ANDRE DESSOUDE'S JOURNAL 2nd January 2006- Er Rachidia Preoccupied by the day's events, AndrÃ© Dessoude drew up his report. " Overall, today's report is not too good, as our two Pickups had serious problems. Holowczyc's vehicle broke down on...
ANDRE DESSOUDE'S JOURNAL
2nd January 2006- Er Rachidia
Preoccupied by the day's events, André Dessoude drew up his report.
" Overall, today's report is not too good, as our two Pickups had serious problems. Holowczyc's vehicle broke down on the liaison before the start of the special stage. Apparently, there was sand in the fuel, which blocked the filters. Unfortunately, this happened at just the wrong moment, as our T4 assistance trucks were on the second boat for Nador, and landed very late. Holowczyc was finally able to get going, but he started the stage very late (where he set the 62nd time), and we don't know if he will be authorised to take the start tomorrow.
As for Jun Mitsuhashi, crossing a wadi four kilometres from the start, he lifted up a big rock which broke the transmission. Luckily, the repair was done quite quickly.
Our client, Miguel Barbosa, in the Nissan X-Trail, also had a few worries. A stone thrown up by another vehicle caused a leak in the oil radiator. Luckily he noticed quite quickly, and did not lose all his oil. Miguel and his co-driver were able to shunt the oil circuit, and only lost around thirty minutes. The satisfaction of the day comes from Benoît Rousselot. He put in a fine stage, and is closing in on the first place in Production. Benoît has good experience now, he is always very calm, very posed and manages his day well.
As far as our two Chinese Paladins are concerned, nothing to note for Xu Lang, who set an excellent 45th time, while Zhou Yong's vehicle had a front transmission failure. This was not too penalising, as there was no sand, and it is quite possible to drive on rocky tracks like those met today with rear-wheel drive. "
The Team Dessoude Drivers:
Paul Belmondo : " Getting off the boat, we found a nail in one of our tyres. We removed it, and the tyre did not appear to be punctured. Unfortunately, it went flat during the special stage, and we had to change it. Then I drove for 140 km in the dust of another competitor. But I did not lose my temper, as there is still a long way to Dakar.
Benoît Rousselot: " We drove well, whilst remaining careful, and found the right way to tune ourselves in with Sylvain, as it was our first timed stage with navigation. We had to find our sensations after a year of absence. He had to get used to it again, after a year away. We are following our race tactics, the car is fresh. As a side note, the helicopter came down to film us face to face, and it was very impressive."
Fabian Lurquin (Xu Lang's navigator) : " Xu drove well, on pace while keeping a margin for safety. Since his experience on the Dakar last year, he is much more mature. The Chinese driver has really understood the 'Dakar pace'".