This was the day when our ongoing engine problem got the better of us.
We broke down three times after lunch and at at that point Jamie Turner decided he'd had enough. He ripped out the entire fuel system and put a new one in. Pretty impressive for a roadside fix.
Suddenly it was as if Rhubarb and custard had shed 300 lbs in weight - this was a different car that had a good 10 Kmh extra top speed and could accelerate past the deadly lorries that fill the Russian roads.
But all this came at a price. We lost our gold medal and potential top 20 place. No glory for us in Paris now.
It's a shame that we couldn't get one more day out of the car because tomorrow is a rest day and we had plans to strip everything out to solve the problem. Events have overtaken us.