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Baltic Time Attack Series is here! Round 3 will take place on July 28 in the legendary Biķernieki circuit in Rīga, Latvia
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Rode wins round 3 of Baltic Time Attack Series, Jānis Baumanis on the podium

On Sunday, July 28, the Biķernieki circuit hosted round three of Baltic Time Attack Series. Among more than 40 competitors, the fastest overall lap time was set by touring car driver Roberts Rode (Nissan 200SX), while the Supercar class was won by Mārtiņš Lukstiņš (McLaren 570S).

The paddock was filled with lots of exciting and different cars, as the ABC Race touring car event also took place as part of the Baltic Time Attack Series round three. Throughout the day, there were exciting battles for every last tenth of a second on track. One of the competitors in the Baltic Time Attack Series was World Rallycross Championship star Jānis Baumanis (Nissan GT-R), with guests from Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and France also taking part in the event.

While it was sunny, the hot weather served as an additional challenge to both the cars and drivers themselves, with car interiors heating up to and above 40 degrees Celsius. The temperature might be a reason why a large part of the competitors set their quickest lap time in the first of two runs.

Roberts Rode set the quickest lap time, going around Biķernieki in 1:25.079. That was enough to take home a victory in the Unlimited class, beating Raimonds Tihonovs (Nissan 200SX), who was second in class and third in the overall classification.

Supercar class had a very exciting line up of both cars and competitors, with the battle for podium being between rallycross driver Jānis Baumanis in a Nissan GT-R, touring car driver Ernests Skulte in a Porsche Cayman GT4, Estonian guest Lasse Hurt in an Audi R8, and this series’ debutant Mārtiņš Lukstiņš in a McLaren 570S. At the end of the day, it was Lukstiņš who came out on top, beating Estonian driver Hurt by 1.5 seconds.

The battle for third position was very close – Baumanis was 0.8 seconds ahead of Skulte after the first of two runs, but could not take part in his second run due to a technical problem. That gave Ernests a chance to overtake the rallycross driver, but he only managed to improve his time by 0.3 seconds, which was not enough to get on the podium this time.

3000+ class had an exciting battle for the top spot, with the result being determined in the last few minutes of the second run. Round two winner, Lithuanian Algirdas Gelzinis in an Audi TT RS, was quickest in both qualifying and was leading after the first run, but Mareks Žukurs had saved his best for last and set his quickest lap at the end of the second run. Having resolved technical issues that had plagued his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the morning, Žukurs set a 1:30.422 lap time, beating Gelzinis by 0.8 seconds and coming away with a victory. Einārs Lindermanis (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) managed to finish third.

The next and final round of Baltic Time Attack Series will take place on September 28 in Auto24ring circuit in Parnu, Estonia. We would like to note that Baltic Time Attack Series is an event for both street-legal and race cars, where you can get invaluable track experience. In addition to that, the Parnu based track is definitely easier for new drivers, as it has much larger run off areas even if a mistake is made. More information about the upcoming event can be found on the series website, as well as on our Facebook page.

Baltic Time Attack round 3 results:
2000
1. Edvīns Vansovičs, Honda Civic
2. Sandis Siliņš, Honda Civic
3. Marta Starka, Honda Civic

3000
1. Andris Čats, BMW 3. sērija
2. Pavel Schapov, BMW 3. sērija
3. Pēteris Guļāns, BMW 3. sērija

3000+
1. Mareks Žukurs, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2. Algirdas Gelžinis, Audi TT RS
3. Einārs Lindermanis, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

PRO2000
1. Reinis Lazdiņš, Honda Civic
2. Deividas Sakalauskas, Honda Civic
3. Artiom Kuzmiciov, Honda Civic

PRO3000
1. Artjoms Kočlamazšvili, BMW 3. sērija
2. Andris Ancāns, BMW 3. sērija

Supercar
1. Mārtiņš Lukstiņš, McLaren 570S
2. Lasse Hurt, Audi R8
3. Jānis Baumanis, Nissan GT-R

Unlimited
1. Roberts Rode, Nissan 200SX
2. Raimonds Tihonovs, Nissan 200SX

Baltic Time Attack Series to gather the region’s quickest cars in Biķernieki on July 28

Next Sunday, on July 28, the Biķernieki circuit will host round three of the Baltic Time Attack Series, with some of the fastest cars from the region taking place. There is a hope that we will see two of the fastest Latvian touring car drivers join the field as well – Artūrs Batraks in his Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo and Roberts Rode in the heavily modified Nissan 200SX.

The debut season of Baltic Time Attack Series is meant to show existing and prospective competitors this new event format, where you can do more than 100 competitive kilometres within a single competition. It also showcases the attention to detail from the organizers who have more than 15 years of experience in organizing motorsports events.

