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GP Week : Issue 54
>>WRCPREVIEW rally. One explained: “The rally roads are very different to what you can find elsewhere – in fact they are pretty much unique within the World Rally Championship. The roads follow valleys and then the stages climb into the hills and go down again. It is really the only rally of its kind in the World Championship like that. “The roads themselves are 1977 Zlatni Piassatzi Rally quite different to Corsica, Spain and farm roads of Ireland. Corsica uses more Mediterranean-type roads, smaller country roads with less elevation change. Bulgaria uses up-and-down roads which are more major roads. These roads flow well but are not as fast as Spain, which is much smoother with a different form of asphalt, always the best qualify of road.” The constant change in 1979 Zlatni Piassatzi Rally – Antonio Zanini’s winning Fiat Abarth 131 The founder of Bulgaria Rally Georgi Yanakiev altitude marks the Bulgarian stages down as very special. The highest part of the route (Stages 1 and 4 this year) is just over 2000 metres high, just a little lower than the Argentine El Condor stage, which is the highest in the WRC this year. The 23km stage 7/10 climbs over 1000 metres, the 18km stage 8/11 descends almost 1000 metres. The amount of work necessary to elevate a normal two-day European Championship event to a three day World Championship format has been immense: “The organisers have worked very hard. They know the difference between regional rally level and the WRC level is very big – every single aspect of the event is a challenge in itself,” said another observer. “The first challenge of a rally such as Bulgaria seeking to bridge the gap is to find the human and economical resources to fill that gap in the right way.” They have taken considerable outside advice, hiring foreign people like Lucio de Mori, Antonio Turitto and Carlo Cassina from Rally d’Italia, as well as people from Greece, while for this year there is a new Clerk of the Course, Boris Kapev. He takes over from Georgi Yanakiev, President of the organisational committee, whose never-ending personal enthusiasm and his political determination over the years has kept the event in the international domain. Borovetz is 60km from Sofia city centre, a mountain resort with hotels of all categories, and the country nowadays has the benefit of being part of the European Union. With Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary in many ways now progressively integrating into the way of mainstream Europe, their more southerly and friendly rival Bulgaria is motorsport’s next open door to the historical areas of Eastern Europe. Bulgaria is a country with great enthusiasm for motor sport, a fast changing destination which cannot wait to place itself in the world sporting calendar. This trial event is really important for them. The timing for the final trial rally is right. July fits neatly into rally sport’s traditional annual East European temporada, and the annual snows which were still metres- deep in the Rila mountain roads a month or so ago have finally gone away. And when you get there, be prepared for unexpected surprises all the way. You will come home with many happy memories 41