After nearly half a month of fierce competition, the 2019 China Ring Tower (International) Rally and China Automobile Cross-Country Championship Xinjiang Substation ended on May 31. Stage) after the competition, the curtain came to a successful conclusion. The total mileage of this round of Tajikistan Rally is 5,200 kilometers, the special stage is 2,500 kilometers, and the desert stage accounts for 65%. There are a total of 127 participating vehicles (101 cars, 26 motorcycles), and the completion rate is 31%. Armand Hernandez of the KTMR2R star team of the motorcycle group successfully defended the title. In the car group, French drivers Christian Lavery/Jean-Pierre Gassin and teammates Liu Yangui/Sha He, Wang Hai/Li Pengcheng of the Beijing Off-Road Family Team won the top three in the national four-wheel drive group. Xu Eli/Liu Zhigang of the Geely Shell Lubricant Team won the national two-wheel drive championship.
The event is co-sponsored by China Automobile and Motorcycle Sports Federation, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Sports Bureau, Baosteel Group Bayi Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., Xinjiang Automobile Sports Association, Xinjiang Motorcycle Sports Association, Xinjiang Huanta Automobile and Motorcycle Sports Club Co., Ltd., China Automobile and Motorcycle League Organized by Business Operations Co., Ltd. This year’s race starts from Aksu, passes through Markiti County, Hotan area, Yutian County and finally ends in Hotan City. The race route is designed around the Taklamakan Desert, covering a variety of terrains and landforms, of which deserts account for more than 50%, and the difficult stage represented by the third stage also brings a lot of challenges to the drivers.
The start and end points of the ninth stage of the day were respectively set in Bostan Township, Cele County and the First Ranch of the 14th Division of the Corps of Cele County. The biggest highlight of this stage is that the competition route will enter the Kunlun Mountain Sky Road, and the altitude will exceed 3000 meters. For the drivers, they can fully enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Kunlun Snow Mountain during the race.
Motorcycle class: Hernandez successfully defends title
In this competition of the motorcycle group, the Spanish driver Hernandez has not been challenged since qualifying, and won the gold helmet for all special stages of the competition. After the game, he also said that this year’s game is very challenging.
“Today’s stage is so beautiful, we have almost no pressure after yesterday’s race, so this stage is very easy and enjoyable. I am very happy to win the Tournament Rally again, especially my teammates also won the It is a good result for the team to be in second place, and I would like to thank everyone for their support,” said the Spanish driver after the race.
Zhang Min of Kailicheng KTMR2R Star Team and Xinjiang driver Zaker of Wubao Racing Team won the runner-up and third place respectively. Fang Mingji, a veteran of the Shell Amway XS All the Way South Rally Team, experienced the embarrassment of going the wrong way in the last stage. But still finished fourth. Ma Binwen of the Beijing Altron Vision Medical Team won the first place in the ATV group.
Auto National Four-Wheel Drive Group: BAIC Motor takes the top three places
In terms of the national four-wheel drive group, the BAIC Legion has a significant advantage in this competition. Although the French veteran Christian is superior, his teammate Liu Yangui has made significant progress in this year’s competition. He is only 6 minutes and 02 seconds behind his teammates and won the runner-up.
“Today’s stage is beautiful, the track is winding and has a WRC feel. I am very happy to end this race in such a beautiful place. This time we have regained the championship that we lost last year and it is ours. The goal set before the race, I am very happy to be able to drive the BJ40L car to help the team win this honor. Looking back on this race is definitely not easy, but the whole team and my pilot have done a very good job, here I would like to thank them Everything in two weeks,” Christian said after the game.
Although he encountered some personal mistakes and troubles in the first half of the race, Wang Hai, the third runner-up of the Beijing Automobile Championships, played the due level of the annual champion driver of the China Cross-Country Championship in the second half. It is worth mentioning that Christian and Liu Yangui were the only two who broke the 30-hour mark in total time. With this achievement, BAIC won the team championship for the third time after 2017 and 2018. After celebrating with the team members at the finish line, Li Jiarun, director of the BAIC Motor Off-Road Family Team, said in an interview that he was very satisfied with the team’s results.
