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On the “Silk road” to our still no luck

The second special stage of the marathon “silk road” is once again slippery and dirty. And eventually shuffled riders in the peleton.

157 km of special stage again was tortuous and difficult to navigate. Additional complexities added weather: track, like the day before, in places eroded, and after passing several crews were formed a track. All this made the task of the participants in both tests.

Dmitry Sotnikov (KAMAZ-master): “Weather conditions are quite heavy, very dirty and soft. You have to release the pressure, if you go on the sticking sand, so it was difficult for everyone. Was and dry areas, but they were replaced by mud and rain, and the main thing was not to get in any trouble. Fortunately, the car passed through without loss.”

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Dmitry Sotnikov / Ruslan Akhmadeev / Ilnur Mustafin (KAMAZ-master)Dmitry Sotnikov / Ruslan Akhmadeev / Ilnur Mustafin (KAMAZ-master)

The trucks of “blue Armada” (team “KAMAZ-master”) once again faced with minor problems. For example, the machines of Ayrat Mardeev and Eduard Nikolaev not enough working the wipers on a dirty track critical.

The best among trucks “KAMAZ-master” became the Anton Shibalov’s crew — he finished fourth, four minutes behind the leader. Behind him — Dmitry Sotnikov, who lost CommandName 57 seconds. Ayrat Mardeev eventually lost the first 7 minutes, and Eduard Nikolaev — 24.

Ayrat Mardeev (KAMAZ-master): “On the first half of the stage, all was well, we were literally in seconds from van den brink, it was a good pace and overtook a few cars, including jeeps. But in the middle of the track refused the windscreen wipers, and the other half went literally blind. In such circumstances, the ride was dangerous, it is not surprising that from this moment we started to lose. In the overall we are not so far behind, there is still a lot of fight, so all is well.”

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Ayrat Mardeev (KAMAZ-master)Ayrat Mardeev (KAMAZ-master)

Initially, the first intermediate control points, faster than all trucks “MAZ-Sportavto”. They seemed to be in and out in leaders of the second phase. However, at the end of the stage of MAZ Sergei Vyazovich broke the steering and clutch. His teammate Alexey Vishnevsky and did not hold the truck that lay on its side. Assisted the third car of the team — MAZ Alexander Vasilevsky.

Victory in the second stage, went to Martin van den Brink (Mammoet Rallysport Renault), second place de Rooy Gerard (Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco), the third — Arthur Ardavichus (Astana Motorsport Team De Rooy Iveco).

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Hino Japanese, Teruhito Sugawara (Hino Team Sugawara) and is slid into the lake. Pulled it Miklos Kovacs (Qualisport Racing) in Scania, but then both trucks stuck in the mud. In the General classification Sugawara lost about four hours, and kovács, judge of the compensated time.Hino Japanese, Teruhito Sugawara (Hino Team Sugawara) and is slid into the lake. Pulled it Miklos Kovacs (Qualisport Racing) in Scania, but then both trucks stuck in the mud. In the General classification Sugawara lost about four hours, and kovács, judge of the compensated time.

The winner of Saturday’s stage Martin Kolomý lost van den Brink for several minutes, and therefore gave the Dutch the lead in the overall standings. And Cech failed to hold even in the top three — in the two rounds he ranked fifth. The leaders — Martin van den brink and Gerard de Rooy, which are separated by only 13 seconds.

Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport): “We passed the stage well, overtook a few trucks, including Pascal de Bara and Alyosha Loprais. It later emerged that the machine de Bar fell to the side, there were technical problems, but Mammoet Rallysport will do anything to get her back in the race.”

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport)Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport)

Credit car

Here the struggle for leadership is only among the “dream-team” Peugeot Total: Sebastien Loeb, stéphane Peterhansel and despres.

Saturday stage at his own expense recorded Sebastien Loeb. On Sunday, he also set the pace, but then burst forward Stephane Peterhansel. Loeb not wanting to be outdone, literally hanging on the tail of a teammate, but then just made a mistake, and ahead of him was despres. Peterhansel kept a high tempo to the finish and won. Despres and Loeb finished with a difference of 1 second.

Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Total): “At this stage, we behave as fools — too much risk for such conditions. We took a very high tempo, and I feel lucky that all of us at the finish. It helped that our tyres better able to cope with such conditions.”

