Superstars and fans celebrated an unforgettable offroad festival
A premiere to remember: The BAJA 300 POWERDAYS raced full throttle into the hearts of offroad fans.
Superstars like US hero Jesse James, rally star Petter Solberg as well as motocross ace and Dakar winner Cyril Despres rocked the Lausitz.
Berlin. Around 20,000 ardent fans celebrated a unique motorsport festival at the debut of the BAJA 300 POWERDAYS Germany, despite changeable weather conditions – with intervals of sun and rain. On the invitation of ex-European Rally Champion Armin Schwarz as initiator as well as Sal Fish, President of the SCORE International, as the world’s largest offroad race association, representatives from all categories of offroad racing met for the first time for take part in an inaugural show event in Germany’s Lausitz region, 90 minutes drive to the south-east of Berlin.
On a 2,350-metre purpose-built track, over 30 top pilots, including world and European champions, Indy and Dakar winners, freestyler and motocross aces from 14 countries, displayed offroad action at its very best with the world’s most spectacular offroad machines, rally cars and motorbikes. An elite group of rally specialists joined the action at the summit meeting, with US superstars from the SCORE Offroad Series like Jesse James, West Coast hero and husband of Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock, as well as B.J. Baldwin and Danny Sullivan with their 850 hp SCORE-Trophy Trucks und Buggys giving European fans a taste of spectacular desert racing. In their World Rally Cars, ex-World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and his WRC colleague Gigi Galli were joined by world famous stunt hero Ken Block, whose antics have been viewed on YouTube millions of times. Rally and marathon raid ace Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, production world rally champion Andreas Aigner and British rally ace Kris Meeke stunned the crowd with their sheer speed on gravel.
Joining the two-wheel faction were a dozen motorbike hotshots, including Dakar winner Cyril Despres and Enduro champion Anders Eriksson. At the closing Mega-Jump competition, where three totally different vehicles took off simultaneously, the top freestylers with Nick Franklin from New Zealand claimed the right to be ‘Kings of the Airspace’.
West Coast hero Jesse James said: “I’m like a lion in a cage. I was let out here with my Trophy Truck and I hope the fans in Europe had as much fun as I did.” Rally star Petter Solberg, always surrounded by a huge fan following, grinned: “A huge show for our fans. Our sport has never been showcased like this.” Dakar winner Cyril Despres: “I’ve experienced a lot, but this is surely one of the craziest experiences. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be flying through the air with my cross bike with rally cars flying at a slightly lower level, showing names like Block, Solberg and Galli – awesome! There’s no doubt about it – I’ll be back next year.”
The media response was massive: Over 150 press representatives, including over 20 radio and TV stations, reported directly from the Lausitz. RTL, Europe’s largest private TV station, broadcasts highlights of the BAJA 300 POWERDAYS Germany in the lead up to the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, 26th July from 12.30 hours.
And to conclude with some more great news: The show goes on. In July 2010 a 300-mile race takes off for the first time on European soil, following the concept of the famous SCORE BAJA 1000 in Mexico. This was announced as part of the BAJA 300 POWERDAYS Germany by SCORE boss Sal Fish and Armin Schwarz. “All the spectacular action and the emotional moments we experienced along the way this weekend have confirmed our decision. We stand for motorsport where superstars and fans alike can indulge their passion. We’ll be back again at the SCORE BAJA 300 Germany,” said the two in unison.