The snow was melted, the organizers even moved the race to the north but the weather just wasn’t helping. The temperature was around zero, maybe above.
So white became brown and winter conditions looked like the rainforest.
Andrey Zhigunov won the first stage. Northern Forest 2015 prologue . Tapio Suominen (FIN) followed him on second place. Suominen was vey good last year, this year he switched to Ovedrive Toyota so he’s especially happy. He proved himself capable of taming the Hilux.
Zhigunov was slightly surprised by his win. He says it was slippery and dangerous. “I don’t envy the guys starting behind me”, Andrey said.
Vladimir Vasilyev came 3rd with his Mini. “The Northern Forest 2015 prologue we drove well, but due to the fact that all the snow is melted, we lost our time”, says Vasilyev.
We’ll se what is going to happen tomorrow, 158 km special stage and on Sunday same route but opposite direction.
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TEXT& PHOTO: Baja Northern Forest