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Transiberico Rali: Chicherit takes lead at Transiberico Rali.

Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit and Swedish co-driver Tina Thörner remained firmly on course to clinch the 2009 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies after moving into the outright lead at the end of the third leg of the four-day Transiberico Rally. Chicherit inherited the overall lead in the fifth special stage, despite being beaten to the fastest time by X-raid colleague Joan ‘Nani’ Roma and his French co-driver Michel Perin.

The Frenchman then set the fastest time in the sixth special in his BMW X3 CC and heads into Sunday’s final two timed sections with a massive 1h 04m 55s lead over the second-placed Portuguese crew of Helder Oliveira and Filipe Palmeiro.

"I’m obviously in a great position now heading into the final day," said Chicherit. "But it has not been easy. The stages have been very tricky. Today’s special was technical, twisty and you had to focus 100% all the time because one small mistake could prove costly."

Roma’s fifth stage success moved him up to 25th in the overall rankings after first day delays cost him any chance of claiming a podium finish. But the Catalan stopped in the sixth selective section after clouting a tree stump. He became wedged on the stump, but eventually managed to free the stricken BMW and regained the track for a further 10km.

But the crew then took the decision to retire and return to the service area for the car to be repaired. Roma will now carry out a full day of competition on Sunday. "It was important for Michel and I to get back into a rally car again and this event has been important for us," said Roma at service before his problem on the sixth stage. "Some of the narrow tracks may be a bit like some of the terrain we may face in Argentina on the Dakar next year and it’s great to be back in harness with the new team."

Portugal’s Filipe Campos and co-driver Jaime Baptista held a 4m 02s overall advantage at the start of Saturday’s third leg and were fastest at the first checkpoint through the fifth selective section, but Campos clouted a tree stump at the 150km point and the impact damaged a wheel rim, broke the A-arm and a suspension upright.

The Portuguese crew were unable to continue, although Campos hopes to restart on Sunday if his BMW X3 CC can be repaired by X-raid mechanics in Beja.

Bernardo Moniz da Maia and Joana Sotto-Mayor began the third leg in seventh position in the overall standings in a fourth BMW X3 CC. They set the fifth fastest time in the fifth selective section and moved up to an excellent fourth overall following Campos’s retirement, problems for Portugal’s Carlos Sousa and Guilherme Spinelli’s withdrawal through illness.

Late problems for Miguel Barbosa propelled the Portuguese into a stunning third overall and Moniz da Maia heads into the final leg 8m 54s ahead of fourth-placed Edgar Condenso and on track for a stunning career-best finish.

"Guerlain remains on course for a fantastic result," enthused X-raid’s team director Sven Quandt. "We have already told him to slow down and take no risks. The accidents for Filipe and ‘Nani’ have been unfortunate, but the performance of Bernardo has been superb. It looks like he will be fighting for a podium finish on the final leg and that will be great for his confidence."

SS 6 Classification (212,84 km)

01) Guerlain Chicherit I X-Raid BMW X3CC I 2.28.48
02) Nicolas Misslin I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 5.17m
03) Alexander Mironenko I Nissan Navara I at 13.36m
04) Hélder Oliveira I Nissan Pathfinder I at 15.05m
05) Lino Carapeta I Bowler QT Wildcat I at 19.51m
06) Rodolpphe Deveaux I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 20.51m
07) Thomasse Pascal I MD Schlesser Buggy I at 21.13m
08) Edgar Condenso I Nissan Navara I at 21.21m
09) Bernardo Moniz da Maia I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 21.39m
10) Nuno Matos I Isuzu D-Max I at 24.45m.

Overall classification after SS6

01) Guerlain Chicherit/Tina Thorner I X-Raid BMW X3CC I 11.23.09
02) Hélder Oliveira/Filipe Palmeiro I Nissan Pathfinder I at 1.04.55
03) Bernardo M. da Maia/Joana Sottomayor I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 1.23.14
04) Edgar Condesso/Nuno Silva I Nissan Navara I at 1.32.08
05) Rodolphe Deveaux/Luís Ramalho I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 1.40.34
06) Fernando André/Luís Gomes I Renault Megane Proto I at 1.43.50
07) Pedro Silva Nunes/Paulo Torres (Mitsubishi Pajero), at 2.07.51
08) Lino Carapeta/Rui António I Bowler QT Wildcat I at 2.09.34
09) José Dinis Lucas/Luís Tirano I Mitsubishi Pajero DiD I at 2.10.20
10) Yahya Al Helei/Khalid Al Kendi I Nissan Patrol I at 2.30.45.

2009/06/23 | 10:54 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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