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2016 Silkway Rally - Stage4 - Kostanay > Astana

Klaus

Administrator
#1


Towards Kostanay oblast - 07/12/2016

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Distance:
Road section: 144 km
Special: 345 km
2nd Road section: 366 km

Schedule:
Cars will start the
road section at 06:30 (17:30 PST on 07/11/2016)
special at 10:50 (21:50 PST on 07/11/2016)

Timezone:
UTC+6 / MSK (Moscow standard time) / 13 hours ahead of current Pacific Time.
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Links:
Silk Way Rally 2016. Moscow - Beijing
Official Entry List


Tracking:
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spalind

Well-Known Member
#4
Damen is sitting 9th overall, 19 minutes adrift, Bensadoun is 16th 30 minutes back...

And the top Nissan is 15th! The South African built, Dakar experienced Jurgen Schroder and his son Max, 29 minutes behind.

The other American (Izhar Armony, codriver for Aviv Kadshai in the #155) is in 39th, 53 minutes back.

 

E. Araiza

Well-Known Member
#5
PETERHANSEL AND NIKOLEAV DOUBLE UP
12.07.2016
Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Nikolaev both set best time on the shortened Kostanay -Astana stage to take the overall lead of the Silk Way Rally in their respective categories.

What to remember:

The double for Peterhansel and Cottret
Back to back for Terentiev and Berkut
Nikolaev by a ‘nose’

The Seven Rivers Lake

Stage 4 was reduced in length (223km) due to an unpassable bridge in the second half of the stage. Starting 8 th , Peterhansel and Cottret had the advantage and had made the most of the cars ahead to find a clear way to the top of the order. “It rained during the first 60kms making the tracks very slippery and there was a lot of mud. The three cars at the front provided a clear track to follow,” explained Peterhansel.

Peterhansel and Cottret are now 02’41” clear of second on the day, Valdimir Vaselyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov in the MINI ALL4 Racing. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena finished third and are now 3 rd overall at 02’51”. Aidyn Rakhimbayev and co-driver Anton Nikolaev were fourth in their MINI ALL4 Racing. The surprise of the day was the fifth place result for the American team of Damien Jeffries and Max Brian Eddy Jr. in their homebuilt Jeffries Buggy to move into 9 th place overall. Yesterday’s overall leaders Cyril Despres and David Castera could only manage 10 TH place today and our now 4 th overall at 03’59” after hitting a hidden block of cement in the tall grass, which damaged a wheel, forcing them to slowdown late in the stage. It was a struggle as well for Al Rahji and Gottschalk who finished 12 th in the stage and dropped to 6 th overall at 07’21” to the leaders. In T2, Aleksandr Terentiev and Alexey Berkut in the Ford Ranger F150 took their second consecutive class win, to extend their lead in the overall classification to 07’10” from second in the stage, Akira Muira and Laurent Lichtleuchter in a ToyotaVDJ200. The Kazakh duo of Marat Abykayev and Andrei Chipenko in a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 completed the production category top 3.

Edouard Nikolaev took the win with the ‘retro nose’ version Kamaz. The Russian was followed to the line by Holland’s Pascal De Baar in the Renault K520 and China’s Hou Hongning. The 2013 Dakar Truck champion, Nikolaev is now at the sharp end of the order in the category of Mastodons, in which Kamaz holds down the top six positions.
 

E. Araiza

Well-Known Member
#6
Quotes stage 4
12.07.2016

“Tomorrow will be another day”
Stéphane Peterhansel (Pilote, Peugeot DKR2008 n°100) :


“It rained during the first 60kms making the tracks very slippery and there was a lot of mud. The three cars at the front provided a clear track to follow. There were sections where we were running at 185kph, which, in my opinion is perhaps too fast. But overall it was a nice stage and a lot fun to drive. But it will be difficult for me tomorrow, because I will be first to start in the longest stage of the rally.”

“Minor faux pas, but still second overall”
Vladimir Vasiliev (N°101 MINI ALL4 Racing):

“The stage went well. Early on the track was wet after the rain, there was a lot of mud, but the other half was already dry. We even had to overtake in the dust. The stage was really difficult because some roads were invisible in the high grass, we couldn’t see the right direction. Sometimes we missed the right corner, then came back and lost some time. But after all, I'm glad with the result.”

“A small error, costs lead”
Cyril Despres (N°104 Peugeot DKR 2008):

“There was a lot of rain early in the stage. We ran together with Sébastien and Vasiliev, which slowed the pace. We were having a decent stage and then at 100km we went off the correct track. It was only for about 300m. Séb followed us then we hit a piece of cement that was hidden by the tall grass and we broke a wheel. We didn’t stop to fix it but we had to slow down.”

“Improving and ready to attack”
Edouard Nikolaev (N°310: Kamaz 43509):


“The stage was very interesting. It was easy to make a mistake which could be have been a problem for the crew and vehicle. There were bottlenecks, cliffs, ravines, winding roads. Then when the dry roads began, the speed increased. We made a few navigation mistakes, but that is normal. The truck feels good, yesterday we made adjustments and today it showed improvement. We will try to attack and take a good result.”
 

Klaus

Administrator
#13
Some notes on the mini team. Al-Rajhi was struggling with overheating issues throughout the day due to high grass blocking the radiators. He finished 12th today and is now ranked 3rd overall. While Harry Hunt got himself stuck and he ranked himself today 89th.
 

Klaus

Administrator
#14
Wonder how under wraps Russia has the media...
Talking to some international press peers and looking at many photos from the race it simply lacks the same press coverage the Dakar gets. More or less the same cars but less attention. Might be a West vs. East empire type bias in play but lets keep politics out of this thread. All I see is an epic race.
 

spalind

Well-Known Member
#19
Talking to some international press peers and looking at many photos from the race it simply lacks the same press coverage the Dakar gets. More or less the same cars but less attention. Might be a West vs. East empire type bias in play but lets keep politics out of this thread. All I see is an epic race.
Oh, no intent to move this to any sort of political discussion...but...Just like all politics are local, all racing IS in fact political in nature...from the FIA favoring the French, to Robby's issues with darn near everyone, to the surprise inspection today with Jefferies, to various political wheels needing to be greased in order for the Dakar to run in certain countries, to who gets what slant in the coverage of the events...its ALL political in one way shape or form and should be PART of the discussion of any race of this nature...not the whole conversation...but part of it....
 

Dirty Harry

Well-Known Member
#20
Jefferies "surprise" inspection is actually quite routine in this environment. As noted above it should be considered a compliment, teams that do particularly well are coated by FIA officials on a daily basis at Dakar.


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