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RE Autoclub open the season with 1.stage of FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup


From 24 to 26 February in Karelia, Russia will take place in the first stage of FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the Russian championship rallyraid called "Northern Forest", which will consist of 3 super stages. There will be three ''RE Autoclub'' crews represented.

This year in the Cross Country Rally World Cup 1st round Latvian team "RE Autoclub" will star strong and already proven athletes:

  • Jouni Ampuja, Markku Hurskainen, Finland (Mitsubishi MPR 107) 

Ampuja has also participated in more than 200 competitions, including stages of Russian Championship 2015. For now J.Ampuja has embraced more to instructor career. In the last years’s winter stage “Northern Forest 2016” crew has befell technical trouble, and unfortunately had to withdraw, although at the first two stages crew showed the second highest score behind T.Lauronen. In this year the Finns are determined to climb on the podium.

  • Tapio Lauronen, Toni Lauronen, Finland (Mitsubishi L2)

Tapio Lauronen is an experienced Finnish rally and rallysprint driver. He is especially fond of this particular winter rally stage and has been a participant for numerous years. In last year T.Lauronen had a significant years – crew showed the best result in overall ranking and he did it with his son – who is talented young driver and co-pilot as well. In this year competition both are ready to repeat the successful performance.

  • Alexander Terentyev, Alexey Berkut, Russia (Ford Raptor F150SVT)

Terentjev is an experienced member of the Russian Rally Championship for last years and managed to prove himself on global stages. This crew is always looking for new challanges and for fierce competition.

"RE Autoclub" is definitely ready for its debut in the World Cup this season:
In competition we have the most difficult tasks - to get first place again and again. Our goal is not to participate in the competition, but the 1st acquisition. Each race brings great responsibility, and that is why we have been preparing a lot to gain the best result!” said by the “RE Autoclub” director Roberts Elbakjans.

"Northern Forest" is the only snow and ice-covered rally stage in the FIA World Cup series. It is the most impressive and most popular rally raid in Russia, where the 450 km long route includes the most beautiful and at the same time - devious, windy, snow-covered forest roads of the St. Petersburg region. Participants will have 3 superstages to go: 1st - 103 km, 2nd - 125 km un 3rd-180 km long.

Rally "Northern Forest" will take place in Russia, Karelia. It will be attended by more than 35 crews. This year participants will come also from Tunisia, Finland, France, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.


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