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Transiberico Rali: Filipe Campos and X-Raid lead after SS2.

The first competitive day of Rali Transibérico Vodafone was run under high temperatures and some rain, not enough to avoid dust along the special stage of 180 kilometres. Filipe Campos (BMW X3 CC) arrive at the bivouac leading the field, being, from the first drivers on the road, the one that had a clearer run through the day.

First on the road after being the fastest driver in the super stage, Spanish Nani Roma (BMW X3 CC) lost his lead during the longest stage of the day with electrical problems that forced him to retire, but he will restart tomorrow to get more experience with his new car and co-driver.

Guerlain Chicherit (BMW X3 CC) took advantage of Miguel Barbosa’s puncture, that forced the BMW X3 driver to stop to change the wheel, and the French had no dust for a long time, finishing second on the stage, keeping the same position overall, in front of the Nicolas Misslin (Mitsubishi Pajero MRP 13), the best driver of the three diamond cars.

After his spun in the special stage, Carlos Sousa (Mitsubishi Lancer) started 10th on the road and faced some dust problems when approaching slower competitors and was only able to sign fourth time on the stage.

Brazilian Guilherme Spinelli (Mitsubishi Pajero) punctured in the last kilometres of the stage but didn’t stop to change the wheel, finishing sixth overall. Pedro Silva Nunes (Mitsubishi Pajero) and José Camilo Martins (Nissan Navara) lead Group T2 and T8.

2009/06/18 | 21:02 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Transiberico

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