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“The silk road 2017” started

On Friday, July 7, started the marathon “silk road”. Saturday was held the first special stage: no dirt no cost.

Their applications for participation in the seventh edition of the rally-RAID has filed 61 crew from thirteen countries. After administrative checks and technical inspections at the ceremonial start in Red square was allowed 21 trucks and 33 cars.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

In the “closed Park” on Vasilevsky descent before the start of the “silk road 2017”.
Photo: press service of the marathon “silk way”.In the “closed Park” on Vasilevsky descent before the start of the “silk road 2017”.
Photo: press service of the marathon “silk way”.

Among them — 12 Russian crews: six in the trucks, six — in the automotive competition. The only female crew in a marathon — also Russian: Maria Oparina and Taisia Staneva (Suprotec Racing) ride on Maverick XRS DPS X3 903TCIC in offset T3.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Oparina, Maria and Taisia Staneva (Suprotec Racing)Maria Oparina and Taisia Staneva (Suprotec Racing)

One of our road crew — the real racing fans. Sergei Shalygin and Artyom Kanivets, who go the race to the Toyota Land Cruiser from Vladivostok. Before the start of the competition in Moscow they traveled on public roads and to the beginning of the marathon has managed to overcome more than 20 thousand kilometers. Now, in fact, they began the journey home. Is that in race mode, that is a little faster and not always on the roads.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Sergei Shalygin and Artyom Kanivets from VladivostokAvia Shalygin and Artyom Kanivets from Vladivostok

It is necessary to highlight another car: GAS 2704ЕВ, which will feature Alexander Semenov / Ramil Zamaletdinov (No. 126). The crew declared under the name BFCEC Sport: in the preparation technique helped the Chinese company Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company, producing diesel engines.

One crew said ASPEC Motorsport Victor Horoshavtsev / Anton Nikolaev ride on BMW X3 (No. 111).

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Among the participants are the crew from Australia: ISUZU Motorsport. The pilot and Navigator are on the Australian licenses: Adrian Di Lallo and Hiroaki Suzuki.Among the participants are the crew from Australia: ISUZU Motorsport. The pilot and Navigator are on the Australian licenses: Adrian Di Lallo and Hiroaki Suzuki.

Team “GAS RAID Sport” put four cars and two in trucks. These GAS-C41R13 lawns Next go Boleslav Levitskiy / Alexander Obukhov (No. 320) and Mikhail Shklyaev / Alexander Laguta (No. 322). And in the classification of cars competing two GAZ 33027: Kostrukov / Evgeny Pavlov (No. 123) and Michael Kostrukov / Oleg Nezhnov (No. 128), GAZ 33027.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

In the “Silk road 2017” attended by four women: Maria Oparina with his co-driver Taisiya Stanaway (Suprotec Racing), the pilot Yulia Migunova-Khegay (AVMotorsport) and co-driver Eugenie Decor (RAID Lynx) (pictured second from left).In the “Silk road 2017” attended by four women: Maria Oparina with his co-driver Taisiya Stanaway (Suprotec Racing), the pilot Yulia Migunova-Khegay (AVMotorsport) and co-driver Eugenie Decor (RAID Lynx) (pictured second from left).

“KAMAZ-master” is represented by four trucks in the crew:

Ayrat Mardeev / Aydar Belyaev / Dmitry Whistlers (No. 300);

Dmitry Sotnikov / Ruslan Akhmadeev / Ilnur Mustafin (No. 303);

Eduard Nikolaev / Evgeny Yakovlev / Vladimir Rybakov (No. 307);

Anton Shibalov / Andrey Mokeev / Dmitry Nikitin (No. 312).

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

The crew of “KAMAZ-master” No. 300: Ayrat Mardeev / Aydar Belyaev / Dmitry whistlers. At the opening ceremony of the marathon.The crew of “KAMAZ-master” No. 300: Ayrat Mardeev / Aydar Belyaev / Dmitry whistlers. At the opening ceremony of the marathon.

Sorry, will not take part in the race previously said Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov — because of a back injury from Vladimir and Sergey Uspensky / Andrey Rusov.

