VLADIMIR VASILYEV: "ITALIAN BAJA" WAS MY FIRST INTERNATIONAL RACE IN RALLY-RAIDS!
Russian pilot Vladimir Vasilyev together with the skilled navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov successfully opened a sports season of the 2014 FIA World Cup for cross-country rallyes by finishing second in its first round – Baja "Russia-Northern Forest 2014".
On the wheel of powerful MINI All4Racing prepared by professional team X-Raid, Russian “duo" is looking for a great fight for podium and points in all events of World Cup and of course, in the upcoming “Italian Baja 2014", which has a special meaning for Vasyliev
Vladimir Vasilyev: "Italian Baja 2011" was my first international race in rally-raid sports career and the next year I won this race. It is two remarkable memories about this event. In general, Italian race is very dynamic, I like it! The specialty, also in riverbeds and stones, where you jump and pass the water fords, which are very exciting for me. Seeing the route, certainly we will have the tracks in vineyards with “right-left" turns. This year we expect a strong fight with skilled rivals on good cars. We completely understand that we need to take points in each event if we want to win the World Cup, so we try not to miss it in “Italian Baja". The weather will be an important aspect, because if we have the rain it will be very slippery even in vineyards! Anyway, we are ready!"
Konstantin Zhiltsov: Thanks to our experience, we know very well the soil of “Italian Baja". For me, it is one of the most technical races demanding serious piloting, ability of driving, abilities of reading the tracks and etc. All of these require keeping maximum concentration from start to finish line. Traditionally, the results will be very tight with just seconds in difference in top-5, so the mistakes are not allowed if you want to win!"
The crew Vasilyev/Zhiltsov is the leader pair in G-Energy Team project which is starting this year thanks to the official partner - G-ENERGY premium engine oils. To support the team the second crew with Ruslan Misikov, who was 6th last year, and his co-driver Vitaly Yevtekhov will be on the start of “Italian Baja 2014" on BMW X3CC.
"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