Three special stages with a total of almost 370km give the competitors enough food for their dreams, with fantastic panoramas. Even the connection stages are gorgeous, passing through magnificent mountains and on beautiful small roads. The new bivouac is Starosel in the vineyards, the destination of today.
SS 1 Kostenets – Sestrimo Dam 53,89km
Perhaps one of the most beautiful stages of the Balkan Offroad Rallye, SS1 starts near Kostenets and goes directly into the mountains near Sestrimo. It is a true ‘panorama stage’, a continuous alternation of wide views, tight forests and gravel roads as you pass along famous Bulgarian skiing destinations. Even though you might consider lifting the throttle on the most beautiful sections, it is still a race, finishing close to the power-station and the Sestrimo Dam. Here begins a pleasant connection stage to Krastava.
SS 2 Krastava – Toshkov Chark 74,82km
Starting near Gorna Birkova the second stage features a different terrain, with more elevation, different surfaces and rocky tracks. Wide corners, and many them will please those who know how to control their vehicle. After passing some of the derelict and smaller villages you might see some wildlife. Especially closer to the beautiful clear lakes such as Lake Toshov Chark – turning this stage into something different all together.
SS 3 Saedinenie – Staro Zhelezare 66,44km
On the connection towards the third stage of the day we have left the high mountains, and enter the hills and fields around Saedinenie. Here you find the typical Bulgarian rally raid tracks, which can be run at high speed and allow you to go as fast as your heart and vehicle dare to go. It is an excellent closing of the day, after a technical start, wide panorama’s and ski resorts: today is a day where the competitors have to do it all!