NANI ROMA, FIRST DRIVER TO WIN THE BAJA IN CARS AND MOTORBIKES The Repsol driver takes his first victory in the car class and Peterhansel completes the one-two for Mitsubishi. Esteve wins in the motorbike class. TThe 12th Baja Spain Aragon...
NANI ROMA, FIRST DRIVER TO WIN THE BAJA IN CARS AND MOTORBIKES
The Repsol driver takes his first victory in the car class and Peterhansel completes the one-two for Mitsubishi.
Esteve wins in the motorbike class.
TThe 12th Baja Spain Aragon finished with the first victory for Nani Roma in his first participation in this event in the car class. He was joined on the podium by his teammate of the Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team, Stéphane Peterhansel, after the after the third and final 118.67 kms special stage of the third round of the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, north-west of Zaragoza.
Nani Roma, who managed to dose his 2m 36s advantage over Peterhansel, was the winner of today's 118.67 kms special taking his first win in the Baja Aragon after four victories in the motorbike class. Roma joined the team at the end of last year, after a successful career as an enduro rider which saw him take one outright win on the Dakar Rally.
Peterhansel and Cottret have won the Dakar Rally for the last two years, but lost their chance of victory with persistent brake problems on Saturday and eventually finished second overall in their Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution. Peterhansel attempted to catch Roma and had reduced the leader's advantage to 1m 20s almost halfway the stage. But there was no way through the choking dust trailing the leading car and the Frenchman eventually finished 1m 10s behind his team mate.
In the motorbike class, Isidre Esteve was able to well administer his advantage, confirming the forecasts and taking the victory of the fourth and last stage of the mythic Spanish event. Esteve has been the winner of the 2005 Baja Spain Aragon with an advantage of more than eight minutes over the runner-up, Spaniard José Manuel Pellicer.
Nani Roma: "I was sure it was difficult to overtake today. I knew that Stéphane would push hard, but I could see him in the distance and tried to drive quickly without making mistakes. It is a fantastic feeling to win my first race in a car here in Spain. I did not dream that my first win would come just nine months after joining the team. But this is a fantastic team and we all work very well together."
Stéphane Peterhansel: "It is disappointing to lose any race, but if you are going to lose it is nice to lose to Nani. He is a fantastic guy and he drove a good race. I tried to push hard, but after 50 kms we caught his dust and it was impossible to gain any more time. The brakes were okay today. I enjoyed the stage and in the end we decided to stay around 30 seconds behind Nani's car to the finish line."
Isidre Esteve: "I'm very happy because today's stage went just as planned and I've been able to win my fifth Baja Aragón. It's been a very short stage, 118 kms. 80% of which were new, the rest was the same track as yesterday. The last 20 kms were the most complicated; there were lots of stones and the terrain was quite broken, but there's been no problem. I want to thank and congratulate the whole Repsol team because it's fantastic to take the victory both in cars and in motorbikes. I want to especially congratulate Nani for his first victory on four wheels here, in Aragon."
<pre> Overall standings after the third and last leg - Cars: 1. Roma/Magne Mitsubishi Montero Evolution 7h 44'08 2. Peterhansel/Cottret Mitsubishi Montero Evolution 7h 45'18 3. Blasquez/Salvador Nissan Pick-Up 7h 51'31 4. Romas/Jesus Toyota RAV-4 8h 13'31 5. Costa/Costa Toyota Landcruiser 8h 14'59
Overall standings after the third and last leg - Motorbikes: 1. I. Esteve 7h 48'41.0 2. J. Pellicer a 8'17 3. O. Gonzalez a 18'21 4. V. Rivera a 29'05 5. D. Vernier a 30'57