EDITION 2016

DUST TO WATER

Racing in Poland is always special and this year the competitors saw everything: eight days of sun, dust, rain and mud. In Rallye Breslau Poland 2016 the competitors faced the natural challenges of Central Europe, with its huge forests, moorland and sand. 1500 racing kilometres in two classes: the fast Cross Country Class and the classic ‘Breslau Extreme’, more than 150 competitors in all classes, and three open air bivouacs in the Polish forests, a perfect rallyraid experience!

‘FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE!’

With fast teams on the startlist this edition of Rallye Breslau Poland 2016 turned into a spectacular race: high speeds right from the start. In Cross Country Enduro class Piotr Krasuski (PL), Rico van der Sanden (NL), Beat Juen (AT) and the newcomer and enduro champion Erik Davids (NL) chased each other through the forests like there was no tomorrow, like there was no marathon. ‘This was such an incredible year, never before it was so fast. Right from the beginning we were flying over the track, and it just didn’t stop!’ says Rico, who finished second in his class.

PHOTOS

’RACING IN THE HEART OF EUROPE’

Three bivouacs, starting in Drawsko Pomorskie on the Polygon, then Borne Sulinowo and its lovely forests and finally Maniewo/Biedrusko polygon near Poznan: Rallye Breslau Poland sees the beauty of Poland, with its vast forests, the sand and the swamps for the Extreme class. To race here, to fly over the moorlands and cross abandoned villages puts you right in the heart of Europe. Working together with all responsible organisations, owners and the government Rallye Breslau was able to cross into new terrain -again- with special challenges for the Extreme Class and lovely sandy tracks for the Cross Country.

NAVIGATOR’S DELIGHT: THE PERFECT ROADBOOK

Navigation is the decision maker in Rallye Breslau Poland, with a precise roadbook. Inside the forests is a maze of small roads, hardly visible little tracks and sandy pistes used by the locals: it’s a delight to navigate here and keep your vehicle on the right track.

‘The roadbook is perfect, but you have to be really careful! If you push too much, you loose it.’ says Andrzej Pieron (PL), winning the Cross Country ATV category on his Can AM in the last kilometres of the race. He knows the terrain and the navigation, knowing he has to reach the finish line to secure the first place.

TRUE OFFROAD MARATHON

One mistake was enough for the last years’ winner Krzysztof Ostaszewski to loose his lead in the Extreme Truck category: crossing a small river on the last day in Biedrusko he got stuck and lost his winch on the big yellow Zetros. Ton Stoker, who had already accepted his second place could pass him on the track and in the overall classification. Rallye Breslau Poland is a true marathon in which everyone is equal: you have to reach the finish line!

ORGANISER WITH HEART AND SOUL

‘Organising Rallye Breslau Poland is a social responsibility,’says Race Director Alexander Kovatchev. ‘This is the sixth Rallye Breslau Poland with my organisation and emotionally it never becomes a routine. The Breslau brings people together, it is part of my life and my work. There are still many people around who helped to organise the first race, and we have almost 40% new entries this year!

WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND 2016

#6 ANDREAE, MIRCO (DEU)
KTM EXC
ENDURO EXTREME
WINNER OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

Racing in all classes as long as it involves extreme challenges and mud, Mirco Andreae is back on the podium in the Rallye Breslau Poland 2016, winning the Enduro Extreme Class. In 2014 he was on the podium with the Unimog (3rd place, with Christian Offen), and this year he showed his skill on the bike. Created for the lovers of extreme enduro, this class requires strategy, knowledge of the swamps and perseverance to finish!


#75 KRASUSKI, PIOTR (POL)
KTM 530EXC
ATV TEAM JANOSIK
ENDURO CROSS COUNTRY
WINNER OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

Racing for the win, making the Rallye Breslau Poland look like a supercross. Piotr Krasuski is a talented rider, able to shake of many of his opponents with his fast pace and excellent navigational skills. Winning the Rallye Breslau Poland 2016 he showed his skill – again!


