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Silk Road Rally 2007: 70 Participants fought in Kazakhstan Country.

For the first time in Kazakhstan from July 6th to 12th passed international race "Astana Challenge - Silk Road Rally 2007". It started in the capital of republic - Astana and finished in Kapshagaye, nearby Almaty. Among the 70 participants four famous crews were in the rally: Leonid Novitskiy (Russia), Aleksey Berkut (Russia), Vladimir Chagin (Russia), Bulat Yanborisov (Russia). Kazakhstan was represented by national team: Aydyn Rakhimbayev /Aktan Amanzholov and Baurzhan Isabayev / Konstantin Orlov on two Tecnosport Nissans. In moto category one could see Vadim Pritulyak's team.

After the registration and technical research the great opening were took place in the city with first short Special for the public and media. The real fight started the next day. Second Special was for about 100 kilometres in hard and fast terrain. The first two team were crews from Russia: Novitskiy and Berkut. After them two trucks from Kamaz-master finished, overtaking the other cars. It was really amazing.

The third Special was from Karaganda to Balhash Lake. It took 430 km of very different conditions. A few cars overturned, a few got stuck in the mud for hours. The first was Novitskiy again. Many teams got to the camp late in the night.

The fourth Special was from the lake to the Kapshagay, a nice resort nearby the Almaty. It was mainly on the steppe and desert. A lot of dust, very high speeds and huge adrenaline. But the last OS was really a road to hell. 450 km in the desert, 50 Celsius degrees in the shadow. Two good teams failed: 225 from Kazahstan and 215 from Russia. Up to this OS they were in the first 10s.

Silk Road Rally was won by the Leonid Novitskiy and Oleg Tyupenkin on Mistubishi L-201. For more informations visit the officially website at [ ].

2007/07/26 | 12:48 CET | Editor: MR/HS/

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