In addition to the aforementioned touring car drivers, Batraks and Rode, another favourite to set the quickest time is Raimonds Tihonovs, who set the fastest overall lap time in round two. Similarly to Rode, Tihonovs is also competing in a heavily modified, 700 horsepower Nissan 200SX. As has been the case in both previous rounds, we will see a huge variety of vehicles tackling the challenging Biķernieki track, starting from classic BMW M series models and Japanese legends Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Subaru Impreza, all the way up to the newest generation Porsches.

Competitors will be racing on the legendary Biķernieki circuit, with 3.6 kilometres of fast and technical corners, along with some elevation changes along the way. The Rīga based track is unique with its location – even though it is in the centre of the Latvian capital, the circuit itself is inside the Biķernieki forest, providing an unparalleled driving experience.

Online registration for round three of Baltic Time Attack Series is open and taking place in the Registration section. Event regulations and other important documentation can be found in the Documentation section, and you can also follow news on the series Facebook page.

Raimonds Tihonovs fastest in round two of Baltic Time Attack Series

On Saturday, June 22, just before the Midsummer Festival, the Biķernieki circuit hosted round two of the Baltic Time Attack Series. Among nearly 40 competitors, the fastest lap time of the day, 1:28.506, was set by Raimonds Tihonovs in a Nissan 200SX, which was enough to take a victory in the Unlimited class.

The warm and sunny weather prompted drivers from all three Baltic countries to come to BIķernieki in order to determine the quickest among them in seven classes. With Baltic Time Attack Series being one of the first racing disciplines to make it possible for both street legal and race cars to compete on the Biķernieki circuit without any speed dampeners, all competitors had an opportunity to enjoy this legendary circuit to its fullest.

The closest battle of the day took place in 3000 class, where round one winner Andris Čats was just 0.6 seconds ahead of Pavel Shchapov after qualifying. He did manage to find a bit more speed during the timed runs, ultimately winning by 1.2 seconds, while Pēteris Gulāns took third place. BMW 330 was the choice of car for all three of them.

One of the surprises of the day was definitely in the 3000+ class, where Lithuanian Algirdas Gelzinis (Audi TT RS) did just seven total laps, but that was enough to set the quickest lap of the day, beating Ruslan Skoropanak (BMW M2) and Sandis Šāblis (Subaru Impreza STI). As is becoming customary, Honda Civic is the car to beat in the 2000 class, with Edvīns Vansovičs coming out on top this time around.

Honda Civic took the top two steps on the podium in PRO2000 class as well, with Reinis Lazdiņš beating Modris Žentiņš, while Estonian driver Aivar Aedmaa (Seat Ibiza Cupra) had to settle for third place this time. Andris Ancāns (BMW 325) won the PRO3000 class, Jānis Lielcepure (Porsche 911 GT3 RS) was quickest in the Supercar class, but the aforementioned Raimonds Tihonovs (Nissan 200SX) took the top spot of the podium in the Unlimited class.

After the event, competitors praised the event format, especially noting the opportunity for lots of track time in the dangerous but exciting Biķernieki circuit. With that, they were able to get in lots of practice and improve their ability on this Rīga based circuit.

Round three of the Baltic Time Attack Series will take place on July 28, with the series staying in Biķernieki, and an expectation that the Baltic drivers will be joined by some competitors from the Nordic countries. As a reminder, this series is open to both street legal and race cars. More information about the series is available on its website at www.timeattack.lv.

Baltic Time Attack Series is on its way to Biķernieki

A month ago, on May 4, Baltic Time Attack Series hosted its first ever event in the Auto24ring circuit in Estonia. Round two is set to take place on June 22, with the series coming to the Biķernieki circuit in Rīga, Latvia.

First round of the Baltic Time Attack Series had competitors from four countries – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia. For round two, there is an expectation for an increased number of drivers from the Baltic countries, as well as new competitors from Finland. The Nordic drivers are interested in coming to Biķernieki due to its unique layout and location in the middle of a forest, which makes for a special and unforgettable feeling when racing.

In Estonia, we saw an extremely varied list of cars competing – everything from 3 series BMWs and Honda Civics, to sporty cars such as the BMW M2, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 GT3 and the Toyota GT86. As a special treat, fans had a chance to see probably the quickest touring car in the Baltics, with Artūrs Batraks competing in a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.

As can be understood from this variety of cars, Baltic Time Attack Series is an event for everyone who is looking to spend some quality time on track and compete against like-minded people. Competitors are split into classes based on car type and performance, with more information on that available in the Documentation section.

Online registration for round two of the Baltic Time Attack Series is already open at the Registration section of this website. Tickets for spectators are also on sale already, they are available in all Biļešu Serviss locations, as well as online on the Biļešu Serviss website. See you in Biķernieki on June 22!

