Dear Competitors! Please pay your attention to the changes in 2017 technical regulations. According to Appendix J, article 283, all the T1 competing cars have to be equipped with Fire Extinguisher System as of FIA 8856-2015 Standard (Technical List n•52)


Fast rally sections along with bumpy forest roads and snowy parapets became a new adventure for foreign racers who had previously driven the raid cars only on sandy tracks. “Northern Forest” Baja, traditionally held on the Leningrad region roads near the town of Priozersk in the end of February, opened not only the Russian Championship-2014, but also became the first round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. Friendly ski resort “Igora” hosted the competition headquarters again. The scoring track length was 400 competitive kilometers.

In 2006 “Northern Forest” Baja again deserved the right to open the Russian Championship in rally raids. The race and the season opening ceremony took place in Priozersk town.
Forest lanes were again included to the route configuration to give it a raid nature. The three-day Baja total route length was about 800 km, there were 37 crews at the start.

Winter has long been started in Karelia so the snow will not surprise anybody. Snow is everywhere here. Today, the "Russia - Northern Forest 2017" Baja organizers have started clearing up the road and preparing it for the competition that takes place from 24 to 26 February.

In accordance with the new requirements FIA shortened deadline for applications until February 14, 2017 ( art. 11.5 2017FIACCRGP)

Eligibility to score points in the FIA World Cup / FIA Registration

Please inform the competitors that, in order to score points in the FIA World Cup classifications, they have to register with the FIA before the closing date for entries of the first World Cup rally/baja entered (Arts 1.3 and 1.4 of the 2017 Sporting Regulations of the FIA World Cup for Cross‐Country Rallies). The online registration form shall be made available in the area of the FIA website dedicated to the World Cup ( by 16 January. The registration is free of charge.

The world's only unique snow and ice “Northern Forest” Baja third edition was marked by the GPS-controllers installation, allowing to adjust the speed limits without attracting additional traffic police and avoid the last year problems. Baja opened the 2005 Russian Championship in rally raids. Start and the prologue were located at the stadium of technical kinds of sports in St. Petersburg. The track configuration was almost the same, except it became faster because of reduced mileage due to the narrow forest sections. The total distance was about 600 km. 33 of 43 crews passed the race from start to finish.

On behalf of ATCUAE and QMMF, all competitors who take part in Baja Russia will be entitled to complimentary one way air freight of their cars from St. Petersburg to UAE, provided they also take part in the following three rounds of the World Cup, i.e. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Competitors will be required to agree the logistics and terms in advance with ATCUAE and the payment will be made after the competitor takes the start in the Qatar event.

Once they start all the three events in the gulf region, they will be entitled to the refund of the fee for the air freight. As Qatar is the last of these three rounds, the refund will be available after they start Qatar.
The best contact in ATC is Tanya Kutsenko,

The “Northern Forest” Baja second edition opened 2004 Russian Championship in rally raids. It was held on the Karelian roads, near the town of Priozersk, with a ceremonial start in Sosnovo village. The combination of rally special stages and narrow forest raid roads has become a highlight of the race.


Snow and ice Baja “Northern Forest 2017” takes place from 24 to 26 February in the Karelian great spaces. Winter raid competition has become a tradition not only for the Russian athletes: the riders from different countries and continents come to the Republic of Karelia to take part in a unique race, where they struggle in the cold, snow and ice instead of the usual sand dunes and heat.
“Russia-Northern Forest” Baja has got great history: 12 races were conducted from 2003 to 2016. Let us remember how it was.

Dear Competitors!  We are glad to offer you cars prepared for 1st Rally Raid World Cup event - baja "RUSSIA - NORTHERN FOREST". If for any reason you are not able to deliever your car to Russia or it is not convinient, you may choose it in the RENTCARS section of the site.

Now it is much easier to start in the first World Cup event!


In the "Documents", you can find the guide of the first event of the FIA CROSS-COUNTRY World Cup - Baja "Russia - Northern Forest".

