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13 April 2003 Nekrif - Remada - El Kantara - Djerba Liaison 15 km - SS7 215 km - Liaison 37 km Total 267 km
RALLYE OPTIC 2000 TUNISIE - 2003 FIA Cross Country Rally Championship / Round 2

MITSUBISHI PLACED 4 CARS IN THE TOP 5

Biasion, Misslin, Komornicki and Mayer - 2-3-4-5

Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution / Montero Evolution
Miki Biasion / Tiziano Siviero
(Leg 7 - 13 April 2003)

DJERBA (Tunisia): Cruel luck again played a hand in depriving Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, the Mitsubishi of an emphatic victory on an international rally this year. Along with co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret, they began the final stage of the Optic 2000 Rally of Tunisia, 53m 59s ahead of the defending World Champion Jean Louis Schlesser.

But the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution / Montero Evolution suddenly caught fire near the second passage control of the final 215 kms stage between Nekrif and Djerba this morning (Sunday) and was completely destroyed in the incident. Peterhansel's worst nightmare had come true: the six-times former winner of the Dakar on two wheels had lost victory on this year's Dakar to team mate Hiroshi Masuoka on the final desert stage and history repeated itself last month in Italia.

Peterhansel had begun the day 53m 59s minutes ahead of the defending World Champion Jean-Louis Schlesser.

"We both smelt petrol and stopped to see what was happening," said a shattered Peterhansel. "Jean-Paul got out of the car and shouted to me to get out quickly. There were flames on my side by the front wheel and we tried to put them out. We used the extinguishers, but it was not enough. Miki was following close behind and he stopped to help us and we threw sand on the fire. But it was not possible to get it under control.

"I cannot believe this can happen. It is like a nightmare for me to lose a race on the last day three times this year. It is maybe the curse of a black cat."

"This is the first time we have lost one of our rally cars to a fire since Jean-Pierre Fontenay's Pajero / Montero was damaged on the 1992 Paris-Cape Town Rally," admitted team director Dominique Serieys.

Peterhansel had passed his Italian team mates Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siviero shortly after the start this morning when the Italians pulled over to wait. They were on the scene of the incident in less than a minute and tried in vain to put out the flames. Biasion eventually completed the rally in second place overall - the result was the twice former World Rally Champion's best ever finish on a round of the FIA World Cup.


Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero
N. Misslin / J-M. Polato
(Leg 7 - 13 April 2003)
Frenchman Nicolas Misslin benefitted from his team mate's misfortune by taking third position in his Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero. Ralliart France cars filled fourth, fifth and sixth places overall. Poland's Lukasz Komornicki headed Germany's Andrea Mayer and Spaniard Jose-Luis Monterde to the finish, with Misslin, Komornicki and Mayer all taking career-best finishes.

"Of course I am pleased with my result," said Komornicki. "But we all feel for Stéphane and are thankful that he and Jean-Paul are okay."

"There were no problems for us today," said Mayer's co-driver Andreas Schulz. "We overtook Monterde yesterday when he had his fuel filter problem and we are both pleased with our fifth place." Mayer set the second fastest time today.

The day's stage offered a balance of small dunes, some tricky navigation and the crossing of a final chott. The finish took place on the beach at El Kantara, near the holiday resort of Djerba.

TIMES ON SS 7

POS.
DRIVER
CO-DRIVER
GR.
CAR
TIME
DIFF.
1
J-L. SCHLESSER
J-M. LURQUIN
2
SCHLESSER-FORD
1.55.16
2
A. MAYER
A. SCHULZ
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.06.24
+ 11.08
3
T. MAGNALDI
F. BORSOTTO
2
HONDA BUGGY
2.06.29
+ 11.13
4
L. KOMORNICKI
R. MARTON
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.14.36
+ 19.20
5
B. SZALAY
A. LAKLOTH
2
CHEVROLET
BLAZER
2.16.42
+ 21.26
6
J-L. MONTERDE
R. TORNABELL
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.16.49
+ 21.33
7
N. MISSLIN
J-M. POLATO
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.17.38
+ 22.22
8
M. BIASION
T. SIVIERO
2
MITSUBISHI PAJERO
/ MONTERO EVOLUTION
2.18.01
+ 22.45
9
C. TERRIER
J. DUBOIS
2
BOWLER
2.20.04
+ 24.48
10
J.Y. MENGUY
A. BURDIN
1
MERCEDES ML430
2.22.10
+ 26.54
13
J. A. SABATIER
A. MANDEL
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.27.24
+ 32.08
16
B. ABDELMOULA
G. BOUAGILA
-
MITSUBISHI L200
2.30.33
+ 35.17
22
B. DHONT
J-C. KAKET
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
2.36.56
+ 41.40
52
P. S. PIACENTINO
J-M. RICHAUD
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
3.53.13
+1.57.57
55
L. ABLA
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
4.00.00
+2.04.44
 

OVERALL AFTER SS 7

POS.
DRIVER
CO-DRIVER
GR.
CAR
TIME
DIFF.
1
J-L. SCHLESSER
J-M. LURQUIN
2
SCHLESSER-FORD
20.13.50
2
M. BIASION
T. SIVIERO
2
MITSUBISHI PAJERO
/ MONTERO EVOLUTION
21.24.27
+1.10.37
3
N. MISSLIN
J-M. POLATO
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
21.54.13
+1.40.23
4
L. KOMORNICKI
R. MARTON
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
22.57.12
+2.43.22
5
A. MAYER
A. SCHULZ
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
23.47.59
+3.34.09
6
J-L. MONTERDE
R. TORNABELL
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
24.13.04
+3.59.14
7
J-P. STRUGO
P. LARROQUE
1
MERCEDES
ML430
25.45.33
+5.31.43
8
P. VANDROMME
L. FAGOT
2
NISSAN
PATHFINDER
26.13.19
+5.59.29
9
C. TERRIER
J. DUBOIS
2
BOWLER
26.23.31
+6.09.41
10
S. POSTEAU
P. ANTONIOLLI
2
NISSAN
PATROL GR
26.26.33
+6.12.43
11
B. DHONT
J-C. KAKET
2
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
27.04.12
+6.50.22
24
J. A. SABATIER
A. MANDEL
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
31.20.00
+11.06.10
26
B. ABDELMOULA
G. BOUAGILA
-
MITSUBISHI L200
32.10.47
+11.56.57
53
P. S. PIACENTINO
J-M. RICHAUD
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
56.28.31
+36.14.41
55
L. ABLA
1
MITSUBISHI
PAJERO / MONTERO
62.12.56
+41.59.06
GR.1 = Production car
GR.2 = Super Production car
 
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