Monday, December 1st 2014



Russia, 192241, Saint-Petersburg, Sofiyskaya str., 60, liter«P»

tel./fax: +78127024320

e-mail: entry@northern-forest.ru



The Headquarters open

Russia, 192241, Saint-Petersburg, Sofiyskayastr., 60, liter«P»

tel./fax: +78127024320

e-mail: info@northern-forest.ru



Opening of the Media Centreand

Start of Media Accreditation

Russia, 192241, Saint-Petersburg, Sofiyskayastr., 60, liter«P»

tel./fax: +7 8127024320

e-mail: media@northern-forest.ru

Thursday, February 12th 2015


Closing date for entries



Closing date for providing information about the second driver




Russia, 192241, Saint-Petersburg, Sofiyskaya str., 60, liter«P»

tel./fax: +78127024320

e-mail: info@northern-forest.ru

Monday, February 16th 2015


Publication of the Entry List


Friday, February 20th 2015


Headquarters open

«Black Rocks» resort



Safety and controls equipment delivery (ERTF, Sentinel & GPS-GSM tracker)

«Black Rocks» resort



Administrative Checks

«Black Rocks» resort Gym hall




Workshop «Black Rocks» resort



Opening of the Media Centre

«Black Rocks» resort Hunt room




«Black Rocks» resort, Gym hall



First Stewards meeting

«Black Rocks» resort FIA Stewards house



Publication of the start list for Leg 1

ONB, TC0 “Podium 1”, “Black Rocks” & web



Arrivals to the pre-start area

Helipad, “Black Rocks” resort



Ceremonial start

TC0 “Podium 1”, ”Black rocks”



Start of Leg 1 for 1st crew

TC0 “Podium 1”, ”Black rocks”



Start SSS for 1st crew

TC1, ”Zoo”



Finish of SSS & Leg 1 for 1st crew

TC1a, ”Puykkola”



Finish of Leg 1 for the 1st crew

TC1b, ”Service IN”, ”Black rocks”



Start position selection for leg 2 for the first ten competitors in the classification of the SSS

Mandatory briefing

«Black Rocks» resort, Gym hall



Publication of the start list for Leg 2

«Black Rocks» resort, ONB



Closure of the HQ

«Black Rocks» resort

Saturday, February 21st 2015


Headquarters open

«Black Rocks» resort



Start of Leg 2

TC2 “Service OUT”, ”Black Rocks”



Start SS2 1st crew

TC2a, “Yanisyarvi”



Finish SS1 1st crew

TC2b, “Vyarsilya”



Finish of Leg 2 for the 1st crew

TC2c, “Service IN”



Start list for Leg 3& road books delivery

«Black Rocks» resort ONB



Closure of the HQ

«Black Rocks» resort

Sunday, February 22th 2015


Headquarters open

«Black Rocks» resort



Start of Leg 3

TC3 “Service OUT”, ”Black Rocks”



Start of SS3

TC3a, “Vyarsilya”



Finish of SS3 for the 1st crew

TC3b, “Yanisyarvi”



Finish Parc Ferme, end of Leg3

TC3c, «Black Rocks» resort, helipad



Podium ceremony

«Black Rocks» resort, backyard



Final scrutineering

«Black Rocks» resort, workshop



Publication of Provisional Early results

«Black Rocks» resort, ONB



Publication of Provisional results

«Black Rocks» resort, ONB



Prize giving

«Black Rocks» resort

We invite all the competitors and accredited press of the first Rally-Raid World Cup event and Russian Championship for a meeting with Rally marathon “Silk Way 2016. Moscow-Beijing” Director, general manager of “Kamaz-Master” and seven times “Dakar” winner – Vladimir Chagin. The details of the road and Rally-Raid will be covered.


Published provisional entry list. We remind you that there sre only 3 days before the deadline for receipt of applications.


In the middle of the week “Northern Forest” Bajas organizers visited Karelia. One of the program issues was to visit the race track. In connection with the warming in Europe and news about the cancellation of one race after another due to unsuitable road condition for winter racing and consequences of the roadway deformation due to the rally crews passage, the preparation of the track is very important.

