El Rammak – Bir Karawein, October 5
Road connection: 1 km - Special: 169 km – Road Connection: 31 km - Special: 202 km Total: 403 km
After a first night on bivouac, bike riders have woke up in the early morning to start the 353 km stage at 7 a.m. The menu was varied: dunes, stony roads, sand… FIM Pharaons Rally goes down the South close to Farafra, next to the White Desert, a protected National Park.
The stage victory is for Marc Coma who started 5th this morning and took his revenge over Francisco « Chaleco » Lopez. The Chilean rider took 15 minutes over the Spanish during yesterday´s stage.
“It was a beautiful special section – stated Coma – very broad with navigation and all kinds of ground. I really enjoyed myself but unhappily I didn´t start 60th like Chaleco did yesterday, which allowed him to take the overall lead… If Przygonski wins the race, I only have to mark two points to get the FIM Cross Country Rally World Champion title of the open class.”
An outstanding performance also for the young Spaniard Joan Barreda, who was placed 7´15´´ in front of Przygonski. “It wasn´t an easy stage – tells the Polish- there were lots of stones and bumps, so we have to stay focused.”
Chaleco Lopez, 4th of the day in front of Helder Rodrigues, stays on top of the general classification 6´48´´ from Coma.
In quads, Marcos Patronelli detached himself and obtained the 14th place among bikes and quads, while Rafal Sonik had a puncture during the special section.
Camelia Liparoti has arrived to the bivouac of Bir Kirawein always in shape, but with blisters in her hands. “There were stones all over the way – tells the female rider- and in the last downhill, I overtook seven tired riders. It´s now that the training pays back for those who have been doing it.”
Tomorrow, FIM Pharaons Rally 2010 will continue in South direction. The finish will be in Abu Mingar after two special sections in a 404 km stage.