A clear overall result of the Transsyberia Rally shows that Porsche is the 2008 star of the race since it obtained the first six positions and nine vehicles of top ten were Porsche. Declared winners of the rally with two hours of advantage over the second place are Lavielle and Borsotto from Team France. “We are so happy to have won such an extremely tough rally. Right from the start the Transsyberia ran so well for us that we could ease back the pace over the last three days. I’m amazed what our Cayenne withstood over the last 7,000 kilometres” said Lavielle.
The massive battle was driven between Schwarz/Schulz couple and Soler/Peinado, both teams aiming for the second place. Pulling its best with the 385hp Cayenne Schwarz/Schulz team was still not enough to surpass the six minute advantage of the Spaniards. Soler/Peinado maintained their second position and the team of Germany 1 achieved the third place.
It seems that the Transsyberia Rally 2008 is all about Porsche as it keeps winning leg after leg. The 13th one was finished in first place by the Spanish Team, Paul Soler and Laia Peinado. With their Cayenne S they managed to leave behind their competitors, the Danner/Szekers Mercedes team and the overall leaders Lavielle/Borsotto of France. The French team only achieved the third place but they still hold a 2:18 h advantage over Soler/Peinado in the general classification.
It seems that this year the couple Schwarz-Schulz of Team Germany with their Porsche Cayenne S is invincible. Being the fastest in the Transsyberia Rally 2008 for the fourth time in row brought them the second place in the general classification and an increasing distance from their direct competitor. The Lavieille-Borsotto team of France, the number one in the classification, finished the leg 17 minutes behind Schwarz and Schulz. The second place in the race was gained by Kern and Daniel van Kan of Team Germany 3 who left behind Darvi and Altai with 4 minutes.
It looks like Team Germany 1 car driven by Armin Schwarz and Andi Schulz have lost the lead in front of Team France car driven by Christian Lavieille and Francois and Pedro Gameiro and Pedro Figueiredo (Team Portugal). The French team and their Porsche Cayenne S , finished the 10th leg, and one of the toughest, on the first place with an advantage of over 4:15 minutes in front of the Portuguese team. Team Germany1 had some bad luck: they were in the lead but after they missed a checkpoint, a one-hour penalty was received which led them to the third position.
It seems that the Schwarz and Schulz couple of Team Germany 1 is in coming age this year. After winning the first and the fifth leg of the Transsyberia Rally they took another challenge: to take the first place at the sixth special stage, held just today close to the capital of Novosibirsk. With their 385 hp Porsche Cayenne S it wasn’t very hard for them to surpass the French team, Christian Lavieille and Francois Borsotti, by 4.14minutes. This special drive was held on 78 km of small country roads with steady , tight and curved portions.
Yesterday we were talking about the great results of the Porsche Cayenne vehicles in the Transsyberia Rally. Today, in the 4th leg of the rally nothing seems to change, the Porsche vehicles remained in the first positions, only the drivers changed their places as it follows: Sergey Kvashnin and Alexey Pavlovskiy, drivers of the Team Russia 2 were in the lead and 12 seconds back was Armin Schwarz and Andi Schulz, or Team Germany 1.
Few days ago we were speaking about the beginning of the 2008 edition of the Transsyberia Rally. By the end of the leg two of the rally Team Germany 1 car, driven by Armin Schwarz and Andi Schulz, was with five seconds faster than the Porsche Cayenne driven by Denis Levyatov and Sergey Talantsev from Team Porsche Russia 1. On the third place at the end of the second leg of the rally was the Spanish team Paul Soler and Laia Peinado also in a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia .
For those who don’t know, the Transsyberia Rally is the toughest marathon rally for near-standard offroad vehicles taking place from the Red Square in Moscow, Russia to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The 7,000 km of the rally take the participants through the subartic forests, up to the Altai Mountains and the Gobi Desert.
Today at 11.20 hours the first vehicles left the Red Square in Moscow in order to compete in the 7,000 km journey to Mongolia. The Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia with starting number 1 belongs to Ryan Millen and his co-driver Colin Godby from the Team Porsche Cars North America. Millen, got the first number due to the fact that his father Rod secured overall victory last year.
Millen’s race will definitely not going to be an easy one because the other drivers from Porsche camp will include the ex-European champion Armin Schwarz and his co-driver Andi Schulz from Team Germany, but also Lars Kern and his co-driver Daniel van Kan. Stay tuned, more news about the Transsyberian Rally are set to come!
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is a typical Porsche through and through, tailored precisely to the needs and requirements of the sporting, ambitious customer – which in this case means a car tailored specifically to the requirements of long-distance rally racing.
Porsche continues to confirm the fact that it has the best cars competing at the 2008 Transsyberia Rally due to the first nine places occupied by the Cayenne S Transsyberia vehicles. The end of the 7th leg brought Al Hajri and Trenker, drivers of the Team Middle East Porsche, in the first place of the classification while the second place was occupied by Lavieille and Borsotto, the drivers of the Team France Porsche and Kern/van Kan, drivers of the Team Germany 3.