“The scenery of the red desert just entered today’s stage is beautiful, but for most drivers, there is no time to take care of it. There is a section of the road in the first half of the stage that is very bumpy, which is a great test for the stability of the car. After that, there are still Dust, basically a car that is not well sealed is easy to get dust, and the last part of the stage is high speed,” – Chen Boyu, navigator of Limo Xiongfeng Team
The 2019 China Ring Tower (International) Rally and China Autocross Championship Xinjiang Substation ended the second stage (Amway XS stage) on May 22. The Spanish driver Armand, who represented the Kailicheng KTMR2R star team, played Hernandez made another victory with a best time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 33 seconds. In the car group, Zi Yungang/Wang Zengrong of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd. ranked first in the national two-wheel drive group with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 16 seconds. French driver Christian Lavigne/Jean · Pierre Gassin ranked first in the national four-wheel drive group with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 46 seconds.
The start and end points of the second stage are located near the Red Desert Scenic Spot in Achale Town and the S306 Provincial Highway in Artush City respectively. The mileage of the special stage is 216.81 kilometers. After the end of the race that day, the riders arrived in Maggiti County, Kashgar Prefecture, and entered the second camp of this competition. Although this stage is not very difficult, the muddy road and bumpy Gobi in the stage will still bring some troubles. In addition, the mileage of the road section is long, which is a long day for the drivers.
Motorcycle group: KTM takes the top two
The Spanish driver Hernández of Kailicheng KTMR2R star team continued the strength of the first day and finished the race ahead of his teammate Zhang Min. After the race, he admitted that although some sections of the stage were difficult, he had found his rhythm.
“Today was another great day. The stage was very challenging, but we played well and kept pace,” Hernandez said after the race.
Zhou Tian of the Xinjiang Daredevil Team and Zakel Yakefu of the Wubao Team ranked third and fourth respectively. The latter lost some time due to going the wrong way during the race. Although Fang Mingji, a veteran of the Shell Amway XS All the Way Southward Rally Team, did not encounter mechanical failures in the first stage of the race, he was also ranked fifth on the day because he took the wrong way to find a spot and wasted time.
After the end of the two stages, in terms of total score, Hernandez ranked first with a total time of 4 hours, 56 minutes and 49 seconds by virtue of two consecutive stage championships. Kefu ranked second and third.
Automobile country four-wheel drive group: it is difficult for BAIC to break through
In the national four-wheel drive team, the French drivers Christian Lavigne/Jean Pierre Gassin of the BAIC Legion led by 1 minute and 39 seconds ahead of teammates Zhang Guoyu/Liu Yuan, Wang Hai/Li Pengcheng, Liu Yangui/Sha Hefen Columns third and fourth. Wang Xiang/Yang Tao of RZOIL Longxingtianxia Team and Li Aidong/Wang Yirong of Qian’an Jiujiang Luhang Tire Racing Team ranked fifth and sixth. Beiqi drivers Lu Binglong/Meng Bin who performed the quick rescue mission maintained the best performance since the start of the race Stable performance ranked seventh in the game.
Like the two-wheel drive racing cars, many four-wheel drive drivers also reported that the ENB failure brought a lot of trouble that day, and Christian, who won the stage championship, even encountered a small episode.
“Today there is a difficult journey, about 25 kilometers, all of which are very muddy roads. Compared with yesterday, today’s difficulty has increased. During the driving distance, our tires and front windows were broken. Again In addition, we did not have GPS positioning for a certain distance, so it would be very difficult to walk, but we found the right road through road books and pilots, and we were able to overcome difficulties. I am very happy for today’s race, because it is challenging. The scenery on the road today is also beautiful, and the scenery in China is unique, which is great,” Christian said after the game.
Wang Qiang/Ma Wenke, drivers of RZOIL Longxingtianxia who drove the MINI racing car, ranked eighth. In the mass production group, Wu Ritunasheng of Jiangxi Isuzu Racing Team and Tao Yongming of Zhengzhou Nissan Navara Racing Team occupy the first place in the diesel and gasoline groups respectively. The GAC Mitsubishi Bandung Club, which was newly unveiled in this race, although two cars retired in this stage, the team partnered by Zhang Yanzhong and Tang Hongwei successfully finished the race and ranked 47th. In terms of total scores after this stage, Kristian, Liu Yangui and Wang Hai occupy the top three.
Auto Nation’s two-wheel drive team: Zi Yungang takes the lead
In the national two-wheel drive group, Zi Yungang of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd. led the second place by less than two minutes, Zhang Huijun/Peng Yibo of the Road Aviation Tire CR6 Haizhihui Racing Team, and Han of the Geely Shell Lubricating Oil Team. Wei/Liao Min ranked third. Zi Yungang’s run was also the fastest run by the car that day.
“Today’s race road is too dusty, but more importantly, we basically found all the points in the case of ENB problems, my navigation is very good, and this stage is also very suitable for our car ,” Zi Yungang, the annual champion of the 2018 China Autocross Championship, said after the race.
Liu Kun/Pan Hongyu of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd., Mou Laikui/Tong Zhenrong of the Lion Energy Storage Team, and Zi Rong/Xing Xinjian of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile and Motorcycle Sports Co., Ltd. ranked fourth to sixth. In terms of overall results, Han Wei took the lead in 4 hours, 48 seconds and 14 seconds, while Zhang Huijun and Liu Kun ranked second and third respectively.
On May 23, the competition for SS3 (Understanding Car Emperor Stage) of this year’s competition started and ended at Populus euphratica Forest Farm and N39 Tourist Base in Maigaiti County respectively. The mileage of the special stage was 333.55 kilometers. In terms of difficulty, this stage can be ranked among the top three in this year’s competition, and the competition will also become one of the watersheds for this year’s competition.
The above are the results of the SS2 stage
(Photo by Fei Chao, Special Correspondent of China Automobile and Motorcycle Federation/Official Photography Team of Huanta)