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CC Bruno Saby maintains push towards top five in Central Europe Rally

X-RAID TEAM NEWS

CENTRAL EUROPE RALLY (April 19th-26th, 2008)

Dakar Series, round 1

 

Leg 6: Veszprém, Hungary - Veszprém, Hungary: connection, 11 km; special, 157 km; connection 35.5km; special, 54 km; connection, 61 km; total, 317 km.

 

For immediate release

Friday, April 25th, 2008

 

X-RAID’S BRUNO SABY MAINTAINS PUSH

FOR TOP FIVE IN CENTRAL EUROPE RALLY

 

Saby and Chicherit maintain pressure on second Veszprém loop

Spaniard Sainz edges away from Frenchman Peterhansel

 

 

 

VESZPREM (Hungary): The AlgoDyne Green Power Racing Team completed the penultimate leg of the new Central Europe Rally around Veszprém in Hungary in seventh and ninth positions on Friday.

 

X-raid team driver Bruno Saby and co-driver Alain Guehennec now hold sixth in the general classification. Spaniard Carlos Sainz edged 18 seconds ahead of French arch rival Stephane Peterhansel in the overall standings after a thrilling battle over the challenging Hungarian terrain.

 

“Guerlain had a puncture today, but otherwise we had no problems at all,” admitted X-raid team director Sven Quandt. “Now both Bruno and Guerlain will take it carefully and make sure we reach the finish. Guerlain can, maybe, have some fun on the last day and try and take a fastest time.”

 

Today’s leg was a repeat of Thursday’s two stages to the north of Lake Balaton. Saby and Chicherit began the day in seventh and 26th in the overall standings, after American Robbie Gordon reappeared on the leader board after Thursday’s problems.

 

Saby, a Dakar Rally winner in 1993, needed to gain 10 minutes over Carlos Sousa to stand a chance of wresting seventh position from the Portuguese driver’s clutches.

 

Peterhansel and Sainz were the fastest out of the blocks and were the pace setters through the first passage control, with Chicherit running in third place and Saby in 10th. But Sainz eventually won the stage by 28 seconds and snatched a six-second overall lead. Chicherit set the third quickest time for the X-raid team and Saby was ninth.

 

Sainz extended his lead over Peterhansel to 18 seconds on the shorter second stage, although he was beaten by a second by Robbie Gordon for the fastest time. Saby and Chicherit set the eighth and 10th fastest times and were ninth and seventh on the leg, when the two times were added together.

 

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Central Europe Rally reaches a conclusion near the shores of Lake Balaton after the seventh and final leg of the new ASO-organised event. Teams will tackle a 155km selective section, before a straightforward 11km liaison section steers crews to the official finishing ceremony at the tourist resort of Balatonfüred on the northern shores of the lake.

 

Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe and a popular tourist destination. It is 77km long and ranges in width from four kilometres to 14, although it is relatively shallow and is no more than 12 metres deep.

 

2008 Central Europe Rally – positions on SS6 section 1 (unofficial):

1. Carlos Sainz (E)/Michel Perin (F) Volkswagen Touareg                         1h 37m 23s

2. Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/Jean-Paul Cottret (F) Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution             1h 37m 51s

3. Guerlain Chicherit (F)/Matthieu Baumel (F) BMW X3 CC 1h 39m 24s

4. Luc Alphand (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Mitsubishi Pajero  1h 39m 35s

5. Dieter Depping (D)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Volkswagen Touareg            1h 39m 39s

6. Robby Gordon (USA)/Andy Grider (USA) Hummer                         1h 40m 26s

7. BJ Baldwin (USA)/Kevin Heath (USA) Hummer                             1h 40m 44s

8. Carlos Sousa (P)/Andreas Schulz (D) Volkswagen Touareg               1h 43m 08s

9. Bruno Saby (F)/Alain Guehennec (F) BMW X3 CC                                         1h 43m 57s

 

2008 Central Europe Rally – positions on SS6 section 2 (unofficial):

1. Robby Gordon (USA)/Andy Grider (USA) Hummer                                                32m 58s

2. Carlos Sainz (E)/Michel Perin (F) Volkswagen Touareg                         32m 59s

3. Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/Jean-Paul Cottret (F) Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution             33m 11s

4. BJ Baldwin (USA)/Kevin Heath (USA) Hummer                                                33m 17s

5. Dieter Depping (D)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Volkswagen Touareg                         34m 05s

6. Luc Alphand (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Mitsubishi Pajero  Evolution                                   34m 15s

7. Carlos Sousa (P)/Andreas Schulz (D) Volkswagen Touareg                         35m 42s

8. Bruno Saby (F)/Alain Guehennec (F) BMW X3 CC                                         35m 51s

10. Guerlain Chicherit (F)/Matthieu Baumel (F) BMW X3 CC                             36m 44s

 

2008 Central Europe Rally – overall positions after leg 6 (unofficial):

1. Carlos Sainz (E)/Michel Perin (F) Volkswagen Touareg                         9h 40m 37s

2. Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/Jean-Paul Cottret (F) Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution             9h 40m 55s

3. Dieter Depping (D)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Volkswagen Touareg                         9h 46m 44s

4. Luc Alphand (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Mitsubishi Pajero  Evolution                9h 46m 51s

5. Carlos Sousa (P)/Andreas Schulz (D) Volkswagen Touareg                        10h 09m 54s

6. Bruno Saby (F)/Alain Guehennec (F) BMW X3 CC                                        10h 20m 53s

7. BJ Baldwin (USA)/Kevin Heath (USA) Hummer                                               10h 33m 48s

TBA. Guerlain Chicherit (F)/Matthieu Baumel (F) BMW X3 CC                            12h 26m 01s

 

Ends

 

Further information and photos are available at www.x-raid.de or contact Yvette Theisen at X-raid GmbH, Tel: + 49 (0) 6147 204670, E-mail: y.theisen@x-raid.de.

Date issued: 25/04/2008

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