By: Pep Cifre, Rally Raid Reporter
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Holowczyk and Kabirov are the new leaders in Silk Way Rally, Stage 2: Lipetsk to Volgograd
Yesterday it happened to Stephane Peterhansel of being stranded on the track, today it was the turn for Nikolaev. The pilot of the Russian Kamaz team has stopped at km 149 of the special with a breakdown in his truck. The second stage of the Silk Way Rally from Lipetsk to Volgograd saw Peterhansel‘s return’s to his natural position; the Frenchman won the stage with little more than fourteen minutes ahead of the Pole Kzristov Holowczyc, who became the new overall leader.
The former world champion of endurance and Team Dessoude’s driver, Christian Lavielle, ranks third in the stage, fifty seconds behind “Mr. Dakar” and the second place overall by fifty-three minutes from Holowczyc. Unlike yesterday, the Russian pilots haven’t monopolized the top positions. Aleksander Mironenko finished fourth followed by Berkut and Zheludov. The pilot of Opel Hungary "Balu" Szalay has made another good step and finished in seventh position.
Today's special ran through a field very similar to that from the Dakar when the participants had stages of entering Sahel in Senegal. This landscape confirms the excellent position of the Silk Way to be the ideal race to prepare for the main Dakar event. Many European teams have responded to the Russian call seeking development of machines and pilots.
For the Silk Way rally, the premier class is the trucks and one of them is the "Galactic" or "Dream Team" of the off road and cross country rally races. the Kamaz Master team is a kind of national team of the Russian Kamaz trucks factory. The race started well yesterday with the Nikolaev to claim the top spot scratch but today he hasn’t been fortunate when he was forced to stop due to a failure on the 149 km of the stage and is now still on the special stage.
The relay was taken by Firdaus Kabirov who was very close to be overtaken by Hans Stacey, who managed a good stage eager to take off his spine after yesterday's problems. The winner of the last African Dakar has completed the second stage four minutes and one second behind Kabirov. After the Dutch’s Clockwork Orange has reached the Kamaz of Karginov 21 minutes off his teammate. Six minutes less than Ales Loprais who climbed into third place overall.