Racing from the high mountains to the beach, from Sofia to the Black Sea the first edition of the Balkan Classic Rallye shows a different side of Bulgaria. After four stages the Balkan Classic Rallye is halfway and time has come to look at the competition and the results so far.
Andrew Siddal and Geoff Bell has shown the capabilities of their Datsuns, jumping and racing on the tough terrain here in Bulgaria. Ondrej Coufal from Czech is currently third, with little over 4 minutes lead on Jan Hagman and Annie Seel in their little red Ford Escort.
Leading the race doesn’t mean you wont suffer on the stages. ‘Can you imagine driving behind Andrew for 45 kilometer, in the dust and heat because of one small mistake?’ Geoff Bell landed himself on a mountainbike track, lukcily on time to stop and go back to the original track. ‘Going back I come onto the track, arrving nose-to-nose with Andrew who had found the correct route right away.
On wednesday 14 september the Balkan Classic Rallye moves to Shkorpilovtsi, the third and final bivouac of the race. ‘It might not be the most difficult day, or the most kilometers but it will be the longest day of the race,’ said Alexander Kovatchev at the briefing. Crossing half of Bulgaria the teams will see the terrain change as they get closer to the coast, with the arrival at the beach in Shkorpilovtsi as highlight .
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