The Touareg Cape to Cape 2.0 Challenge is complete, and Rainer Zietlow, Marius Biela and Sam Roach are new world record holders. Goodyear partnered with German record breaker Rainer Zietlow and his second world record attempt to drive from Cape Agulhas, South Africa to Nordkapp, Norway in less than 10 days. Their latest attempt started on Friday, 11 September.
Nordkapp, Norway – September 20, 2015: Their arrival at the northernmost point of Norway, Norkapp at 14:00 on Sunday, 19 September, marked the end of the grueling 19,000km route across 21 countries completed in just 9 days, 4 hours and 8 minutes. Given that their target was to record a time of under 10 days, to come in 20 hours earlier than that is beyond the team’s expectations. Kristina Hansen, Mayor of Nordkapp, Norway was waiting to welcome them and stamped and signed the official World Record papers, and with that the record became official.
“We are overjoyed to have completed the Cape to Cape 2.0 Challenge without any problems in such a spectacular time. All three of us are now pretty tired, a little achy and in need of a hot shower and good night’s sleep (in an actual bed) after our non-stop 24 hour driving for the last 9 days – but we’re thrilled with our achievement, and buzzing with the memories of the last 9 days. Our Goodyear Wrangler tyres performed exceptionally well and we made the entire journey without any punctures or having to replace a tyre”, said team leader, Rainer Zietlow.
“We are happy that we can now end our Cape to Cape project with this amazing time of 9 days, 4 hours. This feeling makes up for the disappointment of 2014’s delays which meant we couldn’t set a competitive time. I am also very proud that our route took us on the maximum possible driving distance, keeping our permitted flight over Syria to the absolute minimum possible distance. That’s really important for me to know that we completed every possible km driving on the ground. Finally, please let me give my enormous thanks to all of my sponsors and partners again, plus all of the many people and organisations who have provided me and the team with their support behind the scenes across the Cape to Cape route.”