Grand Tourism Pro – a group for those off-road enthusiasts, who not only wish to see the scenic beauty of the Ladoga region with their own eye, but also to have a chance to a real competition. If GT-Lite is mostly an auto-journey, then GT-Pro is a real competition. Also, GT-Pro is a good preparation school for those who want to learn professional off-road driving to compete in sports categories later on. The GT-Pro route gives a taste of what to expect on a real off-road special stage, and since all of the hard off-road parts are optional (they are bonus points), are never never timed, and are much shorter than those in the sports categories – the competitors have a chance to go through the off-road levelheadedly with without any rush.
It is recommended for all competitors in GT-Pro to fit the vehicle with a winch and mud tires; in addition, good navigational skills and teamwork will help to reach the pedestal.
Here are just a few hints on what you will discover in on your GT-Lite route:
• War base of one the goriest battles in recent history;
• Ancient river of the Russian north-west, with a beautiful 25-meter deep canyon, that shows off rock formations from the Paleozoic era;
• A historical city older than St. Petersburg by 1000 years;
• Lighthouse that is the 2nd in Russia and 7th in the world by height;
• Waterfall, hidden deep in the Karelian forest, with height of 17-19 meters;
• Most beautiful canyon – formerly a marble quarry, from which the famous St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg was decorated;
• 19th century wooden church built in the Russian eclectic style – still standing completely intact on a shore of a beautiful lake;
• Old Lutheran stone church, which has survived two wars of the XX century, and still standing tall;
• Incomparable beauty of the Ladoga region: sand dunes, lofty mountains, forest waterfalls, pine forests, scenic lakes, virginal rivers and much more.
It seems that the experienced offroaders can choose any vehicle at all – their experience compensates any technical shortcomings; however, it is recommended for competitors will less experience to fit their vehicle with a winch and mud tires.
No. None of the mandatory points are timed, plus they are accessible on any crossover with no additional tuning. The bonus points do demand special off-road tuning, but since they are not timed, it is possible for the competitors to find a way to pass the off-road part without any rush and no special tuning. Moreover, some of the bonus points are at quite a long distance, and “seriously bad” mud tires and a “mad” body lift might hamper the vehicle’s performance on the long-distance speed special stages. Hence, considering these facts, it is safe to say that a vehicle with “mad tuning” is not the best choice for GT-Pro.
When choosing a vehicle for your GT-Pro adventure, go for a reliable crossover, which will be comfortable enough to travel at least 2,500 km in, plus it should be sturdy enough to get out of a deep puddle or a rut, with the help of a winch, if necessary.
As for the speed special stages, well-operating shock absorbers are much more important than mud-terrain tires.
About 2500 km in 8 days of the marathon.
Results depend on three factors:
- passing the entire route and obtaining all the mandatory points;
- taking as many bonus points as possible;
- driving the additional speed stages as fast as possible (don’t forget about the local speed limits!)
Daily, the competitors set off on a route designed by the organizers, the goal of which is to “obtain” as many points indicated in the roadbook as possible. There are “mandatory” points, passing which is necessary for the route of the day to be counted in the competitor’s final score; there are “bonus” points, passing which is not necessary, however, obtaining these gives the competitor a chance to earn more credits to bounce back in the game.
The fact of passing most of the off-road parts and the bonus points is recorded with a track-logger, or a chip; however, please keep in mind that some points require separate photo-proof, which is why having a camera on board is recommended (a phone camera will suffice).
Passing the speed special stages is recorded with a timer.
The best navigator is the one that you know how to use. Most common mistake is to purchase the best navigator right before the start of the competition and then stall for the first couple of days trying to learn how to use it.
To be frank - even a simple smartphone with the right GPS-app will suffice (e.g. OsmAnd, Ozi Explorer, MapsMe). Please make sure that you know how to use the navigator before the start of the competition.
Choose comfortable clothing for your journey: trousers, t-shirt, fleece, and in case of rain – a waterproof jacket and comfortable water-proof sneakers. Don’t forget that in order to obtain some of the points, it is necessary to get out of the car and take a walk in the woods.
All base camps are equipped with the following amenities for a comfortable stay:
- Medical service
- Canteen, beer bar, donuts cafe
- Security service
- Kids camp
- Garbage disposal
Sure! Even if your child gets tired of traveling in a car (don’t forget that Ladoga Trophy is a marathon that lasts for 8 days), you can always leave him/her in the kids camp under the supervision of experienced teachers.
It is recommended to spend the night in the base camp – Ladoga Trophy camps are always a great place for meeting new friends, exchanging best practices with other trophy enthusiasts - it is a place famous for its friendly atmosphere. However, if you simply cannot bear the thought of sleeping in the tent – it’s ok, there are a plenty of hotels and motels in the vicinity of all three base camps.
It is possible to stay overnight in a nearby hotel and then make sure to arrive on time for the daily briefing of the GT-lite group in the base camp.
First of all - do not despair!
Please bear this fact in mind: in most cases most damages can be fixed on-site, which is why it is recommended to have the tools and repair parts on board.
Also there are about 2500 people in the caravan of the Ladoga Trophy competition and 500 vehicles – it is almost always possible to find the wanted repair part. Mutual aid is the cornerstone of all off-road competitions. However, if you are unable to fix the damage yourself, contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.