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DAKAR SERIES
PAX RALLY EM
12 SEPTEMBER 2008
LEG 3
TWO MITSUBISHI DRIVERS ON THE PROVISIONAL PODIUM AS THE TERRAIN CHANGES IN PORTUGAL STAGE CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

Leg 3 (Friday, September 12, 2008), Benavente (Portugal) Alcochete (Portugal):
Road section: 22km
SS3: 90km
Road section: 1km
Service
Road section: 22km
SS3: 90km
Road section: 26km
Total distance: 251km

STEPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 

LUC ALPHAND / GILLES PICARD
 

JOAN ROMA / LUCAS CRUZ SENRA
 
Following the first two stages, which took competitors into the mountains to the northeast of Lisbon, there was a distinct change in scenery for Friday's leg of the inaugural PAX Rally. Today's 90km competitive loop, which was contested twice, marked a shift to sandier, lower-lying terrain and, as expected, handed the advantage to Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's principal rivals.

Mitsubishi's trio did more than just defend their corner, however, and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) succeeded in moving up one place into second spot, while Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) continue to figure on the overnight podium. Joan 'Nani' Roma and Lucas Cruz (Spain) are still fifth in the third Pajero/Montero Evolution with two days of the Dakar Series event remaining.

"We pushed as hard as we could and our reward is the fact that we have gained a place," commented Stéphane Peterhansel this evening. "We had a couple scrapes today, though. On the first pass, about 35km from the start, I went up onto two wheels and that momentarily unseated my front-right tyre. Some air escaped in the process, but the tyre stayed inflated, so we were able to continue. I could sense that we were still losing pressure, however, and I preferred to take it a little easier to the finish. The conditions were far more cut-up second time round, and more soft sand had become exposed. We knew that wouldn't be good for us and I did what I could to compensate. I nearly paid the price for that when I went straight on into a tree. I thought I had damaged my radiator, but I quickly saw that the temperatures and everything were OK, so we were able to continue. Tomorrow we will have a later running order, and that could well play in our favour."

The Frenchman's performance enabled him to trade places with team-mate and early leader Luc Alphand who still has a footing on the provisional podium, this time with exactly the same total time as Giniel De Villiers! "The profile of today's stage is very frustrating," reported the former skier at the lunchtime break. "It started with a twisty run through forest land, which wasn't too bad. However, the majority was made up of long straights and 90 turns, which I think is where we lost the most time. It was a very tricky stage, too, with trees very close to the side of the road, but I'm glad to say that we came through it unscathed and our car is running perfectly. There is still everything to play for!"

The afternoon's run saw Alphand switch to a different type of tyre. "I felt more comfortable and I was closer to the times of the other drivers," he observed. "I also tried to keep my driving smoother and that seems to have paid dividends, although there isn't much we can do about the time we loose accelerating out of the tight corners."

Like his team-mates, Nani Roma found that today's terrain was much less favourable than the rally's first two stages in the Castelo Branco region. "I don't know why, but I had trouble settling into a good rhythm," he confessed. "My car was perfect and I didn't have any problems at all, but I didn't succeed in finding the ideal pace."

Aware that the change of terrain further to the south of Portugal was likely to penalize his drivers, Team Director Dominique Serieys (France) was swift to praise the three Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart crews for their efforts: "Today's stage was totally different to those of the first two legs, and Luc, Nani and Stéphane did all they could to limit the damage. We intend to keep up the pressure all the way to the finish and we have been helped so far by the Pajero/Montero Evolution's reliability, with only a minor electric problem on just one car to report so far."

Tomorrow, the penultimate leg will take competitors to the Algarve city of Portimao via a 468km route which features a single 159km stage. The rally is scheduled to end on Sunday afternoon in Portimao after a total distance of 1,583km, including 829km divided into six stages.


 SS3 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
1
57:08 **:**:**.*
2
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
2
57:56 0:48
3
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
3
58:06 0:58
4
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
4
58:08 1:00
5
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
5
58:34 1:26
6
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
6
58:49 1:41
7
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
7
59:21 2:13
8
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
8
59:51 2:43
9
Orlando TERRANOVA
Alain GUEHENNES

F
BMW X3 CC T1
9
1:00:24 3:16
10
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
10
1:02:15 5:07
11
Alexandre RE
Pedro RE
P
P
NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1
11
1:05:15 8:07
12
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
12
1:05:34 8:26
13
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
13
1:06:09 9:01
14
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
14
1:06:44 9:36
15
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
15
1:07:01 9:53
16
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
16
1:07:39 10:31
17
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
17
1:08:40 11:32
18
Ricardo LEAL DOS SANTOS
Joao LUZ
P
P
BMW X5 T1
18
1:09:28 12:20
19
Jose LUCAS
Luis TIRANO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
19
1:10:02 12:54
20
Jose GAMEIRO
Antonio SARAIVA
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA T1
20
1:10:43 13:35
../
25
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
23
1:13:01 15:53
28
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
3
1:14:06 16:58


 SS4 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
1
56:08 **:**:**.*
2
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
2
56:47 0:39
3
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
3
57:07 0:59
4
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
4
57:08 1:00
5
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
5
57:29 1:21
6
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
6
57:46 1:38
7
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
7
58:04 1:56
8
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
8
59:39 3:31
9
Orlando TERRANOVA
Alain GUEHENNES

F
BMW X3 CC T1
9
59:40 3:32
10
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
10
1:01:05 4:57
11
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
11
1:01:37 5:29
12
Ricardo LEAL DOS SANTOS
Joao LUZ
P
P
BMW X5 T1
12
1:02:26 6:18
13
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
13
1:04:48 8:40
14
Alexandre RE
Pedro RE
P
P
NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1
14
1:05:00 8:52
15
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
15
1:05:45 9:37
16
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
16
1:07:15 11:07
17
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
17
1:07:56 11:48
18
Jose LUCAS
Luis TIRANO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
18
1:10:52 14:44
19
Laszlo LISZI
Georg RACK
HON
D
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
19
1:11:43 15:35
20
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
20
1:11:59 15:51
../
29
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
4
1:16:17 20:09
34
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
29
1:29:46 33:38


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS4
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
1
8:21:41 **:**:**.*
2
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
2
8:24:02 2:21
3
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
4
8:25:00 3:19
3=
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
3
8:25:00 3:19
5
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
5
8:26:31 4:50
6
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
6
8:29:12 7:31
7
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
7
8:38:17 16:36
8
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
8
9:01:00 39:19
9
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
9
9:01:24 39:43
10
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
10
9:13:42 52:01
11
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
11
9:37:26 1:15:45
12
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
12
9:40:30 1:18:49
13
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
13
9:54:56 1:33:15
14
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
14
10:13:09 1:51:28
15
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
15
10:17:57 1:56:16
16
Jose LUCAS
Luis TIRANO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
16
10:26:13 2:04:32
17
Lukas VACOVSKY
Viktor CHYTKA
CZ
CZ
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 80 T2
1
10:34:15 2:12:34
18
Alejandro MARTINS
Jose MARQUES
P
P
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T1
17
10:35:15 2:13:34
19
Kenjiro SHINOZUKA
Roberto DI PRIZIO
J
I
NISSAN PATROL GR Y61 T1
18
10:35:25 2:13:44
20
Adelio MACHADO
Paulo TORRES
P
P
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T2
2
10:40:11 2:18:30
../
24
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
22
11:16:14 2:54:33
32
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
5
14:19:00 5:57:19


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