The final stage of the rally “silk road-2017” in Kazakhstan resulted in the victory of Stephane Peterhansel, new troubles Cyril despres and gave a dramatic battle in the truck category with three different teams.
The sixth stage of the rally “silk road” stretched from Semey to Urdzhar, who joined the 600-kilometer route along the famous TRANS-Siberian railway, built in the late 1920-ies. Frequent change of directions and treacherous highways became a kind of farewell to Kazakhstan tomorrow morning crews will cross the border with China and go in a crucial part of the route.
The main protagonists of the category of SUVs remain the pilots of Peugeot Sport Sebastien Loeb and Cyril despres. The rights of the winner of yesterday’s stage, the route of the sixth stage opened despres, and reduced visibility due to high grass, permanent navigational traps, the winner of the race of 2016 has lost relatively Loeb 15 minutes. Thus, despres has lost those moments that I was able to win back from the leader yesterday.
The victory was celebrated by Stephane Peterhansel, who literally flew around the track: the legendary Frenchman ahead of the nearest pursuer on 15 minutes. Now, despite the problems of the last two stages, Peterhansel is back in the top 10 of the overall standings and less than two hours loses the first three.
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Again flashed the Chinese riders, the strongest among which was Han Wei. His SMG buggy Geely arrived at the finish of the special stage with the third time, second only to Peterhansel and Loeb. On the fourth and fifth lines are located racers Chinese factory team Baicmotor Racing Team — Lou Binnun and Christian Lavia. Cyril despres in the final minutes of the stage in ninth place.
In the overall standings, Sebastien Loeb once again ahead of Cyril despres on an hour — two of the crew Peugeot parts in 63 minutes. Third place still holds Bryce Menzies. American of X-Raid MINI in 18 minutes from despres and more concerned with protecting their own positions: Han Wei is fast approaching and losing just 35 seconds. Rounding the top 5 of the overall Christian Lava, and the sixth is Zhou Yong on the Toyota Hilux of the Overdrive training team.
In the T2 class struggle Isuzu Motorsport and Toyota Autobody, alas, ended prematurely. Akira Miura, crashed the day before the suspension of his Toyota Land Cruiser, was forced to go the distance. In the end, Adrian di Lallo won a landslide victory, and in the overall standings advantage over his nearest pursuer — a lot of Chernikovym on the Nissan Patrol has reached almost 110 hours.
Among cars of the class T3 fastest on the sixth stage was Polaris, Pietro Cinotto. Italian for half an hour ahead of Maria Oparina on Maverick, but in the overall standings, Chinotto so far already that the leadership of the Russian female crew is not in danger.
In the category of trucks the stage began with a confident spurt Eduard Nikolaev’s crew which from the start went into the lead. Later, however, the truck hit a bump broke the bracket the cockpit, and the pilot had to slow down. At this point, the crew of the “KAMAZ-Master” “rolled over,” Martin Kolomý with Tatra and MAZ Sergei Vyazovich. But on the last sector of special truck of the Belarusian broke the wire of the generator, the car lost electricity, and the crew had an hour to find where exactly the problem is. Coloma remained second in 39 seconds from Nikolaev.
With the third time to finish the special stage came the overall leader Dmitry Sotnikov, yielding to the leader a little more than five minutes, the fourth place was taken by Ayrat Mardeev, and rounded out the top 5 Arthur ardavichus on Iveco, ahead of Anton Shibalov.
In the overall standings continues to lead Dmitry Sotnikov and Anton Shibalov losing him just over two minutes, is second, while Martin Kolomý with Tatra a little caught up and now less than 13 minutes from the leader. On the fourth and fifth places were Ayrat Mardeev and Arthur Ardavichus, and the winner of today’s stage, Eduard Nikolaev occupies the sixth position.
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The results are being prepared
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