ETAP-2 14 AUG, 2017 RallyMongolia2017 (E)

ETAP2 Report

Passing Through Dinosaur Valley

The toughest part of the first half of the rally taken on the second day of marathon ETAP-2 is a route cutting through the heart of the southern Gobi desert. This one day was a real ordeal with a hot wind blowing along desolate dry arroyos. In the motorcycle division, Ojima KTM did well in this ETAP ranking in first position at 5 hours 45 minutes 09 seconds and was also overall No. 1 in the motorcycle division. He was followed by Korea’s top rider # 19 Ryu Myung Gul on a KTM with only a 9 minutes gap in times. Next came, # 20 Choi Jung Geun on a KTM in third place with a 20 minute time gap followed by Mongolian competitors. This three-way Japanese, Korean and Mongolian battle is likely to prove very interesting!

Things are Heating up in the Automotive Division!

At the end of the second day, top position and first place in the automotive division was held by #108 Saruulkhangal / Khatanbaatar in their Can-Am 900cc turbo 2-seater buggy. Third place was also taken by # 107 in this same machine which is earning upper rally positions. Second place was taken by TOYOTA Tacoma showing the overwhelming superiority of Mongolian drivers in the auto division. However, the # 103 Nakano/Nakano pair in their TOYOTA Hi_Lux took seventh place, followed by the # 102 Matsuno / Tashiro pair in their SUBARU Forester ranking in 8th place, and then by the # 100 Sugawara / Takahashi pair in their HINO. This time around it was particularly remarkable that these top-ranked teams were all non-penalties showing perfect race management among many other competitors suffering target penalties with short liaison setup times. The # 8 Fukuoka HONDA that had a good start in Etap 1 suffered a big delay due to losing their check card and navigation mount problems but can be expected to make a good recovery.

Rider #5 Mami Idegawa on a KTM is grabbing a real feel for the rally taking 16th place in the motorcycle division and 25th place overall. Rider #18 Mikami on a KTM is fully enjoying the rally while taking pictures along the way!

Results:
http://www.sser.org/hpp/2017/rm2017/

 

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ETAP-2 14 AUG, 2017 RallyMongolia2017

ETAP2レポート

「恐竜の谷を越えた」

前半最大の山場、マラソンエタップ2日目は南ゴビの深部をえぐるようなルート。激しいカレ川に熱風が吹き付ける苛酷な1日。MOTO部門は尾島KTMが好調でこのエタップを5時間45分09秒で1位、総合でもMOTO部門1位。そのあとには韓国のトップライダー#19 RYU MYUNG GUL KTMが9分差。続いて3位に#20 CHOI JUNG GEUN KTMが20分差、その後ろにモンゴル勢と日韓蒙の三つ巴の様相は興味深い。

一方AUTO勢も興味深い。

2日を終えて総合1位、部門1位は#108 SARUULKHANGAL/KHATANBAATAR Can-am 900ccターボの2シーターのバギー、このマシンは3位にも#107がいて上位を形成している。2位にTOYOTA TacomaとAUTO部門はモンゴル勢の圧倒的優位。しかし#103中野/中野組TOYOTA HI_LUXが部門7位、#102 松野/田代組SUBARU FORESTERは部門8位、続いて#100 菅原/高橋組HINOが続く。特に今回はリエゾンの設定時間が短く多くが対象のペナルティを受ける中上位に入るこれらのチームはいずれもノンペナルティで完璧なレースマネジメントが出来ているのが素晴らしい。エタップ1で好発進を見せた#8福岡HONDAは、ナビマウント周りのトラブルとチエックカードの紛失などで大きく出遅れたが挽回には期待できる。 さて注目の#5 井手川まみKTMは総合25位MOTO部門16位とラリーの感触をつかみかけている。#18三上KTMは撮影をしながらラリーを愉しんでいる。

 

リザルトがご覧頂けます
http://www.sser.org/hpp/2017/rm2017/

 

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ETAP-1 13 AUG, 2017 RallyMongolia2017

ETAP-1 Report

The rally got off to a fine start from Ulaanbaatar with great weather!

However, there was a livestock disease outbreak in the SS1 area which made entry into that area impossible so SS1 had to be cancelled and everyone took the detour heading toward SS2. It was a discouraging start to the rally and what impact cancelling this section will have is impossible to guess right now. Our bivouac is a gel (portable nomad house also called yurt) camp relatively close the environmentally protected zone at Dalanzadgad.

