16. June 2000, Whitehorse to Watson Lake
This morning there was a sudden announcement that there will be two test sections today instead of one. Both are on the same road, one directly after the other so that the navigator, Kaya, has to jump out of the car, get a stamp, jump in again. Sami has to drive the test for more than two hours with full concentration while Karl is giving us support in the back. One time on the test we thought we would lose control of the car in an S-curve but Sami steers back and forth and stabilizes the car. Others are not so lucky: On the road we see Claude's Mercedes SL with a puncture (he has had five already, three in America!) and some time after TC 143 we see the Dutch Porsche off the road! The crew is fine though. The Dutch Porsche has had some problems recently with their car, so that they lost some time, falling from second place to somewhere behind us (which moves us into sixth rank). We also hear that the green Chevrolet (41) and one Austin-Healey got off-road. This evening, many people are doing repairs on their cars and tomorrow, we have the longest section of our route so far! After tomorrow, we continue with more tests, our team is wondering whether the rally officials are not overdoing it and making it too tiring for all drivers. We have no problems as our car has three drivers but the whole atmosphere at the moment has gotten very competitive and at the same time many are getting frustrated and tired of the rally. But the pace is bound to change as we get to the U.S. as there will be less opportunity to do "tests" in populated areas.
Overall 1 hour 11 minutes penalty