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Transiberico Rali: Chicherit winner of Rally and FIA Worldcup.

For the second time on the Portuguese tracks, French Guerlain Chicherit (BMW X3 CC) won the 2009 edition of Rali Vodafone Transibérico, dominating clearly the last part of the race, after the problems that hit Carlos Sousa (Mitsubishi Racing Lancer), Nani Roma (X-Raid BMW X3CC), Miguel Barbosa (BMW X3 CC) and Filipe Campos (X-Raid BMW X3CC ) that have occupied top places in classification. With this success, Chicherit confirmed his win in the FIA Cross Country (Marathonrally) World Cup.

Finishing with more than one hour of advantage over the second, the BMW driver suffered until the last moment, as the engine had ignition problems, but even so he was able to finish the last stage and reach Estoril without further problems.

As consequence of the problems that affected the majority of the leading drivers, Hélder Oliveira (Nissan Pathfinder) and Bernardo Moniz da Maia (BMW X3 CC) finished in the podium places, with Maia obtaining strong points for the Portuguese Championship, where he lies now second, nine points from the leader, Carlos Sousa.

Without nothing to loose in the last day, Portuguese drivers dominate the two last stages, with Carlos Sousa, in his 75th participation in national events, being fast on the first stage of the day, and Filipe Campos in the second SS.

Pedro Silva Nunes (Mitsubishi Pajero) led the T2 Group at the arrival, but his car had been scrutineered and following the report from the Technical Delegate, the Stewards of the Meeting excluded the car due to a modification of a homologated roll cage. Russian Artem Varentsov (Toyota Land Cruiser) was declared T2 winner.

José Camilo Martins (Nissan Navara) was not only first in T8 class but also secured the Portuguese title in the category.

Jorge Simões (Nissan Pathfinder) had an accident in the last stage that forced his co-driver, Aníbal Mendonça, to be transported for observation to Beja hospital.

SS8 Classification (159,72 km)

01) Filipe Campos I X-Raid BMW X3CC I 1.42.18
02) Carlos Sousa I Mitsubishi Racing Lancer I at 1.44
03) Nicolas Misslin I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 3.35
04) Nani Roma I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 8.24
05) Alexander Mironenko I Nissan Navara I at 9.24
06) Guerlain Chicherit I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 11.08
07) Rodolphe Deveaux I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 13.09
08) Bernardo Moniz da Maia I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 14.44
09) Hélder Oliveira I Nissan Pathfinder I at 15.45
10) José Dinis Lucas I Mitsubishi Pajero DiD I at 16.06

Overall after SS8

01) Guerlain Chicherit/Tina Thorner I X-Raid BMW X3CC I 15.11.08
02) Hélder Oliveira/Filipe Palmeiro I Nissan Pathfinder I at 1.16.27
03) Bernardo Moniz da Maia/Joana Sottomayor I X-Raid BMW X3CC I at 1.32.14
04) Rodolphe Deveaux/Luís Ramalho I Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13 I at 1.50.08
05) José Dinis Lucas/Luís Tirano I Mitsubishi Pajero DiD I at 2.21.47
06) Lino Carapeta/Rui António I QT Wildcat I at 2.24.34
07) Fernando André/Luís Gomes I Renault Mégane I at 2.27.54
08) Alexander Mironenko/Sergey Lebedev I Nissan Navara I at 2.39.44
09) Pedro Silva Nunes/Paulo Torres I Mitsubishi Pajero I at 2.49.02
10) Artem Varentsov/Roman Elgin I Toyota Land Cruiser 100 I at 3.15.08

2009/06/23 | 12:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Transiberico

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