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2003 RALLYE D'ORIENT CAPPADOCE - FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES - ROUND 6
9 October 2003 IMPORTANT UPDATE
SOUSA’S TITLE CHASE BOOSTED
The final result of the Rallye d’Orient Cappadoce, the sixth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, has now been confirmed by the FIA following an International Court of Appeal meeting in Paris yesterday (8 October). Mitsubishi L200 Strakar driver Carlos Sousa has been awarded victory and maximum points, following the exclusion of Jean-Louis Schlesser.

The result of the event, which finished in Ürgüp in central Turkey on August 16, remained provisional due to an appeal by Mitsubishi Portugal after Schlesser was deemed to have crossed one particular section without using the route assigned in the road book.

Having heard the explanations of the parties and examined the various documents and other evidence, the Court annulled the decision of the Stewards and excluded Car N 201 (J.-L. Schlesser/J.-M. Lurquin) from the event.

Carlos Sousa therefore leads the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies with one round remaining. The Portuguese Mitsubishi L200 Strakar driver holds a commanding 41 point advantage over Schlesser and with a maximum 45 points to be claimed in the UAE Desert Challenge later this month, Sousa is perfectly poised to claim his first-ever world title.

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

  Driver / Co-driver Nat. Car Gr. Total Time Difference
 Carlos SOUSA / Henry MAGNE P/F  MITSUBISHI L200 STRAKAR 2 18.42.37   
 Lukasz KOMORNICKI / Rafal MARTON PL  MITSUBISHI PAJERO / MONTERO 2 21.12.48  + 2.30.11 
 Philippe GACHE / Jean-Pierre GARCIN F  Ford Protruck Ranger 4x2 2 21.22.24  + 2.39.47 
 Andris DAMBIS / Ainars PRINCIS LT  OSC Oscar 2 21.34.06  + 2.51.29 
 Sergey SHMAKOV / Stanislas ORLOV RUS  Buggy Honda HRV 4x2 2 21.54.48  + 3.12.11 
 Andris LUKSTINS / Ivars KRAUKLIS LT  OSC Oscar 2 22.19.00  + 3.36.23 
 Janis NAGLIS / Valdis PURVINSHI LT  MITSUBISHI PAJERO / MONTERO 2 22.23.55  + 3.41.18 
 Bernard DHONT / Jean-Claude KAKET F  Buggy Honda HRV 4x2 2 22.42.25  + 3.59.48 
 Balazs SZALAY / Zsolt REVEZS H  Chevrolet Blazer 2 23.21.14  + 4.38.37 
10   Jean-Pierre STRUGO / Pascal LARROQUE F  Mercedes ML430 1 23.48.27  + 5.05.50 
11   Ali VURAL AK / Guray KARACAR TR  Mercedes ML 55 AMG 2 26.38.49  + 7.56.12 
12   Henry de ROISSARD / Elodie METGE F  Nissan Terrano 2 29.54.32  + 11.11.55 
13   Eric VIGOUROUX / Alexandre WINOCQ F  Chevrolet Protruck 4x2 2 32.25.57  + 13.43.20 
14   Maris SAUKANS / Didzis ZARINS LT  MITSUBISHI PAJERO / MONTERO 2 41.41.24  + 22.58.47 
Nationalities: F=France/ H=Hungary/ LT=Lithuania/ P=Portugal/ PL=Poland/ RUS=Russia/ TR=Turkey/

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