LEG 15. HOHHOT-BEIJING24 July 2016, Beijing, FINISH
«THE GREAT WALL»
Crews will drive along the legendary Great Wall of China and cross the finish podium in front of the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, where rally champions will get their well-deserved White Tiger Cups!
Distance: 507.68 km
LEG 14. WUHAI-HOHHOT23 July 2016, Wuhai-Hohhot
«THE RIGHT HEADING»
This stage is mostly set on the fast sandy tracks – a real pleasure for a pilot. But it also has a whole lot of demanding dunes, which disappear only a few kilometers before the finish. These dunes are able to set various challenges and make some shifts in final classification. The fourteenth stage is the last one before the finish but one should not underestimate it, so stay alert till the very end.
Selective sections: 261 km
Road sections: 494 km
Total distance: 756 km
LEG 11. DUNHUANG-JIAYUGUAN20 July 2016, Dunhuang-Jiayuguan
«1 000 LAKES»
At the start of the selective section the crews must go through small but challenging dunes. Then rally caravan enters mountains and once again reaches the altitude of 2500 meters. The competitors must perform great accuracy on the off-road as it will be a hard track with frequent changes of speed.
Selective sections: 330 km
Road sections: 231 km
Total distance: 561 km
LEG 12. JIAYUGUAN-ALXA YOUQI (ALASHAN)21 July 2016, Jiayuguan-Alxa Youqi
The longest selective section of the Chinese stages – with thousands of dunes! Fast tracks along dry riverbeds give racers an opportunity to perform their driving skills. Co-pilots must follow the changes of direction carefully as they often become noticeable only at the last moment. After driving among breathtaking dunes and lakes rally caravan will go down into the valley and complete the final section of sands and off-road. No doubt, the twelfth stage has to be considered the most beautiful one on this rally!
Selective sections: 425 km
Road sections: 242 km
Total distance: 667 km
Копия Этап 13. Алашань-Юци – Ухай22 июля, Алашань-Юци – Ухай
Этап 13. Алашань-Юци – Ухай
«Старыми шахтерскими дорогами»
Этап начнется в устье реки в среднем темпе, но по мере приближения дюн трасса будет становиться все более узкой и коварной. Экипажам необходимо сохранить правильное направление и не пропустить ни одной контрольной точки, это чревато большими потерями. Очень красивый спецучасток, отмеченный самыми разными типами трасс. Следуйте дорожным книгам!
Спортивные участки: 367 км
Дорожные секции: 357 км
Общая дистанция: 725 км
LEG 9. URUMQI-HAMI18 July 2016, Urumqi-Hami
«THE GOLDEN DUNES»
Typical cross-country stage in “African” style – across the desert and giant dunes! The racers will enjoy an exciting mix of fast tracks and off-road, all this on the sand. Special attention must be paid to the sandy section and dunes, with will set a beautiful background for the stage, along with picturesque canyons.
Selective sections: 384 км
Road sections: 335 км
Total distance: 720 км
LEG 10. HAMI-DUNHUANG19 July 2016, Hami-Dunhuang
«THE TRACK TO CAVES»
The first kilometers of the leg – soil roads and pleasure of driving! The racers must pay attention to the rocks in the cayons along their way to the finish line. The stage culminates in the high peak 2000 meters above the sea level.
Selective sections: 340 км
Road sections: 144 км
Total distance: 484 км
LEG 8. BORTALA-URUMQI17 July 2016, Bortala-Urumqi
«THE BEAUTIFUL MEADOW»
Special stage starts with fast winding tracks, which change into hard technical sections. The driving skills are highly required here. Then the crews enter off-road, where navigation is not such demanding due to numerous control points, but the last kilometers are very fast.
Selective sections: 257 км
Road sections: 648 км
Total distance: 905 км
LEG 7. ALMATY-BORTALA16 July 2016, Almaty-Bortala
«THE BIG MOUNTAINS»
The final leg in Kazakhstan is set among the breathtaking mountain landscapes of Silk Road. Demanding and technical track will lead the competitors to the high plateau from 2000 to 2600 meter above the sea level. Despite the short distance, no one should underestimate this stage!
During the leg rally caravan crosses the border between Kazakhstan and China.
