If the remaining competitors thought the final 87kms of timed sectors would be akin to the Sunday ride intoParison the Tour de France, they were in for a rude awaking, because the final special stage was a microcosm of a world-class rally raid contest known as the Silk Way Rally.More→
Gerard de Rooy did not take part in the 2013 Silk Way Rally 2013, because he will not receive his new Iveco engine until September, but the truck star made an appearance to join in on the celebration an lend moral support to his fellow competitors.More→
7am. The sun was already beading down onAstrakhanwhen the first car took the start of the penultimate stage of the2013 Silk WayRally (466.02kms, including 412 against the clock). The action began on fast compact and rolling tracks before meandering between lakes and chotts. At the 50km point, the route headed north and into theAstrakhandesert before heading back to the bivouac via extraordinary dunes and more rolling tracks.More→
The Silk Way Rally made its return trip toAstrakhanand this morning the co-drivers were put to the test. At half-distance, the tracks were faster and the landscape more arid. Towards the end of the stage, the route headed south towards theCaspian Seaand the rally entered a huge sand sector with dunes to overcome.More→
The Silk Way Rally changed direction on Wednesday, heading west into the tiny independent and Buddhist Republic of Kalmykia. The warm welcome received by the first drivers to arrive at the bivouac, Jean-Louis Schlesser and Adam Malysz was accompanied by a traditional head dress, silk scarves, a cup of local tea and other delights.More→
The test will be difficult for both the acknowledged leaders fighting for the victory, and for those who just want to reach the finish line. For experienced crews participation in the Silk Way Rally is the opportunity to test their skills on challenging routes, but for beginners it is a very democratic way to join the increasingly expanding world rally club of like-minded people.