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PEUGEOT’SPETERHANSEL PIPS HAVAL’S HAN WEI TO VICTORY ON CHINASILK ROAD RALLY STAGE INTO JIAYUGUAN




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ChinaSilk Road Rally 2015

August 26-September 11, 2015  


Stage10: Zhangye - Jiayuguan, 421.04km

Liaison,54.05km; stage 175.89km; liaison, 191.10km.


For immediate release

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PEUGEOT’SPETERHANSEL PIPS HAVAL’S HAN WEI TO VICTORY

ON CHINASILK ROAD RALLY STAGE INTO JIAYUGUAN


·Su Wen Min wins motorcycle special for Jincheng;Monleón leads overall

·Aussie Di Lallo plays ‘Good Samaritan’ role afteruseful stage performance


JIAYUGUAN (CHINA):  Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel pipped Chinesedriver Han Wei to the stage victory by just 19 seconds on the 10thselective section of the China Silk Road Rally between Zhangye and Jiayuguan onTuesday.




The Peugeot 2008 DKR driver, partnered by Jean-Paul Cottret, clocked atime of 1hr 57min 40sec and that also enabled him to extend his outright leadover fellow Team Peugeot Total driver Cyril Despres by just under five minutes.Despres and navigator David Castera finished the stage in fourth after losingtime through navigational errors.

“The tracks were very slippery in the beginning and we had to becareful, as we have a two-wheel drive,” said Peterhansel. “Then it was betterwhen the track became sandy and we could pass the cars in front of us. We lostaround five minutes after around 80km. It was difficult to find the way due tolots of tracks made by the motorcycles and the terrain was very bad in thisplace. There were many ditches and ruts. The end was easier for our car.”

The day’s special was delayed by one hour, while race officials used ahelicopter to check that dry river beds would not be a problem after incessantovernight rainfall. The stage eventually started as planned from Pingshan Lakeand finished in Gaotal, before crews to the bivouac near the Xuanbi Great Wallin Jiayuguan.

“As well as the risk with the river beds, the problem was that thefirst 48km were on a track designed for the WRC and made of earth, so it wasvery slippery when wet,” added clerk of the course Hubert Auriol.

Lui Kun continued his run of good form to set the third quickest timein the car category. “It was very slippery and we had some hesitation at km82.It was not easy,” said the Chinese.

Christian Lavieille was classified fifth and retains fourth in theoverall rankings. “111 (Lui Kun) and 104 (Han Wei) were going crazy. Han Weidoes not want to be behind, so it was ‘banzai’ all the time. I was behind,maximum attack, and finally I managed to pass 104 at the end, as he slowed hisrhythm. It was quite hard because of the slippery road. It’s a bad day for me.I have lost my advantage.”


Jincheng rider Su Wen Ming battled through the mud and got the betterof KTM’s Armand Monleón Hernandez to claim the motorcycle stage win by just1min 23sec, but the Spaniard remains in cruise control with an overall lead of36min 48sec heading into the final three stages of the 13-day event.


“It was very slippery,” said Su Wen Min. “He (Monleón) was choosingall the holes with water, rather than the muddy ones, as he knew they were lessdangerous.”


Despite getting water inside his goggles, Zhao Hong Yei was thirdquickest on his KTM 450 Rally and remains in a similar overall position, but HuAi Dong was fourth and managed to claw another 10 minutes back from Zhou Tien’shold on fourth in the general classification.


Adrian Di Lallo was pleased with his performance in the Red EarthIsuzu MU-X and also found time to assist two rivals who hit trouble. “Just whenwe thought we’d seen stages with everything, today was a ‘cop the lot burger,”he said. “It started out with really slick mud, before a long run up anot-so-dry river bed. We then went back onto a muddy track that was heavilybroken away. The stage ended with a small dune crossing and a fast, sandy trackthrough breakaway country.”


The Australian, who now holds 36th overall, also found timeto play the ‘Good Samaritan’ role and helped to extricate Leonidas Marmolejo’s4WD Jaton Racing Team Toyota Hilux from a tricky spot on the stage and thentowed Jan Mooij’s stricken McRae Evolution towards the bivouac.


The rally is being organised by the China Silk Road Rally Auto SportsManagement Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and EntertainmentCompany Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the fullcooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and thesupport of the sporting bureaux of several Chinese regions.


Tomorrow (Wednesday), the route of the China Silk Road Rally headstowards the city of Dunhuang, where officials will remain until the finish onFriday. A liaison of 82.61km from Jiayuguan takes teams to the start of a244.10km at Shazaouyuan. The special finishes at Qiaowan and a liaison of247.41km takes teams on to Dunhuang.


Dunhuang is a county-level city in the northwest of Gansu Province andwas a major stop-off point on the ancient Silk Road. It is situated in a richoasis containing Crescent Lake and Mingsha Shan mountain.


UNOFFICIAL @12.00hrs (CET)


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – positions on SS10 (Cars):

1. Stéphane Peterhansel(FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR        1hr57min 40sec

2. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN)Haval                                            1hr57min 59sec

3. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)Mitsubishi Panda MPR11                            1hr59min 35sec

4. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera(FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR                     2hr02min 35sec

5. Christian Lavieille(FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval                            2hr03min 46sec


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – positions on SS10 (Bikes):

1. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                      2hr33min 44sec

2. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP)KTM 450 Rally                                      2hr35min 07sec

3. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally                                               2hr48min 11sec

4. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000                                            2hr50min 37sec

5. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                           3hr00min 04sec

2015 China SilkRoad Rally – overall positions after SS10 (Cars):

1. Stéphane Peterhansel(FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR        16hr58min 02sec

2. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera(FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR                     17hr25min 56sec

3. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN)Haval                                             17hr 40min 11sec

4. Christian Lavieille(FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval                            17hr47min 18sec

5. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11                           18hr12min 58sec

6. Gong Liangliang (CHN)/Xu Duoduo(CHN) Mitsubishi MPR13           20hr58min 06sec


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – overall positions after SS10 (Bikes):

1. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP)KTM 450 Rally                                      20hr44min 32sec

2. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                      21hr21min 20sec

3. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally                                               23hr34min 02sec

4. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                           24hr00min 13sec

5. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000                                            24hr24min 58sec


Ends


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