Results
http://www.sser.org/hpp/2017/rm2017/

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ETAP-1 13 AUG, 2017 RallyMongolia2017

ETAP-1 レポート
ラリーは快晴のウランバートルをスタートしました。
ところがSS1のエリアに家畜の伝染病が発生し、エリアに進入ができなくなったため、SS1をキャンセルし迂回してSS2へ向かいました。出鼻をくじかれた格好になったラリーですが、この一部分のキャンセルがどのような波乱を招くかは現時点ではまだ想像もできない状態です。ビバークはダランザドガドの環境保護区にほど近いエリアのゲルのキャンプ場です。

リザルトがご覧頂けます
http://www.sser.org/hpp/2017/rm2017/

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Onward to Zoumod in the Southern Gobi Desert!

On hearing someone say, “I want to go to Zoumod again” I felt a pulse of excitement like a mild electric shock.
That’s right, when you think of Rally Mongolia, you think of Zoumod, the Mongolian oasis.
Amid ever changing situations, we find ourselves in areas like this that kept themselves safe from trouble by way of the isolation provided by harsh lands and long distances.
However the hospitality they offer rally participants has gotten totally better in every way.
Well now we want to take up the rally challenge one more time.
This will be a route crossing vast distances like those of a wide ocean.
Then, SSER has completely reorganized the route again to allow seriously challenging among other things, the mysterious dry lake widening to the west of Zoumod in the “Valley of Dinosaurs” which is full of strange shaped rock formations.
The climb along these tough roads will only end when find ourselves standing on the vast plains where the special gods reside.

 

■ETAP-1 13 AUG. 2017 ULAANBAATAR⇒DALANZADGAD
L:49.91km S:285.94km L:93.90km S:251.43km L:34.36km TOTAL:715.54km
THE BATTLE STARTS! MARATHON STAGE DAY1、RUNNING FULL-ON ALONG CAP180

On this day the route runs full-on to the south. After a grand start, the rally faces its first SS (Special Stage) from south of Ulaanbaatar. The high speed dirt road calls for a lot of care and focusing, trying to anticipate problems, we start trying out our machine and navigating with it. Just before CP-1 (check point 1) navigation got a little bit difficult but other than that was comparatively easy. Just the first day’s grid map (pace notes) had a hefty size that we had to deal with. The first half of the SS-2 is itself a high-speed dirt road but gradually there are a greater number of dried out riverbeds (dry arroyo or wadi) and sand, along a route full of mountains grassy plains, constantly changing terrain, and more sand. After a while things appear totally dry and there is a lot of sand everywhere and you start to really feel you are in the Gobi Desert. We keep driving along while watching out for unfamiliar dried out riverbeds. Navigation gets tougher just ahead of the CP. We refuel at the final town after finishing the SS. Finally we move to the bivouac along a paved road. We reach the goal while staying painfully aware of the remaining liason time and head straightaway for the Parc ferme or namely “closed park” where no one can touch the cars. The motorcycle division is careful to carry their grid maps (pace notes) along with them because if they don’t change them at places like the fueling stations along the liason then they won’t get another chance until after the rally starts the next day. If you have a removable map holder then swapping maps is no problem.

 

■ETAP-2 14 AUG. 2017  DALANZADGAD⇒ZOUMOD
L:66.89km S:220.63km L:7.38km S:244.04km TOTAL:538.94km
ONWARDS TO THE SACRED GROUND OF ZOUMOD!

The marathon stage covers a thousand kilometers in just 2 days! In other words you can get absolutely no vehicle service during that time. The support car movement routes such as used by mechanics are also restricted. We move along a new paved road to the SS start point. Right after the start of SS-1 we encounter tough going from a lot of trees and shrubbery but eventually reach a high-speed piste or trails. After passing through groups of small dunes we arrive at the town which is our finish point. Setting out on SS-2 we find the first half bumpy and cannot pick up the pace. In the middle part of the stage we focus on a dried out river section (dry arroyo or wadi) that lets us run at high speed. This dried out river has deep yet soft sand that accumulates from the tremendous rainfall that only comes once every several decades. Then to our surprise we run into a small forest. After that we encounter a dry lake. This is dinosaur valley full of fantastically shaped rocks and stones. Once we pass through the valley, we see Zoumod soaring upwards and glistening like gold against the sunset on our left.

