Peter Tsenkov at the launch of the Silk Way Rally 2018 with a new machine

Peter Tsenkov at the launch of the Silk Way Rally 2018 with a new machine

The most successful Bulgarian competitor in international off-road races Peter Tsenkov will stand for the fifth time at the launch of the Silk Way Rally. The International Marathon will be held from 20 to 27 July in Russia, and some of the biggest names in world off-road sports will pass through the starting arch. The start is in Astrakhan, and the final at the Red Square in Moscow in a week.

This year, Tsenkov will compete with an all-new SSV-Buggy Yamaha YXZ1000R, specially trained on FIA standards to participate in rally-raid races. The compact engine is a three-cylinder 998-cc engine and a sports gearbox, and in its base version has 120 hp. at a weight of about 700 kilograms, but the engine has been appropriately modified by the mechanics of the team Rallyeid.BG.

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On the right seat in the new buggy, for the second time in the Silk Way Rally will be the navigator Plamen Nikolov. His debut as a coworker of Tsenkov was on the same rally last year when they competed with Opel Antara and finished 21st. Nikolov is a double participant as a navigator in Dakar Rally, as well as in many Bulgarian and international competitions. In his previous appearances, Tsenkov's best performance (but with the navigator Ivan Marinov) is 10th in 2013.

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This year, like the Dakar Rally and the Silk Road, there have been major changes to the route. Initially, the off-road marathon had to be 14 days, passing through the territory of China, Kazakhstan and Russia. After the departure of Kazakhstan from the route, the organizers decided to make an air bridge between China and Russia, but the airports in the area of ​​the route proved to be small for the large transport planes. So the final decision was to run two week-long rallies - the July Silk Way Rally starting on July 20, with a route entirely on Russian territory and Silk Way China in September in the Sub-Empire Empire.

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The Silk Road Rally is open to cars, buggies and trucks (Motorcycles and ATVs will also be available next year). In the class of cars and SSVs, we will see some of the most serious pilots in the world, such as Dakar rally winners Nasser al-Atiya and Nani Roma, and a direct competitor in the buggies of Tsenkov and Nikolov will be the Dakar winner with ATV Sergei Karyakin, who will debut at the wheel of the Can-Am. Serious names will also be seen in the trucks, the heads of Kamaz's entire championship armada, as well as the strongest pilots of Mas, Renault Trucks, MAN and Hino.