In six days the 33 participants contesting the Transsyberia Rally have completed around half of the 7,100 kilometre distance from Moscow to Ulan Batar. The sixth leg of this long distance rally started in Omsk and finished in Novosibirsk. Once again, the 25 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia vehicles, which were specially modified for the Transsyberia, ran without problems. Still holding the lead are ex-European rally champion Armin Schwarz (Austria) and Oliver Hilger (Germany).
Sitting just 1.89 seconds behind are the Polish team of Jarek Swiwka und Andrzej Bryl ranking second. “It’s a great feeling to drive in the front group against top professionals like Armin Schwarz, René Metge, Rod Millen and Said Al-Hajri,” enthused Swiwka. “The Cayenne is simply a fantastic car for this rally. And it’s unbelievably the stresses it faces here and easily withstands.”Equally as enthusiastic is fourth-placed Rod Millen from America.
A good example of just how quickly competitors can slip down the results table was given by the Porsche team from Columbia. Christian Pfeil-Schneider and Klaus Vatter rank 30th with their Cayenne S Transsyberia. “We took a wrong turn during the first leg and got completely lost. The rest of the stages were quite challenging, but I’m amazed how easily the Cayenne handles the stresses of the extremely bad tracks. I can only recommend to those who aren’t here this time – come next year. Every car enthusiast should experience such an adventure once in life,” said an enthusiastic Pfeil-Schneider.
The next stage over 846 kilometres runs from Novosibirsk continuing towards Kosh Agash. There, participants will sleep in tents for the first time. This will be the last overnight stay in Russia before crossing the border into Mongolia.