Baumanis and #YellowSquad confident ahead of trip Hell
Latvian star Janis Baumanis returns to one of his favourite rallycross circuits this weekend, as the third round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship takes place at Hell in Norway (August 13 – 14).
Having aligned with #YellowSquad for 2022, Baumanis currently lies second in the standings following rounds in Hungary and Sweden thanks to consistent performances, but both events have come with bad fortune for driver and team, with a puncture in round one and then a rain-hit qualifying race in round two ending hopes of finishing on the podium.
But, as international rallycross returns to the picturesque Hell circuit for the first time since 2019, the team has worked hard behind the scenes in a bid to return to the winners’ rostrum this weekend.
The circuit holds a special place in Baumanis’ career, he claimed a maiden Euro RX3 (Super1600) victory at the venue in 2014, before finishing on the podium in Euro RX1 (Supercar) the following year in a Peugeot 208 with the Hansen Talent Development team.
Racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2019, Baumanis claimed his first of two podium finishes that season, racing in challenging wet conditions. With the weather set to be unpredictable this week, that can also only help Baumanis’ cause.
Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with the action broadcast on the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s RX+ service, check out the World RX website for details.
#YellowSquad Euro RX1 Driver
If we can made good starts then I am confident the rest can be good. I’m looking forward to Hell, I think this will be our best race of the season so far.
“It feels like a long time since Holjes, so finally we are going racing again. Hell is a track that I have very good memories from, getting good results with both the Hansen Talent Development team in 2015 and other teams when I have raced there. The track is very cool, for me one of the most interesting we go to. It’s maybe not the most challenging for the driver, but it is very nice when you can get a good rhythm there. The atmosphere is always good too. We have done some testing since Holjes to be prepared for the race and I’m feeling more confident in the car. We are still working on making good consistent starts, and hopefully we can be there soon. If we can made good starts then I am confident the rest can be good. I’m looking forward to Hell, I think this will be our best race of the season so far.”
#YellowSquad Team Manager
It will be interesting not being able to take the joker lap on the first lap as part of the rules changes for 2022, so grid position will be more important than ever
“It’s great to be returning to Hell, a circuit where Janis has clearly gone well in the past, especially after some good preparation we have done as a team since the last round at Holjes. It will be interesting not being able to take the joker lap on the first lap as part of the rules changes for 2022, so grid position will be more important than ever I think on this circuit. We just can’t wait to get started.”