CHALLENGING THE FAMOUS ROUTE

vecher-100Dmitry Tagirov and Anna Zavershinskaya had already won 4 rounds of the preliminary part of Russian National Rally Cup, so they couldn't score more points before the final round in October. But the crew still decided to participate in the "Vyborg" rally that takes place on the last weekend of August near the north-western boarder of the country.

 

 

 

The route of the "Vyborg" rally is considered one of the most difficult in Russia. These roads were selected some years ago for the Russian round of IRC. Many Russian rally drivers, being asked about the most difficult and interesting special stages – first of all remember the "Topolki", the special stage that for many years could be named the symbol of the "Vyborg" route. vyborgTo reach the finish line of that event, one has to have not only the pure speed, but a real sporting wisdom. The "3-D", stony roads are closely the most rough in the country. And they always have their own never-ending batch of tricky places: sharp stones and unexpected ruts, washouts in the road surface that seem to be in the most unexpected places etc. So that is not a surprise, that usually the percent of retirements in Vyborg is extremely high, for the few years that event kept the sad national record of minimum finishers after less than 20 cars got to the finish in 2006.

100727-dt_peizles_300But Dmitry Tagirov has to create his own history in Vyborg yet, as he did that rally only once in his career, and did it as... a co-driver! To gain the experience on such a tricky route seemed to be a must for a driver that builds his knowledge of different racing conditions. That's why the crew, that cannot improve his position in the series, as maximum that could be done by now is already done – decided to include "Vyborg-2010" to their schedule.

That time the organizers suggested the version of the route configuration that could be called the most forgiving one. So, the famous "Topolki" are remaining terra incognita for Dmitry, as they are not included to the 2010 edition, like the other stages of the loop near small border town of Svetogorsk. That time the distance consists of two loops: section 1 includes a double run of two stages laying to the east from Vyborg (near Kamennogorsk) 100727-dt_peizmost_300and section two – a double run of two stages north from Vyborg, very close to the Finnish boarder. These stages are also hardly to be named "easy", but generally speaking the surface here is not so rough, though it still changes its character few times. So the speed is supposed to be quite high in many places. Also the specific of the oncoming event is the very long liaison distances due to such a version of the configuration. That would make the schedule tougher.

Again Dmitry and Anna are using the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX for the event. That car was prepared for them by Latvian specialists, and the crew already did some events that year using it, and could get along with the Evo quite good. But these previous rallies were the snow events, and on the gravel Dmitry has to drive the Lancer for the first time ever. That is an extra challenge for the driver.

The starting list looks quite strong. While Dmitry comes to Vyborg as the series leader, another four top ten crews in current National Cup classification are also here. Saying more – these crews are expected to be the main competitors at the final round. The total amount of starting crews in Vyborg is 36, and 19 of them are in 4WD categories – N4 and 4000N (National). So the competition level is expected to be quite high. Saying more, for quite a good number of drivers from North-West and Central regions of Russia that event is so familiar, that could be named a "home" one.

100727-dt_carmitsu_300So, the oncoming weekend would bring to Dmitry and Anna few goals to achieve. Despite the points scoring is not so crucial for them that time, the Vyborg route is the challenge itself. And of course, the crew is aimed to obtain a valuable experience at the event.

Dmitry TAGIROV, the driver: Of course, we had a possibility to sit at home and wait for the final round, as soon as we already had scored maximum possible points. But I am really keen to try myself at the roads, that are regarded the most demanding in national rallying! So the main competitor for me here is the distance itself, the special stages of "Vyborg". The other principal task is to try Mitsubishi on the gravel, as we still deciding about the car to use for the final fight of the season. The Cup's final would be held on the mountain roads that are quite rough and rocky. So to try tough and fast stages here would be a good test for us and probably would help us to make that decision. The car is prepared perfectly, it has enough power and speed. So we can use the "Vyborg" rally for better understanding the car and for the work on settings that would suite my driving style in the best manner. So we still have a good batch of tasks for that rally and I hope it would be interesting and useful for us to solve them!"

 

The route of the “Vyborg” rally is considered one of the most difficult in Russia. These roads were selected some years ago for the Russian round of IRC. Many Russian rally drivers, being asked about the most difficult and interesting special stages – first of all remember the “Topolki”, the special stage that for many years could be named the symbol of the “Vyborg” route. To reach the finish line of that event, one has to have not only the pure speed, but a real sporting wisdom. The “3-D”, stony roads are closely the most rough in the country. And they always have their own never-ending batch of tricky places: sharp stones and unexpected ruts, washouts in the road surface that seem to be in the most unexpected places etc. So that is not a surprise, that usually the percent of retirements in Vyborg is extremely high, for the few years that event kept the sad national record of minimum finishers after less than 20 cars got to the finish in 2006.