|AD Desert Challenge: Lithuanian crew to debut FIA Marathonrally Worldcup.|
After 12 years of competing in the national championships of rally and circuit racing, Lithuanian racer Benediktas Vanagas decided to make a step into international arena behind the wheel of a rally-raid vehicle. Despite of being new to this kind of sport along with co-driver Saulius Jurgelenas they have already managed to reach surprising results. In last year’s "Silk Way Rally" the crew finished fifth in T1.1 class and eighth overall, completing one of the stages right after the Volkswagen Race Touareg.
"In first days we were gaining experience and fought for better starting order. But soon we showed what we can - two days we were best in T1.1 and one day finished just after VW-squadron. That was great, taking in consideration that we had one of the smallest teams in the race", said Benediktas.
This year they make another step forward being the first Lithuanian crew to start in FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. First event starts in couple of days in the United Arab Emirates and is called "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2010". Lithuanian crew decided to choose an "OSCar03" vehicle for the Rally. This car is T1 certified and made in Latvia.
"Last year we have tried "OSCar01" version and experienced that those cars can be fast. Of course, newer car version is better in all parameters like more powerful engine, better weight balance and hydraulic jacks. Well known leaders will feel our breath. I promise it", Benediktas is smiling. "Anyhow our target is finish line and we will do our best to get maximum points in first FIA Marathonrally Worldcup event. We aim for TOP-5 position after the season", he says.
Benediktas Vanagas and Saulius Jurgelenas also tried other disciplines, when finished second in "Ladoga Trophy" 4x4 marathon back in 2009. Benediktas Vanagas is the President of National Automobile Club of Lithuania and the organizer of “Winter Rally” which is an event of Lithuanian Rally Championship. He is also giving lots of his efforts in social activities to make roads safe.
2010/03/25 | 19:11 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ZALNIERUKYNIENE