Silk Way Rally is one of the most large-scale competition in the world of cross-country rallies. The first edition took place in 2009 and connected Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. At that time the rally was conducted at the initiative of the presidents of these three countries, who were also personally present on the award ceremony. The rally name “Silk Way” represents the Eurasian nature of the race and its meaning for the connection of all countries in the area of the ancient Silk Way. From 2010 to 2013 about one thousand racers on their cars and trucks represented 30 world countries on the rally.
In 2016, thanks to the support of rally general partner Gazprom, Silk Way Rally reached a new level: rally route for the first time in its history crossed Russia, Kazakhstan and China from Moscow to Beijing. Such decision was made to emphasize the active development of diplomatic, social and economic relations between Russia and China.
Since 2016, the rally has taken form of a transcontinental rally marathon, uniting the sportsmen from dozens of countries on the unique route along the ancient Silk Road.In 2020, the SILK WAY RALLY was scheduled to be held from 3 to 11 July 2020, to become part of the FIA Cross-country Rally World Championship.
Cancelled on 28 May 2020
- Becomes part of the 2020 FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup
- Is part of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for the second year running
- Official date of the rally (FIA/FIM calendar): from 2 to 11 July 2020 / start podium 3 July
- Administrative checks and scrutineering: 2 and 3 July 2020 - Moscow
- 8 stages – approx. 4200 kilometres
- Moscow–Kazan (Russia)