On March 2, 2017 Peugeot Sport Team officially announced the participation of 3 “Lion” crews in 2017 Silk Way Rally. The current car winners are going to fight on one of the the world longest cross-country rally on the new buggy Peugeot DKR, the updated model of the one that leaded the race through Gobi desert last year.
The victorious team will be represented by the famous trio of French drivers: the winner of 2016 Silk Way Rally Cyril Despres, the most successful Dakar racer Stephane Peterhansel and the nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb.
‘The 2017 Silk Way Rally will provide Peugeot with another opportunity to showcase its competitiveness in the world of cross-country rallying. Team Peugeot is targeting another win on this event which has forged a reputation for being long and gruelling and this year’s rally is likely to be no exception. The terrain it covers, its slot in the calendar and its format make it an exciting challenge for Peugeot Sport, while Russia and China are both very important markets for Peugeot, said Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director.
‘As organisers, we are extremely proud and honoured to have one of the world’s best-known brands and one of cross-country rallying’s most successful teams contesting our event. All three Pugeot crews boast exceptional records and they are all genuine personalities. The 2017 Silk Way Rally promises to be a magnificent, spectacular but also challenging event, with a nicely-balanced itinerary, a wide variety of terrains and a new finish venue this time in Xi’an. We have attracted some major media broadcasting partnerships which will help to promote the Silk Way Rally’s reputation and coverage’, said Frederic Lequien, Silk Way Rally Deputy Principal.
In 2016 Peugeot Sport had also sent three crews to compete on SilkWayRally. On the first stages the team leader Stephane Peterhansel left everyone behind him, but due to the sudden accident he lost his chance to win.
Sebastien Loeb missed mandatory waypoints on one of the final stages, which
cost him a penalty and drove his crew to the 7 th place. The gold was taken by
Cyril Despres after dramatic fight during the race with Yazeed Al-Rajhi’s X-
Raid MINI and Vladimir Vasiliev’s G-Energy MINI.