Transsyberia Rally: Across the Altay mountains
The 33 participants contesting the Transsyberia Rally have made it over the Altay mountains and are on the verge of crossing the border into Mongolia. The seventh leg, totalling 661 kilometres, began in Novosibirsk and wound through spectacular mountain ravines.
In the evening the teams pitched their tents on the banks of a river near the town of Kosh Agach. As all teams reached the end of the stage within the target time, the classification remains unchanged from the previous day: Still leading the field are ex-European rally champion Armin Schwarz (Austria) and Oliver Hilger (Germany) in their 385 hp Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia with the starting number 10.
Particularly important on the way south-east was faultless navigation. Only through the stages in Mongolia will competitors race against the clock again. Those who exceed the specified ideal time or miss a control point will receive a time penalty.
Armin Schwarz said that the landscape left him speechless because he never seen anything like it. According to the pilot the track is a huge fun, due to the adjustable air suspension and the active anti-roll bars of the Cayenne.
On the eighth leg from Kosh Agach to Olgy the teams will drive 197 kilometres, crossing over the border into Mongolia on the way.