ASRT team successfully concluded the Latvian Rally Championship season
Photo: Dace Janova un Gatis Smudzis
AThe final stage of the Latvian Rally Championship has passed. Rally Latvia, which this year took place in three cities - Riga, Jurmala and Tukums.
Absolute victory in the cup was won by Jānis Vorobjovs / Andris Mālnieks who won 12th place absolutely, fifth place in LRC3 class was won by ASRT teams crew Carl Martin Volver / Margus Joerands who had became Estonian champions in EMV4 2WD class before this stage. Although this time the talented Estonian rider failed to climb on the podium, the pilot was happy with this rally.
"The rally passed well, because this was a new experience for us on the asphalt where to drive fast, it requires precise and correct path. This was my first time on asphalt, so there is still much to learn to drive as fast as competitors. Now we are slowly starting to prepare for next year. We want to drive the four stages of the ERC and some Estonian Rally Championship stages, but in order to do this, we have to look for sponsors. We will work hard to achieve it, "says Karl Martin Volver, who added that, although this time he failed to climb on the podium, he is glad that he has successfully managed to reach the finish and concluded the season.
Fifth place inLRC2 class was won by Dmitry Feofanovs / Normunds Kokins, who spent the entire season solidly. "The rally was not easy. Initially I was upset about it as we went on the asphalt where we do not have much experience, but at the end the biggest challenges were the gravel stages. Overall, i am not satisfied with my performance. On the first day we were working hard, and I was happy with my speed, but on the second day, where there were difficult and long stages, we lacked strength. We drove slowly, " Dmitry Feofanovs is self-critical.
Finally, the third ASRT teams crew in the rally was Mareks Švarcs- Švampāns / Armands Lūkins who participated in rally sprint. Although the crew that was to debut behind the wheel of Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII at the finish won the third place in absolute and second in it’s class.
"We did everything the way it was planned, the car was a stranger, we were not able to get accustomed with it. The main task was to finish, which we also succeeded because we did not think about results in this rally. We had technical problems at the final stage, so we are glad that we managed to finish. We wanted to enjoy the car, and now we are very happy. Yes, we failed to show a competitive time, but it was not the goal. Car, of course, is more advanced compared to ours, so driving it also felt easier and more enjoyable. If we could get more accustomed with this car, I think the result would be better."
Also, after the rally Marek praised ASRT team. "We managed beautiful season closing and I want to say a big thank you to ASRT team. I liked team's attitude, so we could enjoy a professional and pleasant teams attitude. Thanks to Ainārs Igaveņš and Mārcis Ķenavs. Hats off in front of them."
Photo: Dace Janova un Gatis Smudzis
Plangi and Volver provides a double win for ASRT rally team at Estonian Championship’s absolute cup.
In previous holidays on island of Saaremaa ended the Estonian rally championship. In this beatfiul, but also difficult rally around 150 crews went to the start, among which were also four team ASRT crews.
At the first day after first three stages of the rally leader was Plangi, Egon Kaur who lost 11.1 seconds was second. Karl Martin Volver was at high 14th place absolutely.
On the second day Plangi continued to be fast until at one of the stages his car got a small technical defect. Although the defect had been corrected in Service Park, pilot received a 30 second penalty for the delay at time control. Although Plangi tried to recover lost time, but he could not regain the lost time and had to settle for third place in both absolute and N4 class.
"The beginning was good, because we were first to start and it gave us the advantage, while others struggled with dust. Then we decided that at the second day of the race we will be going first, but this time it was a mistake, because it was the wind, which quickly broke up the dust. Also, we had a minor technical problems and thats why we came little late for time control, which got us a 30 second penalty," said Siim Plangi.
"In general, my pace was good, although, being first at the track, the time was not as fast as they would like to, because the track was slippery. The last special stage was good because we had a good rhythm and I drove without errors. Overall, this was a good, but difficult rally, although in my view there are better rally roads. Currently, I yet know nothing about next season, but soon I will speak with ASRT team management about plans for the future," concludes Plangi.
