The participants of the international Silk Way 2017 rally made bivouac stop in Astana. The Kazakh tracks met the racers with torrential rains and challenged the pilots. Sebastien Loeb was the only member of the Peugeot Sport team who managed to easily overcome all the obstacles. Nine-time world champion in classical rally is leading the stage.

 

SEBASTIEN LOEB, RALLYCROSS DRIVER:

- Kazakhstan is a very hospitable country. We had a good stage. Due to the rain, there were a few problems like the road was slippery and the car began to sideslip. However, we managed to successfully overcome this site. The competition goes according to the plan. There is still a finish and we hope that the technology won’t fail.

 

The rally started on July 7 in Moscow. Over 150 vehicles from 35 countries are participating this year. The total length of the route is 10,000 kilometers. Two teams represent Kazakhstan in the transcontinental rally: Aktau Motorsport led by Kirill Cherenkov and co-driver Aleksey Mun in the SUV category and Astana Motorsports led by captain Artur Ardavichus in trucks category.

 

VIKTOR SOKOLOV, SECURITY DIRECTOR, SILK WAY 2017 INTERNATIONAL RALLY:

 - Kazakhstan’s track is quite interesting and diverse. There are hills, steppe and beams, high and low speed roads in Astana-Urzhar section.

 

Rally participants will finish on July 22 in Xian, the cradle of the ancient Chinese civilization and the starting point of the Great Silk Road. The rally was first held in 2009 hand has become an annual event ever since.

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