TEAM FRANCE PORSCHE CAYENNE DUO HAVE ONE STAGE TO GO TO CLAIM 2008 TRANSSYBERIA RALLY GOLD AS EVENT ENDS FRIDAY ATLANTA -- Like on all previous days of competition, victory on leg 13 of the Transsyberia Rally 2008 powered by Sony Ericsson went...
TEAM FRANCE PORSCHE CAYENNE DUO HAVE ONE STAGE TO GO TO CLAIM 2008
TRANSSYBERIA RALLY GOLD AS EVENT ENDS FRIDAY
ATLANTA -- Like on all previous days of competition, victory on leg 13 of the Transsyberia Rally 2008 powered by Sony Ericsson went to Porsche. Putting in an immaculate drive, Pau Soler and co-driver Laia Peinado of Team Spain left all opponents behind them in their Cayenne S Transsyberia. Second went to the Mercedes team Christof Danner and Jan Szekeres ahead of the overall leaders Team France. Christian Lavieille and Francois Borsotto drove a controlled race to claim third in today's classification and now hold a 2:18 hour advantage over Soler/Peinado with only one day remaining.
"We took things easy on today's special stage," revealed Christian Lavieille. "We have more than an hour's lead and weren't prepared to take any risks. The wonderful thing about this is that we could enjoy the breathtaking scenery. And we reached the finish without any problems. We will drive slowly and cautiously again tomorrow. But as we all saw last year, anything can happen even on the last leg."
Pau Soler and Laia Peinado also experienced a perfect day. "We won today's leg - and we're thrilled," beamed Soler at the finish in Mongol Els. "We could remember some of the passages from last year and that helped us. Actually, we'd expected the special stage to be much tougher. Above all the river crossings were easy compared to 2007. Through Armin's problems we were even able to move into second overall. It's fantastic to come from 23rd after the first stage to where we are now."
Thrilling competition is the order of the day in the fight for second at the final special stage of the 2008 Transsyberia Rally tomorrow. Armin Schwarz and Andi Schulz from Team Germany 1 forfeited over an hour with electric problems and now lie in third around 13 minutes behind Team Spain.
"We'll attack tomorrow, even when we know it's difficult to make up 13 minutes over just 87 kilometres. But as they say, it's over when it's over," says the determined ex-European rally champion. Schwarz and his co-driver Andi Schulz had held a clear lead today until their charge was halted.
The fourteenth and final leg of the Transsyberia Rally runs over 368 kilometres from Mongol Els to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. After the last 87 kilometre special stage there will be a show-stage over 11 kilometres. The time is not added to the overall classification. The Transsyberia Rally started on 11th July on Moscow's Red Square and finishes on 25th July in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar after a total of over 7,000 kilometres.