Peu­geot 2008 DKR to en­ter Silk Way Rally

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Peu­geot’s 2008 DKR will re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion for the first time since con­quer­ing Dakar at this week’s Silk Way Rally.

The world’s long­est en­durance event starts from Moscow’s Red Square on Fri­day (July 8) and fin­ishes in Bei­jing 16 days later. Be­tween times, crews will face a 6,670-mile route, of which 2,550 will be against the clock in 15 stages through Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan and China.

One of Peu­geot’s de­vel­op­ments since Stephane Peter­hansel’s win in Jan­uary is the in­tro­duc­tion of an air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem in the car – which will be much ap­pre­ci­ated as Peter­hansel, Se­bastien Loeb and Cyril De­spres pass through the Gobi Desert.

Loeb told MN: “Silk Way will be the big challenge for Daniel [Elena, co-driver] and I. We are still work­ing for the way in things like the nav­i­ga­tion and how to drive in cer­tain con­di­tions. It’s a long road, but it’s what we need to help us be ready for Dakar next year.”

X-raid will line up five Mi­nis in op­po­si­tion to the Peu­geots, with Bri­tain’s Harry Hunt and Yazeed Al-ra­jhi lead­ing the Ger­man squad.

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