Al Attiyah-Baumel su Mini X Raid vincono in Ungheria
Nasser Al Attiyah e Matthieu Baumel su Mini X Raid, l'unica al via di questa Baja ungherese, hanno vinto la gara, la settima della Coppa del Mondo RTT FIA e grazie a questi punti saltano in prima posizione nella graduatoria iridata spodestando quel Vladimir Vasilyev che da due gare non si presenta al via per un problema di cuore, nel senso di salute. Così Nasser agguanta vittoria, classifica mondiale ed anche un primo record relativo a questa gara: è l'unico al momento ad averla vinta per tre volte. Il pilota del Qatar aveva vinto in Ungheria nel 2008 al volante di una Bmw sempre X Raid, poi lo scorso anno ha bissato il successo con la Toyota Overdrive e quest'anno si è ripetuto regalando ancora una vittoria al team di Sven Quandt. Una bella gara la sua, corsa con attenzione e forza, mettendo sotto pressione gli unici avversari in grado di contrastarlo, e cioè i due piloti Toyota Overdrive, Marek Dabrovski e Bernhard Ten Brinke. L'olandese della Toyota dopo i problemi ai freni della sua Hi Lux risolti solo a fine giornata ieri, è riuscito a rimontare a a disputare una splendida speciale oggi, arrivando primo al traguardo, ma il distacco importante, rimediato ieri da Al Attiyah era praticamente incolmabile. Almeno arriva secondo anche se di misura perchè grazie alla sua bella speciale di oggi l'olandese riesce a riagguantare la seconda posizione assoluta: Miroslav Zapletal che ieri con il suo Hummer aveva chiuso in seconda posizione assoluta è stato battuto dal pilota dei Paesi Bassi per un solo minutino. Zapletal è terzo con 15'49" di ritardo dal primo contro i 14'48" di Ten Brinke.
Nona posizione assoluta per Denis Berezovskiy, su Nissan Tecnosport che vince la classe T2 e si conferma sempre più leader nella classifica iridata : alle sue spalle sempre in T2, ma anche nell'assoluta, ci sono i due equipaggi R Team, nell'ordine Al Thani su Ford Raptor e Alessandro Trivini Bellini con quest'ultimo vincitore della T2 diesel.
Sfortunato Marek Dabrowski - una delle altre due Toyota al via - bloccato ieri sera, sul finire della seconda speciale di sabato, da un problema elettrico che lo ha poi fatto precipitare in classifica. Toyota Overdrive però annuncia vendetta e in Polonia, a fine mese, alla prossima gara di Coppa del Mondo FIA si presenterà con ben 5 Hi Lux e forse fra loro ci sarà anche Vasilyev, deciso più che mai a riprendersi la sua prima posizone in classifica FIA.
English Version (From Official Press office Hungarian Baja)
Nasser Al-Attiyah has won third times at HunGarian Baja that had never happened before, so it is a new record in the history of the Hungarian World Cup race. However it is even more important for the Qatari that he has taken the lead in World Cup overall classification with this victory. Seemingly it was a confident victory, but according to him that does not mean the race was easy at all.
‘We considered this victory as very important one, so we tried to give our best from the beginning of the race. We could get advantage on Sunday, so we did not have to take risks on Sunday – we have not done it either. I am glad that we have won and we are leading the World Cup, I enjoyed this not so easy race again. If it depends on me, I will definitely come back next year, because the stages and the organization are also good’ said 2-times Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah. Though for the perfect race his co-driver Matthieu Baumel’s faultless performance was also necessary.
For second place there was huge fight between Dutch Bernhard Ten Brinke and Czech Miroslav Zapletal. The latter started the day with almost 4-minute advantage, but Ten Brinke did not give up and was simply flying with his Toyota. Instead of avoiding any risk, he stepped on the gas.
‘I pushed the gas as I could. Even if I was 4 minutes behind him, I felt I had some chance. I was provided with a perfect car by Overdrive, so I could win the stage on Sunday and get overall second place. If we think that I have not raced since Dakar I guess this can be considered as good result, so I am very happy’ said Ten Brinke.
Zapletal was neither sad at all, though he decidedly went for retaining his second place, the Dutch driver was simply too fast for him. Furthermore he had some technical problems as well: ‘At 15th km of the stage we realized some electronic problem which stopped after another 30 km. Then we pushed the gas as we could, but we had to settle for third place. After unlucky super special and Saturday’s first stage where we soaked up dust of the car starting in front of us, I think we can be satisfied’ said Zapletal.
So was the best Hungarian, Erik Korda, who beat the leader of Hungarian championship, Károly Fazekas with a big finish – after 517 race km with only 41 seconds.
‘We were standing on the gas as we had agreed on. We had to hurry, because after the first kilometer my drinking-through was slipped off and then also my co-driver’s one, so we arrived at the finish sweltering. It was a very hard race and I did not feel my hand by the end. If there are two more kilometers, I would not surely survive. But there were not and we are here as the best Hungarian’ said Korda.
‘I am disappointed, because we were not fast enough, but honestly I could not even go faster. It was a hard, almost brutal race, the car worked well, but we got very tired’ added Fazekas who could have won the Hungarian championship at this race, but finally it did not succeed.
As of the international field Marek Dabrowski who is among leaders in WC overall classification did not start on Sunday, because due to the electronic problems on Saturday he felt he did not have any chance for good result or getting points. He can prove himself again at his home race, Baja Poland in two weeks.
HUNGARIAN BAJA, 7TH RACE OF WORLD CUP
Overall classification. Cars: 1. Nasser Al-Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (Qatari, French, Mini) 6:19:42, 2. Ten Brinke, Colsoul (Dutch, Belgian, Toyota Hilux) + 14:48 minutes, 3. Zapletal, Marton (Czech, Polish, Hummer) + 15:49 minutes, 4. Korda, Csató (Hungarian, Mitsubishi) + 27:32 minutes, 5. Fazekas, Szenáki (Hungarian, BMW X6) + 28:13 minutes, …7. Fekete, Tóth Gy. (Hungarian, Toyota Hilux) + 54:30 minutes.