The first great African stage of the rally-RAID “Dakar” in 2003, which took place between Tunisian towns of Tozeur and El Borma, for the victory fought the pilots of Mitsubishi’s Hiroshi Masuoka and Stephane Peterhansel.
However, the main trouble of the stage waiting for leaders and Ari Vatanen: Nissan uttu Kleinschmidt in a Volkswagen. Ari and Jutta were victims of high water, stuck in a deep Ford in crossing the river.
Despite these difficulties, and Vatanen, and Kleinschmidt managed to continue the race and at the finish in Sharm-El-Sheikh, were seventh and eighth respectively.
Moreover, Finn, in that year, managed to win four stages in the second half of the rally-RAID.
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