The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997

September 6 - October 18, 1997

Bulletin 27 (Day 41) - Back in the mountains

Thursday 16 October     Gardone to Uberlinden     447 kms

North from Gardone thourgh classic Liege-Rome-Liege rally territory, into Austria via the Passo di Resia. Lunch in St Anton, on the Arlberg pass, then through the pretty town of Lech and ski resorts out of season, then downhill to enter Germany near Lindau, passing on the north shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance), passing the Zeppelin museum a Friedrichshafen, before ending the day in lovely parkland at Uberlingen, looking out across the water to the mountains of Switzerland.

Just as everyone thought there would be no further changes before the Challenge arrived in Paris, the Gardone - Uberlingen section proved to be more demanding than expected. 

Although all 66 Challenge and 16 Touring Category cars completed the day, a number of cars found the mountain schedule in the Alps to be difficult, losing a few minutes here and there, and there have been four significant changes of position.

Mohsen Eijadi's Peykan Hunter lost 84 minutes today, and dropped from third (equal) to eighth place. He is now running immediately behind his team mate Seyed Amir Ali Javed whose Peykan Hunter has moved up to seventh.

David Bull (Rover P5) lost an extra 13 hours of penalty (no details available), which has dropped him all the way from 24th place to 46th place.

The Bentley of Kjeld Jessen lost 5hrs 54 minutes today, and has fallen a long way, from 27th to 43rd place

Tony Buckingham has now slipped back to 66th and last in the Challenge. Something of a record because the Aston Martin DB5 actually led the event as one of the few unpenalised cars after the first two weeks. His trouble started in Tibet.

Otherwise, there have been no changes to the Top Twenty, nor any important changes lower down the order. Phil Surtees' 1942 Willys Jeep still leads, by four minutes from Ted Thomas's 1950 American Ford Club Coupe - a position, and gap, which has not changed since the speed hill climb held in Pakistan 18 days ago.

There have been no changes to the running order in the Touring Category, which is still led by Jonathan Lux's Rover.

Only two days, and 740km/460 miles of driving still to go!

Today's top 10 positions follow, from a fax sent from Rally HQ. These results were issued at 21.10 local time in Switzerland on October 16th (Thursday).

NumCrewCarClsPens.Post. O/APost. Cls
97Surtees / BaylissFord Willys Jeep MB641d 0h1711
23Thomas / ZannisFord Club Coupe141d 0h2121
50Catt / CattFord Cortina Mk I341d 0h4431
24Jung / VannFord Club Coupe141d 0h5342
88Crown / BrysonHolden EH saloon541d 0h5551
52Broderick /BroderickFord Anglia Estate341d 0h5962
85Javid / HealyPeykan Hunter341d 1h4273
87Eijadi /KhademPeykan Hunter341d 2h0884
28Dichtl / DichtlRolls Royce Silver Dawn241d 2h1291
86Kazerani / RazzaghiPeykan Hunter 341d 2h15105


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