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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: What they said after Leg 1 / Prologue.

Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi): "It was not so bad. I think we are in the best position to start. Today we opened the track, and we did a gread "cleaning job". We have made not so many kilometres in the car after Dakar, so I think it is a good result because the drivers which are in front of us, are very fast. The super-special was "funny" but it was made for the "WRC drivers rythm".

Paulo Nobre (X-Raid BMW): "I’ve done what I know. We’ve made three little mistakes, but it’s not important to my classification, loose three or four seconds in this fist test. In a Super Special normally we can not win the race, but with a great mistake we can loose anything. It was important to start in the leading group, because in the middle all the things are more complicated. I feel good in the Portuguese tracks, and I hope I can finish in the top-ten."

Carlos Sousa (Volkswagen): "It was not great... We went off twice because of me. With so little distances to cover, those mistakes are important, and we will start in a back position, with many cars to overpass between the dust. I am a little worried and I hope we have not totally failed already."

Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen): "We have made it well, wthout any problems. It was a super-special made in rally-style, so I’ve enjoy it. We are not in the right position to start for the second leg, but I can promise you that we are going to attack to try to mantain the lead."

Joan "Nani" Roma (Mitsubishi): "I think I’ve dade it. It should be perfect having only two drivers in front of us for the second leg, but as all the three of them are very fast, I shouldn’t have problems tomorrow with the dust. It was a very technical super-special, but also very nice. Tomorrow we will attack."

Colin McRae (Nissan): "It was a great start. The Super-Special was good and very nice, and the fight with Carlos (Sainz) remembers the old times when we both were in WRC. I am in a good position for tomorrow, and as Carlos I will try to do my best and attack the leading. We do not expect problems with the dust, but we will see how the car goes because it is not a "top-one" like the VW or Mitsubishi."

Miguel Barbosa (Nissan): "All went OK. We catch some dust from Grancha, because some zones were narrow and closed. I did like the Super Special, but I think it was a little slippery. Be in third position is good for tomorrow, but I am not fighting to win!"

João Ramos (Toyota): "It was very good . The car is excelent with the new engine, but it’s not already in his top possibilites. We have not also the new turbo, and this one only "helps us" after the 2500 rpm. It’s a good position to start tomorrow, but , we will do a tactical race because the points are important for the championship."

Filipe Campos (Nissan): "It was great. The car is fantastic. We catch some dust of a slow competidor in the fast track, and we loose some time. I tis a good position for tomorroy, so we are going to attack.

2007/05/31 | 19:38 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Press

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