DAKAR 2009

STAGE 4: 'We mustn’t fall behind'

Mitsubishi driver Luc Alphand took the stage’s third place behind Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen) and Qatar’s Nasser al Attiyah (BMW). They are the two unquestionable leaders of the rally, says Mitsubishi team director Dominique Seyries.


Dominique Serieys, 47, is Mitsubishi Motors' general director. He won the Dakar in 1993 as rally champion Bruno Saby’s co-pilot.

Gas leak. "Luc had a gas leak and a problem in the water drainage system. He lost half an hour because of it. Apart from this episode, the day went OK. We are happy with the outcome. However, we stay focused. Our aim is to avoid major problems during the third and the fourth stage."

Two unquestionable leaders. "Carlos Sainz and Nasser al Attiyah drive really fast. They are the unquestionable leaders of the race. Our tactic is to avoid falling behind. Their lead is about 15-20 minutes, but the gaps between the drivers should widen. Now we need to be patient and take the stages one by one."

STAGE 2: 'We're at the same level as the Volkswagens'

STAGE 1: 'With all that dust, there are risks of hitting a motorcycle'
D-1: 'Go to sleep and rest for tomorrow'
D-2: 'Pilots are ready to get started'

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