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DAKAR SERIES
PAX RALLY EM
13 SEPTEMBER 2008
LEG 4
REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART TEAM'S STEPHANE PETERHANSEL WINS SS5 AND LUC ALPHAND SECOND TO CLOSE ON PAX RALLY LEAD STAGE CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

Leg 4 (Saturday, September 13, 2008), Alcochete (Portugal) Portimao (Portugal):
Road section: 89km
SS5: 159km
Road section: 220km
Total distance: 468km

STEPHANE PETERHANSEL / JEAN-PAUL COTTRET
 

LUC ALPHAND / GILLES PICARD
 

JOAN ROMA / LUCAS CRUZ SENRA
 
The fourth leg of the 2008 PAX rally saw Mitsubishi's Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) claim the fastest time on the penultimate stage of the event to shave practically two minutes off the gap that separates them from the lead in Portugal. With just one 65km stage remaining before Sunday afternoon's finish in Portimao, the French crew are only 31 seconds behind Carlos Sainz.

Fellow Mitsubishi runners Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) profited from the day to go almost two minutes clear of Giniel De Villiers after sharing overnight third place with the South African driver, but Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) dropped nine minutes and slipped back one place to sixth overall following a slow-speed roll.

"I was a little concerned when I saw how much sand there was during the early part of today's stage, but the conditions became increasingly favourable to us as we progressed," observed Stéphane Peterhansel who admitted to enjoying the WRC-type loose-surface tracks. "Our later running order also gave us an advantage, although I think I could perhaps have gone a little bit faster to begin with. When we realised that we were starting to take time out of Carlos Sainz, I decided to push harder towards the end, and that has enabled us to close the gap at the top of the leaderboard quite significantly. It won't be easy to win tomorrow, but I have every intention of keeping the pressure on Carlos: with a lead of just half a minute, he can't afford to make any mistakes"

Team-mate Luc Alphand was equally pleased with his day and, before the start of the SS5, he was aware of the how crucial it was pull clear of De Villiers before the short, final stage tomorrow:. "Given the importance of road order since the start and given, too, how varied the conditions have been, this has been a very challenging rally, but we haven't come out of it too badly so far. We wanted to make the most of our starting position today and we were practically going at the same pace as Stéphane to begin with. I then made a few tiny mistakes, however, including a 'straight on' into a field which could have gone horribly wrong, and I lost my concentration for a while. But our Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution is continuing to go like a dream and we will do all we can on Sunday to keep our footing on the podium."

Like Luc and Stéphane, Nani Roma was also going very well today before a slow-speed roll put him out of contention. The time lost in the incident has seen him fall back to sixth place. "It's such a shame," he said. "I was really pleased with my rhythm and we were pushing hard when I cut too deeply into the inside of a slow left-hand corner. We nudged the bank and that sent us into a roll, at no more than 20kph, I would say. Our car is obviously damaged but we were able to complete the stage and it's repairable for tomorrow."

Despite this setback, Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Director Dominique Serieys (France) was once again swift to applaud the work of his three crews. "After more than ten hours of rallying, nothing is by any means over because there's still one more difficult day to come. I am proud of their performance," he enthused. "What we are seeing this week here in Portugal is a valuable pointer for the future. The competitive career of the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution comes to an end tomorrow, yet Luc, Nani and Stéphane have succeeded in taking the fight to the drivers who promise to be their main rivals on the 2009 Dakar. That's a very encouraging sign indeed."

The final stage of the 1,583km rally takes the form of a 65km loop to the north of Portimao, close to Portugal's Algarve coast, before Sunday afternoon's finish ceremony.


