Saturday 1st of September 2018

Team STARD and permanent FIA World Rallycross Championship driver Janis Baumanis enter Loheac in France this weekend on the back of a strong performance in round seven at Trois-Rivieres in Canada, where Baumanis qualified for the final after a neck-and-neck fight to the line in the semi-finals with Peugeot’s Sebastien Loeb.

Once in the final, Baumanis claimed his and STARD’s first trophy in World RX by making the fastest start in the Ford Firsta and winning the Monster Energy Super Charge award. “It feels good, it’s definitely nice that I have some more trophies at home right now. All the people in this team work flat out to achieve something and in Canada it was an achievement with a proper prize for it. I’m really happy that I managed to do the fastest start, so if we have some luck I think we can fight for this also this weekend, I hope for the best,” said Baumanis

Running as a permeant individual privateer entry in World RX against a number of two-car and manufacturer-backed teams, STARD is pushing hard to take on the leading World RX contenders. "We still have a long way to go to be on the podium, in the top three, but I’m still happy with what we can achieve with my team and so far what we have done,” said Baumanis. “The people who are inside know how hard it is and maybe privateers are pushing more than factories can do. But the factory teams have completely different resources, engineers and amount of people who are working in the team, so to achieve something like this for a small team is something unbelievable, I think.”

With five rounds of World RX 2018 remaining, starting this weekend at Loheac, Baumanis and STARD are working hard to continue pushing for a first podium. In two weeks, round nine takes place at Riga where in 2017 Baumanis finished his home round fifth. But, the Latvian, is keeping his feet on the ground and has his eyes forward. “I don’t push too much for myself, I just try to get the best possible results in qualifications and then in the semi-final, really anything can happen,” he concluded.

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