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Northern Forest: Russian Baja started with official Press conference.

On Thursday the Russian "Northern Forest Baja", first round of the FIA Baja Worldcup, started with a official press conference in St. Petersburg. From the very beginning the Baja started as a small event, then it grew up to the national championship, then got the international status and then the organisers reached their intitial objective - the race was included into the official international calendar. We were talking to Igor Kan, the clerk of the course.

NF: What were the changes made to the rally's route, what new things did the organisers have to do to suit the international level of the rally?

Igor Kan: So, I would like to say that during the preparations we didn't change the route much, of course we developed that route and I think that we managed to find the best roads for this area. We succeeded in solving a big problem - the safety of people as we drive without speed limits. Usually this route goes through some small and not very small villages. For seven years we tried to find the solution of the safety problem and now we are happy to report that we found the round way that made the route just 3 km longer compared with the previous year.

And another thing we introduced for the first time last year was a so-called spectators area, and the temporary Headquarters of the rally. We made the route along the spectators area much more difficult and we hope that people will enjoy it.

And last year the temperature was approximately the same, but there was much less snow. This year the weather is not very cold and the temperature is also about zero, but we have much more snow and in the corners there is an opportunity to keep higher speed that influences the techniques of driving. Of course there are the weather conditions that influence the "character" of the road, the route surface stays hard,but there are bumps on the plain surface and on the contrary. That's why a good cooperation of a driver and a co-driver is very important .

Question to Fred Gallagher: Mr. Gallagher has probably one of the biggest experience in events' arrangement in different conditions. What is the main difference in the approach to that very special winter event?

Fred Gallagher: I don't think that there is a big difference. The main thing is that you must always have strong organisation, good planning and good people. Of course it's very important that we look after the officials, marshals, the police and we must be sure that the cars have winter tyre.

NF: Speaking about this special winter event. Have many participants ever tried to drive on winter tyres?

Fred Gallagher: I don't really know if they've tested much and how much time they need it but I believe that they ‘ll get the feeling very quickly. I can tell you by my own experience. When I was in the winter rally in Sweden it was impressive to see the grip usage. When it was very slipper slippery the car kept the grip with road.

NF: Can you evaluate the administrative checks and the scrutineering, have you got any special information?

Fred Gallagher: The administrative checks didn't have problems. As for the scruteeniring one car of the international class was moved to the national class and one of the cars was recommended to have some changes with an additional check later, and we think it will be able to start.

2009/02/27 | 16:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Northern Forest

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