World Cup for Cross Country RalliesLEG 2 : TIBNIYA / TIBNIYA (4th of October)Special Stage : 473,63 km – Liaison : 3,93 km
Team Sonangol Schlesser takes the lead ...The loop around Tibniya, the longest stage of the 2011 Pharaohs edition, was not really « funny » for the competitors. Since two days the rally is demanding regarding the length of the stages and the navigation. The 2011 Pharaohs Rally is certainly not an easy race .. For the Team Sonangol Schlesser the day was cloudless. The huge experience of the "Desert Fox" still makes the difference. The blue buggy moved to the top of classification after its first stage victory with more than 47 minutes ahead of Jun Mitsuhashi’s official Toyota.
Jean-Louis Schlesser started second on the day’s stage and left the initiative to Vladimir Vasiliev. A game of cat and mouse between them, but the Sonangol Schlesser driver has shown all his experience ...
"It was again a great leg with incredible landscapes and we crossed such beautiful dunes. This morning, Vladimir Vasiliev opened the track. He quickly took the advantage and probably followed the bikes footsteps. We decided to strictly follow the road book and at CP1 we had taken between 20 and 40 seconds. But after the CP, to avoid to open the track in the dunes, he let us pass. Then he overtook us and in front of a new difficulty, he slowed down again. This time I pushed really hard and he tried to follow us but I think he was stuck. We quickly took off and crossed the finish line first. This morning, visibility was very bad due to the reflection and we had to be very careful not to get trapped. Navigation was less complicated than yesterday but it was really a great leg! "