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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: Leg 3 not a good day for Russian Boris Gadasin.

The third leg of the Transibérico Rally, between Badajoz and Evora, was slightly shorter than that of the day before, but proved to be extremely tricky. Boris Gadasin was to find this out when his Proto Nissan 05 became grounded while crossing a ford over a layer of soft sand, his clutch giving up. The same section also nearly took Luc Alphand out of the rally.

Miguel Barbosa and Bernardo Moniz rejoined the event, both of them setting fine times. The best-placed in the overall classification this evening is Portuguese driver Felipe Campos, in his Nissan Pickup 03, as he is currently 5th overall, the leading private driver behind the factory entries.

The leg started this morning at Badajoz in Spain, with a one-hundred kilometer liaison section. This was followed by two 220 km special stages, before heading back to Portugal, where the "bivouac" was set up at Evora. An intense day for the teams, with a route that was quite difficult and very tricky.

Among the Team Dessoude competitors, Boris Gadasin had problems during the first timed stage. Fording a river, the Russian driver was taken by surprise by a layer of soft sand covering the bottom of the water. Many of the drivers from the top teams were also caught out by this obstacle, before the organisers decided to move the route. But for poor Boris, it was too late! Trying to get himself out, he pushed the clutch which finally burnt out, and the car was flooded. Unable to take part in the second special stage, he will however be
able to take advantage of the regulations to restart tomorrow morning.

Miguel Barbosa knows that he has to defend his position as leader in the Portuguese Championship, and reacted quickly today. Fifth in the first section and 7th in the second, he set a good pace while keeping an eye on his rivals. Bernardo Moniz was delighted with an excellent 13th fastest time, and has enjoyed the atmosphere in the event. Just like Barbosa, the Portuguese championship is the priority for this gentleman driver.

Felipe Campos, with the Pickup 03, is holding on to his 5th place in the overall classification, just behind the official cars. After a difficult day, the Portuguese driver was extremely pleased with his result: "I lost some time on the first loop, due to a lack of brakes. On this sort of route, the brakes are used a lot, it’s a bit like a WRC stage! I must have lost two or three minutes. But I am very happy with this event, one of the first I have taken part in with this level of competition, and I like the atmosphere in the team. The hardest is still to do: To cross the finish line Saturday."

As for André Dessoude, he is quite satisfied with his troupes, despite the incidents over the past two days, and this 5th place overall is far from unsatisfactory.

2007/06/03 | 14:42 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Dessoude

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