A change in the overall lead at the Transsyberia Rally: Armin Schwarz (Austria) and Oliver Hilger (Germany) have taken over the overall lead after two stages of the long distance rally from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar. Just 1.89 seconds behind them are the Polish duo Jarek Swiwka and Andrzej Bryl in second. Fastest on the special stage were Rod Millen (New Zealand) and Richard Kelsey (USA).
They improved on their fourth position in the overall classification behind Carles Celma (Spain) and Jörn Pugmeister (Germany), who had won the first stage on Friday. The first nine positions in the class are occupied by Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia vehicles, followed by a Toyota in tenth.
After around two-thirds of the 28.6 kilometre trial, Celma and Pugmeister became bogged down in a water hole. Schwarz and Hilger pulled their opponents out of the watery swamp with a tow rope, losing four minutes.
Thoroughly enjoying his role as navigator was Germany’s most popular television magistrate, Alexander Hold (“Richter Alexander Hold” on German TV station Sat 1). According to Hold’s declaration the team managed to orientate only by GPS on the track through the wet forest.