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Sunderland ADDC 2017Partito per ultimo per arrivare primo. Questa la strategia di Sam Sunderland (Ktm) che dopo aver vinto la Super Speciale ieri all'Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge ha scelto di partire per ultimo stamattina, vincendo la tappa, anche se per soli 3" su Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) partito anche lui dalle ultime posizioni. Nasser Al Attiyah (Toyota) dopo aver vinto il prologo aveva scelto di partire sesto ed anche nel suo caso la scelta si è rivelata vincente. Il pilota Toyota ora conduce la classifica assoluta ma il suo avversario numero uno, Khalid Al-Qassimi (Peugeot) accorcia le distanze ed ora è secondo.

Una prima tappa di oltre 400 chilometri e con una speciale di 276 chilometri e mezzo. Così è iniziata l'edizione 2017 del ADDC, prima prova del Mondiale FIM e terza della Coppa del Mondo FIA di specialità. La carovana del rally ha lasciato il circuito di Yas Marina stamattina e ora si ritrova nel deserto, nel bivacco allestito accanto al resort Qsar al Sarab. Una prima tappa resa complicata dal caldo asfissiante, che ha passato i 47 gradi e che ha reso la vita difficile a tutti i piloti, in particolare quelli in moto grazie anche ad un 90 per cento del percorso sabbioso e in mezzo alle dune. Ne sa qualche cosa proprio Sunderland che partendo ultimo pensava di recuperare ben più di quei tre secondi che lo separavano in classifica dal cileno Quintanilla a fine tappa. Ma la giornata per lui è stata davvero tosta, grazie anche alla sabbia soffice che lo ha imbrigliato in più di qualche occasione portandogli via anche la carena anteriore della sua Ktm e facendogli perdere qualche secondo di troppo. Recuperano qualche cosa le Honda con Paulo Goncalves che si attesta in quarta posizione a 3'10" da Sunderland e con Kevin Benavides che risale ottenendo una sesta posizione di giornata alle spalle di Pela Renet (Husqvi) e davanti ad Antoine Meo (Ktm). Una prima tappa difficile a detta di tutti i piloti delle due ruote, diversa da quelle degli anni precedenti. Per colpa in parte del caldo, ma anche delle pioggie dei giorni scorsi che hanno fatto sì che la sabbia in alcuni tratti fosse durissima e in altri particolarmente morbida. Si sono insabbiati in parecchi, compreso Walkner con la sua Ktm, mentre Benavides ha sofferto un po', nella parte finale, per il suo polso che è comunque in netta ripresa dopo l'incidente pre Dakar. Antoine Meo ha sofferto invece più degli altri, con un colpo di calore che lo ha rallentato un po': "Je ne suis pas déshydraté mais j’ai un coup de chaud et je suis vraiment fatigué, commente le Français. Devant, ils roulent vraiment très vite et je n’ai pas la vitesse pour me battre avec eux mais c’était une très belle étape".(Non mi sono disidratato ma ho patito un colpo di calore e sono davvero stanco - commentava il francese a fine tappa. - Davanti a me andavano veramente troppo forte e io non ho ancora la velocità necessaria per battermi con loro, però è stata una bella tappa".) Entrambi gli italiani in moto, Aglioni e Seminara sono arrivati al bivacco, rispettivamente 35° e 37°.

Ad aprire la pista oggi ci aveva provato il vincitore della categoria quad di ieri, Fahad Al-Musallam (Yamaha Raptor 700) terzo assoluto in classifica che aveva scelto di partire davanti a tutti mentre Sunderland aveva scelto la posizione numero 39, ultimo appunto. Il più veloce dei quad oggi nella prima tappa è stato Kamil Wisniewski mentre Rafal Sonik è stato fermato da un problema meccanico e la bravissima Camelia Liparoti, unica presenza femminile, ha ottenuto una bella quarta piazza fra i quattro ruote. Nelle auto invece per primo era partito Jürgen Schröder pilota della South Racing su Nissan Navarra mentre Al Attiyah aveva scelto la sesta posizione proprio davanti ad Al Qassimi e in questo stesso ordine i due hanno corso per tutto il giorno: al primo CP la Toyota del qatarino aveva un vantaggio di 4'31" sull'arabo su DKR 3008, e al CP 2 Al Attiyah aveva incrementato il vantaggio arrivando a oltre 6 minuti. Sul traguardo poi la Toyota si è imposta con 11'29" e ora guida la classifica assoluta con 11'35" su Al-Qassimi mentre in terza posizione - sia di tappa che generale - c'è Vladimir Vasilyev su Mini a 15'45" dal leader. Il nostro italiano, Eugenio Amos dopo una splendida tappa chiusa al settimo posto assoluto ora è sesto in classifica generale con il buggy due ruote motrici.

