We glad to invite you to participate in the International Baja “Russia - Northern Forest 2020”. The only snow-ice Baja in the world takes place 6-9 February 2020 on the roads of the Leningrad Region, near Saint Petersburg. As in the previous years, the competition will be held as the 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas and the 1st round of the Russian Cross-Country Championship.

  • Finnish crew Tapio Lauronen/Toni Tapio Lauronen wins baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2019”
  • Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov win the first round of the Russian National Cross-Country Championship

The world’s only snow and ice baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2019” took place in Karelia from 15 to 17 February; it was the 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the 1st round of the Russian Cross-country Championship. 44 participants from 15 countries went to the start, 37 crews finished.

Jordi Parro Vidal, Race Head

The race was held as usual. Of course, there are incidents, such as, for example, at the 5th special stage, but force majeure  circumstances occur constantly. So everything is fine.

According to the preliminary results, the crew No. 207 Tapio Lauronen / Toni Tapio Lauronen wins the “Russia – Northern Forest 2019” race, the 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas.

2. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS), crew No. 201

3. Benediktas Vanagas (LTU) / Bartlomiej Boba (POL), crew No. 208

Two crews – Vasilyev and Lauronen continue to move along the special stage, the rest are standing at 14th km due to the blocked route because of a fallen tree. The rest of the field finishes in the road mode.

09:10 Crew No. 203 Miroslav Zapletal – stop at the special stage (reason unknown)
09:15 Crew No. 209 Sergey Uspensky – stop at the special stage (reason unknown)
09:23 Crew No. 224 Fedor Vorobyov – stop at the special stage (reason unknown)

  • Finnish crew Tapio Lauronen / Toni Tapio Lauronen intercepts lead in the race
  • After the second day the crew Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov leads the Russian Rally Raid Championship
  • On the final day the crews will have to overcome 230 km competitive kilometers

The world’s only snow and ice Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2019” is held in Karelia from 15 to 17 February. The competition is the 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas and the 1st round of Russian Rally Raid Championship. The entry list includes 44 crews from 15 countries.

After retirement at SSS on Friday, the Argentinian crew Fernando Alvarez Castellano and Juan Pablo Monasterolo had successfully completed two long special stages of the second day of baja RUSSIA – Northern Forest 2019.

The weather on the second day morning of Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2019”, the 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, was sunny and windless. It froze a little overnight, and it was enough to keep the forest roads smooth after the field passage. All participants unanimously note a well-prepared track that is a pleasure to ride.

On SS2, the first to start according to yesterday’s choice of starting positions was the crew #201 – Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov. Not surprisingly they were the first to finish the stage. Vladimir Vasilyev: “It was very fast and narrow with lots of turns and series of turns. It’s like left – right, left – right, right, right…”

You can follow the participants progress along the routes of baja RUSSIA - Northern Forest on MONITORING page of the site. The Monitoring will start  at 13:30 on the 15th February with ! Enjoy it oтline!

  • On 15 February Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2019” will open the season of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas
  • The baja will be held in the Republic of Karelia for the fifth time
  • On the first day there will be a Ceremonial opening and a 19-km Prologue

The 1st round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas starts in Sortavala, Republic of Karelia, on 15 February. Participants of the Russian Rally-Raid Championship who will also open the 2019 sports season, will join the World Cup racers.

ATTENTION participants of the 1st round of Russian National Cross-Country Championship! To facilitate technical scrutineering, we ask you to download the form of Technical Scrutineering Report from the DOCUMENTS section of the web-site and fill it in either in hand writing or directly in Excel on your computer. Then you can either send the completed form to the Organizer (m.sergeeva@northern-forest.ru) and get it printed out during the Administrative Checks, or print it out and bring it to the Technical Scrutineering personally. BE CAREFUL! The form consists of 2 pages, the second page is in the 2nd Excel sheet!

Attention participants! We ask those, whose vehicles have not yet had ERTF Unik / Sentinel equipment installed, contact us on a.ivanov@northern-forest.ru to make a preliminary order for ERTF equipment installation kit.

Dear participants you can order specialized fuel for the race from "Sky Fuels" provider. 

ATTENTION! The deadline for fuel order - February 12, 2019
Online order: http://sfmotorsport.ru/northern-forest Fuel type: Avgas 100LL (2.5 eur/liter), SF-100 (2 eur/liter), Diesel-Sport (2 eur/liter). Sport petrol will be available in 200-liter barrels. Payment can be made either by bank transfer or in cash on the bivouac to our representative. Contacts:  Ekaterina Doronina, +7-925-122-74-15,  e.doronina@sky-fuels.com 

Media accreditation for the 15th edition of baja RUSSIA Northern Forest now open and will last until 10th of February. Media accreditation form is available in PRESS and DOCUMENTS sections. The filled in form should be send down to media@northern-forest.ru until 10 February. For any questions, please contact press-officer Anna Zavershinskaya at media@northern-forest.ru or by phone +7 921 858 28 90.

If you want to check out the snow routes of Karelia before the start of the 1st round of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, you may want to apply for race tests organized by our colleagues in the area where baja RUSSIA Northern Forest 2019 will be held. The event is scheduled for February 14, 2019. Overall test duration is 6 hours.

The track will be laid out on the territory of the recreation complex "Black stones"(61° 59′ 27.38″ N, 30° 46′ 22.97″ E). The test section is about 7 km long and is filled with turns of various configurations alternating with straight sections and altitude differences. In order to ensure your safety, the track will made in the ring scheme and there will be a medical team on a specialized vehicle on duty during the tests.

