Participants contesting the Transsyberia Rally have covered another 1,000 kilometres of their long distance journey to Mongolia on the third leg from Kazan to Ekaterinburg on August 5. In contrast to the previous day, there was no speed test scheduled, and everything depended on precise navigation.
As no-one made any major mistakes the overall situation remained unchanged: Armin Schwarz (Austria) and Oliver Hilger (Germany) lead the overall classification. With a gap of just 1.89 seconds the Polish duo Jarek Swiwka and Andrzej Bryl occupy second. Ranking third are Carles Celma (Spain) and Jörn Pugmeister (Germany), who had won the first stage on Friday. Holding fourth are Rod Millen (New Zealand) and Richard Kelsey (USA).
The long leg running through vast open fields and between lakes proved to be a torture for the tyres. A gravel section over more than 50 kilometres in particular resulted in many roadside tyre changes. By evening all pilots had reached the finish in Ekaterinburg. “Although there was no special stage today, we thoroughly enjoyed this leg. Despite the eleven hours of driving it never became boring. I’m curious about the next special stage which goes through particularly difficult terrain,” reported ex-European rally champion Armin Schwarz.