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Italian Baja 2016

GEO_DXB

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Mathieu Serradori who won the 2WD in Abu Dhabi will be at the Baja.

Here's a link to a dropbox video of him testing in France (legit link, no viruses etc.):

Dropbox - essai 170616

They built the buggy in France with an LS3, sequential gearbox ( I think Sadev), Cosworth ECU. An interesting car given its built on a budget. I had a very close look at it during Desert Challenge - myself I probably would want more attention to detail, but she is quick.

I am not very sure why he decided to do Italy - i dont think it fits 2WD cars, although for example Schlesser had great results there in his buggy.
 

GEO_DXB

Well-Known Member
Bryce Menzies will have Tom Colsoul as co-driver

Nasser in Overdrive Toyota, his brother Khalifa in another one
Yazeed in a Mini

Marek Dabrowski and Ronan Chabot with 2 more Overdrive Toyotas
Boris Gadasin returns with his GForce New Line Proto

Mobilex's Sazonov switches to Ford Ranger from his usual Hummer
Yaser Seaidan in a Toyota LC200 - probably upgraded from 120

Ricardo Porem in a Mini + great italian and european turnout
 

spalind

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Well, if Menzies is trying to surround himself with the best, he is certainly doing that...he had a super experienced navi in Abu Dhabi and Tim Colsoul?? He has over 300 stage rallies under his belt as codriver and was De Rooy's co-pilot for 12 years including their 2012 Dakar win...

Will be interesting to see at the end of the day if Menzies comes back to put an American in the silly seat or if he gains comfort from the experience level of foreign co-drivers and takes on one of them (or if RedBull makes that decision for him).
 

spalind

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First stage which appears to be a Super Special of only 10.4KM is over. This is the only stage of the day.

Shocker but Nasser took the win in his Hilux in a time of 7:56

Yazeed in his Mini were second, :21 back
Dabrowski in a second Overdrive Hilux was :29 back

and

Bryce finished 4th on the day :39 back

Relative speeds?

Nasser averaged 48.4 mph
Yazeed 46.3 mph
Dabrowski 45.5 mph
Menzies 44.7 mph

Tomorrow has two stages, both 74.5KM in length (same course, in and out?) and Sunday has two stages, both 74.5KM in length (same road, again run in and out?) for a total of 308KM.
 

spalind

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and here where you can REALLY see the gravel nature of some of the roads...
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ZequeArgentina

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Usually Italian Baja stages are repeated in the afternoon. So besides today first small stage, saturday and sunday should be 2 loops of the same stage for the day. (each day 1 special, and repeat in the afternnon).

Why surprising to see Nasser and the Hilux winning in the Baja???
Both him and the Hilux are very regularly winning stages and races, specially in this european Bajas, the Hilux shines.
 

spalind

Well-Known Member
Usually Italian Baja stages are repeated in the afternoon. So besides today first small stage, saturday and sunday should be 2 loops of the same stage for the day. (each day 1 special, and repeat in the afternnon).

Why surprising to see Nasser and the Hilux winning in the Baja???
Both him and the Hilux are very regularly winning stages and races, specially in this european Bajas, the Hilux shines.
Sorry, my sarcasm appears not to have gotten through in the post...If I was being literal I should have said "In a result that surprises absolutely no one, Nasser won the stage"

I understand the running the same stage twice each day but given the lengths it looks like the same stage 4 times, twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Will give rally drivers who are used to memorizing each turn and noting the course using a codriver a big advantage.
 

Klaus

Administrator
Today they run only one stage SS1 of 10km length.

Nasser Al-Attiyah won the first day over Jazzed, Dabrowski and in 4th place Bryce Menzies.
Bryce is 39 seconds behind the leaders. That is not a bad position to be in but in rally raids even small time splits will eventually lead to more.

The Rally Raid will be completed by Sunday.
 

spalind

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I would say that Nasser is not holding back by the looks of things here...also looks like the water crossing did some work on Bryce's hood...



 

spalind

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couple more shots of Bryce...love that we here think of Bryce as being backed by a good deal of money yet on that stage he is a pauper in comparison...

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spalind

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Stage 2 is done and dusted.

Menzies finishes the 74.4KM in a time of 52:44, :54 adrift of the stage winner Al-Attiyah.

Menzies finished the stage with the 4th fastest time behind NAAT, Al-Rajhi, and Gadasin (in that order) and sits in 4th overall 1:33 back of Attiyah overall and :22 behind Gadasin for the last spot on the podium.

Stage 3 is underway currently...
 

spalind

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Stage 3 complete as well. Al-Attiyah apparently with an issue (puncture??) and finishes the stage with a time of 51:35--BEHIND both Al-Rajhi and Menzies! Bryce finishes the second stage in a time of 50:52 taking nearly two minutes off his first run on that stage and only :12 slower than Al-Rajhi's winning stage time.

Overall results now show Al-Rajhi in the lead by :26 over Al-Attiyah and 1:16 over Menzies who has taken the third spot for now 1:17 up on 4th place held by Vasilyev.

Fantastic showing by Menzies in only his second international rally-raid competition. His time at the Tim O'Neil Rally School is really paying dividends!
 

spalind

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Anyone of our Euro fans know if this Nissan Pathfinder is still running a Nissan engine, diesel or otherwise? It is in 9th overall! The team is Technosport SPA

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