You don’t have to be a political scientist to know about the crisis in Eastern Europe as Ukraine continues its fourth month of defense against Russian invasion. Those closer to the conflict understandably feel the brunt of it more, and this is particularly prevalent in Ukraine’s ally and eastern neighbor Poland, which has provided arms, humanitarian aid and a place of safety where troops Ukrainians can train.
While Poland is not sending troops across the common border to help Ukraine, military activities have made the year Breslau Rallythe largest off-road amateur rally in Europe, significantly more difficult for the organizer to oversee RBI Sports Ltd.. The 2022 rally officially started on Monday in Żagańwhere the 11th Armored Cavalry Division is based alongside a rotation of US armored combat units, before heading to a Polish Army training ground in Drawsko Pomeranian around Wednesday. As it took place on military grounds, the routes were approved by the military.
Motorsport on active military installations is not a new concept. Also in the field of off-road, E extremeis to come Island X Price takes place on an Italian base in Capo Teulada while World Rallycross ran on the United States Marine Corps’ New River Air Station in 2015 and 2016. These events are coordinated between the race organizers and the host armed forces, which can present challenges if the area is used in times of crisis; the Island X prize had been postponed until July as the Italian military launched exercises while keeping tabs on the Russian-Ukrainian war. Extreme E also concluded its 2021 season finale at the British Army‘s Bovington training area.
With the Polish Armed Forces on heightened alert as the invasion comes next (prompting increased defense spending to raise more troops), its actions have forced RBI to be proactive in ensuring the rally continues. without a hitch from the start, when the first stage was delayed as riders had to wait for base action to finish. Once the race started, the Extreme Cars and Trucks categories had to settle for different terrain than what their vehicles are used to because their preferred routes were not available.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle came on the third day, as the army’s training was extended and overlapped with the muster, forcing the stage to be shortened and postponed until night. The access roads to the bivouac also had to be moved, a problem made worse by poorly parked race support vehicles.
“It was a very big challenge to organize and manage the race”, said the race director Alex Kovachev. “With the political, economic and many other very complicated crises in Europe, I think this rally was the most difficult to do in my long career.
“But I think we did it, and we did it very well, to the highest standards of RBI International. I saw that the competitors were happy and that makes me even happier.
|To classify||Number||Drivers)||Crew||Total time|
|MTB||69||Rafal Jawian||Polaris Polska Racing Team||10:39:18|
|Limited car||255||Piotr Borys, Michal Goleniewski||CG Transport||12:41:41|
|open car||218||Urvo Mannama, Risto Lepik||Rally Raid Estonia||9:38:31|
|Enduro||28||Nerimantas Jucius||Specialized racing team||10:37:20|
|Extreme Cars Limited||309||Olivier Schwermann, Marc Brosig||North-South Race Team||24:15:31|
|Open Extreme Cars||310||Romain Porchere, Lea Gauthier||4×4 instrumental||14:36:49|
|big extreme trucks||466||Henri Verhoeven, Melvin Dammers, Roel Kremers||VMD Rallysport||17:23:58|
|Small extreme trucks||453||Steffen Braun, Patrick Toepfer, Christian Koepke||Unimog-Racing.de||13:44:30|
|SSV||105||Michiel Becx, Edwin Kuijpers||Arcane Fatory Racing||9:21:24|
|big truck||411||Benjamin Kittler, Oliver Geertz, Silvio Kelch||Kittler Race||12:39:18|