PRAISE FOR LAT­VIAN WORLD RX CIR­CUIT

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

Swedish ral­ly­cross legend Ken­neth Hansen says the new World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship venue of the Bik­ernieki cir­cuit on the out­skirts of Riga in Latvia could be one of the best new cir­cuits in­tro­duced to World RX since the series’ in­cep­tion in 2014.

The venue will host the 10th round of the cham­pi­onship in Oc­to­ber.

Hansen’s works-backed Team Peu­geot-hansen out­fit ran at the venue last week in two of­fi­cial test days, along­side a num­ber of other World and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tors.

Hansen said: “They are work­ing hard to get to a high level. The gravel sec­tions are very com­pact and we didn’t see any wear on it af­ter the two days, so it will be a good event.

“The cir­cuit is good, it’s tech­ni­cal and in­ter­est­ing and they held a round of the North Euro­pean Zone Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship there the week­end be­fore, so they know more about run­ning a ral­ly­cross event. This is a cir­cuit that they don’t need to work on, they have done a proper job and it will be here to stay.

“It’s a big thing for Latvia: it isn’t used to hav­ing this level of cham­pi­onship.”

Peu­geot-hansen drivers Timmy and Kevin Hansen both drove at the test, while Se­bastien Loeb didn’t at­tend.

Hansen Sr, who hasn’t raced since the end of 2011, com­pleted a num­ber of laps in the squad’s Peu­geot 208 test car. “I did some laps, just to have a feel­ing of the car,” he said.

Cars have tested at the new venue in Riga Hansen has backed new track

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