In the administrative center of the Lebap velayat on September 11 rally "Amul-Khazar 2018" started. According to the rules of the rally, a Closed Park (a place with limited access) was created in the pre-launch zone, where the crews delivered their cars early in the morning. Going to the starting point, the participants began preparing for the prologue – qualifying race, which determines the starting numbers in the first stage of the rally. The distance of the prologue is 9 kilometers.
The prologue was opened by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, having made a special race on his sports car at number 100.
The President then spoke with Jean-Louis Schlesser, Director General of the Africa Eco Race rally, involved in the implementation of the “Amul-Khazar 2018” project.
Upon completion of the qualifying rounds of the participants started the first stage of the competition. They started in the city of Turkmenabat and finished in the Mary region, near the administrative-territorial border with Lebap. Participants of the rally overcame 247 miles of trails, most of which consisted of hot sand of the Karakum desert. The Turkmen crew on the car at number 100 was the first to reach the finish line of the initial stage of the rally "Amul-Khazar 2018", the program "Vatan" of the Turkmen state television reports.
On the second day of the competition riders will have to overcome 228 kilometers. Drivers will face several sections of the track with dunes, which will further complicate the race.