Although participants` registration for “Samsonas Rally Rokiškis hasn`t started yet, organizers are already receiving questions from foreign teams. Wish to participate in rally July 31 – August 1 was expressed by “Eurolamp World Rally Team”. Ukrainian Valeryi Gorban and Estonian Sergey Larens plan to bring “Mini John Cooper Works WRC” for the first time to “Samsonas Rally Rokiškis.
Coordinator of “Eurolamp World Rally Team” Oleksandr Ziuzin tells that team from Ukraine had big plans to participate in international rallies in Europe and outside it. However, their plans as well as plans of FIA were changed by quarantine and closed boarders and broke vision of all season.
As team clearly understand the situation, they put together a little bit different script of season 2020. Team stared planning starts in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. As Oleksandr Ziuzin says, team hopes that milder quarantine and boarders being opened step by step will let following this plan B.
Team plans to bring “Mini John Cooper Works WRC” model “Countryman” manufactured in “Prodrive” workshop in 2012. Spanish sportsman Dani Sordo and British driver Kris Meeke have been driving same model earlier in WRC events.
“We had some workout with organizers of “Samsonas Rally Rokiškis” few months ago in Lithuania near Rokiškis. We discussed the possibility of participating in “Samsonas Rally Rokiškis“ and decided to put event into plans of team for this season. I hope that boardes will be open and we will have an opportunity to compete in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this season“- coordinator of team Oleksandr Ziuzin says.
„Eurolamp World Rally Team“ was established in 2002. Owner, head and driver of team Valeriy Gorban together with co-driver Sergey Larens have become champions of Ukraine rally several times. Later on team have achieved finishes and climbed on podium of WRC events in different counts. Once they got into top 10 overall in Mexico.
“Lithuania has really fast guys and this will be home rally for them. They know specifics of special stages in the region. This area is quite new for us. Some fast drivers from Latvia will also participate. So it will be really interesting for us to compete here. I have no doubt that we will be interesting to compete with for your sportsmen as well”- predicted Oleksandr Ziuzin.
“Samsonas Rally Rokiškis“ organizers met the news of plans to participate from exceptional team joyfully. According to organizer Audrius Gimžauskas team from Ukraine will attract joining the event more fats duets who want to compete on gravel stages of Zarasai and Rokiškis.
„Discussion with team was started in autumn last year. We have put a lot of effort they would choose our rally. Now we are happy to have their promise to come. We hope that COVID-19 situation won`t get worse and spectators will have a chance to see our guests from Ukraine. This might also be the motivation for other teams with fast and powerful technic to start in “Samsonas Rally Rokiškis” and challenge the team”-says Audrius Gimžauskas.
“Samsonas Rally Rokiškis” will be the second event of Lithuanian automobile rally championship and first event of Latvian rally championship and “Baltic Rally Trophy”. More information about event available on website of organizers www.samsonasrally.com and on Facebook page.