The Rallye Breslau Poland 2018 has started!  Here’s what went down yesterday!

Heading south through the forest the first of three stages yesterday was fast, with sharp navigation. A typical forest stage that allows for a nice speed and challenges both navigator and driver. From the first stage a short connection brought the competitors to the Czarne polygon, with sandy tracks, a typical polygon training ground, fantastic views and moorland. Tonight after midnight the third stage will be run, a night stage near Drawsko Pomorski.

‘Starting as the first competitor is something special,’ says Alexander Piorczynski, ‘and to have my family and friends there, in my own hometown makes it double. Sometimes the people around me are worried, but I try to ride safe. Not full gas, but smart. For me it is a unique chance to ride here, normally these areas are not open for off-road riding, so I have to compete!’

Hunting for the fastest time in the car category
Finishing in a cloud of dust, Steffen Beiers’ Chevrolet was the first car to arrive at the finish line, after a long battle with Ronald Schoolderman and Frank Stensky. ‘We raced nose to nose,’ say Ronald, ‘And when the track narrowed, none of use wanted to let go. It was a race like never before, incredible!’

Wojciech Tolak brings a third stage time home today, landing himself in the top of the race. ‘It was a good stage, but I miss the airconditioning in my car,’ he says with a grin, looking at the dusty Side by side drivers who arrive after him. He looks perfectly clean compared to the competitors who raced in the small, open vehicles and eat the dust of their fellow competitors.

Fast trucks in the Cross Country class
Almost 25 minutes lead has Robert Striebe, ahead of Tom Heuer in his Tatra. Both have something new: Robert is racing the fast white MAN for the first time, Tom has brought a new co-pilot to the race. The KAMAZ of Tilo Suptitz does not yet gain from the battle between these two front-runners, but the rally has only just begun.

Extreme cars: still in the swamp.In the Extreme Class at the time of writing the battle is still on. Tough swamps and special sections created a big challenge for the teams, but it looks like Jim Marsden is back in the game with a stage win. Benjamin Kittler finishes as first MAN KAT, ahead of last years’ winner Kay Messner, but many teams are still on the stage.

Last night, the race continued with a fantastic night stage in Drawsko Pomorski. Separate routes for the enduro and quad class, 50 kilometres of forest and plains provide a big challenge for the teams. Night stages are an exercise in self control.

There were just a few hours of rest after the night stage, as the Breslau continues on with the fast tracks with two special stages on the second day of this marathonrally. With no less than 160 kilometers on roadbook across the Polygon, the competitors will see everything: from gravel to deep sand, from wide open moorland to tight forests from hard compass navigation to max speed through the tank tracks.

Stay tuned for today’s report this afternoon!