Pharaons Rally : Leg 2 - Summary
Pursuing its road to the south, heading for the oasis of Dakhla, the Pharaons International Rally get to the crux. After the crossing of the black desert, this second stage, about almost 500 kilometres long, brought the competitors through
the amazing landscape of the white desert, but also through several navigation difficulties.
On two wheels, the Spaniard Marc Coma clinched victory and then took the head of the classification in front his young team-mate Jordi Viladoms, whereas David Casteu, position 3rd today, managed a spectacular come back to the top of the rankings. The Frenchman is now lying in 10th position. In the cars category, another Spaniard, Jose-Luis Monterde (BMW X5) won the stage in front of Yvan Muller (Proto Dessoude), while the Russian Shmakov (Buggy Zil), 3rd today, keeps the head of the category.
Leaving Baharija at sunrise, Marc Coma (KTM), winner of the last Dakar, knew that he had the opportunity to get the head of the category this afternoon, at the end of this second stage in Dakhla.
Starting right after his team-mate Viladoms, the tall Catalan, who clinched victory this year in the rally of Sardinia, Argentina and Marocco, just had to overtake his “water carrier” in order to take the head of the general classification. This time the logic has been respected.
After 438 km of timed special, Coma came first after a perfect day for the complete team KTM directed from a master hand with Jordi Arcarons.
But the stage was not so easy for Victor Rivera, 3rd position yesterday, who had to face severe technical problems with his Rieju 450, which suddenly stopped shortly before the CP 2 (km 193).
A great occasion for Francisco Lopez to shorten the gap conceded the day before. But few kilometres away ‘Chaleco' saw his rear wheel to play a trick on him. Arriving on the throttle at CP 3 (km 247), the Chilian took advantage of the bikers solidarity and the generosity of the mechanics from Graziani and De Gavardo, who fixed his wheel in a record time. Losing just over three minutes with this misadventure, Lopez ended up signing the first time of the 450cc category and the 7th position of the stage, just ahead of the surprising Sergio Calvi (KTM).
Days are following each other, but fortunately are not similar for David Casteu (KTM). With the 19th position at start this morning, the Frenchman pushed it really strong to finish at the 3rd position of the stage and improving his ranking from 9 positions on the general classification. He is now in 10th position, being ahead of the other KTM from De Gavardo, Ullevalseter and De Azevedo.
In the cars category, Jose-Luis Monterde (BMW X5) took advantage from his new transmission to arrive in Dakhla as leader. The Spaniard finished ahead of Yvan Muller (Proto Dessoude), still very impressive for his first participation in this discipline. This duel is also the one between a father and his son since the Belgium Jean-Marie Lurquin is co-piloting Monterde, whereas his son, Fabian, navigate for Yvan Muller for this rally…
In 3rd position of the stage, the Russian Sergey Shmakov (Buggy Zil), winner of stage 1, keeps the head of the classification on the top of Muller and the two BMW X5 from Monterde and Nobre. In T2 category (production cars), Christian Lavieille (Nissan Pathfinder) get back to the leader position. After a first eventful day, the World Cup leader clocked the 6th time of the stage and erased his wrong start the day before, with a gap of more than 40 minutes on the other Nissan Pathfinder from Laurent Rosso.
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