JMB STRADALE OFF ROAD -- THE ONLY TEAM ABLE TO MAKE THE REST DAY WITH ALL THE ENGAGED VEHICLES! The 7th stage came back from Iquique to Antofagasta. The JMB STRADALE OFF ROAD team managed the 600 km of timed stage without difficulty. They were...
JMB STRADALE OFF ROAD -- THE ONLY TEAM ABLE TO MAKE THE REST DAY WITH ALL THE ENGAGED VEHICLES!
The 7th stage came back from Iquique to Antofagasta. The JMB STRADALE OFF ROAD team managed the 600 km of timed stage without difficulty. They were consistent and respected the team instructions, given by Dominique Serieys, and obtained 7th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 17th positions during this day's course.
Orlando Terranova and Pascal Maimon gained ground by coming in 7th of the stage moving up to 14th position of the general ranking. "The dunes were soft and there was a risk of getting stuck but all went well" comments the Orly. "We had to try our best to finish in a better position and we drove well and with a lot of concentration. Even a slow puncture did not really penalize our timing as we arrived with it at the bivouac. As we say in our jargon, it was a clean day!".
The French team Misslin-Polato hit hard again today by coming in 9th and acquired the 15th position of the general ranking. "I'm happy to have arrived after this long and tiring day, "comments Nicolas Misslin. "The stage was broken into two...On the first half, we lost a spare tire and our sand planks and only noticed this on the liaison between the two sections of this stage. Therefore, on the second half, I slowed down as I had no room for a problem. We had 1 puncture and could not allow a second. I'm really very proud of our team as we are the only ones who have arrived in the full numbers for the rest day.
The Portuguese driver Sousa and his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel had some problems today. They came out of the stage placing 17th and fell down to 7th position in the general ranking at more than 3 hours from the leader, Carlos Sainz. "We had much difficulty to get out of the dunes and 70 km from the end of the first half of the special, I lost my brakes. We did the repairs our selves, for the better or for the worst, which permitted us to come back to the bivouac. However, we lost a lot of time in the morning.
The stage was annoying today for the Brazilian, Guilherme Spinelli and his Portuguese co-driver, Filipe Palmeiro who finished 12th of the day and have are now 8th in the general ranking. "We once had a puncture and we also made a navigation error. We lost about 15 minutes on top of a hill and it took some time to find our way. But...we came in to the bivouac tonight and this was the main target: To reach Buenos Aires."
The Portuguese duo, Miguel Barbosa and Miguel Ramalho came in 13th on the day and are 13th in the general ranking. "We punctured twice which made us lose time. Then of course, we found ourselves behind the others therefore in their dust" states the young driver. "I found the stage interesting as the tracks had fesh-fesh and were rocky. I like it when the terrain is varied and technical. I hope the second part of the rally will be different as I would like drive better my Racing Lancer.
Satisfied, the Sports Director of the JMB Stradale Off Road team, Dominique Serieys, analyses the past 7 days: I'm divided as our results should have been different. We've had some technical problems which were easily solved however could have been avoided. The drivers are relatively young, except for Carlos Sousa, and he has been penalized by the regulations which do not favor gas engines. Even though he was penalized, he has obtained very good results. If the FIA could review their judgment, we could be serious contenders in the future. I believe that next week we'll be able to improve our performances but we'll speak about this at the arrival in Buenos Aires!"
The rest day will give a chance to the drivers and co-drivers to rest. The technical staff will be very busy as they must fully overhaul the cars during this time.
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