|Silk Way Rally: 2013 route announced in Paris - 3000 kms of rally stages.|
Tuesday evening, the route for the 2013 "Silk Way Rally" in Russia was announced at the well-known private club in Paris, "Raspoutine" to a strong turn out of competitors, team managers and media from across Europe in a warm and enthusiastic atmosphere.
The fifth edition of the Silk Way will set off from Moscow’s Red Square on July 6. While the registration period just recently began there is already very strong interest. This year, once again, the top teams in the sport make up a first-rate field that will create a spectacle equal to their reputations.
During the presentation, Semen Yakoubov and Frédéric Lequien, true to their philosophy dating back to 2009, responded to various expectations with this simple motto "Each rally must be better than the last!"
This is true both in terms of organization and competition. The 2013 Silk Way Rally is innovative and the route includes many never before seen sand sections in southern Russia. Bolstering its reputation as a major international rally-raid, the event features 3000 km of special stages in one week, which has never been done before...
Download the full description of all stages [ HERE ].
This year, organizers have definitely raised the bar. The SWR itinerary will take the caravan to unknown territories where there will be a blend of sport, emotion, discovery and culture from one stage to another.
Ronan Chabot, driver from France: "For us, the Silk Way Rally is like returning to school after vacation! It is the race that must be done between two "Dakars"."
"It is demanding and at a high-level. Each year, the start at Red Square is a happening and a very emotional moment because I remember when I was a kid, it was not allowed and today, we receive a very warm welcome from the Russian people. I am sure I will have a lot of fun participating in the 2013 SWR because it is a long and first-rate race and we will use the opportunity as a major test for the Dakar."
Philippe Gache, Team Manager SMG Gache: "This year, we have entered two cars for the Silk Way Rally : Ronan Chabot, who will be in the buggy from the 2013 Dakar and the new car will have modifications aimed for 2014. We will soon announce our driver."
"The Silk Way Rally is a brilliant race with an ideal terrain for testing, with real competition in the special stages and all of this is made possible by an outstanding organization team. From a calendar standpoint this is the best time of the year for us. It is the perfect race and thankfully it exists."
2013/04/19 | 02:59 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SWR