(Egypt) - 1st/8th of October 2011 World Cup for Cross Country RalliesLEG 4 : SAHL BARAKA – SAHL BARAKA (6th of October)Liaison : 1,20 km – Special Stage : 339,93 km – Liaison : 21,38 km
Third success for Team Sonangol Schlesser!Fourth stage and third consecutive win for the "Blue Rocket" of Team Sonangol Schlesser which earns some more time in the overall classification. The stage loop drawn in the area of Sahl Baraka, 340 km length, was a mix of different kind of terrain with stony, rocky, sandy and fast tracks.
Strong leader in the car category, Jean-Louis Schlesser takes each leg with concentration and precision. Even today, the Sonangol Schlesser driver's experience made the difference against strong competitors. By signing a third consecutive win on the Pharaohs rally, the French increases his advantage on overall classification.
"Another very nice stage with incredible landscapes. Between mushroom shape stones planted in a sand sea, we had the impression of being in the depths of an ocean, which in fact probably existed there millions of years ago. Egypt is such a beautiful country! Today we did not have any particular problem and in fact we did not see anyone ... We opened the track and stayed alone until the finish! What really bothered during 90 km was to have the sun in the back, which completely crushed the visibility ahead. Not so easy to guess the exact terrain and we stayed careful. Navigation was not really evident on some sections but as usual Konstantin did the job! We secure our overall lead and increase the gap. Tomorrow will be a big piece ... "
This fifth stage between Sahl Baraka and Tibniya looks spicy, perhaps the most difficult and the most selective since the start of the rally. Indeed, the 444 km of special stage will the judge of the race. Those who will escape from this trap are quite sure to see the Pyramids of Giza next Saturday.