Taklimakan rally entering final stage

CNC report from Xinjiang
Added On July 2, 2013

Drivers at the 2013 Taklimakan Rally are getting closer to the finish line. Stage four ended on Sunday at the beautiful Wulungu Lake, Fuhai County in far west China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Having had a day's rest, this stage went relatively smoothly.

The fourth stage was 220 kilometers long. It was smoother than the other stages, so it saw some fast driving. Still, the racers said there were lots of turns, valleys, and knaps, which could cause them to lose the track.

The landscape caused a few accidents. Yang Zhixing, from the Wusu motorcade flipped his car just 1 kilometer from the end.

First across the finish line was Zhou Yuande. And the local racer Maimaiti Aihemaiti, a dark horse, came in third. 

And the only female driver, Xu Yang, who's had a tough run so far, had more problems. Her oil pump did not work well towards the end, but she said she would not give up.
 
In the overall standings, Fang Jiming, from Xinjiang Jiayu ranked first for motorbikes, while Zhou Yuande from Panda motorcade had the lead for cars.
 
The next and final stage is about 400 kilometers long and is said to be quite difficult.