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Rali Transiberico 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Rali Transiberico 2007, 1st round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Transiberico: Another good day for the Volkswagen Crew in Portugal.

With their third consecutive stage victory, Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Michel Périn in the Volkswagen Race Touareg expanded their lead in the Rally Transibérico to 5.18 minutes. On the longest leg - a total of 440 timed kilometres - from Badajoz in Spain to Evora in Portugal, Carlos Sainz was clearly in front in both special stages, which means that one day before the end of the rally, Sainz and Volkswagen have finished all of the legs in the event victoriously.

"It’s been a tough day" said Sousa. "We won both special stages. But due to outside temperatures of over 30 degrees and very demanding tracks I perspired a lot but didn’t drink enough, which caused me to have cramps in my calves at the finish. But I’ll be fit again for the last leg on Sunday."

Carlos Sousa in the second Race Touareg lost 30 seconds while going through water on the first special stage but, nevertheless, managed to solidify his third position overall. "On the first special stage, going through a long water passage, I lost half a minute" he told. "I was lucky, however, because some of my rivals got stuck in the soft ground much longer than I. On the second stage, the tyre pressure we selected was too high, which made the car hard to drive."

"We had a successful, albeit hectic day" said Motorsport-Director Kris Nissen. Carlos Sainz fought fiercely and won this leg. As his drinking bottle was not working properly halfway through the second stage, he was not able to drink enough and had to be treated for dehydration. The cars are running perfectly, and the team did a superb job."

On the last leg on Sunday, two more special stages, each covering 144 kilometres, will be on the agenda before the contenders reach the finish in Estoril in the evening.

2007/06/02 | 20:44 CET | Editor: MR/HS

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