Ladoga trophy is probably the longest and hardest mud race in the world. One fact, it’s enough to say the route is long 1200 km. Along the shores of lake Ladoga, passing through deep swamps, crossing fast and slow rivers, making your way deep into the mud and slowly finding your way out – if you’re lucky.
For eight days, the participants and spectators enjoyed the beautiful regions of Karelia and Leningrad.
St. Petersburg hosted the race, after the ceremonial start more than 250 crews were ready to start this long awaited journey.
Special stages on Ladoga probably sound interesting but combined with their cyrillic alphabet I couldn’t understand a word. So a translation would be Quarry, Beavers, Drunken Lumberjack, Tank, Megadrive and others…
The most challenging was the third special stage – the Ladoga Challenge. It is consisted of two special stages. Points are given for the time of both stages combined.
One of the crews – Sergej Karjakin and Stanislav Kurenkov said: “You’ll have a better result if you come to Ladoga like it’s your first time here. Every year the direction changes, clockwise and
counter-clockwise around the lake. We participate here for many years and even if you think you know the trail, believe me, you do not. Especially if more cars have already passed.
It looks completely different.”
Karjakin/Kurenkov eventually took the bronze after a big penalty for not finishing one of the stages due to a malfunction on the car.
TEXT: Emilio Mocibob
PHOTO: Ladoga Trophy