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Silk Way Rally '17 -STAGE 2- Tcheboksary – Ufa

E. Araiza

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Tcheboksary – Ufa / July 9
Leg distance: 785,63 km
Special distance: 157,00 km

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Leg 2. Grand Kazan track

This stage will require driving skills. The track is sometimes narrow and very technical. Some parts are very fast and winding. Attention must be paid so as not to cut the track on the main part of the special, there are hidden holes on some places. The road-book must be followed with care.




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their ranking page is all screwy but Bryce is 4th overall after two stages...8:51 back of Peterhansel, 7:03 back of Loeb for 3rd, and 7:04 back of Depres. AlRajhi in the other Mini is way back some two hours...Not a very full entry list this year...Seems like just a testing run for Mini and the Pugs...

E. Araiza

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their ranking page is all screwy but Bryce is 4th overall after two stages...8:51 back of Peterhansel, 7:03 back of Loeb for 3rd, and 7:04 back of Depres. AlRajhi in the other Mini is way back some two hours...Not a very full entry list this year...Seems like just a testing run for Mini and the Pugs...

E. Araiza

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Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot 3008DKR n°106) and Martin van den Brink (Renault Sherpa n°301) win in the car and truck categories. In the process the Frenchman and the Dutchman both take the overall lead in their respective categories.

Key Points

*Cars: ‘Peter’ takes the top spot

*T2: Di Lallo holds onto the lead

*Trucks: Dutch duel

*Tomorrow: “River Tobol in sight”

Cars: ‘Peter’ takes the top spot
Second away at the start of the 2nd 157 kilometre long special, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret (Peugeot 3008DKR n°106) took advantage of team mates Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena’s (Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi n°102) hard work opening the piste to win their first stage victory and at the same time take the overall lead in the car class.

In extremely slippery conditions, following heavy rainfall in the Bachkirie region, the big challenge was simply to stay on the track. A task the Peugeot threesome pulled off to perfection, once again taking the first three places, with Despres (Peugeot 3008DKR n°100) second at 1:47, just one second ahead of Loeb across the line. A special result that means that Peugeot continue to monopolise the first three places overall, with Peterhansel (1st) and Despres (3rd) separated by just 3m32s.

The American Bryce Menzies (Mini John Cooper Works n°105) and the Chinese driver Han Wei (Geeley SMG Buggy n°107) complete the top 5, both on the stage and overall.

Not such a good day however for the Saudian Yazeed Al Rajhi (Mini John Cooper Works n°101), who went off the track 34 km from the finish line, giving away at least 2 hours in the process.

T2 Class
Di Lallo holds firm

Australian Adrian Di Lallo might not be so used to driving in the rain but the Isuzu MU-X pilot carried on today as he started out yesterday and maintains his No 1 spot in the T2 category reserved for production based cars. He leads the factory Toyota Land Cruiser of the Toyota Autobody team, driven by the Japanese pilot Akira Miura, by more than 5 minutes overall. The Kazakh Chernenkov (Nissan Patrol n°136), takes third place both on the special and overall.

Trucks: Dutch duel
It was Martin van den Brink (Renault Sherpa n°301) and Gerard De Rooy (Iveco 4x4 DRNL n°302) who led home the Silk Way Rally truck race on today’s second stage. Taking advantage of a certain amount of over-enthusiasm from the Tatras of Kolomy and Loprais, as well as Viazovich in his MAZ, all of whom made errors on this particularly tricky special, the Dutchmen came out on top. And while van den Brink took 2m04s off De Rooy on the stage, overall he is only 13 seconds ahead of his countryman. The Kazakh Ardavicius (Iveco 4x4 DRNL n°310) takes the third spot just ahead of the first Kamaz of Anton Shibalov (n°312) and

Dmitry Sotnikov (n°303). Yesterday’s stage winner, the Czech Martin Kolomy (Tatra n°311) gave away 11m30s and goes down to 5th place overall. Peanuts compared to the 56 minutes lost by Siarhei Viazovich (Maz n°304). Ales Loprais (Tatra n°305) had an even worse day and at the time of writing is still stopped at km 122 of the special, more than two hours after his rivals crossed the finish line…Road Book

Tomorrow: “River Tobol in Sight”
This 3rd stage (876 km) will also be the last special (329.25 kms) held on Russian soil, before the rally crosses over to Kazakhstan for a short night in Kostanay (rally time goes from GMT+3 to GMT+6). On the day’s menu: lots of changes of direction, often hidden in the vegetation. Co-drivers will have to pay close attention to the road book, especially the distances. And while the special also has some fast, technical sections, opening the piste is going to be hard work…


Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA/Peugeot 3008DKR n°106): “We are driving idiots – much too fast for this type of terrain. We go hard when it is so easy to make a mistake. We have tyres that work better than the old generation rubber the 4x4s are using. It was like Holiday on Ice. We’re just happy to get to the end. We won the stage but that doesn’t change anything. You have to get through each obstacle… Tomorrow will be our turn to open…””

Cyril Despres (FRA/Peugeot 3008DKR n°100): “A complicated day – I’m not used to these kind of conditions. Our car is built for the sand and the desert so it is not easy to drive it in the mud with so much water in the ruts. Still, in the end no big problems and no big gaps between myself and my team mates so everything’s OK.”

Sébastien Loeb (FRA/Peugeot 3008DKR n°104): “For the water crossings we just put our foot down and keep our fingers crossed… We are really driving defensively, even if the pace is quite fast. We lost a little time on our team mates, especially in the really slippery parts or the narrow bits. But we know that it isn’t here that the race will be decided. Though it wasn’t a day to make a mistake…”
Byrce Menzies (USA/Mini John Cooper Works Rally n°105): “The stage was very difficult today, probably the hardest I’ve ever done. It was raining, the car was sliding everywhere and we hit a ditch pretty good. After that played it safe to get to the finish line. We past Yazeed Al Rajhi at about 50 kms then I think after that he slid into a ditch and got stuck for a couple of hours. If we’d been behind him we could have pulled him out…”

Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU/Mini John Cooper Works Rally n°101): “At about km 130 it was narrow and really slippery with a ditch on each side. We went off on the right and got very stuck. So stuck that even a tractor from the farm couldn’t pull us out. In the end we needed two tractors to get us out of the hole we were in!”


Dmitry Sotnikov (RUS/KAMAZ-master n°303): "The weather conditions were really bad, the tracks were very soft and muddy. You had to lower your tyre pressure, as if you are driving in sand, so it was difficult for everyone. Fortunately, the truck was good, no problems at all"

Airat Mardeev (RUS/KAMAZ-master n°300): "On the first half of the special stage everything was fine, we drove a few seconds from van den Brink, showing a good pace and overtaking several vehicles, including cars. But in the middle of the route the windscreen cleaners broken down and the second half we went literally blindly. In such conditions it was dangerous, so it's not surprising that from this moment we began to lose time. In the overall standings, we are not so far behind, there is still a lot of kilometers, so everything is fine."

Gerard De Rooy (NLD/Iveco n°302): “I haven’t often driven on such a slippery track. In some places it was almost impossible to judge the grip. In the first part I couldn’t have driven quicker. After that I made a conscious effort to slow down. A pity because we only missed out on the win by 2 minutes. On the other hand, overall we are really good. I didn’t scare myself and the truck handled very well. I’m happy because it is the first time I have felt so at ease in such extreme conditions.