Roberts Vitols confirms his entry for “Ferratum World RX of Riga-Latvia” RX2E class making his World Rallycross Championship weekend debut at his home Riga, Bikernieki Race Track.
By very late entry only 3 days before the start of the event, entry was confirmed by the young Latvian talent Roberts Vitols in a World RX support category all-electric RX2E class. Vitols will start his race weekend this Saturday without any pre race tests or practices. Roberts has been away from motorsport environment for almost a year now to focus on business and other things aside racing however he is keen to live up to his name and prove his speed also in front of rallycross pinnacle.
“It is a great pleasure to be among the participants in the stage of the World Rallycross Championship, which will be held in Biķernieki, which, in my opinion, is one of the best tracks in the world, both from the driver’s and spectator’s point of view. As for my race entry, yes, I was doing my daily routine jobs on Monday morning when I got a phone call that dramatically changed my plans for the entire week. We submitted an application on Tuesday evening and here we are at the start,” Roberts Vitols admitted at Wednesday’s morning press conference.
“The last time I sat in a racing car was at the beginning of the year and still it was only for a couple of test runs, so I have neither driven the racing car in competitions nor participated in any tests. Pre-race tests for this weekend are not planned either, but this is not unusual for me, because for almost my entire career I have went to races without prior tests or training, working hard in the gym and using only the opportunity given to me during the race weekend to learn and also get the wins. Two Practice sessions, qualifications and decisive races, in my opinion, is learning that matures me more than when everything is laid out in front of you before the competition. This is a way how I learn and gain experience that has helped me to win championships over all these years. I know what I can do on the track. Yes, I also didn’t get to prepare nor physically for the weekend because I didn’t had plans to be here. This season is more of a pause year for me to sort out things outside of sport, both personally business-wise and in a family. Outside of sport, there is a personal life that needs to be sorted out. But, as I said, an offer followed that I couldn’t refuse. It’s a dream for every racing driver to compete in the World Championship at home.”