Baltic Time Attack Series debuts with a thrilling event in Auto24ring

The first weekend of May was cold and snowy in places, but Parnu managed to avoid any snow and rain and the event took place on a dry circuit. In Round 1, Artūrs Batraks, driving a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, managed to set a lap time of 1:15.962, which is just 1.345 seconds off the official track record which had been set by a Formula Baltic open-wheel car.

Thirty-three competitors from four countries ignored the rough weather forecasts and came to Parnu, Estonia to battle for podium spots in six classes. Even in qualifying, it was clear that we were in for some extremely close fights in numerous classes, with the lap times being very close. As expected, the lap times improved as the day went on – Batraks set a lap time of 1:19.663 in qualifying, did a 1:18.765 in the first run and then improved that time by 2.8 seconds in his second attempt. Other competitors did not improve by quite as much, but there was progress nonetheless. The event concluded just moments before Parnu was hit by a rainstorm, making it clear that the great weather was “reserved” just for the running of the event.

Eduards Kalve, Baltic Time Attack Series organizer: “We are happy that there was no reason to cancel the event and that the bravest competitors came to Parnu. It was great to see the friendly and family-like atmosphere on track – experienced drivers and debutants could be differentiated only by checking who asked questions to whom. We are also thrilled that this event format is enjoyable for everyone. At this point, we can safely say that there will be at least three times more competitors in Round 2, as drivers from the Baltics, Nordics and other neighbouring countries have already shown an interest in coming to Biķernieki.”

The quickest class, “Unlimited”, was won by Artūrs Batraks in a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, beating Raimonds Tihonovs in a Nissan 200SX. The exclusive “Supercar” class saw dominance from Lithuanian Porsche drivers, with Mantas Janavicius (Porsche 911 Turbo S) coming out on top, followed by Marius Bartkus in a Porsche 911 GT3. Bartkus was the quickest in qualifying but was beaten in the timed runs and had to settle for second place, 0.7 seconds behind the leader. Third spot on the podium went to Jonas Poskus, who was just fifth after qualifying. Modris Žentiņš was easily the quickest in the PRO2000 class in his Honda Civic, beating Estonian driver Aivar Aedmaa who was also in a Honda.

3000+ class was the most popular among the participants, with Lithuanian Dainius Kablys (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) coming out on top, beating Latvian drivers Edgars Freivalds (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) and Mārcis Stūriška (Subaru Impreza). Andris Čats (BMW 330i) was the fastest in 3000 class, beating two Estonian drivers – Vladimir Tkatsov (Honda Civic Type-R) and Juri Ledjajev (BMW 328) who was the fastest in qualifying. In 2000 class, the podium was occupied by Honda Civic drivers, with victory going to Reinis Trūps, who beat Sandis Siliņš and the youngest competitor and only woman in the event, Marta Starka (she shared a car with the class winner).

Round 2 of the Baltic Time Attack Series will take place on June 22 in Biķernieki circuit in Rīga, Latvia. More information about the event and its technical regulations can be found on the official event website at www.timeattack.lv, as well as on social media, searching for @baltictimeattack.

First round of “Baltic Time Attack Series” to take place on May 4 in Parnu

This weekend, on May 4, the Auto 24 Ring track in Parnu will host the first round of “Baltic Time Attack Series”. The series is meant for both drivers who want to test themselves and their street legal cars on the track, and experienced racing drivers, who use this competition as practice for another championship or are looking to take home the trophy in time attack. With that, this format often serves as a first step into motorsports for those drivers who are looking to drive faster than speed limits permit on the roads. At the same time, it is a serious event for experienced racing drivers, giving them a chance to find those last few tenths of lap time both in their own driving and adjusting the car setup.

Eduards Kalve, event organizer: “This event came to be after discussions with motorsports enthusiasts and racing drivers who were looking for something new. We tried to find a format that suits most of our potential competitors, and time attack seemed to check all the right boxes. That makes it possible to gather both amateurs and professionals in a single event, giving everyone a chance to enjoy their cars in a safe environment. In addition to that, we have also found a way to get rid of putting speed dampeners on the track for the street legal cars, which were often a reason why someone would not come to an event. Of course, every series needs a bit of time to get up to speed, but we expect that in our second round, taking place in Biķernieki track on June 22, the number of participants will approach our set limit for a single event.”

Your objective in the event is very simple – to set the fastest possible single lap time. To do that, you will have two twenty-minute sessions, with a ten-minute qualifying session before that. With that, each competitor will have a total of fifty minutes on track in each round.

Competitors are split into seven classes, based on the engine capacity and type of car. There are three classes for street legal cars and three more classes for race cars. The seventh class is a novelty in the Baltic region – the “Supercar” class, where exclusive vehicles compete as part of the event.

