Modified route for Silk Way Rally 2018: 7 legs in Russia
This 2018 edition of the Silk Way Rally was to take place in the People's Republic of China with five stages on the programme, then the participants and the entire organisation had to fly to Russia via an airlift to complete five other stages between Astrakhan and Moscow.
The runway that was supposed to accommodate the Antonov 124 cannot accommodate these large aircrafts with full capacity and the organizers of the Silk Way have just been informed that the runway renovation work will not be completed in time. This has the consequence of not being able to carry out, in the allotted time, the number of rotations necessary to transport all the rally participants (competitors and service).
Consequently, it was decided collectively between the countries involved in the organisation of the rally and the event partners to organise the Silk Way Rally 2018 in Russia from 20 to 27 July, and to organise a second rally in China in September, named “Silk Way China”.
This new format has been presented to the teams already involved in the 2018 edition, and to date, all the participants initially scheduled to be at the start in Xi'an have agreed to take up a 100% Russian challenge.
It will therefore be an exceptional line-up both in the car category and in the truck category that will be presented during the podium ceremony in Astrakhan on the evening of 20 July 2018.
The next Silk Way Rally will take place over 7 stages for around 2500 km of special stages on an ideal off-road rally route. Competitors will thus be able to discover a part of the Kalmykia desert, on a route agreed by all participants of the 2013 edition.
7 LEGS IN RUSSIA :
2018 SILK WAY RALLY will start with one loop stage around Astrakhan, more precisely in the Takyr desert, one of the jewels of Kalmykia, a region visited nearly ten years ago during the first editions of the rally, where the third leg will take place too. Between these two loops, competitors will reach the city of chess in Elista on a marathon stage.
Sandy and technical tracks await crews who will have to remain vigilant in terms of navigation, because of a multitude of crossings of tracks. Beware also of the dunes, surely not as majestic as in China, but the sand is much less favourable and is likely to prove frightening. The maximum speeds on this 2018 edition of the SILK WAY RALLY will certainly be reached on the big hyper fast tracks leading to Volgograd.
On the eve of the finish in Moscow, the rally will move from sandy to dirt tracks, so that pilots can enjoy fast driving. Co-pilots should not fall asleep as navigation will be very demanding. And for those who doubt it, it will be enough to see the thickness of the road book of the last selective section which finish will be judged at less than 270 kilometres from Moscow, to understand that crews will not reach the final finish in the Russian capital free-wheel...»
2018 SILK WAY RALLY AGENDA:
· July 19th and 20th, 2018: Administrative checks and scrutineering in Astrakhan
· July 20th, 2018: Start ceremony in Astrakhan
· July 21st to 27th, 2018: 7 legs in Russia
21 July Leg 1 : ASTRAKHAN/ASTRAKHAN
22 July Leg 2 : ASTRAKHAN/ELISTA (MARATHON)
23 July Leg 3 : ELISTA / ASTRAKHAN
24 July Leg 4 : ASTRAKHAN/ASTRAKHAN
25 July Leg 5 : ASTRAKHAN/VOLGOGRAD
26 July Leg 6 : VOLGOGRAD/LIPETSK
27 July Leg 7 : LIPETSK/MOSCOW - Prize Giving ceremony, Moscow