Loeb set for tough­est en­durance test yet

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Se­bastien Loeb will start the long­est rally of his life when he tack­les the Silk Way Rally in July.

Peu­geot is en­ter­ing three 2008 DKRS on the 6200-mile event, which runs from Moscow to Bei­jing, Rus­sia to China via Kaza­khstan. This year’s Dakar win­ner Stephane Peter­hansel and Cyril De­spres will take the other cars.

The Silk Way, which is 500 miles longer than Dakar, is the first part of the French firm’s prepa­ra­tion for the de­fence of its South Amer­i­can suc­cess this year.

Peu­geot Sport di­rec­tor Bruno Famin said: “It prom­ises to be an event that tests both our hu­man and sport­ing strengths to the ab­so­lute limit, and we are de­lighted to be tack­ling the Silk Way Rally for the first time. We will ap­proach this new chal­lenge with all due hu­mil­ity and re­spect. That said, fol­low­ing our Dakar suc­cess ear­lier this year, it goes with­out say­ing that our sights will be set on vic­tory.”

Loeb head­ing for 6200-miler

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