Press conference of Silk Way Rally 2019 Route Presentation
MIA Rossiya Segodnya
The rally route will include ten diverse and technical special stages stretching across Russia, crossing Mongolia from north to south, with the finish staged among the dunes of the famous Gobi desert. The finish will take place on July 16th in the Chinese city of Dunhuang. This rally will be a journey of 5,000 kilometers, with more than 2,700 km of special stages across the three host countries, with a perfect balance between technical challenges and the beauty of nature. From the East Siberian taiga to the endless Mongolian steppes and magnificent dunes of the Gobi desert, Silk Way Rally 2019 will be remembered not only as the most difficult rally raid of the year, but also as a unique adventure.
On May 30, 37 days prior to the start of the Rally, the official operator of the Silk Way Rally 2019 TMS LLC held a Moscow press conference, where the rally route was finally revealed. This year one of the greatest racing challenges to test the reliability of racing vehicles and boundless human potential will go along a brand new route.
Alongside with the Silk Way Rally organizers, representatives of rally partners and motorsport federations of Russia, Mongolia and China answered the journalists’ questions.
Vladimir Chagin, Rally Director:
‘First of all, we create a route that would be interesting and diverse for participants, so that the car manufacturers can see their vehicles to drive in different environmental conditions, in different terrains and on varied surfaces of our planet. Of course, we are eager to add new regions and countries to our route so that their people can watch the racers and other participants in person. Taking into account these and many other factors, as well as the initiative of our colleagues from Mongolia, and personally, the President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, we have chosen exactly the route that we presented to you today. Visiting the lake Baikal is the dream of many. Beautiful sceneries, amazing nature. Such route, very challenging, very diverse but not too long as well, I’m sure, will be enjoyed by the competitors and all our guests, who will join us this year.’
Press conference guests:
Boris Grishin, Director of the Department of State Regulation in the Field of Sport and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation: “On behalf of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, I am happy to welcome the honorable guests, organizers and leading racers here in Moscow. I can admit that a huge number of Federal and Executive authority bodies and organizations take active part in the preparation and conduction of the rally. We interact and work very effectively with the Rally Executive Directorate. We are waiting for two exciting racing stages in Russia. The extensive support of the Ministry of Sports of Russia allows the Silk Way Rally to remain one of the most striking and significant global motorsport events, which undoubtedly serves the idea of popularization of technical sports and a healthy lifestyle, and contributes to improving of the country’s image as a great sports power. Motorsport is one of the most exciting and spectacular sports, and Silk Way Rally is one of the most challenging rallies in the world. This event is a clear example of effective interaction between friendly countries in the field of culture and sports, and it also demonstrates once again that sport unites people all over the world and destroys language and cultural barriers. The Ministry of Sports will follow closely the stages of the rally and provide full informational and organizational support, we wish all the athletes a fair victory.”
Ochirma Ochirbat, Acting Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation: “This ambitious project is staged under the auspices of the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga. Mongolia understands the significance of this project. We believe that it will be successful and will become a bright symbol of good neighbourly relations between our nations, especially for the youth of Russia, Mongolia, and China. We wish all the participants a good journey, good luck and all the best.”
The member of the Board of the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China and the President of Jingang Company Jim Ye, the representative of the Department of Сulture of the Chinese Embassy in Russia Liu Yanbin, and the Executive Director of the Russian Automobile Federation Sergey Ivanov also addressed the journalists and teams.