Volver gave in a very successful rally, who in its EMV4 2WD test class was the fastest in all ten special stages, which resulted an overwhelming victory. The fourth in this class remained another ASRT teams pilot Petr Turkins for who after half a year long break this was the first gravel rally. As acknowledged by ASRT team, this is a good result for athlete, and most importantly, the ability to reach the finish in such a complex and devious rally that many were not able to do.
"The rally was very good - good special stages and accurate Transcript. I am happy with my speed, same way as I drove in the Tartu rally - carefully and without risk. Now we still have left a rally in Latvia and then I will start thinking about next year. We plan to extract some of the European Rally Championship stages. To do this, will have to work hard to attract sponsors," says Karl Martin Volver.
Seventh place in the N4 class was won by Dmitry Feofanovs who is very happy with this rally. "Great race. Each time the rally feel is different. The rally for me every year is like an exam, so at this stage I appreciate my progress. From the beginning it seemed that everything is bad, but in the end we drove well, showing considerable progress. Speed has clearly increased. Now we still have left Rally Latvia and then I will start preparing for the next season, where the aim will be the fight for trophies," says Feofanovs.
Thanks to Plangi’s third place absolutely and Volver’s ninth place absolutely and first in its class, both riders took the first two places in Estonian Rally Championship absolute standings! In their test classes both Plangi and Volver were the fastest drivers this year in Estonia!
ASRT pilot Plangi becomes the Latvian and Estonian champion at Tartu rally, Volver wins second place in class
Photo: Mark Aleksejev
Latvian and Estonian Rally Championship, which happened on last holidays, successfully took place in Estonia, Tartu city and its neighborhoods. In total, 85 crews went to the starting line, among which were two ASRT crews - Siim Plangi / Marek Sarapuu and Karl Martin Volver / Margus Joerand.
This stage Plangi’s crew was able to do with elated feelings, because this was Mareks Sarapuu 100th rally, so the crew at this stage started with the number 100.
After the first day of the rally leader was Rainer Aus, but part six seconds after him was Plangi. Unfortunately, at the eighth stage Aus withdrew and Plangi took over, who held his position to the end and won. Thanks to this success Plangi became the Latvian and Estonian rally champion in class N4 one stage before the end of the season.
"Initially, the goal was to reach the finish no big adventures. But the feeling was good, so without undue risks, we were able to drive with Ausa pace. It was very unfortunate that he withdrew because we with him would be a good fight up to the end of the rally. Speed was not the main target this rally, but I have to say that, even without going to 100%, our pace was very good," says Siim Plangi.
"This was definitely one of the best season of rallies since the ability to win the Latvian and Estonian Group N championship titles, as well as the ability to triumph in Estonia in absolute championship cup. The rally will be definitely remembered in the future. Celebrations will happen after rally Saaremaa, which will be a very important rally. We will try to win there too."
"In general we had almost perfect year since we won almost maximum points in the Latvian championship, as well as in Estonia we won four out of five rallies," concludes Plangi.
A great rally also succumbed to the Volvers crew, which won second place. After the first day Volver was fourth, but at the second day speed had grown grown and they finished just behind Ralph Sirmach which for the young Volver is believed to be a very good result.
"The rally passed generally good - interesting special stages, accurate records and steady speed during the whole rally," says Karl Martin Volver. "After the Tallinn rally I slightly lost my confidence, but now I have slowly regained it. I am glad that we managed to produce good times and lead the fierce battle with rivals. The goal was to reach the finish in one piece, but of course, it is also important to show good results, which we also managed this time."
On the question what was missing to overtake Sirmacis, Volver admitted that he did not aim to overtake Ralph at any cost. "At this stage I did not have to overtake him because I drove at my own pace. Sirmacis is a good and experienced driver, so, in any case, It should have been difficult for me to fight him. For me it was important to finish, so I could then go to the Saaremaa rally, so this was more like a training. I will drive in rally Saaremaa and then I think that it will be enough for this season. Then there will be time to think about next season," says Volver.
Photo: Mark Aleksejev
Rally "Kurzeme 2015" -
ASRT team gains new experiences and receives praise
Anniversary rally Kurzeme ended with victory of ASRT teams pilots Siim Plangi / Marek Sarapuu. This was the sixth victory in the past six Latvian Rally Championship stages for the Estonian crew. Although this time crew of Jānis Vorobjovs showed a very fierce resistance, at the end Plangi extend their lead and finished at the first place.
