2015: 5th (1 stage win)
2018: Baja Hungary, Baja Aragon (1st), Baja Poland (3rd), Morocco Rally (Ab.); all WC races; 3rd overall of the WC
2015: Baja Russia (2nd), Baja Italia (4th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Rally (2nd), Pharaohs Rally (3rd), Morocco Rally (2nd) 2nd OF THE FIA WORLD CUP
2014: Baja Russia (2nd), Baja Italia (4th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Rally (2nd), Pharaohs Rally (4th), Baja Aragon (4th), Baja Hungary (2nd), Baja Poland (22nd), Morocco Rally (4th) Baja Portalegre (6th) WINNER OF THE FIA WORLD CUP
2013: Silk Way Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally (3rd), Winner Russian off-road championship
2012: Baja Spain (3rd), Baja Italia (1st), Russian offroad rally championship (2nd)
After a two-year break from the Dakar, Vladimir Vasilyev is back. He had become one of the rising figures of the rally capturing a great 5th place in 2015 and even clinching his first ever stage win that year while being part of the X-Raid team. His last appearance on the Dakar was in 2016 when he took his Toyota Hilux to 8th spot, yet another great performance. This year after conquering victory at the Baja Aragon and claiming seven podium finishes, the driver from Saint-Petersburg finished third of the cross-country World Cup. Driving alongside his experienced co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov a man who finished on the podium of the Dakar in 2012 with Leonid Novitskiy, Vasilyev will be competing in a Toyota VDJ 200 and battling it out for the T2 production class title.
V.V.: “Yes, I’m back on the Dakar this year. We missed out on the last two editions but now we feel physically and mentally ready.”
Behind the ultra-experienced duo of Al-Attiyah and Sainz, three drivers have enjoyed a fine start to the rally and now stand in a somewhat surprising top 5. Jakub Przygonski lies 2 minutes behind the stage winner, several seconds in front of Vladimir Vasilyev and Yazeed Al Rajhi. As for Stéphane Peterhansel, he proved to be more measured on his return to Mini, finishing...
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