-TIBNIYA/CAIRO (Egypt) - 1st/8th of October 2011 - World Cup for Cross Country Rallie

Special Stage : 350,28 km – Liaison : 78 km

Hat-trick for Team Sonangol Schlesser!

With this new success on the Pharaohs Rally, the Team Sonangol Schlesser takes at the same time the 2011 world title on two-wheel drive category (before the end of the Championship). Jean-Louis Schlesser wins for the fifth time in the Pharaohs country. A race he particularly appreciates for its intensity and for the quality of the route.

Since the second leg, the Team Sonangol Schlesser took the entire control of the race. No fewer than five of six stage wins and an indisputable domination facing strong opponents on BMW or Mitsubishi. Navigated by Konstantin Zhiltsov, the "Desert Fox" avoided all the traps of this 2011 edition despite a difficult navigation and very technical stages.

"I am very happy with this second consecutive victory in Egypt. We can probably talk about no-fault, but I can tell you that it was not so easy. We had to be careful mile after mile and stay concentrated each second. A small mistake and everything could switch very quickly.

Konstantin did a great job and was very busy every day because navigation was essential. The route of this edition was very varied and some of the stages could be described as true "African" legs (in the most positive sense). A rally raid as I love them ... In fact, this race is an excellent training for those who will enter the Africa Eco Race next edition. Some stages here can be compared to the Mauritanian difficulties especially when crossing impressive dunes. This win gives me great pleasure for my team of course but for my partners too and I thank them to trust me. I am very pleased to offer them this new victory and the 2011 world title in two-wheel drive, even though the season is not quite finished yet ..."

African "lover", Jean-Louis Schlesser will enter from 27th of December to 8th of January (between France and Dakar) the fourth edition of the Africa Eco Race. An event he has already won three times but in 2012 he will have to face a strong competition ...