Walero Ambassador Harry Hunt finishes 4th in the 2016 Silk Way Rally!
Easily tougher than this year’s Dakar, the 2016 Silk Way Rally was unique in its length, surface variety and in part, altitude. Totalling 10,735 kilometres from start to finish, the route snaked through some of the most diverse, jaw-dropping landscapes in all the earth, from Moscow to Beijing featuring stints through Balkhash; home to one of the largest lakes in Asia, and Dunhuang; an ancient Buddhist city resting at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert.
During the 16-day rally, Hunt and his co-driver Andreas Schulz fought hard for their finishing position after a tough start left them 40 minutes behind. Despite that, just five days into the race, Harry covered a whopping 820 kilometres in one day and managed to make up a staggering 20 places. Then, only three days before race finish, competitor, Sebastien Loeb, dropped two hours after a penalty, leaving Harry to secure his 4th place.
Finishing ahead of Dakar 2016’s winners Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret was a proud moment for Harry and navigator Schulz, who will be contesting the next Dakar Rally in January 2017. The team here at Walero couldn’t have been happier to hear news of such a fantastic result, and in his latest Facebook post, Harry said, “Can’t believe Silk Way Rally is over and I finished 4th overall – what an amazing experience. Massive thanks to X-raid Team, MINI and my navigator Andy Schulz, couldn’t have done it without you.”
Harry’s rally season continues to go from strength to strength and we are ever proud to have him on our team of ambassadors! A huge well done from us!
His next event is the Rally Du Maroc, followed by the Dakar in 2017.
Walero ambassador and MINI UK brand ambassador Harry Hunt heads to Moscow this weekend for the start of this year’s colossal Silk Way Rally.
Covering 10,735 kilometres (over 6670 miles), Harry will traverse almost a quarter of the earth’s circumference in just 16 days, starting in Moscow on the 8th July and finishing in Beijing on the 24th July.
Harry will be tackling some of the most diverse terrains in rallying, not only in surface but also in altitude, with some stages taking place 2.5k metres above sea level, adding another dimension to the challenge.
Despite being arguably synonymous to the Dakar in its extremity, there is always an element of unpredictability to every race, and Harry is no stranger to the unexpected. The Silk Way plays a pivotal role in the run-up to Dakar 2017, leaving Hunt ready to make the most of whatever comes his way.
We’d like to wish the best of luck to Harry as he starts the 2016 Silk Way Rally!
All of us here at Walero are very excited to be working with British rally driver, Harry Hunt, as we begin the New Year, and as he prepares to face the beast that is the Dakar Rally 2016.
Covering a distance of 10,000 kilometres, The Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest rally promises demanding sections in parts, but Harry’s no stranger to pressure. He put Walero base layers to the test back in October 2015, during an intensive, five-day rally race across the Moroccan desert, slicing sand dunes and tackling tough terrain with fantastic results.
Harry raved about the comfort of our base layers, giving them a keen thumbs-up. Finishing overall in 7th position in the Rally Oilibya Du Maroc, we’re giving Harry’s rad rally skills a thumbs-up too.
And with but a few hours until the start of Dakar Rally 2016, we’d like to wish Harry the best of luck for the up and coming race!