Jean-Louis Schlesser wins sixth Desert Challenge title

Second round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup in Abu Dhabi (UAE)

For the second round of the Cross Country FIA World Cup, the Sonangol-Schlesser team has shown its experience

« I am really happy for this victory. Since last year we had developed our buggy. Our car is very efficient on these sand dunes. It is always warm here; it is quite difficult for the machine and the crew. Konstantin did a great job. »

In fact with 3 scratches on 5 legs, the SCHLESSER-ZHILSTOV duo was able to get this victory against competitors very sharp. Until the last stage Al-Mutaiwei has pursued the five times Cross Country World Champion to overtake him. Driving his two-wheel drive buggy, the French driver had completed the stage in 3h 08m 57s against 4h 08m 13s for the first pursuer on the overall result

“The desert offered treacherous soft sand which need to tame to ensure a good performance. «It took a drive very fast without breaking anything. A race is never won before crossing the finish lane”... said Jean Louis Schlesser

The new leader of the FIA Cross Country World Cup (overall) and leader of the Two Wheel Drive Trophy

First Sealine Qatar Cross Country Rally, on April 15-21.

2012 performances:

Africa Eco Race : Winner overall

Italian Baja : 4th Overall - 1st 2WD cat.

Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge : Winner overall


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