The Transsyberia 2007 is rolling.
In the morning Moscow's first deputy mayor Juri Rossljak gave the starting signal at the Red Square for the 64 participants of the rally. "I promise you a journey through Russia full of adventures. You will have the opportunity to test the power and technical endurance of your vehicles.", Rossljak said infront of the famous Basilius Cathedral. Beforehand the drivers were greeted by the manager of Porsche Russia, Ulrich Thielemann, organizer Hermann Holzfuss, and the three time winner of the Paris-Dakar, Rene Metge. On their way to the Mongolian capital Ulan-Bator the teams have to master more than 4412 miles in the next two weeks. Escorted by police, 26 Porsche Cayenne, two Suzuki Grand Vitara, one Porsche 911, one Mercedes 250 GD, one Mercedes ML 350, one Toyota Landcruiser, as well as numerous accompanying vehicles left the Russian capital in the morning heading for the goal of this phase: Vladimir, a small provincial town about 155 miles away. About half-way, near the town of Petuschki,the drivers will face their first special test in the early afternoon.
Marc Coma, the winner of the Dakar Rally 2006 had to cancel his participation in the Transsyberia 2007 on short notice due to a foot injury.