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Transsyberia: Two cars are are not operational after Monday´s accident.

The eleventh of fourteen legs of the Transsyberia Rally on Tuesdasy led the participants through the northern edge of the Gobi desert. In the afternoon, 31 of the 33 teams to start reached the camp in the Mongolian town of Altai after the 320 kilometre leg. All teams were at the start in the morning, but two vehicles didn't make it through Monday´s test.

The Colombian team #16 with Christian Pfeil-Schneider and Claus Vatter (Team Colombian Arrow), as well as Paul Watson and Neil Hopkinson (team #19, Australia/Team Great Britain), damaged their vehicles heavily when they drove into a river bed with more speed than was advisable in these conditions. Luckily the pilots were only slightly injured during this fall, and were examined in the hospital just to be sure. Both vehicles however cannot be repaired on site within the time frame which would enable them to continue to participate in the rally.

Leading the field in the overall classification are the British offroad specialists Simon Garnham and Matt Garnham driving a Toyota Landcruiser. Just four minutes behind ranking second is Dr. Erik Brandenburg from Hamburg co-driven by Stefan Preuss in a replica of a Porsche Carrera Safari. "I'm optimistic that our car can last the distance to Ulan Batar," said Dr. Brandenburg. "I built the replica myself from the body of a 1975 car. With the virtually indestructible 3.2-litre engine delivering 265 hp and with a weight of just 1065 kilograms every metre in this car is pure fun."

The best Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia currently ranks third, with a 13 minute gap to the leader. The American duo Rod Millen and Richard Kelsey still have victory firmly in their sights. "If the route is flowing and is not too rocky we can pick up our pace. At the moment I'm trying to toe-tip my way around every stone to avoid getting punctures. The Cayenne S Transsyberia is well suited for a rally like this. Unfortunately, the tyres are the only weak point," said Millen.

The twelfth leg of the Transsyberia Rally on Wednesday leads over 518 kilometres from Altai to Bayankhor.

2007/08/15 | 13:34 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Transsyberia/Porsche

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