■ETAP-3 15 AUG. 2017 ZOUMOD⇒ZOUMOD
L:75.67km S:212.29km L:0.31km S:151.31km L:75.76km TOTAL:515.34km
RUNNING AROUND ZOUMOD PART I

This liason is a course section from Zoumod to Shinjinst. But this liason is special in that you really enjoy the scenery! We refuel at Shinjinst and start SS-1 outside the town. We pass through a narrow mountain road and reach the CP at the edge of a dried out marsh. After finally leaving a bumpy road surface, we see a mysterious lake on our left and just beyond is the SS finish point.
We refuel at that town and immediately start SS-2. The road surface has many cracks so we have to drive carefully. Passing through a dried out riverbed and then a small village, a gate comes into view. Then we reach the finish point at Shinjinst. We refuel and return by the liason route to Zoumod. The route is a loop but consists of two SS so care is needed to avoid problems.

 

■ETAP-4 16 AUG. 2017  ZOUMOD⇒ZOUMOD
S:119.94km TOTAL:119.94km
GOING TO MEET THE MONSTER!

The rally starts at night on August 16 with the clock hands point straight up to 12 o’clock. This is the so-called full-on night stage. This is a unique experience one can only savor along with a mysterious feeling only found deep in the Gobi Desert at night.
* This is basically a loop route leaving Zoumod and heading west, runs counterclockwise, and after going through dinosaur valley and returns to Zoumod
We start heading out with Zoumod to the west. There is no afterglow from the late sun already in the western sky. The moon will come out a little while later. Going through the unmanned earth at midnight is like traveling through space and time. The Grand Canyon appears on our left hand side. If you don’t stay right on the piste there is also the risk of dropping down a cliff. On the right you can see the symbolic triangular mountain. The moon is in the south sky around 1 am. It is a waning moon. The place to be careful is where you have to make really sharp turns along the high speed piste. We then went down the plateau and proceeded through a dried out riverbed. This dried out riverbed gradually widens and once we lose track of the course we have to aim for SSER OVOO while driving with the GPS. From there we keep driving by GPS until sure we have merged with the piste. After proceeding along the piste we reach the entrance of dinosaur valley. Once we cross the valley we can see the light from the bivouac far off in the distance.

 

■ETAP-5 17 AUG. 2017 ZOUMOD⇒SAYHAN OVOO
L:74.38km S:258.42km L:1.25km S:186.09km L:19.45km TOTAL:539.59km
REFRESHING GREENERY AND SOVIET TYRANNY

We head out to Shinjinst out along the now familiar route and after refueling start the SS. We move ahead in this area which has many ground cracks and dried out rivers while watching the square shaped mountains and finally reach the town. Navigation is a bit difficult here. We move ahead along the dried out river without going through town and reach the CP. Then we finally come out on the main piste and from here proceed straight along it. There are many dried out riverbeds and ground cracks along the route. The town can be seen far off in the distance and we finish SS-1. The SS-2 has plenty of deep refreshing greenery and the route is now pleasant and easy bringing a smile of relief to our faces. We finish the SS just in front of a town, cross the river there and refuel. It is not far now to the bivouac. On a mountain to the west of there are the remains of a Buddhist temple (Lamasery) destroyed by Soviet oppression that also reveals the sorrows of the Eurasian continent.

 

■ETAP-6 18 AUG. 2017  SAYHAN OVOO⇒BAYANGOBI
L:24.31km S:226.83km L:2.01km S:223.20km L:24.37km TOTAL:500.72km
GREAT FEELING AND MAGNIFICENT WEATHER WITH A SIMULTANEOUS GROUP START (MASS START) IN THE GOBI DESERT!

We move to the start point and set off on a mass group start. We head southwards lined up side by side while trying not to get lost in the sand and dust. We try to keep ourselves calm without getting too grim. After a while the course turns to the left, runs along the side of the Grand Canyon and proceeds through an area of nomads having many wells and gels (portable nomad houses called yurts). Moving ahead at high speed we finish SS-1. The SS – 2 route has even deeper greenery and many nomads. Far off in the distance, the sand dunes come into view and the sand gets thicker on the road surface. The scenery where the river, greenery and dunes can all be seen at once is superb. Once we are through the dunes the SS ends. It goes through the front of the bivouac and heads for GS. Surprisingly we pass by in front of the bivouac and head for GS. After refueling there then return to the bivouac.

