|Silk Way Rally: 3rd edition of Russian rally will be held from July 9th - 16th.|
Commencing two months earlier than the two previous editions, the Silk Way Rally will be covering new ground this year. The race, which will take place between 9th and 16th July, is situated half-way between two editions of the Dakar.
This new position, which will ensure sunshine and heat for the competitors, more importantly sees the Silk Way Rally become the major event of the middle of the rally-raid season.
For the 2011 edition, the drivers and crews will head from Moscow to Sochi, with a considerable part of the race in the Kalmykia Desert. The route, 70% of which is new this year, will give pride of place to desert terrain and to navigation. It is perhaps in the Kalmykian dunes that the title will be won.
In any case, it will be the objective of the discipline’s most prestigious pretenders: the last three winners of the Dakar are also regulars on the Silk Way Rally podium. During his visit to the bivouac at Maykop last year, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin paid tribute to the presence in his country of the world’s best drivers.
Those of them who have not already taken part now have the chance to position themselves, just like the amateurs who want to test themselves on a "Dakar Series" event. The enrolment period starts with a preferential rate of Euro 1,500 for all those who send their enrolment application before 1st May.
Since the Russian government and the rally’s partners wish to help the drivers who are having difficulties raising a budget, a bonus is guaranteed for the crews that cross the finishing line in Sochi. Each of them will receive a minimum of 5,000 dollars (though this is not in conjunction with the bonus prizes awarded for the various finishing positions).
Official Timetable Silk Way Rally 2011
2011/02/15 - 05/01: Enrolment period at a preferential rate
2011/06/06: Closure of enrolment.
2011/07/08: Technical and administrative scrutineering Russian Competitors
2011/07/09: End of scrutineering and presentation ceremony
2011/07/10 to 16/07: 7 days of racing, 7 special stages over 4,000 kms
2011/07/16: End of the race and prize ceremony at the Krasnaya Polyana
2011/02/22 | 02:11 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/ASO