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2016 Silk Way Rally: Yazeed Al Rahji too hot for his rivals

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By Euronews
2016 Silk Way Rally: Yazeed Al Rahji too hot for his rivals

<p>The 905 km eighth Stage Bortala and Ürümqi, is the longest of the 2016 Silk Way Rally. And it was anything but easy. </p> <p>Most of the timed sector took place in the Junggar Basin and it played into the hands of Yazeed Al Rahji. </p> <p>As the temperature rose to 38C the Saudi Arabian racked up a first and well deserved win for the Mini team. </p> <p>Second in the general classification Sébastien Loeb led the way for most of the day, but finished 31secs behind Al Rahji. </p> <p>Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret were third, 51secs adrift of the stage winner.</p> <p>Silk Way Rally leaders, Cyril Despres and David Castera came home fourth at 4mins 19secs off the pace. The pair had started the day with a 10-minute buffer to the second placed Loeb. This has been cut to 6mins 58secs. </p> <p>Vladimir Vasilyev remains third overall at 14mins 50secs.</p> <p>In the truck category, Holland’s Martin Van Den Brink extended his lead. It was the second consecutive triumph for the Renault Sherpa driver and he won by a margin of 5mins 47secs from second-placed Ayat Mardeev of Russia. </p> <p>Dmitry Sotnikov finished the stage third. coming home 6m 11secs behind the leaders. The Russian remains third overall but his time gap to Van Der Brink is now 18mins 40secs.</p> <p>Anton Shibalov (Kamaz) was fourth at the line, 18 minutes adrift of Van Den Brink and drops to third overall.</p>