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Oan Barreda Wins The Second To Last Stage Of The Sardinia Rally
Posted by: newsla on Jun 12, 2014 - 06:34 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Oan Barreda Wins The Second To Last Stage Of The Sardinia Rally

After a very complicated marathon stage, the Team HRC has been able to enjoy a new victory by Joan Barreda after overcoming the problems with the roadbook. Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves are well positioned to fight for the podium tomorrow.


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Joan Barreda navigated the first part of today’s stage without being able to use the roadbook that had broke yesterday. He was able to follow the tracks of the riders ahead of him and reach the refueling point, where he had assistance and solved the problem. During the second Special ‘Bang Bang’ was back and won the SS7 and registered the best global time of the 115 kilometers completed today.

Hélder Rodrigues started in fourth place and has finished the second Special of the day in third, making him fifth in the overall. The Portuguese has gained a valuable position on the general standing and has the podium within reach, since he is only two minutes away from the rider that precedes him.

Paulo Gonçalves was forced to complete the first stage without the use of the front brakes, causing him to modify his position on the bike in order to be able to position the bike to brake, resulting in sever back pain for the Portuguese rider. Unable to change the front brake, he lost time during the first stage, preventing him from reaching fourth place in the overall standing.

The fourth stage of the Sardegna Rally Race has taken the riders back to San Teodoro, the starting point for tomorrow’s first special of 120 kilometers that will take the riders to Alà dei Sardi, where they will refuel. The second special will have the riders complete a total of 50 kilometers that will take them back to San Teodoro.

Joan Barreda 1st 2:26'44 Team HRC

Today has been a good day in the end for me. The first part was tough, still unable to use the roadbook. During refueling the mechanics were able to work on it and repair it, it was an electrical problem, a fuse. The second part of the day we had a good start, being able to trust the navigation in the difficult spots of the rout and crossing the finish line in first place. Given al the problems with had it was am important victory for us.

Helder Rodrigues 5th 2:29:51 Team HRC

Today for us was better than yesterday, everybody made better result. I try to push a lot to make it to the podium. In the first Special I take a bit the dust and not make the best result but in the second Special I push and catch Marc and finally arrived with him. It is a good result; I was able to stay in the fighting for the podium in this race. I was fifth today and I am forth in the overall standing. Tomorrow we will see but I will fight until the end. I also think about Paulo and Joan, Joan win today, Paulo make the best for him I think its positive for us for the team.

Paulo Goncalves 7th 2:32:05 Team HRC

Today was a hard day for me. During the first stage I was riding without front brakes because of the problems I had yesterday and as a result I have a pain on my shoulder. After the refueling before the second stage, I was able to repair my bike but I lost a little bit of time. Tomorrow is the last day of the Sardinia Rally and I need to push really hard to try to catch the podium for the overall results.

Wolfgang Fischer Team HRC - Team Manager

Today was a day to recover the lost time from the difficult situations that Joan and Paulo encountered yesterday, with the technical problems they faced. Still this morning during the first stage, because we could not help them prepare the bike in order to have the perfect setting for the race, still, both were able to keep their concentration and do a very good job to make the best out of the situation. Joan finish the first stage on third position and after the team serviced the bike to have a perfect base for the second half of the day, Joan was able to win the second stage. In the overall of the day, Paulo was not losing too much time and Hélder was again doing a very consistent day today, so overall we made the best out of the situation and are happy that we are still in a good position, not far from the podium. Tomorrow will be the last day and the last chance to make a good final attack to make the best possible result. Thank to the team.

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