HOTAN, China - Friday, 02. June 2023
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Among the 97 autos and 37 motorcycles who have started the Rally in Aksu on May 20, 76 autos and 31 motos have successfully withstood the tough challenges and reached the finish line.
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As the 15th edition of Taklimakan Rally, the 2023 Taklimakan Rally lasts for 13 days. The 4258 km total stage contains 1 SSS, 9 stages and 2 rest days. The rally sets foot in the south west of Xinjiang and covers 3 regions of Aksu, Kashgar and Hotan. The multi-terrain stages together with the beautiful scenery has attracted 231 competitors from China and abroad to participate.
In the auto category, the final victory goes to Zi Yungang/Wang Zengrong from Shanxi Yunxiang Team. Team BAIC contributes to the podium with Zhang Guoyu/Oriol Mena Valdearcos and Liu Yangui/Chen Feng listed the 2nd and 3rd place.
As to the moto, Bradley John Cox and Arunas Gelazninkas continued their good performance and took the 1st and 2nd place for their team Shanxi Yulin, the local driver Yakepu finished the game in the 3rd place, followed by Neels Theric and Shi Haoyu in KOVE.
Taklimakan Rally is established in 2005, during its 15 editions, the Rally has grown into the largest off-road rally in Asia. Based in Xinjiang, the rally is not only an event in the FIA race calendar, but also a window to showcase the various and abundant natural and tourist resources in Xinjiang. Taklimakan Rally started its overseas promotion in 2016 with the first Press conference in Europe organized in Paris and received positive feedbacks from the overseas audiences. The beautiful Xinjiang welcomes the racing teams as well as travellers from the world to join the Taklimakan Rally, to feel and enjoy the west pearl of China.
Overall Classification Auto
Zi Yungang (CHN) / Wang Zengrong (CHN), Yun Xiang, 34H16’09”
Zhang Guoyu(CHN) / Oriol Mena Valdearcos(ESP), BAIC, +5’30”
Liu Yangui(CHN) / Chen Feng (CHN), BAIC, +53’58”
Xu Aili (CHN) / Tong Zhenrong (CHN), Hilux, +2H58’05”
Liu Yatuan (CHN) / Yan Ke (CHN), SMG, +3H20’58”
Overall Classification Moto
Bradley John Cox (RSA), KTM, 24H28’05”
Arunas Gelazninkas (LTU), KTV, +34’30”
Yakepu (CHN), KTM, +1H49’10”
NEELS Theric (FRA), KOVE, +2H11’10”
Shi Haoyu (CHN), KOVE, +2H17’36”
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