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Nothing is smooth in the Silk Way Rally

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Nothing is smooth in the Silk Way Rally

<p>Stunning but challenging terrain in stage 12 of the Silk Way Rally the 666.9 km from Jiayuguan to Alashan in China.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">SILK</span> <span class="caps">WAY</span> <span class="caps">RALLY</span> 2016 – Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Stage 12: Jiayuguan – Alashan <a href="https://twitter.com/racingprojects"><code>racingprojects</a> <a href="https://t.co/poN7mgqTd4">pic.twitter.com/poN7mgqTd4</a></p>&mdash; Mister Griffin (</code>racingprojects) <a href="https://twitter.com/racingprojects/status/756206853676232704">July 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>For Frenchman Sebastian Loeb and Daniel Elena it was day of woe after the pair failed to meet two check points.</p> <p>As a result organisers penalised the pair a massive four hours.</p> <p>Loeb and Elena are now 10 th overall.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">(Motorsport) Silk Way Rally Stage 12: Loeb looses his way ! – video <a href="https://t.co/a6STMqGXPl">https://t.co/a6STMqGXPl</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AutoRacing?src=hash">#AutoRacing</a></p>— SpeedJournal (@SpeedJournal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpeedJournal/status/756204652115423232">July 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Race leaders Cyril Despres and David Castera, despite having clutch problems and losing third gear, won the stage for their fifth victory of the rally.</p> <p>They retain the lead with two days to go until the finish in Beijing.</p> <p>Despres admitted he had had a good day: “When you are in a rumble with Sebastian Loeb and he picks up a heavy penalty it means the end of the race will be easier for me, but we must remain focused.”</p> <p>The Russians of Eduard Nikolaev, Evgenii Iakovlev and Vladimr Rybakov claimed the stage in the trucks.</p> <p>The Russian team of Airat Mardeev, Ayday Belyaev and Dmitrii Svistunov lead the race overall.</p>