Very happy about the team's performance, drivers and mechanics work was ASRT team owner Ainars Igavens.
"First of all I want to praise Siim Plangi who with his excellent driving continues to bring our teams name. I am impressed by his performance and stability. It's amazing what he has done."
Although at the first day Marcis Kenavs / Gatis Cimdins suffered a crash and were forced to withdraw, but due to mechanics perseverance and several hours of night work, crew was able to go out to start at the second day, where they showed a very good pace.
"Marcis goal was to ride the way he does. The aim was to fight for the victory, but this time it did not work out. At the first special stage in a fast bend light in machine slightly knocked Marcis and Gatis out of balance. Unfortunately, at the repeated special stage at the same bend two drivers had a crash since the two athletes lost a little attention in this place. However, I again made sure that Marcis is not only a good team leader, but also smart and fast driver. I Just want to say a big thank you to Gatis Cimdins. Despite the fact that he is organizing the competition, he finds time to drive along with Marcis Kenavs, and they are very good at it."
At rally Kurzeme after a long time Raimonds Kisiels returned back to rally. Despite the fact that he spent his last rally Kisiels about two and a half years ago, at the Kurzeme stage he debuted with the new Citroen DS3 R5 and won the seventh place.
"At this rally Raimonds Kisiels / Arnis Ronis impressed me. Given that they had not traveled a long time in the rally, as well as at the tests that they managed to drive only a few kilometers, they managed to finish at high place. Compared to other drivers, I've seen, Raimonds is talented. He showed great class that after such a long pause he can drive fast and stable. I am really impressed by his performance," continues Igavens.
"Also Dmitry Feofanov / Maxim Gordyushkin did a Good job. They continue to learn and produce lasting results. Feofanov goes the right way - slowly and without crashes. With every rally his speed is higher, as shown by the results."
Given the fact that this rally Kisiels debuted behind the steering wheel of Citroen DS3 R5, the "J-Motorsport" team had come to service this car. After a rally Belgian team representative said that he is pleasantly surprised by the ASRT team and its work.
"Of course, I want to praise our ASRT team mechanics, our race drivers, our director of this competition in rally Kurzeme Aldis Sarns, that both in this and at the previous stage fulfilled its job very professionaly , which is also reflected in the results. I just I want to say a big thank you to my family and personally "J-Motorsport" team for their excellent work and cooperation. I am satisfied with all the work. This for us was a great and successful rally," Ainars does not hide the joy.
1. At rally Tallin Plangi has 2nd place in class, Volver has an accident
Rally Tallin passed in Estonia, which was attended by two ASRT team crews - Siim Plangi / Marek Sarapuu and Karl Martin Volver / Margus Jorand. The rally began with the city's special stage, but the next day the drivers had to take the remaining nine special stages. A total of 72 crews went on start.
Unfortunately, at the very first special stage young and talented Volver commited mistake, who was forced to withdraw. As it later became clear, safety cage suffered from the accident, which did not allow Volvers crew to continue the race.
"It was my mistake. One law for the quick incision, after which the front right wheel touched the tree. Then the car went up on two wheels, and the doors on my side hit concrete pads. Then the car stopped and we withdraw. Unfortunately, this blow to my door was fateful. Stupid mistake," says Karl Martin Volver.
Nor it is not the most successful rally this time for Siim Plangi. Although Plangi was first after the three stages, at that moment Latvian and Estonian Rally Championship leader completed absolute cup only in fourth place, because the car had technical problems.
"Overall, the rally was good because we reached our goal, which was to win important test points. But at the same time, we had technical problems. Kaur was probably faster than us, because we had problems with the turbo. But this is not the main reason why we lost, because Kaur really drove very well. He deserved to win this rally."
Crew also had other technical problems at seventh stage, which failed to be prevented in time, because of the delay punishment was received at the time control. "Of course, I want to ensure that both the Latvian and Estonian championship titles already at rally Tartu, so at this stage and will not risk and drive carefully. If I manage to solve everything at this stage, at the Saaremaa Rally I will be able to drive fast and unshackled," says Siim Plangi who won the second place in EMV2 class.
