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LOPEZ IS 7th IN THE SUPER SPECIAL TODAY, FRANCISCO LOPEZ OBTAINED THE SEVENTH PLACE IN THE OPENING SUPER SPECIAL OF THE 20TH VERSION OF THE DESERT CHALLENGE. TOMORROW, THE RACE WILL START WITH THE FIRST STAGE OF 404 KM FROM WHICH 286 COMPOSED ...

LOPEZ IS 7th IN THE SUPER SPECIAL

TODAY, FRANCISCO LOPEZ OBTAINED THE SEVENTH PLACE IN THE OPENING SUPER SPECIAL OF THE 20TH VERSION OF THE DESERT CHALLENGE. TOMORROW, THE RACE WILL START WITH THE FIRST STAGE OF 404 KM FROM WHICH 286 COMPOSED THE DAY 'S TIMED STAGE.

ABU DHABI - After the technical scrutineering yesterday, today was the official start of the 20th version of the Desert Challenge. Now, the real race will start, after this morning the Super Special was carried out to open the event, and to establish the starting list of tomorrow 's first stage.

The two kilometers trail, flat and fast in the inside of the Al Forsan International Sports Resort was a great background for the show of the 66 bikes and 34 cars that will take the start tomorrow. This special was won by the fast Holland rider Sebastian Husseini, who lives actually in the UAE, with a total time of 1 '44 ' '. Francisco Lopez, like a pro rider, has adopted the tactic of not forcing too much, not to risk to win and avoid opening the road tomorrow.

Chaleco has gotten the 7th place, ahead of Helder Rodrigues, which will be his main rival during the next days. Marc Coma, winner of the last edition, finished this Super Special in the 21st place.

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will become serious tomorrow with the first timed special of 286 km which will take will take the riders to the Rub Al Kahli Desert and the Bivouac of Moreeb, which will be the headquarters for the following days.

Francisco Lopez: "Today was just a formality; the real combat will start from tomorrow. I didn 't forced much, today was important to get a good position to start the first stage and I think the 7th place is great. We will see how it goes tomorrow; the temperature is very high, as we expected to be in the UAE."

-source: tgar

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers Marc Coma , Helder Rodrigues , Francisco Lopez , Sebastian Husseini