Pharaons Rally 2015 si conclude alle Piramidi
L'ultima speciale del Faraoni ha sempre fatto classifica: lunga o corta che sia stata si è sempre rivelata una prova ricca di sorprese ed anche questa del 2015 non è stata da meno. Le tradizioni sono state rispettate e ne sa qualche cosa il pilota degli Emirati Arabi, Mohammed Al Balooshi che dopo aver perso la sua leadership nella speciale del giorno prima per un errore di navigazione aveva tutte le intenzioni di vincere e tornare in testa, in tempo per agguantare la sua prima vittoria in un rally di Mondiale. E invece negli ultimi 339 chilometri la sua Ktm ha ceduto costringendolo addirittura a spingere la moto per cinque chilometri. Al traguardo però Al Balooshi ci è arrivato con un'ora e mezza di ritardo rispetto al polacco Jakub Piatek che in questo modo ha vinto la sua prima gara di Mondiale, regalando una grossa soddisfazione a tutto il suo Orlen team. Al secondo posto hanno chiuso Chavo Salvatierra mentre l'arabo con la Ktm si è dovuto accontentare, dopo aver dominato tutta la gara, del terzo gradino del podio. Abu Issa nell'ultima tappa del Pharaons 2015 ha solo dovuto gestire il suo vantaggio di 12 minuti su Rafal Sonik e così è riuscito a conquistare la vittoria sul polacco, mentre al terzo posto ritroviamo Antoine Lecomte. Tutti e tre si ritroveranno per una nuova sfida in Italia, fra circa 15 giorni, al Sardegna Rally Race. Milgiore degli italiani nella classifica moto e quad, Andrea Gaggiani quinto assoluto.
Nasser Al Attiyah e Matthieu Baumel hanno vinto l'edizione 2015 del Pharaons Rally con la Mini X Raid, dominando fin dal primo giorno la classifica generale e per la squadra tedesca si tratta del terzo successo su 4 gare affrontate dall'inizio dell'anno per la Coppa del Mondo FIA. Yazeed Al Rajhi le ha davvero provate tutte per stargli davanti e il distacco è sempre stato molto piccolo, ma non c'è stato nulla da fare. In classifica generale meno di 7 minuti separano i due antagonisti, autori di una bellissima battaglia che ha messo in luce, ancora una volta, le ottime doti dei due veicoli: Mini X Raid da un lato e Toyota Overdrive dall'altro. La terza posizione della classifica va a Vladimir Vasilyev, Mini anche lui, mentre Dabrowski è quarto e Varela sesto, dietro a Zapletal, quinto.
The emotion to finish the Pharaons Rally at the Giza Pyramids it’s a unique thing in the scenery of the rally raid. An even stronger emotion for the winners of the 2015 edition: Nasser Al Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QAT/FRA – Mini All4 Racing) among the cars, Jakub Piatek (POL – KTM) among the bikes and Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT – Honda) among the quads. The last leg of the 2015 Pharaons has started this morning from the Baharija Oasis for a special of 339 kilometres, a special that traditionally shows up some surprises. But tradition was almost playing against Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE – KTM), the pilot that dominated the first three stages and yesterday lost his leadership for a navigation mistake. An engine failure of his KTM right before the CP1 has obliged him to push his bike for five kilometres, then got to the finish one hour and half after the winner of the stage JakubPiatek. Fortunately he has managed to keep the third absolute position. Piatek is now able to celebrate his first World, stepping on the highest place of the podium together with Chavo Salvatierra (BOL – KTM) and Mohammed Al Balooshi.Alvis Lecis won the over 450 class in fron of Tommaso Biondi and Cesare Francolini.
In the quad category Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT – HONDA), strong of twelve minutes over the Polish Rafal Sonik POL – Yamaha), today only had to manage it to ensure his final victory. Beyond the winner of the last Dakar, together with him on the podium the French Antoine Lecomte (Yamaha).No surprises among the cars. Victory of the day has not been useful to Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU – Toyota), as well as the second place of the Russian Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS – Mini) to challenge the leadership of Nasser Al Attiyah, that summed an advantage 10 minutes. With the third position of stage, the “prince of the desert” has ensured himself the final victory in front of the Saudi Al Rajhi and the Russian Vasilyev, after the passionate battle that lasted five days.
The T2 class was won by the lebanese based in Abu Dhabi, Emil Khneisser, in front of Kazak Denis Berezovskiy. Raul Orlandini is the winner of T3.
Overdrive Racing’s trio of Toyota Hiluxes missed out on a second successive victory in the Egyptian Pharaons Rally. Team drivers, Yazeed Al-Rajhi, Marek Dabrowski, and Reinaldo Varela reached the finish at the pyramids in Giza in second, fourth and sixth positions. Al-Rajhi and his German navigator Timo Gottschalk claimed three stage wins on the fourth round of the 2015 World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies on their way to second place behind rally winner Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah. The Brazilian duo of Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin recorded the second quickest time in the fourth stage and began the last day in fourth place before slipping two positions in the overall standings on the final day. Poland’s Marek Dabrowski and his navigator Jacek Czachor finished fifth overall in the Team Orlen-backed Toyota Hilux after another solid performance. Al-Rajhi set the pace through the opening 228km stage that followed a liaison of 215km from the start in El Alamein to a finish in Tibniya. The Saudi led Al-Attiyah by two minutes and Varela and Dabrowski slotted into fifth and sixth positions in the second and third Toyotas.“We started the stage in eighth and we caught five cars,” said Al-Rajhi. “We overtook three of them and followed the other two. It was a good stage for us. The only problem was my co-driver’s seat broke after 30km and was loose to the end of the stage.” Vladimir Vasilyev claimed the victory on the second loop stage of 343.02km around the Tibniya bivouac, via the towering Sitra dunes and running close to the former Dakar stopover in Siwa. Varela finished the stage in fourth position and held fifth, but Al-Rajhi lost valuable time stuck in a sandy depression between two dunes, set the fifth quickest time and slipped to third overall. “We were pushing at the limit from the start,” admitted the Saudi. “But, after km 240, we got stuck in a ditch between two sand dunes and we lost five minutes to Nasser (Al-Attiyah).” Dabrowski was sixth in the third Overdrive Toyota and held a similar position in the overall classification. The Saudi was back in a competitive pace through the third selective section of 319km, which looped around Tibniya via Farafra. Al-Rajhi started the stage in fifth and claimed his second fastest time of the event and moved back to second overall, a mere 2min 16sec behind Al-Attiyah. “We had two big moments in the stage and nearly landed on the nose of the car,” insisted the Saudi. “I had a little bit of a sore neck and then, 100km from the finish, we got a puncture.”Varela and Dabrowski recorded the fifth and sixth quickest times and maintained similar positions in the overall standings before the penultimate loop stage of 319km through the Egyptian desert and around the Tibniya bivouac. The finding of an archaeological site in the days before the rally meant that this stage was cancelled and competitors were taken through a repeat of the second Tibniya loop. Al-Rajhi was fifth on the road and pushed hard from the start of the next section but he was not able to find a waypoint after the first passage control and lost over one and a half minutes trying to find the correct route. With less emphasis on the navigation though the repeated special stage, Varela was on good form and the second quickest time pushed the Brazilian up to fourth place behind Al-Attiyah, Vasilyev and Al-Rajhi. Dabrowski was fifth. The final stage of 339.29km follows a winding desert trail to Cairo and on to the finish in Giza. Al-Rajhi attacked again and claimed his third fastest time from the five stages to move back into second place behind Al-Attiyah.