Silk Way Rally begins


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Kazan, September 4th  START OF THE SILK WAY RALLY


Today in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, the administrative and technical checkings for the international rally Silk Way 2009 took place, the race is labeled Dakar Series.

51 teams are going to participate in the car race and 20 trucks from 20 countries.

Tomorrow at 15 o’clock they are going to start the first indicative super special section (SS), just made for this occasion in the center of the city. It extent of 2013 meters and it symbolical, in the year 2013 in the capital of Tataratan going to have place 27th summer Universiad.

That rally part of the Dakar Series, exclusively for cars and trucks will take place over 4300 km and 2700 km of special from September 5th to the 13th and will leave from Russia, cross Kazakhstan and finish in Turkmenistan. The amazing course will offer the best training for the Dakar rally with fast tracks, sand, dunes and also navigation.

On the favorites’ side in the car category, we’ll find the whole Volkswagen team (De Villier, Miller, Sainz and the new recruit Al Attiyah), Christian Lavieille (Team Dessoude) ansd also Philippe Gache (SMG).

In the truck race, the Kamaz are of course favorites on a landscape they know well but the De Rooy (Iveco) and Loprais (Tatra) will give them good competition for sure.


Accepting the invitation of the President of Turkmenistan for the last section of rally which will take place in Turkmenbashi the morning of September, 13th, the President of Russian Federation, President of Kazakhstan and President of Azerbaijan will be there. Thus, the project initiated and supported by presidents of three countries is embodied in life. Considering exclusive attention of country leaders, and, willing to give pleasure to the participants of the race, the organizing committee has made the decision to adapt the two last stages of the race, keeping the most interesting sites in desert KaraKum. Finishing ceremony will take place in the evening, September, 13th in Ashkhabad.

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