At Kurzeme Rally Kisiels will start with ASRT teams Citroen DS3 R5
Photo: Ondrej Zeman (www.rallyphotos.cz)
From 27th – 29th of august Kurzeme rally will take place in Liepāja and its surroundings, which this year will mark the 50th anniversary.
ASRT rally team has taken care of a pleasant surprise, this rally one of the team's crews will be Raimonds Kisiels / Arnis Ronis, who will debut in Kurzeme rally with a world-class Citroen DS3 R5.
It is known that Kisiel crews car will be serviced by ASRT team in collaboration with the Citroen factory’s team and its partners in Belgium "J-Motorsport". Many proffessional and well known European and World Rally Championship drivers have driven and participated in tests with this team (Freddy Loix, Stephane Lefebvre, Kevin Abbring, Martin Kangur, Jourdan Serderidis, Pieter Tsjoen, Raimonds Kisiels etc.).
As reported by the ASRT team, then this is not a one competition project because early next year ASRT team will own two Citroen DS3 R5 cars, which weill be available for rent. With this purchase ASRT team has decided to take a step forward and begin to work with world-class equipment.
Plangi continue brilliantly, Toms Lielkajis has eventful debut behind the wheel of Peugeot
"300 Lakes Rally" has passed in Lithuania, where sixth stage of the Latvian Rally Championship took place within it’s framework. In total 72 crews confirmed their participation in this rally, among which were four ASRT commands crew - Siim Plangi, Sergey Popov, Dmitry Feofanov and Toms Lielkājis, who started this stage with ASRT teams Peugeot 208 R2.
This rally most successful was Siim Plangi, who won again. At the finish Vaidotas Žala crew was passed by 18 seconds, but 35 seconds behind was Jānis Vorobjovs.
"For us, this rally was excellent, as it is always nice to win," starts Siim Plangi. "We did a great job on the first day of the rally, especially in the dust. On the second day there were several dangerous moments, which is certainly not good, but overall, I think, we showed a good performance."
This rally drivers pretty much had to go through the asphalt. Plangi admitted that initially he was worried about how he will go on the asphalt, but at the end everything was managed very well. "Asphalt special stages in the rally is quite something else - cranked and with a lot of jumps. It was fun, even though at the beginning I was worried because I thought that the local guys will go much faster. I went as fast I could and succeeded," concludes Plangi, who added that the first day he chose to start from tenth place because the track was very slippery, so it was decided to better drive in the dust to have a better grip, which also paid off this time.
Last rally fared not too good for Dmitry Feofanov, who was not completely happy with this stage. "To be honest, all the expectations for this rally did not materialize. Once we signed up for the track, we liked everything, but unfortunately the second special stage of the day was canceled and 30 kilometers were not aviliable for us. And without it I have something else to say for organizers ... In general, I'm not happy with the performance in this rally. It felt that we drove slower. I do not want to look for causes to blame because at the end I will be causer, but the first day we were troubled by dust. Also broken intercom system introduced Its corrections before the start of the seventh stage. Also, a lot of was affected by the asphalt stages. If at the beginning I was not so successful, then at the end we already realized that we have to drive them well. In the end after this eventful stage it turned out that we also were able to reduce time between the leaders, which of course is good," says Dmitry Feofanov.
Plangi and Volver are between the fastest drivers in ERC Rally Estonia
From 17 to 19 July rally auto24 took place in Estonia, where more than 60 crews went out on start, among which were two ASRT team crews - Siim Plangi / Marek Sarapuu and Karl Martin Volver / Margus Joerand.
The competition was very fierce Both in Plangi and Volver classes, since the start, not only there were fast Baltic drivers, but also other strong drivers from other European countries. Despite the fierce competition, mood of both ASRT pilot teams before a rally was combative.
"This will be a rally with fast roads which means that R5 and N4 machines will be in quite similar positions. We do not have any specific plan, we are just going to drive and do our job. We will try to drive as fast as we can, but competition will be fierce, so it will be difficult," before the rally says Plangi.
