|Silk Way Rally: X-raid´s Sven Quandt: "Today’s result was very good for us".|
The X-raid Team had three reasons to celebrate on the third leg of the Silk Way Rally between Volgograd and Astrakhan on Tuesday. The team’s three cars snatched the top three positions on the day’s special stage.
The day was about Holowczyc celebrating his first stage victory. He began the special second on the road behind Peterhansel and managed to pass the Frenchman a few kilometres from the finish and extend his advantage in the overall standings.
"I am happy with this day’s victory," said the Pole. "The car was extremely strong today. Actually I do not like this type of stage. We were shaken the whole time and it was easy to damage the car. But we came through it well."
Peterhansel looked set to claim his first stage win through the early sections of the special, but a small mistake dropped him behind his teammate. "Shortly before the first dunes, in the camel grass, we got stuck," admitted Peterhansel. "I selected reverse and then we got stuck on a large clump of camel grass. It was about nine minutes before I was able to get going again. This was very disappointing."
Mironenko rounded off the successful day for the Trebur-based X-raid team with the third fastest time. He enjoyed a close battle with Aleksandre Zheludov and eventually did enough to claim second place in the overall standings to boot.
"The second part of the special was very hard," admitted the Russian. "We were shaken vigorously, but I was pleased with third place, since this stage was harder than yesterday."
"Today’s result was very good for us," said Monster Energy X-raid team boss Sven Quandt. "However, today’s stage was very hard for the cars and it has already taken its toll. It was important to have strong suspension and a good chassis. Our three cars are running like clockwork."
2011/07/12 | 18:56 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PERKINS/QUANDT