Yazeed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk (MINI John Cooper Works n°103), in the car class, and Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Igor Leonov (Kamaz-Master n°309), in the trucks have today won the 2018 SILK WAY RALLY at the end of the 7th and last stage between Lipetsk and the capital of the Russian Federation.
Crowned on the podium set up in the Red Square in Moscow, the victors were at last able to savour their first wins on this event, at the end of a week’s thrilling racing between between Astrakhan and Moscow.
For all the competitors the arrival at the foot of the Saint Basile Basil’s Cathedral, opposite the Kremlin, is synonymous with an extraordinary achievement after some 3500 kilometres of racing through the heart of the most beautiful scenery in south east Russia.
Yazeed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk (first place). Red square, Moscow
Second place: Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and Mathieu Baumel (France), Qatar Rally Team.
Minister of Sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov congratulated the winners and the participants of rally.
The crew of the SNAG Racing team pilot Sergei Karyakin and navigator Anton Vlasyuk (from right to left) won in the category “Open”.
Chris Rodrigo (Silk Way Rally European media adviser), Luc Alphand (Silk Way Rally Sports Director) and Catalan team.
Yazeed Al Rajhi, a Saudi Arabian rally driver.
A. Rudskoy, Silk Way Rally pilot
Mathieu Serradori (France) and Fabien Lurquin (Belgium), SRT’s Buggy MCM, took third place.
Pilots A. Berdinskikh and K. Shubin
Maria Oparina and Taisiya Shteva – the first female duo in the history of the Silk Way rally.