Domani i piloti entreranno nelle spaventose dune del deserto Rub Al-Khali per la prima volta. Il primo trasferimento sulla strada verso Mezaira’a lascerà poi il posto alla speciale, a ovest,con i primi due CP sulla Ghayathi Road ed un terzo vicino ad Arada. La tappa misura 521 km complessivi e si aprirà con un primo trasferimento di 132 chilometri fino allo start della prova speciale di 289,39 km. Al termine un ultimo trasferimento di 99,69km riporterà i piloti al bivacco.

 

English Version

QASR AL SARAB (UAE) – Sunday, April 2nd 2017: Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Dubai-based Sam Sunderland extended their leads in the car and motorcycle categories by claiming victories through the opening 276.59km selective section of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge POWERED BY NISSAN on Sunday.  The stage started east of Arjan, south of Abu Dhabi, and finished north of the remote desert resort of Qasr al Sarab. Dakar Rally winner Sunderland started last on the road, claimed the win by just three seconds and holds an overnight advantage of just 5.7 seconds over the Chilean defending FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion, Pablo Quintanilla, riding his Husqvarna. Sunderland said: “It was good to win the stage yesterday and have the choice of position, because this race is quite strategic. It was a heavy day, really tough, and we had to push a lot. To start last and finish first was not easy. The deserts are really unpredictable out there. The rain of the past weeks, I lost the front (of the bike) in the sand, in the soft dunes, braking a few times. This caused a bit of stress. But the bike is working good. I will take each day as it comes. Obviously starting first tomorrow, I will lose time. But we will see.”   “It was a really difficult stage,” said Quintanilla. “I came from behind with Sam. I rode really fast and I was leading for a time. But it was a good stage. It was important to come back strongly from my crash on the Dakar and get my confidence again.”   Kuwait’s Mohammed Jaffar and Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al-Balooshi reached the finish in eighth and ninth overall on their respective KTMs.

Al-Attiyah cruised to the stage win in the cars and his Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux now leads the event by 11in 35.1sec from Abu Dhabi Racing’s Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi. Al-Attiyah said: “Today was not easy, but we had a good start position – sixth. We push very hard in the first 70km and pass everybody just to make the gap big. We don’t have any problems. Everything is working very well. Our Toyota is good. It was very hot. Inside the cabin it was 52 (Centigrade). We try and drink water and some energy liquid. Now we see for the next day.” Russian Vladimir Vasilyev finished third in his X-raid Mini All4 Racing, Czech Miroslav Zapletal was fourth and fellow countryman Martin Prokop produced an impressive performance in his Ford to claim the fifth fastest time. Italian Eugenio Amos was a surprise sixth in the unofficial standings. Kuwaiti Fahad Al-Musallam’s advantage in the quad section was short-lived and the Kuwaiti slipped out of the top five in the quad category behind Poland’s stage winning Kamil Wisniewski and Guatemala’s Rodolfo Schippers. Italy’s Camelia Liparoti produced a good performance to finish third.  “The first stage has never been easy as today has proved. But it’s a way for the competitors to acclimatise to the heat and the conditions before they enter much longer sections of dunes over the coming days,” said event founder and ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.  Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Saeidan has unfinished business in the T2 category after missing out on last year’s title and he made a strong start to his Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge campaign and was the front-running T2 driver at the early passage control checks.  Local driver Mansoor Al-Helai’s plan to push hard in the T2 category suffered a severe setback when he ground to a halt before PC1. Meanwhile, Marat Abykayev’s challenge for T2 honours suffered a terminal blow when the Kazakh crashed his Toyota Land Cruiser heavily early in the stage and co-driver Andrey Chipenko sustained an injury. The medical helicopter was summoned and his co-driver was airlifted to Madinat Zayed hospital with a head injury. He was conscious and in a stable condition.  Dubai-based Saluki Motorsport is running three different makes of car for founder Mark Powell (Buggy), UAE-based Georgy Gomshiashvili (Predator X185) and rookie Omani Abdullah Al-Zubair (Nissan Patrol). Experienced Welshman Quin Evans, Russian Nikita Abramov and former Dakar enduro rider Annie Seel, from Sweden, have been tasked with navigating duties. The trio began the day in 33rd, 30th and 25th overall.  The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is taking place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative in Al-Dafra region, and has invaluable support from Al Dafrah Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Municipality, the UAE Army, Abu Dhabi Police, National Ambulance Service, Yas Marina Circuit, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Al-Ain Water, Abu Dhabi Waste Management, Rotana and Centro Hotel – Yas Island, the Qasr Al-Sarab Resort and Al-Forsan Circuit.

