London to Cape Town World Cup Rally 2012
The Long Way Down - Against the Clock
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA - JANUARY 26TH, 2012
Heat and Dust
All crews are finding the Namibia timing restrictions a little frustrating, the Belgian Porsche 911 sat outside one time-control for six minutes this morning.
Police patrol cars were running speed checks very early this morning, but failed to find any customers amongst the rally drivers.
Watching the cars at the end of today’s second World Cup Section, Alastair Caldwell did well, although the four-cylinder Porsche sounds a lot noisier, and John Bayliss, driving Paul Carter, seemed to have the measure of it, lifting the broken Volvo over the worst of the ruts.
Paul & Diane Unwin’s MG ZR stopped on this afternoon's WCS, apparently with some fuel or engine management problem, delaying their arrival at Windhoek until after the control was closed.
Someone who had more problems today was Jeff Robinson - a wheel dropped into a hole, this was enough to stuff the sump-guard, a stone holing the sump, and a chip from the same stone flicked up and holed the radiator, according to Jeff. In long distance rallies, Mercedes have gone down in history as ultra-reliable cross-country tanks. But all the Mercs on this event have suffered more than their fair share of daily troubles. And we still gave a long way to go.
Rene Declercq and Francis Tuthill limped out of the bush with a blown turbocharger on their Hilux ...however the Toyota dealer in Windhoek had it replaced and running again before dinner. A Toyota dealer in Belgium had called up to stress the urgency.
In the morning we leave Windhoek and one of the most comfortable hotels so far for a final spot of camping at Ai-Ais tomorrow.