Baja Germany

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Baja Germany
Current season 2017
Vehicle type Prototypes
Country or region International
Current name Baja Germany
Previous names Baja Central Germany
Baja Saxonia
First season 2001
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The Baja Germany was an international license-free rally raid that took place annually until 2017 near Hohenmölsen in an approximately 300 hectare brown coal mining site. After a fresh start in 2009, it counted as Europe's largest off-road rally raid.


From 2001 to 2003 events were held under the name Baja Germany, which were planned as a run to the FIA Marathon World Cup . Well-known participants at the time included Jutta Kleinschmidt in a works VW, Luc Alphand in an X-raid BMW X5CC and the then Mitsubishi works driver Andrea Mayer . After a few events, Baja Germany was discontinued.

In 2008 the Baja Saxonia and in 2009 the BAJA300 POWERDAYS Germany were organized in the style of the Baja 1000 . One of the initiators of the BAJA300 was Armin Schwarz . After a change of organizer and venue, the Baja has been taking place in an open-cast mine near Hohenmölsen since 2012 and is organized by the 4 × 4 Club Leipzig. In 2013 it took place as Baja Mitteldeutschland in cooperation with Baboons Endurance Day . There were 339 teams and around 1500 drivers at the start.

Well-known participants in recent years have been Jesse G. James , Cyril Despres , Paulo Gonçalves , Gerard de Rooy and other participants in the Dakar Rally . The winner of the Baja Germany in 2013 in the truck class was Gerard de Rooy, he was also fastest in all classes.

A partnership with the Wroclaw Rally has existed since 2012 and points for the German Offroad Masters DMV Rally Raid Championship have been earned since 2013 . 131 rally cars, 114 motorcycles, 26 rally trucks, 28 side-by-side buggies and 9 quads were registered for Baja Germany 2014.

Baja Germany took place for the last time in 2017 due to the expansion of production in the Profen open-cast lignite mine. The follow-up event in the format of a weekend event was the Breslau 500 in 2018 . Since 2019 only the Wroclaw Rally, which has been shortened to five days, has existed .

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