SECOND OVERALL PLACE FOR VRT G-ENERGY TEAM AND RUSSIAN CREW VASILYEV/ZHILTSOV IN QATAR'S SEALINE RALLY!
Final day of Qatar's Sealine Cross Country Rally was really breathtaking! For Russian crew Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov the importance of the final special stage was the highest because it's result decided destiny of a podium. Having passed at a penultimate stage forward Adam Malysz and having admitted to Marek Dabrowski to became very close in overall standing. Russians started the final stage between two fast Polish pilots on their two Toyota's. To win 5 minutes and climb up on the second position or to lose 5 minutes with the place on podium - it was equally possible on usual statistics.
However, having passed together already three races in this season, Vasilyev and Zhiltsov began to work rather professionally, setting for itself only maximum goals! Ready for fight with a good mood on a final 369-kilometer special stage – this formula was a key to success and already on 150 km of the route Malysz and Dabrowski remained far behind, and on the finish line anybody didn't get any doubts that Russians should take "silver" of rally “Sealine Cross Country Rally 2014"!
Vladimir Vasilyev: Today there was the same difficult day, as all the previous, with a very tricky navigation. One time we did navigation mistake, lost a little bit of time, but everything developed well. We took a good speed, and we managed to reserve the second position in overall classification! The car was again perfectly prepared and we did not get any technical problems. Gratitude to my co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov, mechanics and engineers of X-Raid for a great job, my family and friends for support and to our partner G-Energy for our cooperation in this sports season!
Konstantin Zhiltsov: I think that we reached the maximum result in this race. Here, in Qatar, it was extremely difficult to fight with Nasser on his "home" land for a victory. After big failure on the fourth stage, we prepared ourselves and passed the final stage without mistakes, and despite of all pushing from Overdrive, we could show excellent time. Qatar's race is very difficult, very specific. For us it was very good experience, worked with caps, reading the route and etc. Vladimir got a skill to control the caps during the course, that was a big help for me. The next step is race in Egypt where we will try to get the maximum result, as it is also the race with double portion of points. I think that all main rivals will go there and will try to make revenge. We should move forward as much as possible, to increase our advantage. So the show must go on!
In the final overall ranking, after five demanding stages and more than 2000 km of a distance, Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mattieu Baumel (MINI All4 Racing) became the winner, ahead of Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (MINI All4 Racing) secured the second position, and Marek Dabrowski/Jachek Czachor (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) who finished third after overtook his team-mate Adam Malysz on a final special stage.
In general, Russian crew Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov managed to strengthen considerably the positions in classification of the FIA World Cup 2014, and for team X-Raid the race in Qatar brought the second overall win after Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Results 5th Stage:
1. R. Varela (BRA)/G. Gugelmin (BRA) Toyota – 3h 27m 37s
2. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/M. Baumel (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing - 3h 41m 58s
3. V. Vasilyev (RUS)/K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing - 3h 48m 23s
4. M. Zapletal (CZE)/M. Marton (POL) Hummer H3 – 4h 00m 57s
5. M. Dabrowski (POL)/J. Czachor (POL) Toyota - 4h 04m 18s
8. K. Holowczyc (POL)/A. Schulz (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing - 4h 20m 24s
Overall Results after last Stage:
1. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/M. Baumel (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing - 17h 22m 51s
2. V. Vasilyev (RUS)/K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing - 18h 39m 47s
3. M. Dabrowski (POL)/J. Czachor (POL) Toyota - 18h 59m 47s
4. A. Malysz (POL)/R. Marton (POL) Toyota - 19h 02m 51s
5. R. Varela (BRA)/G. Gugelmin (BRA) Toyota – 19h 17m 21s
12. K. Holowczyc (POL)/A. Schulz (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing
"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