The seventh Rally Masters Show that took place on April 22 at the Olympic bicycle road in Moscow, had nearly everything: a representative entry list, battles for precious seconds, disappointing retirements, rain and even military machines…
The only rally competition which can be attended in Moscow and around (not to count amateur sprints) attracts motorsport fans within the city every year. Once again the spectators could see Evgeny Novikov, who has formally finished his professional career, at the wheel of an Audi Quattro replica, famous for last year’s dramatic ignition. Another Quattro was brought in by the guests from Latvia - brothers Ivars and Andris Velme. For the first time Jari Latvala was present at the event - father of the current works WRC Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Historic category featured three entries from the UK - David, Andrew and Michael Holland driving their very rare (for Russia) Ford Escort Mk1 and Mk2. A number of Lada entries of different levels of preparation was very impressive, where, traditionally, Baltic drivers were expected to be the ones to follow, although crews from Russia, Hungary and Germany were also present in the list. Some Moscow Classic Grand Prix cars were also on site.
The current edition track was made of a short special stage for spectators laid in front of the grandstands at the canoe channel, followed by the ‘carousel race’ in last year’s format through the Olympic bicycle road. Both special stages were to be driven twice.
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