Rally vs rally raid - what?
How does rally raid differ from wrc and stage rallying?
Rally Raiders is all about Off Road Racing of all types, Competitive Safari to Rally to Rally Raid; here we love it if its on sand, mud, gravel or dirt... we don't care. Our first love is Rally Raid though, so expect to see a lot of this here!
What is Rally Raid?
All out endurance rallying. Long distance racing off road. To many people, these style events are the whole reason they got into racing in the first place. To rev on the start-line of the Dakar or take the first jump in front of the crowds at the Baja 1000. They take place over rough terrain with little guidance other than the GPS positioning or rough stage notes.
Races in this category include; The Dakar (now held in South America), the Baja 1000 the TransAnatolia Rally Raid, Rallye des Pharaons, Central Europe Rally, Spanish Baja, Raid De Himalaya, Klang Valley Rally Raid and Russian Baja Northern Forest.
The FIA have a series called the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, which most of these rally raid style races are part of.
To compete you need to have worked up through the different disciplines, raced internationally and proven that you are skilled enough to take it on. These races are very hard to do without a full team behind you – the bigger teams have full service trucks, state of the art navigation and communication systems and massive mechanic teams. Often these races are won on logistic organisation.
Danish driver Jes Munk (right) and his French co-driver Sebastien Delaunay of Polaris in 2015
What do I need?
- Current FIA International License, earned through competing in at least two national competitions in the year before.
- Off road vehicle modified to the FIA Rally Raid Specifications.
- Big Balls.