The second leg of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid is finished

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:02

In the morning, the participants of Maul – Hazar 2018 rally left ‘Mary’ camp located next to administrative territorial border of Lebap and Mary Velayat and went to the starting position of the second leg of the race.

The same evening, the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally reached the second camping site located in Ahal Velayat – ‘The Karakums Glare’. 55 out of 75 vehicles started that morning for another 228 kilometres part of the rally.

As the racers told, the first part of the route was very difficult while the second one was much easier as the pilots got used to the sands of Karakum Desert and confidently reached ‘The Karakums Glare’ camp.

Spanish crew, Nani Roma and Alex Haro are the leaders in total team count, however, British pilot Harry Hunt and his co-pilot Wouter Rosgaar have taken over Spanish team in the finish and won the second day of the race. Turkmen crew, Hojaguly Annamemmedov and Gaygysyz Akmyradov, was the third. The leaders of the race are just few minutes behind each other.

In heavy trucks, two Russian KAMAZ driven by Ayrat Mardeyev and Dmitry Sotnikov were the first to cross the finish. Belarusian crew piloted by Sergey Vyzovich is in the third position.

Belarusian – Turkmen team composed of Alexander Vasilevsky, Dmitry Vikhrenko and Begnazar Nuryagdiyev are among the ten of the fastest trucks. They moved 5 position forward on the second day of the race.

The only female pilot, Yulia Migunova, with her co-pilot Igor Petenko has distinguished herself. Their Toyota was the first in T2 category.

Upon arrival to the camp, tired guest were expected with good dinner, cultural programme and opportunity to see one of the most popular attractions of our country.

At the camping site, organizer of the rally Jean Louis Schlesser was congratulated on his birthday. Legendary racer marked his 70th anniversary on Turkmen land.

‘The Karakums Glare’ is the world famous attraction site located in Ahal Velayat, Turkmenistan. The fire erupts from the huge crater located in the centre of the desert. The view of fire burning among white sands of the Karakums fascinates and intrigues even experienced travellers.

Approaching ‘The Karakums Glare’ in the daylight, you will not be able to understand why this place attracts the visitors. Desert landscapes, bright blue sky, all of these can be enjoyed without going too deep to the desert. But after the sun goes down, the air above the crater starts glimmering with various shades of crimson. The gas bursts out to the surface through the sandstone and ignites making surrounding air hotter. Look around this attraction early in the evening, the tourist enjoy captivating view of the crater sinking slowly to the darkness and orange flames on the background of the sun going down over the desert.

The race is continued and the third round is starting on September 13, the participants of the rally will have to drive 236 kilometres. After, they will have rest att eh camping site next to Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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  • Award ceremony of the winners of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally is held in Turkmenbashy

    Grandiose project initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, is successfully finished. Welcoming ceremony of the participants of this legendary race was held in Avaza National tourist zone.

    Amul – Hazar 2018 desert race, which route run along historical Silk Route, became the largest off-road race in Asia by its scale and importance. Grandiose sport competition united professionals and amateurs of one of the most captivating sports from France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Great Britain and other countries.

    15 teams represented Turkmenistan in different categories. According to the specialists, the members of young Turkmen team demonstrated good results and claimed confidently to gain the victory.

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    Master of the ceremony was announcing the names of the racers, their team and countries. Prize winners in each category took their places on the pedestal of honour and received cherished trophies with Amul – Hazar 2018 sign, lift it above their heads demonstrating to the visitors. After the ceremony, they were taking pictures surrounding by their teammates and giving interviews to the representatives of mass media. 

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    Powerful heavy trucks stopped near the podium. Celebration music was accompanied by roar of the engines, applauses and congratulations, joyful exclamations.

    The name of the race, Amul – Hazar, highlights connecting role of our country for entire region of the Silk Road. The distance of the rally consisted of five special parts with overall length of more than 1,500 kilometres. Spectators enjoyed filigree driving technique of the pilots. Interesting but hard off-road track was serious challenge for both motors and people. The sand of Karakum Desert, dunes, plains, beauty of landscapes and strive to win inspired the participants of the raid, which became not only bright sport events but also significant input to development of international humanitarian cooperation, consolidation of friendship and understanding between the nations. Like in any other tournaments, this race had an atmosphere of competition, fight and high skills, however, in first, it was a triumph of sports uniting and consolidating by the idea of peace.

