First round on JWRC Sprint Cup - Rally Latvia
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Sezono startas! Praėjo beveik trys metai, nuo to laiko, kai paskutinė 1,6 litro skarbonkė kirto finišo liniją, paskutiniame JWRC IV etape, kuris vyko tolimojoje Peru. Šį sezoną taip toli neteks nuvažiuoti, nes šis čempionatas, toje stadijoje kai buvo kurpiamas kalendorius, beveik neturėjo rimtesnių ambicijų. Tai buvo idėja. Idėja prisiminti seną amatą ir sutikti senus gonščikus su tais mažyliais, kurie vietomis krauna ir WRC. Viskas. Deja, pamačiau, kad dalies senųjų dalyvių nebėra. Ką daryt? Teisingai, pasiimi vyno bonkę, surenki viską kas geriausio iš visų 4 sezonų ir prasineši pro senus ir naujus kontaktus (ačiū Joniui už spartietišką reglamento vertimą rusų k.). Praėjus keletai dienų supranti, kad tas ne vienerių metų įdirbis yra milžiniškas, seni dalyviai nekauntrauja ir džiūgauja, nauji domisi kas čia dabar per karnavalas bus ir t.t. Pilnėjant sąrašui pamatai, kad čia paprastas čempionatukas ne išeis ir sau viena koja vairuodamas, kokio medalio nebeįteiksi. Or viską daryti reikia visai kitame lygyje. Bet patikėkit manim, tokį jūsų visų entuziazmą matyti yra kaifas. Dar didesnis kaifas bus lenktyniauti su visais tuose dešimtyje ralių.
Gerai, užteks šitos savanaudiškos ir pagyrūniškos panegirikos.
Pakalbėkim kas laukia Latvijoje
Ankstus rytas. Va kas laukia. Tad tikėkitės rūko ir rytmetinės rasos ant žvyro. O įsidienojus viskas tvarkoje turėtų būti. Saulutė, giedras dangus, daug dulkių ir krūva pastoviai nespėjančių perbėgtį kelią žaliuojančių medžių. Pats ralis vyks Vidžemėje, žvyrkeliuose aplink Madonos miestelį. Bus miškų, bus ir atviresnių vietų. Ralis finišuos beveik pačiame Madonos miestelyje. O ten bus asfalto, tad, kad ralio finišas netaptu gedulu, važiuokit atsargiai.
Beje. Atsirado atnaujinimas reglamente dėl replay siuntimo. Tam tikrų rizikingų dopų replay siųsti reiks kai aš paprašysiu. Už kirtimus jūsų lauks baudos:)
Season start! Almost three years ago, last 1,6 litre baby finished last stage at Peru rally, which was last of JWRC IV Cup. This season we will not go that far, because in that time, when calendar was created, this championship had small ambitions. It was idea. Idea to remember old habbit of organization and meet old good S1600 drivers with these small loud and proud cars. Unfortunatelly, I saw that most of old drivers are gone. 3-4 Years is big time. So what to do in this case? Of course, you took wine bottle, collect all the best things from past 4 JWRC seasons and march through old and new contacts. After few days you starting to understand, that JWRC cup is still alive in old drivers veins and your work much years ago is still remembered. The entuziasm of old and new drivers, teams is amazing and gives you absolute motivation to work further. And I want to thank you for that. You are the best.
And here some words from bloody fast driver, Tommie Lindberg:
RBR-LT JWRC championship is one of the first championships i ever drove when i was new to RBR online rallying. What got my attention was those high reving engines and furios power through the front wheels, not easy to control! Big variety of cars is what makes this championship so special and exciting, there is not only one or two cars that can win, here there is ten with pretty much equal performance! So it all comes down to the driver, let the bravest man win!!
Now about the rally
Early morning. This is what you awaits. So you can expect fog and some dew on gravel, so there will be no time and place for waking up. Later sun should greet you along clear sky, much of dust and trees, who can't cross the road on time. Rally will take place at Vidzeme historical region, around Madona city. And no, Madona will not sing standing somewhere on the hill. Rally finishes near city, so expect some tarmac and be carefull. You dont want end up in the tree step away from rally finish line. Best of luck.
Oh, I almost forgot. Fair play rule added to regulations. Some of stages will be checked. I will contact personally with drivers, who need send repalys.
Itnerary / Maršrutkė
SS1 -Indrani I
Servise Zone 30 min.
SS3 -Indrani II
Servise Zone 30 min.
Dust from last car in rally are gone! 68 drivers from 13 countries around whole Europe started this great contest for JWRC Sprint Cup tittle. And competition is extremely high. Miss the corner and you just see whole pack of drivers passing through. Rally Latvia. It was damp, it was sunny, it was slipery, it was fast. Very fast. From start to finish, two teams battled in top - Nordic Sim and HSF. Sadlly, Nordic Sim lost one of the fastest drivers in second stage due pacenote's problem. It was Micael Eriksson, JWRC IV winner. Stage was quite new, so good pacenotes are esential. But his teamnate Tommie Lindberg managed to snatch a victory by 13 seconds. He managed to overtake whole HSF team with Jan Brich, Tomas Uher and JWRC III winner Jernej Feltrin. Jernej had an epic fight with Jim Hjerpe with great ending at the last short stage, where few seconds was enough to take 4th place. This overtake pulled HSF Rally Team to first place at team standings. JWRC old-timer from Yalta Crimea Rally Team Sergey Kochetkov took 7 place. Before last stage Michal Nodes with rare Škoda Fabia Kit Car was in eight position, but rally finish was cruel to him and he did not reach finish line at last stage, so whole pack gained a place. Another Swedish team showed a great result with Jan and Hasse Onkamo at 8 and 11 places. First between private drivers was Piotr Malczewski from Poland. Top ten was finished with Yuriy Titov who driverd Citroen C2.
I should mention fastest national drivers too..
First of all, Sweden have a rally winner - Tommie Lindberg
Jan Brich, second in rally and fastest among the Czech respublic drivers
Slovenia is very lucky country to have a legend driver - Jernej Feltrin. As mentioned, he finished 4th
Sergey Kochetkov is Ukraine leader this time. He finished 7th
Piotr Malczewski, who finished 9th is fastest driver from Poland
Yuriy Titov with his C2 finished top 10 at rally standings
Another JWRC old-timer, estonian Ander Viiand took 13th place
And Norway have very iconic driver, who just missed one position from points - 16th place. His name - Hannibal Lecter
JWRC probably first time have a driver from Germany and I very happy about it. Stephan Behr finished this one at 18th. place
JWRC home country fastet driver - Vilius Šaltenis. Yeah, he knew the roads and bastard still got no points:) 19th place
Only 35th place for latvia. Kriss Jaunzemis took that place. Toms Kinnens was real contender for top 10 place, but he crashed early at 3rd stage
With 10 minutes of penalty due superrally, Aliaksandr Hlushnionak from Belarus finished at 49th. place
With same amount of penalty, portuguese Francisco Fonseca took 54th. place with especially rare - MG ZR
A lot of other fights was between drivers and even teams, many adventures, but to mention them, I should write a whoole book, and sadly I do not have nor time, nor talent to do that, so I have to sorry for those, who are not mentioned in this article.
Best wishes and see you in Finland,