Cars: Al-Attiyah-Baumel, 10 out of 10 at Silk Way Rally

Cars: Al-Attiyah-Baumel, 10 out of 10 at Silk Way Rally

16.07.2019: SILK WAY RALLY Final Stage Tuesday, July 16th 2019 Or 9 out of 9 if you don’t count the liaison stage from Mongolia to China. Either way, difficult to do better. By winning every stage from Irkutsk to Dunhuang, Nasser A

SILK WAY RALLY
Final Stage
Tuesday, July 16th 2019




Or 9 out of 9 if you don’t count the liaison stage from Mongolia to China. Either way, difficult to do better. By winning every stage from Irkutsk to Dunhuang, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Gazoo Racing Overdrive) made their mark on this rally in no uncertain style, showing just how determined they were to add one of the few races that escaped them until now to their already impressive tally.



 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qat/Toyota Gazoo Racing Overdrive) 1st:
“I am so happy to finally win this SILK WAY RALLY after having twice finished second. It was important to me because it is a big and beautiful race. We have crossed three very different countries, with completely different stages and terrain.



I will never forget the first stage in China. I think it was one of the most difficult of my career. Winning all the specials since the start is simply the cherry on the cake, my seventh victory in row this season. It is the fruit, of course, of the work of a whole team and obviously my co-driver Mathieu, without which none of this would be possible.”



The best crew currently racing, in the best car of the entry list: were these ingredients alone enough to achieve such a faultless drive? “An essential ingredient, that we often forget, is that not only is Nasser the fastest driver here but also he drives in complete harmony with his machine,” commented Jean-Marc Fortin, team manager of Toyota Gazoo Racing Overdrive.




Beaten by the Qatari driver by 1h25, Han Wei (Buggy Geely SMG) used his knowledge of ‘his’ desert to finish 2nd, one place higher than his best result to date, back in 2017, when the rally finished in Xi’an.




Han Wei (Buggy Geely SMG) 3rd:
“My cars has suffered from an engine problem since the start - sand in a cylinder inherited from a previous rally. It is why throughout the event we have constantly been adding oil, without ever knowing if we would be able to get to the end. I would like therefore thank my co-driver for his excellent job… and my sponsor for having supplied me with such excellent oil!”



With a much-improved buggy, the French pairing of Jérôme Pélichet and Pascal Larroque (Optimus Raid Lynx) finished 3rd, a considerably better result than they’d dreamed of at the start. Proof that on such a long rally as the Silk Way ‘more speed, less haste’ is advise worth heeding…



Jérôme Pélichet (Fra/Optimus Raid Lynx) 3rd:
“What joy to finish on this final podium. I knew there were about a dozen cars that were faster than us on the start line of this SILK WAY RALLY, so I was hoping for a place in the top 5. But finishing third?



I would never have bet on it. This morning, after yesterday’s problems, we set off in attack mode. I made a mistake in not asking to be reclassified, so we started 15th and I was worried about some strategy from the Shanxi Yunxiang team buggies. So I drove flat out, to post the third time on the stage and make sure of our third place on the podium, which will be one of the best memories of my career…


Right now I’m ready to set off for another two days racing in the Gobi Desert!”
 





2019 Silk Way Rally: Stage 10 Results


Car: Top 3

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA)   Toyota Hilux
   02:27:30
2. Eric Van Loon (NLD)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA)   Toyota Hilux   +00:02:25
3. Jérome Pelichet (FRA)/Pascal Larroque (FRA)   Optimus
   +00:03:56




2019 Silk Way Rally: Overall Rankings after Stage 10


Car: Top 3


1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA)   Toyota Hilux
   24:25:29
2. Wei Han (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)   SMG Buggy   +01:25:04
3. Jérome Pelichet (FRA)/Pascal Larroque (FRA)   Optimus
   +01:43:39






- Chris Rodrigo, photo Red Bull

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