Sunday – as it happened

Leading quad rider Fahad Al-Musallam was given the dubious privilege of opening the road for the first of five selective sections on his Yamaha Raptor 700 R. Super special stage winner Sunderland slotted into 39th and last position, but local rider Al-Balooshi lined up in seventh. South Racing’s Jürgen Schröder headed the car contingent in his Nissan Navarra. Al-Attiyah and Al-Qassimi were sixth and seventh into the stage.  Briton Alan Boyter suffered the ignominy of being the first retirement shortly after PC1. The KTN rider was not seriously hurt in a fall, but took the sensible decision not to carry on. Kazakh Kirill Solokha stopped with mechanical issues on his quad, as Quintanilla headed Sunderland, Walkner and Gonçalves at the second passage control. Emirati Khalid Al-Falaisi dropped a lot of time before PC1 with mechanical issues with his Honda.  Predictably, perhaps, Al-Attiyah was the quickest of the drivers to PC1 and headed Al-Qassimi’s new Peugeot 3008DKR by a virtual 4min 31sec. He extended that advantage to over six and a half minutes at the second checkpoint and reached the finish in a time of 3hr 14min 17sec to take a lead of 11min 35.1sec into the overnight halt. Al-Qassimi said: “The results for today is good. I want to be in the top 10. The stage was hard, especially in the final kilometres. When we came to the small dunes and soft sand. But, overall, the result is good.”  The motorcycle tussle was far closer. Sunderland held a virtual three-second advantage over Quintanilla at PC3 and went on to win the stage by three seconds to hold a lead of 5.7 seconds at the end of the day.  Tomorrow (Monday), competitors enter the feared dunes of the Rub Al-Khali for the first time. The stage starts on the road from Mezaira’a to Madinat Zayed and heads west towards two passage controls off the Ghayathi Road, before reaching PC3, near Arada, and heading to a finish near Moreeb Hill. The stage runs for 289.39km and a liaison of 99.69km guides entrants back to the bivouac.

2017 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Classifica Generale

AUTO

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 3hr 16min 03.7sec

2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)/Khaled Al-Kendi (ARE) Peugeot 3008 DKR    3hr 27min 38.8sec

3. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) Mini All4 Racing 3hr 31min 49.6sec

4. Miroslav Zapletal (CZE)/Marek Sykora (SLO) Hummer H3 Evo VII          3hr 42min 36.2sec

5. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford F-150 Evo                3hr 51min 20.1sec

6. Eugenio Amos (ITA)/Rafael Tornabell (ESP) Buggy 2WD                  3hr 56min 00.7sec

7. Khalid Al-Jafla (ARE)/Ahmed Malik (ARE) Chevrolet Silverado         3hr 56min 55.2sec

8. Mohammed Abu Issa (QAT)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Mini All4 Racing 3hr 59min 13.7sec

9. Stephan Schott (DEU)/Andreas Schulz (DEU) Mini All4 Racing       4hr 04min 52.2sec

10. Khaled Al-Feraihi (SAU)/Ali Hassan Obaid (ARE) Nissan Patrol   4hr 16min 48.3sec

Moto

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory                              3hr 31min 09.5sec

2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna 450 Rally                                 3hr 31min 15.2sec

3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally Factory                              3hr 32min 16.6sec

4. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally                              3hr 34min 19.8sec

5. Pierre Alexander Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally                    3hr 37min 49.3sec

6. Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda 450 CRF Rally                             3hr 40min 31.5sec

7. Antoine Meo (FRA)          KTM 450 Rally Factory                            3hr 51min 13.1sec

8. Mohammed Jaffar (KUW) KTM 450 Rally Replica                       3hr 56min 42.5sec

9. Mohammed Al-Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica              4hr 08min 07.7sec

10. David McBride (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Replica                              4hr 14min 05.6sec

Quads

1. Kamil Wisniewski (POL) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                          4hr 45min 51.4sec

2. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                        4hr 46min 45.9sec

3. Khalifa Al-Raeesi (ARE) Honda TRX 700                                      4hr 54min 31.8sec

4. Camelia Liparoti (ITA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R                               4hr 55min 18.4sec

5. Maxim Antimirov (KAZ) Honda TRX 700                                         4hr 57min 32.4sec

6. Fahad Al-Musallam (KUW)          Yamaha Raptor 700R             5hr 00min 57.2sec

For live timing and tracking during the race:

http://timing.sporttraxx.com/races/

http://tracking.sporttraxx.com/races/addc-2017/splits/


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