The X-raid team has confirmed that it will field at least two cars in the 2011 Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Sochi in July. The French duo of Stephane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and the Russian/German duo of Leonid Novitskiy/Andreas Schulz are already confirmed as two driver pairings.
Peterhansel will drive the MINI All4 Racing, while Novitskiy will tackle his home race in a BMW X3CC. The pilots will tackle seven stages and 8 special stages over grassland, sand dunes and mountains.
“Because of the different terrain, the Silk Way Rally gives us a very good test ground for the Dakar in January 2012,” said Monster Energy Xraid team boss Sven Quandt. “As the Silk Way takes place in July, we can follow the collected information and data yet to be implemented. It will also offer Leonid a special experience in a rally in front of his countrymen.”