The start of the Aurum 1006 km powered by Hankook race has been given in Palanga.
Even before the start, the drivers, guests and sponsors of the event acknowledged that in 22 years of the largest race in the Baltic States, "Aurum 1006 km powered by Hankook" has become an integral part of the country's sports and culture.
Marius Skuodis, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, was honoured to announce "Ladies and gentlemen, start the engines!" which is a traditional phrase before the start of the race.
Forty-one teams line up to fight for the trophy of the "Aurum 1006 km powered by Hankook" race. The race should take about nine hours, so the finish is forecasted at around 9 pm.
The race has begun, and the drivers are spinning the first laps. To reach 1006 km, teams have to cover 373 laps.