The Turkmen Desert Race is included in the 2019 World Cup rally calendar, Turkmenportal reported on 10 December with reference to WRCinfo .
The FIA World Cup for the Cross Country Rally 2019 World Cup will consist of five stages. The first will be held in Qatar on February 2126. The second will be held in the UAE from March 30 to April 4. The third stage will be from 5 to 11 May Turkmenistan. Further, the race will continue from May 26 to June 1 in Kazakhstan and will end in Morocco October 48.
For the first time, the state news agency TDH reported on the possibility of holding a rally in 2019 in September of this year, noting that the Great Silk Road route generated great interest from numerous participants and guests of the rally, therefore the next rally in 2019 would be the reason to return to the exotic Karakum.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the initial stage of the AmulKhazar race , which was held from September 9 to 14 . According to the data of the state stock exchange of Turkmenistan, the rally version of the Mini Cooper car, on which the head of state left for the race, was purchased on June 7 for 520 thousand euros .
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan