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CSRR Peterhansel and Despres confirm Peugeot 1-2 finish in China Silk Road Rally


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China Silk Road Rally 2015
August 26-September 11, 2015

Stage 13: Dunhuang - Dunhuang, 296.65km
Liaison, 7.88km; stage 222.42km; liaison, 66.35km.

For immediate release
Friday, September 11, 2015

PETERHANSEL AND DESPRES CONFIRM 1-2 FINISH FOR
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL IN CHINA SILK ROAD RALLY

· KTM’s Armand Monleón Hernandez tops motorcycles; Su Wen Min in second
· Haval finish third and fourth in the cars; T3 win for Guoyu and Delaunay

DUNHUANG (CHINA): Team Peugeot Total confirmed a superb one-two finish in the car category of the China Silk Road Rally with the quickest two times on the 13th and final Dunhuang loop stage on Friday.

Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret finished 31min 27sec in front of their fellow French pairing of Cyril Despres and David Castera to give the evolution version of the 2008 DKR a first outright victory. The success was an excellent confidence boost for the team as it prepares for a second Dakar Rally with the 2008 DKR in January 2016.

“This is a fantastic result for our team as we continue the development of the 2008 DKR,” said record-breaking 11-time Dakar Rally winner Peterhansel. “The win is a reward for all the hard work put in by members of the team over recent months and will give everyone confidence heading into the next Dakar.”

Despres clinched the final stage to record his second win on four wheels since making the successful switch from motorcycles to cars. Peterhansel won seven of the 12 stages.

Spanish rider Armand Monleón Hernandez stayed clear of trouble on the final stage to ensure that his Red Bull KTM 450 Rally finished at the top of the podium in the motorcycle category. The Spaniard won eight of the 12 timed tests, with runner-up Su Wen Min winning the remaining four on his factory Jincheng. Monleón’s winning margin was 33min 41sec.

The final 222.42km special stage started at Dang He and finished at Hanxia, before a liaison of 66.35km returned teams to the bivouac to prepare for the prize giving and ceremonial finish.

Chinese SUV manufacturer Haval could not match the factory Peugeots on this occasion and was unable to complete a hat trick of victories on the former China Grand Rally. Han Wei shadowed the French cars to the finish in third place to complete the podium and last year’s winner, Christian Lavieiile, was fourth with Jean-Pierre Garcin reading his notes.

Lui Kun dropped over 35 minutes on the final stage, but still managed to secure fifth place in his Mitsubishi MPR11. Fellow Chinese driver Gong Liangliang was a distant sixth.

Hu Ai Dong finished fifth in the motorcycle category and was the first quad rider home on his Bombardier 1000. Zhao Hong Yi (KTM) and Zhou Tien (Jincheng) were third and fourth on two wheel machines.

Zhang Guoyu and Sebastien Delaunay clinched victory in the T3 category in their Polaris 900. The Chinese and his French navigator completed the rally in 18th overall and were well clear of T3 runners-up, Liu Hailong and Zhang Jianfeng, who hit trouble near the finish and slipped to 31st.

The South American crew of Leonidas Marmolejo and Maximiliano Blanco survived the rigours of the Chinese wilderness to bring their 4WD Jaton Racing Team Toyota Hilux home in 24th.

The Australian duo of Adrian Di Lallo and Harry Suzuki finished 34th in the Red Earth Motorsport Isuzu MU-X. They overcame several teething problems on the early stages and set some competitive stage times as the event progressed.

“We started today with 80km of sand and dunes and then it transitioned through some extremely rough wash away country and into a long, dry river bed, which is where we were able to pass a few cars,” said Di Lallo. “The final sector of the stage was a rough and rutted, high-speed sand track. We enjoyed competing in the event. We are obviously disappointed with the result, but we came away with a wealth of knowledge.”

The event was organised by the China Silk Road Rally Auto Sports Management Company Limited, in association with CCTV Sports and Entertainment Company Ltd. and the Beijing Motorsports Development Company, with the full cooperation of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China (FASC) and the support of the sporting bureaux of several Chinese regions.

2015 China Silk Road Rally – positions on SS13 (Cars):
1. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 2hr 06min 45sec
2. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval 2hr 06min 52sec
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 2hr 08min 32sec
4. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval 2hr 09min 10sec
5. Wei Hong Jie (CHN)/Guo Jun (CHN) Xiongfeng Buggy 2hr 12min 10sec

2015 China Silk Road Rally – positions on SS13 (Bikes):
1. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally 2hr 41min 31sec
2. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally 2hr 43min 14sec
3. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally 3hr 08min 08sec
4. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally 3hr 09min 07sec
5. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000 3hr 17min 26sec

2015 China Silk Road Rally – final positions after SS13 (Cars):
1. Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 23hr 10min 11sec
2. Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR 23hr 41min 38sec
3. Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval 24hr 01min 25sec
4. Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval 24hr 06min 45sec
5. Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11 25hr 05min 45sec
6. Gong Liangliang (CHN)/Xu Duoduo (CHN) Mitsubishi MPR13 28hr 08min 18sec

Select others
18. Zhang Guoyu (CHN)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA) Polaris 900 - T3 35hr 46min 43sec
24. Leonadis Marmolejo (COL)/Maximiliano Blanco (ARG) Toyota Hilux 41hr 00min 03sec
34. Adrian Di Lallo (AUS)/Harry Suzuki (AUS) Isuzu MU-X 225hr 19min 59sec

2015 China Silk Road Rally – final positions after SS13 (Bikes):
1. Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally 28hr 41min 47sec
2. Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally 29hr 15min 28sec
3. Zhao Hong Yi (CHN) KTM 450 Rally 32hr 18min 11sec
4. Zhou Tien (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally 33hr 06min 34sec
5. Hu Ai Dong (CHN) Bombardier 1000 33hr 49min 41sec

Stage winners - cars
SS1 Han Wei (CHN)/Pan Hong Yu (CHN) Haval
SS2 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS3 Cancelled
SS4 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS5 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS6 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS7 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS8 Lui Kun (CHN)/Liao (CHN) Mitsubishi Pajero MPR11
SS9 Christian Lavieille (FRA)/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) Haval
SS10 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS11 Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS12 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR
SS13 Cyril Despres (FRA)/David Castera (FRA) Peugeot 2008 DKR

Stage winners - bikes
SS1 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS2 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS3 Cancelled
SS4 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS5 Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally
SS6 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS7 Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally
SS8 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS9 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS10 Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally
SS11 Su Wen Min (CHN) Jincheng 450Y Rally
SS12 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally
SS13 Armand Monleón Hernandez (ESP) KTM 450 Rally

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Date issued: 11/09/2015

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