NITIŠS: HEATED START OF THE 2019 WORLD RX SEASON
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
The 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship will begin on April 5 and 6, with the first ever event in the freshly-built Abu Dhabi rallycross track, using parts of the widely known Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit. Jēkabpils native Reinis Nitišs will compete in a GRX prepared Hyundai i20 Supercar.
“I am thrilled to be back in World RX! It is impossible to find a more exciting place than Abu Dhabi to get the season underway. The first round will be hot – both literally and figuratively. Even though the event itself will take place in late afternoon, the ambient temperatures will still be a challenge – we expect it to be over 30 degrees Celsius, with that translating to 50-60 degrees inside the car. Each heat will take a lot of energy,” begins Reinis Nitišs, who recently took part in the Abu Dhabi track opening ceremony.
“I expect tough battles on the track, as these will be new circumstances for everyone, and each of us will want to begin the season with a great result. There are three drivers in our team, which will help with adapting to the track and setting up the cars,” concludes Nitišs.
“The winter months have been long, with the team working tirelessly to improve the performance of our cars. We are happy with what has been achieved, but the true result of our work will be visible after the first qualifying heats in Abu Dhabi. All three drivers are very motivated and ready to battle,” says GRX team managed Marcus Grönholm.
Reinis Nitišs participation in the FIA World Rallycross Championship is possible thanks to the support by Circle K, Ginalas, Ošukalns, Citadele, Latvijas Valsts Meži, airBaltic, Vizionette, Rīgas Brīvosta, the city of Jēkabpils, Gefa Latvija, Auto 5, If apdrošināšana, and RA Events. Informative support is provided by DELFI.
WORLD RX OF ABU DHABI, FRIDAY, APRIL 5
15:00 Qualifying 1
18:00 Qualifying 2
WORLD RX OF ABU DHABI, SATURDAY, APRIL 6
13:45 Qualifying 3
15:00 Qualifying 4
17:00 Live broadcast begins on LTV7 and REPLAY.lv
*all times are Latvia local, GMT+3