Chris Bury who makes space rockets as his day job took this stunner in Mongolia of his Datsun 240Z.
Finally stopped to get a province and car photo. And it seemed a better option than falling asleep at the wheel again. Fatigue is certainly playing a role for all the crews.
The second test was in a gravel pit type circuit, we got round in an uncontroversial manner. Felt I could have been a lot quicker if I had thought a bit harder about it.
Next test was a tarmac, well concrete slab, test. Not long but very wiggly. Sadly the heavens opened and made the twisty route slippery. Geen was very heavy in the sharp corners and I spun really poorly on the exit of one. As I stalled and made a worse recovery turn I couldn’t help noticing the event video team filming away. Just typical you drive for thousands of miles, occasionally looking very butch and you just know which clip of the car they’ll use.
We probably lost fifteen seconds on what would have been an ok time. Irritating as we need to make up all the time we can. Be interesting to see how the results pan out.
Must be noisy enough for the inhabitants, but following behind with our air scoop on the roof we basically get their exhaust in our cabin. After twenty patient kilometres an overtake presented itself. Just short of completing the overtake the road lines went to solid for one of the many village crossings. Plod was well hidden and chased me down on red and blue lights with matching siren. Shaming as the Rally has had several stiff warnings from the Traffic Police. I have actually been pretty good about not overtaking on solid white lines, so it seemed a little harsh to get given a hard time.
Policeman couldn’t have been nicer and we were sent on our way with a severe, if unintelligible, warning.
His other claim to notoriety was packing 12 cashmere sweaters for the event which came to light when he suggested he “might have packed too much kit”.