    Celebration events were continued in the evening in the fountain park of Avaza National tourist zone.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who also arrived there, has been met by the Speaker of the Mejlis, deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies of Turkmenistan.

    The Head of the State went to special place. Everything was ready for the beginning of the ceremony. Big stage lit decorated in sport vehicle design was lit up with bright beams of soffits. Big central circle depicts the steering wheel with ‘Turkmenistan’ sign inside and the silhouette of racing car with No.100 and image of Vepaly the alabay on the side. This was the vehicle, that the Head of the State drove opening the race competition. Other cars of Turkmenistan national team can be seen under the sign and on both side of the steering wheel in the circles drawn in the shape of wheels. Lower panel of the stage is represented by the monitor displaying the sea and the background of the circles is represented by animated symbols of Amul – Hazar 2018 raid.

    Master of ceremony addressed the President of Turkmenistan asking to make a speech.

    Welcoming the participants, the Head of the State noted that this year is held in the country under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” and marked in the country with big events and holidays.

    Cycling and field and track races have started along the Silk Road from ancient Amul to Hazar in the beginning of the year and International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 has started few days ago.

    These events in the year under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” have very deep meaning and historical importance. It serves as visual example of revival of this ancient caravan route, which unites the countries and people, in new format, the Leader of the Nation highlighted.

    Sportsmen participating in this competition drove through all attractions of Turkmen desert starting from Amul and arrive in the Caspian coast. Today, the results of cycling, field and track and vehicle races have been summed up.

    People say that Turkmens have holidays one after another. The award ceremonies of the winners of «Türkmeniň Altyn asyry» contest took place, number of cultural and art personnel were conferred with honoured titles, the President of Turkmenistan continued.

    The culture is closely connected with our history. It united people from ancient time, the Head of the State said and congratulated art and cultural masters, who were awarded with prizes and honoured titles, having wished them new success.

    Our sovereign state is recognized in the world as the country of health and inspiration, we do pay great attention to the improvement of health of the citizens, introduction of healthy life style principles, development of sports, the Head of the State highlighted. The development od sports is one of priority directions of our state policy. Healthy life gives inexhaustible sources of energy, power and inspiration to people.

    International sport prestige of the country is growing steadily. At present tme, neutral Turkmenistan is known as sport state.

    The winners of rally raid, cycling and field and track races from Amul to Hazar became known today. Having demonstrated their skills, they finished this way with victory.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated the participants and winners of the competitions along the Silk Road across Karakum Desert and finished in Avaza National tourist zone, having wished great sport success to everyone.

    After, the floor was given to Jean Louis Schlesser, the General Director of Africa Eco Race, who noted the beauty of Avaza at first and cordial hospitality in Turkmenistan, in general. Wonderful sceneries, unique nature, interesting camping sites along the route, all of these is the demonstration of great culture, Schlesser said.

    He also expressed the gratitude to the Head of the State and Turkmenistan team, which was represented by greatest number of the sportsmen and competing in four categories, having won the prizes.

    The President of Turkmenistan is known in the world with his outstanding personal input to the sport development. In particular, Turkmen leader has played significant role in promotion of motorsport on the planet, the guest said, having noted that the Head of the State provided huge support in high-level organization of this rally. “ We will see you at new events and rallys in Turkmenistan next year!”, - Jean Louis Schlesser wished.

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    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Director of Africa Eco Race rally Jean Louis Schlesser were invited to the stage.

    Together, they presented the winners of the competitions with special prizes – sets of memorable coins Amul – Hazar 2018 and gift sets of national Turkmen dress. The winners in their categories received traditional sheep fur coats and white fur headdress. These are gold winners Spanish Nani Roma and Aleks Haro who were the best driving their MINI, Belarusian MAZ team – pilot Sergey Vyazovich, co-pilot Pavel Garanin and engineer Andrey Zhigulin, Kazakhstan crew of NISSAN Kirill Chernenkpv and Alexey Mun, French crews Thierry Pitavi and Gillies Colombes, Ivan Pierre and Veronica Dart.