Both Estonian rally drivers drove quickly to the finish and achieved good results. Plangi won fourth place strictly and third place in ERC 2 class, while Volver won sixth place in RC4 class. As later it became clear, Plangi with was not satisfied with his score while Volver did not hide the joy about reaching finish and achieving good result.
"This was not our best rally since we made some mistakes and we also had minor technical problems with the machine. Overall, this was a bad vacation," said Siim Plangi after the finish. "Our minimum task was to be the second in Group N, but we failed this task, so I am not satisfied with the result. In addition, we had two very dangerous moments. It seemed that I was just as fast as the previous rallies, but, later it became clear that our speed was slower than Lukyanuk pace. We should be more precise and smarter next time," says Plangi.
Meanwhile Volver was pleased with this rally because he both managed to reach the finish and produce a good result. "Overall, the rally was very good, so enjoyed it - a great time, good special stages, as well as the last special stage of its class I was able to produce the fastest time. But the main thing is that I reached the finish line," advises Karl Martin Volver, who says many thanks to our sponsors and supporters for the opportunity to participate in the Estonian ERC rally.
Feofanovs has successful weekend in rally Utena
In the ongoing Utena rally in Lithuania victory in the absolute cup was won by Alexey Lukyanuk but 1st in N4 class finished crew of Janis Vorobjovs. ASRT team pilot Dmitry Feofanov finished in high fourth place. Both the athlete and the team are satisfied with the Russian drivers indicated speed and progress.
"Dmitry drove stable and error free, as evidenced by the high score in N4 class, where he won 4th place. It pleases us and shows that we are moving in the right direction. We will train more, and next season we should aim for Top 3 in N4 class," says ASRT team leader Marcis Kenavs.
Also, the pilot himself was happy about the rally. "The rally was interesting, but it was not easy, especially after the recent rally - a longer distance, difficult roads, sun and dust," advises Dmitry Feofanov. "There was a lot of fast special stages where in many of them I had to be able to quickly change the rhythm. But I am happy with my performance. Of course, it would be great if overall in these big rallies I could succeed to enter the Top 20, for the first time I felt the proximity of the prize," says the Russian rider.
Feofanov recognizes that now, thanks to the many rallies, he has made a considerable progress for which the athlete is happy. "Of course, with my performance so far this season I am happy. This year, after just passed half sesion we've traveled a lot over the last year together. What's the most important thing, that in all the rallies we have traveled all the way, but last year we had to quit many. In this latest rally we began to show considerable progress in terms of speed, for which I am pleased."
Also Feofanov say a big thanks to ASRT team. "First of all, I am grateful for ASRT teams guys who helped me to change car. This is a serious step that opens up new opportunities. Of course, Ainars Igavens and Marcis Kenavs helps with valuable tips. Ainars is more like a psychologist but Marcis gives practical tips. And it helps me."
ASRT team wins first place at Estonian rally
Last holidays Harju rally took place in Estonia. ASRT team driver Siim Plangi became the winner, thus continuing to demonstrate his excellent performance. Over the last seven rallies he achieved seven victories in N4 class. Young and talented Carl Martin Volver won Seventh place absolutely and 1st place in EMV4 class, this was his first rally behind the steering wheel of Ford Fiesta R2. Meanwhile, Dmitry Feofanov finished fifth in EMV2 class.
"As a team we were very successful in this rally since we managed to produce very good results. Plangi and Volver won their class but Feofanovs finished fifth in his class, it is a very good achievement. Teams also won first place. Unfortunately, the rally ended on a negative note, so the feeling of joy and champagne sprinkling was skipped. It's a pity, but sometimes rally tends to be like that," ASRT team leader Marcis Ķenavs remembers last rally.
"We are very pleased for Volver, who, while driving a new car for the first time, was able to show such a good result compared to other drivers who had more experience with this type of cars. At this stage Plangi fought hard with Roland Muraki. Despite the small technical problems, which we prevented before the crucial stage, Plangi was morally prepared to fight for tenths of seconds and victory. With his stable performance he proved that at the moment he is the fastest Group N driver in the Baltics."
