Baja Aragon 2014: The successful finish and new portion of points in FIA World Cup for Russian duo Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov!
Fight in seconds, fight of characters and skills, real test of the cars on special technical Spanish tracks – "Baja Aragon 2014" turned out spectacular and unpredictable.
The racers presented on race by 35 nationalities and world famous names, in three racing days passed 700 km of a special sections and 1000 km of the total route of competition.
Kind and features of Spanish tracks along the race route proved again that to work only from a speed position insufficiently for a victory. Stability, rationality and reliable of race vehicle – all are necessary. Once again the team X-Raid showed high level of preparation of their cars.
MINI All4 Racing is equally the power and reliability! As the result, four crews took 1-2-3-4, all prizes on "Baja Aragon 2014", the sixth round of FIA CC World Cup!
VRT G-Energy Team and Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov's Russian crew finished race with the fourth total result after Nani Roma, Orlando Terranova and Martin Kaczmarski who have played among themselves a podium.
The new portion of points in classification of the World Cup strengthened leadership and Vasilyev/Zhiltsov's advantage before strong rivals – Yazeed Al-Radji, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Marek Dabrowski, combating in a Series. This was the main goal of Russian crew on this race which has been solved successfully.
Vladimir Vasilyev: The race is difficult, a lot of tracks in mountains, very twisty, so I felt tired. It would seem, not such long distance, but you must push and drive on your maximum all the time, no even a minute to relax. It is my second experience in Spain, last year I finished third, this year it turned out slightly worse - we came the fourth, but the rivals were really strong and fast. Final day of race was especially responsible, it was necessary to go accurately to reach the finish and not to miss points.
Konstantin Zhiltsov: “Baja Spain" is traditionally difficult race, very dynamic, fast and dense from time to time. If you can avoid mistakes, it is possible to receive good result and to be on a podium. We went on result, fighting for third place, combated Kaczmarski to the last kilometer, but on the first special stage we had one mistake and Martin was very fast. Nevertheless, we are satisfied with the results of race, we because we keep leading in the FIA World Cup with a good advantage.
Summing up the results of the Spanish Baja, the six stages of the FIA World Cup are over and only four races is left before the winner will be defined.
After the finish podium about fifty journalists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus and Serbia met with the Russian crew for interviews and photo sessions. The journalists have arrived with an official press tour, organized by team partner G-Energy – premium brand of oils.
The next FIA World Cup round will take place in Hungary from August 14 to August 17, 2014.
Overall standings after three days:
1. N. Roma (ESP) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 9h 21m 24s
2. O. Terranova (ARG) / M. Torrallardona (ESP) MINI ALL4 Racing – 9h 21m 49s
3. M. Kaczmarski (POL) / T. Suominen (FIN) MINI ALL4 Racing – 9h 39m 51s
4. V. Vasilyev (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing – 9h 41m 38s
5. R. Varela / G. Gugelmin Toyota – 9h 45m 45s
"A challenge for those who go on. A dream for those who stay behind." This is how the founder of the Dakar Rally, Thierry Sabine, once described his inspiration for the most fascinating rally event on the international motorsport calendar. Since 1978, courageous drivers on motorcycles, quads, in cars and trucks have been demonstrating their ability as they make their way through the desert on the world's most infamous endurance rally.
Up to 2008, the event was held exclusively in Africa, and was initially known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" due to the location of its start and finish. Over the course of time, the route and the start and finish locations have changed several times. In 1995 the rally started elsewhere other than Paris for the first time. "Paris-Dakar" became "Dakar". Then, in 2009, the unsettled political situation in some African countries saw the event moved to South America, where it has been held since – and has lost none of its original appeal.
All this makes the Dakar Rally a unique challenge for man and machine. Unlike rallies such as those in the World Rally Championship (WRC), this marathon rally does not take place on designated, blocked-off roads and routes, but on open, largely unmarked terrain. Each entrant must first and foremost rely on his/her driving skills.
The competitors must complete up to 800 kilometres per day – a nerve-wracking, two-week marathon, during which the organisers only allow the drivers one rest day. No wonder more than 50% of entrants retire from the Dakar Rally each year. Whatever happens, every day will be an exciting day once the Dakar Rally gets underway again in January 2014.
Date of birth: 11.08.1969
Hobbies: rallys, hunting, winemaking
Place of birth: Tver / RUS
Family status: married, 3 daughters and one son
Place of residence: St. Petersburg / RUS
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain Italian Baja Silk Way Rallye - One stage win First Rally Raid participation
Date of birth: 19.05.1977
Hobbies: cross-country rally, alpine skiing, parachute, wakeboarding
Place of birth: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR Familienstand: married, 2 daughters
Place of residence: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain