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FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES
ROUND 7: UAE DESERT CHALLENGE
LUC ALPHAND AND GILLES PICARD CLINCH OUTRIGHT VICTORY FOR MITSUBISHI IN UAE DESERT CHALLENGE  
10 NOVEMBER 2006 LEG 5
Moreeb - Moreeb
Distance: Liaison: 119.35 km, Special 122.45 km, Liaison 103.85 km, Special 163.90 km, Liaison 44.85 km - Total 554.40 km
 
CLASSIFICATION ON SS6
CLASSIFICATION ON SS5
CLASSIFICATION AFTER LEG 5

Luc Alphand / Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution
Winners 2006 UAE Desert Challenge
 

Luc Alphand / Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution
 

Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution
 

Hiroshi Masuoka / Pascal Maimon
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution
 
Reigning Dakar Rally champions Luc Alphand and Gilles Picard clinched outright victory for Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart after five punishing desert legs of the 2006 UAE Desert Challenge, today (Friday).

The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret confirmed second overall on the final timed selective sections on Friday, while team mates Hiroshi Masuoka and Pascal Maimon finished in seventh place. Mitsubishi also confirmed victory in the 2006 FIA Cross-Country Manufacturers’ Championship.

The event is arguably the most difficult round of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup, held across some of the most remote and spectacular desert terrain in the world. This year it took place in some of the most extreme temperatures ever faced by teams in international Cross-Country rallying.

Alphand became the sixth Mitsubishi driver to win the UAE Desert Challenge in its 14-year history in the FIA World Cup. The Japanese manufacturer has now clinched eight wins in the last 14 seasons – the most successful run of form by any team in the history of the event. Alphand joins a list of Mitsubishi winners that includes Saeed Al-Hajri, Bruno Saby, Jean-Pierre Fontenay and team mates Masuoka and Peterhansel (three wins).

Alphand and Picard began the final day with a 20m 45s lead over Peterhansel and Cottret, the latter pairing giving the MPR13 version of Mitsubishi’s new Pajero/Montero Evolution its competitive debut before the Dakar Rally in January.

The new car recorded its first ever stage win on Wednesday’s third leg and the French duo confirmed the runner-up spot over today’s final two selective sections, as both leading cars stayed clear of trouble to complete a resounding Mitsubishi 1-2 finish. Alphand’s winning margin was 15m 59s.

"Today was a matter of staying out of trouble and making no mistakes," said Alphand. "This was a long and difficult rally and I am delighted to win here for the first time. The terrain here is quite stunning and the temperatures inside and outside the car made it that much more of a challenge. Our whole team has performed superbly well."

"There was no point in taking any risks today," said Peterhansel. "We proved again that we are a very strong team and I am very happy with the performance of the new car. This was a good test for me and a great result for the whole team."

Hiroshi Masuoka and Pascal Maimon began the day 2m 42s behind sixth-placed Jutta Kleinschmidt and the Mitsubishi duo reduced the deficit to a mere 1m 17s after the first section of the final selective by recording the third fastest time. But Kleinschmidt fended off the Japanese driver’s late challenge on the second timed test and Masuoka duly settled for seventh place, the finish boosting the twice Dakar champion’s confidence before his next Dakar challenge.

"The entire team has worked very hard in the last six months to develop our new car," said MMSP’s Managing and Sporting Director Dominique Serieys. "We carried out tests in June and September and now we have achieved this great success in the UAE Desert Challenge. I am obviously delighted for the entire team that we have achieved this result, but my thoughts are also on the fact that it is only six months since we lost Henri (Magne) in Morocco and that was on my mind today.

"The goal will be to hopefully dedicate the next Dakar victory to him. We are pleased that another difficult test with the new MPR13 has gone well. Luc, Stéphane and Hiroshi did a good job and ‘Nani (Roma) will test the new MPR13 here in the next couple of days. We can now look forward to the Dakar with this good result behind us."

"I am very proud of our team and their achievements this week," said MMSP’s President Isao Torii. "They have worked well together to achieve this result and we can now concentrate our efforts on the target of winning the Dakar Rally again next year."

"The rally in Dubai is held in special and unique conditions and is not really a true test of the new MPR13," admitted MMSP’s Technical Director Thierry Viardot. "But we have proved one thing and that is we have no problems with the cooling. In fact, we even have a safety margin. The rally was good training for the drivers and the team, but we are under no illusions that the task on the Dakar will be much different."

