“The contestants will tell that this stage is more difficult, no less than the previous SS3. There are 14 sand hills to climb, and they are all small terrain. After the completion, I feel that the difficulty has been reduced a lot. A rain last night, the sand It’s a lot easier to walk. There are not too many course changes, the rhythm is easy to grasp, and the tire pressure is well controlled, which is relatively easy to complete.” ——Pan Hongyu, the navigator of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd.
The 2019 China Ring Tower (International) Rally and China Autocross Championship Xinjiang Substation ended on May 28th for the eighth stage (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital stage). Armand Hernandez of KTMR2R Star Team of the motorcycle group won the stage championship with a time of 3 hours, 32 minutes and 51 seconds. With the last short-distance stage left in the race, the Spaniard won the stage with The unshakable advantage has almost locked the championship trophy. In the car group, Liu Yangui/Sha He of the Beijing Off-Road Family Team ranked first in the national four-wheel drive group with a time of 3 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds. Zi Yungang/Wang Zengrong of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd. ranked first in the national two-wheel drive group with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds, and was also the fastest time in the car group that day.
The starting point and finishing point of the eighth stage are respectively set at C203 village road on the west side of the S165 desert road in Minfeng County and Yesi Youlegun Village, Aoyitogluke Township, Yutian County, respectively. The mileage of the special stage is 148.3 kilometers. The biggest highlight of this stage is that the race route will pass through the famous Niya ruins and Jingjue country ruins, while the desert and complex terrain will challenge drivers and pilots again.
Motorcycle class: Hernandez touches the championship
The motorcycle group had six stages on the end of the day, and Hernandez was about to defend his title with his “Grand Slam” results.
“To be honest, today’s stage is the best one so far in this race. There are all kinds of sand dunes in the stage. You see, we finished the race very early today. You must know that this is beneficial to the race. Save energy, and the desert today is much harder than in the third stage. For me, I enjoyed today’s race very much,” said the Spanish driver after the race.
Zhang Min of Kailicheng KTMR2R star team finished the race in second place after nearly half an hour behind the leader. After the game, he admitted that the game of the day was not as difficult as imagined, and because the rain the night before made the desert hard, it not only reduced the difficulty of the game, but also lowered the temperature in the desert. Fang Mingji, a veteran of the Shell Amway XS All the Way South Rally Team, ranked fourth after Zacker of the Wubao Team. After the race, he also admitted that the difficulty of the stage of the day was obviously overestimated, especially the river course in the stage. water depth.
In terms of overall results, Hernandez took the lead with a time of 24 hours, 42 minutes and 46 seconds and is about to win the championship. His teammate Zhang Min and Xinjiang driver Zaker ranked second and third respectively. With only the last stage left in the race, the lineup of the top three in the motorcycle group is difficult to change.
Auto National Four-Wheel Drive Group: Liu Yangui is the fastest and Zhang Lei is still the dark horse
In the national four-wheel drive group, the BAIC Corps still took the top three on the day. Liu Yangui led teammates Wang Hai/Li Pengcheng by less than 10 minutes, while French veterans Christian Lavigne/Jean-Pierre Gassin Because he suffered a broken belt in the second half of the race and lost nearly 20 minutes, he finished third on the day. In an interview after the game, Liu Yangui said that there are many places where it is easy to make mistakes in this stage, and his game that day was also very lonely.
“Today the road was very smooth. There was one point that I couldn’t find and followed the motorcycle and found it later. Today’s road is still challenging for the navigator. Apart from this problem, the road is still very smooth. I ran alone today. There was no car in front or behind,” Liu Yangui said after the race.
Zhang Lei/Xiang Liang of the RZOIL Dragon Team and Ma Hailong/Tian Lei of the Ningxia Yuanhang Racing Team finished fourth and fifth and are still in the second group. Guo Zhongnan/Zhang Jianbing of Tianfuyuan Longxingtianxia Racing Team, Zhang Guoyu/Liu Yuan of BAIC Motor Off-Road Racing Team and Zhang Qiang/Lu Zhicheng of CST New Power Haizhihui Racing Team ranked sixth to eighth. Although Zhang Guoyu suffered a crash in yesterday’s game, it did not affect his rhythm in the game. After the game, he said that he would do his best to help the team defend the honor with the last stage left. .
In terms of results, although Christian lost some time due to a small episode that day, the Frenchman continued to lead with a total time of 27 hours, 36 minutes and 52 seconds. His teammate Liu Yangui and Zhang Lei of the RZOIL Dragon World Team ranked second and the third.
Automobile National Two-wheel Drive Group: Yunxiang Legion occupies the top two
In the national two-wheel drive group, Zi Yungang of Shaanxi Yunxiang Automobile Sports Co., Ltd. led teammates Liu Kun/Pan Hongyu to win the second consecutive stage by nearly nine minutes, and Qi Dongliang/Liu Jifeng of Wulate Agate Lake Team ranked No. three.
“Today’s desert is very soft. I am a seed driver and cannot use the automatic inflation and deflation system, so I am more careful. There are indeed some situations in today’s stage, but I just concentrate on driving without paying attention to the specific things. I don’t have time to look at the scenery,” Zi Yungang said after the game.
Wang Wenlin/Wang Ping of Ningxia Nanfang Mall Racing Team, Zhang Ming/Qin Xu of Shaanxi Yunxiang Club, Xu Eli/Liu Zhigang, Han Wei/Liao Min of Geely Auto Shell Lubricating Oil Racing Team and Shen Weijian/Liu Hongwu of Dynamo Energy Storage Team Ranked fourth to eighth. In terms of total scores, Xu Aili ranked first with a total time of 29 hours, 38 minutes and 52 seconds, Zi Yungang and Zhang Ming ranked second and third respectively.
After the end of the day’s race, the drivers will usher in SS9 (Silk Road City Yudu Hetian Kunlun Tianlu Stage) on May 31. The starting point and finishing point are set at Bostan Township, Celle County and Corps 10, Celle County respectively. Four divisions and one pasture, the biggest highlight of this stage is that the competition route will enter the Kunlun Mountain Sky Road, and the altitude will exceed 3,000 meters. If the weather is fine, the drivers will not only be able to appreciate the beautiful Kunlun Snow Mountain in this stage, but also be prepared to face the altitude sickness of people and cars. Of course, any mistakes and accidents will not be worth the candle in the final stage of this competition. After the game, the event camp will return to Hotan. According to the schedule, the closing ceremony of this competition will be held on the morning of June 1.
SS8 Stage Results
Total score so far
(Text/China Automobile and Motorcycle Federation special reporter Fei Chaotu/Official photography team of Huanta)