LEGENDARY RACE RETURNS TO POLAND
The racing format from Worlds No.3 of Top 5 Toughest Offroad Races, the Rainforest Challenge is now available for 4x4 thrills & spills in North Europe with Elblag as host city & venue.
Land of Teutonic Knights. Scenic countryside. Vibrant touristic city with culture and history dating back to 1237 AD with a canal that is one of the seven wonders of Poland, and from 2021, the Land of the Bravest of 4x4 Polish Daredevils.
Fast forward to 2021, that dream becomes even closer to home with the establishment of RFC Poland organized by Jakub Urbankiewicz, the authorized representative from RFC International. Being a sports oriented event bringing participants together, this is a great way of promoting tourism to the host venue not only from Polish fans but also from neighbouring nations. We are also very honoured to have Witold Wróblewski, the Mayor of Elbląg as the Honorary Patron of the RFC Poland, said Jakub.
Two training sessions were organized to acquaint the racers on RFC race format. Both sessions took place in winter, with the first completed in December 2020 with 45 teams in racing & tourism classes.
The Slavic spirit for toughness and Polish passion for off-road are second to none in the world. These can be seen clearly during the second training session in February, where even under cold wintry conditions, 60 participating teams from many regions made it to the starting line in R1 (Hard: Prototype), R2 (Medium: Modified Production) & R3 (Soft: Standard Tourism category). Accompanying them were their support crew & cheering fans and media.
Undulating terrain, muddy, soggy, slippery uphill ascends and descends with winching from right to left with twists and turns were all there for the participants to test themselves and their machines to the full in the Special Stages (SS) format from RFC.
These are the bravest of the Polish 4x4 daredevils for daring to take the plunge into the SS in whatever class they are registered for. Of course, there are more demanding tests for the R1 and R2 racers; however, both they and their combat machines came well prepared for 4x4 battles of supremacy here in Elblag.
Among the R1 participants, a new Lady of Steel team was baptised here too, in the likes of Karolina Pilarczyk. who came fully geared up in her Suzuki Samurai (nicknamed Pink Devil). She was literally thrown into the battle overcoming steep ascents, descents and punishing terrain inspired by her co-driver Mariusz , Its the RFC, what do you expect, go hard or go home!
So, she took the plunge and after the first hill, my adrenaline and love of RFC racing simply exploded, she exclaimed excitedly. My Pink Devil was well prepared by ARS Serwis-ARS 4x4, truly amazing machine, she added.
This Final Countdown training session was a Baptism of Fire not only for Karolina, but for all the participants before the main race at end of April. They have come to test their human software and machine hardware in a well prepared event befitting the renowned status of RFC in the company of like-minded off-roaders and their fans.
A pat on the back for the organizer, it was a successful training session for everyone, from participants to officials to prepare themselves for the main event coming 21 to 25 April at Elblag.
No event would be possible without sponsorship and partnership. Our appreciation and special thanks to:
The Honourable Mayor of Elblag: Witold Wróblewski (Honorary Patron of RFC Poland)
Main sponsor: Urban Construction Sp.z.o.o.o. Main partner: Hardtop.com.pl.
Sponsors: Trasek OFF-ROAD, INTER-RALLY.PL, RUNVA, PRESCO, LECHPAK, ODJAZDOWENAKLEJKI.PL, Centrum Szkolenia Specjalistycznego Szafa, Noithan Graphics, Pepsi, RemX, OMM.PL Auto Odnowa Paweł Kneblewski.
Sponsors (Special Trails): BLONDYNA, 4X4 OFFROAD, GARAGE ZDEBSKI 4X4
ORE- Offroad Rally Engineering, RAYO OFFROAD CENTRUM, JEEPOLOGIA, PRZYJACIELE OFF-ROAD, RC NENNOX
Media Partners: KHYROFILMS, Terenwizja, ALLTE44AIN!, FOTOFEIL OFFROAD , TWISTED CRANK INDUSTRIES, Warmińskie 4x4, Cameralni,, Radio Eska, ROCK ROAD, MAXXX, OFF THE ROAD, ROCK ROAD, MAXXX, OFF THE ROAD, AHOYPRZYGODO, SUValska Przygoda, RENNSPORT, TRUSO.TV, eXpedycja.pl
Partners: AKAS, RB READER, MORE 4X4, SHERP, KOMA, CarWash FINDER, FENIKS, JEEP TRÓJMIASTO
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