Pep Cifre, Moskow (Russia)._ The third edition of the Silk Way Rally is ready to start. All the teams have passed the scrutienering checks and they are parked on “Parc Fermé” on the Red Square, where tonight will be the official launch of the Silk Way Rally 2011 Moskow – Sochi.
One of the local heroes, Boris Gadasin will not take the start tonight due to a medical reasons, the Russian driver damage his hand last week on a Mountain bike competition and the doctors don’t allow him to race this week, maybe he will be recovered for the Baja Spain.
With this “last minute” withdrawal the race will be a nice battle between the X-Raid cars with Peterhansel, who has the favorite label in this rally, Holowczyck and Mironenko and the G-Force driver Boris Gadasin and Bogdan Novitskiy. On the two wheel drive cars the battle will be between the French Lavielle, the German Kahle and the Belgian Henrard .
On the trucks, we expect a big battle between the local drivers; the Kamaz Master Team is the big favorite with Nikolaev, Kabirow and Mardeev. Loprais, Echter, Stacey, Adua and Van Ginkel will try to fight the Russian armada.