Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
Each of the seven other contenders in this more extreme class chooses to fly straight over the mountains: that's a faster, direct route, but it'll require more ballast heaved overboard to lift over the peaks, and that may just tell later on in the race.
Launch itself very nearly ends in immediate and embarrassing low-altitude disaster, as the lads almost crash straight into an inconveniently immobile park fence, but finally they soar off to adventure, and I... wait for a bit to see which way the wind takes them. The next few initial hours prove frustrating, as they struggle overnight and fail to catch the promised low-altitude winds.