“This year we have done a lot of preparations, especially upgrading the car, so it is also planned to win the championship. And part of the game is the appearance of accidents. These days, these accidents are the most worrying. This year’s race The difficulty of the stage has been improved, and this degree of difficulty has returned to a normal track for teams and drivers like us, so we all find it very enjoyable, and several drivers also feel that they have not driven enough. About the event I also hope that the competition can add a few more marathon stages to make the champion of the ring tower more valuable,” Li Jiarun said.
Ma Hailong/Tian Lei of Ningxia Yuanhang Racing Team was the only non-Beijing driver among the top five. He ranked fourth ahead of Zhang Guoyu/Liu Yuan. After the race, Ma Hailong was also satisfied with his performance and expressed that Already the best he could achieve. At the end of the game, Zhang Guoyu, who suffered a “flying disaster”, regretted what happened to him. Wang Xiang/Yang Tao of RZOIL Longxing Tianxia Racing Team, Peng Furen/Fu Xinming of Tianfuyuan Longxing Tianxia Racing Team, Tao Yongming/Ma Lei of Zhengzhou Nissan Navara Racing Tire Team ranked sixth to eighth in the whole race bit.
In terms of group results, Tao Yongming and Wu Ritunasheng of Jiangxi Isuzu Nomad Team won the first place in the mass-produced gasoline and mass-produced diesel groups respectively. Li Yulong of Tianfuyuan Longxing Tianxia Racing Team and Wu Zhenxuan of Jidao Shentu Lubricating Oil Racing Team won the first place in the T3.1 and T3.2 groups respectively.
Automobile National Two-wheel Drive Group: Geely Legion wins the championship
In terms of the national two-wheel drive team, Xu Aili of the Geely Shell Lubricating Oil Team finally won his first championship since joining the new team. Zi Yungang/Wang Zengrong of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd. and Shaanxi Yunxiang Club Zhang Ming/Qin Xu won the runner-up and third respectively.
“I am very happy to be able to win the championship of the National Two-Drive Group around the Tower. This time I would like to thank the team for their strong support, especially the strong logistical support is the key to victory. The scenery of today’s stage is also very beautiful. I have been concentrating on it before Competition, I finally got a chance today. For me, the ring tower is to challenge myself, which is what a man should do,” Xu Elie said after the game.
Although Han Wei/Liao Min of the Geely Shell Lubricating Oil Team failed to achieve the “quadruple crown” of the Ring Tower, this result also helped the team win the national four-wheel drive team championship honor. Team manager Su Pengcheng expressed his gratitude when summing up after the race.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Organizing Committee of the Ring Tower and the China Automobile and Motorcycle Federation for providing us with a good platform, and our team has fully demonstrated its strength on this platform. It can be said that because of several The difficult stage also poses a high challenge to the team and drivers, but our team finally overcame many difficulties and won the national two-wheel drive double championship. We also gained a lot from this competition, and I would also like to thank The efforts of everyone in the team, especially the support of our two major sponsors, cannot be separated,” Su Pengcheng concluded.
Qi Dongliang/Liu Jifeng of Wulate Agate Lake Racing Team, Niu Banding/Yao Bin of Shaanxi Yunxiang Club, Jin Jianmin/Wu Fuxi of Ningxia Yuanhang Racing Team and Tian Baoguang/He Yongsheng of Hard Tiger Racing won the fifth to eighth places respectively. The first place in the open group was won by Jin Jianmin.
On the morning of June 1st, the closing ceremony of this competition will be held at the Campus Populus euphratica Park in Hotan Desert, and the closing award ceremony will be held on the morning of June 2nd. With the end of all stages, this competition will also draw a successful conclusion.
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(Text/China Automobile and Motorcycle Federation special reporter Fei Chaotu/Official photography team of Huanta)