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2007 FIA CROSS COUNTRY RALLY WORLD CUP
ROUND 5: UAE DESERT CHALLENGE
2 NOVEMBER 2007
LEG 5
A SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WIN FOR REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART AS STEPHANE PETERHANSEL TRIUMPHS IN DUBAI CLASSIFICATION

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART
WINNERS 2007 UAE DESERT CHALLENGE
 

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL
 
Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart today notched up a record eighth UAE Desert Challenge victory - and its sixth in as many years - as Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) took their personal total to four wins on the event with the Mitsubishi Pajero/Evolution since 2002. The French pair overcame the extreme heat of the United Arab Emirates’ desert to take command on the penultimate leg and their perfectly paced run saw them beat Carlos Sainz by 11 minutes 56 seconds after more than 1,500km of competitive action.

Team-mates Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) challenged constantly for the lead during the early part of the event. At the end of the third day, they emerged in front at the end but then retired with two stages remaining when they damaged their front-right suspension in a treacherous pothole on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Joan ’Nani’ Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) were eliminated when the Spanish driver fell ill shortly after the start of Tuesday’s test and was unable to continue any further.

Stéphane Peterhansel believes much of his success today in Dubai was due to finding the ideal pace from the start and he steadfastly refused to be drawn into taking risks by trying to match the speed of his principal rivals. "We succeeded in keeping to the plan we adopted before the start and it ended up paying dividends," observed the Frenchman who has also won this event on two-wheels in addition to his four victories with Mitsubishi. "If you drive hard all the time, there’s obviously a chance that you can pull out a big lead but it automatically exposes you to greater risks, too. We were also helped this week by our Pajero/Montero Evolution. The MPR13 is a strong, well-sorted car that enables you to push as much as you like, even in the sort of heat we’ve had here all this week. It’s great to have won and today’s result is clearly a morale booster for the Dakar but nobody in the team has lost sight of the fact that the Dakar promises to be a long, tough event..."

In today’s slightly cooler and cloudier conditions, the objective of the French pair - who eased into the lead after Thursday’s drama-filled stage - was to control their cushion of more than nine minutes by staying on the heels of Nasser Al Attiyah while at the same time keeping a vigilant eye on their closest chaser Carlos Sainz who was running behind them in the order. "On today’s first 123km stage, the pace was still very fast and clearly nobody had any intention of giving up the fight. It wasn’t easy to find the ideal pace because there were still 287km of stages to complete and, as we saw on Thursday and Friday, nobody could afford to take anything for granted," explained co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret. "The first test went well though, so we kept to the same tactic for much of the final stage which was slightly longer; just over 160km. When we saw Nasser stopped at Km128, however, we decided to lift because even if Carlos managed to pass us there was little chance he could bridge the gap"

After completing the final stage of the six-day, 2,210km event, which was essentially based in the southern part of the United Arab Emirates desert, close to the border with Saudi Arabia, Stéphane and Jean-Paul covered the short road section for this afternoon’s official prize-giving ceremony at the Dubai International Marine Club.


  2nd November MOREEB - DUBAI
Liaison 118.50km, SS 123.80km
Liaison 103.80km, SS 163.80km
Liaison 45.40km, Total 555.10km
 
 STAGE CLASSIFICATION ON SS5 MOREEB - HUMEEM 
Pos Crew Nat Vehicle Time Diff
1 Giniel De Villiers / Dirk Von Zitzewitz AFS/D Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 1:03:33 --:--:--
2 Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-paul Cottret F/F Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 1:04:28 +0:55
3 Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin E/F Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 1:04:32 +0:59
4 Jose Monterde / J-m Lurquin E/B Schlesser DSC 17 1:09:16 +5:43
5 Mark Powell / Tim Ansell GB/GB Honda Buggy 1:12:13 +8:40
6 Leonid Novotsky / Oleg Tyupenkin RUS/RUS Mitsubishi MPR 9 1:15:38 +12:05
7 Balazs Szalai / Laszio Bunkoczi HON/HON Opel Antara RR 1:15:46 +12:13
8 Paolo Nobre / Filipe Palmeiro BRA/P BMW X3 1:16:34 +13:01
9 Glen Reid / Mike Sketchley NZ/NZ Nissan Patrol 1:18:52 +15:19
10 Nicolas Gibon / Bruno Cattarelli F/F Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 1:19:04 +15:31


 STAGE CLASSIFICATION ON SS6 HUMEEM - DUBAI 
Pos Crew Nat Vehicle Time Diff
1 Giniel De Villiers / Dirk Von Zitzewitz AFS/D Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 1:35:13 --:--:--
2 Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-paul Cottret F/F Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 1:36:54 +1:41
3 Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin E/F Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 1:39:01 +3:48
4 Leonid Novotsky / Oleg Tyupenkin RUS/RUS Mitsubishi MPR 9 1:50:16 +15:03
5 Jun Mitsuhashi / Akira Miura J/J Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 1:55:48 +20:35
6 Paolo Nobre / Filipe Palmeiro BRA/P BMW X3 1:56:11 +20:58
7 Nicolas Gibon / Bruno Cattarelli F/F Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 1:57:14 +22:01
8 Balazs Szalai / Laszio Bunkoczi HON/HON Opel Antara RR 1:57:37 +22:24
9 Glen Reid / Mike Sketchley NZ/NZ Nissan Patrol 2:00:59 +25:46
10 Mark Powell / Tim Ansell GB/GB Honda Buggy 2:07:08 +31:55


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS6
Pos Crew Nat Vehicle Time Diff
1 Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-paul Cottret F/F Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 17:26:36 --:--:--
2 Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin E/F Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 17:38:32 +11:56
3 Giniel De Villiers / Dirk Von Zitzewitz AFS/D Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 17:55:11 +28:35
4 Leonid Novotsky / Oleg Tyupenkin RUS/RUS Mitsubishi MPR 9 21:22:43 +3:56:07
5 Nicolas Gibon / Bruno Cattarelli F/F Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 22:14:13 +4:47:37
6 Balazs Szalai / Laszio Bunkoczi HON/HON Opel Antara RR 22:24:14 +4:57:38
7 Jun Mitsuhashi / Akira Miura J/J Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ100 23:00:20 +5:33:44
8 Jacques Loomans / Noel Essers B/B Bowler Wildcat 26:55:00 +9:28:24
9 Paolo Nobre / Filipe Palmeiro BRA/P BMW X3 27:55:17 +10:28:41
10 Mark Powell / Tim Ansell GB/GB Honda Buggy 28:15:58 +10:49:22


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