# 100 KUSY, REMIGIUSZ (POL)
POLARIS SCRAMBLER 1000 XP
ATV JANOSIK POLAND
ATV EXTREME
WINNER OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

Remy Kusy rides the quad in the Extreme class and he is ‘the man to beat’, with many victories behind his name. He loves the terrain, the swamps and the watercrossings. ‘No Problem, GO!’ – a successful strategy as he arrived as the first quad, making the Rallye Breslau Poland look easy.


#127 PIERON, ANDRZEJ (POL)
CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000
ATV JANOSIK POLAND
ATV CROSS COUNTRY
WINNER OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

One of the most inventive quad riders, well known for finishing stages on three wheels, Andrzej Pieron won the ATV CC ranking this year with a clever strategy. Building a lead in the first days, he became almost impossible to catch. Knowing that he would win if he finished, he simply defended his place in the overall ranking against the competition from the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Germany.


#156 BERTHELIER, BRUNO (FRA)/ BERTHELIER, MAGALIE (FRA)
POLARIS RZR900EB0
TEAM BERTHELIER
SSV EXTREME
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

The beautiful eyes of Magalie Berthelier shine like the sun at the arrival of the stage. ‘We are the first SSV in our class!’ she says, ‘I am so happy!’ Together with Bruno they make an incredible team, cheering at every problem solved and happy even after the long and exhausting swamps earlier this race. Winning the race in the SSV Extreme class completes their victory!


#176 LEPIETRE, BENOIT (FRA) / CHASTAINGT, LAURENT (FRA)
POLARIS RZR
SSV CROSS COUNTRY
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

Regularity, stability, focus. Benoit Lepietre did not race at the maximum, finishing on the podium only on a few stages this year in Poland. All his fast and furious competitors had technical of navigational problems. With more than 3 hours lead Benoit Lepietre and Laurant Chastaingt are the clear winners, showing that to finish first you first have to finish!


#207 ANDRZEJEWSKI, JAROSLAW (POL) / RADOMSKI, MACIEJ (POL)
WALTERTEAM.PL RUMBURAK
POLAND SQUAD
CARS EXTREME
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

The Extreme Car class was more or less invented in Poland, with many special built proto cars.
Jaroslaw races a classic ‘Grat’ style trophycar with many changes for the marathon. ‘We did a lot of modernisation to be able to make long distances and go fast in difficult terrain, but we still use the gearbox, winch and basic concept.’ They are a team with a strategy, here to win the race: ‘In Drawsko we drove very fast to take the lead and to be sure for the rest of the race.’ – and it clearly worked!


#304 LION, VAN LOON (NLD) / WOUTER, DE GRAAFF (NLD)
TOYOTA PRO-RAV 4
LION VAN LOON RACING
CARS CROSS COUNTRY

Breslau-Debutants Lion van Loon and Wouter de Graaff win the famous Cross Country car category in the Rallye Breslau Poland this year. ‘The navigation is full of tricks, it is so much fun to be a co pilot here!’ Wouter de Graaff is well known for winning a Dakar stage in the truck together with Pascal de Baar. ‘In the Dakar you never get to this level of navigation, this is a good test and a great rally!’


#408 JORIS, PEUMANS (BEL) / MAARTEN, DE BOER (BEL)
MERCEDES UNIMOG
ASAP TRUCK RALLY TEAM
TRUCK SMALL EXTREME
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

Joris Peumans and Maarten de Boer are proud winners of the small truck class in the Rallye Breslau Poland, beating their opponents hands down. Their white Unimog has seen many races with almost a decade of experience, evolution and rebuilds. Joris makes it fly and Maarten does a perfect job as copilot, with the first place to prove it!


