|Silk Way Rally: Peterhansel "The stages are much longer than the Dakar".|
First and Second for X-raid on stage 4: The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret set the fastest time of the day in the team’s Mini All4 Racing and moved up to second place in the overall classification. Poland’s Krzysztof Holowczyc and Belgian co-driver Jean Marc Fortin recorded the second quickest time in their BMW X3 CC and maintained the overall lead in the grueling cross-country rally.
Peterhansel won the special by nine minutes. "It was a very long sandy stage with many off-road sections," said Peterhansel. "Especially when you are traveling off-road, you must be very careful. The Silk Way Rally only lasts one week, but the stages are much longer than the Dakar."
Holowczyc was content with the runner-up spot. "It was nice to drive behind the master (Peterhansel - nine-time Dakar winner)," said the Pole. "I hope he is not angry with me. The stage lasted for six hours and the navigation was very difficult. To see the way was not so easy."
Mironenko lost time in a hole on the stage and was forced to wait for assistance. The crew made emergency repairs to the car and then the Russian was delayed again in soft sand. "This was truly a day that we want to forget as quickly as possible," said Mironenko. He finished the special in an unofficial 17th position.
"For Stéphane and Krzysztof the day went very well," said Monster Energy X-raid team boss Sven Quandt. "It was too bad that towards the end Krzysztof was stuck. Stéphane is now second in the standings, but Alexander lost some positions. The drivers must recover well now because there is a long day tomorrow."
2011/07/13 | 17:58 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PERKINS/QUANDT