Selective sections: 77 km
Road sections: 505 km
Total distance: 582 km
LEG 5. ASTANA-BALKHASH13 July 2016, Astana-Balkhash
«THE SEVEN RIVERS LAKE»
The longest and one of the most beautiful stage of the entire rally! Constant changes of speed, waterfalls and dry riverbeds, soil and sand – the struggle on these tracks will be particularly exciting! No guarantee that all competitors will manage to complete the 569-km long special section.
Selective sections: 569 km
Road sections: 253 km
Total distance: 821 km
LEG 6. BALKHASH-ALMATY14 July 2016, Balkhash-Almaty
«IN BETWEEN TWO LAKES»
The sixth stage is bursting with off-road: sands, first dunes, vegetation and bushes… Numerous changes of direction require competitors to follow the road book closely, and the fast section is arranged close to the finish. After the arrival to Almaty all racers get an opportunity to regain their energy – well-deserved and so necessary break in the south capital of Kazakhstan before the beginning of the second racing week!
Selective sections: 411 km
Road sections: 445 km
Total distance: 856 km
LEG 4. KOSTANAI-ASTANA12 July 2016, Kostanai-Astana
After the short road section rally caravan will reduce its speed. The selective starts with fast soil roads, then crews manoeuvre between invisible holes and ditches. This leg will be enjoyed by those who love pilotage.
Before the finish at the bivouac the racers cross Astana city center to join the festival in the heart of Kazakhstan’s capital.
Selective sections: 345 km
Road sections: 510 km
Total distance: 856 km
LEG 3. UFA-KOSTANAI11 July 2016, Ufa-Kostanai
«TOWARDS KOSTANAI REGION»
The last special stage in Russia – 200 kilometers on fast soil roads. The third stage is more technical, so the pilots must perform accurate driving and the co-pilots should keep as focused as possible.
During the second road section of this leg rally caravan will cross the border between Russia and Kazakhstan.
Selective sections: 200 km
Road sections: 615 km
Total distance: 815 km
LEG 1. MOSCOW-KAZAN9 July 2016, Moscow-Kazan
«ROAD TO TATARSTAN»
Rally caravan leaves Luzhniki Olympic Stadium to cover the long road section from Moscow to the capital of Tatarstan Republic. 2-km sand section, created in Kazan specially for this race, will mark the official start of competition. That’s where all competitors will enter the racing track for the first time. The prologue with numerous high-drives will long be remembered by the citizens of Tatarstan.
Selective sections: 2 km
Road sections: 852 km
Total distance: 854 km
LEG 2. KAZAN-UFA10 July 2016, Kazan – Ufa
The first real challenge for the crews – a 136-km long selective section on the fast soil roads. Co-pilots must perform all their skills to find a correct direction from Tatarstan to Bashkirie.
Those, who will manage to complete special stage, will be warmly greeted in Naberezhnye Chelny, the mother city of KAMAZ.
Selective sections: 136 km
Road sections: 490 km
Total distance: 625 km
In 2016, after two-year break, Silk Way Rally got a second wind, when China joined the organization process, hosting the most part of racing stages and, therefore, transforming this cross-country competition into a transcontinental marathon. Unique route across Russian forests and steppes, Kazakh mountain ranges and Chinese deserts made this edition unforgettable. Overall cup in car category was won by Cyril Despres and David Castera (Peugeot Total Team), and Airat Mardeev (KAMAZ-master Team) became a champion of truck category.
Rally in figures
17 days - total duration of rally, 14 bivouacs
41 countries represented by pilots
1100 participants and team members
more than 2500 people in Europe, Russia and China took part in organisation of rally
140 Russian and international journalists with permanent accreditation
560 media professionals with temporary accreditation
196 countries of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa broadcasted TV programs on Silk Way Rally 2016
daily access to bivouac for up to 2200 people
550 vehicles arrived at the bivouac every day
125 racing crews (102 cars and 23 trucks) enrolled in competition
192 vehicles of Service category
168 organization vehicles provided rally services
up to 15 000 people in every fan zone along rally route
16 aircrafts in rally aviation group
14 car transporters accompanied rally
David Castera (co-driver)
Team: TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL
Timo Gottschalk (co-driver)
Konstantin Zhiltsov (co-driver)
Aydar Belyaev (co-driver)
Dmitrii Svistunov (mechanic)
Team: KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
Ruslan Akhmadeev (co-driver)
Ivan Romanov (mechanic)
Team: KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
3Maarten van den Brink
Peter Villemsen (co-driver)
Daniel Kozlovsky (mechanic)
Team: Mammoet Rallysport