Jean-Louis Schlesser: I am confident that rally Amul – Hazar 2018 will have great success
Media forum dedicated to International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 took place in the conference hall of Sport Hotel in Ashgabat. Hosts and participants of coming motor race in September this year, representatives of largest foreign and national mass media took part in the event.
Foreign press was represented by the journalists from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Jean-Louis Schlesser, famous in the sport world as numerous champion in sport vehicle races, two times winner of Paris – Dakar rally, expressed the gratitude to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the invitation to take part in the events on preparation and conduct of international motor races along the Silk Road, which raised great interest in sport circles. “Owing to this, I have met new friends united by excellent idea, which would give strong impulse to the popularization of motor sport not only in your country but also far beyond its borders”, – famous racer and organizer of large international competitions highlighted.
Jean-Louis Schlesser highlighted that huge number of sportsmen expressed their interest in participation in Amul – Hazar 2018 races after the announcement of this competitions. It brightly illustrates not only great interest of famous racers in coming competitions but also their sincere desire to see your beautiful country with its unique natural landscape.
Jean-Louis Schlesser explained that the route is divided into 5 stages and every speed part has number of surprises for the pilot and navigator. Therefore, Karakum Desert is the heart of the project giving huge experience to true adventurers. Turkmen desert is not that homogeneous as the African one and generously gives unusual impressions, which are able to surprise anybody, as this is living ecosystem not affected by human activity impact.
The race would be held from the east to the west of Turkmenistan along the route on ancient Silk Road. Total distance of the race running across big desert is more than 1,500 kilometres, which is ideal for outstanding rally. The race will be realistic test of the capabilities for the professionals, their driving skills in hard conditions and navigation knowledge. The races finish in Avaza National tourist zone, the resort located on the Caspian coast. Coming over difficult parts of the desert, the participants of the race will be able to see unique places of Turkmen land, having made symbolical journey from the past to the present.
Find the important dates of the race:
• End of August: Departure of the transport convoy for race vehicles and SSVs. The assistance vehicle can follow the convoy. The date will be communicate soon.
• September 9th & 10th: Scrutineering and technical checks in Amul
• September 11th: Official start of the race in Amul
• September 11th to 15th: 5 Special Stages
• September 15th: Official Finish of the 1st TURKMEN DESERT RACE
• Prize giving ceremony
• September 16th: Transport convoy leaving from Turkmenbashy