#509 TON, STOKER (NLD) / JAN, v.d. ELZEN (NLD) /AAKEN v. GEERT (NLD)
IVECO EUROTRAKKER
STOKER TEAMSPORT
TRUCK BIG EXTREME
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

To finish 25 years in truck sport with a victory in the Rallye Breslau Poland is a dream for Ton Stoker, Jan van Elzen and Geert van Aaken. After the rebuilt of their Iveco several years ago they moved forward in the overall ranking. To celebrate their teams’ anniversary is something special, an extraordinary result!


#553 SUEPTITZ, TILO (DEU) / STEINBACH, RENE (DEU)
KAMAZ 4911
TRUCK BIG CROSS COUNTRY
WINNERS OF BRESLAU POLAND RALLYE 2016

With the only KAMAZ rallytruck outside of Russia, Tilo Sueptitz races to the finish of the Rallye Breslau Poland, but not without helping his son Tom Heuer who rolled his Tatra 815 4×4 on the Drawsko Polygon. Loving the sport, Tilo is happy to win the race with his KAMAZ. ‘It really is an original,’ he says, ‘I worked almost a decade to get my hands on it, and even though it is more than 10 years old it still is a fast rally truck!’

DAILY INFORMATION

02.07.2016

Drawsko Pomorski

Special stage: 267,55 KM
Liaison: 40,59 KM

‘Introduction’
Todays stage will ‘introduce’ the teams to the Drawsko military polygon, easily and at a medium speed. Also the navigation will slowly get more difficult, leading up to a section in very tight terrain, with short distances, as a preparation for the following days.

Only the first bikes and cars managed to reach the finishline under a nice sun before a big thunderstorm completely changed the conditions in Drawsko Pomorskie. Heavy rains fill the tracks with water, taking the dust away that haunted the fastest riders today. Rico van der Sanden and Piotr Krasuski are the first bikes to arrive at the finishline, after a high speed first special stage. ‘This was like a supercross, I rode faster today than I did last year in the whole week!’ Rico says smiling.

This year marks the return of many old competitors and ORGA people in the Breslau – we have seen Geli Czerny in the camp, and in the race we see Thierry Morgand who raced in 1996. Just like old time competitors Jan and Harry Oosting he is racing with his son, who navigates the old Toyota Land Cruiser on leaf springs. To win the Rallye Breslau Poland you need a fast car, but you can enter and race here even with a classic offroad vehicle: all depends on your goals!

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03.07.2016

Drawsko Pomorski

Special Stage: 238.26 KM
Liaison: 16.04 KM

‘Circuit’

Starting near the servicepark on the Polygon the roadbook brings the competitors back to the main tribune several times, allowing service and spectators to view the race. This will be a beautiful day for all. High speed, more twisty tracks.. If you do not pay attention to the roadbook you will get caught in the net of roads in the Polygon – there will be no other solution than to go back to the start! Fast, precise, complete in attention to details – the key of success for the Leg 2 navigation.

The first competitors notice little of the beautiful tracks and the surroundings today, but many others are here for the atmosphere, the personal challenge and the roadbook. Today two hundred forty kilometers of forest roads and sandy tracks go through a moist forest, with the smell of pine trees and the wet sand on the exhaust. Flying across the polygon, through deep and thick forests and back onto the open plains with their maze of little tracks.. Even after so many years we are amazed by the beauty of Poland, its beauty continues to surprise us..

In the car category Herman Jasper and the BOMBA Nemesis are racing together, mirror to mirror trying the be quick and find the way at the same time. They are chasing the first Side by side, the ultra fast Tsanko Tsankov and his beautiful and focused codriver Zornitsa Todorova. Yesterday at the finishline she was in a rage as she missed some points in the roadbook – today halfway in the stage they have a lead of already 15 minutes on the first car. We cannot understand how a navigator can concentrate for such a long time at these speeds and it is great to see this kind of racing in the Rallye Breslau Poland!

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04.07.2016

Drawsko Pomorski to Borne Sulinowo

Special Stage: 165,97 KM
Liaison: 40,93 KM

Going from Drawsko Pomorski to Borne Sulinowo, the competitors and the assistance move to the second bivouac of the Breslau Poland 2016. Driving along the edge of the Polygon it will be a high speed stage through the beautiful scenery of Drawsko Pomorski, a nice way to say goodby to this area of Poland.