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Attention! Entry Form for baja "Russia -Northern Forest 2017" is available on our website

Reduced fee accepted until January 23, 2017!

To obtain admission to the border zone, where the Baja is, you need to fill out an application

Please send the completed form to the address

Enjoy our new video: “KAMAZ-Master” team has come to Karelia to get ready to the grand event – “Dakar 2017” marathon. They’ve driven along a new route configuration of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round and been satisfied with the work done.

“Person of the Year in Motorsport” awardgiving ceremony was held in Moscow yesterday. Motorsport judges with the media jury support were choosing the most dignified motorsport representatives, who were the best in their field and profession in 2016.

“KAMAZ-Master” team has come to Karelia again to get ready to the grand event – “Dakar 2017” marathon. They’ve driven along a new route configuration of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round and been satisfied with the work done.

Maris Neiksans and Anton Nikolaev, the members of the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja winning crew took part in the race for the first time together. Moreover, they have met each other only prior to the competition, and then had just a couple of testing days. The Latvian-Russian crew skills and professionalism is easy to appreciate: to be a winner in a new car is not so easy.

The international crew of Maris Neiksans and Anton Nikolaev became the winner of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies round.


According to preliminary results, the international crew of Maris Neiksans and Anton Nikolaev became the winner of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies round. After winning the first racing day, Maris has not stepped back on the second one. Vladimir Vasilev and Konstantin Zhiltsov secured the second place, Novikov brothers, Andrey and Vladimir, rounded out the top three.


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Vladimir Vasilyev (driver, №1):

- What are your impressions compared to the previous day. How is the track?
- Everything is all right, the track is the same as yesterday, but there is some rut. The road is good and cleaned.

The second day of the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja has begun according to plan: 28 crews have started at SS3. Sportsmen have to overcome 178.69 kilometers of high-speed sections by the yesterday’s track, but in the opposite direction.

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First day of Baja "Russia-Northern Forest 2016" finished today in Karelia. There are two competitions combined: first event of Rally Raid World Cup and first event of Russian Rally Raid Championship. The most part of the Russian crews are well aware of the winter rally raids, while it is completely new for the foreign competitors. Although, foreign competitors managed well with this task.


Enjoy the video from the second day of baja "Russia - Northern Forest".


There are two competitions at “Russia – Northern Forest” Baja: the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round and the Championship of Russia in rally raids first round. Preliminarily, by the day results Maris Neiksans leads the World Cup, the second is Vladimir Vasilev, and Reinaldo Varela rounds out the top-three. Day results

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Venezuela pilot Coffaro Nunzio shared his impressions of his first  ever winter rally raid.


Right now LifeNews TV will broadcast live the interview with Maris Neiksans!

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Vladimir Frolov (driver, №6): We drove normally, but after a short distance rear shock absorbers failed, so we struggled with the car, because the rear axle slipped, we suffered all the way. Last year, we had the same problem at the “North Forest”, so we’ll try to repair it at the service.

Starting order ceremony delayed – the results to be updated. Result publication is delayed by 30 minutes, PF exit after regrouping at 13:00.



- 10:00 Crew #22 (Maganov / Shubin) rolled over near the TC-1 in the judges visibility area, hit the ground and drove on;

Reinaldo Varela (driver, crew #2): “Really nice special stage. It was difficult for us, snow and slippery. But we didn’t have any problems, so ... let’s continue!”


Enjoy the video from the first day of baja "Russia - Northern Forest".


The FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round, “Russia – Northern Forest 2016” Baja started in Karelia.


The speakers were: Valentina Ulich – the Republic of Karelia Vice Head, Alexander Voronov – the Republic of Karelia Minister of Youth, Physical Culture and Sports, Vladimir Chagin – “KAMAZ-master” Director, Roman Zimovets – “Gazpromneft -lubricants” Deputy General Director, Vladimir Vasilev – the G-Energy team driver.


