Silk Way Rally back in 2016
After a two year break, the Silk Way Rally is back on tracks. The sixth edition of the Silk Way Rally will start from the Red Square in Moscow early July 2016, to finish in the center of the Chinese capital Beijing. The total length of the route will be roughly 10.000 kms, more than half of them on special stages.
Just like the very first edition of the Silk Way Rally in 2009, the main partner will be Gazprom. The partnership agreement with the Russian transnational corporation has been signed for the three coming years. Vladimir Chagin, seven-time winner of the Dakar Rally, has been appointed director of the organization. Frédéric Lequien remains deputy director, in charge of the European office and aspects.
Sergey Kogogin, General Director of Kamaz: “In five years, the Silk Way Rally has become a famous race, well known in the the motorsports’ world. I am glad that the rally is becoming international in 2016, connecting Russia to China. This underlines once again the traditional friendship between our two countries. The Silk Way Rally, will be another stimulus to strengthen the strategic partnership of cooperation… and not only in sports! For the rally participants, the updated "Silk Way Rally" will give an excellent opportunity to show their professional skills and the latest developments in the automotive industry."
Chinese President Xi Jinping points out the concept of 'one zone and one way', the main idea of which consists in five linking elements: policy coherence, unified infrastructure, trade relations, monetary and financial flows, humanitarian communication. All this to promote practical cooperation, contributing to political mutual trust, economic integration and cultural tolerance with neighboring countries.
The details of the route will be announced by the organizers at the official presentation, which will be held mid-October.