VLADIMIR VASILYEV / KONSTANTIN ZHILTSOV AND NARTTIME TEAM WON RUSSIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP 2014!
The Russian Automobile Federation summed up the official results of the Russian Cross Country Championship 2014! The calendar of the national championship included five stages with three Bajas and two Rally-Raid events.
Three victories in St. Petersburg (Baja "Russia-Northern Forest 2014"), Astrakhan (rally raid "Gold of Kagan 2014") and Kalmykia (rally raid "The Great Steppe 2014") provided to Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov a champion's title in overall classification. It is remarkable that Vladimir becomes already two-times champion of Russia 2013 and 2014.
Ruslan Misikov in pair with Vitaliy Yevtekhov this year received "silver" medals of the Russian Cross-Country Championship, having three podiums in their tally: a victory in Riga's "Latvian Baja 2014", and also the second place on Baja " Russia-Northern Forest 2014" and the third place on the Astrakhan rally raid "Gold of Kagan 2014".
Andrey Dmitriev together with Sergey Talantsev finished a season with the fifth result, showing the high sports potential of crew and steadily good results at Championship stages. From all line-up only Dmitriyev / Talantsev took part in all five stages of the Championship.
In Team classification, NARTTIME takes eighth "gold" of the Russian cross-country Championship in the history and surely holds a rank of the most titled Russian team in national Championship.
Konstantin Zhiltsov: "I am satisfied with the Russian Championship, it was successful! We took first and second places in overall classification and victory in a team category. Andrey accumulates experience and quickly progresses. The team passed a season with Russian assistance, we mastered a lot of things in cars and though there were still nuances of the technical plan which we continue to study, but this a question of time. Our mechanics continues technical trainings in X-Raid workshop. Also we are building one more BMW X3CC therefore "welcome", we are ready to extend and develop. In plans to continue the program, all on it are adjusted! On behalf of team, I would like to thank G-Energy for strong support of our crews in Russian Cross-Country Championship. Together we did a successful tests on different tracks and in extreme conditions of races".
"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