Reinis Nitišs

Reinis Nitišs started his career in karting, claiming a number of national and regional titles before going on to establish himself as a two-time FIA European Rallycross Champion and the youngest event-winner in World RX history...

Nationality LVA
Date of Birth 16 December, 1995
Birthplace Jēkabpils, Latvia
Car number 15
RX2e wins 0
RX2e podiums 1

 

Reinis Nitišs started his career in karting, claiming a number of national and regional championship titles before graduating into car racing and dominating the Baltic and North European Zone (NEZ) series at Super1600 level.

His next move was into the FIA European Rallycross Championship, joining the fray midway through 2012 and lifting the Super1600 (now Euro RX3) laurels in a SET Promotion-run Renault Clio the following year, courtesy of six wins from nine starts.

That success prompted a step up to World RX in 2014, reaching the rostrum on his debut in Portugal and going on to become the championship’s youngest event-winner in round three in Norway at the age of just 18 – a record he still holds to this day. Three more podium visits secured third in the Drivers’ standings and played a key role in Olsbergs MSE clinching the Teams’ crown.

The 2015 campaign also began brightly with the runner-up spoils at Hockenheim backed up by third place at Mettet, but although he scored points in every event, Nitišs was unable to replicate the same highs over the second half of the season and slipped to seventh in the overall table.

Two further years in the top tier failed to yield any more silverware, but a switch to Euro RX’s Supercar (now Euro RX1) class in 2018 – and a reunion with SET Promotion – resulted in another title courtesy of an impressive three triumphs from five outings.

The Jēkabpils native returned to World RX in 2019, making three starts for GRX SET and finishing third at Höljes – despite spectacularly rolling his Hyundai i20 in Q1 – before competing on home soil in Riga with ESmotorsport in 2020. After racing to Baltic CrossCar glory in 2021, Nitišs rejoined the World Championship package for the third round of the inaugural RX2e campaign at Lohéac.