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart crews will now embark upon a further desert test this weekend in the dunes to the south of Dubai and then one final physical training and team building session in Brittany in December. Then the entire team’s efforts are concentrated on the defence of the Dakar Rally title for a record-breaking seventh successive season. The African classic gets underway from Lisbon on Saturday, January 6th.


 CLASSIFICATION ON SS6
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Carlos Sainz
Michel Perin
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 T1
1
1:35:14 **:**.*
2 Stephane Peterhansel
Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
2
1:37:33 +2:19
3 Nasser Al Attiyah
Alain Guehennec
BMW X3 T1
3
1:37:35 +2:21
4 Jutta Kleinschmidt
Tina Thorner
BMW X3 T1
4
1:37:45 +2:31
5 Hiroshi Masuoka
Pascal Maimon
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
5
1:39:10 +3:56
6 Luc Alphand
Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
6
1:40:36 +5:22
7 Carlos Sousa
Andreas Schulz
Volkswagen Race Touareg T1
7
1:41:20 +6:06
8 Jose Luis Monterde
Jean-Marie Lurquin
BMW X5 T1
8
1:46:19 +11:05
9 Jean Louis Schlesser
Emmanual Guigou
Schlesser-Ford DSC17 T1
9
1:48:47 +13:33
10 Ahmad Bin Suqat
Abdul Bari Bin Suqat
Chevrolet Colorado T1
10
1:55:10 +19:56
11 Yahya Alhelei
Khalid Alkendi
Chevrolet Colorado T1
11
1:56:56 +21:42
12 Obaid Bin Hathboor
Abdulhaleem Zayed
Chevrolet Colorado T1
12
2:00:32 +25:18
13 Jun Mitsuhashi
Akira Miura
Toyota Lan Cruiser HDJ100 T2
1
2:03:13 +27:59
14 Laurent Rosso
Didier Dupuy
Nissan Pathfinder T2
2
2:06:50 +31:36
15 Ronan Chabot
Gilles Pillot
Toyota Prado T2
3
2:10:26 +35:12
16 Ali Alshawi
Yahya Almari
Nissan Patrol T1
13
2:10:45 +35:31
17 Glen Reid
Julian Sutch
Nissan Patrol T2
4
2:11:59 +36:45
18 Mark Powell
Tim Ansell
Land Rover Defender T1
14
2:17:26 +42:12
19 Jean-Claude Reboux
Emmanuel Reboux
Volkswagen Buggy T2
5
2:19:23 +44:09
20 Stephan Schott
Holm Schmidt
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero T1
15
2:26:45 +51:31
21 Rodolphe Lavoise
Axel Berrier
Nissan Pathfinder T2
6
2:32:21 +57:07
22 Matar Humaid Al Mansoori
Yousuf Mohammad Arif
Land Rover  T2
7
2:35:45 +1:00:31
23 Shusei Yamada
Daisuke Arakawa
Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 T2
8
2:39:25 +1:04:11
24 Castellazzi Tommaso
 
Land Rover Defender 90 T2
9
2:41:38 +1:06:24
25 Giuseppe Belotti
Cristian Belotti
Land Rover 110 T1
16
2:52:18 +1:17:04


 CLASSIFICATION ON SS5
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Jean Louis Schlesser
Emmanual Guigou
Schlesser-Ford DSC17 T1
1
1:04:50 **:**.*
2 Carlos Sainz
Michel Perin
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 T1
2
1:05:29 +39
3 Hiroshi Masuoka
Pascal Maimon
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
3
1:06:40 +1:50
4 Stephane Peterhansel
Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
4
1:06:47 +1:57
5 Jutta Kleinschmidt
Tina Thorner
BMW X3 T1
5
1:08:05 +3:15
6 Luc Alphand
Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
6
1:08:30 +3:40
7 Carlos Sousa
Andreas Schulz
Volkswagen Race Touareg T1
7
1:09:31 +4:41
8 Jose Luis Monterde
Jean-Marie Lurquin
BMW X5 T1
8
1:12:10 +7:20
9 Nasser Al Attiyah
Alain Guehennec
BMW X3 T1
9
1:14:58 +10:08
10 Ahmad Bin Suqat
Abdul Bari Bin Suqat
Chevrolet Colorado T1
10
1:19:17 +14:27
11 Yahya Alhelei
Khalid Alkendi
Chevrolet Colorado T1
11
1:19:36 +14:46
12 Stephan Schott
Holm Schmidt
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero T1
12
1:23:28 +18:38
13 Jun Mitsuhashi
Akira Miura
Toyota Lan Cruiser HDJ100 T2
1
1:25:44 +20:54
14 Obaid Bin Hathboor
Abdulhaleem Zayed
Chevrolet Colorado T1
13
1:26:06 +21:16
15 Ronan Chabot
Gilles Pillot
Toyota Prado T2
2
1:27:17 +22:27
16 Laurent Rosso
Didier Dupuy
Nissan Pathfinder T2
3
1:27:24 +22:34
17 Mark Powell
Tim Ansell
Land Rover Defender T1
14
1:29:09 +24:19
18 Ali Alshawi
Yahya Almari
Nissan Patrol T1
15
1:30:25 +25:35
19 Shusei Yamada
Daisuke Arakawa
Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 T2
4
1:30:50 +26:00
20 Glen Reid
Julian Sutch
Nissan Patrol T2
5
1:34:03 +29:13
21 Rodolphe Lavoise
Axel Berrier
Nissan Pathfinder T2
6
1:40:49 +35:59
22 Castellazzi Tommaso
 
