Monster Energy X-raid Team takes overall lead into the day of rest
08.01.2012: • Stéphane Peterhansel finishes third to defend his overall lead
• Boris Garafulic consistently in the top 15
• Stéphane Peterhansel finishes third to defend his overall lead
• Boris Garafulic consistently in the top 15
Following yesterday’s unintended day of rest, the X-raid drivers had to contest a loop stage around the Chilean city of Copiapo, today. The special stage consisted of two sections – 140 kilometres and 220 kilometres split by a neutralisation phase.
The green Monster Energy MINI ALL4 Racing raced by the Frenchmen Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret finished third behind Nasser Al Attiyah and Robby Gordon, thus defending the overall lead ahead of their team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc (Poland) and Jean-Marc Fortin (Belgium) who took their ORLEN MINI ALL4 Racing to fourth position, today.
The yellow Monster Energy MINI ALL4 Racing of Spanish-French pairing Nani Roma and Michel Périn followed in fifth position. The two Portuguese Ricardo Leal dos Santos / Paulo Fiuza in the green and Russian-German pairing Leonid Novitskiy / Andi Schulz in the orange MINI ALL4 Racing finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Overall leader Peterhansel also proved to be the best Monster Energy X-raid of the day by finishing third. “To secure a top position, today, you had to push hard, really hard,” revealed the overall leader, “But at the same time, you had to keep an eye on your car. Today, the dunes were mixed with camel grass and in these conditions, the Hummers with their bigger suspension travel enjoyed a clear advantage.”
At the beginning of the special stage, Holowczyc was hampered by an opponent and later, he lost more time due to two punctures. “On a narrow section, we drove for quite a while behind a quad driver who just refused to let us pass,” said the Pole. “Then I tried to pass him, nevertheless – and hit a stone.” The result: a puncture at the front and a slow puncture at the rear.
But this wasn’t the end of it: in the neutralisation phase, Ricardo Leal dos Santos brought Holowczyc and Fortin two fresh tyres. “Then we began changing the tyres,” said the Belgian navigator. “At first, we changed the flat tyre at the front and the slow-punctured rear tyre. And as we also had the other two fresh tyres available, we opted for also changing the second front tyre and keeping the used one as reserve.”
For Dos Santos and his co-driver Fiuza, helping their team-mates was a matter of course but at the same time, their support meant that they had to drive somewhat carefully, in the second section of the special stage. “Afterwards, we had just one spare tyre and therefore opted for taking no unnecessary risks,” explained Dos Santos. While Novitskiy lost time in the dunes, today. “Unfortunately we got stuck on the way up a dune,” said co-driver Schulz. “This incident cost us about 10 minutes.
Chilean Boris Garafulic keeps on delivering in fine style, with his Vision Advisors BMW X3 CC and finished 14th, today. “Once again, things went well for us,” said the Chilean, “But I have to admit that the dunes in the closing stages were rather tough.
My racing overall is all in sweat.” The Russians Alexander Mironenko and Sergey Lebedev finished 19th in the seventh special stage – as things are now. Meanwhile, German pairing Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt lost an hour in the dunes. In the end, they finished 32nd.
Tomorrow is the scheduled day of rest. But although the drivers won’t have to contest a special stage they won’t have the time to just put up their feet as the time schedule comprises numerous media and sponsor commitments.
1. N. Al Attiyah (QAT) / L. Cruz (ESP) Hummer – 3h 26m 57s
2. R. Gordon (USA) / J. Campell (USA) Hummer – 3h 34m 27s
3. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 34m 50s
4. K. Holowczyc (POL) / J.-M. Fortin (BEL) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 41m 54s
5. N. Roma (ESP) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 42m 16s … 7. R.L. Dos Santos (POR) / P. Fiuza (POR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 55m 22s 8. L. Novitskiy (RUS) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing – 3h 58m 25s ... 14. B. Garafulic (CHI) / G. Picard (FRA) BMW X3 CC – 4h 20m 00s ... 19. A.Mironenko (RUS) / S.Lebedev (RUS) BMW X3 CC – 3h 42m 11s ... 32. S. Schott (GER) / H.Schmidt (GER) BMW X3 CC – 2h 48m 31s
Overall after 6th stage:
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 15h 32m 53s
2. K. Holowczyc (POL) / J.-M. Fortin (BEL) MINI ALL4 Racing – 15h 44m 15s
3. R. Gordon (USA) / J. Campell (USA) Hummer – 15h 46m 02s
4. N. Roma (ESP) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 15h 50m 58s … 7. Novitskiy (RUS) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing – 16h 27m 19s … 14. B. Garafulic (CHI) / G. Picard (FRA) BMW X3 CC – 18h 12m 00s ... 16. R.D. Dos Santos (POR) / P. Fiuza (POR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 19h 01m 28s … 25. A. Mironenko (RUS) / S.Lebedev (RUS) BMW X3 CC – 21h 45m 12s … tba. S.Schott (GER) / H.Schmidt (GER) BMW X3 CC – 29h 26m 30s
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