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One of the most famous Finnish rally-driver Toni Gardemeister will participate in the Baja "Northern Forest 2016". Professional pilot, Tony started 162 times in the rally and during participation in the World Rally Championship already won 6 podiums and 15 special stages. He was driver in "Seat", "Mitsubishi", "Skoda", "Ford" and "Suzuki" teams.
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Applications acceptance is continuing, and we would like to inform you that the ability to pay the entry fee by cashless way through our website interface is implemented for the participants convenience.



On 28 February the Russian Automobile Federation held a press conference dedicated to the new season start in the Championship and the Cup of Russia in rally raids and the World Cup first round – “Northern Forest” Baja that takes place in Karelia from 20 to 22 February.

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Dearrallymenandmotorsport fans!

“Avtotema ProRacing” company is glad to announce that RallyShop will be open during the technical scrutineering and “Russia – Northern Forest 2016” race from 20 to 22 February in the service park area.


On 19 January Valentina Ulich, Social Affairs Deputy Head of the Republic of Karelia, held a meeting of the Organizing Committee on preparation and holding of national and international rally competitions in the region in 2016.


Andrey Rudskoy, the winner of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in T2 category, has been preparing for the “Northern Forest” in advance – he has been testing and setting up his vehicle from 2015. But today we have decided to get the information about his very first “Northern Forest”.


Organizers of the first World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies round, "Baja Russia - Northern Forest - 2016", the Government of the Republic of Karelia and the "Serdobol" youth center announce a competition for the best children's drawing and the most impressive slogan or motto for snow race "Baja Russia - Northern Forest - 2016 ".

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Andrey Novikov’s name is known for a long time and you can put him on the list of Russian rally-raids ‘old timers’. Andrey started as a co-driver back in 2002, but soon he moved to the left driver’s seat, where he changed the cars from Niva to G-Force Proto prototype over the years. T2 category Champion of Russia and the winner of “Northern Forest 2013” Baja in Production class told us about the secret of success on winter roads and the Karelian round peculiarities.

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Special offer for the rally-raid participants in 2016.

Participants, who will book rooms in advance, if single rooms are not available, will have the possibility of accommodation in a double room with the price of 3200 rubles/day per person.


Dear participants!

Supplementary regulations is available to download in DOCUMENTS


Dear participants!
We would like to remind you that the race takes place in the Republic of Karelia, rally HQ will be located in Sortavala town and Vyartsilya village (21-22 February).
If you would like to live in close vicinity to the track and HQ, it is necessary to book apartments and hotels in advance.

"Black rocks" resort recommends you to do it in plenty of time because hotel accommodation is limited.

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Sergey Talantsev, Deputy Clerk of the Course, told us about the new track of the World Cup first round and about preparation for the race.


The Best moment of Baja Russia "Northern Forest 2015" in photogallery


NF15 Best GE129 XL


Victor Sokolov is a safety deputy director of baja “Russia - Northern forest 2016” and one of the best Russian specialists at rally raid rounds. Work at such races as “Transoriental”, “Belarus”, “Great Steppe”, “Northern Forest” and “Silk way” is under his belt.




Finnish crews sensational win in the standings and Russia World Cup the second stage «Baja Russia - Northern Forest 2015».

The first day of the Baja "Russia - Northern Forest" was interesting and outstanding. Participants, guests and fans came to the sports complex “Black Rocks” from early in the morning. The official part of the competitions began after passing the administrative and technical inspections.


Start List Leg 2

Early in the morning the official start of the Baja "Russia - Northern Forest 2015" took start from administrative and technical cheks. Our special report with bright pictures from Gym hall and Service park of "Black Rocks" resort by Anton Rodionov and Lina Arnautova.

Karelia is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Valaam Monastery, Marble Canyon Ruskeala – part of national heritage of Russia, the ancient city of Sortavala storing more than 90 architectural monuments… All this cultural richness of Russia supplements the unique nature of the region.

