HAL RIDGE RX CORRESPONDENT
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.