 SS5 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
1:56:28 **:**:**.*
2
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
2
1:57:32 1:04
3
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
3
1:58:17 1:49
4
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
4
1:58:18 1:50
5
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
5
1:59:13 2:45
6
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
6
2:01:04 4:36
7
Orlando TERRANOVA
Alain GUEHENNES

F
BMW X3 CC T1
7
2:01:55 5:27
8
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
8
2:06:17 9:49
9
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
9
2:06:20 9:52
10
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
10
2:07:12 10:44
11
Pedro GAMEIRO
Miguel DOMINGUEZ
P
E
NISSAN NAVARRA T1
11
2:10:12 13:44
12
Alexandre RE
Pedro RE
P
P
NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1
12
2:11:28 15:00
13
Leonid NOVITSKIY
Oleg TYUPENKIN
RUS
RUS
BMW X3 CC T1
13
2:12:11 15:43
14
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
14
2:16:22 19:54
15
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
15
2:19:22 22:54
16
Laszlo LISZI
Georg RACK
HON
D
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
16
2:20:19 23:51
17
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
17
2:20:55 24:27
18
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
18
2:20:55 24:27
19
Jose GAMEIRO
Antonio SARAIVA
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA T1
19
2:22:57 26:29
20
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
20
2:23:48 27:20
../
26
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
24
2:34:27 37:59
28
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
4
2:36:51 40:23
36
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
30
2:56:31 1:00:03
38
Jose LOPEZ RIVAS
Joan RUBI
E
E
MITSUBISHI KAOT T1
32
3:26:30 1:30:02


 CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS5
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
Carlos SAINZ
Michel PERIN
E
F
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
1
10:19:59 **:**:**.*
2
Stephane PETERHANSEL
Jean-Paul COTTRET
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
2
10:20:30 0:31
3
Luc ALPHAND
Gilles PICARD
F
F
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
3
10:22:32 2:33
4
Giniel DE VILLIERS
Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ
RSA
D
VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1
4
10:24:13 4:14
5
Nasser AL-ATTYAH
Tina THORNER
QAT
S
BMW X3 CC T1
5
10:27:29 7:30
6
Joan ROMA
Lucas CRUZ SENRA
E
E
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1
6
10:32:48 12:49
7
Filipe CAMPOS
Jaime BAPTISTA
P
P
BMW X3 CC T1
7
10:39:21 19:22
8
Pedro GRANCHA
Paulo PRIMAZ
P
P
NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1
8
11:07:20 47:21
9
Guerlain CHICHERIT
Matthieu BAUMEL
F
F
BMW X3 CC T1
9
11:20:46 1:00:47
10
Miroslav ZAPLETAL
Tomas OUREDNICEK
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
10
11:20:54 1:00:55
11
Maurizio TRAGLIO
Fabien LURQUIN
I
B
NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1
11
11:56:52 1:36:53
12
Francisco INOCENCIO
Santos GODINHO
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
12
12:01:14 1:41:15
13
Morgan PICARD
Denis SCHURGER
F
F
SUBARU FORESTER T1
13
12:15:51 1:55:52
13
Gerard BENIELLI
Gilles TIXADOR
F
F
OFF ROAD BUGGY T1
14
12:38:52 2:18:53
15
Laszlo LISZI
Georg RACK
HON
D
MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1
15
13:01:02 2:41:03
16
Kenjiro SHINOZUKA
Roberto DI PRIZIO
J
I
NISSAN PATROL GR Y61 T1
16
13:04:47 2:44:48
17
Nuno INOCENCIO
Sergio COSME
P
P
MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1
17
13:09:40 2:49:41
18
Adelio MACHADO
Paulo TORRES
P
P
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T2
1
13:11:47 2:51:48
19
Alejandro MARTINS
Jose MARQUES
P
P
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T1
18
13:22:46 3:02:47
20
Lukas VACOVSKY
Viktor CHYTKA
CZ
CZ
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 80 T2
2
13:23:17 3:03:18
../
24
Gabi NICOLAE
Alexandro BOJICA
RO
RO
MITSUBISHI L200 T1
22
13:50:41 3:30:42
30
Mario LUCAS
Francisco LUIS
P
P
MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2
5
16:55:51 6:35:52
39
Jose LOPEZ RIVAS
Joan RUBI
E
E
MITSUBISHI KAOT T1
33
28:30:42 18:10:43


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