 

■ETAP-7 19 AUG. 2017 BAYANGOBI⇒HARHORIN
S:256.70km L:96.64km S:157.77km L:39.59km TOTAL:550.70km
CAPITAL OF A WORLD EMPIRE IN THE CENTER OF EURASIA

Even without a history book, just about everybody knows that this area was once the center of the world. The Mongol empire ruled the world with its matchless and overwhelming military power and their descendants while constantly changing, were a definite presence up to the end of the 19th century. We start off the next leg of the rally with this thought in mind. Leaving the bivouac we start out on the SS and almost immediately reach the dunes. Passing through the area with beautiful rivers, greenery and sand, we proceed along the main piste by a mountain route, and head down southwards to an area the rally has never before entered. This is also a mountain which we cross and then drive along the side of a small lake. A big lake next comes into view, and we finish just in front of a small town. We move out on the liaison along the paved road towards SS-2. We again hit a dirt road, start the SS and head for the mountains again. After passing through a number of mountains we cross beautiful grasslands and reach the banks of a huge lake. Crossing a concrete bridge, we finally get through a dirt road that is difficult to drive along, move ahead while skirting the edge of a town, cross over a hill and finally finish the SS-2. There we find the “Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape” which is now a world heritage. You think “Wow” to yourself, knowing that this is definitely the place where the capital of the world was first created.

 

■ETAP-8 20 AUG. 2017 HARHORIN⇒ULAANBAATAR
L:51.93km S:140.32km L:214.94km P:25.88km TOTAL:433.07km
TRIUMPHAL RETURN WITH OUR BACKS TO THE SETTING SUN!

This rally with SS of 3000 kilometers and a 1000 kilometer liaison or namely a constant battle of 4000 kilometers is finally reaching its end as we head towards Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) from Harhorin. The paved road from Harhorin to the SS start point leads to the final SS. Each of us feels countless thoughts running through one’s mind such as the tiny time difference with other racers and awaits the countdown to start the final race. We head out on an easy-to-drive piste and proceed along a great prairie with beautiful mountains around us. A stony mountain appears ahead and we enter the forest. The road surface is sandy. We go through the forest, cross a river, climb up a mountain of sand and find a mysterious rocky mountain. On the left is a mountain that makes you thinks you are seeing a pyramid. We climb the next steep mountain and reach the CP. The scenery with its aerial views reminds one of ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky’. We can see the road extending below as we drive. We keep descending the mountain while cautiously taking the tight downward turns. As we drive along the prairie, a paved road appear above the tips of the grass, marking the end of the entire SS. This is a long journey but just a tiny bright spot in the long span of Eurasian history. I think this journey somehow makes you sense some type of mysterious “eternal” link through space and time.

南ゴビ、ゾーモットへ。

 

「もう一度ゾーモットへ行きたいなあ」と、誰かのつぶやきを聞いた時、軽い電気ショックのようなものを感じた。

そうなのだ、やはりラリーモンゴリアはゾーモットなのだ。近年は、さまざまにフォーマットを進化させていく中で、リスク回避傾向が強化され、不用意に長い行程や困難なエリアへの進入が、自粛されてきた。しかし競技参加者も主催者もセイフティ・マージンは向上した。

ならばもう一度、チャレンジをしたい。人生観を揺さぶるような陽炎立つ大海原を渡るようなルート。奇岩奇石に支配される「恐竜の谷」。ゾーモットの西に広がる不思議なドライレイクの世界。これを深夜に見たらどんなだろう。未知への興味は好奇心という概念を超えて、夢幻の時空に広がって行く。

そうなのだ。これがSSERの描く「まだ誰も見たことのない風景」への挑戦なのだ。その困難は、あの神々しいばかりの大地に立って、必ず充たされる

 

■ETAP-1 13 AUG. 2017 ULAANBAATAR⇒DALANZADGAD
L:49.91km S:285.94km L:93.90km S:251.43km L:34.36km TOTAL:715.54km
「闘いが始まる。マラソンステージDAY1、ひたすらCAP180」

この日は、ひたすら南下するルート。グランドスタートのあとウランバートルの南からラリーは最初のSSを迎える。気をつけなければならない高速ダートで、抑え気味にマシンとナビゲーションを試す。CP-1の手前で、ややナビが難しいが、それ以外は比較的簡単だ。1日目のコマ地図はこれまでのボリュウムを踏襲している。SS-2は前半こそ高速ダートだが、次第に枯れ川や砂が増え、ルートは山、草原、砂と、変化に富んでくる。やがて乾燥し、砂が多くなる。ゴビ砂漠の中にいることが実感できる。慣れない枯れ川に注意しながら走行。CPの手前はナビゲーションも難しい。SSを走り終え町で給油。舗装路でビバークへ移動。短いリエゾンタイムを気にしながらゴールするとすぐさまパルクフェルメ。MOTOは翌日のコマ図を携行して、リエゾンの給油所などで巻き替えなければ、翌朝のスタート後に巻かなければならないために注意が必要。取り外しができるマップホルダーであれば問題ない。

