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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: Sainz - I’m happy that we’ve expanded our lead.

By clinching the second stage win in the Rally Transibérico, the season opener of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup, Carlos Sainz and co-driver Michel Périn in the Volkswagen Race Touareg expanded their lead to 1.42 minutes. Sainz, who had captured the top position in Friday’s prologue, set the second-fastest time on the first 189-kilometre special stage on Saturday to retain the lead with a 0.5-second advantage. In the second run, he managed to set a commanding best time.

"I’m happy that we’ve expanded our lead" said the Spaniard. "It’s been a tough day because the stage was tight and twisty, and because of the warm summer weather it was very hot in the cockpit. After the first special stage we slightly modified our suspension set-up and managed to claim stage victory today."

Team-mate Carlos Sousa and his co-driver Andreas Schulz finished third to move up to third place overall from eleventh position. "We’re satisfied with our times" said Sousa. "On the last 50 kilometres, I had a lot of difficulty coping with the heat. Tomorrow will be a new day. As the third car, we’ve got a good starting position and we’ll try and reduce the gap between us and the front runners."

The Danish Motorsport-Director Kris Nissen was satisfied with this results. "After a great prologue, we’ve got every reason to be satisfied after the second stage as well. After the first run, Carlos Sainz and Nani Roma were still very close. Carlos slightly changed the set-up and, what’s more, he was informed by mistake that he was running behind Roma instead of leading the stage. As a result, Carlos was even more motivated and won the second round with a clear advantage. Sousa’s third place reflects a strong performance as well. But the rally is long, and a lot can still happen."

2007/06/01 | 20:44 CET | Editor: MR/HS/VW Press

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