Without the media exposure of the Dakar, the Silk Way Rally is meeting the expectations of hardness and complexity that had announced the organizers. Reached the halfway point of the Rally Route of the Silk road, just continue in the competition half of the participants who took the exit in Moscow both in the category of cars and trucks. All in all, Cyril Despres is the leader of the Silk Way Rally after nine stages. The French accumulates 12 minutes and 17 seconds of advantage over his team-mate Sebastien Loeb after completing the wheel of his Peugeot 2008 DKR16 more than 19 hours of competition.
Peugeot Sport has been the great dominator of the first half of the Silk Way Rally, scoring eight of nine stage wins. With Yazeed Al-Rajhi, with their Mini All4 Racing as the only element fractious to get the win in the first match contested entirely on chinese soil, the pilots of the French brand have spread the triumphs of sound. In this line, particularly strong has been the victory of Cyril Despres in the ninth stage, because the French has consolidated his lead over Sébastien Loeb and has endorsed very important differences to all the pilots in X-Raid.
all in all, Despres holds 12 minutes and 17 seconds of advantage
about Sébastien Loeb, while Yazeed Al-Rajhi completed the podium to
27:22 the head. Behind the arab are the other three
pilots of X-Raid, though driving much longer distances. Of
this way, Vladimir Vasilyev occupies the fourth position to more than 40
minutes of the leader, while Harry Hunt closes the top five. Very far from the leaders, and after suffered a heavy accident in the fifth stage, Stéphane Peterhansel still in the race although it is the twenty-eighth to 9 hours and 23 minutes of the leader.
Smaller are the distances in the truck category,
the whole time the three riders on the podium are separated by 2 minute and 7
seconds. In spite of this, Maarten Van Den Brink is ‘amargando’ the race to
the Kamaz at the wheel of his Renault K520. Be that as it may, Airat Mardeev,
Dmitry Sotnikov and even Anton Shibalov are in a position to lead the
Kamaz 43269 to victory. Perhaps in this aspect they highlight is
discreet debut of the new Kamaz 43509 with a longer snout, . Eduard Nikolaev is
fifth with this unit to almost an hour of the leader.