VLADIMIR VASILYEV AND G-ENERGY TEAM WON THE FIA CROSS COUNTRY RALLY WORLD CUP 2014
In the “28th Baja Portalegre 500", the final round on the FIA World Cup calendar, finishing sixth proved to be enough for them for defending their championship lead. With 10 rounds contested, Vasilyev won the title with 224 points on his tally, seven points ahead of Al-Attiyah (217) in second position.
Portuguese Baja is the significant stage of FIA World Cup which not for the first year decides destiny of titles in world and national cross country rally series.
The artful paths of Portalegre laid among the big trees with fords, 3D technical rally tracks and dangerous turns know many victories and defeats.
This time fight turned out fierce as rivals were divided by 20 points in favor of Vasilyev, and the winner can get 30 points. Thus both had chances of a title.
The qualification Prologue became victorious for Al-Attiyah, and Vladimir Vasilyev lost 30 seconds, having seriously damaged a rear right wheel after hitting a big stone. The next day Russians have shown the second best time on the first special stage and the sixth time on the second. Al-Attiyah finished race second, but Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov had advantage on points, and the sixth place was enough to get the general win in World Cup.
Vladimir Vasilyev: We reached the finish and the goal is achieved! The race was the most important one and a bit nervous because of bad luck on the Prologue when we broke the wheel. Today everything went well. On the first special stage we pushed and attacked and on the second, run the race more safety, without big risk. The track was very demanding with a lot of traps and dangers. For me, this is my first finish in Portalegre, other two times I retired because of technical problems. Generally, I am happy to win the World Cup and this happened also with a great job of my co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov, X-Raid team who prepared for us the car and assisted it and thanks for support to our partner G-Energy and to all who followed us during this great season.
Konstantin Zhiltsov: "After the Prologue we could concentrate and use all our skill to push and gained a good position on the finish. The first special stage was technical, on wide tracks without big holes, so we enjoyed piloting and achieved a good result. The second special stage - absolutely another on character, with narrower twisting paths where we were clamped by trees from all directions therefore it was necessary to steer the car twice more vigilantly and more accurately. We relied on stability, and lost a little at speed. It is pleasant that we had a big support from Portuguese and our team director Sven Quandt. It was important for us. For me the victory in the FIA World Cup in three years of attempts became very valuable. I consider that we did a big job with Vladimir to get the title. For the future plans we are getting ready for "Dakar-2015"! I would like to thank all for support - our team X-Raid, our partner G-Energy and our families and friends".
So, the three most prestigious trophies – cups in Driver, Co-Driver and Team classifications will be awarded to Vladimir and Konstantin on FIA Gala Ceremony which will take place on December 5th in Doha.
CONGRATULATIONS VLADIMIR and KONSTANTIN WITH A FABULOUS WIN!
FIA WORLD CUP CLASSIFICATION 2014:
1. Vladimir Vasilyev … 224 points
2. Nasser Al-Attiyah …....... 217 points
3. Yazeedi Al-Radji ….......... 120 points
"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