China Silk Road Rally – SS1: Xi’An-Zhongwei (Sunday, August 30)30/08/2015 - 13:31

Silk Road Rally - Etape 1 : Xi’An - Zhongwei 28-30 august 2015

SS1: Xi’An-Zhongwei (Sunday, August 30)

After a week of careful preparation, the China Silk Road Rally kicked off today (Sunday). The first day’s programme featured a total distance of 695km, including 102km of competitive action on a cocktail of hard-packed ground, dirt and stones. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret were first into the test, ahead of last year’s winner Christian Lavieille (Haval) and Cyril Despres/David Castera.


#181 Stéphane Peterhansel:It was a warm-up stage after a run-out section of 565 kilometres. It’s great to be running competitively in the latest version of the 2008 DKR. It’s nice to see that the development work has paid off. The car is easier and more fun to drive and the engine is responsive. This is a long event so we started fairly cautiously. There was a problem with the organisers’ GPS which led to a bit of stress, but it wasn’t hugely important on this stage. Tomorrow will be all sand. Running second will be almost ideal.


#182 Cyril Despres:I really enjoyed myself. There were two big challenges on this stage through canyons. The surface was covered by small round stones that were quite slippery and the track was lined by bigger stones. You had to avoid straying wide to avoid picking up a puncture. That’s what happened to Christian Lavieille with nine kilometres to go. We were also hampered by hanging dust. It was my first stage with David as co-driver. We had the same GPS issue as Stéphane, so that spiced things up a bit!

Provisional standings SS1:

  1. Han (Haval) 1.23.25
  2. Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR) 1.23.32
  3. Despres/Castera (PEUGEOT 2008 DKR) 1.25.04
  4. Lavieille (Haval) 1.26.58
  5. Liu (Panda) 1.28.21…

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