■ETAP-2 14 AUG. 2017  DALANZADGAD⇒ZOUMOD
L:66.89km S:220.63km L:7.38km S:244.04km TOTAL:538.94km
「ラリーモンゴリアの聖地ゾーモットへ」

2日間で1000kmを超えるマラソンステージ。つまり、この間は全くサービスを受けることができない。メカニックなどのサポートカーの移動ルートも制限される。新しい舗装路で、SSのスタートまで移動。SS-1のスタート直後は低木が多く走りにくいが、やがてハイスピードになる。小さなデューン群の中を進むと町に着きフィニッシュ。SS-2、前半はバンピーでペースが上がらない。中盤はハイスピードだが枯れ川に集中しよう。涸れ川とは数十年に一度大量の雨水が流れるところで堆積する砂が深く柔らかい。そしてなんと小さな森がある。そしてドライレイク。やがて奇岩奇石の恐竜の谷だ。谷を抜ければ、ゾーモットが左手の夕陽に黄金色に輝いて浮かび上がって見える。

■ETAP-3 15 AUG. 2017 ZOUMOD⇒ZOUMOD
L:75.67km S:212.29km L:0.31km S:151.31km L:75.76km TOTAL:515.34km
「ゾーモットを巡る旅のパート1」

ゾーモットから、シンジンストまではリエゾン。しかしこのリエゾンは、充分に楽しめるだけの景観だ。シンジンストで給油し、町の外れからSS-1をスタートする。狭隘な山岳路を超え、乾いた湿地帯の端でCP。バンピーな路面を抜けると、左手に不思議な湖が見え、その先でSS FINISH。その街で給油し、すぐSS-2がスタート。路面はクラックが多いので注意。枯れ川の中を抜け、小さな集落を越えると、ゲートが見えてくる。そして、シンジンストにフィニッシュ。給油し、ゾーモットまでリエゾンで戻る。ルートはループだが二つのSSで構成されているために注意が必要。

■ETAP-4 16 AUG. 2017  ZOUMOD⇒ZOUMOD
S:119.94km TOTAL:119.94km
「モンスターに会いに行く」

時計が8/16の0時を指す頃にラリーがスタートする。いわゆる本格的なナイトステージだ。深夜の不思議な感覚をゴビの奥地で味わうかけがえのない体験になる。
※ゾーモットを西に出て反時計回りに周り、恐竜の谷を抜けゾーモットに戻るループルートです。
ゾーモットを西に向けてスタート。もう西の空に遅い太陽の残照はない。月の出はまだ少しあとだ。無人の大地を深夜に行くのは、時空を旅しているような感覚になる。左手にグランドキャニオンが現れる。ピストをはずすと転落のリスクもある。そして右手には象徴的な三角山が見えるだろうか。月は午前1時ころに南の空にある。下弦の月だ。注意が必要なのはハイスピードのピストを直角に曲がるところ。そしてプラトーを降りて枯れ川の中を進む。この枯れ川はやがて広がり、進路を見失ったらSSER OVOOを目指してGPS走行。その先もGPSでピストに合流するまで走行。ピストを進めば恐竜の谷の入口に。モンスターのいる谷を抜ければ、やがて遥か彼方にビバークの明かりが見えるだろう。

■ETAP-5 17 AUG. 2017 ZOUMOD⇒SAYHAN OVOO
L:74.38km S:258.42km L:1.25km S:186.09km L:19.45km TOTAL:539.59km
「緑のたおやかさと旧ソ連の圧政の証し」

通い慣れたルートで、シンジンストへ向かい給油を終えるとSSがスタートする。クラックや枯れ川が多いエリアを台形の山を見ながら進むと、町に。ここは、ナビゲーションが少し難しい。町には入らず枯れ川を進めば、そこにCP。そしてやがてメインピストに出る。ここから、ピストを進む。枯れ川やクラックが多い。遠くに町が見えSS-1をフィニッシュ。SS-2は緑がたおやかに濃くなり、ルートも快適で思わず笑みがこぼれてきそうだ。このSSは街の手前でフィニッシュすると川を渡り給油。ビバークまでは、それ程遠くない。そこの西の丘には旧ソ連の圧政に殉じたラマ教の寺院の跡などがありユーラシア大陸の悲しみを目にする。

