After 9,000km and 50 cities, pan-Delta rally ends in HK Drivers who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday at the end of a 9,000km rally told of a string of hazards including flooding, rockfalls and driving with their heads literally in the clouds. Applause, trophies, a band and a heavy downpour greeted around 100 entrants in the three-week Pan Pearl River Delta Car Rally. The rally, which began in Guangzhou on June 6 and took in 50 cities in southern China, attracted drivers from Hong Kong, Macau and nine mainland provinces. The event was open to amateurs only, with participants not competing to be the fastest but to finish the courses in an allotted time. However, drivers said the going had not been easy and the journey had been full of thrills and danger. Hong Kong driver Kelvin Leung Chun-cheong, who won the title of Best Racer, said he had been racing several times on the mainland, but this event was the most exciting. He headed to Shenzhen from Fuzhou in a Landrover Discovery two weeks ago, but he met the heavy flooding that swept across southern China and suffered delays. 'I heard a minibus was swept away one day earlier and 23 people were missing,' he said. 'I could still see mud and stones rolling down the mountains and I was really, really scared.' The team was helped by local authorities to pass through the danger area. Leung said eight Hong Kong teams started in Guangzhou but only his finished the course. Several serious accidents were reported and cars overturned. Nobody was hurt but the drivers were forced to withdraw. Apart from the bad weather, drivers also had to contend with bad roads and irregular meals. Guangzhou driver Yu Huang said the most difficult section was from Kunming in Yunnan province to Xichang in Sichuan province , where he had to drive at night. Yu said his most memorable experience came in Yunnan where he had to drive at an altitude of 3,000 metres. 'It was getting dangerous as we wound our way up the mountain. I soon realised that I was literally driving among the clouds.'