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After 8 editions where only cars and trucks had the opportunity to drive on the tracks used by the Silk Way Rally, bikes and quads are joining the 2019 edition, at last.

In order to welcome the bikers in the best conditions for this first time, the Organizing Committee has decided not to accept bikers without service crew and to limit the number of entries in this category.

From the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Mongol steppes, up to the giant dunes of the Gobi Desert, bikes and quads will share the same race route as cars and trucks but also SSV’s.

This category which has grown rapidly over the past few years on all events of the discipline, enables everyone to access rally-raids at controlled costs. SSV’s will be part of the car category, in the T3 group, according to the new FIA regulations. SSV’s not complying with new regulations may enter in the Open group.

ELIGIBLE VEHICLES RACE

MOTORBIKES - QUADS CATEGORY
  • Gategory 1 Motorbike, up to 450 cc, single or twin cylinder (2 Strokes or 4 Strokes). Complying with Art 080.7 and following of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship regulations.
  • Gategory 2 Quads (three wheels vehicles are forbidden).

CARS - TRUCKS CATEGORY

1) Group T1: Improved Cross-Country Vehicles

  • Group T1.1: Petrol 4x4 improved cross-country vehicles.
  • Group T1.2: Diesel 4x4 improved cross-country vehicles.
  • Group T1.3: Petrol, 2-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Group T1.4: Diesel, 2-wheel drive vehicles.
2) Group T2: Series Production Cross-Country Vehicles Series Production cross-country vehicles homologated in T2 Group, complying with art 281, 282, 283 and 284 of the FIA regulations, or equipped with a bodywork of a new version regularly marketed of the model approved by FIA in T2 Group (except the new bodywork parts, the whole vehicle must comply with its validated FIA homologation card in T2 group)
  • Group T2.1: Petrol cross-country series production vehicles.
  • Group T2.2: Diesel cross-country series production vehicles.
  • Group T2.3 Series Production vehicles, which homologation has failed.
3) Group T3: Cross Country Vehicles-SSV
  • Group T3.1: Prototypes Light vehicles up to 1.050 cc, with an atmospheric or turbocharged petrol engine. Complying with article 286-2019 Appendix J FIA, published December 6th, 2018 and with the specific regulations of the event.
  • Group T3.2: Standard light vehicles up to 1050 cc, with an atmospheric or turbocharged petrol engine. Complying with article 286-2019, Appendix J FIA, published December 6th, 2018 and with the specific regulations of the event.

Fuel autonomy required is 250 km (+10%). In 2019, all vehicles of T3 Group are « SSV’s» only.

4) Group T4 TRUCKS

In the truck classification, there will be:

  • A Challenge “under 10 liters”
  • A Challenge “6X6”
Trucks must not be higher than 4,00m, overall.
  • Group T4.1: Series Production Trucks Complying with Appendix J. FIA article 287 (2019) and to the homologation regulations of T4 FIA Group (01/01/2008).
  • Group T4.2: Modified Trucks Complying with Article T8P of Dakar 2019 technical regulations, possessing the Dakar passport, or demand being pursued, or possessing the equivalent of the Dakar technical passport, issued by the competitor’s ASN.In the case where the demand of the technical passport is being pursued, the competitor must hold a written document stating « demand being pursued, without any reserve ». T4.1 having obtained an extension of validity until August 1st 2018 and that have not been modified from Appendix J287/2018 and the FIA 5A/01/2018 homologation regulation of the T4 group will no longer be accepted in T4.1 and must therefore be entered in T4.2.
  • Group T4.3: Series or Modified trucks Corresponding to the technical specifications of Groups T4.1 or T4.2 and carrying out "fast service" for one or several crews entered in the race.

5) Groups OPEN

The Organization Committee reserves the right to refuse any crew in this group.

  • Group OP5: All vehicles conforming to 2018 Score Regulations.
  • Group OP6.1: Improved cross-country vehicles conforming with CAMF regulations Complying with the technical code of the 2019 Chinese Cross-Country Rally Championship, Articles G281, G282, G283, G285 (T1), G286 (T3). A vehicle complying with the Chinese technical regulations may be accepted as long as: The competitor gives the proof that his vehicle is recognized by the CAMF (Chinese Automobile and Motorcycle Federation); The vehicle is equipped with an air restrictor in accordance with the Silk Way Rally technical regulations.
  • Group OP6.2: Series production cross-country vehicles conforming with CAMF regulations Complying with the technical code of the 2019 Chinese Cross-Country Rally Championship, Articles G281, G282, G283, G284 (T2). A vehicle complying with the Chinese technical regulations may be accepted as long as: The competitor gives the proof that his vehicle is recognized by the CAMF (Chinese automobile and motorbike Federation); The vehicle is equipped with an air restrictor in accordance with the technical regulations.
  • Group OP7: SSV vehicles not complying with the T3.1 and T3.2 FIA 2019 regulations These vehicles must comply with Art. 282 and 283, Appendix J FIA and with the Silk Way Rally specific regulations.
At the difference of the T3 category, vehicles of the OP7 group can have a roll cage homologated by an ASN. Like in the T3 category, turbocharged engines must be equipped with an air restrictor of 25mm. The fuel autonomy required is 250 km (+10%).
  • Group OP8.1 ex T3.1 Group Vehicles Improved cross-country vehicles over 750 kg, under 1.050 cc, with an atmospheric petrol engine. Complying with article 286-2018 Appendix J FIA.
  • Group OP8.2: ex T3.2 Group Vehicles Improved cross-country vehicles, And Lightweight Vehicles over 750 kg, over 1.050 cc, with an engine able to be homologated in Group N or T2. Complying with article 286-2015, Appendix J FIA.

ADMISSIBLE VEHICLES SERVICE

The choice of vehicles is free, except caravans which are forbidden.

Trailers, semi-trailer trucks, motorhomes, buses and campers are allowed.