EURO RX GLORY FOR NITISS AND BACIUSKA IN LATVIA
Wednesday 19th of September 2018
Alongside the round nine of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Riga last weekend, Latvia RX also hosted the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar and the penultimate round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600.
In Supercar, finishing second in the Intermediate Classification was enough for Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss to put the Euro RX title out of reach for his rivals. He then went on to win both his semi-final and the final to bag his third win of the season. Sweden’s Anton Marklund, the 2017 Champion, was TQ (top qualifier) in the Intermediate Classification. Third place in the final, just ahead of Germany’s Rene Muennich, meant he finished as runner-up in the standings.
France’s Cyril Raymond moved to second on lap one of the final when both Marklund and Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo went wide when Marklund was attempting to pass the EKS driver on the inside of turn five. Raymond pushed hard and closed the gap to Nitiss but finished second in the race and one point behind Marklund in the Championship. On his Supercar debut, RX2 International Series driver Sondre Evjen made the final and finished fifth, with Szabo in sixth. Both G-Fors drivers, France’s Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and Finland’s Jerre Kalliokoski finished fourth in the semi-finals.
In Super1600, Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska dominated and took a clean sweep from the event to move into the Championship lead. His Volland Racing team mate, Aydar Nuriev, finished second and Czech Republic’s Josef Susta completed the podium. Championship leader before Latvia RX, Artis Baumanis, spun at the first corner of his semi-final and although he challenged Hungary’s Zsolt Szijj Jolly until the finish line he didn’t make the final. Finland’s Jesse Kallio finished the final fourth for the SET Promotion, Jolly was fifth and another Hungarian, Gergely Marton finished sixth.
With the final round of Euro RX Super1600 at Estering in Germany remaining, Baciuska has an eight point lead over Nuriev with Baumanis another four points behind in third.
Find full results from Latvia RX here.
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