TREBUR (Germany): The 2011 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies reaches a conclusion with this weekend’s Baja Portalegre 500 in Portugal. The X-raid team tackles the event with four MINI All4 Racing. Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) and Andy Schulz (GER) will defend the Monster Energy X-raid Team world’s title against Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser.
He will receive support from the Portuguese duo of Ricardo Leal dos Santos and Paulo Fiuza in a second Monster Energy MINI All4 Racing. Also at the start will be the two Portuguese pairings of Filipe Campos and Jaime Baptista and Bernardo Moniz da Maia and Joana Sotto-Mayor in MINI All4 Racings.
Novitskiy leads the overall standings by 14 points from Schlesser. At the Baja Portalegre 500, 30 points will be awarded to the winner.
The 25th Baja Portalegre 500 starts on Friday October, 28th, with an approximately 5.5-kilometre super special. On Saturday, this will be followed by two stages with a total length of 426.54 kilometers.
“Our goal is come away with Leonid defending his FIA World Cup title,” said X-raid team manager Sven Quandt. “Actually everything is decided in one day and that’s why everything has to fit right on Saturday, The problems of the rally in Morocco are fixed and the vehicles are ready for use again.”
[Source: X-raid GmbH]