MINI’s Harry Hunt set for Silk Way Rally

MINI All4 Racing’s Harry Hunt is set for his first rally since the Dakar in January as the Briton competes in the Silk Way Rally.

Harry in his MINI All4 Racing car, alongside former Dakar winner Andy Schulz finished in tenth place in the Dakar this year on his first attempt, making him the youngest top ten finisher, as well as the top Briton to complete the rally. An incredible achievement for the Londoner.

The Silk Way Rally will see one-hundred cars compete from over thirty manufacturers, including Peugeot and Toyota as well as privateers. They will be racing over ten-thousand and seven-hundred miles from the starting point of the Red Square in Moscow this weekend and finishing at Beijing on the 24 July.

Some of rallying’s greatest stars have won the Silk Way, including two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz. Competing in the Silk Way with Hunt is Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel and nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb.

Harry was excited of the prospect of returning to race again. He said “I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing,”

“The Silk Way Rally will be my first competition since Dakar and I’m really looking forward to it. This event is slightly longer than Dakar so it is going to be a tough challenge but the perfect rally to start my competitive calendar.

“My aim is just to make steady and consistent progress, in order to get used to the car again in these competitive conditions. Then, as we feel more comfortable, I’m sure we can start to push a bit harder. But as always in endurance racing, the main aim is to get to the finish. I know I’ve got a fantastic car and team behind me, so now it’s just down to me to get the job done!”