Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc celebrated a well earned victory in the Silk Way Rally of Russia after finishing ahead of the nine times Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel.
The Pole, alongside his co-driver the Belgian Jean-Marc Fortin, took the lead in the rally from Moscow to Sochi on the second day winning two specials on the way to victory.
For the Frenchman, Peterhansel, it all started to go wrong on day one after he lost two hours due to a problem with diesel supplies, still he said it was good preparation for Dakar.
In the trucks the Czech Ales Loprais took full advantage of the one hour time penalty handed to leader, Russia’s Firdaus Kabirov, for speeding from the bivouac ahead of Friday’s stage in Stavropol.
The penalty handed the Czech the title, no doubt a difficult one to swallow for the Russian.