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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: Carlos Sainz win the Prologue in Portugal

Successful opening: Volkswagen has taken the Rally Transibérico lead following the seven kilometre long prologue. Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn, in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, recorded the day’s best time 4.7 seconds ahead of Nissan driver Colin McRae. "Winning the prologue is a perfect start to this event" said Sainz. "On this short, tight and twisty track, which actually closely resembled a typical rally stage, my co-driver Michel Périn and I produced perfect teamwork. Because, when we ran through the prologue this morning we made perfect notes."

Good Comeback for Colin McRae: The British Rallychampion and his co-driver Jean-Marc Fortin set the second best time with their Overdrive-Nissan from Belgium in front of the Portuguese Miguel Barbosa/Luis Ramalho with a Dessoude Nissan Proto.

The best Mitsubishi was placed fourth and piloted by the Spaniard Joan "Nani" Roma - just four seconds in front of his team-mate Luc Alphand in the second Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13. The Brasilian Paulo Nobre and his co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (X-Raid BMW X3CC) climbed the 8th position, 18,2 seconds behind the leading Carlos Sainz.

The Portuguese Carlos Sousa and his German co-driver Andreas Schulz claimed eleventh place on the first day of the opening round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup in front thousands of enthusiastic fans. "A beautiful opening stage. Unfortunately, however, we made two small mistakes which obviously had a significant affect on the finishing position" reported Sousa after the Prologue. "We out-braked ourselves twice and had to reverse. The Race Touareg is nevertheless perfect and I can hardly wait for the rally to start tomorrow with the first two long stages."

For Motorsport-Director Kris Nissen the first day in Portugal was also a good start: "We are obviously delighted about taking victory on the first day of the Rally Transibérico. However, although today’s stage was just a warm-up it was a fantastic spectacle for the fans. Our two drivers and the entire team are highly motivated and well equipped for the forthcoming three long rally days."

2007/05/31 | 17:38 CET | Editor: MR/HS/VW Press

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