The crew got good pace and took the lead of the race from the start. They won the first four special stages and make the gap from the Norwegian Oliver Solberg to 42 seconds in the overall standing. The weather conditions were extreme: it was warm; the snow melted and turned the road into slushy mess.
Unfortunately, on SS5, Nikolay drove into one turn a little faster than needed, touched a snowbank and the car was turned around. The crew continued the race at once, but radiators clogged with snow caused engine overheating and forced our sportsmen to stop for cleaning.
As a result Nikolay and Yaroslav rolled back to the 8th place and continued the race almost three minutes behind the leader. But the crew managed to score 3rd place in the Rally due to winning SS6 and SS8 and two other participants' problems.