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Daily Report
20 January 2007
Tambacounda - Dakar
Liaison 351kms / SS 225kms
Total 576kms
PETERHANSEL AND ALPHAND MAINTAIN TEAM REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART’S FIRST AND SECOND PLACES AS EVENT ARRIVES IN DAKAR  

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 

LUC ALPHAND / GILLES PICARD
 

STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 

MANA PORNSIRICHED / JEAN BRUCY
 
 
Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart arrived in the Sénégalese capital of Dakar firmly in command of the 29th Dakar Rally, after the penultimate special stage between Tambacounda and Dakar on Saturday.

The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret began the last of the longer African special stages 11m 15s ahead of team mates Luc Alphand and Gilles Picard and maintained the overall lead, despite the fact that Alphand reduced their overall advantage to 7m 16s on the special.

Today’s stage offered many potential last minute pitfalls as it wound its way through populated areas and over tricky parallel tracks where accurate navigation was of paramount importance and there were numerous speed checks. Only 136 bikes, 109 cars and 60 trucks survived to take the start of the special.

Neither of the overall leaders had any intention of pushing too hard and it was no surprise that a third successive stage win eventually fell to Spaniard Carlos Sainz. Alphand and Peterhansel eventually finished the stage in seventh and 11th positions, but head into Sunday’s short competitive finale in a very strong position to extend Mitsubishi’s six-year winning streak on the Dakar.

"I feel really happy to reach Dakar, but I was very nervous this morning," admitted Peterhansel. "Last year the navigation was not easy and we lost 20 minutes. It was not easy to find a good speed this morning. The track was not clear. It was possible to lose time so I started slowly. Marc Miller and Carlos Sousa passed me. On the second part of the stage we lost the track for a couple of minutes and I was very nervous. The speed restrictions helped us a lot. My eyes were always on the trip to check we were not going too fast."

"It’s a little frustrating for me to be second into Dakar, but it has been like this for the last few days," said Alphand. "Nevertheless it has been a great all-round team performance. I am very happy to reach Dakar. It was quite a strange stage this morning. There were 17 speed restriction zones and that made the navigation easier, because we were driving slower and there was a waypoint every five or six kilometres. Tomorrow is the beach and, hopefully, we will have a party with our friends at the podium."

Hiroshi Masuoka and Pascal Maimon began the stage 15th on the road and were classified 10th at the PC checkpoint. They eventually reached the stage finish in 13th position.

"No problems for me today," said Masuoka. "There were a lot of trees on the track and I just wanted to reach Dakar without problems and do my part for the team."

Spaniards Joan ’Nani’ Roma and Lucas Cruz started eighth in the running order this morning, but lost 10 minutes before the passage control, slipped to 27th on the stage and eventually finished in 26th position. Roma maintains 13th overall.

"We hit a low tree stump quite hard in a forest on my side of the car about 40km into the stage and it damaged the power steering," said Roma. "I also hurt my thumb in the steering wheel and it was very painful to finish the stage and drive the liaison."

"My feeling is that it is not yet over," said MMSP’s Managing and Sporting Director Dominique Serieys. "We will see tomorrow around midday after the last stage. I am very proud of our entire team that we have reached Dakar. Team work has been superb again this year."

China’s Lui Bin and Thailand’s Pornsiriched reach Dakar in 46th and 67th positions

Frenchman Housieaux leads Mitsubishi privateers in 19th

Novitskiy, Kolberg and Soloviev on track for memorable Dakar finish


China’s Lui Bin and French co-driver Serge Henninot began the last of the longer African special stages in 47th position this morning and was on course to reach the Atlantic coast on his first ever Dakar. He lies 46th overall going into the final stage at Lac Rose on Sunday.

"The goal was to reach Dakar and we have made it here, but the job is not quite finished yet," said Bin. "We have one small stage to go and then we can say we have fulfilled the goal."

Frenchman Dominique Housieaux and co-driver Jean-Michel Polato began the day in 19th place and were 20th fastest into Dakar. They retained their position in the overall standings.

Thailand’s Mana Pornsiriched and French co-driver Jean Brucy held 67th place as cars left Tambacouda and reached Dakar in 25th position to maintain 67th in the overall standings.

"We hit a small tree this morning and I reallu thought it was going to be a very serious problem," said Pornsiriched. "But the car is very strong and we did no real damage. Now I am very close to the finish and getting excited."

Russian Leonid Novitskiy maintained 20th overall into Dakar and was 15th on the day’ stage.

