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LEG 8 : DRAWSKO POMORSKIE- 01.07.2017


Touch down! If you’ve made it to the start line, there are only 100km between you and the finish.

After the stage there is some time to recover before the celebration and the price giving in the main tent in the bivouac. As our recovery crew brings back the last competitors we expect the celebration to begin around 21h, and the party has an open end.

LEG 7 : DRAWSKO POMORSKIE- 30.06.2017


Today, the organization wanted to make it a little more difficult: 304 km for the cross-country class with 277 km timed section – and 295 km for the extreme class with 268 km timed section, divided into two stages – that was the plan.

The weather, however, didn´t follow the rules. Except for a few short thunderstorms, the last days were really nice – until tonight. Persistent heavy rain makes parts of the route impassable. The organization decided to move the start of today’s stage from 07:00 o’clock to 10 o’clock and to cancel the second stage of the day.

LEG 6 : DRAWSKO POMORSKIE- 29.06.2017


It does not get any easier in the second half of the Rallye Breslau Poland, with long stages, lots of difficulties for the teams in the Extreme Class and Azimuths for Cross Country. The day will be full of emotions and a non-stop stage of over 200 km with a maximum time of 7:30h.
Touching the other edges of the Polygon today the route has been designed for fast navigation and excellent driving on the sand in Drawsko. With many fast turns and beautiful routes the fastest teams reach an average speed of 65 km/h, but those who are slower will soon reach the limit of the day.
Extreme class dives deep right from the beginning, with the 8×8 recovery truck as anchor to assist with the winching. After some smaller difficulties along the asphalt the trucks will go to Granatenbaum or ‘Club Unimog’, to prepare this section for the cars in Leg7.. After this is only the beginning – from the famous watercrossing next to the ramp to the deep water in the middle of the Polygon, to difficult azimuths with tricky offroad sections – it will be a full day for the Extreme Class, a classic Breslau-stage!

LEG 5 : GWDA WIELKA – DRAWSKO POMORSKIE- 28.06.2017


Today will be the longest day of the Breslau Rally 2017. Three different sections show different landscapes and parts of Poland, making this one of the most varied days of this years’ edition of the Breslau Rally. After two timed rounds in the near of Szczecinek the competitors will move to the old-new Camp Drawsko Pomorskie. But that´s not all. In Drawsko there will be a night stage starting at 10:00 pm. It’s a fast stage with not too difficult navigation, but it’s in the dark so be prepared for a long night-time drive.

Officially the competitors have to handle 328 kms timed section, but the stages were shortened. Including the night stage, the competitors will drive 248 kilometers timed section plus 180 kilometers liasison. The stage will start with a showstart in the City Bobolice in the north, then going south before moving to Drawsko Pomorskie.

As the sun sets, we will start on the last section of today, a 110 km long night stage near Drawsko Pomorskie. Nothing beats a night stage in the forest, with the silence, the loneliness and tranquillity of the forest. Finding azimuths and markers in the roadbook will be even more rewarding, just as a navigation mistake will grab you. It’s a fast stage with not too difficult navigation, but it’s in the dark so be prepared for a long night-time drive.
The Extreme Class can winch their way through the stages, with several tough sections and deep water on the night stage. The roadbookteam has selected several beautiful press points in open areas with – hopefully – a fantastic Polish sunset in the background.

LEG 4 : GWDA WIELKA – 27.06.2017


Miastko is the start of todays long stage, marking the hard work of the Municipality and the support for the Rallye Breslau Poland. With almost 260 km of special stage it will be a day to remember. Excellent speed and great driving on the tracks around Miastko for the Cross Country class and a special ‘Polish’ surprise for Extreme Class.

The stage will be split in two parts, one 152km long special between Wierchowo and Koczala around Baily Bor on fast forest roads and agricultural tracks. The second part is near the village of Bobolice. Cross Country class will get their fast driving ‘activated’ in this fantastic area, passing forests, old riverbeds and a classic Northern Poland landscape with sand, peat and wildlife. It will be an incredible day, reflecting the amount of work needed to get this organised.

