One of the most famous and legendary off-road competitions of the international scene has finished.
There are so many races. But there are mediocre races and the ones that become a legend and an icon of off-road; Croatia Trophy is definitely among the latter! Among the fans of this sport, just say “Croatia Trophy” and you will immediately evoke edgy and impossible situations. Read the Croatia Trophy 2015 report!
It’s one of those competitions for people with cojones!
But if you haven’t experienced this race from the inside you can not understand the true soul of Croatia Trophy. Over the years it has brought together people from different countries and created an unbreakable bond of sincerity and friendship. The credit goes to the organizer Igor Bozikovic, always smiling, helpful and friendly but with a strong character.
This year, from April 29th to May 7th, the fifteenth edition of Croatia Trophy took place. The base camp was located near the small village of Topusko. Race teams from all over Europe and even from Israel were divided into two categories: Trophy, the toughest, and Adventure, a bit more “human”.
The prologue took place on the first day of competition and the basic elements of Croatia Trophy were immediately present. The next two days, as opposed to previous years, the race took place in the forests and then moved on to Trophy Day. The teams were divided into groups of four vehicles and had to overcome various obstacles and find their way out of the quarry with just one road book and one control card. And that was a bit tricky, if the leading vehicle makes a navigational mistake, the group is immediately lost beneath the treetops of the Topusko forest.
Same day the night roadbook was held (sponsored by Wilderness Lighting), followed by a circuit race on Monday.
On Tuesday, Croatia Trophy has returned to its natural habitat. Muddy roadbook stages escalated and slowly led the participants to the finish line.
The victory in the top Trophy class went to English “Gigglepin Racing Team“, Jim Marsden and his copilot Wayne Smith deserved it. After a decent 10th place on the prologue, they dominated the race and were slowly building up a lead in the overall standings (more than two hours).
In the Adventure class, victory went to the Russians Victor Stolyarchuk and Maxim Kamishow. The French team of Euro4x4parts finished fourth.
Team Euro4x4Parts – 4th place Adventure Class
That said, it is important to mention that our deepest appreciation goes to all the participants who managed to get to the finish line, it takes a lot of skill, courage and determination to finish Croatia Trophy without breaking yourself or the vehicle to pieces.
It only remains to wait for another year for the Croatia Trophy 2016, to relive again these great emotions and above all meet again with these great teams that first of all are people with a big heart.
TEXT & PHOTO: Paolo Baraldi