■ETAP-4 15 AUG. 2018
L:158.09km SS-1:247.56km L:4.59km SS-2:256.25km L:6.77km TOTAL:673.26km
START OF A FULL‑ON LONG DISTANCE STAGE! BOLDBAATAR IS TOTALLY STRONG!
At last the start of consecutive SS of more than 500 kilometers in Rally Mongolia where the harsh driving in these stages is beginning to take a heavy toll on the racing machines. In this stage, the Boldbattar Can‑am is proving a strong winner in SS-2 overall with a 20 minute lead over Erdenesuren in 2ND place.
Today the rally starts amid ancient burial grounds dating back before the age of Genghis Khan that still have not been dug up. The rally machines gradually make their way downwards from the high altitude area toward the Gobi desert, driving through the outskirts of Khangai (also Hangai).
SS-2 takes place along the great grassy plains of the Gobi. The machines reach the checkpoint (CP) in a narrow area enclosed by strange lakes where the water level can drastically change in a single day. We are now back in the Gobi where a shimmering heat haze is starting to appear.
None of the Japanese rally participants have quit yet (first time ever!) and the real battle will start in the latter half of the rally from tomorrow onwards.
「THE RALLY GETS FULL-SCALE AND SERIOUS FROM HEREON!」
After leaving Khar Nuur we continue on the liason route to the city of Uliastai once a flourishing trading center up until the early days of the 20th Century and also the regional governor’s office during the Quing Dynasty rule of Mongolia. Passing right alongside the wooden bridge there called the Azure Dragon Bridge from the days of the Quing Dynasty makes us want to imagine what it was like in those times.
The rally now shifts to a full-scale course. This is two SS of more than 500 kilometers and a total distance of nearly 700 kilometers. This middle stage of the rally takes both caution and fighting spirit. We have to somehow get through this stage.
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