"Soon it may be time for a small glass of vodka for some of the team," said Novitskiy. "We had another good stage today and that gives me a good feeling for tomorrow."

Brazilian Klever Kolberg began the stage in 58th in the overall standings and finished in a superb 12th overall to maintain his climb up the leader board. Yaroslav Soloviev holds 48th overall after the day’s stage.

Tomorrow (Sunday) should have marked the first time that the Lac Rose section had not counted as a competitive Dakar stage. The special was to have run as a televised Grand Prix-style shoot-out between the leading teams and not counted for the overall classification. But event organisers decided to reinstate the traditional special and teams will tackle a nail-biting 16km of competitive action before the traditional podium finale.


 STAGE CLASSIFICATION ON SS14 TAMBACOUNDA - DAKAR 
Pos Crew Vehicle Time Diff
1 Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin Volkswagen Race Touareg 2:21:02 --:--:--
2 G De Villiers / D Von Zitzewitz Volkswagen Race Touareg 2:21:09 +0:07
3 Carlos Sousa / Andreas Schulz Volkswagen Race Touareg 2:21:47 +0:45
4 Nasser Al Attiyah / Alain Guehennec BMW 2:22:54 +1:52
5 Robby Gordon / Andy Grider Hummer 2:22:56 +1:54
6 Mark Miller / Ralph Pitchford Volkswagen Race Touareg 2:23:04 +2:02
7 Luc Alphand / Gilles Picard Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 2:25:24 +4:22
8 Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner BMW 2:26:40 +5:38
9 Jean-Louis Schlesser / Arnaud Debron Schles-Ford-Raid 2:27:00 +5:58
10 Miguel Barbosa / Miguel Ramalho Proto 2:29:02 +8:00
11 Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 2:29:23 +8:21
12 Klever Kolberg / Eduardo Bampi Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:29:44 +8:42
13 Hiroshi Masuoka / Pascal Maimon Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 2:32:25 +11:23
14 Andris Dambis / Didzis Zarins Osc 2:36:42 +15:40
15 Leonid Novitskiy / Oleg Tyupenkin Mitsubishi L200 Triton 2:37:30 +16:28
16 Freddy Loix / Herman Vaannlt Honda 2:38:36 +17:34
17 Yvan Muller / Rene Metge Buggy 2:39:01 +17:59
18 Nicolas Gibon / Dominique Gibon Bowler 2:39:36 +18:34
19 Toni Van Deijne / Wouter Rosegaar Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:40:12 +19:10
20 Dominique Housieaux / Jean-Michel Polato Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:40:46 +19:44
21 Sergey Shmakov / Konstantin Meshcheryakov Buggy 2:40:53 +19:51
22 Balazs Szalay / Laszlo Bunkoczi Opel 2:42:39 +21:37
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23 Fncisco Inocencio / Paulo Fiuza Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:42:46 +21:44
25 Mana Pnsiriched / Jean Brucy Mitsubishi Triton 2:44:42 +23:40
26 Joan Roma / Lucas Cruz Senra Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 2:44:43 +23:41
30 Ricardo Leal Dos Santos Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:46:45 +25:43
31 Miroslav Zapletal / Miloslav Janacek Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:47:22 +26:20
36 Riamburgo Ximenez / Lourival Roldan Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:49:41 +28:39
37 Manuel Plaza Perez / Marcos De Quinto Romero Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:51:39 +30:37
47 Yaroslav Soloviev / Konstantin Zhiltsov Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:56:27 +35:25
48 Santiago Bigas / Enric Carbo Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:57:20 +36:18
51 Bin Liu / Serge Henninot Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 2:58:29 +37:27
57 Nuno Inocencio Nuno / Jaime Santos Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:05:19 +44:17
64 Albert Bosch / Josep Prat Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:12:34 +51:32
67 Dominique Bas / Fncois Fockenier Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:13:27 +52:25
68 Christian Barbier / Odile Barbier Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:13:44 +52:42
86 Eduardo Campoy Lopez / David Prieto Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:27:48 +1:06:46
93 Carlos Rentero Cano / Alberto Pascual Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:31:26 +1:10:24
97 Didier Calvez / Stephane Sacchettini Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 3:37:16 +1:16:14


