China Silk Road Rally 2015, the revised 13-day cross-country rally raid that starts in Xi’an on 30. August 2015 and finishes in Dunhuang on 11. September 2015. The event is being organized by the China Silk Road Rally Auto Sports Management Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and Entertainment Company Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the full cooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and the support of the sporting bureau of several Chinese regions.
Scrutineering and administration took place inside the park of the Legend of the Tang Empire in Xi’an on August 26th and 27th. Sixty-five cars and trucks and 16 motorcycles safely completed their administration checks inside the park of the Legend of the Tang Empire in Xi’an and Team Peugeot Total driver Stéphane Peterhansel leads the international field into 13 days of action across some of the remotest terrain in central China and Inner Mongolia.
At the midway point of the Silk Road Rally Raid 2015 the two Peugeot 2008 DKRs running first and second. It was business as usual at the front of the car race, with Team Peugeot Total’s Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cotttet extending their lead over Cyril Despres and David Castera to 22min 03sec with another fastest time. Despres clocked the second quickest time and his hold on second place was strengthened still further when Haval rival Han Wei sustained a flat tire after 105km and dropped several minutes.
In the motorcycle category Jincheng rider Su Wen Min capitalized on a navigational error by Spaniard Armand Monleòn Hernandez to secure the fastest time in the motorcycle category on the seventh selective section of the China Silk Road Rally around Alxa Youqi in Inner Mongolia on Saturday. However, Red Bull KTM 450 Rally rider Monleòn retains a comfortable lead of 18min 43sec in the overall standings with six stages remaining. Zhao Hong Yei climbed to third overall on his KTM 450 Rally after the third fastest time was sufficient for him to overtake Zhou Tien (Jincheng) in the overall standings.
2015 China Silk Road Rally – positions on SS7 (Cars):