Only days to go until the 11th edition of HunGarian Baja, 7th round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, we asked the leading crew, Russia’s Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov about the upcoming event.
RISE Network: We are about halfway through the Word Cup. How can you summarise the first part of the season?
Vladimir Vasilyev:We are totally satisfied with the first part of season. We were able to score as much points as we can and took the lead in overall standing with a good advantage.
RISE Network: How do you see your chance for the overall victory?
Konstantin Zhiltsov:We have a good position for the second part of season and our main goal to get points in each race, because the rivals are strong and it is still a strong battle for podium of World Cup.
RISE Network: What kind of memories do you have from HunGarian Baja?
Vladimir Vasilyev:The Hungarian race is traditionally a rather difficult, technical World Cup competition, where we have to fight with a lot of good and experienced drivers. My last memories of Hungary are not very good, because of some technical problems we could not engage in as expected. However, this year we are going to participate with X-Raid team, which is a great team so I hope that we will not come across any technical problem.
RISE Network: What do you expect from yourself at this year’s HunGarian Baja and what is your main goal for the race?
Vladimir Vasilyev:Our goal is to achieve the best possible result at the HunGaria Baja. We hope to manage to collect the most points possible, because for us it is very important for the overall competition.
RISE Network: What can be your strong point at the HunGarian Baja?
Vladimir Vasilyev:Our strong points are the reliable car and experienced crew.
RISE Network: What’s your opinion about this year’s field?
Konstantin Zhiltsov:This year the level of rivals and the number of skilled drivers are very high. Last year 2-3 crews were fighting for a podium, but this year we see at least 6 of them who race each event and score points. We have a lot of fast pilots in X-Raid staff and Overdrive, of course, including Nasser, Dabrowski, Terranova, Holowzcyc as well as Gadasin and Zapletal. It will not be easy to win or reach the podium.