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BACIUSKA SWITCHES BACK TO THE FUTURE

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

One of the rising stars of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2019, Rokas Baciuska, sat out the final round at the SABAT World RX of South Africa recently to focus on fighting at the front in 2020.

The Lithuanian driver stunned regulars in his first season of World RX and is working hard on his future. “We chose to miss the last race in our agreement with GCK, it was clear from the very beginning that we would not do it. We chose to skip South Africa with the one car that does not bring [Teams’] Championship points, so that car can he tested by me and my team mates,” said Baciuska.

The 2018 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 Champion switched from ESmotorsport Labas-GAS after round two this season, before signing for GCK. He set top times in the most recent World RX events in France and Latvia.

“I’m quite happy with the performance we’ve had. Especially if we consider that in the middle of the season I changed car. Every race in the Megane I was more and more confident and in the last two races I could show all of my speed. We were not lucky enough in the semi-finals or finals but still we know that we can be on the front row. The racing this season has been incredible. The fight in the championship is so tight and so huge. Look at the free practice results too. If you are 1 sec. per lap slower from the leader you are out of the top 12. That is pretty tight. And the gaps between the top 5 are very, very small.”

Baciuska has yet to sign a contract for the 2020 World RX season, but admits that he is working hard on remaining with GCK and is targeting fighting for the title next year. “Guerlian (Chicherit) is an incredibly nice and friendly guy. We must work a lot if we want to be on top, and we all want that.

"From now we start our test programme to be as good for the beginning of the season as possible. I’ve had great time in GCK and I’ve had a very nice engineer in Richard Thompson who gave me so much. Everyone in GCK has been so nice,” he said.

“For next year I still have to learn a lot about driving on loose gravel. I can do better there. On tarmac I am quite confident but if the gravel is very loose then it could be better. And with the starts. The Megane has a very specific start procedure and I need more confidence to make the starts better.

"As always the biggest question mark is the budget, but we would like to stay in GCK as we think there is great potential in this team. We will know in a couple of months. We just want to fight for the title from next season – I want to win the World RX title.”

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