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Alexander Khudilainen awarded the Cup of Head of Karelia at the international cross country rally event "Russia – Northern Forest 2015"

Alexander Khudilainen thanks organizers of the race

Alexander Khudilainen thanks organizers of the race

For the first time the World Cup for Cross Country Rally "Russia – Northern Forest 2015" took place on February 20-22, 2015 in Karelia.

Head of Karelia congratulates the prologue winners

Head of Karelia congratulates the prologue winners

The first prize awarded at the competition was a special cup made of karelian birch and awarded by Head of the republic of Karelia to the prologue winners Andrei Zhigunov and Igor Ter-Oganesyants on February 20. Their crew No.13 G-Energy has taken the lead of the race on the first day.

– These guys have won the prologue race for a good reason. They have got used to Karelian roads taking part in various races, and have shown a good result, – Alexander Khudilainen has told.

Cup of Head of Karelia

Cup of Head of Karelia

Head of the republic has also thanked all the race participants, organizers and judges, a large group of journalists that had been covering the event for a wonderful sports festival that has taken place in Karelia.

Summing up the prologue race

Summing up the prologue race

Launched the first crew of G-Energy Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Zhiltsov, conceded only 6 seconds to the leader of the day Andrey Zhigunov. Finnish driver Tapio Suominenu showed the second result. Have proven successful Marek Dambrovski, who came fourth, and Eugene Firsov, shutting the top 5 with the same time as Finn Jouni Ampuja.

The prologue stage winners

The prologue stage winners

Let us remind that "Baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015" event is traditionally held in the format of a short cross country rally, called with Spanish word "Baja". World Cup for Cross Country Rally is a multiple round event series held annually in different countries from hot United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and Morocco in the south to Russia with the world's only snow and ice Baja.

39 teams from 11 counties, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Qatar, Czechia, Poland, Brazil, Latvia, Italy, Finland have taken part in the race held within the the territories of Sortavala and Suojärvi regions of Karelia. In two days the competitors have made more than 350 km in total.

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