VLADIMIR VASILYEV/KONSTANTIN ZHILTSOV TOOK THE OVERALL VICTORY ON A RALLY RAID "THE GREAT STEPPE 2014"!
After cancellation of the well-known “Silk Way Rally" this year, the Russian Automobile Federation in contribution with general Sponsor of Cross-country Championship – G-Energy decided to organize a 4-days event with the status of the 3rd round of Russian CC Championship.
The route of new race “The Great Steppe 2014" was laid by a distance of 1000 km on territories on south of Russia - in Kalmykia and Astrakhan which are well remembered to crews participated in “Silk Way Rally" and "Gold of Kagan".
The program of the race included four racing days. On July 9th participants passed through the solemn start in the well-known Chess town in Elista and had a warm-up Prologue, and in the next three days crews were faced up with full-fledged marathon special stages with a daily distance on 300-400 km. The solemn finish and rewarding took place on July 12th at walls of the Astrakhan Kremlin.
The joined team NARTTIME and VRT supported by the team partner G-Energy, took part in this race with two crew – Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov and Andrey Dmitriev/Sergey Talanstev – both on BMW X3CC.
From the first kilometers both crews turn into the fight for a victory. The race game started in fast tracks of Kalmikia for the first two days of race and then the route changed with appearing of sandy seines and two big ergs where organizers established some control points obligatory to passing.
Vladimir Vasilyev together with Konstantin Zhiltsov won three special stages and celebrated a victory in race.
Vladimir Vasilyev: "We did our best and achieved the main goal – to win the race! The route was pleasant even though in the Astrakhan steppes there were several parts with a very rigidly, hard and bumpy tracks! This race became good preparation for the FIA World Cup stage in Spain which starts in some days".
Konstantin Zhiltsov: "Typical Astrakhan stage, rigid, lethal. We went the first and some places, before service, and the dune road before the erg “Big brother", on feelings, even nobody checked. There after winter and rains such holes and ditches, very bad road! The cheerful episode was on the Big brother. We took the dune three times. The first time came well, I shout to Volodya: "More to the left! ", and it turns to the right. We passed to the right of a waypoint. Then we came back, the second time we could not catch the waypoint again. Only on third time we passed accurately, and then about thirty minutes went laughed at this episode. Shots will be interesting. And so a stage passed without problems! We are happy with the results".
Thus, after three stages of the Russian Cross Country Championship Vasilyev/Zhiltsov have 100% productivity with three overall victories from possible three!
The second crew of team Andrey Dmitriyev/Sergey Talantsev for the first three days did a great work and had chance to consolidate command success and to finish on the second place, but the destiny disposed differently. For 48 km to the finish clutch burned down, and independently the crew didn't manage to reach a finish line. Nevertheless, the acquired experience and skills will undoubtedly be useful in further fight in the Russian CC Championship.
"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