Dakar: BMW stage 2 report

Third and fourth place for X-raid The drivers had to complete a 25 kilometre special stage today near Narbonne. In contrast to the approaching desert stages, which offer more than enough room to manoeuvre, it was very tight running on today's ...

Third and fourth place for X-raid

The drivers had to complete a 25 kilometre special stage today near Narbonne. In contrast to the approaching desert stages, which offer more than enough room to manoeuvre, it was very tight running on today's special stage. The drivers even had to shunt in several hairpins because they couldn't make it through the extremely tight curves with their voluminous 4WD's.

Among the very best, the X-raid drivers managed the extraordinary circumstances well. At the end of the special stage, the time-clock showed Grégoire de Mévius in third place and Luc Alphand in fourth.

Two-time Group-N world champion Grégoire de Mévius: "It was extremely tight and slippery today. I've experienced conditions like this in the rally world championship, but it was unusual even so. I ran into the driver in front of me and it took some time until I could pass him on this tight stretch. But besides that we didn't have any problems."

Luc Alphand was also satisfied: "The course was very, very slippery. That's why I at first thought that we were progressing quite slowly. I was positively surprised that it actually did go so well when I saw our time at the finish line."

Sport director Erwin Weber: "It wasn't simple for the drivers today and I'm pleased that we came in well. The BMW X5's are running flawlessly. We couldn't show our true performance strength yet, but that will change starting Sunday when the stages in Africa begin."

Tomorrow (Saturday) a short nine kilometre special stage near the Spanish port city Castellón is on the agenda before the 820 kilometre liaison stage to Algeciras begins. From there the rally procession will be ferried across to Tanger on the African continent.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Luc Alphand , Gregoire de Mevius