The abandoned openpits of the Bakal became the place of the annual performance.

Text and photo: Ekaterina Tolkacheva

Bakal openpits are situated 20 kilometers away from Satka. Digging for ore here began in the middle of the 18th century. Local landscape is a result of interaction of man and nature. Close cities inhabitants are using the abandoned openpits, filled with groundwater, for their summer leisure.

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Since 2007 the openpits of Bakal mining department are used by the auto racers. One of the stages of the Russia’s Championship – “Southern Ural” rally – is taking place here. The racers consider this gravel track with vertical elevetions and lacets to be one of the most challenging in Russia.

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In a few years it became a tradition among the residents of Satka and Bakal to get up early at oneof the summer days and drive in a good company round the spectator areas, from which the mostimpressive special stages can be observed.

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