Dakar: BMW stage two report

Colonia Narbo Martius and Viva España No problems caused the liaison to Narbonne in the South of France after the Prologue for both X-raid pilots Gregoire de Mevius and Luc Alphand yesterday. From this historic city, built by the Romans about...

Colonia Narbo Martius and Viva Espa?a

No problems caused the liaison to Narbonne in the South of France after the Prologue for both X-raid pilots Gregoire de Mevius and Luc Alphand yesterday. From this historic city, built by the Romans about 118 B.C. as one of the early Gaulish settlements called Colonia Narbo Martius, the caravan started for the second leg of the Dakar Rally 2003 today.

Luc Alphand and Matthew Stevenson.
Photo by BMW X5 Rally Raid Team.

During this leg the drivers had to manage another special stage. Fast sectors, followed by narrow and steep turns, lead the teams through the Corbi?res mountains. At the end of the special stage the participants were facing a fast descent towards Roquefort with countless turns and partly very narrow passes.

The experienced pilot Gregoire de Mevius and co-pilot Alain Guehennec managed the special stage without problems and with a running-time of 39:32 Min. finished forth place. "That was a special stage exactly to my liking", de Mevius expressed satisfied.

"Because of those turns and narrow sections the course was very selective, but also extremely demanding for the tires." The Belgian is now on place four in total, with 44 seconds behind leader Stephane Peterhansel from France. Former ski world cup-winner Luc Alphand needed 40:54 min. for the 43 kilometres, but still was satisfied with the result: "I am satisfied with my performance and the result is good. In some moments I felt like the size of the car was too big for the crooked roads." Alphand is now ranking 12th in stage and in total, 2:06 Min. behind Peterhansel.

Finally, another 510 kilometres liaison brought the participants to the Spanish village Castell?n, 60 km from Valencia. Starting from Castell?n tomorrow, the Rally course will be 95 kilometres long (8 km special stage, 87 km liaison) and will lead to Valencia, where the caravan will be shipped to Tunis and Africa.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Luc Alphand , Stéphane Peterhansel , Gregoire de Mevius , Alain Guehennec , Matthew Stevenson