However, the Russians favour the Latvian AVMotorsport. Mitsubishi L200 with Aldis Wilsoncom rides Anton Pletnev, and Toyota Land Cruiser — fully Russian crew: Yulia Migunova-Khegay and Igor Petenko.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Yulia Migunova-Khegay / Igor Petenko (AVMotorsport)Yulia Migunova-Khegay / Igor Petenko (AVMotorsport)

It is curious that Russian language is a means of communication in the Franco-Ukrainian crew Sodicars: pilot Frederick Savini admitted that the talks on the radio with the Navigator Igor Matko leads on it. Perhaps not all of them, but in Russia, the Frenchman will not go: at the start of the marathon he demonstrated good pronunciation and knowledge of the language.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Frederick Savini / Igor Matko (Sodicars)Frederick Savini / Igor Matko (Sodicars)

The French co-organizers of the rally “silk way”, so it is not surprising that the number of participants in so many of the French crews. One team Peugeot fielded three cars. “Dream team” as last year, was Cyril despres, Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb. This year they’re driving a prototype Peugeot 3008.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Cyril despres and David Custer (Peugeot Sport) on the start podium, with Vladimir Chagin and Frederick Laciana (left).Cyril despres and David Custer (Peugeot Sport) on the start podium, with Vladimir Chagin and Frederick Laciana (left).

“MAZ-Sportavto” from Belarus fielded three prototype MAZ-5309RR in trucks, Sergei Vyazovich / Pavel Garanin Andrey Zhigulin (No. 304), Alexander Vasilevsky / Dmitry Vikhrenko / Anton zaporoschenko (No. 309), Alex Wisniewski / Maxim Novikov / Andrew A. (No. 316).

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

The crew of No. 309 “MAZ-Sportavto” Alexander Vasilevsky / Dmitry Vikhrenko / Anton zaporoschenko.The crew of No. 309 “MAZ-Sportavto” Alexander Vasilevsky / Dmitry Vikhrenko / Anton zaporoschenko.

But Kazakhstan in trucks presented by Arthur Ardavichus, but he was in favor of the Dutch team of Gerard De Rooy. And Arthur goes on a previous truck of the De Roy and Gerard on the new prototype. Therefore, the Dutchman is more cautious in forecasts, Recalling that the technique is not yet proved. However, hardly would he be raised in such a serious race, not being confident in the capabilities of the new Iveco.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Iveco truck of Arthur Ardavichus (Astana Motorsport Team De Rooy Iveco) in the service Park during the administrative checks and technical inspections.Iveco truck of Arthur Ardavichus (Astana Motorsport Team De Rooy Iveco) in the service Park during the administrative checks and technical inspections.

The race claimed a descent of Chinese cars among which the most powerful party can be called Han Wei, the winner of the competition in China. Last year he participated in the “Silk road” and plans to re-reach the finish line and to impose struggle leaders. He will act on Geely SMG0RC0028 for the team Geely Auto Coopertires Team.

By the way, after the start in the list of eligible participants has added another SUV — Chinese Duo in the Toyota Hilux. Therefore, on the first special stage out 34 cars and 21 trucks.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Award-winning Chinese pilot Han Wei and his SMG0RC0028 Geely (Geely Auto Coopertires Team).Award-winning Chinese pilot Han Wei and his SMG0RC0028 Geely (Geely Auto Coopertires Team).

Night marathon participants left Moscow that day to arrive at the start of the first stage under Cheboksary. To warm up made it rather short — only 61 km. Fears that the weather would prevent competition, is not true: the start given the schedule. Among the first cars on the track went to Cyril despres behind him — Yazeed al-Rajhi (X-Raid MINI), sébastien Loeb (Peugeot), Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI) and Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot).

Probably, in the absence of Vladimir Vasiliev they will lead the main battle for victory. And their determination, confirmed sébastien Loeb — he is faster than all passed SU1: 0:42:02. At 29 seconds, far behind Peterhansel, the third was Cyril despres, who lost 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot Sport): “Given the state of the track, we tried to go in defensive mode, and everything went well. The car weighing two tons to go on the wet grass difficult, risk had almost every turn. Our result is not a consequence of the strategy, because to start first tomorrow — not the most comfortable position.”

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Sebastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (Peugeot Sport) on the first stage.Sebastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (Peugeot Sport) on the first stage.

The best of the Russians on the first SU was Alexander Semenov (BFCEC Sport Gas) — he finished ninth behind him in the Protocol there Michael Kostrukov (GAS RAID Sports).

Among the trucks finished first Czech Martin Kolomý (TATRA BUGGYRA Racing): 0:49:43. 51 seconds behind his compatriot Loprais Ales (Instaforex Loprais Team). Third place in the Dutch tones of van Genugten (Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco).

