HAL RIDGE RX COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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I thought long and hard about the stand­out mem­ory of 2016, which in­cluded ma­noeu­vres, race-long battles and emo­tional World cham­pi­onship-win­ning press con­fer­ences.

But, the Lat­vian round of World RX was a high­light for pretty much ev­ery­body.

Nine new cir­cuits have joined the se­ries since it be­came a World cham­pi­onship in 2014, and al­though all have been built as per­ma­nent fa­cil­i­ties, it’s fair to say that it takes some venues 12 months get on top of the finer de­tails.

RA Events, the same pro­moter that runs the Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship round in Latvia, dealt with the finer de­tails first, and the event set new stan­dards.

Even on the new track, which was praised for its lay­out by driv­ers, the an­gle of the jumps had been tested and tested again to en­sure they were cor­rect. The ma­te­rial for loose sec­tion construction had been frozen and over­heated in anal­y­sis long be­fore it was put into the ground, which then held up amaz­ingly in tor­ren­tially wet con­di­tions. The 30,000 fans stayed in their seats through­out.

Lo­cated just min­utes from Riga’s city cen­tre, Latvia RX sig­nif­i­cantly raised the bar for new ral­ly­cross venues.

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