After the big loop around Gozd the track splits into a a section for the Extreme Class and a pure and fast Cross Country roadbook, before finishing in Czechy. For the Extreme Class several old tracks have been selected, with deep ruts and water. Old style Breslau winching pleasure, especially if it rains.

Summary SS04 Tuesday – 260 km

The city Miastko was the start of a long stage, marking the hard work of the Municipality and the support for the Rallye Breslau Poland. With almost 260 km of special stage it was a day to remember. Excellent speed and great driving on the tracks around Miastko for the Cross Country class and a special ‘Polish’ surprise for Extreme Class.

The stage was splitted in two parts, one 152 km long special between Wierchowo and Koczala around Baily Bor on fast forest roads and agricultural tracks. The second part was near the village of Bobolice. The Cross Country class got their fast driving ‘activated’ in this fantastic area, passing forests, old riverbeds and a classic Northern Poland landscape with sand, peat and wildlife. It was an incredible day, reflecting the amount of work needed to get this organised.

After the big loop around Gozd the track splitted into a section for the Extreme Class and a pure and fast Cross Country roadbook, before the finish in Czechy. For the Extreme Class several old tracks have been selected, with deep ruts and water. Old style Breslau winching pleasure, especially if it rains.

The SS04 winners Cross Country Classes

At around 20:30 CET, all bikes, quads and SSVs were in the camp. It was a wild day with many failures and retirements. The overall fastest and winner of the quads was again the Dane Nicholas Harkjaer with his Polaris Scrambler, he managed the stage in only 04:16:22 hours. Behind him are the Poles Arkadiusz Lindner (04:27:21) and Andrzej Pieron (04:32:50).

The German Frank Modl could reach the overall stage-victory in cross country bikes. He drove in the group of the six leaders, but catched up from behind and needed only 04:13:4 hours before the two Dutch Paul Sesink (04:14:42) and Rob Verstegen (04:14:54).

In the cross-country SSV the winner of the day was the team Van Beek / Barraux from France with 05:25:05 hours, followed by their countrymates Lepietre / Chastaingt (05:25:27) and the Polish Pesta / Buda with 05:26:42 hours.

In the nearly serial cross-country cars, the stagewinner was French “Breslau Legend” Gilles Girousse with his navigator Philippe Gregory in their Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ80 with 06:43:35 hours, behind them their compatriots Gautier / Gautier finished with a Land Rover Discovery in 07:33:17 hours. Third with a big gap became the German team Schmitz / Strauss (Jeep Cherokee) with 13:14:35 hours.

In the CC prototypes the French Soler / Cocagne managed with their Bowler Wildcat in 05:50:04 hours the stagewin. In the second place we surprisingly saw the Polish team Brochoki / Kryger in a Dacia Duster Prototype (05:50:13), behind them the team French Oguez / Silvain in their Tomcat (05:54:53).

The fastest truck was the German crew Heidenreich / Schmitz in the Hummer-Unimog with 05:49:52 hours – they are the only competitor in this class. In the heavy CC trucks-category the Czech team Svoboda / Novak / Drazda (Tatra 815 Proto) made it with 06:33:43 hours before the Iveco Trakker of the Belgians Nouwen / Raemen / Schepers and 07:06:46 hours – the Scania of the Dutch Van Geest / Muller / Deelen today retired in the second part of the stage but was ranked third with 13:15:00 hours.

The SS04 winners Extreme Classes

The muddy and heavy passages seemed to be no big problem for the quads, the times were similar to those of the cross-country class. Winner was the French Lesur (Polaris Sportsman XP1000) with 05:04:44 hours, he was driving together with his teammate Nicolas Floutard (Polaris Scrambler XP1000) who finished second in 05:05:40 hours. Third became the Pole Kusy Remigiusz with his Polaris Scrambler 1000XP in 05:07:31 hours.

