Silk Way Rally 2017 Official presentation in Moscow

Silk Way Rally 2017 Official presentation in Moscow

18.05.2017: SILK WAY RALLY 2017 Moscow, May 18th 2017 Nearly 10,000 kilometres between Moscow and the Chinese imperial

SILK WAY RALLY 2017
Moscow, May 18th 2017





Nearly 10,000 kilometres between Moscow and the Chinese imperial city of Xi’an, via Kazakhstan: the 2017 Silk Way Rally will be a top level battle between the best and biggest car and truck teams.



THE PLACE TO BE !



50 days from the start it was at the majestic RITZ CARLTON HOTEL, just next door to the famous Red Square, from where the event will leave next 7 July, that the SILK WAY RALLY organisers revealed the route for the 2017 edition.



In the presence of numerous guests, including those champions who could potentially cross the final finish line first in Xi’an next 22 July, Rally Director Vladimir CHAGIN and his deputy Frédéric LEQUIEN lifted the veil on this 7th edition, which looks like being exceptional from every point of view.





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9 608 km, 14 stages, 17 specials




After technical scrutineering and administrative checks, scheduled for 5 and 6 July in the Luzhniki Olympic complex and the podium start in the RED SQUARE in Moscow on 7 July, the rally will set off for 3 stages in RUSSIA.



That will be followed by 4 intense days of racing in the vast KAZAKHSTAN steppes. After a first stage in CHINA and the rest day, to be held on 16 July in ÜRUMQI, the rally moves on to the ‘plat de resistance’ with no less than 7 stages of sand and dunes crossing the redoubtable GOBI DESERT, before turning south towards XI’AN, the city that marks the finish of the SILK WAY RALLY.



Apart from several 100% new stages, and so as to reduce as much as possible the time spent in liaison, no less than 3 days of racing will be run over two specials, with a total distance of more than 9,600 KILOMETRES.

 




A TOP FLIGHT LINE-UP!


CARS


The confrontation promises to be a battle without mercy.



Never, since the creation of the Silk Way Rally, in 2009, has there been so many candidates for the final victory, jostling for position on the start line!



Last year’s winner PEUGEOT TOTAL SPORT will enter three new 3008 DKR for their French drivers Stéphane PETERHANSEL, Sébastien LOEB and title holder Cyril DESPRES.



The ‘Lions’ will be confronted by a TOYOTA armada led by the Qatari champion Nasser AL ATTIYAH (TOYOTA HILUX OVERDRIVE) and the South Africans, Giniel De Villiers and LEROY POULTER (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing).



For their part, the X-RAID team will also be more than present with two new MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS RALLY, driven by the Saudi Yazeed AL RAHJI, second last year and the young American hopeful, the spectacular Bryce MENZIES, while the Russian Vladimir VASILYEV in his Mini ALL4racing (G ENERGY TEAM), will attempt to honour his 2016 podium.



Among the serious outsiders figures the Russian Boris GADASIN in his RANGE ROVER entered by the SUPROTEC RACING team, the Chinese champion Han WEI aboard his buggy (GEELY BOYUE HANWEI SMG TEAM) and the BAICMOTOR RACING TEAM prototypes, in the expert hands of Pascal THOMASSE and Christian LAVIEILLE, among others.



In the T2 category, for production 4x4 vehicles, in absence of the Kazakh Denis Berezovskiy (Toyota), winner in 2016, but out this year following his accident on the Dakar, the race is likely to be fought out between Akira MIURA of the Japanese TOYOTA AUTOBODY team, leader right up to the gates of Pekin in 2016, and the Australian Adrian DI LALLO at the wheel of his ISUZU.
 






A TOP FLIGHT LINE-UP!


TRUCKS




All the best pilots of the truck category will meet in Moscow.



And while with five trucks entered, the blue armada that is the KAMAZ MASTER team are the favourites, Airat MARDEEV (2016 winner), Eduard NIKOLAEV (2017 Dakar winner), Andrey Karginov (2017 Africa Eco Race winner), Anton SHIBALOV and Dmitry SOTNIKOV won’t have it all their own way



Back on the Silk Way Rally after a first participation in 2009, the Dutchman Gerard DE ROOY (2012 and 2016 Dakar winner) will be a serious challenger behind the wheel of his new IVECO entered by the PETRONAS DE ROOY IVECO team. Two other trucks, driven by the Kazakh Artur ARDAVICIUS and Ton VAN GENUGTEN complete the trio.



One of the main protagonists of last year’s race in his RENAULT SHERPA, another ‘flying Dutchman’ Martin VAN DEN BRINK (MAMMOET RIWALD RALLY SPORT), will be able to count on the support of the two other Renaults driven by Pascal DE BAAR and Gert HUZINK.



Also entering three trucks are the Belarusian MAZ AUTOSPORT team with Siarhei VIAZOVICH, Aliaksei VISHNEUSKI and Aleksandr VASILEVSKI.



While the three TATRAs entered will be run by three different teams, all from the Czech Republic, with Ales LOPRAIS (INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS TEAM), Tomas VRATNY (BONVER DAKAR PROJECT) and Martin KOLOMY (TATRA BUGGYRA RACING), all intending to make their mark.



As will the new SCANIA driven by the Hungarian Miklos KOVACS (TEAM QUALISPORT).



Finally, from the land of the rising sun, Teruhito SUGAWARA will be on the starting line for the second consecutive year aboard his factory HINO.
 




WORLD WIDE MEDIA COVERAGE



As in 2016, the Silk Way Rally will benefit from worldwide media coverage, with 196 countries broadcasting images.


The Silk Way Rally are delighted to renew their partnership with the EURONEWS news channel, that broadcasts in 20 languages in no less than 114 countries.



This distribution will be reinforced for the 2017 edition of the Silk Way Rally thanks to the signing of a new partnership with FB LIFE, the leading Chinese digital platform dedicated to the automobile sector,  that counts no less than 10 million members and boasts an audience of nearly 100 million visitors.

 

-Chris Rodrigro, photos Silk Way Rally

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