If you’re reading this you probably spent the first half of January watching what was happening in the dunes and mountains of South America as the almighty Dakar made its way through Peru, Chile and Argentina, but in a few weeks it will be a completely different rally-raid scene. No deserts or barren plateaus here in the home of KAMAZ and G-Force, just a forest full of frozen snow.
Welcome to rally-raid Russian style!
For two years the popular and unique Northern Forest Baja has been missing from the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas but now that is being put right. The only winter event on the calendar is running as a candidate event this year with the aim of being reinstated in its rightful place in 2014.
The event HQ will be in the ski resort of Igora north of St Petersburg and all the action will take place in the surrounding forests on the 15th and 16th February 2013.