Transsyberia Rally, Leg 8: Calm before the Storm - Time Penalty sets us back Today, Saturday, we had a break from driving after we crossed the border into Mongolia. It was a calm day, and everybody truly enjoyed stretching out after all the ...
Transsyberia Rally, Leg 8: Calm before the Storm - Time Penalty sets us back
Today, Saturday, we had a break from driving after we crossed the border into Mongolia. It was a calm day, and everybody truly enjoyed stretching out after all the sitting in the car. But tomorrow it’s going to be very serious rallying. Leg nine of 14 will go over 429 kilometres through Mongolia from Oelgy to Mankhan. Of this, we will have to tackle 282 as a special stage through rocky terrain and swampland, up to 3500 metres above sea level. That’s the right stuff! Andi and I can’t wait to jump into our Porsche and go.
Crossing the border from Russia to Mongolia required a lot of patience.
One of the reasons is: We are really in a hurry, as the organiser imposed a 30 minute time penalty on us and two other teams. At the fifth special stage we were not in our starting positions at the scheduled time, but took up the stage within the allowed time frame. This is not prohibited by the regulations, but the organiser interpreted it as unsporting behaviour.
But apart from that we travel at good speed through the sheer vastness of the country.
With the penalty, we remain in fifth overall. The time gap to Said Al Hajri of Team Middle East, who is in the lead, grew to more than 56 minutes.
Okay, the only thing we can do now is put the pedal to the metal and be careful not to get stuck.
And it would be great if you could keep your fingers crossed for us!
Back here tomorrow,
best wishes, Armin
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-credit: armin schwarz