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Cyril despres (Peugeot Total): “a Very difficult day, I’m not used to such conditions. Our car was designed for sand and deserts, and to pilot it in the mud and flooded roads is very difficult. Overall, serious problems have been encountered, the gap between teammates is small, so we hold good.”Cyril despres (Peugeot Total): “a Very difficult day, I’m not used to such conditions. Our car was designed for sand and deserts, and to pilot it in the mud and flooded roads is very difficult. Overall, serious problems have been encountered, the gap between teammates is small, so we hold good.”

The Russians impose struggle more strong opponents can not, therefore, compete more among themselves. Best of all, the results of two special stages was Alexander Semenov (BFCEC Sport Gas) — he’s 12th in the overall standings cars. 35 minutes from him — Alexander Kostrukov (GAS RAID), 56-minute — Victor Horoshavtsev (ASPEC Motorsport).

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

“GAS RAID Sport” surely is a Ford, where they stuck other.”GAS RAID Sport” surely is a Ford, where they stuck other.

Twin brothers Kostyukovich parts 9.5 so inferior to Alexander Michael (GAS RAID Sports). In General classification they occupy 17th and 18th places respectively.

Maria Oparina / Taisiya Staneva (Suprotec Racing) took 25th place in the overall standings of the cars and the first in its category T3.

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Maria Oparina / Taisiya Staneva (Suprotec Racing) at the beginning of the second stage.Maria Oparina / Taisiya Staneva (Suprotec Racing) at the beginning of the second stage.

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Maria Oparina / Taisiya Staneva (Suprotec Racing) at the finish of the second stage. Mud baths continue.Maria Oparina / Taisiya Staneva (Suprotec Racing) at the finish of the second stage. Mud baths continue.

The third stage of the marathon “silk road” was laid from Ufa to Kostanay, and he will be the final stage in Russia. Participants then cross the border with Kazakhstan. On Monday, they are waiting for 876 kilometers, including 329 kilometers of the special stage.

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

The closest rival Peugeot Sport — American Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally Team). In the General classification, he concedes Stephane Peterhansel 12 minutes and despres, which ranks third, is 8.5 minutes.The closest rival Peugeot Sport — American Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally Team). In the General classification, he concedes Stephane Peterhansel 12 minutes and despres, which ranks third, is 8.5 minutes.

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

On the fifth place in the General classification, went up the Han Wei (Geely Auto Coopertires Team).On the fifth place in the General classification, went up the Han Wei (Geely Auto Coopertires Team).

The results of the second stage of the marathon “silk way”

Trucks:

1. Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport Renault) — 2ч09:45

2. Gerard de Rooy (Iveco De Rooy) +2:04

3. Artur Ardavichus (Astana De Rooy Iveco) +3:17

4. Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master) +4:00

5. Dmitry Sotnikov (KAMAZ-master) +4:57

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Martin Kolomý / Jiri Stross / Michal Ernst (TATRA BUGGYRA Racing)and Martin Kolomý / Jiri Stross / Michal Ernst (TATRA BUGGYRA Racing)

Cars:

1. Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Sport) — 1ч51:00

2. Cyril Despres (Peugeot Sport) +1:47

3. Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot Sport) +1:48

4. Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI) +8:51

5. Han Wei (Geely SMG) +9:40

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Total)Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Total)

Position in the overall standings after two stages:

Trucks:

1. Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport Renault) — 3ч05:20

2. Gerard de Rooy (Iveco De Rooy) +0:13

3. Artur Ardavichus (Astana De Rooy Iveco) +1:31

4. Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master) +2:26

5. Martin Kolomý (Tatra Buggyra Racing) +5:38

Silk way, Silk Way Rally, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Cyril despres, KAMAZ-master, Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov, Eduard Nikolaev, Ayrat Mardeev, Maria Oparina

Anton Shibalov / Andrey Mokeev / Nikitin Dmitry (KAMAZ-master)Anton Shibalov / Andrey Mokeev / Nikitin Dmitry (KAMAZ-master)

Cars:

1. Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Sport) — 2ч33:31

2. Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot Sport) +1:19

3. Cyril Despres (Peugeot Sport) +3:32

4. Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI) +12:00

5. Han Wei (Geely SMG) +17:31

On the “Silk road” to our still no luck

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On the “Silk road” to our still no luck

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