"In addition to the team in Harju rally was also Volver’s wheelsman Margus, who got injured at rally Talsi. He admitted that as soon as possible we wants to sit back in the car and continue to drive the rally, as it was difficult to stand aside. But at the moment this is not possible, because his hand was still in plaster."
Ķenavs revealed that Volver’s Peugeot repair is currently in the process and it will be like new for Estonian ERC stage. Before the upcoming rally team planned several tests. Also Marcis revealed that in Estonia ERC stage Volver will go in ERC Junior test, where there will be a great opportunity to compare his times with other best European juniors.
Happy about his result was Feofanov. "I am satisfied because, compared to last year (27th absolute), I've progressed, this time I finished in 19th position absolutely and fifth in my class. We will continue to drive and go ahead. Thank ASRT team for the new machine and support," after the rally told Dmitry Feofanov.
Although Volver suffered a serious accident two weeks ago in Talsi, in Harju rally he demonstrated that he can be fast even after such a failure. "We started the rally very well. I was driving this rally for the first time, but the stages were nice and I liked it. Unfortunately, the rally ended on the note of sadness because of the tragic accident," says Carl Martin Volver. "From the beginning it was difficult to drive with Fiesta R2, but with every kilometer you drive you get accustomed with this car and I went better. In particular, the last special stage felt very good ( At the 20 kilometers long stage Volver was the fourth fastest in absolute test!). If I compare the Peugeot and Fiesta, then it is difficult, as each requires different driving style. At the end I am already accustomed to the Ford, however, the driving is different because it requires a different technique. Also, we have very good cooperation with our new driver, because he is an experienced and with the right approach. Overall i am not completely satisfied with my speed, because I know that I can drive faster. But before the rally my task was to reach the finish and be calm. However, this was a good experience, as the speed was not as important. I hope that the team is satisfied with my performance."
In conclusion, I want to say a big thank you to ASRT team that they found my car for this rally and gave me the opportunity to drive in the Harju rally. Thank you, guys. You're the best team!"
ASRT team is experiencing happy and painful moments in rally "Talsi"
Rally Talsi ended on Sunday with victory of ASRT teams pilot Siim Plangi. This was the fourth victory of Plangi in previous four Latvian Rally Championship stages.
"Rally passed very well, as we won eight of the nine gravel stages, which is positive," says Siim Plangi. "The only bad thing in this rally was the city's special stages, where we lost a lot of time. We will analyze why. Overall, the ride was difficult, because the road surface changed from time to time, but we all managed great. Overall, I am pleased with my own pace, although, of course, there are places where I can still improve my speed. At present, I am very satisfied with the beginning of the season. I would even say – it is a perfect start of the season. I hope that we can continue in the same spirit."
The rally ended badly for Carl Martin Volver, who, while fighting for victory in LRC3 class experienced a severe accident.
"The accident took place in a fast turn. In my opinion, the speed was fine, but there were tracks, from which I was thrown out. At that point the wheels of machine went onto the slippery gravel, after which the car slipped and we drove off the road. I tried to brake, but the car did not stop and we drove into the forest and the car had multiple somersaults. After the accident I had shoulder pain, so I was taken to the hospital for an examination," remembers Carl Martin Volver.
It was the first serious accident for this young and talanted pilot. Although after the crash driver was sad, ASRT team and mechanics cheered him up, saying that only this way he can become a fast and strong driver.
"Of course, there was discomfort, because this was my first big crash. Until then everything was fine and we were able to fight for the highest results. I apologize to the team for what happened. It's a pity, but this is rally and such things happen. Now its important that I recover as soon as possible so that I can return to racing. Now I am going back home to my old car so I can resume driving and regain confidence."
ASRT team leader Mārcis Ķenavs also has partial emotions about the rally.
"The rally was hard both for machinery, as well as drivers. I am sorry about Volvers mistake because until then his speed was very good. After succesful winter season he showed that he can be fast both in the winter and summer. Let's hope that he will quickly recover and that this failure will not have a negative effect on the crew in the future, '"says Mārcis Ķenavs. "We are happy for the crew of Sergei Popov, who after the winter season, showed good performance and reached the finish line, which was also the key. Meanwhile, Ainārs tried out the new machine, to understand what needs to be corrected so that the car would be even faster. This task was successfully done, because now we know what needs be improved to make it even more competitive car."
