Peterhansel keeps his lead at the China Silk Road Rally

Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Desprès keep the lead of the China Silk Road Rally at the end of the 9th stage in the Peugeot 2008 DKRs.

Published on 07/09/2015 à 15:50

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Peterhansel keeps his lead at the China Silk Road Rally

Stéphane Peterhansel retains the lead of the China Silk Road Rally ahead of his teammate Cyril Desprès at the end of the 9th stage. Today's route in Zhangye only consisted of a 2km long super special, but the result determined the starting order for the next stage. Peterhansel ranked 2nd while Desprès achieved the 6th fastest time.

The drivers of the Sochaux manufacturer lost a little of their lead during the previous day consisting of a 167km long dune course located between Youqi and Zhangye. The leader of the event finished 7 minutes behind the reference time set by Lui Kun on his Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11.

“It's been a long time since I've seen monstrous dunes like that. Even in Dubai! Some 200 meters high! The sand is load-bearing, so it makes it easier, but you wonder. Are we going there at the risk of remaining stuck in a funnel? Are we looking for a pass? In short, it wasn't easy, we preferred to make it happen. Lui Kun knocked us out. He was really very fast. Of course, he's from the area and has 500 horsepower, but he's a very good driver. Once in front of us, we tried to follow him. In vain ! Bravo to him », recognized Stéphane Peterhansel.

Cyril Desprès also suffered in the dunes of the event. “These 100 kilometers of dunes were the Throne Fair! Given their height, we had to have a smart day without taking any risks. We had to gain momentum, sometimes 300 meters, to climb some of them. And again the 2008 DKR is much more comfortable there than its competitors. It was hot because we weren't alone. Stéphane, Liu, Christian (Lavieille) were also there. It was a difficult exercise because you can hang on. According to the tracks, some motorcycles did not manage to reach the summit, a necessary step to recover the GPS point”, said the second pilot Peugeot .

SS8 (Provisional)
1. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11 2h29mn52
2. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval +3?45
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR +7?13
4. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR +8?03
5. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval +9?41

General Ranking after SS8 (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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