With big loop on the outside of the Polygon the Rallye Breslau Poland left Drawsko Pomorskie, this magical area in Poland with the forests and the plains – a feast for the eye and a headache for many navigators. Arriving at the high speed forest tracks of Borne Sulinowo is a pleasure: ‘We have been chasing each other like on a motocross track,’ grins Rico van der Sanden. ‘If I took the outside of a corner, I would immediately have three bikes overtaking me on the inside!’

‘Alex, thank you!!’ shouts Carsten Raabe at the arrival of the stage. Christian Kurzel agrees: ‘It is ‘einfach geil’ to ride here, you cannot imagine the beauty of these forests!’ With small tracks, nice corners for drifting and just enough space between the trees it is a pleasure to ride and the speed goes up quickly. With the competitors arriving 10% faster than estimated the heat is on in the Rallye Breslau Poland this year, and the competitors debate their actions in the camp. Some proud, some worried, some sad as they cannot keep up anymore..

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05.07.2016

Borne Sulinowo

Special Stage 191,53 KM
Liaison: 28,48 KM

New Terrain

Starting from Borne Sulinowo the competitors head out towards Okonek and Czarne for two specials. This area of Poland is full of war history and those aware might see some traces of what has happened. Now we are happy to celebrate and race together with teams from all over Europe. New terrain, new adventures on a completely different surface than before: deep and soft sand, very fast tracks, sharp corners, short bumps and big air.

“I jumped from bump to bump’ said Alain Dumas (131, quad) yesterday, speaking about the last section of the stage. ‘The cars were struggling but I made my quad fly and went through at 130-140 km/h, incredible!’ And today the air is filled with the sound of high revving engines in the distance, roaring as they get closer and pass by. Some people return over and over again, as they are looking for the roadbook, only to come flying past again as they have found the right track towards the finishline!

Sand, sand, sand – in the Borne region there is nothing available in such quantities as sand and today the stage is full of it. Loose sand that makes you go sideways in the corners, small jumps that give you big air and the dust that makes you push the brakes. It is a forest full of sand, allowing for high speed stages and fast driving. Crossing into the Czarne Polygon in this weather will make the competitors sweat and suffer

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06.07.2016

Borne Sulinowo

Special stage: 207,52 KM
Liaison: 24 KM

Preparing for the marathon

100 kilometer of pure speed in the forests west of Borne Sulinowo opens the day. This dry area is for fast racing which has always been part of the Breslau. With two laps of 50 km in the morning we expect to see the speed go up as the race progresses. A cool down is offered by a small river crossing, which will be passed twice. After a short servicebreak the second stage is a completely different beast: forest tracks, dirt roads and many sharp turns. The route passes close to Okonek before moving back to Borne Sulinowo, through deep forests and along the lovely Jezioro Kniewo lake right before the finish line.

‘Even if we have three hours lead my driver will never slow down!’ says Zornitsa, the copilot of Tsanko in the yellow Yamaha. they are leading the lead with the overall fastest time and they do not intend to go slower even in the very wet conditions today. Nature had a new plan for the Rallye Breslau Poland today, with thunderstorms and heavy rain after four warm and dry days. We went from dust to water, completely changing the terrain and the race

Without the windscreen wiper for the copilot, Jean Jacques Jousseau wins the stage in the Car Extreme class, which today runs on the same track as the Cross Country category. ‘I don’t need to drive, it is OK’ says Nicolas Martin, who clearly doesn’t need sight to do his job as a navigator, shouting the notes to Jean Jacques is enough to win the stage!

