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FIA INTERNATIONAL CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY BAJAS
BAJA PORTALEGRE 500
31 OCTOBER 2008
LEG 1

NERPOR - NERPOR (Portugal):
Road section - 7.27km
SS1 (Super Special) - 6.18km
Road section - 6.71km
Total distance: 20.16km
THE NEW MITSUBISHI RACING LANCER MAKES DEBUT ON THE MUDDY SUPER-SPECIAL IN PORTUGAL SUPER SPECIAL CLASSIFICATION

MITSUBISHI RACING LANCER
 

MITSUBISHI RACING LANCER
 

JEAN-PAUL COTTRET / STEPHANE PETERHANSEL
 
The cross-country rallying career of the brand new Mitsubishi Racing Lancer kicked off today with the short super-special which served as appetiser for this weekend's 2008 Baja Portalegre 500. However, while Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart would obviously have preferred to have seen the new machine's competition record begin with a fastest time on the short, wet 6.18km test, Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) lost valuable seconds when they nudged a barrier shortly before the finish and were finally accredited with the day's 7th fastest time.

"With all the rain that has fallen in this part of the world recently, the cold, muddy conditions weren't easy, especially since we came here directly from a very long test in the south of Morocco. I was therefore a little short of match practice over this sort of narrow, slippery terrain," explained Stéphane Peterhansel who has been entrusted with the mission of giving the Racing Lancer its debut on the Baja Portalegre 500. "I failed to settle into a good rhythm straight away, and I slid into a barrier just a few corners before the finish line. It took me some time to manoeuvre the car back onto the stage and a few cars passed us in the process, so we've dropped several places overall."

"It's a shame, but by no means a catastrophe," observed Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Director Dominique Serieys (France). "It's obviously never nice to drop time, but the running order of Stéphane and Jean-Paul on tomorrow's stage could actually give them an advantage for the big day they face. Although we would obviously like to mark the Racing Lancer's first outing with a win, the important thing for us this weekend is to learn as much as we can about the car on this sort of terrain and also validate certain aspects of the development work we have covered during the build-up to January's Dakar."

The French driver admits that he and his co-driver Jean-Paul were in two minds prior to the start of today's super-special whether it was preferable to go for a top time, or else take a safe approach to ensure they were not first on the road for Saturday's two long tests which make up the bulk of the Portuguese Baja's competitive distance. "This afternoon's incident means that the decision was taken for us," reflected Stéphane Peterhansel. "The route of this rally is secret, so we don't know what the conditions will be like exactly, but today's super-special didn't seem to cut up too much. Hopefully the same will apply tomorrow. Given the weather, at least dust won't be a problem."

The second leg of the three-day event is the longest of the weekend, with a total distance of 425.37km to cover, including two stages (140.00km and 258.98km) to the southwest and west of Portalegre respectively. Sunday's programme features a single 110.00km test before the official finish in Nerpor/Portalegre at the end of the morning.


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Boris Gadasin
Vladimir Demyanenko
RUS
RUS
NISSAN OVERDRIVE T1 5:57.4 **:**:**.*
2
Pedro Gameiro
Manuel Dominguez
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA T1 6:01.1 0:03.7
3
Ricardo Leal dos Santos
Joao Luz
P
P
BMW X5 T1 6:01.6 0:04.2
4
Filipe Campos
Jaime Baptista
P
P
BMW X3 T1 6:04.0 0:06.6
5
Miroslav Zapletal
Tomas Ourednicek
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1 6:04.1 0:06.7
6
Joao Ramos
Jesus Vitor
P
P
TOYOTA RAV 4 T1 6:04.3 0:06.9
7
Stephane Peterhansel
Jean-Paul Cottret
F
F
MITSUBISHI RACING LANCER T1 6:06.3 0:08.9
8
Tonnie Van Deijne
Wouter Van Deijne
NL
NL
MITSUBISHI L200 EVO T1 6:06.3 0:08.9
9
Pedro Grancha
Paulo Primaz
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA OFF ROAD T1 6:08.8 0:11.4
10
Miguel Barbosa
Luis Ramalho
P
P
BMW X3 T1 6:10.7 0:13.3
11
Riccardo Colombo
Stefano Fabiano
I
I
MITSUBISHI L200 T1 6:11.0 0:13.6
12
Antonio Mendes
Pedro Pires Lima
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA T1 6:18.2 0:20.8
13
Jose Gameiro
Antonio Saraiva
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA T1 6:19.0 0:21.6
14
Bernando Moniz da Maia
Joana Sotto-Mayor
P
P
BMW X3 T1 6:20.4 0:23.0
15
Duarte Rocha
Pedro Rocha
P
P
BMW PROTO XD T1 6:21.1 0:23.7
16
Rui Sousa
Carlos Silva
P
P
ISUZU D-MAX T2 6:22.5 0:25.1
17
Ilya Kuznetsov
Andrey Neshin
RUS
RUS
MITSUBISHI L201 T1 6:23.1 0:25.7
18
Luis Climent
Ricardo Ranero
E
E
TOYOTA PROTO T1 6:23.2 0:25.8
19
Francisco Esperto
Filipe Palmeiro
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA T2 6:23.5 0:26.1
20
Mario Raposo
Alvaro Pereira
P
P
NISSAN NAVARA T1 6:23.6 0:26.2
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23
Manuel Plaza
Marcos De Quinto
E
E
MITSUBISHI L200 T1 6:25.9 0:28.5
25
Santiago Anglada
Enric Oller
E
E
MITSUBISHI L200 T1 6:27.3 0:29.9
30
Francesc Termens
Alberto Pascual
E
E
MITSUBISHI MONTERO T2 6:35.7 0:38.3
31
Aleksandr Mironenko
Sergey Lebedev
RUS
RUS
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 6:37.4 0:40.0
35
Pedro Nunes
Paulo Torres
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T2 6:38.8 0:41.4
38
Josep Vendrell
Joan Soler
E
E
MITSUBISHI MONTERO EVO CUP T2 6:43.5 0:46.1
40
Majed Al-Ghamdi
Nicola Arena
KSA
I
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T2 6:48.3 0:50.9
41
Mario Lucas
Paulo Caiado
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONTERO T2 6:48.9 0:51.5
45
Julian Vera
Marcos Martinez
E
E
MITSUBISHI MONTERO EVO CUP T2 6:56.9 0:59.5
48
Alain Meyleu
Olivier Roche
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T2 6:59.5 1:02.1
49
Carlos Oliveira
Rita Oliveira
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 6:59.8 1:02.4
51
Vincent Thijs
Ruth Brands
B
B
MITSUBISHI PAJERO MIVEX T1 7:04.6 1:07.2
55
Javier Grasa
Miguel Grasa
E
E
MITSUBISHI MONTERO T1 7:17.4 1:20.0
58
Jose Lucas
Luis Tirano
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 7:25.5 1:28.1


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