Information for those who are planning a trip to “Northern Forest” Baja from St. Petersburg. Travel time from Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo) to Sortavala is approximately 4.5 hours, 300 km; Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo) to Vyartsilya is 5-5.5 hours, 370 km.


Maris Neiksans, a well-known Baltic driver, 8-time Latvian Rally, Rally-Cross, Autocross and Karting Champion, a coach will participate in the rally raid for the first time. Maris will discover a new for him sports discipline right at “Northern Forest 2016” Russian Baja, the 1st round of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Our press service asked the Latvian racer the most interesting questions.

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Russia and the world strongest drivers are preparing to open the rally raid racing season at the first round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and ​​Russian Championship – “Russia – Northern Forest 2016” Baja. The three-day race will be held in Karelia from 20 to 22 February.

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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.


On 14 February, Robert Sanakoev, the RAF Off-road Competitions Committee Chairman, takes part in “Bikepost” program on Vesti FM radio. The program will talk about Russian Championship and Cup in rally raids, as well as the upcoming World Cup first round in the Republic of Karelia.


On 19 February, there is a “homeroom” with Ronan Morgan, the Head of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round in the “Serdobol” Youth Center.

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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.


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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 (16-18 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


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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.


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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".

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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

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.

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