PEUGEOT PULL OFF A COUP IN THE DUNES WITH THE END OF SILK WAY RALLY IN SIGHT
STAGE 13 | ALASHAN - ZHONGWEI:
• Stephane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret won the penultimate stage of the Silk Way Rally: the 10th stage victory for Peugeot from the 13 competitive days run so far. Their Peugeot DKR #106 also climbs up to 5th position overall after a complex stage 13, containing big dunes and several twists of fate for many of the competitors.
• Cyril Despres / David Castera were second on the stage, just under 2 minutes behind their teammates. Both Peugeot DKRs finished 20 minutes clear of their closest competitors on a wide and open road. Thanks to a brilliant combined team performance, this was the seventh Peugeot one-two of the rally. Despres and Castera now have a cushion of more than 1 hour in the overall lead, which bodes well for tomorrow’s last stage.
• The Peugeot DKRs still have to tackle the final 100 competitive kilometres, before the finish celebration in Xi’an tomorrow afternoon. It will be the second-shortest stage of the entire rally and clearly one of the most crucial, mostly raced in a dry river bed and on challenging tracks. Concentration and caution will be the key for the ‘Dream Team’.
DATAS OF THE STAGE
Maximum speed: 163kp/h
Maximum temperature: 36,6°C
Type of terrain: big dunes, technically difficult
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE
Stéphane Peterhansel, Team Peugeot Total Driver
1st of stage 13 / 5th overall (cars)
“We had a very long and complicated stage today with lots of dunes so we were really relieved to cross the finish line. I feel tired now. I drove the whole stage together with Cyril, so that worked well. My co-driver Jean-Paul did a great job and we didn’t get stuck in the sand, so it’s mostly positive for us. In the end, here we are here, close to the end of the rally. This record of Peugeot stage victories is a kind of consolation for me. I had two goals from when I had the accident and knew I was not in contention for victory anymore: helping my teammates and winning stages, for fun.”
Cyril DESPRES, Team Peugeot Total Driver
2nd of stage 13 / 1st overall
“Today went well but it was a very long day on the special stage, more than five hours of racing in total, which we were not really expecting. We knew the big dunes would be challenging and it seems that they have been shaking up the overall classification. I think myself and David did a good job, so we are happy! Our pace was good and we made no real mistakes on the dunes, which was the most important thing. I am grateful to Stéphane and Jean Paul, who have again been our guardian angels. I can start thinking about the victory. I am really excited to end the rally in the best way possible.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Xi’an (population 8.55 million), which hosts the rally finish tomorrow, is one of the oldest cities in China and capital of the Shaanxi province. Xi’an was traditionally the starting point of the Silk Way trading route for merchants coming from China, and it’s also home to the terracotta army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 BC. His terracotta soldiers are now housed in a dedicated museum, which is one of Xi’an’s principal tourist attractions.
TOMORROW’S STAGE 14
Tomorrow’s leg is 716.56 kilometres long, but only 100.67 of those kilometres are competitive: the rest is formed of a long road section to the finish podium in Xi’an. The stage itself is short but technical, running through the bottom of a spectacular canyon, with navigation being challenging. While there are no particularly obvious hazards to trip crews up, this is obviously one of the most important stages for drivers and co-drivers to get right.
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