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The second round of the FIA World Cup for Crude-Nation Rallies takes the contenders to central Asia for Rally Kazakhstan (June 08-13), the place the arid scrublands, savannahs and deserts of the realm’s most fascinating landlocked country scheme the backdrop for yet one other unfamiliar adventure for the 34 crews on the open up list.

That is the fourth time the match has bustle as a round of the FIA World Cup and, while it stays within the Mangystau field of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the route has been greatly revised and can simply present a novel area for the contenders. All legs of the rally will truly open up and attain within the metropolis of Aktau on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Nonetheless, additionally novel this year is the inclusion of a Marathon Stage. The second leg will personal the crews from Aktau to the coastal resort of Kenderly for the in a single day stop, 250 kilometres away, and right here handiest the competitors themselves will likely be current to work on their automobiles, adding one other dimension to the competitors.

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel, before everything topping the entry list as leaders of the FIA World Cup for Crude-Nation Rallies, get needed to withdraw due to conflicting commitments leaving Yazeed Al-Rajhi – 2018 Rally Kazakhstan winner – to lead the crews into the following day’s piece. He purchased this year’s World Cup advertising and marketing and marketing campaign off to an valid open up with a podium inserting in Spain and the Saudi Arabian holds third within the standings, 12 aspects adrift of the lead. As Al-Attiyah’s predominant title rival going into Kazakhstan, he and co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz will likely be having a ask to capitalise on the Qatari’s absence with a predominant haul of aspects.

After a ambitious efficiency in Spain, the place they accomplished fifth overall, Mattias Ekström – 2016 FIA World Rallycross Champion and double DTM title winner – and Emil Bergkvist will likely be gaining more inappropriate-country rallying expertise, again within the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

Denis Krotov has entered in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally and he accomplished fifth in Kazakhstan in 2019. This year he could get Konstantin Zhiltsov alongside him. Vladimir Vasilyev, reigning champion of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Crude-Nation Bajas, had a disappointing retirement on the predominant round in Spain last month. He and Alexey Kuzmich must glean their first aspects on the leaderboard and triumph over Kazakhstan’s dramatic panorama after an early retirement in 2019, the last time the match ran as a result of realm pandemic.

Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sykora had been trusty off the rostrum, in fourth, last time out in Kazakhstan they typically’ll be competing in a Ford F150 Evo while Mathieu Serradori is aid in action in his self-constructed Century CR6.

Slack a bunch of other T1 contenders, Boris Gadasin and Dmitrii Kozhukhov head a solid self-discipline of T3 competitors. Guillaume de Mevius and Tom Colsoul – the a hit co-driver of the 2020 FIA World Cup for Crude-Nation Bajas – will likely be having a ask to repeat their stunning efficiency in Spain, despite come what might being pressured to retire with mechanical concerns. Andrey and Vladimir Novikov additionally be half of the T3 contenders for this match.

The United States’s Austin Jones and Dutchman Kees Koolen high the list of T4 entries, the duo first and third within the standings of their Can Am Mavericks.

RALLY DATA

Complete distance   

2,270.21 km

Selective piece distance:

1,465.64 km (64.55%)

Quantity of selective sections:

5

LEADING ENTRIES

Vladimir Vasilyev/ Alexey Kuzmich

MINI All 4 Racing

Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Miroslav Zapletal/Marek Sykora

Ford F150 Evo

Ronan Chabot/Gilles Pillot

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Lucio Alvarez/Armand Monleon

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Mathieu Serradori/Loic Minaudier

Century CR6

Andrey Cherednikov/Dmitro Tsyro

Ford F150 Evo

Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Juan Cruz Yacopini/Alejandro Yacopini

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

RALLY KAZAKHSTAN – TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday June 8

Scrutineering    

From 07: 30 hrs

Pre-match press convention

18: 00 hrs

Ceremonial open up

20: 00 hrs

Wednesday June 9 – Leg 1

Beginning of SS1 (280.22 km)

08: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives bivouac

12: 00 hrs

Thursday June 10 – Leg 2

Beginning of SS2 (279.48 kilometres)

08: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives bivouac, Kenderly             

11: 11 hrs

Friday June 11 – Leg 3

Beginning of SS3 (330.12 kilometres)

08: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives bivouac

14: 25 hrs

Saturday June 12 – Leg 4

Beginning of SS4 (308.80 kilometres)

08: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives bivouac

14: 08 hrs

Sunday June 13 – Leg 5

Beginning of SS5 (267.02kilometres) 

08: 00 hrs

First vehicle arrives Parc Fermé        

12: 00 hrs

Put up match press convention

18: 00 hrs

Podium/Prize-Giving

20: 00 hrs


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