Vasilyev defends his overall lead in the World Cup.MINI and the Monster Energy X-raid Team finished the seventh round in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies on the podium. Orlando Terranova/Rolando Bernardo Graue (AR/AR) and Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) crossed the line in 2nd and 3rd position behind winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) after a tough challenge of 600kms.
Five special stages on two days took the participants through extremely difficult terrain around the city of Pápa, about one hour’s drive to the north of Lake Balaton. The MINI ALL4 Racing once again proved to be very reliable and quick under very tough conditions.
“To finish second at the Hungarian Baja is a good result,” Terranova said after the rally event. “This rally is one of the shortest on the calendar but it’s far from being easy. Many parts of the stages were really muddy, so you could get stuck quite easily. But the MINI ALL4 Racing is really nice to drive, I had a lot of fun, it’s just a great car and really reliable. I didn’t have any problems.”
Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nicolaev (KZ/RU) finished the Hungarian Baja in a strong 5th position. Vasilyev/Zhiltsov are still leading the overall classification in the World Cup. The next round of the World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, the Baja Poland, will be held from 28 to 30 August.
Provisional 2014 Baja Hungary final standings (top five):
1. Al-Attiyah/Baumel (QT/FR) Toyota – 4h 04m 34s2. Terranova/ Graue (AR/AR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 04m 51s3. Vasilyev/Zhiltsov (AR/ES) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 16m 43s4. Zapletal/Marton (CZ/CZ) H3 – 4h 23m 04s5. Rakhimbayev/Nicolaev (KZ/RU) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 29m 29s
MINI driver line-up at the 2014 Baja Hungary.
#201 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamVladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)#207 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamOrlando Terranova/Rolando Bernardo Graue (AR/AR)#208 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamKrzysztof Holowczyc/Moi Torrallardona (PL/ES)
#218 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamAidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nicolaev (KZ/RU).
Race calendar: FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.14/02 – 16/02 Baja Russia13/03 – 16/03 Baja Italy06/04 – 10/04 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge20/04 – 25/04 Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar18/05 – 25/05 Pharaons Rally Egypt18/07 – 20/07 Baja Aragón14/08 – 16/08 Baja Hungary28/08 – 30/08 Baja Poland03/10 – 09/10 Rally Morocco30/10 – 02/11 Baja Portugal