In the motorcycles we have only two participants this year, so it would be easy for them to reach the final podium… if nothing bad will happen. Fastest on Tuesday was the Belgian Bart van Mieghem with his Yamaha WR250 and 05:11:43 hours, so second the German Uwe Goetzel with his KTM EXC500 and 08:22:28 hours.

In the SSV class: There are only three competitors, but noone finished on Tuesday. So all (Gardent/Vic, Meunier/Gorce, Borras/Buttafoghi, all from France) got the maximum time of 13:15:00 hours.

In the nearly-serial cars category, the French Chauvot / Ferrari with their Land Rover Defender finished first with 06:19:08 hours, with a good gap followed by the Germans Vogelsang / Joseph (Mercedes G, 06:53:46) and the Belgians Chris and Willem van der Veken (Land Rover Defender, 07:23:50).

In the car prototypes again the Poles dominated: On Tuesday the team Kowalski / Kowalski (Jeep Wrangler) managed the eventually stagewin with 05:48:35 hours, closely followed by the overall leader Andrzejewski / Radomski (Walterteam Rumburak, 05:57:07) and the Germans Kornfeld / Schiela (Mercedes G, 06:15:59).

To the light trucks – here all top 3 trucks are Mercedes Unimog but with different age and quality. Fastest were the Germans Braun / Ulrich with 05:57:56 hours before the Belgian former Breslau winners Peumans / De Boer (06:12:26) and the overall leader Daniel and Florian Gьnther in the former Hellgeth Unimog (06:14:26).

For the big trucks it was the “GDR-made” IFA of the team Pohle / Krauss / Goeschel, which needed 07:09:01 hours to be the first on Tuesday. Second became the MAN Kat crew Messner / Huth / Pietzsch with 07:29:09 hours in front of the second MAN Kat of Crew Hoenig / Buerger / Rabeler 08:08:33 hours.

LEG 3 : GWDA WIELKA – 26.06.2017


Szczecinek hosts a show start in the main park in the city, a great way of celebrating this new location for the Rallye Breslau Poland! We’re moving bivouac today from Drawsko to Szczecinek and it will be a change of scenery for everyone. It is special to see new terrain, new forests, new sand in the Rallye Breslau Poland!

The stage has two parts: after the showstart the teams head for the sand and jumps of Czarne, close to the 2nd bivouac. The famous straight along the railway, the zigzags on the Polygon and the gravelroads in the forest are all part of this first section. Be prepared to go sideways and drift across the hot sands in Czarne!

After a quick fresh-up and assistance in the new camp the competitors head towards the second half of the stage, around Baily Bor. The vegetation changes, with denser forests and moist tracks as we get closer to the lakes that fill this area. Racing around Kazimierz and Bialy the competitors will see open fields, high sands, small tracks and well used agricultural roads.

Extreme Class will drive mostly the same track as Cross Country, but finishes the day with an excellent section through marshland and a small river between Stephién and Biskupice, which will decide the ranking in this class today.

Szczecinek Showstart

LEG 2 : DRAWSKO POMORSKIE – 25.06.2017


After yesterday’s day for a Breslau rally went relatively quickly and uncomplicated (the fastest participant was already in the finish after 2:24 hours) it possibly could be late today.

The Sunday´s stage set is driven in two parts. For the cross-country class, 222.56 kilometers in total and 174 kms in the ranking are on the agenda, the extreme class has to handle 213.56 kms in total and 165 kms ranked.

The first competitors started the race at 08:30 CET. Between 11:30 and 12:00 CET the organization is awaiting the first competitor to start in the second part of the day, the first finisher is not expected before 19:00 clock …

The second leg of the Rallye Breslau Poland sees new roadbooks for both classes, a magnificent feat as the organisers had to change plans two weeks before the start. Starting in the north the bikes and quads drive the western part of the Polygon and the SSV, Cars and Trucks head east. Crossing several unused parts of the Polygon on new tracks creates a level playing field for all!