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07.07.2016

Borne Sulinowo to Biedrusko

Special Stage 205,07 KM
Liaison: 5,59 KM

The Long one

Navigation on the menu this year in the 6th stage – as we venture into known land but with a new roadbook and navigational challenges. Following tracks is not for today, you have to work from page to page through the roadbook to reach the end. First a section through the forest, than open fields and sand before passing Okonek. After 120 km the Czarne Polygon is reached, with its many straights and sharp turns. Here the shooting range will give a dusty memory – it’s a day of sweat for everyone. There are no separate tracks for the Extreme Class, they can save their winches for Biedrusko.

‘It was a fast day, very nice,’ says Henri Verhoeven, driver of the famous blue GINAF 6×6. He arrives at the finishline full with stories of trucks and cars overheating on the Czarne Polygon. ‘I saw Ostaszweski with the Zetros, Tom Heuer with the Tatra, and if I made a good calculation we are fifth Truck today!’ Chris van der Veken from Belgium agrees with Henri, ‘Especially the bit under the powerlines, that was really nice to drive!’ After the powerlines the track went from lumberjackroads to smaller tracks used mostly by locals and long straight fire roads, a breeze before reaching the Czarne Polygon with its deep sand and pine forests.

‘Reach thursday’, competitors in the Breslau always say, but this year it has become ‘reach saturday’, as it will be the toughest day for the Extreme class and the final judge of the race. Tomorrow there will be short stage near Biedrusko, before hitting the final day of the Rallye Breslau Poland!

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08.07.2016

Biedrusko

Special Stage 67,05 KM
Liaison: 3,11 KM

Nightstage! Using many overgrown roads and sharp turns today is a master driving exercise with emphasis on the roadbook. Starting with only a short connection from the camp the teams dive deep into the forest for a stage that requires concentration and driving skill to be fast. Hardly visible tracks will become clear after the first lap, so those opening the stage will do the work today.

‘We had no grip at all!’ says Harry Oosting, who navigates a Nissan pickup in the Cross Country Class. Tsanko in the Yamaha 1000 YXZ had the same problem, breaking some parts in the steering. ‘Luckily we could fix it on the stage, but it took a lot of time!’ The night is equal for all, a challenge and difficult to drive after the strong rains earlier this evening. Almost all teams are in and the servicecrews are busy preparing for saturdays final and toughest stage!

Tom Ibbet has gotten the hang of the navigation, happy to be at the finishline with the Unimog. ‘We drive as a team but we don’t just follow the leader. It is great to race by ourselves like we can do here.’ You can bring a great Unimog to the Rallye Breslau Poland, but a crashtender from the airport also does the trick: Carsten Felten and Marcel Decker enjoyed the stage in their MAN KAT based truck. ‘We let the air out of the tires and had enough grip. The rain didn’t kill the track, we could still drive it!’

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09.07.2016

Biedrusko

Special Stage 108.12 KM
Liaison: 29.08 KM

‘Final’

The last day of the Rallye Breslau Poland 2016 and a stage with a proper ‘bite’ for both classes. Today is the day of decisions, who wins and looses. Also we see the return of a mass start on wide open tank tracks: exciting for the teams and the public. Several familiar tracks are used in the area along the Warta river and new routes west of Biedrusko, with both fast and difficult sections. After the stage the race is over and while the recovery crews return the last cars from the forest the preparation begins for the ceremonial dinner and price giving ceremony of the Rallye Breslau Poland 2016!

Never underestimate the old tank tracks in Biedrusko, and here we are in a big pile of trucks. Several teams are clever and soon a nice convoi of MAN KAT’s is flying through the deep ruts and the brown water. Previously done with Suzuki’s and Unimogs, now also the biggest trucks prefer ‘platooning’ on the Extreme stages, as it helps them get through easily. Achim Lust has a field day with his big trucks, with all recovery crews working full pull to rescue the competitors and keep the flow of the race going..

As we are waiting at the finishline the tension is rising: what will be left of the field, who will be able to finish the marathon without problems and set a good result today as well as in the Breslau as a whole? The Rallye Breslau Poland is a marathon, and if you want to finish first, you first have to finish!