«THEY DROVE IN A SPACE!»

Ралли Горный лен 2010The ideal route of rally «Mountain flax-2010», the eighth round of the Russian Cup, was very exacting. Only nine crews from more than twenty ones of the Cup classification could reach finish. Dmitry TAGIROV and Anna ZAVERSHINSKAYA won this “home” rally for Dmitry and provided the greatest possible result for the further rallies in the Cup of Russia where they keep confident leadership.

«THEY DROVE IN A SPACE!» So fans have commented the performance of the Cup leaders on one of Internet forums. It was very exiting victory although before the rally the driver said that he won't be excessive to risk and will protect as much as possible the technics but this speed was enough. «Only one second is needed for the victory if it is more it is already a mistake», - Dmitry joked. In «Mountain flax-2010» Dmitry and Anna had "super error" because in the finish they had 2.2 seconds of leading…And moreover before these 2.2 seconds were 4 minutes yet! The crew of Dmitry TAGIROV and Anna ZAVERSHINSKAYA had 4:02.2 before next crew of Denis ралли Горный лен 2010Nazirov and Euvgeny Berezin after eight stages of the rally. They did not give to the rivals no one stages bringing more than 2 seconds from one racing kilometer on 5 stages. It is established two best times for all history of their passage – on the third and the fourth stages.

Dmitry TAGIROV said before start that though the route «Mountain flax» has practically reached an ideal condition, but it became more difficult: the smooth slippery surface with the stones on the roadsides. The most part of the route passes on the asbestos quarries and close for spectators and the crews should not wait for help. The rivals were rather strong: the winner of the Rally Cup of Russia 2007 (overall classification) Alexey Tserljukevich, the coauthor of victory in the Cup 2008 Alexey Petrov, and the Champion of Europe on auto cross Vadim Makarov and others. But for many drivers the first kilometers were fatal On stage 1 Tserljukevich breaks transmission, and Petrov overturns. Makarov overturns on stage 3 and during the service he could not find a windshield and gave the carnet.

Dmitry TAGIROV and Anna ZAVERSHINSKAYA have won the fourth victory at stages of the Cup of Russia 2010. It is necessary to have "absolute" result in a prefinal part of series: the point calculation is based on four best results in a season plus the final. But the struggle did not complete yet and the crew will continue their performances both for their own experience and not to give the victory to other crews because mathematically any crews can get fourth wins on 15 stages. The struggle will continue for AKRT team too winning the second place on «Mountain flax» and strengthened its position in team classification.

The nearest rally for Dmitry and Anna will be outside of the Russian Federation. For the first time in the history the Russian Championship its stage will pass in territory of Byelorussia. On Wednesday, on May, 19 the crews will begin the reconnaissance with route of rally «Slavic Cup» in the vicinities of the Braslav.

Dmitry TAGIROV, driver: «Yes, we needed to drive with a time stock because we had no additional time ралли Горный лен 2010to repair the car before Braslav. To keep technic was the key question. We needed to solve two opposite task simultaneously: to win this rally with the 4th victory and drive in “a low voice"! But the rally has the specific feature: to reduce the speed can lead to the mistake. And to drive for a second from kilometer more slowly of own speed means that you will precisely be mistaken. Here are the conditions which we drove.

It is a pity that Makarov and Tserljukevich have descended! We had no the struggle with interesting rivals, and on the second section there were nobody to talk before start … All who should go directly for us remained on service zone. So we went in a proud loneliness. For the first time in my life I have appeared in such situation: the marshals are at the stage, give the start, write something – but I don't see that something occurs. We didn't know the times of other crews – it was a stock time, but impossible to lose strongly. Generally – all it was not so on the second section. Rally, certainly is "a correspondence" competition where drivers start one by one, but I never saw such "correspondence" – generally not to see the rivals, neither before, nor after the stage! It was very boringly so to drive!» 

Results of rally «Mountain flax-2010», VIII Stage of the Cup of Russia

1. Dmitry TAGIROV/Anna ZAVERSHINSKAYA (Yekaterinburg/Moscow, AKRT, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, N4) – 1:04.20.7

2. Denis NAZIROV/EUVGENY BEREZIN (Yekaterinburg/Chelyabinsk, Ural-rally, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, N4) - +4.02.2

3. Vladimir KILUNIN/TATJANA KILUNINA (Alapaevsk/Yekaterinburg, Ural rally, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, N4) - +4.54.7

4. Sergey REMENNIK/Vladimir IVANOV (Asbest, Uralasbest, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, 4000Н) - +7.12.2

5. Alexey MIRONOV/IVAN LEBEDKIN (Asbest, Uralasbest, Subaru Impreza, 4000Н) - +8.25.1