The 1st round of Cross-Country Rallies World Cup completed in Leningrad region this weekend with a surprising win of Saudi Arabian crew. Yazeed AlRajhi took the leadership on Friday at a short spectator special stage and managed to keep the advantage on Saturday and Sunday through 312 kilometers for 3 hours and 36 minutes, which is about 2 minutes faster than Russia's Vladimir Vasilyev and 6 minutes faster than Brazilian Ricardo Varela. Only 26 out of 44 crews succeeded to get to the finish line.
The Russian Championship leader board was also hardly predictable: a Finnish crew of Tapio Suominen was leading firmly until the very last special. 300 meters to the last special stage finish the driver made a fatal mistake that kicked his Toyota Hilux out of the track.
Vladimir Vasiliev won the Russian Championship. Ruslan Misikov made it the second and Boris Gadasin - third at the national event.
As for T2 standings, the leaders are Andrey Rudskoy and his co-driver Evgeny Zagorodniuk.
According to participants, the competition was tough and less speedy, but far more interesting.