Stage four of the Silk Way Rally formed leg two of the event’s marathon stage and with Andrew and Adrien both familiar with the terrain, and knowing the locations of the more serious hazards, they were able to complete the special without any major mistakes and with much faster times than yesterday.
Andrew Short put together a strong and consistent ride on stage four with the American opting to walk his bike through many of the treacherous water crossings to ensure a safe finish. Now, with just one day of racing remaining, Andrew is in good spirits and looking forward to completing the Silk Way Rally with another solid result on stage five.
After completing the very same stage yesterday, Adrien Van Beveren used his knowledge of the special to significantly pick up his pace on stage four. Recording a time almost 10 minutes faster than what he posted on day three of the Silk Way Rally, the Frenchman was rewarded with a solid ninth place finish. With one day of racing to go, Adrien now lies sixth in the overall provisional classification.
Tomorrow brings the final day of the Silk Way Rally and the fifth and final stage will be a re-run of stage two. With both Adrien and Andrew previously enjoying the mixed terrain special, both riders are confident of securing yet more strong results as they look to bring their time in Russia to a positive end.