Viktor Sokolov is a safety officer with profound experience of dealing with safety aarangements in such racings as the international Transoriental Rally, “Northern Forest”, the rally-raid “Great Steppe”, and baja Belarus as an organizer and in safety officer capacity. Another example of his racing involvements is Silk Way Rally where he performed duties of a safety officer.

On the official site of Baja "Russia - Northern Forest 2015" the official entry lists of crews with starting numbers, the schedule of administrative and technical checks, and also information from organizers are published in the section "Participants".

Entry list All Participants

Entry list FIA World Cup

Entry list Russian Championship


On 20th – 22nd of February, a famous international competition Russia – Northern Forest will be run in the Republic of Karelia. The competition is held in 2 status – it will become the first round of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the first round the Russian Championship for Cross-Country Rallies. This arrangement will allow the competitors to contend for rankings in both series and further boost the popularity of the Baja.

VEB sponsorship is being carried out in accordance with the Memorandum on financial policies which reads that all implemented investment projects should comply with the preferred areas of Vnesheconombank’s investment activities. Sponsorship of Russian motorsports has been on the agenda of VEB investment program for several years already.

Vladimir Frolov is the head of ATT group, the official representative of Tatra, Iveco, DAF, and RM Terex in Russia. Vladimir Frolov’s team ATT Racing is going to participate in baja Northern Forest for the fifth time, his cross-country experience counting 15 years.

Aleksandr Kolembet is a successful off-road driver. He won the Moscow region off-road championship in 2012 and 2013, and became the winner of the world’s longest off-road race, the transcontinental Expedition-trophy in 2013.Very often Aleksandr Kolembet is racing with his son Sergey as one crew.

The GEORAID team‘s crew Artem Varenzov and Roman Elagin will be starting at Northern Forest 2015 in two series – in Russian Cross-Country Rally Championship and in  FIA World Cup. Varenzov/Elagin duo is the most titled Russian crew in T2 category (Production).

Tapio Suominen started as a racer in 1999 and for a long time was a co-driver to Toni Gardemeister in classic rally.

Cross-country rally is not limited only to fast cars, drivers, co-drivers, and treacherous routes. It comprises so much more than that, among all other things media - journalists, photographers, and cameramen coming up with all the adrenaline-charged shots, TV footage, chronicles and articles.

On Thursday, 19th of February from 10:00 until 17:00 shakedown heats will be arranged for the crews who will send an application and pay the fee of 120 Euro (9000 rubles) from each team. The heats will be starting every hour and last for 1 hour each. All applications will be accepted while possible and considered on a first-come basis. The application can be submitted in a free form and should include contacts of the crew, method of payment, and the desirable time of start on the shakedown heat. The application should be sent to entry@northern-forest.ru.

After consideration and allotment of start times, applicants will receive an invoice of payment and further information.

Eduard Tsaryuk and his co-driver Dmitry Lopushkov from Volgograd will be competing in the baja Russia – Northern 2015 in Raid Sport category of the Russian National Cross-Country Championship with their UAZ Hunter.

The reigning Russian champions and the current holders of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhil’tsov are determined to defend their titles in the upcoming sporting season.

Vladimir Frolov is the head of ATT group, the official representative of Tatra, Iveco, DAF, and RM Terex in Russia. Vladimir Frolov’s team ATT Racing is going to participate in baja Northern Forest for the fifth time, his cross-country experience counting 15 years. He is a two times national champion and Russian Cup holder.

Aleksandr Kolembet is a successful off-road driver. He won the Moscow region off-road championship in 2012 and 2013, and became the winner of the world’s longest off-road race, the transcontinental Expedition-trophy in 2013.Very often Aleksandr Kolembet is racing with his son Sergey as one crew.

Marek Dabrowski at the wheel of a Belgian Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux prototype and Jacek Czachor as his co-driver will be wearing the colours of their sponsor ORLEN.

Aleksandr Trukhan, CEO of “GAZPROMNEFT – lubricants” in an interview to the baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015 press service.

