Vladimir Vasilyev/Vitaly Yevtekhov took part in the special training course for "Dakar 2014"!
The German X-Raid team will again contest for a title in legendary "Dakar" which the team won together with Stephane Peterhansel / Jean Paul Cottret on the wheel of Mini All4 Racing in 2012 and 2013 editions. Besides, the team will try to improve the team results and to win all podium of "Dakar-2014" together with other crews which have joined the team.
Russian “duo” Vladimir Vasilyev/Vitaly Yevtekhov has all chances to show a good result in Dakar-2014 and the training course in Germany have proved that Russians are in perfect shape!
From November 26th to December 5th all the team spent some days in X-Raid workshop in Trebur where pilots and co-pilots have passed the technical trainings and medical examination, and then together with skilled instructors crews moved to the German city of Trier for intensive "fitness week".
The various program included the whole complex of exercises on endurance and physical preparation, cycling, sports quests, mixed shooting, karting and other actions. In addition, crews spent two days in the camping where they cooked food, organized their time and continued training.
"X-Raid organized a perfect training. We worked for technical aspects with car repair, changed different parts, then we passed medical examination, and trainings in mountains allowed to fix physical preparation for upcoming Dakar. We passed about 40 km each day by bicycles on mountain and trial tracks, so in my final plan now is just one rally training in Russia before the departure to Argentina. Generally I can say that the preparation is complete" – explained Vladimir Vasilyev.
"Impressions are very positive" – told the co-pilot Vitaly Yevtekhov. The first days were physically heavy, we did trainings with bicycles and it was quite hard. Mixed shooting was pleasant for me, as well as karting and it is very important that we became closer with the team, all pilots and co-pilots. It is true, that the team spirit is perfect now!"
"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