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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: Third stage victory for Carlos Sainz in Portugal

Carlos Sainz arrived exhausted at the end of the third leg of Rali Vodafone Transibérico, and it was Michel Perin who drove the VW Touareg straight to Évora, to allow the a little rest to the Spaniard. High temperatures and lots of dust, marked the third day of the race.

A special stage run twice, around the Mora Village, brought more problems to the Mitsubishi guys, who couldn’t catch Sainz, again, because of some different difficulties; Luc Alphand was blocked in a river - his engine stopped during more than 10 minutes - and Nani Roma had a puncture, taking much time to change the tyre. Carlos Sainz was the fastest - even opening the track - and his team mate - Carlos Sousa, could achieve the third place, because he had no problems with his VW, but was also honest when admitted that he has make so many mistakes.

The leg "saw" the return of some teams that were withdraw in the first day, like Miguel Barbosa’ and the ex - world rally champion Colin McRae, both very fast any were, and now helped by their cars, which in the first day were not very reliable or competitive.

Inside the top-ten, for the second time many Portuguese drivers, had got an excellent classification overall in this 3rd leg, like Filipe Campos - who run without breaks, during almost 100 Km in the 4th sis - as well as Pedro Gameiro, who achieved to arrive in the 6th position overall in front of Helder Oliveira.

Closing the top-ten, the Italian Traglio, ‘Nuno Inocencio - save by his brother in the 4th leg, after a small accident - and Rodrigo Amaral, with a great performance with his Bowler Wildcat. The T2 leader still is the Spaniard Francesco Tremens (Americo Santos leads the Portuguese drivers and is 4th in this category) and Paulo Martins continues to lead the Challenge Nissan Navara.

Tomorrow the last leg, around Beja, with no more than 144,77 Km to run twice, and at the end of the day, the return to Estoril, to the podium ceremony and the prize giving in the Casino Estoril.

2007/06/02 | 23:18 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Press

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