BACIUSKA TAKES SUPER1600 TITLE AT ESTERING
Wednesday 17th of October 2018
Alongside the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the World RX of Germany last weekend at Estering, the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 took place.
Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska entered the sixth and final round in the lead of the points after a dominant win in Riga, Latvia and the Audi A1 driver set two quickest times on Saturday at Estering to be overnight TQ (top qualifier). But, it was his Volland Racing team mate and nearest challenger, Russia’s Aydar Nuriev who was quickest in Q3 and Q4 to take TQ in the Intermediate Classification. Baciuska and Nuriev both won their semi-finals, and battled hard on the first lap of the final. If Nuriev was to win the Championship, he would need to win with Baciuska in sixth. Nuriev took the lead at turn two and claimed his second win of the season, but second was good enough for Baciuska to take the Championship in his first attempt.
“I don’t have words. It was so complicated in Spain and Portugal at the start of the season, it was really, really difficult but this is amazing,” said Baciuska. “This is my first title and to win it when it was so close in the last race is very amazing.”
The other driver with a chance of taking the Euro RX Super1600 title before the final round was Latvia’s Artis Baumanis, but the pre-season favourite who won rounds one and two crashed in the semi-finals and didn’t make the final. Meanwhile, Finland’s Jesse Kallio climbed back from a DNF in Q1 to finish second in semi-final one and third in the final. Russia’s Timur Shigabutdinov, Czech Republic’s Josef Susta and Hungary’s Gergely Marton completed the final classification in the 22 car field.
Find the Estering RX results here.
Find Super1600 Championship Standings here.
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