Russia back in business, or Arctic Energy debuting in the World Rally Championship
Arctic Energy, a Russian brand of the global level, is treading into new territory. This time it’s the World Rally Championship tracks. Sergey Egorov, owner Mitjet Series Russia, has established the Arctic Energy World Rally Team. In 2016 Mitjet Series Russia received the first and only authorization to act as the support race for Formula-1 competition. In the same year, it conducted joint races with FIA WTCC and TCR Series, and in 2017 with the Russian stage of DTM series. In less than three years, Mitjet was successfully integrated into the international motorsports community, becoming the most media-mentioned series in Russian motorsports. The first stage of World Rally Championship (WRC) will be a new milestone in the brand’s history. Lithuanian pilots Deividas Jocius and Donatas Zvicevicius will be driving a Peugeot 208 R2 as part of the Russian Arctic Energy WRT team. This is not their first attempt at this: Deividas has taken part in several stages of the World Championship at a class N4 car, but this time the two have a new goal – passing a complete season at the best level possible. For the first two stages – Rally Monte Carlo (January 25-28) and Rally Sweden (February 16-18), the racing crew will be driving a front-wheel drive car. Their main goal here is to work on interaction during the race at the Arctic Energy WRT level. The team consists of 21 persons: engineers, mechanics, a masseur, and a media crew. The introduction race starts today, January 22. Rally Monte carlo starts in the evening of January 25 at the central Casino Square in Monte Carlo. The participants will have to complete 17 special tracks with the total duration of 394.74 km. The total rally distance is 1,648.96 km. The four-day race will finish in front of the Royal Palace, with Albert II, Prince of Monaco, traditionally presenting the awards to the participants.