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    Every participant put on the presented dress and took a picture for the memory. After, Jean Louis Schlesser expressed the gratitude to the Head of Turkmenistan on behalf of his organization and personally for the support and participation in the rally, for excellent gifts to the winners, which would be good memories about Turkmenistan.

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    The ceremony was followed by celebration concert with the participation of Turkmen and foreign popular artists, dance and folk ensembles of our country. The public gave applauses to Turkish singer Hadisa Achikgyoz, Russian Igor Sarukhanov and Anjelika Sultanova, vocal and instrumental ensembles Alabina from France and Morandi from Romania.

    After the concert, the President of Turkmenistan said warm goodbye to the participants of the ceremony dedicated to the completion of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 and left the place of event.

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  • Participants of the rally raid arrive in Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake

    September 13. The participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally has reached the third camping at Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake located in the centre of Karakum Desert. Racing crews have covered 236 kilometres of the route full of sand dunes and takyrs (saline soil flat pits).

    Out of 46 vehicles participated in the third round of Amul – Hazar 2018 race, the sport car driven by Nani Roma and Aleks Haro was the first. The Spaniards are leading in interim and overall rating of the race making the gap bigger with every part of the route. KAMAZ driven by Ayrat Mardeyev was the second in this leg of the race, having arrived 17 minutes after. Miroslav Zapletali with his co-pilot Marek Sikora were the third to come to Turkmen artificial lake. Czech team is in the second position in overall rating.

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    Therefore, emergency reserve of water, which can be used for agricultural complex needs like rational use of water resources, solution of diversion of drainage waters and soil salinization, development of new lands, expansion of pastures as well as for irrigation and technical needs due to natural filtration and application of modern technologies. In the future, the creation of Altyn Asyr Lake will allow using formed water pools and diversion collectors for development of fishery. It will also support the improvement of industrial fishery in fishpond facilities of the country.

    Already today, Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake makes new favourable ecological and forage conditions for migrating birds in the areas of collector network in Central and Eastern Karakums while the lakes located along the course of Dashoguz diversion channel attract the wetland habitats like ducks, geese, coots, cormorants and other birds.

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    The participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally have reached the last 4th camping site named «Sport Meýdançasy».

    The fourth leg of the racers was not that difficult for the participants, however , it was very emotional as the previous one. Harry Hunter and Wouter Rosgaar have returned to leading position, having moved Hani Roma and Aleks Haro to the second position. Belarusian MAZ of Sergey Vyazovich is on the third place – heavy track finished 1.5 minute behind Spanish MINI.

    Upon arrival to the camp, the racers were greeted by national choreographic and music ensembles. After the dinner, the guests were able to see natural attractions of Balkan Velayat and discover the beauties and obstacles on their way to Avaza.

    Balkan Velayat is the largest region in Turkmenistan. The biggest part of its territory is occupied by Karakum Desert. There are sand dunes and salt pits, clay and wormwood parts of the desert. This lands have wonderful monuments of the world history. Dehistan, the largest centre of ancient culture of Central Asian in downstream of Atrek river, is one of them. Archaeological findings made in this territory prove that irrigated farming was developed in this place in the III BC and that it was the main activity of local residents. Amudarya River was the main source of water. However, the river has changed its course and only 500 kilometres of dry riverbed of the Uzboy from Sarykamysh Trough to Caspian Sea have remained. The flow of water has stopped in the middle of I BC but one of the branches of the Silk Road – caravan route connecting the East and the West, used to run along dry riverbed for long time. The remains of caravansaries dated X – XIII centuries are discovered on the banks of Uzboy River.

    The unique city of Dehistan is represented by picturesque towers of ancient settlements, its monuments dated by X – XII centuries as well as by the mosque of early Islamic period in Mashat graveyard. Once upon a time, the city was developed mediaeval centre on the caravan route between Khoresm and Hyrcania.