Land Rover Defender 90 T2
7
1:47:43 +42:53
22= Matar Humaid Al Mansoori
Yousuf Mohammad Arif
Land Rover  T2
7=
1:47:43 +42:53
24 Joseph Rosso
Rolf-Joachim Neugebaurer
Nissan Pathfinder T2
9
1:50:48 +45:58
25 Giuseppe Belotti
Cristian Belotti
Land Rover 110 T1
16
1:55:51 +51:01
26 Jacky Lechleiter
Paul Charmasson
Volkswagen Buggy T1
17
2:03:30 +58:40
27 Jean-Claude Reboux
Emmanuel Reboux
Volkswagen Buggy T2
10
2:04:06 +59:16


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER LEG 5
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Luc Alphand
Gilles Picard
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
1
16:51:15.7 **:**.*
2 Stephane Peterhansel
Jean-Paul Cottret
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
2
17:07:14.4 +15:58.7
3 Jean Louis Schlesser
Emmanual Guigou
Schlesser-Ford DSC17 T1
3
17:27:42.3 +36:26.6
4 Carlos Sousa
Andreas Schulz
Volkswagen Race Touareg T1
4
17:32:12.9 +40:57.2
5 Nasser Al Attiyah
Alain Guehennec
BMW X3 T1
5
18:02:09.7 +1:10:54.0
6 Jutta Kleinschmidt
Tina Thorner
BMW X3 T1
6
18:25:34.6 +1:34:18.9
7 Hiroshi Masuoka
Pascal Maimon
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution T1
7
18:28:16.0 +1:37:00.3
8 Jose Luis Monterde
Jean-Marie Lurquin
BMW X5 T1
8
19:03:50.7 +2:12:35.0
9 Yahya Alhelei
Khalid Alkendi
Chevrolet Colorado T1
9
20:44:43.2 +3:53:27.5
10 Carlos Sainz
Michel Perin
Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 T1
10
21:12:45.3 +4:21:29.6
11 Ahmad Bin Suqat
Abdul Bari Bin Suqat
Chevrolet Colorado T1
11
21:37:09.2 +4:45:53.5
12 Laurent Rosso
Didier Dupuy
Nissan Pathfinder T2
1
22:23:36.8 +5:32:21.1
13 Jun Mitsuhashi
Akira Miura
Toyota Lan Cruiser HDJ100 T2
2
22:57:45.4 +6:06:29.7
14 Ronan Chabot
Gilles Pillot
Toyota Prado T2
3
23:21:42.6 +6:30:26.9
15 Obaid Bin Hathboor
Abdulhaleem Zayed
Chevrolet Colorado T1
12
23:25:25.4 +6:34:09.7
16 Shusei Yamada
Daisuke Arakawa
Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 T2
4
25:46:59.8 +8:55:44.1
17 Glen Reid
Julian Sutch
Nissan Patrol T2
5
27:17:38.7 +10:26:23.0
18 Ali Alshawi
Yahya Almari
Nissan Patrol T1
13
27:47:36.9 +10:56:21.2
19 Stephan Schott
Holm Schmidt
Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero T1
14
33:22:42.4 +16:31:26.7
20 Mark Powell
Tim Ansell
Land Rover Defender T1
15
38:51:05.5 +21:59:49.8
21 Castellazzi Tommaso
 
Land Rover Defender 90 T2
6
39:39:30.8 +22:48:15.1
22 Jean-Claude Reboux
Emmanuel Reboux
Volkswagen Buggy T2
7
66:11:21.3 +49:20:05.6
23 Giuseppe Belotti
Cristian Belotti
Land Rover 110 T1
16
78:11:05.6 +61:19:49.9



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