On the last day of the Balkan Offroad Rallye nothing was certain for the teams, with two fast and difficult stages that brought them from Rudnik to the north and back to Shkorpilovtsi. It was the last change to move in the ranking. Frank Stensky almost lost the podium, as he crashed the car on the last kilometers before the sprint on the beach.
Reaching the beach of Shkorpilovtsi is a special moment: the kilometers long run to the finish line is a thrill, as the sand pulls hard on the car and you need considerable speed to come on top of it. Dunes to the left, sea to the right and full gas towards the finishline!
In the Enduro CC ranking Beat Juen (AT) takes the win, after 8 days of racing. He is at his best when he can open the throttle, leaving the competition behind. Guido Slaats (NLD) wins the ATV ranking, a great navigator and fast rider.
Thierry Gerome came back for the trophy with his new Polaris 1000 turbo, and together with Geoffrey Noel de Burlin he finished with a big lead in the SSV ranking. Car Limited is the standard class, for near original vehicles. Here Erno van Lieshout and Eugene Kesselaar (NLD) score an excellent first place with the Toyota 200. Also on Toyota are the overall winners of the Car class, Ronald Schoolderman and Marcel Blankestijn from the Netherlands.
In the small truck ranking the Ford Bronco of Felix and Michael Muellenheim and Boris Glawe takes the lead. Winners of the big truck class are Leon de Wit, Co de Wit and Andre Breed, the famous truck racing team from the Netherlands.
In the Balkan Offroad Rallye there is a ‘hidden gem’, our Extreme Class for both limited vehicles and prototypes. Roland Brack and Carmen Dolores Hrup lead the limited class. With their new vehicle, Franck Daurelle and Francoise Hollender win the overall ranking of this class.
After the ceremony and the fireworks the classic Bulgarian dancers take over the beach, dancing on hot charcoal. It’s the end of the Balkan Offroad Rallye and the start of a night-long party at the Black Sea!
The results of the Balkan Offroad Rallye are here: