Silk Way Rally


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May 6, 2013
Red China
Do really hope the SILK WAY RALLY becomes a major race event over here in Asia (China) as really like to get up close and personal to the race event in the next few years.
Had other overseas commitments (family) during this years summer and wasn't able to have a look-see, brilliant rally terrain (Gobi + Taklamakan Desert / Grasslands) in Xinjiang / Gansu / Inner "Nei" Mongolia provinces of China (Hami, Urumqi, Bortala, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Hohot, etc..) absolute stunning ~ deserted ~ remote without any real touristy development yet, have been in the regions several times in the last decades...'nuff said....

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The Red Bull documentary "Where The Trail Ends" takes them mountain bikers to the remote China region as well:
2017 Silk Way Rally - Moscow (Russia) >>> Xi’an (China) from July 7-22, 2017

From Moscow’s Red Square to Xi’an’s Imperial City, with a rest day in Urumqi, the 2017 Silk Way Rally opens a new chapter in the history of cross-country competition, proposing a long west to east journey and a sporting and mechanical challenge defying the elements like no other.

•10th January 2017 Opening of registration – Start of reduced fees
•3rd April 2017 Start of standard fees
•1st June 2017 Closure of registration
•5th, 6th and 7th July 2017 Administrative checks and scrutineering in Moscow (Russia)
•7th July 2017 Start podium on the Red Square in Moscow (Russia)
•8th to 22nd 2017 14 legs 1 rest day
•16th July Rest day in Urumqi (China)
•22nd July 2017 Prize Giving in Xi’an (China)



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Al-Attiyah joins Peugeot trio in Silk Way Rally 2017 roster

3. Mar 2017

2017 LINE-UP
PEUGEOT SPORT have officially confirmed their presence on the Silk Way Rally 2017 by entering 3 cars driven by PETERHANSEL, LOEB and DESPRES.
A 2017 edition that will also welcome NASSER AL ATTIYAH and his copilot MATHIEU BAUMEL, serious contenders for victory too.
An exceptional edition where the many amateurs about to register will be able to fight against the best crews of the discipline.

Frédéric Lequien – Deputy Director Silk Way Rally
“The rally-raid community has come together tonight in Paris. The enthusiasm generated from this presentation shows how important the Silk Way Rally has become in just a few years. For 2017, we have to build upon last summer’s enormous success. And, believe me, we are working flat out to organise an unforgettable rally. While it is a sporting adventure it is also the chance to discover stunning scenery in Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Now, all that is left is to see you at the start this coming July 7 in Moscow!”

Luc Alphand, Sports and Competitors’ Adviser
“The 2017 route will be grandiose, with a variety of incredible landscapes, tracks, off-track, steppe, mountain and of course the Gobi desert ! Silk Way Rally DNA is discovery and adventure. Competitors will be delighted.”

Bruno Famin – Director Peugeot Sport
“The 2017 Silk Way Rally is attractive in both its geography and place on the racing calendar.The marathon format is another opportunity for Peugeot Sport to demonstrate its competitiveness in rally-raid on a very long and interesting event in which we will enter three crews. The goal is to have a Peugeot DKR 3008 triumph. Russia and China are very important markets for Peugeot…”

Stéphane Peterhansel – Driver Peugeot Sport
“The Silk Way Rally has everything we expect from a major rally-raid with fantastic stages,challenging terrain and an organisation on par with the biggest events of the season. My accident in 2016 let me experience this rally in a different way. I would really like to add this extraordinary rally to my list of accomplishments.”

Cyril Despres – Driver Peugeot Sport, defending champion
“For sure the 2017 Silk Way Rally will have a special meaning for us. The 2016 edition was our first major victory on four-wheels and when taking a look at the competition that we will face this year, it is not a given that we will repeat, but we will do everything we can to take the win!”

Tobias Quandt – Team manager X-Raid
“Our project is to enter several MINI Countryman for the 2017 Silk Way Rally. Our customers are interested, but we will also line-up several of our lead drivers to compete for the best possible result on this major rally that we now believe is one of the most important of the year.”

Jean-Marc Fortin – Team Manager Overdrive Racing
“In consultation with Team Toyota Gazoo Racing, we are very seriously considering entering,once again, several cars in the Silk Way Rally. The challenge is mpressive and, in this context,we hope to announce something very positive very soon!”

Christian Lavieille – Driver
“I was really disappointed not to participate in the 2016 edition. But while I can’t say more, I can confirm I will be at the start of the 2017 Silk Way Rally with a major constructor! An official announcement will be made in a few weeks…

Antoine Morel – Team Manager MD Rallye Sport
“Our Optimus Buggy demonstrated its potential on the 2016 Silk Way Rally. In all, I think we will have four Buggy at the start on July 7 in Moscow.”

This party was also an opportunity to recall the stakes of the tracks towards the East with its new attractive markets, for which the rally is a powerful vector of notoriety allowing to conquer coveted market shares.The Moscow-Xi’an project enjoys the highest level of support in the Russian Federation,Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of China, which makes the Silk Way Rally a prominent international sporting event, followed by media throughout the world.

Beyond the international spin-offs, media coverage of the Silk Way Rally 2016 in Russia,Kazakhstan and China has met expectations.196 countries broadcast the images of the Rally in 2016. Editorial tools dedicated to the race and set up by Chinese media such as CCTV, HUNAN TV, SHANGHAI TV and the online platform of LETV SPORTS have given the rally an XXL coverage.Also, no less than 60 million unique visitors log on every day on LETV SPORTS.
Audience figures are at the country’s scale.This exposure will be reinforced in 2017 as FB LIFE, the first Chinese digital platform dedicated to the automotive sector, becomes an official partner of the rally. FB Life has 10 million members and an audience of nearly 100 million visitors.

2017 SILK WAY RALLY Program
10th January 2017 Opening of registration – Start of reduced fee
4th April 2017 Start of standard fee
1st June 2017 Closure of registration
5th and 6th July 2017 Administrative checks and scrutineering in Moscow
7th July 2017 Start podium on the Red Square in Moscow
8th to 22nd July 2017 14 legs 1 rest day
16th July 2017 Rest day in Urumqi
22nd July 2017 Prize giving in Xi’an

The 7th edition of Silk Way Rally, which will be held on July 7-22 along the route Moscow-Astana-Xi’an, was presented on the first round of FIA World CUP for Cross-Country Rallies – Russia Northern Forest Baja.

SWR 2017 Reco. New places, new adventures.....

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