Today, the Silk Way Rally travelled from Semey to Urdzhar, with special stage lasting 387kilometres and containing many potential traps for the crews. Navigation was critical for a good time, and not easy for the Peugeot crews running at the front of the field. Stéphane Peterhansel, eager to come back from last two difficult days, upped the pace and passed many of the competitors that started before him. Making up for that was some stunning scenery with a seemingly endless carpet of wild grass and gravel. This was the last full day in Kazakhstan before the ‘Dream Team’ head into China tomorrow.
Stéphane PETERHANSEL, Team Peugeot Total Driver, Winner of stage #6 Silk Way Rally / 10th overall (car
“The stage today was the most beautiful that we have seen on the entire rally so far. It started off on the Steppes and then in the middle of the stage it was a mountain: really, amazing landscapes! Our Peugeot was good; there were no problems for us today. We started 24th on the road so we had to do a lot of overtaking of other cars and trucks as well, which could sometimes be quite complicated. For me, my objective now is just to help my Peugeot Total teammates if I can. Personally speaking, I’m only really interested in winning, so from a sporting point of view it’s maybe not so interesting for me now but I still have an important role to play for Peugeot. I think that hopefully we can still get into the top five.”
Sébastien LOEB, Pilote Team Peugeot Total, 2nd of stage #6 Silk Way Rallty / 1 st overall
“We ended up driving behind Cyril from km200 onwards. The navigation was very tricky again today, we spent so much time looking for the right way! Ourselves and Cyril both made some mistakes, taking it in turns to get lost. Also, the trucks in front of us had left the wrong marks, and that caused us some trouble as well. With all of that, we lost quite a chunk of time in the final section. On the whole, it’s not a drama but it still wasn’t great.”
Cyril DESPRES, Pilote Team Peugeot Total, 9th of stage #6 Silk Way Rally / 2nd overall
“This was a really beautiful stage in the mountains, but it’s always very hard to be first on the road. So yes, we made some navigational mistakes, but we expected the day to be tough! It wasn’t an easy end to the stage with Sébastien, because one after other we ended up heading in the wrong direction. Still we’ve got good pace so we need to carry on this way. I need to give my best tomorrow to make sure we build on our second place in the overall classification.”
TOMORROW STAGE #7
Tomorrow’s route travels 412kilometres from Urdzhar to Karamay, crossing the border into China, where dunes will become more of a feature. The special stage lasts 106.6 kilometres, and takes place in more beautiful landscapes with both hills and plenty of vegetation.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Kazakhstan has the most important economy in Central Asia, generating around 60% of the region’s GDP. Much of this comes from its large oil and gas industry. It’s also famous for the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the home of Russia’s space programme, close to the border with Uzbekistan.
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