The international crew from Kazakhstan consisting of the driver Andrey Cherednikov and his Ukranian co-driver Dmitry Tsyro have already come to race in baja Russia - Northern Forest several times. Last year, the crew finished the race in the 9th position in overall classification.

Back together in the same crew, Anton Mel’nikov and Anton Nikolaev are going to race in the winter baja.

PEC team will participate in baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015 with two crews – Evgeny Firsov / Vadim Filatov and Dmitry Ievlev /Aleksey Shaposhnikov.

Riccardo Garosci, an Italian businessman and a member of Ralliart Team Italy from Turin, has actively been competing in races for over 30 years.

On Tuesday, 10th of February, Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2015” became the main item of the briefing in the Government of the republic of Karelia.

Latvian driver AldisVilcans and his fabulous spouse DairaVilcane are coming to Karelia to become the ornamentof the list of competitors of the baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015.

Sheikh Hamad Eid Al Thani kindly agreed to answer the questions of the Northern Forest press service.

Dear competitors!

Organizers plan the transfer bus from Saint-Petersburg  to race HQ "Black Rock" complex and "Gardarica" hotel on 19th of February at 14-00.

The request for the place in  transfer bus is compulsory and should be sent to the competitors department on the name of Maria Oparina maria.oparina@northen-forest.ru till 16th of February 2015.

The price 20 euro per person.

Photos from the race track.

We asked Ronan Morgan to remember about his first working experience in Baja “Northern Forest” and tell us about new plans for 2015.

Ruslan Misikov is reliving the highlights of the past years of the Northern Forest in an interview to the baja’s press service.

In the season 2015,Alexandr Terentyev takes part in the race organization simultaneously preparing to hit the road at the wheel of Ford Raptor F-150 in Karelia.

RE Autoclub is a Latvian racing team with a 20-year history of racing in international competitions and more than 10 years of cross-country racing experience.

Africa Eco Race 2015 prize-winner Kazakhstan Mobilex Racing team will participate in baja Northen Forest 2015.

We interviewed Nasser Al-Attiyah about his plans for after Dakar and for the Northern Forest 2015 winter race.

The Dutch Erik Van Loon and WouterRosegaar in Mini All4 Racing are aiming to compete in 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, the baja Russia – Northern Forest to be the first of their endeavors this season.

The current holders of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies 2014 in T-2 category Andrey Rudskoy and Evgeniy Zagorodnyuk confirmed that they are going to participate in baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015.

A meeting of the baja’s organizing committee presided by the Deputy Head of Karelia for social issues Valentina Ulich took place on January, 28.

The presentation of the winter baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015 had been running throughout the Africa Race. At bivouacs in Atar and Akjut, the international competitors were offered invitations and information about the upcoming event.

Denis Berezovskiy is a talented driver from Kazakhstan and is often sighted in international races, the sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Morocco among his favorites as well as the world famous Dakar marathon.

Despite the Dakar frantic pace, the top rally teams find time to schedule their logistics for the baja “Russia- Northern Forest 2015”.

Having finished within the top five in the Dakar Rally 2015, Vladimir Vasilyev is looking forward to his favorite winter race that is to be held in Russia.

X-Raid team director Sven Quandt confirmed that his team is going to participate in Baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015.  The list of the crews for the race will be approved after the return from Dakar 2015 in late January.

This year, one of the most celebrated motorsport experts Ronan Morgan has accepted the invitation to become Clerk of the course of Baja Russia – Northern Forest 2015.

Logistics being the keystone of success in organizing any sporting event, we discuss the essential questions with Tatyana Lutsko, the head of logistics department of Baja Russia - Northern Forest 2015.

More details about how to reach the Race HQ we knew from head of logistic department Tatyana Lutsko.

Head of logistic department of Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2015” Tatyana Lutsko informed about accommodation.

The new routes preparation for Baja Russia - Northern Forest 2015 in under way. Two best Russian experts Sergey Talantsev and Viktor Sokolov are fully engaged with the new road book preparation.

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