THEY SAID WHAT AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF NESTE WORLD RX OF RĪGA
Reinis Nitišs: “We have done more than should have been possible, looking at our pace and lap times. The starts got better by the end of the event. We lacked pace in the semi-final, but my objective was to maintain my position on track. Of course, it is not a large difference between finishing fifth or sixth, but I still wanted to get the best possible position. Semi-final start was a bit lucky, with me moving up to third place, but we have to be realistic – it is impossible to fight for top positions if you are slower than your competitors. There are a few ideas on what we could change for tomorrow. What is important is that we were fighting. The team is doing everything they can to solve any issues that arise. We will try and get an even better result tomorrow.”
Jānis Baumanis: “Day one of Projekt E is complete. First qualifying was quite good, but Cyril got a better start in Q2. We are doing everything possible on the track, but it is clear that at the moment the Citroen is faster on asphalt and we are quicker on the gravel sections. It is interesting to compare the behaviour of R5 cars here in Projekt E, when they are driven by great rallycross drivers, with Cyril definitely being in that category. I believe that we are going to have some exciting battles tomorrow. Today was also fun, and a completely new experience for me – I hope that the spectators enjoyed it as well. These cars are as powerful as Supercar class, but they are a bit heavier, which is why we are 2 seconds per lap slower. Projekt E cars are 200 kilograms heavier, which results in longer braking distances, but I believe that soon enough these cars will be able to fight for top five times overall.”
“This feels very good. We were really pushing hard in Q2 and Q3, I was not really able to pull off the best times, but instead we had some good tyres for the semi-final and final so I think we had a big jump on our competitors or terms of tyres, then we had two good starts, and everything is much easier when you have fresh tyres. Big thanks to the team, we made some changes between Q3 and the semi-final and it actually made the car better so that feels good to gamble and go in the right direction,” said winner Johan Kristoffersson.
Ekstrom’s podium was the 25th of his career. “The first corner of the final was a little bit too exciting, I don’t know exactly what happened to Robin, we’ll have to watch the television, but it was a bit messy and after I drove as fast as I could behind Kevin. After he jokered I had a clear track and ended up P2. For sure that was not our wish when we came here, we wanted to win but during qualifying we were not good enough so we couldn’t do good enough starts so we couldn’t be at the front in Q1 and Q2. When you’re on the back foot then you have to try and recover and I think P2 is a good recovery, but you need to be spot on to win these races especially when the other guys are in top shape as well,” said Mattias Ekstrom.
Hansen was pleased with a podium finish after a hard-fought day in Riga. “We had a tough day. We see glimpses of really good performance, some good launches and I’ve been fastest on lap time many times today, but you know when you’re not up front then it’s not easy. We need to improve those launches so we can be at the front of the races from the beginning. I must say coming in third is really good and I’m super happy about that. The team has worked so hard and it is paying off, but at this level, it’s a slow process to gain speed, but I’m quite confident tomorrow will be even better,” said Timmy Hansen.
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Live broadcasts on LTV
We would like to remind the spectators that all qualifying heats as well as the finals will be shown on Latvijas Televīzija channel LTV7. The first broadcast will begin at 10:15 on Saturday, September 19, while Sunday’s action will begin on 9:30.
Tickets available in Biļešu Serviss locations
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NESTE RIGA WORLD RX OF RĪGA TIMETABLE
Sunday, September 20*
|08:00||Gates open to the public|
|09:50||Qualifying 1 // World RX, Round 6
Qualifying 3 // Euro RX, Supercar
Qualifying 3 // Projekt E
|11:15||Qualifying 2 // World RX, Round 6
Qualifying 4 // Euro RX, Supercar
Qualifying 4 // Projekt E
|13:15||Semi-final // Euro RX, Supercar
Qualifying 3 // World RX, Round 6
Final // Euro RX, Supercar
|16:00||Semi-finals // World RX, Round 6
Final // Projekt E
Final // World RX, Round 6
|18:00||CSDD Biķernieki Circuit closed for spectators|
*Times listed in Latvia local time (CET+1; GMT+3). They are subject to change without prior announcement.