SILK WAY RALLY 2021 : LUC ALPHAND APPOINTED SPORTING DIRECTOR, NEW RACE ROUTE
SWR Organization Committee is glad to welcome Luc Alphand as Sporting Director.
For every sport fan, Luc is an iconic person: an Alpine Skiing World Cup champion, winner of several international car races, he is an expert, who participates actively in the organization of world’s greatest competitions. During the last five years, Luc Alphand has held the position of Sport and Competitors’ Relations Advisor to Silk Way Rally Director.
Due to modifications in rally sports policy and considering suggestions and expectations of competitors, the Organization Committee together with the China Auto Moto Federation (CAMF) made the joint decision to modify the racing route of the Silk Way Rally 2021: new route will cross Russia and Mongolia.
Dates remain the same and this summer, from July 1st to 11th, the Silk Way Rally will enable its participants to set off for an amazing journey to discover the beautiful Siberia, unique landscapes of Mongolia, ancient history and rich culture of rally host countries. Across highlands, taiga, steppes and desert, competitors will have the opportunity to test themselves and their vehicles on demanding tracks.
As Silk Way Rally is the only Marathon event of the season, both round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup and of the FIM Cross Country World Championship, the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, FIA, FIM, the Russian Automobile Federation and the Motorcycle Federation of Russia have been informed of this decision, that they approved.
Race entries will open on March 1st from when it will be possible for competitors to register on our website.
Vladimir Chagin, Organizing Director:
“We are glad that Luc has accepted our offer to take the position of Sporting Director, which is great news for the cross country rallies. His credibility in the world of motorsport will be helpful for engaging his experience to develop the Project. Our organizing team is hard at work to prepare the race and to propose to the riders and pilots the best route and thus enable them to satisfy their desire to race and enjoy a thrilling competition.”
Luc Alphand, Silk Way Rally Sporting Director:
“I am proud to get an opportunity to take charge of the Silk Way Rally sporting directorate. We are ready to accept the upcoming challenges, I am sure that competitors will enjoy the new route and that Silk Way Rally will be one of the most outstanding events of this summer. It will be a beautiful adventure. Competitors will have the chance to test their vehicles and their navigation and driving skills in demanding conditions and also enjoy the friendly welcome of Russian and Mongolian people”.
Bathuu Ganhuleg, President of the Mongol Auto and Moto Federation:
We are happy to welcome the competitors of the Silk Way Rally again in 2021 in our beautiful country of the “Blue Sky” where our government authorities pay high attention to the safety of participants and public. We are sure that by our joint efforts we will be able to conduct the rally at its highest quality.
Zhan Guojun, President of Chinese Automobile and Motorcycle Sport Federation
In China, Silk Way Rally is one of the key automotive competitions. We continue to cooperate with Russian Organization Committee and offer our full support to the project.
THE SILK WAY IN A FEW WORDS
The SILK WAY RALLY, whose first edition linked Russia to Turkmenistan in 2009, celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2021 by crossing the main regions and countries of the ancient ‘Silk Road’ in the heart of Central Asia.
Coveted by the big teams and the most decorated champions in the discipline, but also by many amateurs, the SILK WAY RALLY has been won by some impressive names: CARLOS SAINZ, CYRIL DESPRES , YAZEED AL RAJHI and NASSER AL ATTIYAH, who on the 2019 edition pulled off the unique feat of winning all 9 stages.
In the truck category it is the KAMAZ MASTER TEAM with DMITRY SOTNIKOV, EDUARD NIKOLAEV, AYRAT MARDEEV, ANTON SHIBALOV, ANDREY KARGINOV and FIRDAUS KABIROV who’ve shared the victories since 2009, supremacy thwarted in 2011 by TATRA TEAM and his pilot ALES LOPRAIS.
In 2019 SAM SUNDERLAND (KTM) was the first bike rider to win the category on the SILK WAY RALLY, winning at the same time the second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
GAZPROM and CAMF – principal partners of Silk Way Rally
The Silk Way Rally is a large scale international project, whose birth and development was made possible thanks to a unique close-knit team, as well as reliable support from rally partners.
In 2021 Gazprom and CAMF will act as General Partners of the rally, providing comprehensive support.