(ltu) Born on 16/03/1977 at Vilnius 1.73m / 86kg


General Financing, Toyota, STIHL, Scandagra, Vostok Europe, SnapOn


2018: 30th
2017: Ab.
2016: 26th
2015: 24th
2014: 35th
2013: 65th

2018: Winter Rally (1st)
2017: FIA Baltic Rally Trophy (1st)
2016: Palanga 1000km Race (1st)
2015: Italian Baja (6th)
2013: Palanga 1000km Race (1st)
2012: Palanga 1000km Race (2nd, qualifying), Lithuania Rally Championship (3rd N4 class), Rally Sweden WRC (4th N4 class)
2010: Silk Way Rally (7th, 1 stage win), Ladoga Trophy (2nd TR1 class, 7 stage wins)
2009: Silk Way Rally (8th), Ladoga Trophy (2nd TR1 class, 3 stage wins)


“The Dakar is a race for wise people”

Benediktas Vanagas has been one of the most consistent performers in the cars since his Dakar debut in 2013, and knows exactly what it takes to complete the world's most arduous rally. The 41-year-old entrepreneur has got to the finish line in all but one of his six participations, and even boasted the best Lithuanian finish in the cars (24th) until Antanas Juknevičius improved his mark in 2017. As far as Benediktas is concerned, though, the Dakar isn't about vying to be the best from his country, but vying to be the best full stop. Before getting properly stuck into the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2019, he and co-driver Sebastian Rozwadowski are determined to enjoy a successful 10 days in Peru, where it will be just as important to race with their heads as it will be to test the limits of their new Toyota Hilux.

“I started racing quite late, I think I was 18 or 19. And basically at that time I thought I was the quickest on the street, but after the first training session I discovered that I don't know how to drive. My world collapsed! Since then 20 years has passed, and I've done lots of rally raid and offroad racing. My first cross-country rally was the Silk Way in 2009, and now I'm preparing for my seventh Dakar. Next year we'll be switching into cross-country full time. "We'll just try to do our best. I don't think we need to worry about who's the best among Lithuanians, because in the Dakar you come up against the best of the best! They're the ones we're targeting. We're extremely fast on a daily basis. We've been in the top four overall on stages, only losing four or five seconds to first place. It's really close and we're capable of beating the top drivers. I want this coming edition to be as wise as possible. The Dakar is a race for wise people. It's not just about putting the pedal to the metal. So we want to do the best we can. We're really happy to have a new Hilux provided by Overdrive, and we're looking forward to Dakar.”



  • Mark : TOYOTA
  • Model : HILUX
  • Performance tuner : Gazoo Racing/Overdrive
  • Assistance : General Financing Team Pitlane
  • Class : A_T1.1 : T1.1 - Véhicules 4x4 tout-terrain modifiés essence

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 20 20 20
2 16 16 16
3 10 10 10
4 18 18 12
5 14 14 11
6 21 21 10
7 16 16 11
8 35 35 14
9 5 5 11
10 4 4 11

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