Friday, 22 June 2018

Rally cars will be first into Burma

Competitors on the inaugural Road to Mandalay Rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, reached Thailand and the half-way mark, in a tight battle for the top spot on the leaderboard.

Competitors on the inaugural Road to Mandalay Rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, reached Thailand and the half-way mark, in a tight battle for the top spot on the leaderboard.

After leaving Raffles Hotel, Singapore, at the beginning of February, the 70 crews covered just shy of 4,000km in the past 12 days.



In the Vintageant division, the big battle is between the three Chevrolets â?? Peking to Paris 2013 winners Phil Garrett and Kieron Brown are 20 seconds off first place in their 1937 Fangio Coupé, with leaders Bill Shields and Scot Herbstman, from America, keeping their â??38 Coupé ahead of the field.



With around 4,400km to go and numerous time trials, it remains anyoneâ??s for the taking.



Rally director Philip Young said: â??Cars and drivers are coping well and most are soaking up the amazing culture and stunning horizons, taking full advantage of the eveningâ??s comfort in luxurious hotels. But for others, this isnâ??t a pleasure cruise!â?�



The next big milestone for the Road to Mandalay Rally will be crossing the border into Burma, and the start of the final journey towards the finish line in Rangoon at the end of February.



Philip added: â??This is the first ever crossing of the frontier by foreigners from Thailand into Burma, and the first rally to drive into Burma.â?�



Follow the daily rally reports on Road to Mandalay, as well as updates on forthcoming ERA events, at www.endurorally.com

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