From April 5th to April 10th Russian crew Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov supported by the VRT G-Energy Team will participate in the third round of FIA World Cup for cross-country rallies - "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2014" on the wheel of their MINI All4 Racing with starting number 303!
Thanks to the high level of the organization, perfect logistics and magnificent start and the finish on the basis of Yas Marína Circuit, which hosts a stage of Formula 1 and other prestigious events in the world of automobile sports, "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" is named here as a "royal race" in a calendar of rally raids!
On the route of this unique sandy race laid on the well-known sand and dunes of the Arab desert of Rub El Khali, Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov intends to overcome all sand challenges and traps and to earn a new portion of points in FIA classification. Considering that in Abu Dabi the double coefficient of complexity is appropriated to a stage and all scored points also will be calculated in double value, the fight on the race route promises to be spectacular and uncompromising.
"We seriously prepare for race and are adjusted on fight. Based on experience and knowledge of features of this route, we will try to develop the correct tactics and competently to distribute our forces. The list of participants includes a very strong crews, but it gives still bigger interest. As well as at the previous two events of FIA World Cup, the team purpose is to fight for a podium" — said the pilot Vladimir Vasilyev.
24th edition of race comprised with 108 participants from 32 countries. In 6 days of race they will pass 2000 km of a total distance, including more than 1300 km of special stages.
"The “cold" head, the correct tactics and skill of driving in sands and dunes will be the major factors of success in the ADDC rally. This year the strongest structure of the crews is aiming for a podium. Our main goal is to develop the style of a driving in dunes - comfortable, fast and reliable" – commented the navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov.
The rally program opens on April 3rd with the administrative checks, scrutineering and for X-Raid staff the pre-starting "shakedown" is planned as well on April 4th. Further in timing the ceremonial opening and a short Prologue and finally the caravan will take it way for 5 days to the heart of the hot desert to pass its challenge and catch the top positions in general classification. Celebration of the winners and prize-giving ceremony will take place on April 10th in Abu Dhabi.
"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