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2018 SILK WAY RALLY: START FROM XI’AN

2018 SILK WAY RALLY: START FROM XI’AN

Almost five months after the finish ceremony of the 2017 Silk Way Rally, with Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT TOTAL TEAM) on top of car category and Dmitry Sotnikov (KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM) leading in trucks, all eyes are turned to the next edition of the race, which will take off from China for the first time.

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Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov:  «I’m sure you will impress your fans, while continuing to create the history of Russian automobile and motorcycle sport»

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov: «I’m sure you will impress your fans, while continuing to create the history of Russian automobile and motorcycle sport»

On August, 23 the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov met Silk Way Rally Organization team and KAMAZ-master team members. The meeting was held in the residence of Tatarstan President – the Governor Palace in Kazan Kremlin.

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Diesel test on Silk Way Rally route

Diesel test on Silk Way Rally route

For many years Silk Way Rally has not only been a unique environment for vehicle strength tests but also served as a tough marathon that crosses the most challenging areas of Eurasia and provides conditions to check other car components. This year a unique experiment was performed during the race: on the entire route from Moscow to China some vehicles used an innovative Diesel Opti fuel, developed by Gazprom Neft, an official fuel partner of Silk Way Rally.

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Technologies race: rally car from the inside

Technologies race: rally car from the inside

Every rally is unpredictable. The victory may be gained only by the combination of strong will, perseverance and creativity. At the same time it is a race of technologies and materials that help pilots to perform their best skills.

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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated the winners of Silk Way Rally

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated the winners of Silk Way Rally

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated KAMAZ-master team on their win on 2017 Silk Way Rally and mentioned the high level of race organization, emphasizing the meaning of the project to the strengthening of people relations. The official letter of Vladimir Putin is published on the official website of Russian President.

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S.14 Despres and Sotnikov score doubles at Xi’an

S.14 Despres and Sotnikov score doubles at Xi’an

Arriving in triumph and bright sunshine at the ancient capital of the Middle Empire, at the end of over 700 kilometres of liaison, the competitors on the 2017 Silk Way Rally were all smiles. Cancelled following heavy overnight rain in the Zhongwei region, the last 100,67 km special was transformed into a lap of honour for the competitors and their assistance, coming to the end of 15 days and nearly 10.000 km of racing that was varied and demanding for both man and machine. Pulling into the parc fermé, that marks the end of this 2017 edition, at Xi’an’s exhibition centre, Cyril Despres and David Castera (Peugeot 3008DKR n°100) take a second consecutive victory in the car category, while Dmitry Sotnikov, accompanied by his Kamaz Ruslan team co-drivers Akhmadeev and Ilnur Mustafin (Kamaz-Master n°303) also takes a second victory in the truck class (after their first in 2013), at the end of a fierce battle with their Kamaz team mates.

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But we are waiting for the 2018 edition;) #silkwayrally #china #crosscountryrally

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Feel the music! #kazakhstan #silkwayrally

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On the way to Urdzhar. #szalay #silkway #roadtoxian @mchphotocz

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Big animal! #crosscountryrally #rally #silkwayrally #autosport #truck

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Press-center work #always #silkwayrally2017 #crosscountryrally #press #kazakhstan @s.anashkevitch

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Toyota story: how to accept Silk Way Rally challenge

Toyota story: how to accept Silk Way Rally challenge

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Gazpromneft and Diesel Opti

Gazpromneft and Diesel Opti

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Awards ceremony in Xian

Awards ceremony in Xian

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Leg 13. The great cathedrals … of dunes

Leg 13. The great cathedrals … of dunes

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Leg 12. A long journey...

Leg 12. A long journey...

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Leg 11. The fort of the fertile valley

Leg 11. The fort of the fertile valley

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