Trans-oriental Rally

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The Trans-oriental Rally was a motor rally which started in St. Petersburg on June 12, 2008 and ends next to the Great Wall of China near Beijing on June 28, 2008.


It was an alternative to the Lisboa 2008 Dakar Rally which was cancelled due to fears of terrorism. Among the drivers on the race is François Delecour, two-time winner of the Monte Carlo Rally.

There were 16 legs planned:


To date there have been two fatalities on the race:

  • Chinese driver Xu Lang, June 17 (from injuries sustained a day earlier)[1]
  • French motorcyclist Philippe Tonin, June 17

The latter fatality led the Russian Kamaz team to withdraw.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2008-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Kamaz pulls out of the Transorientale | Motors TV Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine

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