September 30th, 2003
3rd Stage - MUTT- EL OWAINAT
A really fast leg has seen the arrival at El Owainat; 386 km of selective section towards south, through the huge "sand sea". A track of mere speed towards Sudan.
The leg has been won, among the bikes, by the Spanish Roma on KTM 950 RALLY LC8 in 2.53'.42". At the second place Richard Sainct on KTM LC4 660 at 4'19" followed by Cyril Despres on KTM 660 RALLY LC4.
The race of Fabrizio Meoni (13th) has been unlucky; the high temperature of the sand and the speed caused a break down of the bib mousse at 155 km from the arrival. Other competitors avoided the danger by replacing it at the assistance point.
With this delay Meoni goes down at the 9th place of the general classification.
Among the cars, Kenjrio Shinozuka (Nissan Pick Up) won this leg in 2h54'54". At the second place Yves Loubet (Nissan Pick Up) at 2'39", third Francesco Germanetti (Nissan Patrol GR).at 20'25"
Beccaris fell at the last place of the general classification for penalty inflicted by the judges for CP missing.
<pre> PS 3 Classification
Bike Car 1) Joan Roma 2.53.42 1) Kenjiro Shinozuka 2.54.54 2) Richard Sainct 2.58.01 2) Yves Loubet 2.57.53 3) Cyryl Despres 3.00.58 3) Francesco Germanetti 3.15.19 4) Isidre Esteve 3.01.38 4) Marco Tempestini 3.15.20 5) Marek Dabrowski 3.02.45 5) Jos