    Dehistan is the most important mediaeval oasis in the southwestern part of Turkmenistan. The city of Misrian (Misr or Messorian), which reached its highest development during the Khoresm shakhs, was located in these lands in VIII – XIV centuries. Numerous ruins of various facilities remained until our days indicate its former magnificence.

    Several caravansaries located around the settlements behind the fortress wall pointed at the location of the city gates, which in the turn show the directions of caravan routes from the city. The city remained until our days almost destroyed and majority of its buildings are covered with desert sand, however, taking into account that this is exactly the place where famous poem of Firdausi ‘Shahname’ was written in this place, the city represents special historical and cultural value.

    Gozly-Ata Mausoleum is also known around the world. It is located 157 km away from Turkmenbashy in picturesque place surrounded by pink, greenish, reddish rocks of wonderful shape and beauty.

    Natural attractions of Balkan Velayat are also interesting. Its western part is occupied by seaside lowlands bordered by the mountain ranges of Big and Small Balhans and western spurs of Kopetdag Mountains on the east. Wonderful natural places – the Yangikala canyons, are located in the northwest of the region. From Turkmen language, ‘yangikala’ is translated as fire fortress. The canyons received such name foe red colours prevailing in the rocks. Depending of the time of the day and lighting, the colour of the mountains changes in front of the eyes from cold blue in the early morning gloom to all shades of red blazing in the dusk.

    The canyons represent unbelievable beautiful picture. Once upon a time, there were the waters of ancient sea. The sea has gone, having exposed sharp banks and huge hills. Waves, winds and rains created fantastic castles, towers and walls there. The bottom of the canyons is flat and stretches for hundred kilometres.

    Kemal-Ata is another wonderful place. It has a spring where the shepherds bring the flocks of sheep and camels for drinking. The walls of the canyon are decorated with elipse and round stones looking like dinosaurs’ eggs.

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  • The President of Turkmenistan takes part in the opening ceremony of 2018 Amul – Hazar Competitions

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on working trip to Lebap Velayat, took part in the events dedicated to the start of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018.

    This ecological rally raid along historical Silk Road, which used to run in the ancient times across our country connecting people, states and regions of Eurasian continent.

    In our days, Turkmenistan not only revive the Silk Road in its new role - it becomes important transport hub of the region and turns into big international logistic centre. These intensions are steadily implemented due to favourable geographic location and transport policy of the Head of the State who makes topical initiatives and takes practical measures for their promotion.

    For these purpose, transport infrastructure meeting international standards is created in the country, new highways and transnational railroads, railway and automobile bridges and new airports are built are built. Two big transit and transport facilities have been opened only for 2018, which is held in Turkmenistan under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”. These are Turkmenbashy International Seaport and Turkmenabat Airport.

    New airport in Lebap Velayat is not only to satisfy growing demands of the region in air transportation services but also to highlight the status of the city on the bank of Amudarya River as an administration centre of the region, which turns into big industrial cluster of Turkmenistan these days. This city is the successor of ancient Amul, which used to be the crossroad of the routes to Iran, India and Eastern Europe. This is also the place where the rally will start running across all velayats of the country, great Karakum Desert and will finish in Avaza on the Caspian coast, the Hazar, as it was called in the past.

    These days, Turkmenabat welcomes numerous guests from different parts of the world – the participants of the competitions, team members, journalists. Last preparation were made in starting camp before more than 80 crews have started their journey. They had thorough technical inspection certifying the vehicle and all gears (helmet, coverall, gloves, footwear) for the compliance with set standards.

    In the afternoon, Turkmenabat hosted the briefing with the participation of Jean Louis Schlesser, Director of the race Rene Metz and famous sportsmen of the rally. The first road maps were handed over to the crew members.

    Instructions on use of the GPS on the routes and other recommendations have been given as well as the rules and other details have been highlighted at the briefing. For example, Mr Schlesser made special mention that if the crew would help out to other team, which is in trouble on the route, the time spent for rendering of such help, will not be counted at the finish. The completion of the races has not exclude mutual support and help. Amul – Hazar rally has to be exemplary in this aspect. Referees of the competitions have been also introduced at the briefing. Mass media representatives from 25 countries took part in the briefing.

