The World RX Championship returns to the Bikernieki track

After several major challenges, the development scenario allows you to spend this week Neste World RX of Riga is waiting, which for the fifth year in a row will provide an opportunity to enjoy the highest level of FIA World Rallycross Championship in Riga, the organizers of the stage report.

This time, twice as many events are expected as before, because CSDD Biķernieki track There will be two stages of the championship on September 19 and 20 – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Domestic pilot Reinis Nitišs will also start in both stages, meanwhile in the newly created electric car competition. Project E another Latvian pilot Jānis Baumanis will try.

Neste World RX of Riga will be clarified in time Monster Energy Winners of the fifth and sixth stages of the FIA ​​World Rallycross Championship. The first two stages of the season were held on the Holjes track in Sweden, followed by two stages in Kouvola, Finland. During the first four stages with two victories and leadership World RX Johann Christoferson, the two-time world champion in rallycross, has returned to the championship this year after spending one season in a saloon car race. Christopher starts with Volkswagen Polo GTI RX car and is the only rider to make it to all four finals this season.

His compatriot, another world rallycross champion Matthias Ekstrom, has become Christoperson’s closest follower in the overall standings. He too World RX has returned to circulation after a break of a year, and has won one victory in the stages so far and climbed the podium twice more. Extrins teammate Robins Larsons has completed four stable stages and is in the sixth position in the overall standings. This allows both to be represented KYB Team JC as the team ranks World RX team tests in the leading position.

In the last stage before going to Riga for World RX The third winner of the season in four stages was the Finnish pilot Niklass Gronholm. GRX Taneco The team rider ‘s victory in the home stage allowed him to climb to World RX the third position in the overall score. Last year, Gronholm finished second in the race in Latvia, yielding only to the future world champion Timmy Hansen, who did not succeed in the start of the 2020 season as brilliantly as last year – the motorist has climbed the podium only once and is in the fourth position. A similar performance to Timi’s younger brother Kevin Hansen, who scored six points and is one position lower.

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Reinis Nitišs, Photo: Edgars Beļakovs / F1LV

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Reinis Nitišs, Photo: Edgars Beļakovs / F1LV

Neste World RX of Riga double stage will also start Reinis Nitišs, who this time joined the Lithuanian team ESmotorsport and will lead Škoda Fabia Evo RX car. Nitišs has never missed it yet Neste World RX of Riga competition – he started the first two years World RX test, first with Olsbergs MSE teams Ford Fiesta, but a year later with EKS RX teams Audi S1. In 2018, Reinis became a two-time European champion in Riga, winning with SET Promotion teams Ford Fiesta Supercar. Meanwhile, last year, performing GRX Taneco development pilot duties, he sat at Hyundai i20 steering wheel, World RX at the end of the eighth place.

Simultaneously with the participants of the world championship on the start Neste World RX of Riga will also enter the European Championships Supercar test pilots. In the first stage of the season, Oliver Erikson won, leaving Andrea Duborg and Peter Hedstrom behind. As the European Championship season this year consists of three stages, then the start CSDD Biķernieki track will play a special role in the fight for the title.

Between Neste World RX of Riga Representatives of our immediate neighbors, Timur Timerjanov of Russia (World RX), Lithuanians Roks Baciuška (World RX) and Paul Pleskov (Euro RX Supercar) and the Estonian Andris Ouns (Euro RX Supercar).

Last year Riga Motor Museum premises and CSDD Biķernieki Track was first shown to a wider audience STARD created a rallycross electric car, but this year the electric cars will go on the track already “Battle” conditions. Project E The first stage of the championship was won by the attractive American showman Ken Block. The second of the four planned for this year will be held in Riga Project E stages. Experience your debut in Riga with Citroen Racing factory team support prepared Citroen C3 ERX a car that will be entrusted to Siril Raymond.

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Jānis Baumanis, Photo: Riga RX twitter

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Jānis Baumanis, Photo: Riga RX twitter

But more importantly, in the fight for victory with Ford Fiesta ERX the car will also engage Jānis Baumanis, thus becoming the first Latvian rallycross pilot, who will have gained racing experience in the hitherto little – known class, with which the future growth of rallycross is closely connected. Baumanis has participated in all four so far CSDD Biķernieki Track occurred World RX stages you’ve always started with Ford Fiesta Supercar – in 2016 World RX Team Austria as a team, and then three times Team STARD as a member of the team, finishing the 2019 Riga competition in the 12th position.

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