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UAE Desert Challenge 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the UAE Desert Challenge 2007, last 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.

UAE Desert Challenge: Hungarian Szalay best privateer after prologue.

Balázs Szalay and László Bunkoczi could calm down again concerning preparations for the Dakar. There was no reason to complain about their result, since the duo crossed the finishline as 10th among the non-factory competitors with the Opel Antara RR, at the superspecial of UAE Desert Challenge in the Emirates. The stage was 2.2 km long, and not far from the center of Dubai, at a low sandy location. It wasn't a big effort for the car, which is quite a good sign before the Dakar - starting in January - that the duo is geting ready for.

"It was just as we planned - said Szalay at the end of the day. - I'm not saying that our technology is as good as that of a professional factory team, but it is close, and might even reach that level concerning the strength of the engine. If we manage to improve the undercarriage to something similar to theirs, then we will definitely be in the race."

The team was testing for two days in the desert among the dunes, before the competition. Training prooved to be very useful, with the modified settings the car was pretty much faster. The Australian engineer - also a computer specialist - arrived at the location of the competiton, and had set the high quality engine to make the race vehicle even better. Real competition starts today (Monday) and ends on Friday. Competitors are to take a minimum of 300 kilometers per day, in the sultry heat.

2007/10/29 | 13:57 CET | Editor: MR/HS

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