FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
RD5: RIGA RX - LATVIA
Round 5 race action for UNKORRUPTED in Latvia
A fresh, bright and dry morning greeted the UNKORRUPTED squad for Round 5 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Riga, Latvia, on the first day of the 3rd double header event of the 2020 season.
As the first event this season to host a crowd, eager fans were queuing up early in the morning to not miss a glimpse of the race action, bringing some of the famous live atmosphere back to the track.
Having had a challenging start to the season, Unkorrupted spent time pre-event in Latvia testing various elements of the GCK Clio R.S. RX. While they found the issues in set up that needed to be changed and some changes were made ahead of the race day, the UNKORRUPTED crew were aware of additional work needing to be done and expectations for round 5 of the Championship were to test the changes and gather valuable data in the different conditions the Latvian track presented to Finland and Sweden.
The first qualifier saw UNKORRUPTED’s Guerlain Chicherit finish in 4th with the 13th fastest time overall, while teammate Rokas Baciuska raced into p3 until a spin at the end of the 3rd lap over a curb resulted in him dropping into 4th, and p15 overall.
Q2 saw Baciuska tuck in behind Scheider into p2 following contact with Paasonen in the first corner, which later resulted ins a 5 second penalty, dropping him into p16 overall.
Having finished his 2nd qualifier in p4, putting him in p14 overall, the final qualifying race of round 5 of the Championship saw Chicherit line up alongside UNKORRUPTED teammate Rokas Baciuska. While Guerlain pushed into p3 in the first corner, Rokas took a wide line and spinning on his way back into the race line, he dropped into p4. Both retained their positions to finish in 3rd and 4th, and the race day in p15 and 16 overall.
GUERLAIN CHICHERIT - P15 OVERALL
P13 in Q1 / P13 in Q2 / P14 in Q3
“We knew it was going to be a tough race day here in Riga because we still have significant changes to make, which we didn’t have time to implement ahead of this round. However, I’m not one to give up and we continue to turn up for the fight and to gather the data needed to further develop the car. The team works so hard and continues to push forward and while we don’t have the pace on the track that we need to fight for the top spots right now, this is all part of motorsport - you have to work hard and be able to take the losses to then enjoy the wins even more.”, Chicherit commented.
ROKAS BACIUSKA - P16 OVERALL
P15 in Q1 / P15 in Q2 / P15 in Q3
“Of course we are disappointed with the result, especially after having had such a great race here in Riga last year - I really love the track and the opportunity to race in front of fans again. We knew today’s racing was going to be difficult and it’s been tough to try to fight back.”, Rokas added
The season so far in slow-mo!
Everybody loves a slow-mo, right? The first 4 rounds of the 2020 World RX season might have gone by in a blur, but we've slowed it down for you with some slow motion highlights from Sweden & Finland!
360° with Guerlain Chicherit
The Kouvola RX track in Finland is a real favourite among fans and drivers - and it's easy to see why! Enjoy a GoPro Max 360° onboard from this rollercoaster of a track with Guerlain Chicherit in the UNKORRUPTED Clio R.S. RX!
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