VLADIMIR VASILYEV: "WE WILL SUPPORT OUR OLYMPIANS!"
On February 7th the XXII Olympic Games took its ceremonial start in Sochi. For the first time in history Russia hosts the winter Olympic Games (in 1980 our country was "hostess" of the summer Olympic Games). And on February 14th, in parallel with the Olympic Games, the FIA World Cup for cross-country will take off in Russia.
Autosports disciplines aren't included in the Olympic types, but the Russian racers fully intend to share spirit of the Olympic movement not only by supporting the national Olympic team, but also by participating in the first round of FIA World Cup – Baja "Russia - Northern forest 2014".
Vladimir Vasilyev: "It is very pleasant to me that this year Russia for the first time hosts two world winter events: The Olympic Games – the biggest sports event, and our winter race – Baja "Russia - Northern forest 2014" which for the first time in the history will take place in the prestigious status of the FIA World Cup for cross-country rallies. We will support our Olympians. Especially, I am fond of hockey and biathlon. In biathlon I wish to ski and shoot by myself! As for race, certainly our team will try to show good result".
"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