4. May 2000, Santa Margherita Ligure to Ancona
Our three-minute penalty yesterday gave us rank 25 overall (out of 70) and 1st out of our class Historic Saloon Around the World (8 cars) - Hurray while it lasts. We are the day winners in our class but the others probably caught up today.
On the way to today's test section, we lost our way due to new roads and a new roundabout. Unfortunately this cost us two minutes as we arrived late. The test section itself, the "Tuscan Hills" was a plain gravel road with nice bumps and going up and down. After we had landed our car several times on the ground we decided to take it a bit slower and lost one minute. We're still very happy with our results so far, being able to match the results of the more experienced drivers. The car was going fine all day and the car problems so far seem to be under control and we think we know the reasons for them now.
route was dominated by hills, going up and down all the time. I had not
expected so many mountain sections on this rally. Another thing I did
not expect was the hurriedness and overall competitiveness of the rally.
Most of the competitors were expecting long routes and at the end of the
day we would see who arrives at the hotel. But the short fast sections
actually make it more exciting for us. On the other hand we should be
gentle to our car, still having most of the route before us, but the temptation
to speed is big. We heard that yesterday, an Austin Healey came off the
road on the test section of Todocco. Fortunately noone was seriously injured.
We are on our way to Greece now.