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Peugeot Silk16h– Cyril DESPRES / David CASTERA and the #104 PEUGEOT 2008 DKR have won the 2016 Silk Way Rally! Their victory comes in the wake of the success of Stéphane PETERHANSEL / Jean-Paul COTTRET on January’s Dakar and on last September’s China Grand Rally, and provides further evidence of the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR’s performance and reliability. It also rewards the hard work put it by everyone at Peugeot Sport over the past two years. The team’s solidarity and team sprit are hallmarks of both the team and the crews, as they showed once again over the 10,000km between Moscow and Beijing. Read More »

AUTO - SILK WAY RALLY 2016 PART 2Following yesterday’s official Silk Way Rally 2016 podium ceremony in Beijing, the MINI ALL4 Racing crews have had time to reflect on the epic 14-stage rally that covered more than 10,000km and three countries in two weeks. Most have agreed that the Moscow to Beijing event was tougher and more demanding than this year’s world famous Dakar.

The MINI ALL4 Racing crews found the long days, difficult stages and hot weather conditions of the Silk Way Rally more physically demanding than this year’s Dakar. However, all were happy that the MINI ALL4 Racing was able to cope with all of those challenges, enabling four of the five crews entered into the competition to finish in a top five position overall. Read More »

AUTO - SILK WAY RALLY 2016 PART 2The penultimate Stage of the 2016 Silk Way Rally saw the MINI ALL4 Racing crews complete the Wuhai-Hohhot route. The 754km leg was mainly sandy terrain with fast tracks, but the dunes towards the end of the route were a challenge for even the most experienced drivers.

Speaking after their Stage 14 victory, Al Rahji said: “The Silk Way has been a good rally – we’ve improved a lot and have learnt a lot of different roads. The car is strong and performed well, that’s the most important thing. It has been a very hard rally and some of the stages were very tough. But, I’d definitely like to come back!” Read More »

Today’s 724km Alashan-Wuhai route continued east across the sandy deserts of inner Mongolia. A steady pace at the start of the Stage was quickly replaced by fast and tight tracks though the dunes.


The Russian duo of Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov (X-raid Team) continued to demonstrate their consistent pace by being the top MINI ALL4 Racing team home today. Read More »

Mini Silk16 Leg 10Hot and dusty racing continues to cause problems for competitors in Chinese territory as the Silk way Rally progresses east across the Gansu desert region.

Tuesday’s Stage 10 (19-07-2016) was the last day an official stage result was given because today’s 609.66 km Stage 11 had to be cancelled. Support aircraft were grounded due to a sandstorm in the region. Read More »

The first two stages (St 7 and 8) within Chinese territory produced close racing over the weekend and also gave the MINI ALL4 Racing family reason to celebrate on Sunday evening after Stage 8, when the MINI ALL4 Racing crew of Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) took the stage win.Mini Silk16 Leg9 (1) Read More »

Mini Silk16 Leg6 (1)Day seven of the 2016 Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Beijing was one of calm inside the Almaty bivouac as the Silk Way Rally from being the official rest day. For all competitors it was a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep before the first week of long distance rally racing and tomorrow’s final day (Stage 7) of racing inside Kazakhstan’s before crossing into China. Read More »

The sixth leg of the Silk Way Rally – the last before Friday’s rest day – saw the PEUGEOT 2008 DKRs of Cyril DESPRES / David CASTERA and Sébastien LOEB / Daniel ELENA complete the day in first and second places overall. Meanwhile, the superb overnight work of Peugeot Sport’s mechanics and technical staff ensured that the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR of Stéphane PETERHANSEL / Jean Paul COTTRET was able to stay in the event. Team Peugeot Total intends to keep up the same sort of pace when action resumes on Saturday.

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With 568km against the clock, 250km of liaison distance and a staggering 600 pace notes across 116 pages in the co-drivers’ road books, Leg 5 of the Silk Way Rally was a punishing day indeed. Notwithstanding a lengthy delay for the #100 car, Team Peugeot Total remains in charge at the front of the field, with its other two crews occupying the top two places in the overall standings.

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Stage 5 of the 2016 Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Beijing saw the MINI ALL4 Racing pairings return to strong form after a challenging day of racing yesterday.

Today’s stage, from Astana to Balkhash, saw a reversal of fortunes though with three MINI ALL4 Racing finishing the leg inside the top four. There was also a change in early race leader. Read More »