More than 20 years in professional sport
12th Dakar Rally coming soon!
2021 – #12 in Dakar
2020 – TOP15 in Dakar
2019 – 11th Best Baltic result in Dakar
2017 – #1 FIA Baltic Rally Trophy
2016 – #1 Eneos 1000km race
2015 – #1 privateer in Dakar
98% – Number of Lithuanians who recognise Benediktas Vanagas
2020 – Voted Lithuania’s “Steering Wheel of the Year”
2019 – Voted Lithuania’s most influential active sportsperson
2019 – Voted amongst TOP20 most influential Lithuanians
2017 – Voted Lithuania’s “Sports Manager of the Year”
2011 – St. Christopher Award for contribution to sports
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Baltics
“A team is as strong as its weakest link”.
I am surrounded by highest-level professionals.
There are many challenges ahead of us.
It is an honour to go on this journey together!
If you share our drive and ambition, join us!
Benediktas Vanagas is one of the most versatile race car drivers in the Baltics with over 20 years’ experience and numerous achievements in classic rally, circuit and off-road racing as well as marathon rallies.
Marathon rallies are long-distance racing events usually taking place on rough terrain.
The most famous marathon rally is the Dakar. For the first thirty years it was held in Africa before being relocated to South America in 2009. The event has been organised in Saudi Arabia since 2020.
The Dakar Rally attracts the world’s best racing drivers who know that youthful energy will not help in this ultra-marathon – it is experience that counts. I already have 10 Dakars in my account which gives me simbolic “Dakar Legend” status and true experience in physically and mentally tough challenges.
Classic rally is called the king of motor sports for a reason.
It is one of the most challenging racing disciplines, where drivers compete on asphalt, gravel and ice roads. This is where I have spent most of my career.
Circuit. Close contact. Precision.
That’s circuit racing. The Team has twice won Lithuania’s biggest 1000km long-distance race.
One of our future ambitions is to take part in the legendary “Le Mans” race which would complete the list of iconic motor sport competitions held globally across all racing disciplines.
Off-road racing means driving on the kind of terrain that would be impenetrable by foot. I have twice come second in the legendary “Ladoga Trophy” race.
Suitable, well-fitted and carefully-prepared equipment is very important for achieving the best result possible.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Hillux (2020)
The team’s arsenal includes the latest specification Toyota Gazoo Racing Hillux vehicles, used for competing in the Baja race as well as the Dakar Rally which is the most challenging marathon rally in the world.
Our service truck is an SUV, which can reach the race car where no other vehicle could penetrate.
The truck is called Tuku in honour of a Lithuanian firm Tukada Tech, who have fitted the vehicle out.
The team’s technical hub is a 6×4 service truck called Lightning, which accompanies us to every racing event around the globe.
Land Cruiser & Hilux
During every race the team is serviced by Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux vehicles.