■ETAP-6 18 AUG. 2017  SAYHAN OVOO⇒BAYANGOBI
L:24.31km S:226.83km L:2.01km S:223.20km L:24.37km TOTAL:500.72km
「晴れやかで、誇らしげな気分ゴビの一斉スタート」

一斉スタート地点まで移動。一斉スタート。横並びで、南下する。砂塵の中に入らないように気を付ける。そしてむきにならずに冷静に自分に対峙する。やがて左に曲がり、グランドキャニオンの横を抜け井戸も多くゲルも多い遊牧民が多いエリアを進む。ハイスピードを繋いで進めば、SS-1をフィニッシュ 。SS-2はさらに、緑が濃くなり、遊牧民も多い。そして遠くに、デューンが見えてくると、路面にも砂が増えてくる。川と緑とデューンが一度に見える風景が素晴らしい。そして、デューンを越えてSS が終わる。なんとビバークの前を通り抜けてGSへ向かう。給油した後、ビバークへ戻る。

■ETAP-7 19 AUG. 2017 BAYANGOBI⇒HARHORIN
S:256.70km L:96.64km S:157.77km L:39.59km TOTAL:550.70km
「ユーラシアの中心。世界帝国の首都」

世界史をひもとかずとも、かつて世界の中心はこの地であったことは誰もが知るところだ。無類の圧倒的な軍事的プレゼンスで世界を支配し、形を変えつつも19世紀末までは確かにモンゴル国の末裔のハーン・グルス(王国)は存在した。そんなことを考えながらスタートする。ビバークからSSはスタートするやすぐにデューンに入る。川と緑と砂が美しいエリアを抜け、山岳ルートでメインピストに出て、南下した後、ラリーが入ったことの無いエリアへ。ここも山岳だ。山を越えると、小さな湖の脇を走る。次に、大きな湖が見えてくると、小さな町の手前でフィニッシュ。舗装路のリエゾンで移動し、SS-2へ。ダートに入りSSがスタートすると、また、山に向かう。山をいくつか越え、美しい草原を越えると、大きな湖の畔へ。コンクリートの橋を超え、走りにくいダートを抜け、町をかすめながら進み、丘を越えていけば、SS-2を終える。そこは世界遺産「オルホン川と文化的景観」の地だ。まさかと思うが、「世界」という概念をはじめて創った世界の首都だった場所だ。

■ETAP-8 20 AUG. 2017 HARHORIN⇒ULAANBAATAR
L:51.93km S:140.32km L:214.94km P:25.88km TOTAL:433.07km
「西征の凱旋は、夕陽を背に」

3000kmのSSと1000kmのリエゾン。つまり4000kmの闘いは、ハラホリンからウランバートルを目指してフィナーレを迎える。ハラホリンから舗装路でSSスタート地点まで向かうと最後のSS。万感の思いや、おそらく微妙な全ごとのタイム差や、ひとりひとりがさまざまな思いを抱きながらカウントダウンを受ける。そして走りやすいピストで、大草原を進めば周りの山々が美しい。石山が現れ林に入って行く。路面は砂。林を抜け、川を渡り、砂の山を登れば、不思議な岩山。左手には、ピラミッドかと思う山。次の険しい山を登れば、CP。ここからの景色は、まるでラピュタの道のよう。眼下に行く先の道が見える。下りのタイトターンに注意して山を下る。草原を進み、背の高い草の先に舗装路が見え全てのSSが終わる。長い道のりの旅だが、ユーラシアの歴史から見れば一瞬の輝きだ。しかし、その旅から何か不思議な「永遠」のような時空を感じられただろう。

 

「FA-coat Rally Mongolia 2017 エントリーリストの発表」 

いよいよ新しいフォーマットがさらに深化した2017の大会が始まります。 
ナイトステージは恐竜の谷とドライレイク。ゾーモットを起点とした夢のようなルーティング。熱い闘いをご覧ください。 
菅原義正さんは実にカミオンで初出場!そして、松野さんもニューウエポン!! 
さあ、8日間4000kmのゴビ砂漠のクロスカントリーラリー、全く新時代です。 

 


RM2017 エントリーリスト(別ウィンドウで開きます)