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PARIS - GRANADA - DAKAR 1998
Communique 14
LEG 12 : TIMBUKTU - NEMA
Distance : 559 KM
Stage distance : 551 KM

NEMA
Tuesday, January 13, 1998


FONTENAY INCREASES PARIS-DAKAR LEAD IN MITSUBISHI PAJERO


French pair Jean-Pierre Fontenay and Gilles Picard increased their lead on the 12th leg of the 20th Paris-Dakar between Timbuktu in Mali and Nema in Mauritania, today, January 13, despite a concerted drive for victory by Mitsubishi team mates and fellow countrymen, Bruno Saby and Dominique Serieys.

Driving the Team Off Road Express Mitsubishi Ralliart Pajero, Fontenay was relieved to find his lead extended by around two minutes over Saby at Nema, despite the fact that his team mate and main rival had, in fact, overtaken him by a minute at the first checkpoint on the 551 km stage.

It has been another tough day, filled with drama, along the "Smuggler's Trail" from Mali back into Mauritania, tracking north of West Africa's largest lake during the rainy season, Lake Faguibine.
After 60 km of twisting, sandy tracks the route opened up into the Sahara Desert once more, but camel grass - desert plants whose rock-like roots make large, hard, suspension-breaking humps in the sand - and endless ranges of dunes, made the going particularly slow and hazardous.

Driving the Team PIAA Mitsubishi Ralliart Pajero, Saby made his bid for glory from the start of the stage near Timbuktu, hoping to overtake his Mitsubishi team-mate and set himself up to score his second Dakar victory, but it was not to be thanks to an unusual incident 200 km from the finish. A local camel herder pulled a cable tight across the track at head height as Saby approached at speed. Luckily, no-one was hurt, but the cable ripped the air vents and spoilers from the roof of the car.

Saby described the incident, explaining: "A man by the side of the road, a camel farmer collecting water, I think, pulled the cable tight across the road just as we arrived. It sliced the top off the car. We went back to look, but he had gone. It was a horrible, hard stage, all second and third gear - very twisty."

Saby's time loss allowed Fontenay to increase his lead. He revealed: "It was hard on the body and the car today. For the first 160 km the wind was behind us, which affects the cooling, and all the temperature alarms were going off! It was OK after we changed heading."

Driving the Team Mitsubishi Oil Ralliart Pajero,
third-placed crew, Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka and French navigator Henri Magne, were fastest on today's stage, although Shinozuka admitted: "It was a terrible stage - twisty with soft sand. It took us seven hours and 40 minutes to do 550 km. It was new, but not nice. Now there are two marathon stages, but I don't think they will be as hard."


Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka and his German co-driver Andreas Schulz remain settled in fourth place in their Team Mitsubishi Oil Ralliart Challenger/Montero Sport with a comfortable margin over Jean-Louis Schlesser's buggy, which lies fifth. Portuguese driver Carlos Souza and his French co-driver Philippe Rey are still going
well in their Mitsubishi Strada.

Just 88 motorbikes, 50 cars and 13 competing trucks started today's stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS 12 - NEMA - 551 KM

1.K.SHINOZUKA MITSUBISHI Pajero 07:26:35 T2
2.J.P.FONTENAY MITSUBISHI Pajero 07:29:21 T2
3.B.SABY MITSUBISHI Pajero 07:32:52 T2
4.J.L.SCHLESSER BUGGY Original 07:54:07 T3
5.J.KLEINSCHMIDT BUGGY Original 08:02:02 T3
6.H.MASUOKA MITSUBISHI Challenger 08:05:32 T2
7. C.SOUZA MITSUBISHI Strada 08:18:13 T3
8.T.DE LAVERGNE NISSAN 08:23:11 T3
9.P.ALLIOT NISSAN 08:29:39 T3
...      

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION after SS12

1.J.P.FONTENAY / G. PICARD MITSUBISHI Pajero 40:34:15 T2
2.B.SABY / D. SERIEYS MITSUBISHI Pajero +00:12:56 T2
3.KSHINOZUKA / H. MAGNE MITSUBISHI Pajero +01:55:40 T2
4.H.MASUOKA / A. SCHULZ MITSUBISHI Challenger +02:40:22 T2
5.J.L.SCHLESSER / A.C. PAUWELS BUGGY Original +04:14:53 T3
6.P.ALLIOT / J. DUBOIS NISSAN +06:49:54 T3
7.T.DE LAVERGNE / L. ARGUELLES NISSAN +07:57:31 T3
...C.SOUZA / P. REY MITSUBISHI Strada +14:32:55 T3



updated 8:00 pm


Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14, 1998
LEG 13 : NEMA - TIDJIKJA
Distance : 749 KM
Stage distance : 745 KM


The second of the Dakar's tough marathon sections starts tomorrow with the "Thierry Sabine Trophy" stage, dedicated to the event's founder. This track was first discovered by Sabine in 1985, but this year, the remaining competitors are expected to cover the stage in one day - in 1985 it took two! This stage is widely expected to be the toughest of the entire event, possibly one of the hardest in the Dakar's history. Among other obstacles, the competitors will face the famous Enji Pass, and the "Mountain of Elephants", a great sea of massive sand dunes.



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