CAP TO PORTALEGRE: VLADIMIR VASILYEV AND G-ENERGY TEAM ON THE STRT-LINE OF...

CAP TO PORTALEGRE: VLADIMIR VASILYEV AND G-ENERGY TEAM ON THE START-LINE OF THE FINAL ROUND OF FIA WORLD CUP

Nine FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup rounds have been contested and the battle for the titles has been taken down to the season finale, Portugal's Baja Portalegre. With 216 points on their tally, Russian pairing Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov and their MINI ALL4 racing travel to Portugal as World Cup leaders. 20 points behind Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah follows in second position. 30 points will be awarded in the Baja Portalegre and so, the spectators may look forward to a close and hard-fought season finale.


More than 200 competitors registered in race with 95 cars and 50 of them in FIA World Cup Event. With 20 points, Vasilyev will open the car's race with first starting number #501 and holds a rather comfortable lead in the championship. For the Russian, finishing fourth in the Baja Portalegre will be enough for securing the title – no matter what result Al-Attiyah will achieve on the wheel of Ford HRX.


Vladimir Vasilyev: "As always we are ready for the fight, and we intend to work for our goal accurately. Me and my co-pilot have an experience and understanding of specifics of the Portuguese route, I was here two times therefore the main task will conduct the race and to go quickly and steadily. Baja is short, concentration and avoiding of mistakes are important. I hope that the team will work for 100%".

Konstantin Zhiltsov: "We carried out prestarting tests and the car is good prepared for race. Concerning weather the rain is expected by meteo in days of race, therefore to us is important to choose the type of tyres we will use. On this subject we have some ideas. As for strategy on race, it simple – to bring the program of participation in FIA World Cup to the final and to win a title. We understand that in race always can happen but to wait and race slowly is not correct. Therefore we will fight, run the race quickly, accurate, reliable. Besides Nasser Al-Attiyah, in our team two strong rivals – skilled Philipe Campos and young fast guy Ricardo Porem as well as a lot of other good crews entered in race.


The Baja Portalegre will be started at Friday with a 5.5-kilometre prologue. Saturday comprises two special stages with distances of 200.41 and 212.61 kilometres. Both the prologue and the special stages will be contested around the city of Portalegre, not far from the Spanish border.