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Silk Way Rally: Great first "Warm Up" for Nissan Dessoude Team.

After a very long journey, from Saint-Lô to Kazan, the capital city of the Russian province of Tatarstan, the French Team Dessoude crews are ready to face the rally ahead of them. By the end of the technical and administrative scrutineering, 71 crews were ready to start this first edition of the Silk Way Rally, including 51 cars and 20 trucks.

As a warm-up, a "show" stage was organised today, in the heart of Kazan. The conditions were summery, as temperatures were at least 30° C increasing the heat beneath the helmets and in the cars, to the delight of the numerous spectators, who came to applaud the cars. The first among the fans was the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, who gave the start.

As for Team Dessoude’s cars, there was nothing to note, or almost nothing, as Nazarov, from Turkmenistan, already had to get out the shovels and planks, having forgotten to engage four-wheel drive. The two other crews from Turkmenistan did rather well, while Christian Lavieille set the 4th fastest-time.

As for the duo of Chavigny/Singery, they are getting back in the thick of things. Frédéric Chavigny is clear about his aims on this rally: "Our first aim is to finish the event in the best possible condition, and ideally in the top 20. It is our task to look after our car accordingly. As far as the route is concerned, we know the roads leading to Turkmenistan, having crossed them on many occasions. After that, we will be heading into unknown territory, and we will have to be careful" I think it will be hot."

"This little warm-up with the car did us a lot of good, my Codriver Jean-Michel Polato did not have much work to do" told Christian Lavieille. "I’m letting him rest before the rest of the event. The route was short, but quite nice, with a winding route through the sand, and some nice ruts. We drove carefully, without too much pressure. The stage was just for fun, and especially for the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch the starting ceremony. But the serious business starts tomorrow, with a 141 km special stage, heading for Kazakhstan. If the weather stays like this, we will have optimal conditions for a great race.»

2009/08/11 | 16:50 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Lidye Arpizou

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