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Baltic Time Attack Series is here! Round 2 will take place on June 22 in the legendary Biķernieki circuit in Rīga, Latvia
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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!