38th Polskie Safari Rally: Cross-Country rally in the heart of Poland

Polskie Safari is the oldest regular cross-country rally, but it came back to life after a few years’ break last year. The short, but very nice route of the rally was praised by competitors, as it is different from other events in Poland. This year organizers found new grounds for Polskie Safari, so the route will be longer with a total of special stages over 233 km. Tracks are mainly firm and fast, leading among beautiful fields, meadows and forests, but competitors may expect also some more offroad-like surprises, like river crossings. The route of Polskie Safari is unique in Poland, as it – unlike other rallies – doesn’t run on military training area, but on village gravel roads.

Rally HQ is located in Przasnysz, a small town in Mazovia region, in Central Poland. Service park, also in Przasnysz, is another characteristic of Polskie Safari, as it is located on a marketplace. The town will also host the start ceremony, which is planned for the afternoon of Saturday, 4th August. Then competitors will undertake the first battle in the 10 km prologue. In the evening, the ten fastest drivers will be invited for the choosing starting positions ceremony, taking place in the centre of Przasnysz. On Sunday, 5th August they will tackle a loop consisting of 3 specials (about 30-45km long each) in the morning and another similar loop in the afternoon. Prizegiving will also be held in the centre of the town.

Thanks to a great cooperation between organizers and local authorities and also even priests, local residents are being informed about Polskie Safari, and the effect is that they appear in high numbers along the route to watch and cheer competitors. And the route itself offers them watching rally cars, bikes and quads in action at full speed and in typical cross-country rally conditions, like tight turns, bumps or water crossings. For the first time, local residents will also have a chance to see not only Polish competitors, but also foreign ones, competing in FIA-CEZ.

Source: Rally-Raid Network     Image: Rally-Raid Network