Starting on the 30th of June 2018 in the city of Miastko, 150 teams participated in the marathon rally – Rallye Breslau Poland 2018 in the north part of Poland. The famous off-road rally in the heart of Europe started directly from the city of Miastko in the North East Pomerania, continued to Drawsko Pomorskie and finished in Gwda Wielka on the 7th of July.
Organised since 1995 the ‘Rallye Breslau’ has visited Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Wroclaw (PL) and this year Miastko (PL). The rally has built a reputation as the ‘Dakar of the north’, attracting competitors from all over Europe who come for an intense and international competition that offers a unique challenge in the off-road world.
The Rallye Breslau Poland has two main categories: the Dakar style ‘Cross Country’ and the ‘Extreme trophy” off-road category on difficult terrain with natural challenges typical for the landscape. Both are open for all types of off-road vehicles, from motorbikes to cars and trucks with a maximum of 4 axles. The ‘Breslau’ welcomes both professional and amateur teams. To participate all you need is just an off-road vehicle and adventure spirit, to win you first have to finish!
The heat is on from the first moment, as the competitors head from the city centre of Miastko into the forest for a tough day with three stages, near Bialy Bor and Czarne, finishing the day with a night stage in Drawsko Pomorskie. There is no pause as the competitors continue with four days in the dense forests and on the military training grounds near Drawsko, before moving to the last bivouac on the shore of the lake near Gwda Wielka.
Racing over 2000km within 8 days, which took the fastest competitors almost 30 hours in the special stages, proved that the road book is difficult and the terrain is tough. For the Cross Country category, the Rallye Breslau Poland is known as the biggest navigational challenge in Europe, and in the Extreme, the teams fear and enjoy the natural challenges offered by the Polish landscape.
Due to the drought of the last month, the forests and fields of Poland reminded the teams of the conditions in Africa and South America, with thick dust and fes-fes like sand. A thick road book and many challenges made the navigation difficult, and for the dust, there were only two solutions: either you overtake with your biggest heart or you stop completely to wait for the sky to clear.
In the Cross Country motorbike class the newcomer, Andreas Brunhold from Austria (#114) battled with the experienced Bernd von Osten from Germany (#4) – both with a completely different riding styles. Andreas is the new generation of bike riders, fast and furious. Bernd is solid, constant and the typical rider who is able to improvise and overcome all challenges without losing time – and this year the new generation took the lead, with Brunhold winning the Rallye Breslau Poland in the Enduro ‘Cross Country’ class.
The Car Cross Country Class sees an interesting winner from Poland, as Grzegorz Brochocki and Grzegorz Komar (#327) lead the Rallye Breslau Poland with perhaps the smallest car on the track: a modified Dacia Duster with a 2.0l Renault diesel engine. ‘The little car that could’, prepared by an experienced off-road and WRC rally team, which has also competed successfully in the World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.
Second place is for the man with the most stage wins: Jaroslaw Andrzejewski. He lost time on the first day and spent the entire event on his toes, trying to catch up with the front runners. As the week progressed his chances improved, but he needed just a few more days to catch up with his main competitor.
Third in the Car Cross Country class is a mixed French-German team with Richard Oguez and Tobi Henschel (#325) – created right before the event as the main co-driver of Richard had to return home. Without speaking each other’s language, the driver and co-driver found a middle ground, the language of motorsport and racing. 15 words, translated and glued to the dashboard are the only help as they compete and search for the finish line each day – with a podium as result!
The Rallye Breslau Poland is the only rally raid in the heart of Europe, ‘one day driving from your home’. With a unique combination of both Cross Country and Extreme categories, it brings the off-road scene together in spacious open-air bivouacs with a special family atmosphere – on the track and after the rally.