The co-driver of the winning crew of the rally “MOTUL – Quiet Don” Oleg Uperenko told how he worked with the champion pilot in the classic rally Andrey Zhigunov. He shared his impressions with Izvestia on November 21.
“In fact, it was very cool and very cool, I really enjoyed it,” he admitted.
Uperenko called Zhigunov “the coolest professional” with extensive experience in rally-raids and noted his ability to apply something new at each special stage.
The special stages of the final day, according to the team’s navigator, were no more difficult than the previous ones, but “such a coverage, such a nature that, of course, the cars of the T3 category are a little easier here due to the profile of the road.” Uperenko noted that he had been with Zhigunov for more than 20 years, but he was working with him for the first time.
The crew of the multiple Russian classic rally champion Andrey Zhigunov and Oleg Uperenko, representing the Vasiliev Racing (VRT) team, became the winners of the MOTUL – Quiet Don baja, the final of which took place on Sunday, November 21st.
Zhigunov said that on his mini-cooper, which is prepared for powerful races of the Dakar format, it was sometimes difficult on the MOTUL – Quiet Don route, but the more expensive is the victory.
Earlier, he noted that the race is difficult for a person from another discipline, so he had to learn in the process. Classic rallies and rally-raids are different disciplines, they have many difficulties that require preparation, the winner emphasized.
On the eve of the Russian racing team “Vasiliev Racing” became the leader of the “MOTUL – Quiet Don” baja following the results of the second stage of the special race. Racer Vladimir Vasiliev could not take part in the final of the championship, so the team from St. Petersburg is represented by Zhigunov and Oleg Uperenko.
There are 29 crews participating in the championship. Four pilots are declared in the T1 classification: Andrey Zhigunov, Evgeny Sukhovenko, Artem Terentyev and Andrey Goloborodko. The competition started on November 19 in the Rostov region near the village of Veshenskaya.