Today the tight forests and wide open plains will alternate, with lovely sandy tracks and long straights for the competitors. Smell the trees and the dark soil in the deep forests, eat the dust on the sandy plains – it’s the second day of the Rallye Breslau Poland and with around 180 km on roadbook the competitors get up to speed quickly. Divided in two smaller stages with service in between the competitors can do some work on their vehicles if needed.
Crossing the vast plains north of the Jezioro Jeziorak the navigators have to work and find the numerous small tracks. Listen to the navigator, take care with the roadbook or get lost – this is the most important task for many of the fastest teams. Navigation is a big thing in this rally, and as it is the same for everyone, everyone can win or loose in this part of the day.

After heading south the tight forests take over from the wide views. Bikes and Quads go west, the SSVs, Cars and Trucks head in Eastern direction and pass close to Prostynia. Looping around the edge of the Polygon, they race back north. Here we see the reason why we have over 20 years of the Rallye Breslau Poland: the many small tracks, the vast forest and the beautiful light between the trees – it’s a fantastic experience!

Extreme Class will carry the weight of the rally on it’s shoulders as they pass through the most gnarly sections in Drawsko Pomorskie. Several azimuths take them across the wide plains, allowing for a bit of strategy where you don’t expect it. Don’t take them too easy, they might make the difference at the end of the day!

The second stage of the Rallye Breslau Poland sees new roadbooks for both classes, a magnificent feat as the organisers had to change plans two weeks before the start. Starting in the north the bikes and quads drive the western part of the Polygon and the SSV, Cars and Trucks head east. Crossing several unused parts of the Polygon on new tracks creates a level playing field for all!

Today the tight forests and wide open plains will alternate, with lovely sandy tracks and long straights for the competitors. Smell the trees and the dark soil in the deep forests, eat the dust on the sandy plains – it’s the second day of the Rallye Breslau Poland and with around 180 km on roadbook the competitors get up to speed quickly.

Divided in two smaller stages with service in between the competitors can do some work on their vehicles if needed.

Crossing the vast plains north of the Jezioro Jeziorak the navigators have to work and find the numerous small tracks. Listen to the navigator, take care with the roadbook or get lost – this is the most important task for many of the fastest teams. Navigation is a big thing in this rally, and as it is the same for everyone, everyone can win or loose in this part of the day.

After heading south the tight forests take over from the wide views. Bikes and Quads go west, the SSVs, Cars and Trucks head in Eastern direction and pass close to Prostynia. Looping around the edge of the Polygon, they race back north. Here we see the reason why we have over 20 years of the Rallye Breslau Poland: the many small tracks, the vast forest and the beautiful light between the trees – it’s a fantastic experience!

Extreme Class will carry the weight of the rally on it’s shoulders as they pass through the most gnarly sections in Drawsko Pomorskie. Several azimuths take them across the wide plains, allowing for a bit of strategy where you don’t expect it. Don’t take them too easy, they might make the difference at the end of the day!

LEG 1 : DRAWSKO POMORSKIE – 24.06.2017

Rallye Breslau Poland 2017 – the adventure rally for everyone

Are you ready for a legendary offroad adventure? On the 24th of June Rallye Breslau Poland starts in Drawsko Pomorskie, where more than 140 teams disappear into the deep forests of West-Poland. It’s the beginning of the most legendary offroad rally for bikes, quads, buggies, cars and trucks in the heart of Europe, with eight days of racing and international competition. The rally will finish on the 1st of July with a great award ceremony.

Rallye Breslau Poland has adventure and competition written all over it. Those who want to live the classic Breslau-feeling join the Extreme Class with all natural obstacles. On a separate route and roadbook the Cross Country class offers almost the same delight, but with dry feet and higher speeds.

LEG 1
24.06.2017

The Breslau Rally 2017 in Poland has started! The 2017 edition of the traditional rally started in its first stage during changing weather, 16 degrees, constant cloudy, cold wind and light rain. 163.8 kilometers, of which 149 kms were ranked, were on the agenda on Saturday for the fast cross country participants, 148.8 kms overall and 134 kms ranked for the “mud fraction” of the Extreme Class.

