Crossing Bulgaria from the west to the east, from the mountains to the plains, from the city centre of Sofia to Long Beach, after eight days of racing the first edition of the Balkan Classic Rallye has finished saturday september the 17th 2016 with Andrew Siddal & Andy Bull in their Safari spec Datsun 260z on the first place.
More than 2000 kilometers on dirtroads, gravel and mountain tracks make the Balkan Classic Rallye a special event. Mountains, hills, valleys and the beach of the Black Sea – to master the Balkan Offroad Rallye you have to do it all, and fast. The Bulgarian landscape is an incredible backdrop for racing, with fantastic panorama’s, lush forests and an extensive network of dirtroads.
Andrew Siddal wins the race with clever thinking, fast driving and a good understanding of the terrain and the navigation. ‘It is my first win in my historic rally career, and at such a fantastic event!’ he said at the finishline. ‘In the Balkan Classic you have to think while you are racing and make sure you do everything right!’
Participating in the Balkan Classic Rallye is open for everyone with a classic rallycar, but a place on the podium is reserved for those who can handle the marathon. Whatever your category, everything has to be right: vehicle, navigation, assistance and of course a bit of luck.
Organiser Alexander Kovatchev is delighted with the entrylist to this first edition of the Balkan Classic Rallye. ‘We started it after a phonecall from Ewald Holler, as an experiment. Can you imagine our surprise when we received entries from all around the world, as far as South Africa, Argentina and Kenya?’
‘This week I have learned a lot more about classic rallycars and historic racing. The serviceteams told me that after the FIA spec and the Safari spec they will now introduce a ‘Balkan spec’ for the classic rallycars,’ Alexander Kovatchev said during the price giving ceremony. ‘And for sure we will organise a second edition next year, as the historic racing scene has found a place in our hearts!’
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