    Colossal organization work was carried out from the beginning of the preparation of the rally, which has been launched by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the same place at the wall of ancient Amul Stronghold in Turkmenabat. Numerous presentations, which attracted keen interest of the world community to this unique project, have been held in foreign countries. It was just a matter of hours until the start of the race. It was forestalled by the parade of the participants of the competitions.

    The ceremony took place at Baydak Square with the main flagpole of Lebap Velayat. Turkmenistan State Flag was flying on 100 meters height. Welcome signboards, bright banners with landscapes of Turkmen desert and symbols of the competitions were installed along the road to the square. The image of Vepaly the alabay, the symbol of the Asian Games, which was loved by everybody and who did not leave us after the completion of those competitions but entered new 2018, having become the symbol of the year of the Do, has also been displayed on the banners.

    Tribune and arch-shaped construction, huge monitors and music systems have been installed on the square. Celebration atmosphere was created by joint popular orchestra of Lebap Velayat. Many people gathered at the square, as this is very important event in the history of the city and country.

    The Speaker of the Parliament, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and deprtments, representatives of public organizations, foreign and national media, foreign ambassadors to Turkmenistan, businessmen and cultural personnel, Hyakim of Lebap Velayat, local residents and the elders gathered at the square. Everybody met the motorcade of the Head of the State with great enthusiasm.

    The master of the ceremony gave floor to the President of Turkmenistan.

    The Head of the State addressed the participants of the events with welcoming speech and congratulated cordially on the starting rally.

    We make this international sport holiday named Amul – Hazar 2018 and welcome the sportsmen who came from other countries to participate in the competitions and all guests in Turkmen land, the Head of the State said.

    In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan described the route of the rally, which total length is 1,571 kilometres.

    Having congratulated the participants on the beginning of the rally and wished them success, the Head of the State invited French guest Jean Louis Schlesser, the General Director and Organizer of the famous Africa Eco Race who is also known as two-times winner of the World sport races and two-times winner of Paris – Dakar.

    The Head of the State went to the tribune in front of special podium installed for ceremonial parade of the racing teams.

    Jean Louis Schlesser entered the square on white convertible Lincoln. Having driven across the podium he broke in front of the tribune and addressed Turkmen leader, having at first expressed the gratitude for his idea about Amul – Hazar 2018 rally.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is big supporter of sports especially the motor races. Therefore, the sportsmen in this discipline and organizers of the competitions was very lucky, Mr Schlesser said. As a leader of organization team, he also expressed the gratitude for significant assistance and efficient support of great work that has been done for six months.

    “I would like to express the gratitude to all participants who came, as coing together of more than 500 people of 25 nationalities for sedute competition is a feat”, - Mr Schlesser continued, having mentioned that excellent crews and racers with the world names have gathered there.

    The gratitude has also been expressed to those who was involved in preparation work and in conduct of the rally, the specialists from Europe and Turkmenistan. 
    In the end, Mr Schlesser wished successful race until the finish in Hazar to all crews.

    After, the Head of the State gave start to ceremonial parade of the participants of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018.

    The master of ceremony started announcing the countries and names of the racers. The parade was opened by the sportsmen of Turkmen team as the hosts of the competitions who drove across the podium on four light vehicles. Total, there will be 15 Turkmen crews in the rally.

    After, the rest of the teams from dozens of the world countries drove by in alphabetic order. There were more than 150 pilots and navigators, most of them will compete in mixed composition, in other words, international teams.

    The vehicles drove by the podium for about one and hag hour shining with polished bodies and nickel details under the beams of stage lights. There were many brands like Mini, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, BMW, Peugeot, Opel, Porsche, Land Rover, Suzuki, Chrysler and other, the most reliable vehicle of the world motor industry. Undoubtedly, their engines and drives are totally different from regular series vehicles, which has only the same body. This is because the vehicles for the rally are reinforced, improvised and strengthened. Special crush protections are mounted, seats are replaced, fire suppression system is installed. 

    The convoy of heavy vehicles drove by the podium. These were unconditional leaders among the heavy weights like KAMAZ, MAZ, GAZ, MAN. The procession was closed up by the crew of Turkmenistan national team again.

    After the events, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the place of the event.

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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