Jul 18

Silk Way Rally – The Russian Dakar

SIlk Way Rally 2013

The Silk Way Rally is one of a handful of rally raidsheld throughout the year before the serious competitors attack the Dakar Rally in South America.  Hit the jump for a quick overview of the SIlk Way Rally and some amazing images from our friends at Red Bull, the fizzy drink company that like to spend money on everything.

SIlk Way Rally 2013 - Overview of the Red Square prior the Silk Way Rally in Moscow, Russia on July 5th, 2013 // Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20130706-00068 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. // Russia is the land of shady oligarchs and vodka swilling wannabe supermodels.  For the last five years it has also been the home of the Silk Way Rally.  A Russian version of the legendary Dakar Rally, the Silk Way rally starts in Moscow and then winds it;s way 4000km south to the Caspian Sea and the city of Astrakhan.

Even with the fall of the Iron Curtain most of the former Soviet Union remains relatively foreign to many people in the west.  It’s so foreign in fact that collecting serious info on the Silk Way Rally was pretty tough.  Featuring challenging navigation and the prerequisite dune sections the Silk Way Rally proves you can have an epic rally raid on just about every continent.

Outside of the official website, which is pretty nice, the Silk Way Rally just didn’t seem to get much English language coverage.  I did manage to find this somewhat hilarious promo video from a Czech team in the truck category.  They also happened to have a pretty comprehensive video collection from the whole race, albeit mostly in Czech.

For some more official, though equally English language deprived, coverage someone was nice enough to post a decent amount of Eurosport coverage.  Who knows how long this will stay up on Youtube.

SIlk Way Rally 2013 - Dmitry Sotnikov (driver), Viatcheslav Mizyukaev(co-driver), Andrey Aferin (co-driver) race during the 3rd stage of Silk Way Rally from Volgograd to Astrahan, Russia on July 9th, 2013 // Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20130710-00167 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //With the Silk Way Rally taking place in Russia it’s no surprise that Kamaz, the Russian truck manufacturer, has a big presence. The Kamaz driven by Dmitry Sotnikov  managed an impressive 4th overall and a close one minute margin of victory in the truck class.

Dakar legend Jean-Louis Schlesser, claimed victory in the Auto class  with a buggy of his own design.