Silk Way Rally 2012 finish: 7th overall after a crazy day

PHOTO : ERIC VARGIOLU / DPPI

PHOTO : ERIC VARGIOLU / DPPI

At the start of the todays last stage we was in position to fight for the 4th place, after CP1 we was in position to step on the podium and after the finish we are on the 7th place overall. A quiet crazy end for our first trip to Russia…All competitors had to face problems or suffered after CP 1. So Zapletal tried to cross a river and failed, Pelichet damaged his rear axle, Lavieille had to stop several times, Gadasin stopped because of brake problems and so for some minutes the chance to step on the podium was quiet near. But as fast as we had the chance, we could enjoy it only a few minutes. Than also Matthias and Thomas suffered a problem with the drive shafts and lost many time. Competitor by competitor passed the crew in the SAM and at least they crossed the finish line of the last stage with a Gap of 2hours 53 minutes to the stage winner. Hard to say that the overall-gap to the winner Boris Gadasin was only 2 hours 39 minutes at all after 5 days of racing…

Neverless we would believed to finish this Rally on 7th position overall, if somebody told us that before. But now this becomes serious and therefore we’re proud and know that we’re close to the top. We congratulate Boris Gadasin , Balazs Szalay and Miroslav Zapletal for the podium and looking forward to the Rally Dakar 2013.

Find here the overall classification after the finish

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