The Baltic Classic Rally 2017
28 May - 10 June
The Baltic Classic - Route Outline
Day One: Copenhagen to Gothenburg
Flagged away from Copenhagen, the Danish capital, the cars cross the impressive Öresund Bridge - at almost eight kilometres, this is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Once into South Sweden, there is an abundance of smooth gravel roads to conquer as we head north through rolling countryside to Gothenburg.
Day Two: Gothenburg to Karlstad
The event continues north to visit another car museum in Saab’s hometown, Trollhättan. Smooth gravel roads take us along the edge of Europe’s largest lake, Vänern, to our night halt in Karlstad, the traditional home of the Swedish round of the World Rally Championship.
Day Three: Karlstad to Stockholm
More smooth gravel regularities and a visit to a rallycross circuit are on the menu before our day ends in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.
Day Four: Stockholm – Rest Day
A day to explore the beautiful city of Stockholm, before the rally boards a luxury ferry to Turku, Finland, via the stunning Stockholm Archipelago. With almost no darkness at this time of year, the incredible views are visible well into the early hours.
Day Five: Turku to Jyväskylä
Finland has a different feel to its Scandinavian neighbour, but one thing that doesn’t change is the quality of the roads. As smooth as those of its neighbour, they rise and fall dramatically to circumnavigate the many lakes the region is famous for. Our destination is Jyväskylä, on the way we enjoy some of the roads used in the aptly named Rally of a Thousand Lakes.
Day Six: Jyväskylä to Helsinki
After a brisk start we break for coffee at a private car museum. Next up is the sinuous, gravel surface of the World Rally Championship Ouninpohja stage, but run at a more appropriate pace than required of the current WRC rally drivers. Heading south we plan a test at a track venue before arriving in the Finnish capital Helsinki.
Day Seven: Helsinki to Tallinn
After a free morning in Helsinki, it’s onto another luxury ferry. The short crossing of the Baltic to Tallinn, the Estonian capital, will take us to our fourth country of the event.
Day Eight: Tallinn to Riga
A short hop to a brief coffee stop and a test at a rally school, then it’s south along the coast. We have devised a route that takes in some of the country’s finest rally roads. Having crossed the easy frontier into Latvia, we progress to our night halt in Riga and a visit to its amazing motor museum. There will be time set aside to admire the city’s ancient architecture and perhaps indulge in its bustling nightlife.
Day Nine: Riga to Liepaja
Today we head west towards Latvia’s premier seaside resort Liepaja and experience some of the area’s great gravel roads. The day ends with a smooth gravel time control section.
Day Ten: Liepaja to Kaunas
Another day, another country, this time Lithuania. On our way south, via a couple of tests on private tracks, we will take in some of this country’s most impressive roads before overnighting at the self-proclaimed party town of Kaunas.
Day Eleven: Kaunas to Mikolaiki
We start the day with an excellent test that takes in some forest roads and a race circuit. Then on to another “invisible” border crossing into the Polish lake district and the holiday town of Mikołajki. For the next three days we are the guests of the Polish Automobile Association. Its Sporting Director Jarosław Noworól is an old friend of the Endurance Rally Association having helped with the Peking to Paris.
Day Twelve: Mikolaiki to Sopot
There is lots of competition on the schedule today starting with a test on the Polish WRC rally superspecial stage. Then we head north-west to lunch where the days competition ends before a short run to the seaside resort of Sopot, west of Gdansk.
Day Thirteen: Sopot to Szczecin
Heading west, roughly following the Baltic coastline once again, our destination is Szczecin. A great challenge today will be a long regularity on a disused Cold War airfield. Then onwards to Szczecin, a seaport on the river Oder for our final night in Poland.
Day Fourteen: Szczecin to Berlin
The rally’s final competitive element will be a test at the start of the day. We guarantee all who take part will talk about this for years to come. Then we follow the River Oder southwest to the German frontier and our final time control. It’s a short drive to the German capital and our five star hotel by the Brandenburg Gate where the traditional end of rally Gala Dinner will be held.