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1st Kazakhstan expedition to South Pole set world record during trials

29 september 2011, 16:21
A record for the Guinness Book of Record was set by participants of the test-drive during preparation for the 1st Kazkahstan moto-expedition to the South Pole, KazTAG reports citing Jack Brockband, Adjudicator of The Guinness Book of Record.

"We have reviewed the achievement of the team of Kazakhstan Geographic Society during the test-drive in Antarctica at the route “Novolazarevskaya station – South Pole”. Pilot Kazakhstan team (Konstantin Orlov and Stanislav Makarenko) drove 2,308 km in 108 hours, which is a world record speed of reaching the South Pole by car,” Brockband said at the press-conference on Wednesday.

The Adjudicator of The Guinness Book of Record gave a record certificate to the team's representatives. Participant of the test-drive Stanislav Makarenko said that “low temperature and cracks” were the main complications during the trip.

"We were lucking to not fall into a crack. We detoured around big cracks; some of them were 1.5 km deep. Once we lost a tent. We replaced shock absorbers. There were many breakdowns. Hoses fell into pieces in such cold. There was always something that froze, blew up and required repairs,” he said.

According to the head of expedition Nurlan Abduov, the expedition is scheduled to start in the end of November.

"Participants from Astana will fly to Abu Dhabi. Then we will fly to Cape Town. A special flight will then take the travelers to Novolazarevskaya station in Antarctica. From there the participants will drive to the South Pole on 3 Toyota Hilux cars,” Abduov said.

According to Abduov, each car has an extra fuel tank. “We will be bringing about 6 tons of fuel. There will be high consumption because of heavy load and low pressure in tires. Besides, the cars will be working constantly because of low temperatures,” Abduov said.

The participants of the expedition will hold meteorological observations, sample ice, snow and air, perform geodesic works and measure radiation background.

According to Kazakhstan Geographic Society, the travelers are planning to reach the South Pole in 8-10 days. December 16 they will install Kazakhstan flag at the South Pole. The return trip will take 5 days.

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