British Graham Jarvis won the ninth edition of the most difficult hard enduro rally worldwide, Red Bull Romaniacs, carried out in Sibiu area (over 270 km north-west from Bucharest), after he exceeded German Andreas Lettenbichler and his countryman Jonny Walker.
Thanks to the victory this year, Graham Jarvis equaled French Cyril Despres’ record, who had three titles in Red Bull Romaniacs (2004, 2005, 2007). Jarvis also won the editions of 2008 and 2011.
I am glad I equaled Cyril’s record. I shall come back next year to compete for the fourth time in Red Bull Romaniacs. The edition this year was fast as the routes were dry, but Martin Freinademetz and his team made sure to secure extremely difficult areas, not depending on the weather. I was impressed with how fast Jonny Walker was and I am glad that more than half of the riders taking the start in the pro class made it to the finish line, the winner said in the end.
The first Romanian in the pro class was Erwin Kovacs, on the seventh position, Paul Fratila ended on the 13th spot and Emanuel Gyenes, on the 17th.
In the expert single, the victory went to Dutch Jurgen van den Goorbergh, who was followed in the final ranking by Australian Dean Nuttall and by German Tommy Kunert. Romanian Paul Cristian Harpa ended sixth.
In the expert team, the Czechs Cyprian/Martin Volny came first, followed in the final ranking by Slovaks Lubomir Fedor/Rastislav Hanus, Portuguese Rui Oliveira/Fausto Mota, while Romanians Dani Otil and Kristian Nagy were placed fifth.
Spanish Inyaki Gomarin won in the hobby single class, exceeding Australian Dean Sinclair and Portuguese Pedro Oliveira. Romanian Eduard Razvan Avramescu ended eleventh.
In hobby team, the entire podium was taken by Czechs, the victory belonging to the pair Radek Holcak/Martin Urban, followed by Oldrich Brazina/Jaromir Lach and Ales Vondrak/Ondrej Rathousky, while Romeo and Cristian Dunca ended fourth.