BAJA POLAND 2014: FATAL SS4 LEFT THE G-ENERGY TEAM WITHOUT POINTS!
VRT G-Energy Team crew Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov finished race on the 22nd final place – this is the official result of the eighth round of FIA World Cup, "Baja Poland 2014"
After qualification warm-up on the Prologue where Russians received the fifth starting position for the next Leg, the real "action" began.
The rally competitors carried out a Saturday stage on Dravsko military area where in total they passed 626 km, with 377 km of the special stages.
The punched wheel and its change on the special stage have cost to Vasilyev and Zhiltsov precious minutes, and the crew took the sixth place with 14,5 minutes behind the leader on the Stage 2.
About ten crews had to retired during the second day because of a numerous mechanical problems and accidents. Among the withdrawals of the day was the main rival of Russians in FIA classification – Qatar pilot Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The third and final day of race passed in the Dobra. Changes in track surface became key difference from Dravsko's Saturday tank military area. From wet sand prevailing in Dravsko, forests – coniferous and deciduous became the main on the Sunday's route. Storm raining the night before and in morning, considerably complicated and without that difficult S-shaped turning movements, having washed away a soil. The route became very slippery that in the conditions of high speeds led to mistakes and incidents.
The fourth special stage became fatal for the Russian duet when in one of abrupt slippery turn their Mini All4 Racing flew off the track in forest area.
Having tumbled down some trees which fell directly to the route and blocked the race track, the car could continue a way to the finish with big losses of time. In the overall ranking Vasilyev and Zhiltsov fell down to the second top-20.
After checking of the condition of the route by rally security service, Organizers made the decision to cancel of the fifth final special stage and summed up the race results by results of the fourth special stage.
All podium was occupied by Polish crews. The fourth victory was written down into the account of Krzysztof Holowcyzc on Mini All4 Racing, "silver" went to Adam Malysh piloting Toyota Overdrive, and Martin Kasmarski (Mini All4 Racing) closed top-3.
Situation in World Cup classification following the results of "Baja Poland 2014" remained the same, and the Russian G-Energy Team “duo" Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov is still in the lead, having in summary 192 points. Top-3 includes also Nasser Al-Attiyah (136 points) and Yazeed Al-Rajhi (120 points).
The main battle for the champion's title is expected during the the penultimate ninth round of FIA World Cup – "Rally of OiLibya of Morocco 2014" which will take place from October, 3rd to October, 9th with a 6-days of race and with double coefficient of classification points.
FINAL RESULTS of “Baja Poland 2014":
1. K. Holowczyc (POL) / X. Panseri (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing - 5h 22m 36s
2. A. Malysz (POL) / R. Marton (POL) Toyota – 5h 27m 57s
3. M. Kaczmarski (POL) / T. Suominen (FIN) MINI ALL4 Racing -5h 32m 25s
22. V. Vasilyev (RUS) / K. Zhiltsov (RUS) MINI ALL4 Racing – 7h 43m 17s
"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.
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Hobbies: rallys, hunting, winemaking
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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
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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