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As the most efficient Marathon Rally on the calendar, the third round of the FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies, the Silk Manner Rally (July 01-11), would possibly perchance be the final aggressive toddle. Crossing the territories of the Russian Federation and Mongolia within the route of 10 days of opponents, the yarn route traverses 5,200 kilometres of forestland, desert, mountain passes and swamps because the contenders vie for supremacy over more than 2,800 aggressive stage kilometres.

Irrespective of all the pieces the crucial pre-tournament documentation and scrutineering, the ceremonial open within the metropolis of Omsk, Russia, on July 1 marks the initiating of the Silk Manner Rally, which makes its debut on the FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies calendar this twelve months. From here, the route gradually heads east thru Siberia till reaching Ulgii within the intense west of Mongolia on the quit of the third leg. Adding to the endurance order is a two-day Marathon Stage, which starts on the sixth leg. The primary fragment is a loop in and out of Khovd, the assign most efficient the opponents themselves can service their autos, whereas the second allotment of the Marathon Stage takes the crews over a protracted 313 kilometre selective allotment around Altai, the assign they are then reunited with their groups and service crews on the quit of the leg. Two more days of action educate because the contenders head in the direction of Ulaanbaatar. The final day, July 11, a relatively short but excessive-bustle selective allotment loops in and out of the capital metropolis, sooner than the winners of the 11th version of the Silk Manner Rally are crowned on the prize-giving ceremony that night.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi and returning British co-driver Michael Orr high an spectacular provisional entry record and the duo will as soon as another time be in action of their Toyota Hilux. As the main contender within the FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies standings who is competing on the Silk Manner Rally, the Saudi Arabian will likely be having a perceive to repeat his 2018 victory and capitalise on the absence of his closest rivals.

Vladimir Vasilyev and Aleksei Kuzmich are but to claim points within the series, after disappointing outings in every Spain and Kazakhstan. Competing within the MINI Cooper Countryman, Vasilyev – the reigning champion of the FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Bajas – will with out a doubt be hoping for better success on dwelling territory.

Seasoned depraved-nation competitor, Guerlain Chicherit, is navigated by Alexandre Winocq within the Century CR6, the automobile that got here so shut to victory within the hands of fellow Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on the final round in Kazakhstan. Chicherit, who obtained the FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies in 2009, is sure to be one other contender for victory no matter a 5-twelve months ruin from depraved-nation rallying. Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov are sixth within the World Cup standings as a result of a ravishing second location on the old round and will likely be competing within the MINI John Cooper Works Rally. Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sykora were authorized initiating air the head 10 in Kazakhstan and are fielding a Ford F150 Evo, as standard.

Within the reduction of the mighty T1 autos is an spectacular field of T3 opponents headed by Frenchmen Lionel Baud and Loic Minaudier in a PH Sport Zephyr, and Fernando Alvarez and Laurent Lichtleuter. Spaniard Alvarez claimed a ravishing eighth total in Kazakhstan and took second within the class to sit down down down second within the T3 standings. Pavel Lebedev and Kirill Shubin will likely be competing on dwelling soil of their Can Am Maverick X3 XRS and are fourth within the standings after claiming the final podium location on the old round. They’re joined by quite a lot of contenders within the class, including the all-feminine crews of Anastasia Nifontova/Ekaterina Zhadanova and Maria Oparina/Liudmila Petenko, additionally in Can Am equipment.

The T4 field is equally spectacular with the American/Brazilian crew of Austin Jones and Gustavo Gugelmin topping the entries. With two class victories to his name, Jones has a 27.5 level advantage over Kees Koolen within the standings, with Italian Eugenio Amos third, a further seven points adrift. Dutchwoman Gesina Pol joins Koolen within the co-driver’s seat, and France’s Axelle Roux Decima will likely be alongside Matthieu Margaillan. Three crews from Turkmenistan derive additionally entered T2 Nissan Patrol equipment.

RALLY DATA

Total distance   

5,248 km

Selective allotment distance:

2,821 km

Number of selective sections:

10

LEADING ENTRIES

Yazeed Al Rajhi/Michael Orr

Toyota Hilux Overdrive

Vladimir Vasilyev/Alexey Kuzmich

MINI Cooper Countryman

Guerlain Chicherit/Alexandre Winocq

Century CR6

Denis Krotov/Konstantin Zhiltsov

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Miroslav Zapletal/Marek Sykora

Ford F150 Evo

Jérôme Pelichet/Pascal Larroque

MD Optimus

Andrey Cherednikov/Meiram Tleukhan

Ford F150 Evo

Grzegorz Brochocki/Grzegorz Komar

Toyota Land Cruiser

Evgenii Sukhovenko/Kirill Chapaev

GAZ 33027

Aleksei Ignatov/Evgeny Pavlov

GAZ A22R23

SILK WAY RALLY – TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday June 30

Scrutineering    

From 09: 00 hrs

Thursday July 1

Pre-tournament press conference

13: 30 hrs

Ceremonial open, Omsk

18: 00 hrs

Friday July 2

Leg 1, 87 km

Saturday July 3

Leg 2, 132 km

Sunday July 4

Leg 3, 133 km

Monday July 5

Leg 4, 296 km

Tuesday July 6

Leg 5, 440 km

Wednesday July 7

Leg 6, 385 km (Section 1, Marathon Stage)

Thursday July 8

Leg 7, 313 km (Section 2, Marathon Stage)

Friday July 9

Leg 8, 421 km

Saturday July 10

Leg 9, 393 km

Sunday July 11

Leg 10

217 km

Podium/Prize-Giving, Ulaanbaatar

18: 00 hrs

Submit tournament press conference

20: 00 hrs

FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies (Drivers)

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

29 points

Lucio Alvarez (ARG)

27 points

Mattias Ekström (SWE)

27 points

Carlos Sainz (ESP)

22 points

Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU)

21.5 points

Denis Krotov (RUS)

19.5 points

FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies (Co-drivers)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

29 points

Armand Monleon (ESP)

27 points

Emil Bergkvist (SWE)

27 points

Lucas Cruz (ESP)

22 points

Dirk Von Zitzewitz (DEU)

21.5 points

Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS)

19.5 points

FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies (T3 Drivers)

Cristina Gutierrez (ESP)

58 points

Fernando Alvarez (ARG)

37.5 points

Jose Luis Pena Campo (ESP)

20.5 points

Pavel Lebedev (RUS)

18 points

Annett Fischer (DEU)

18 points

Eric de Seynes (FRA)

15 points

FIA World Cup for Unpleasant-Nation Rallies (T4 Drivers)

Austin Jones (USA)

59.5 points

Kees Koolen (NLD)

32 points

Eugenio Amos (ITA)

25 points

Khalifa Al-Attiyah (QAT)

20.5 points

Diego Martinez (ARG)

13 points

Hernan Garces (CHL)

12.5 points


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