silk Road Rally – Stage 10: Zhangye-Jiuquan08/09/2015 - 14:30

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Silk Road Rally - Etape 10 : Zhangye-Jiuquan 08 september 2015

 

Day 10 of the 2015 China Silk Road Rally turned out to be one of the trickiest of the event after the region experienced rare heavy rainfall which lasted two days, making the conditions particularly treacherous. The organisers postponed the start by an hour to make sure that the most delicate portions of the stage – such the supposedly dry river beds – were practicable. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and Cyril Despres/David Castera started second and sixth on the road respectively and successfully survived the extremely slippery, technically challenging conditions, including potholes, ruts and small landslides, before the trail became much faster towards the end. ‘Peter’ notched up his sixth stage victory of the event, a handful of seconds clear of Han. Cyril was fourth, less than five minutes adrift. The two PEUGEOT 2008 DKR crews are still first and second on the provisional leaderboard with three stages still to come. Tonight’s overnight is in Jiuquan, alongside the westernmost part of the Great Wall of China, before the caravan moves on its final basecamp in Dunhuang tomorrow (Wednesday).

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#181 Stéphane Peterhansel:

It was a little stressful this morning, especially after seeing some flooded riverbeds on the run-out. With only two-wheel drive, it didn’t look as though it would be a good day for us, so we pushed from the outset. The conditions were very slippery but our 2008 DKR handled really nicely. We managed to get close to Christian Lavieille [Haval] but then we got a little lost. A big error in the road book cost us around seven minutes in total. We had to dig ourselves out of a little trouble before we were able to come back on our tracks. Han and Liu arrived just as we returned to the correct route so they didn’t fall into the same trap. We then pushed hard in order to make up for the lost time.

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#182 Cyril Despres:

Like Stéphane, we went astray because of the road book. It’s the first time David and I have got lost together but we kept perfectly calm! Zen! It was also our first time in mud. We decided to take things cautiously, especially because the mud caused our damper temperatures to rise. After the mud, the road became quite rough and rutted. I think we came through it all quite well.

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SS10 (Provisional)
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
2. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval +0’19
3. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11 +1’56
4. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR +4’55
5. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval +6’06

Overall classification after SS10 (Provisional)
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
2. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR +22’56
3. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval +41’48
4. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval +43’11
5. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11 +1h13’00

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