German racer Rainer Zietlow donates €3,000 to Belarusian SOS village

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 14:24  |  Written by  BelTA

Rainer Zietlow has recently set a new world record for the fastest drive between Magadan, Russia and Lisbon, Portugal

Famous German racer, holder of world records Rainer Zietlow has donated €3,000 to a Belarusian SOS village. The driver spoke on the matter at a press conference in Minsk on 19 September, BelTA has learned.

Rainer Zietlow has recently set a new world record for the fastest drive between Magadan, Russia and Lisbon, Portugal. He and his team covered a distance of 15,225km in 6 days 9 hours. Their route went through Belarus.

“Belarus is one of my favorite countries. I like the people and the Belarusian nature, and can say with confidence that it is a nice place to spend a holiday. Besides, I strongly support the system of SOS villages. I have donated €3,000 to a SOS village in Maryina Gorka. I talked with the kids there and played football with them,” Rainer Zietlow said.

Ambassador of Germany to Belarus Peter Dettmar was among those who supported the Magadan-Lisbon motor race. The diplomat helped the driver to swiftly cross the Belarusian-Polish border. “Rainer's record deserves admiration. It takes me a month to cover such distances,” Peter Dettmar said.

The world record saw Rainer Zietlow and his team pass through Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. “The secret of such long drives is the ability to quickly go into a deep sleep, passion for driving, and the ability to drive at night for long hours,” the racer noted. His average speed was 98km/h, and he traveled some 220km per day.

Rainer Zietlow's most recent world record with Touareg V6 TDI was preceded by another three. This vehicle already saw the team travel from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska in 2010, from Melbourne to Saint Petersburg in 2012, and from South Africa to Norway in 2014.

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