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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: Fifth place for Nissan Dessoude and Felipe Campos.

The final leg of the Rally Transiberico confirmed the positions of the day before. With Carlos Sainz the winner, Felipe Campos could be rightly delighted with his fifth-place finish. After a problem-free event, the Portuguese driver confirmed his excellent race management, allowing Team Dessoude to place itself in the best possible position, just behind the four factory cars. Miguel Barbosa strengthened his lead in his National Championship, while Boris Gadasin, free from pressure, was able to appreciate all the potential of his Proto Nissan 05. Unhappily, Bernardo Moniz had to retire during the final special stage, with a burn clutch.

This final leg between Evora and Estoril allowed Team Dessoude to set a fine group result on the first timed sector. Felipe Campos, Miguel Barbosa and Boris Gadasin (who rejoined Sunday morning), claimed the 5th, 6th and 7th places respectively, while Bernardo Moniz was 14th. During the second special stage, the same faces were in slightly different places. Barbosa, Campos and Gadasin were 6th, 7th and 8th, while Bernardo Moniz was forced to retire due to a clutch problem. A great shame, as the Portuguese gentleman driver had put in a very good race until then: "The clutch must have suffered when I got stuck in that ford yesterday, which caught out so many. I really fought to get out alone, and today I’ve paid the price."

Having suffered the same problem yesterday, Boris Gadasin enjoyed this final leg: "It was my first rally with the 05, and I must admit it was quite a change from the Nissan Pickup 03. I had to adapt, and yesterday taught me quite a lesson. But today I was under less pressure, and I really enjoyed driving!"

In the provisional classification of the Portuguese Cross-Country Rally Championship, Miguel Barbosa has retained his lead and even increased his lead. Slightly disappointed with his position on the Transiberico Rally, Miguel nevertheless confirmed that his main goal was to accumulate points for the national championship.

Felipe Campos, finishing in a brilliant fifth position in the event, managed his race perfectly today by setting the right pace but keeping a safety margin in order to avoid the slightest problem: "I could not have hoped for a better result. The four factory cars were in their own race, and it would have been pointless to take any further risks. I am delighted to finish in this position in an event where there were so many talented drivers."

André Dessoude was also satisfied with the Portuguese driver’s result: "It was interesting to work with Felipe on an event at this level. We finished in the right place, the position that we had aimed for before the start. Unless the factory cars had mechanical problems, we could not have hoped for better. It’s a shame about Boris Gadasin’s problem yesterday, and that of Miguel on the first day, but that’s racing.

Sometimes, everything goes right, and other times, it doesn’t. Here, we did not have much luck. However, Miguel has strengthened his position in the lead in his national championship. I am disappointed for Laurent Rosso, who rolled on the first day and compromised all his hopes. It is a real shame, as he could have hoped for a good result in the Production category, but the car was too badly damaged. In conclusion, there were two factory teams, four cars, and fifth in the overall classification is a Dessoude. I am satisfied."

The next step for Team Dessoude is the Portuguese Cross-Country Championship, with the aim of winning the title with Miguel Barbosa.

2007/06/04 | 11:51 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Dessoude

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