Day 2 Borne Sulinowo
Three waterholes, forest, broad green fields, teeth rattling tracks that romped over undulating tracks laced with foot deep mud let competitors really get their teeth into some serious off-road racing.
Lust’s off road recovery trucks were kept busy in the forests, as cars seven and eight at a time winched and hauled their way through deep tyre sucking channels and scrub lined fields, while for bikers and quads and SSV's – it was tough; very tough in fact, as we watched n the bikes fall over into streams drivers hauling two three or four at a time in chains to pull the bikes out of the thick mud.
I watched Olivier Marquis on a Can Am 650 and Remigiusz Kusy from team ATV Janosik fight hard to take a good line through the water filled ditch while Richard Koza and Michael Gaunersdorfer in team 260 spectacularly plunge their Steyr Puch Pinzgauer into a deep trench that soon had water swirling inside the cab as Michael climbed out to secure the winch rope. Tony Scott pointed out Team 280 has a beautifully made special bodied racing Freelander with a turned mounted V6 2.7 D3 engine. It’s driven by Jean –Jacques Michel and Regis Girard who winched rapidly through the deep streaming mud traps and out to the checkpoint.
The Breslau is already delivering on its promise of tough, varied stages with navigation that tests the crews’ knowledge of the road book. Like many long events, the roadbook is updated nightly at a drivers briefing every evening, where crews can listen to the latest changes and ask any questions they like. It’s a good moment for everyone who is part of the Breslau family.