Arriving at the coast of the Black Sea is special treat for the competitors, after no less than 580 kilometer today. With such distance, the stages are fast, the kilometers fly underneath the wheels and with breathtaking views sometimes the concentration is less than needed…
In the Car category the battle is between Doncho Tsanev, Frank Stensky and Konstantin Cholakov, with Slavchev Desislav at a safe distance. Doncho’s car is a full Bulgarian development, created for the terrain in this country and the results so far speak for themselves.
Tsanko Tsankov and Jerome Pelichet have a fierce battle for the first place in the Side by side ranking. Two teams from different backgronds but with excellent results – despite the mechanical problems that face both of them. Richard Oguez is chasing competitors, overtaking them as he wants to make up for the lost time yeaterday.
On the long stage the overall times of the bikes are slow compared to the cars and side by sides, who can easily fly at full throttle. Aidas Bubinas reached the finishline, but he lost a lot of time on his fellow competitors.
‘The navigation was nice,’ says Dirk Schuttel, who is riding with his son. ‘Often I look slow, but we try to find the right track the first time, all the time. It makes us a popular tourguide, and in difficult sections sometimes we lead an entire group of bikers, quads and cars!
Clemens Eicker makes a good result, in spite of a massive issue with the navigation. ‘I was so lost, I tried everything. And as I was calling my wife to give me the coordinates of the camp, there was a car rght behind me. They passed me and took a small track I had overlooked. They saved my day!
‘The stages here are gorgeous,’ says Sietse Ronner, winner of the Breslau Poland 2017. ‘There are such lovely tracks, sometimes ridges with a view all around. And luckily we don’t have so much work on the car!’
On 580 km a lot can happen. The organiser is working to publish the results, but expects them wednesday morning. The fifth stage of the Balkan Offroad Rallye 2018 is 150 km for the Cross Country class, passing through the valleys and hills of south-eastern Bulgaria, close to the border with Turkey.
DAY 4: 200 km special stage to the Black Sea