At the moment, there are forty five entries for round one, but the online registration will remain open until the evening of May 3, and competitors will also have the option to register for the event at the Auto 24 Ring circuit on the morning of the competition. Most of the registered drivers are in street legal cars, but there are also quite a few Porsches and other “Supercar” class cars. In even more exciting news, we will also see the Baltic competition debut of a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.

Registration for round one of “Baltic Time Attack Series” is now open

Four weeks before the debut event of the “Baltic Time Attack Series”, taking place on May 4 in Auto 24 Ring, the online registration has been opened. This racing series is unique in that it welcomes anyone, from professionals to drivers who have always wanted to see what it is like driving on a real race track. This is the only legal way to test your car in an environment where you will not be fined for speeding.

In order to compete in “Baltic Time Attack Series”, you do not need a race car or a complete set of racing equipment. All you need is a street legal vehicle, which can actually be used by multiple drivers within the same event. Even if you do not own a car, it is possible to rent one specifically for this series. If you are looking for rental options, please get in touch with the organizer. The same goes for helmets – if you do not have one, they will be available for rent at the event venue. Of course, any car must be in good shape mechanically, and will need to go through technical scrutineering before the event. To make sure that you are ready for the event, please go through the published documentation on the series website.

Drivers with street legal cars will be split into three classes based on the engine capacity – up to 2000 cm3, up to 3000 cm3 and 3000+ cm3. Please note that turbocharged or supercharged engines will have a coefficient added to the engine capacity, meaning that, for example, a two-litre turbodiesel engine will need to compete in the 3000 cm3 class.

Another novelty in the Baltic region is the “Supercar” class, where exclusive vehicles compete as part of the event. The series website has a list of cars eligible to compete in this class, but please note that it is being constantly updated and there might be cars that can compete in the class but have not yet been added.

Race cars will also be divided into three classes based on engine capacity – PRO2000, PRO3000 and “Unlimited”. The last of these will include cars with mid- or rear-mounted engines, as well as electric race cars.

Event organizers invite everyone to register soon, as there is a lot of interest in the event and there is a limited number of available spots.

More information about the event and the technical regulations are available on the series official website at www.timeattack.lv, as well as on social media – search for @baltictimeattack.

New motorsports series to debut in the Baltics – for both street legal and sports cars

In the summer of 2019, a new motorsports event – “Baltic Time Attack Series” – is set for its debut, bringing the popular and affordable time attack event format to the Baltics. The best part of the event is the fact that it welcomes fast driving enthusiasts in street legal vehicles, as well as professionals with cars built specifically for this type of racing. Events abroad show that time attack events are often the first step into motorsports for those who do not enjoy the unreasonably low speed limits and speed cameras on the roads. At the same time, this is a very serious event for experienced racers, giving everyone the chance to further improve both driving skills and the cars they compete in.

“Baltic Time Attack Series” 2019 season will consist of four events, taking place in the best prepared and safest circuits in the Baltics – “Auto24 Ring” in Parnu, Estonia (on May 4 and September 28), and Biķernieki track in Rīga, Latvia (on June 22 and July 28).

The goal in time attack racing is very simple – to set the fastest possible lap time during the day, which is then compared to what others have managed. At the end of the season, the overall series winners will also be determined. Each competitor will spend a total of fifty minutes on track – a ten-minute qualifying run followed by two twenty-minute sessions to set the quickest lap time.

Participants will be split into seven classes, based on the car they use. A single car can be used by multiple drivers. To make sure that the competitors have as clear a track as possible, everyone will be put into groups based on the lap time set in qualifying. Yes, there will be multiple cars on track at the same time, but they will not do a standing start from the grid or anything like that – the format is similar to what we see in F1 qualifying.

Time attack will also be exciting for the spectators, as there are no breaks between the runs. It is expected that in the fastest race car classes we will see cars built specifically for this series in addition to race cars already seen competing in Latvia. Another novelty in the Baltic region is the Supercar class, where exclusive vehicles compete as part of the event. To make it more exciting for both competitors and spectators, the event organizers are working on attracting drivers from abroad.

More information about the event and the technical regulations are available on the series official website at www.timeattack.lv, as well as on social media – search for @baltictimeattack.

Baltic Time Attack Series gearing up for 2019

With the 2018 racing season slowly coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about next year. A new racing series, created to find the fastest cars and drivers in the region, has been created for 2019.

Baltic Time Attack Series promises to settle the debates of who is the fastest, with the series consisting of four rounds, beginning with May 4th, 2019 in auto24ring race track in Estonia.

There will be classes for both street and race cars, with the most exciting entries surely populating the Unlimited class, where we can look forward to battles for track records in every event!