "I just failed to find a good rhythm."

Russian-German pairing Leonid Novitskiy and Andy Schulz keep on contesting the Dakar with a somewhat restrained attitude. "We don’t want to take unnecessary risks," explained navigator Schulz.

"The case of Nasser demonstrates that you can be struck by a problem at any time. So, we prefer to avoid getting involved in any trouble." But despite being so careful, they had to stop once to change a flat tyre.

Following the bad luck in a mud hole Ricardo Leal dos Santos and Paulo Fiuza had to cope with yesterday, things went clearly better for the Portuguese pairing, today. With their red Mini All4 Racing, the came 11th.

For Chilean-French pairing Duo Boris Garafulic / Gilles Picard in their Vision Advisor BMW X3 CC, being careful also represents the top priority. "Boris did a fantastic job, today," praised co-driver Picard.

"He drove rather fast, but without making the slightest mistake." The two Russians Alexander Mironkeno / Sergey Lebedev in the BUER BMW X3 CC came 26th, thus finishing right ahead of their German team-mates Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt in the KS Tools BMW X3 CC.

2012/01/05 | 15:14 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/X-RAID











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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