The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997
September 6 - October 18, 1997
Bulletin 10 - Three-way lead
Thursday 18 September Xigaze to Xeger 230 kms
Another tough day, the road from here to Lhatze is under construction and there will be off-road excursions requiring good ground clearance and careful handling.
After some dusty plains climb to the Tsuo La dropping again to Lhatze where the road turns south and climbs through bleak high altitude moorland to the Lhakpa La (16,900 ft) the watershed between Tibet and India. Xeger at 13,800 ft is cold and windswept with the snow-capped Himalayas on your horizon.
Another short section today - but even worse than yesterday. The night's rest, under canvas in the shadow of Everest, is as well deserved as any rest yet. No further retirements have been posted but the penalties are building up for some of the runners hanging on until the break in Katmandhu.
Only John Catt's Cortina (No 50) cleaned the section today, placing him back in joint first place with the Broderick Anglia (No 52) which lost just one minute on today's section, and the Buckingham Aston Martin DB5 (No 79), the latter a car not normally associated with rough road rallying.
The Rietbergen Volvo (No 75) which hitherto headed up the time sheets had a torrid day and lost more than an hour. The remarkable 2CV of Dutchman Johan Van de Laan (No 43) now lies in fourth place with a total time loss of just four minutes.
Walter Rothlauf's Bugatti (No 3) still heads up the pre-war cars in 39th place with a loss of 26 minutes today.
Penalties at TC Xeger (part 1) from first place:
Penalties at TC JJ Xeger (part 2)