To apply, please send your applications and questions to the test organizers to rallytest@ya.ru

In DOCUMENTS section you may find the supplementary regulations of the 1st round of Russian National Championship for Cross-Country Rallies. We remind the international sportsmen that you may as well apply for participation in Russian National Championship considering your sporting vehicle complies with the Championship Regulations and you can provide a letter of consent form your ASN at the Administrative Checks.

As approved by FIA, the SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS for the First round of FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas baja RUSSIA Northern Forest is published in the DOCUMENTS section where you can also find the entry form for the competition.

As the routes of the the baja RUSSIA Northern Forest are partly situated in the vicinity of the Russian - Finnish border, each person connected to the race should get a participant ID that is issued by the border guard service. The organizer will enable registration ID issue before the race free of charge, or during the Administrative checks and preliminary Administrative Checks on the 14th and 15th of February with a registration fee. The borderguard service will demand a colour 3x4 cm photo (paper or electronic copy) and a copy or the original of the international passport (for international participants and members of their teams) or the national passport (for russian citizens) for EACH member of the team. The list of registered team members should be sent down to entry@northern-forest.ru alongside with entry form. The registration forms and the lists of registered team members are only required form the participants and accredited media representatives.

For the participants of the baja RUSSIA Northern Forest special rates are introduced by the hotels in the race area.

To send a reservation request please contact Anastasiia TERENTEVA ac@astraastra.ru; whatsapp +7 (921) 956 20 02

For the convenience of the competitors and spectators we publish the preliminary PROGRAMME of the 1st round of FIA World Cup for Bajas – baja RUSSIA Northern Forest 2019.

On the 17th of December FIA official website published the SPORTING and TECHNICAL REGULATIONS for FIA WORLD CUP for CROSS-COUNTRY BAJAS.

Please note, that the results of all bajas will be taken into account for the final classification in the World Cup, making all the bajas in the series compulsory for those competing to win. There are also technical changes for 2019 that the competing vehicles will have to comply with.

The first round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – “Russia – Northern Forest 2019” Baja will be held on 15-17 February in Karelia.

The snow and ice rally raid in the North-West of Russia has been held since 2003, and in recent years it has become the first round of the top racing series in the world of cross-country rallies conducted under the auspices of the International Automobile Federation – the World Cup.

Before the prize-giving ceremony at the Baja “Russia – Northern Forest 2018” in the Park Hotel “Gardarika” a press conference with the race winners and the race head was held.

During the pre-start press conference of the Baja "Russia - Northern Forest 2018" Vladimir Chagin, the director of the "Silk Way" international rally marathon, announced a special prize - the fastest crew in the World Cup or Russian Championship standings  will be eligible to participate in the "Silk Way 2018" Xian-Moscow race without payment of starting fees.

Baja “Russia – Northern Forest” has finished today in the Republic of Karelia, where the Qatari driver Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah became the runaway winner.

1. Nasser Saleh AL-ATTIYA (QAT) / Matthieu BAUMEL (FRA) - Toyota Hilux Overdrive
2. Martin PROKOP (CZE) / Jan TOMANEK (CZE) - Ford F150 Evo
3. Vladimir VASILYEV  (RUS) / Konstantin ZHILTSOV (RUS) - MINI ONE

Each racing day is rich for events and emotions, and the final day of the rally puts all those people who arrived to the Karelian forests in places. The most interesting is when the sportsmen tell you about everything themselves!

The Republic of Karelia is hosting the Baja “Russia – Northern Forest” – the second day of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round ended up with domination of Nasser Al-Attiyah on the track. Qatari driver feels confident on Karelian snow roads, although his advantage over the Czech crew is only four minutes.

Day finish is a desired goal for any crew, but not everyone managed to reach it without “adventures”. Of course, it’s better to know all the details firsthand...

In clear morning the crews have already managed to pass the 104-kilometer SS-2 and shared their impressions of how difficult it was to travel a long distance over an unusual snow-ice surface.

The FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies 2018 season is starting in Karelia. Baja “Russia – Northern Forest” is kicked off in the “Ruskeala” Mountain Park.

A pre-start conference for media representatives accredited to the competition was held before the ceremonial opening and start of the Baja “Russia – Northern Forest” in the territory of the “Ruskeala” mountain park.

Administrative checks and scrutineering was completed. 


During the time planned for administrative checks, the press-office has a few minutes to ask crew members about their hopes and expectations from the race, the process of preparing for it and the mood!

The publication will be updated as information becomes available ...

“Russia – Northern Forest” Baja starts this weekend in Karelia and combines two competitions on the same track: the first round of the FIA ​​World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and the first round of the Russian Rally Raid Championship.

The entry list is the strongest, it is possible to say there has not been such a starting list yet in the history of the race – nine FIA priority drivers, several World Cup holders and champions of Russia in different kinds of motorsports will pass through the Рodium in the “Ruskeala” Mountain Park.

Dear participants! The deadline for applications for fuel - up to February 13, 2018 You can order a fuel for "Northern Forest" Baja from Sky Fuels provider. Use this table with mileage to place an order.

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Karelia preparing for the first event in the Cross-Country rally World Cup. The stages for the upcoming race is cleaned and checked several times a week. After receiving entries from t3 category participants was decided: to make bridges in the places where fords are possible!


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