Round 6, Bulgaria
European Rally Championship
The top Bulgaria Rally is an event with 38 years of history. From 1970 to 2001 the Rally had an HQ in the famous Black sea resorts Zlantni Piasatzi and Albena. In 2002 the competition is run in the central part of south Bulgaria and has a start/finish in Borovetz - in the Mountain of Rila.
The Rally has an itinerary, totaling 736,86 km with 13 SS (282,61 km) all in asphalt. Its route is very compact and selective and it passes trough the beautiful Bulgarian scenery. The first special stage runs along the streets of Borovetz and this is a challenge and a test both for cars and drivers.The 2007 winner of the Rally is the Bulgarian crew Dimitar Iliev/Yanaki Yanakiev with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. More than 250 thousands spectators watched this top event.
Traditionally, the Rally has very large media coverage and over 190 journalists from Bulgaria and abroad were accredited ato the media center.
At the same time it received an active help both from the state and local authorities. The competition was sponsored by big national and international companies. The Headquarters is located in Rila hotel in Borovetz. The start / final podium and the park ferme are situated in front of the hotel. The charm of Borovetz can be felt in winter time, but in summer the resort offers excellent conditions for holidays too.
From 11 to 13 July 2008 Borovetz will become the capital of Rally Bulgaria and will await and welcome its guests. The shakedown will be held on 10 July 2008 at noon. The ceremonial start will be given in the evening of 11 July 2008, followed by the first special stage. The rally has 2 Days. There is one Service Park, located some 25 km east from the resort. Borovetz is not far away from to the capital city of Sofia. It is accessible by plane (Sofia airport is 60 km away) and by road (150 km from Serbian and Greek border).