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DAKAR SERIES
PAX RALLY EM
11 SEPTEMBER 2008
LEG 2
LUC ALPHAND, REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART TEAM, DEFENDS LEAD IN PORTUGUESE THRILLER STAGE CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

Leg 2 (Thursday, September 11, 2008), Castelo Branco (Portugal) Benavente (Portugal):
Road section: 43km
SS2: 199km
Road section: 155km
Total distance: 397km

LUC ALPHAND / GILLES PICARD
 

JOAN ROMA / LUCAS CRUZ SENRA
 

STEPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 
The inaugural PAX Rally, the second fixture of the newly-created Dakar Series, is turning out to be one of the closest events ever seen in cross-country rallying. After 422km of against-the-clock action (more than half the week's total competitive distance), the top five drivers are covered by just over half-a-minute, while joint-leaders Luc Alphand and Carlos Sainz share exactly the same total time!

An assertive run from Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) saw the Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart crew claim the second day's 199km test. The performance has wiped out their first day deficit to take them from overnight sixth and on to this evening's podium alongside team-mates Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) and Sainz.

Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) posted today's second fastest time to make it a Mitsubishi one-two over near-identical terrain and weather conditions to those encountered yesterday. Although they remain in fifth position, the Spanish pair has considerably narrowed the gap with the front-runners since they have closed to within 41 seconds of the charging trio in front.

"To be equal on top with Carlos Sainz after almost six-and-a-half hours of stages is absolutely incredible," enthused Luc Alphand at Thursday afternoon's service halt in Benavente, some 50km northeast of Lisbon. "That said, the fact that we were the overnight leaders meant that we were first on the road today and it wasn't easy. We spent much of the stage sweeping aside a clear line through the top-coating of loose dust and gravel for those running further down the order, so the other drivers benefited from better grip. The going was definitely more slippery for us than yesterday and we had to be especially careful under braking. On top of that we dropped a handful of seconds when we had to manoeuvre on a few occasions through certain hairpins and after slightly overshooting in a couple of places, but I'm pleased to say that our car ran like a dream."

Running sixth on the road, Stéphane Peterhansel was one of those drivers who was able to profit from a clearer line and the Frenchman pushed that advantage home to secure the best time of the day, completed the distance almost two minutes clear of team-mate Roma who was second. "Today's stage went much better for us," confirmed Peterhansel. "We didn't have any problems, the road was much cleaner and I managed to keep up a good, quick, consistent pace from start to finish. After the first two stages through the mountains southwest of Castelo Branco, tomorrow will start to see a change in the terrain and a shift towards sandier surfaces. I'm not sure how that will affect our times, but we will certainly keep fighting"

Nani Roma admitted to taking a little time to find the ideal rhythm first thing this morning since he wanted to spare his tyres for the long, hot day ahead of him. He soon got up to full speed, however, and could well have ended the leg at the sharp end of the leaderboard alongside team-mates Alphand and Peterhansel had he not picked up a front-right puncture towards the end of the test: "I was certainly much quicker towards the end, although we punctured about three kilometres from the finish. We didn't stop to change wheels, but we still must have dropped perhaps 30 or 40 seconds by my estimation," he reported. "This is turning into a thrilling event, but there's still a long way to go and the terrain promises to be sandier from tomorrow."

Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Director Dominique Serieys was understandably delighted with the performance of his three crews today. "They've done a fantastic job and shown yet again that they're up there with the very best. This is the final competitive outing for the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution, but it has shown here that it still has plenty of punch, thanks to a large extent of course to the commitment of Luc, Nani and Stéphane. We'll see tomorrow whether the change of terrain has an influence on their times as we start to head south towards the Algarve, but I have every reason to be satisfied so far."

The five-day event continues tomorrow (Friday) with two attempts at a 90km competitive loop just east of Lisbon, followed by an overnight halt in nearby Alcochete. The rally finishes on Sunday afternoon in Portimao on the Algarve coast after a total distance of 1,583km, including 829km divided into six stages (one per day, plus two tomorrow).



 SS2 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
1
3:01:26 **:**:**.*
2
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
2
3:03:20 1:54
3
Dieter DEPPING
Timo GOTTCHALK
D
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
3
3:03:42 2:16
4
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
4
3:04:03 2:37
5
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
5
3:05:36 4:10
6
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
6
3:05:38 4:12
7
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
7
3:06:04 4:38
8
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
8
3:07:45 6:19
9
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
9
3:09:57 8:31
10
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
10
3:13:46 12:20
11
Leonid NOVITSKIY
Oleg TYUPENKIN
RUS
RUS
BMW X3 CC T1
11
3:16:46 15:20
12
Ricardo LEAL DOS SANTOS
Joao LUZ
P
P
BMW X5 T1
12
3:18:41 17:15
13
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
13
3:19:38 18:12
14
Orlando TERRANOVA
Alain GUEHENNES

F
BMW X3 CC T1
14
3:20:03 18:37
15
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
15
3:22:24 20:58
16
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
16
3:23:21 21:55
17
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
17
3:29:32 28:06
18
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
18
3:30:35 29:09
19
Laszlo LISZI
Georg RACK
HON
D
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
19
3:33:22 31:56
20
Jose LUCAS
Luis TIRANO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
20
3:42:58 41:32
../
34
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
4
4:18:37 1:17:11


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
1
6:28:25 **:**:**.*
1=
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
2
6:28:25 **:**:**.*
3
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
3
6:28:27 0:02
4
Dieter DEPPING
Timo GOTTCHALK
D
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
4
6:28:56 0:31
5
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
5
6:29:06 0:41
6
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
6
6:29:44 1:19
7
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
7
6:33:51 5:26
8
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
8
6:38:47 10:22
9
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
9
6:53:11 24:46
10
Leonid NOVITSKIY
Oleg TYUPENKIN
RUS
RUS
BMW X3 CC T1
10
6:55:09 26:44
11
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
11
7:06:21 37:56
12
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
12
7:09:50 41:25
13
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
13
7:23:54 55:29
14
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
14
7:27:04 58:39
15
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
15
7:38:40 1:10:15
16
Jose LUCAS
Luis TIRANO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
16
7:50:19 1:21:54
17
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
17
7:58:19 1:29:54
18
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
18
8:01:15 1:32:50
19
Jose CAMILO MARTINS
Anibal MENDONCA
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA T1
19
8:06:35 1:38:10
20
Alejandro MARTINS
Jose MARQUES
P
P
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T1
20
8:06:54 1:38:29
../
25
Laszlo LISZI
Georg RACK
HON
D
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
23
8:16:15 1:47:50
27
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
25
8:33:27 2:05:02
35
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
5
11:48:37 5:20:12


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