The rally initiated and supported by the Presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan started on September 5, in Kazan, Russia. Representatives from 25 countries took part in the rally. Among them 180 racers had been represented by 20 trucks and 51 cars. The total length of the route made up more than 4,300 kilometers.
Addressing the participants of the ceremony, President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke highly of the organization of the rally-raid that attracted the world’s motorists and became an important sporting event in the world.
The head of state emphasized that due to such events the Caspian Sea really became a sea of friendship. Moreover, competitions gave the racers an opportunity to get acquainted with the peoples of our countries and their culture. The rally also became important because its route lay through the Great Silk Road - the road of peace, good and spiritual conciliation of the peoples of the world.
Nursultan Nazarbayev wished the racing drivers a worthy performance and the ceremony participants – good health.