Baja Poland, the 8th round of the 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies will be held for the 7th time in a row this year. For the 4th time though the biggest cross country off road event in Poland will be one of the World Cup series.
This 4×4 racing event is located in Szczecin and with the special stages near Dobra and Drawsko Pomorskie military site will start on Friday afternoon, 28th August and its finish is scheduled for Sunday, 30th August. The route of the rally covers 706 kilometers, while 414 of them are special stages.
Baja Poland off road is also a round of the 2015 FIA Central Europe Zone for Cross Country Rallies (FIA-CEZ), Polish Cross Country Championship (RMPST), Czech Republic Cross Country Championship (MMCR) and Polish Cross Country Cup (RPPST). Baja Poland will also be twinned with Polish Cup in Baja Rallies for motorcycles. All of these will mean that fans will be able to see in action more than 100 of 4×4 off road cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTV vehicles.
The heart of Baja Poland is traditionally the Rally Park located in Szczecin at Szafera street, which will also bring the finish line with the prize giving ceremony. However the start of the off road event is planned in a very special place this year.
“Boulevard Wały Chrobrego is the most prestigious location in Szczecin and we are very happy this year’s inauguration of Baja Poland will take place right there, at the Odra river bank. Baja Poland is growing bigger and gathers the best drivers and thousands of fans. Choosing this place for a start is the ennoblement for the rally, but also promotes the city itself. The impressive rally cars will begin the rivalry from this place and head straight to the first rally stage. On Saturday the competitors will face two demanding tests on the military site nearby Drawsko Pomorskie, in which the service park will be located this day. On Sunday the crews still have 120 kilometers more to cover in the area of Dobra, after which the winner of Baja Poland will be known” – said Mariusz Podkalicki, the chairman of the off road rally raid organizing committee.
Krzysztof Hołowczyc is a driver with the biggest number of wins in Baja Poland. He used to take the top spot of the rally podium 4 times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). Balazs Szalay from Hungary in 2009 and Alexandr Zeludow from Russia in 2013 are also on the list of potential winners. Hołowczyc, who was third in famous Dakar in January 2015 will also start in Baja Poland this year, the same plans refer to Adam Małysz and Marek Dąbrowski. However the entry list will be published, according to the rules, on 24th August.
The leader of the FIA World Cup on the halfway of the season (after the Italian Baja) is the defending champion Władimir Wasiliew (171 points), ahead of the Nasser Al Attiyah from Qatar (150 points) and Reinaldo Varela from Brasil (85 points). There are also two Polish drivers in the top ten: Dąbrowski is 4th (78 points) and Małysz keeps 10th position (28 points).
TEXT & PHOTO: Baja Poland Press release