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Martin Kolomý (Tatra Buggyra Racing): “it Was very narrow and slippery, but we played on hand — such the weather is in the Czech Republic. We often train at home, and thus feel confident on the slopes. Here we felt just like home.”Martin Kolomý (Tatra Buggyra Racing): “it Was very narrow and slippery, but we played on hand — such the weather is in the Czech Republic. We often train at home, and thus feel confident on the slopes. Here we felt just like home.”

Russian crews do not hurry: Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master) won the eighth place, the other is located further from the top ten. As explained by his teammate Ayrat Mardeev, they understood from the start that you will not be able to win:

“We started the first and in such circumstances it is always the worst position because you have to clear the way for others. The trajectory was very dirty, so we were driving carefully. At some point we missed a van den brink and de Roy, and saw them as hard — and from that moment we three went.”

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master): “the special Stage was short and very slippery from the start to the finish — the mud, the rain. We were behind in the second ten, and at this point the track broke so that the machine slowed almost to a complete stop. Today the track is more suited to those who have experience in the classic rally. The car was driving like in the snow in the drift, plus lots of trees and bushes. At any moment the car could fall off the track, drove very carefully.”Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master): “the special Stage was short and very slippery from the start to the finish — the mud, the rain. We were behind in the second ten, and at this point the track broke so that the machine slowed almost to a complete stop. Today the track is more suited to those who have experience in the classic rally. The car was driving like in the snow in the drift, plus lots of trees and bushes. At any moment the car could fall off the track, drove very carefully.”

Although the stage was short, but surely he will remember the relief, especially Mary Oparino and Taisia Staneway. The open Maverick X3 dirt flying directly at the pilot and Navigator, so at the finish of the girls with the appliances looked like they crossed the swamp. Just go the distance! 29-e-car competition and third in the category T3.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Such from the first special stage back Oparina, Maria and Taisia Staneva.Such from the first special stage back Oparina, Maria and Taisia Staneva. Feeling of the passage of the special stage was shared by Alexander Semenov (BFCEC Sport): “a lot of Tina was right gryazyuka, which “sucked” the car. Travisa is large and there are constant skid, then the front axle then the rear. Circling, but still going.”

On Sunday the participants of the “silk road” to overcome 785 kilometers of road, of which 157 miles are reserved for the second stage. By the end of the day the crews have to get to Ufa.

Silk way marathon rally-RAID, the Silk Way Rally, KAMAZ-master, Ayrat Mardeev, Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, Sebastien Loeb, Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril despres, Maria Oparina

Sergei Vyazovich / Pavel Garanin Andrey Zhigulin (“MAZ-sportavto”)Sergey Vyazovich / Pavel Garanin Andrey Zhigulin (“MAZ-sportavto”)

The overall standings of the marathon, in the first stage, the first ten Cars:

  1. Sébastien Loeb (Peugeot Sport) — 0:42:02
  2. Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot Sport) +0:29
  3. Cyril Despres (Peugeot Sport) +2:14
  4. The Yazeed al-Rajhi (X-Raid MINI) +3:38
  5. Bryce Menzies (X-Raid MINI) +3:38
  6. Christian Lavia (Baicmotor) +3:43
  7. Han Wei (Geely SMG) +8:20
  8. Jerome Pelisse (Raid Lynx Toyota) +9:50
  9. Alexander Semenov (BFCEC Sport Gas) +9:53
  10. Michael Kostrukov (GAS RAID Sport) +11:01

Trucks:

  1. Martin Kolomý (Tatra Buggyra Racing) — 0:49:43
  2. Loprais Ales (Instaforex Loprais Team) +0:51
  3. Ton van Genugten (Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco) +2:03
  4. Sergei Vyazovich (MAZ-Sportauto) +2:35
  5. De Rooy Gerard (Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco) +4:01
  6. Artur Ardavichus (Astana Motorsport Team De Rooy Iveco) +4:06
  7. Pascal de Baar (Riwald Dakar Team Renault) +4:07
  8. Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-master) +4:18
  9. Alexei Vishnevsky (MAZ-sportauto) +5:29
  10. Martin van den brink (Mammoet Rallysport Renault) +5:52

“The silk road 2017” started

Photo: press service of the marathon “silk road”, Alexander Feoktistov, Olga Polyakova, Suprotec Racing, Geely Motors, MAZ-sportavto

“The silk road 2017” started

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