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS14
Pos Crew Vehicle Time Diff
1 Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 45:42:45 --:--:--
2 Luc Alphand / Gilles Picard Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 45:50:01 +7:16
3 Jean-Louis Schlesser / Arnaud Debron Schles-Ford-Raid 47:19:09 +1:36:24
4 Nasser Al Attiyah / Alain Guehennec BMW 47:46:01 +2:03:16
5 Mark Miller / Ralph Pitchford Volkswagen Race Touareg 47:54:13 +2:11:28
6 Hiroshi Masuoka / Pascal Maimon Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 48:28:16 +2:45:31
7 Carlos Sousa / Andreas Schulz Volkswagen Race Touareg 50:56:07 +5:13:22
8 Robby Gordon / Andy Grider Hummer 52:49:36 +7:06:51
9 Carlos Sainz / Michel Perin Volkswagen Race Touareg 53:11:38 +7:28:53
10 Stephane Henrard / Brigitte Becue Volkswagen Race Touareg 54:12:12 +8:29:27
11 G De Villiers / D Von Zitzewitz Volkswagen Race Touareg 54:30:29 +8:47:44
12 Benat Errandonea / Jean-Pierre Garcin Buggy 55:06:54 +9:24:09
13 Joan Roma / Lucas Cruz Senra Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution 55:21:07 +9:38:22
14 Sergey Shmakov / Konstantin Meshcheryakov Buggy 55:54:46 +10:12:01
15 Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner BMW 56:13:38 +10:30:53
16 Jose Lluis Monterde / Jean-Marie Lurquin BMW 57:19:33 +11:36:48
17 Edi Orioli / Pascal Rosolen Isuzu 57:31:14 +11:48:29
18 Nicolas Gibon / Dominique Gibon Bowler 57:43:35 +12:00:50
19 Dominique Housieaux / Jean-Michel Polato Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 57:49:21 +12:06:36
20 Leonid Novitskiy / Oleg Tyupenkin Mitsubishi L200 Triton 58:07:15 +12:24:30
21 Yvan Muller / Rene Metge Buggy 59:07:17 +13:24:32
22 Patrick Sireyjol / Paul Vidal Bowler 59:14:16 +13:31:31
23 Michael Petersen / Matthew Stevenson Buggy 59:59:10 +14:16:25
24 Miguel Barbosa / Miguel Ramalho Proto 60:07:02 +14:24:17
25 Jun Mitsuhashi / Akira Miura Toyota 60:11:53 +14:29:08
26 Andris Dambis / Didzis Zarins Osc 60:19:14 +14:36:29
27 Laszlo Palik / Gabor Darazsi Nissan 60:19:57 +14:37:12
28 Jean-Pierre Strugo / Yves Ferri Nissan 60:44:12 +15:01:27
29 Jacky Loomans / Joel Smets Bowler 61:32:01 +15:49:16
30 Ivar Tollefsen / Quinton Evans Bowler 62:17:02 +16:34:17
31 Philippe Gache Buggy 62:22:25 +16:39:40
32 Ronan Chabot / Gilles Pillot Toyota 62:41:07 +16:58:22
33 Balazs Szalay / Laszlo Bunkoczi Opel 63:17:50 +17:35:05
34 Janis Azis / Ainars Princis Osc 63:25:31 +17:42:46
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35 Toni Van Deijne / Wouter Rosegaar Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 63:33:19 +17:50:34
44 Fncisco Inocencio / Paulo Fiuza Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 67:36:22 +21:53:37
46 Bin Liu / Serge Henninot Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 68:04:52 +22:22:07
48 Albert Bosch / Josep Prat Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 68:38:10 +22:55:25
52 Riamburgo Ximenez / Lourival Roldan Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 69:05:12 +23:22:27
53 Yaroslav Soloviev / Konstantin Zhiltsov Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 69:53:26 +24:10:41
54 Miroslav Zapletal / Miloslav Janacek Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 72:06:26 +26:23:41
55 Santiago Bigas / Enric Carbo Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 72:07:37 +26:24:52
57 Klever Kolberg / Eduardo Bampi Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 73:18:40 +27:35:55
58 Manuel Plaza Perez / Marcos De Quinto Romero Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 74:16:53 +28:34:08
61 Christian Barbier / Odile Barbier Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 74:33:04 +28:50:19
67 Mana Pnsiriched / Jean Brucy Mitsubishi Triton 76:52:02 +31:09:17
70 Ricardo Leal Dos Santos Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 78:56:21 +33:13:36
76 Nuno Inocencio Nuno / Jaime Santos Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 81:40:29 +35:57:44
84 Carlos Rentero Cano / Alberto Pascual Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 85:35:07 +39:52:22
89 Dominique Bas / Fncois Fockenier Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 87:25:07 +41:42:22
95 Eduardo Campoy Lopez / David Prieto Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 91:46:28 +46:03:43
105 Didier Calvez / Stephane Sacchettini Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero 105:10:02 +59:27:17


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