Transsyberia Rally: Ammin Schwarz final summary

Transsyberia Rally: Final Sprint onto the Podium Today we raced absolutely full bore and tried to improve from third to second overall. We started the last stage with a time gap of 13 minutes to the second placed Pau Soler and Laia Peinado of...

Transsyberia Rally: Final Sprint onto the Podium

Today we raced absolutely full bore and tried to improve from third to second overall. We started the last stage with a time gap of 13 minutes to the second placed Pau Soler and Laia Peinado of Team Spain. As we had to stop with an electrics defect yesterday for an hour, we were the eleventh car to start into the 87 kilometre stage today. We overtook nine competitors. At the finish we had closed the gap to just under six minutes, and we remained in third overall.

At the finish: Andi and I made it to the podium after the first rally we tackled as a team.

During our chase we drove our sixth best time of the rally. No other team won as many special stages. But we had our share of bad luck, too. On the first day we lost 30 minutes being stuck in a water crossing. Then we missed a check point and were penalised with an hour, and yesterday came the electric gremlins. Well, "what would have been if" doesn't really help. And I am very happy to climb the podium together with Andi Schulz after our first rally together.

I want to congratulate the winners, Christian Lavieille and Francois Borsotto of Team France, for their fast and immaculate drive. And I'd like to congratulate Pau and Laia for their super performance!

The podium at Ulaan Baatar: Pau Soler/Laia Peinado, Team Spain; Christian Lavieille, Francois Borsotto, Team France ... and Team Germany 1.

The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is simply a fantastic off-road sportscar. It i s hard to believe, what punishments this near standard Porsche can take in the stages and at what speeds we can travel. A good reflection of this car's capability is the results list: the first six places are occupied by Porsche teams and their Cayennes. I'd like to say "thank you" to Porsche for giving me the opportunity to drive this outstanding 4WD over 7000 kilometres from Moscow to Ulaan Baatar.

I will not forget Siberia and Mongolia with those overwhelmingly beautiful sceneries. The people welcomed us with great hospitality and friendliness. Which makes me think that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to return to the Red Square in 2009 and take the journey to the east under the wheels again ...

But now it's home! After so much vastness I am really looking forward to the wonderful chaos in our kid's rooms!

Back here on July 30,
best wishes,
Armin

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-credit: armin schwarz

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers François Borsotto , Christian Lavieille , Pau Soler , Laia Peinado