L.U.C. Chopard Classic Weekend Rally
L.U.C. Chopard Classic Weekend Rally / 2015

At 1 pm on Sunday 24 May and 12:30 pm on Sunday 31 May, IB Translations team will hit the road taking part in two classic rally competitions of the Season 2015.

Competitors will start off from TSUM (Teatralnaya metro station) at 1 pm on 24 May and from Metropol hotel (Lubyanka metro station) at 12:30 pm on 31 May. The crews will arrive to the site several hours before the start to showcase their amazing vintage vehicles. Spectators and fans are invited to gather at 10 am to support the team.

This year's classic rally turned out to be a short one for both organisers and teams. It will have only two stages with a one-week interval in between. On 24 May, IB Translations team will come to the starting line to compete for the Classic Car Rally Cup, and in just one week's time, on 31 May, will take part in the Chopard Rally. The crew is made up of Mikhail Tsyferov (driver) and Konstantin Golota (co-driver).

Just like in the previous season's rally, the team will proudly drive ZAZ-965A V4 887 Pumpkin Special LE made by ZAZ in 1967 to mark 50 years since the October Revolution and decked out in the corporate colours of IB Translations.

Mikhail Tsyferov, driver: “Season 2015 will hardly be a walk in the park for us. The most important thing right now is that we are aware of our vulnerabilities and understand how to deal with them. There is no magic button to start winning straight away. One cannot buy time and experience, so we have to take certain steps, go through particular stages. But after that we will be able to fight for top results in the long run. Our car obviously lacks some speed now. The deficit is mostly caused by the power train – on a straight road, our speed is far from maximum, but we will ratchet up moving ahead step by step. We all work in sync as a tight team and are truly devoted to the project. No one panics in such a tense moment. I believe that 24 May will bring a notable step forward. On 31 May, the engine power is not that important, so we are set to have an enjoyable and successful city race. I expect the next two stages to be very exciting.”

Konstantin Golota, co-driver and team owner: “Thanks to hard pre-season work the team managed to introduce some technical innovation that the competitors just don’t have, such as, for example, seat-heating mats for the crew. However, we are not quite sure we will be using the innovation at the first stage, as not all the tests have been completed yet. Besides, our experts continued engine works and, as a result, the engine works! Engine comes to the forefront this season as a force to propel the vehicle ahead. We decided not to make any major structural modifications, so this season comes as an evolution rather than revolution for the car. After lengthy discussions at the technical headquarters, the team resolved not to change the number or location of wheels, but did change the car horn sound that our fans will definitely appreciate.

We can’t wait to see you near TSUM at 10 am on Sunday 24 May and around Metropol starting 10 am on 31 May.

On to victory!”

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