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FRENCHDUO OF DESPRES AND CASTERA CLAIM FIRST CHINA SILKROAD RALLY STAGE WIN INTO DUNHUANG




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ChinaSilk Road Rally 2015

August 26-September 11, 2015  


Stage11: Jiayuguan - Dunhuang, 574.12km

Liaison,82.61km; stage 244.10km; liaison, 247.41km.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FRENCHDUO OF DESPRES AND CASTERA CLAIM FIRST CHINA

SILKROAD RALLY STAGE WIN INTO DUNHUANG


·Su Wen Ming wins motorcycle stage;  Monleón survives on-stage scare

·Dust causes visibility issues for leading cars;Peterhansel punctures


DUNHUANG (CHINA):  Team Peugeot Total’s Cyril Despres and DavidCastera claimed their first victory on the China Silk Road Rally, when the duoguided their Peugeot 2008 DKR to the fastest time on the 11th stagebetween Jiayuguan and Dunhuang on Wednesday.








Five-time Dakar winner Despres has been largely in the shadow ofPeugeot team-mate and rally leader Stéphane Peterhansel on this event, but theformer KTM factory rider came good when it mattered and snatched victory on thefast and dusty stage from Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret by just 30 seconds,after the rally leaders sustained a flat tyre.

“We caught Lui Kun after 57km and we could not get through,” moanedDespres, who duly claimed his first ever stage win on four wheels. “We did190km in his dust. We took advantage of a zone where speed was restricted tolet him know we were just behind him, but he didn’t pull over. We still won ourfirst stage, but it’s frustrating not to have a free rein over the fulldistance. David (Castera) and I are starting to function well together. We soonrealised we were on a good day today. Tomorrow we will be first on the road….”

Peterhansel ran first on the road and had no such issues with thedust: “We were opening so we had no dust. The track, in the second part, wasvery nice, with wide, dry rivers and a lot of gravel. It was slippery, but niceto drive. It was beautiful. I never saw this kind of track before. I hit what Ithought was the ground, but it was a stone and I had a flat on the front tyre.We lost five minutes and I burned my racing suit because, to close the hood, Ineeded to be in front of the exhaust!”


A fascinating tussle developed between Lui Kun and Han Wei for thirdplace and the Mitsubishi Panda MPR11 driver edged the contest by 40 seconds,although Han Wei’s Haval retains a solid third overall. Kun even complainedthat he had lost time in Han Wei’s dust for over 100km. Frenchman ChristianLavieille was fifth fastest and remains in fourth.

The 244.10km special started in cool and overcast conditions at Shazaouyuanand finished near the ancient Silk Road city of Qiaowan.


Su Wen Ming continued his impressive form to claim another motorcyclestage win for Jincheng. The Chinese beat Armand Monleón Hernandez by 11min06sec, although the Spaniard riding a Red Bull KTM 450 Rally, heads into thefinal two days with an overall lead of 25min 42sec after a stressful stage byhis standards.


“It was not my day at all,” said Monleón. “I had an accident with apolice car in the race just before CP1. I lost my concentration after thisaccident.”

Adrian Di Lallo enjoyed the stage in the Red Earth Motorsports-runIsuzu MU-X. “We loved the first section and passed several cars, but then theroad changed to a rough canyon track, so we eased back to preserve the car,”admitted the Australian, who holds 36th overall. “Then, we pushed athigh speed along the next section of river bed. The stage finished with roughand rutted tracks and then wound through another canyon. We lost a little timein the dust of slower cars, but it was a good day.”

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 (Thursday), competitors tackle the penultimate stage of theChina Silk Road Rally – a loop stage around Dunhuang. After a liaison of142.41km, a selective section of 161.75km starts at Suo Yang Cheng and finishesin Hanxia. A link section of 66.35km then takes competitors back to thebivouac.


UNOFFICIAL @11.50hrs (CET)


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – positions on SS11 (Cars):

1. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera(FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR                     2hr31min 13sec

2. Stéphane Peterhansel(FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR        2hr31min 43sec

3. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)Mitsubishi Panda MPR11                            2hr32min 41sec

4. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN)Haval                                            2hr33min 21sec

5. Christian Lavieille(FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval                            2hr36min 49sec


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – positions on SS11 (Bikes):

1. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                      3hr15min 46sec

2. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP)KTM 450 Rally                                      3hr26min 52sec

3. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally                                               3hr33min 54sec

4. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                           3hr51min 18sec

5. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000                                            3hr57min 27sec

2015 China SilkRoad Rally – overall positions after SS11 (Cars):

1. Stéphane Peterhansel(FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR        19hr29min 45sec

2. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera(FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR                     19hr57min 09sec

3. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN)Haval                                            20hr13min 32sec

4. Christian Lavieille(FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval                            20hr23min 57sec

5. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11                           20hr45min 39sec

6. Gong Liangliang (CHN)/Xu Duoduo(CHN) Mitsubishi MPR13           23hr54min 31sec


2015 China SilkRoad Rally – overall positions after SS11 (Bikes):

1. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP)KTM 450 Rally                                      24hr11min 24sec

2. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                      24hr37min 06sec

3. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally                                               27hr07min 56sec

4. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450YRally                                           27hr51min 31sec

5. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000                                            28hr22min 25sec


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