Stasis Brundza

Stasis Brundza

Soviet and Lithuanian racing driver
Date of Birth: 22.02.1947
Country: Lithuania

  1. Stasis Brundza - Soviet and Lithuanian Racing Driver
  2. Early Career and Achievements
  3. Professional Success and Recognition
  4. International Success
  5. Later Career and Life

Stasis Brundza - Soviet and Lithuanian Racing Driver

Stasis Brundza is a renowned Soviet and Lithuanian racing driver, known for his participation in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and his impressive achievements in the sport. Born on February 22, 1947, in Kaunas, Brundza discovered his passion for racing at a young age.

Early Career and Achievements

In 1963, at the age of 16, Brundza made his debut in rallying at the Vilnius Radio Factory Prize. However, his racing career faced a setback in 1966 when he suffered a severe spinal injury during training. Despite this setback, Brundza never gave up on his dream and continued to pursue his passion for racing.

Professional Success and Recognition

Brundza graduated from the Vilnius Institute of Engineering and Construction in 1976, specializing in Automotive Transport. He earned the title of Honored Master of Sports of the USSR and became a three-time champion of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) in rallying.

However, Brundza's most notable accomplishments came as a ten-time champion of the USSR in rallying, achieving this impressive feat between 1971 and 1983. He also competed in the World Rally Championship on 19 occasions, with his best result being a 6th place finish at the Acropolis Rally in 1976.

International Success

Brundza's racing prowess was not limited to the USSR. He was a three-time winner in the Group 2 category of the Finnish stage of the World Championship from 1980 to 1982. Additionally, he emerged as the champion of the Tour de Europe Rally in 1974 and received bronze medals in various international rallies, including the Polish Raid (1972), Tatry (1977), and Šumava (1985).

Later Career and Life

In 1982, Brundza took on the role of director at the Vilnius Vehicle Factory (VFTS) and later served as the director of the Experimental Vilnius Automobile Plant (EVA) from 1988 to 1992. From 1992 to 2001, he acted as the general importer of Volkswagen and Audi automobiles in Lithuania.

Outside of racing, Brundza also held positions of leadership in various automotive clubs and organizations. He became the president of the Lithuanian Automobile Club in 1996 and the Lithuanian Rolls-Royce Club in 2000. Currently, he serves as the president of the Board of Directors at Snoras Bank.

Brundza, who resides in both Spain and Lithuania with his second wife, is an avid car enthusiast and owns a collection of luxury vehicles, including Maybach, Aston Martin DB7, Cadillac Escalade, and Bentley Continental R. In 2000, he concluded his racing career by competing in the Nürburgring 24-hour race behind the wheel of a Porsche 911.

In recent years, Brundza has been involved in a project to construct a race track in the outskirts of Vilnius, based on the design by German architect Hermann Tilke.