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The two Protrucks finish the 24 hours 4X4 of France.

Fought out in rather good weather conditions (slightly sailing sun, fresh night, dry track), Pro-system Racing's Protruck-Chevrolet was smiling at this 24 hours. The two trucks arrived at the finishing line, with a remarkable result for the Caterpillar-CAT Rental Store team. Gilles Leguay, Philippe Tixier and Pascal Bernardon finished in fact at a very nice 4th place in the general class.

In spite of a stoppage for around 40 minutes to replace a defect joint, this team managed a very intelligent race, turning at a perfectly regular rhythm. What's more is that he perfectly handled the pressure that was put on whilst approaching the finishing line.

The other Protruck, driven by Eric Vigouroux, René Metge and Carlos Gomes, got off to a great start. After having qualified in the mud this Protruck finished at a modest 15 place ranking, Eric quickly got back to a superb third place at the end of the first relay. Unfortunately, during the next rally, René Metge broke a rim and damaged the back wheel.

The repair took more than one hour, followed by other stops in the stands which meant that Eric, Carlos et René had to give up any hope of victory. But thanks to the devotedness and the competencies of Pro-system Racing's mechanics, their Protruck managed nevertheless to arrive at the finishing line for the 24 hours.

"I am delighted for Caterpillar-CAT Rental Store for their great performance for their team», declared Eric Vigouroux. « I am equally very satisfied to see our two Protrucks, equipped for the first time with Toyo Tires, finishing the test. A good start to our new collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer."

The next race for the French Team will be the AMV-Shamrock rally, held in Morocco from 28 of October to 3 November. This will be the big test for the Trophy Truck, before the Lisbon-Dakar 2007.

2006/09/25 | 10:37 CET | Editor: MR/Pro-System Racing

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