Toni Gardemeister, a Professional Finnish rally driver, the World Rally Championship participant (1996-2010) had a test session on the eve of the rally raid and prepared to drive a heavy 4WD car. "Northern Forest 2016" Baja press service asked him about the tests and his tactics for the race.


Boris Gadasin, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, the winner of the World Cup for Bajas, the multiple champion of Russian and world-class motorsport competitions told us why he do not start in the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja.

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“Northern Forest 2016” Baja Sports comissioners committee approved the enrty list and the starting bulletin for TC-0.

We invite all the motorsport fans, who can not come to Karelia and see the real adventures of “Northern Forest 2016” Baja participants, to watch it online. You can follow the sports cars movements on the track live.

There are administrative checks from the early morning at the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja headquarters, teams and crews are
receiving documents, travel books and start numbers. Participants’ vehicles are undergoing Technical Commission, were the compliance with the safety requirements and the FIA World Cup and the Russian Championship in Rally Raids rules are verified.


Andrey Rudnitsky, an experienced co-driver from Belarus, despite the hustle and bustle in the headquarters, has found out a couple of minutes and gave a detailed interview to the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja press service. Andrey assists on the right to Latvian racer Aldis Vilcans, a multiple participant of international competitions.
Latvian-Belarusian crew will fight both at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (Category T1) round and at the Russian Championship in rally raids round (category R1).


The first part of the administrative checks has finished. Some racers have already received documents at the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja headquarters. Tomorrow morning the scheduled scrutineering start; the entry list will be updated and start numbers are assigned. 
Experienced drivers and co-drivers are discussing the upcoming competition.


There is an excitement at the headquarters – Russian and foreign sportsmen meet at registration desks, discussing the upcoming competition. Sombody is getting acquanted, others are familiar and welcoming foreign guests in their home race. “Northern Forest 2016” Baja press service met a couple of the race participants who arrived to the unique winter event for the first time.


An unusual guest Masatoshi Teshima, MITSUBISHI MOTORS  team Consultant has come to Baja "Northern Forest 2016".  We asked him to tell about his visit to the race and why he was interested in this rally event.


Event for children, organized with the “Serdobol” Youth Center support – “Homeroom” with Ronan Morgan, the head of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies first round, was held today in the warm atmosphere of friendly conversation. Ronald told the children how the races are prepared, explained the specifics, the similarities and differences of organizing the world-class events in Russia and the UAE.

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The press center has started to work according to the schedule, and the race headquarters is preparing for the opening: in the center of Sortavala town at 22, Karelskaya street, the doors open for the “Northern Forest 2016” Baja participants – the first documents registration begins and the accredited journalists receive their packages.

Штаб и пресс-центр бахи «Северный лес 2016» начинают работу


Enjoy video from the snow test day in Finland with the team ReAutoclub.

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A new team – New Generation Racing Team – has appeared in the “Northern Forest” Baja entry list. It was formed in 2015 by merging the experience and capabilities of the two strongest Russian teams NRT Motorsport and the G-Force Motorsport. In 2016 the team plans to perform at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Ralliesand the Russian Championship in rally raids. At the “Northern Forest” two new team drivers Andrey Novikov and Andrey Rudskoy will fight for the World Cup points.


One of the upcoming event in Karelia favorites, Finnish driver Jouni-Matti Ampuja, has posted on his “Facebook” page a team’s picture with the signature that his crew is going to struggle up to the end this year. 

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Vladimir Vasilev and Konstantin Zhiltsov, FIA ​​World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies 2014 Winners, will participate in “Russia – Northern Forest 2016” Baja from 20 to 22 February. This race is a round of FIA ​​World Cup and Russian Championship in rally raids. Participation in this competition on snow and ice coverage is crucial for the G-Energy Team crew that has successfully performed in the famous “Dakar” rally marathon in recent years. In 2014 and 2015 Vasilev/Zhiltsov crew secured the second place in “Russia – Northern Forest” Baja, but now they are expecting to win.

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