American offroad racing sensation Bryce Menzies is set for a fast-paced return to rally-raid competition. The three-time Baja 500 winner will take the wheel of Sébastien Loeb’s Peugeot 3008 DKR to race the 2019 Silk Way Rally.
“I’m so excited to be back. I can’t be more excited and ready to race the Silk Way Rally. I had so much fun at the Silk Way last time, even if I was totally exhausted by the end. It’s 10 days of racing non-stop for 12 hours, the ultimate adventure. I’m aiming for a podium finish this time, that would be huge.”– Bryce Menzies
It will be the second visit to the Silk Way for Menzies after he raced through Russia, Kazakhstan and China in 2017. On that occasion the American helped himself to a stage win before his chances of a podium finish faded in the Gobi Desert.
The Silk Way will be the American’s first rally-raid event since making his Dakar Rally debut in January 2018. On that occasion Menzies rolled his MINI in the Peruvian dunes as his race came to a premature end on the second stage.
“The Dakar crash was very surprising. It was a bad day and horrible way to end my first Dakar. I’ll take everything I learned over the past few years and put it into this Silk Way. The plan is to be consistent and get to the finish line each day. If I keep my head on straight we’ll do pretty good. When you put your helmet on these plans can go out of the window, so I just need to remember that the race is 10 days long. You can’t win anything on the first nine days, you have to be there at the end.”– Bryce Menzies
Menzies and the rest of the Silk Way convoy will set off from Irkutsk, Russia on July 6. The opening stages will take the competitors across East Siberia and into Mongolia. Challenging terrains and inhospitable climates will be a feature of the race through to the Gobi Desert dunes surrounding Dunhuang, China. The racers who manage to complete the 5,000-kilometre, 10-stage rally will cross the finish line in Dunhuang on July 16.
Menzies will drive the Peugeot 3008 DKR at the Silk Way, the same car that occupied all three podium places at the 2017 Dakar. The American driver knows that he, and French co-driver Xavier Panseri, have a special vehicle at their command.
“I’ll be racing a car that was developed by some of the best rally-raid guys around. It’s a factory team package and I could tell as soon as I jumped in it how well it handles. This car has won races and now it’s up to me to match its level.”– Bryce Menzies
The 2019 Silk Way kicks off a packed racing calendar for Menzies who will race the Baja 1000 later in the year. Menzies is always on the hunt for big prizes, such as the world record 379.2ft (115.6m) jump in his Pro2 truck. Watch that jump here.
With a series of races planned all over the globe, Bryce Menzies is a man on a high-speed mission.