After the expected route near Posznan was canceled due to a military deployment, the organization had to find a new terrain only a few days before the rally, and also had to find new routes and write new road books. Fortunately, in Drawsko Pomorskie the local officials said “Yes” – the rally was normally supposed to end there. A strange situation – but everything went well.

The route itself was varied, fast passages in open military terrain, slower tracks with tank waves, forests, water and also a little mud for the cross country participants made the Saturday interesting. The extreme class was allowed to feel deep water on the first day and also get some chances to test their winches.

Almost a sensation a rallytruck caused today. Only once in the history of the rally, a race truck was faster than all, indeed, all the participants – the famous “Hellgeth-Unimog” (actually bought and piloted by Daniel Günther). The Hellgeth-Unimog, at that time piloted by its builders, became even the total winner. Almost this should be repeated today.

Tom Heuer, Marco Richter and Tobi Henschel from the Team Süptitz started the first time with their “new-used” truck: The former Dakar-Tatra 815 of the Czech rally legend Karel Loprais and his son Ales. The expectations were correspondingly high. And they fulfilled: With a time of 02:38:22 they were almost the fastest. Only Danish quad driver Nicholas Harkjaer (Polaris Scrambler, 02:24:01) and bikers Rico van der Sanden (Holland, 02:35:19) and Michal Latoch (Poland, 02:24:01) were quicker. Respect.

A special feature of the recent history of Breslau is the integration of the German Rallyraid championship GORM, in which participants can only be part of the cross-country class for the first two days but will be fully integrated into the rally. So today was dominated by the fast participants, among them an armada of Dutch FIA-compliant rally cars. Here the they have just two days – but with the same effort and the same amount of travelling.

It is annoying to be forced to give up on the first rally day. Unlucky today was the Mercedes Unimog Racetruck of the German-Hungarian duo Hanspeter Karches and Szantho Csaba. In a narrow passage, the Unimog rocked, sighed, hit a tree with the wheel and tipped. Fortunately no one was injured, but in the evening the team finally had to retire.

Rallye Breslau Poland will be a Polish experience right from the beginning. Opening with 150 kilometer of roadbook on the small tracks in the northern part of the Polygon of Drawsko Pomorski, the competitors need to be careful with the navigation and control their speed. ’The challenge is to find your own track, so stick to the roadbook and don’t go faster than your guardian angel can fly!’
A Breslau Classic is the mass-start of several vehicles at the same time. It’s the best way to start a race, looking at your competitors right from the beginning! Racing in the northern part of the Polygon gives a great feeling: endless sand, vast forests and fantastic kilometers await you. On the first day competitors will not only see the immense forests, but also the presence of the military on the Polygon.
Seperate tracks for the bikes and quads create a special atmosphere for this class. They will ride the eastern part of the Polygon on the sandy tracks through the forest, alternated with long blasts over the great plains of Drawsko. Almost touching Jaworze in the south the route heads back north and crosses the Prostynia river, before a big loop on the tracks through the deep forest to the finish
Side-by-sides, cars and trucks start from the northern part of the Polygon and head in western direction towards Studnica, and south along the outer edge of the forest. It’s a long and fantastic start of the Rallye Breslau Poland, bringing them to the plains north of Glebokie. Here a myriad of small tracks and roads will confuse the navigators, only as a ‘warm up’ for the second half of the stage..
The Breslau starts on historic soil: the Polygon of Drawsko is well known for its innocent looking terrain and little streams that are capable of swallowing entire trucks. The Extreme Class will enjoy a friendly start together with the Cross Country, and see the famous ‘deep waters’ of Drawsko in the second half of the stage as they pass north of Jezioro Pozrzadio. Here there will be several viewing points for both press and public alike, so everyone can enjoy the stage!