This time we had a different kind of race. But it still
was a real track and racing spirit. We chose go-kart track which was located
in sports complex “333” (www.333.lv) near
Riga. The event name was “Rigas siltums winter cup challenge”. I will just
mention that you shouldn’t had to be en employee of Rigas siltums to take
part in this rally.
Starting with a couple of warm-up laps the race could
start. In the first run there were 4 laps, in the second – only 2 because of
lack of time. As the track in the morning wasn’t as slippery as later when a
lot of the cars were already finished, some of the drivers misjudged the
slipping level and got a little off the road. Fortunately the track is made
so that you almost cannot harm your car when going off the road. It was
important because most of the drivers didn’t have special race cars but
normal every-day cars. As it was a slow race on ice there is no real
difference if you have super car or not. It is all about driving.
Briefly about results. The cup was challenged in three
groups. Shortly about two of them. In 4-wheel-drive group unbeaten was Maris
Egle who got a time of 7:51 in the first run and 3:44 in the second, that
way beating the closest competitor for more than 20 seconds. Most of the
cars were representing Front-Wheel-Drive group. There were 3 winners. 3rd
place went to Igors Zvjagins with a result of 9:05 in the first run and 4:34
in the second, scoring 40 points. Second place got Janis Jekabsons getting
to the finish line in 10:31 in the first run and 4:24 in the second, scoring
41.5 points. The best result and the 1st place went to Edgars
Lastovka with as much as 57.5 points which he scored with these results: in
the first run 8:48 and in the second 4:24.
I have to mention one very young driver’s name: Janis
Kravalis Jr who shared 4th/5th place with his dad in
We had some fun in the weekend in 333 and we hope it is
not the last that kind of race.