"We are most happy for Plangi, who proved that he is mature, stable and professional driver, even though he is still young. It is not easy to drive such a serious rally in the first place without a single broken wheel and without any scratch. This proves the fact that he has reached a certain level and is trying to go further. If things continue the same way, perhaps next year we will see him in another car. Plangi shows that he knows how to drive, not only fast, but also smart, stable and able to control his speed."
Next start for ASRT team will be after two weeks in Estonia. "The next in our plan is rally Harju in Estonia where Siim Plangi and Dmitry Feofanov will drive while Volver is under question. Currently, his machine has suffered quite a lot, which will require a major repair, but right now the key is to understand whether the crew after such a major accident will be ready, if at all will be able to drive. At present, together with Volver we are developing a program that will help him regain confidence. We will certainly repair the car in two weeks, but now we must arrange all the documents with insurers," concludes Ķenavs.
In Talsi Plangi will try to reach the finish for the first time
Rally "Talsi" will take place on 16th and 17th of May, which will be the fourth stage of the Latvian Rally Championship. This year rally "Talsi" will be of international significance, because rally "Talsi" will host stages of the Lithuanian Rally Championship, the North European Zone (NEZ) Rally Championship and Junior Championship NEZ.
In total, 78 crews will be on startup this rally representing eight countries - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Great Britain, Poland and Finland. If in LRC2 class 15 crews will come out on startup, then in LRC3 class 29 crews will fight for victory, which provides a very tough battle.
The 78 crews will also comprise four ASRT Rally Team crews - Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuu, Karl Martin Volver/Marguss Jerand, Sergey Popov/Andrey Galkevich and Ainārs Igaveņš/Gatis Cimdiņš.
"The feelings are good. Before the start of the rally I had training, in which I traveled from 50 to 60 kilometers. We were able to show good speed. Also, the machine worked well, so we had no problem. So far I have raced many times this rally, but I have never managed to reach the finish. In any case, the rally will be tough because we will be the first crew on the road. The main challenge will be to reach the finish, to get valuable points and to achieve good emotions and feelings before the remaining summer rally season rally," says Siim Plangi before the rally.
The first gravel rally with the new Peugeot 208 R2 will be driven by LRC3 class fourth fastest crew Volver/Jerand. "Long time has passed since the last winter rally has, but I have not lost the skills and behavior. Before rally Talsi we will be hitting some tests, so I hope that I get accustomed with gravel roads soon. I hope these special stages will be according to my driving style. My goal is to reach the finish with a good result," says Karl Martin Volver.
This rally with a new group "A Mitsubishi Evo IX" will be driven by Ainārs Igavenš who started in Kalnamuiža rallysprint before rally Talsi. Meanwhile, Sergey Popov will start the summer season with rally Talsi. Like Plangi and Volver, Popov spent some tests before this rally.
Together in two days athletes will take 11 special stages (115 kilometers). This year, the rally organizers have taken care, so that viewers could see a lot of special stages. For example, on the first day you will be able to see all six stages, but on the second day three from five stages. So in conclusion the audience will be able to see nine from eleven specian stages.
ASRT team wishes everyone a great rally and successful finish for the athletes.
ASRT team successfully started the new summer rally season
Last holidays started with the new summer season rally "Kalnamuiža 2015". Two ASRT crews were on the starting line - Dmitriy Feofanov/Normunds Kokins and Ainārs Igaveņš/Gatis Cimdiņš. Both crews to whom tasks in this rally were different, successfully reached the finish - Ainārs finished 15th, but Dmitriy was 25th.
Happy with the start of the new season and the team's performance was ASRT team leader Mārcis Ķenavs. "Start of season has been managed well. At this stage we started with two crews where Ainārs task was to test and verify the new car, so then it could be offered to customers. Meanwhile Feofanovs task was to continue to learn and to increase the speed, which was also perfectly managed," says ASRT team leader Mārcis Ķenavs.
In terms of performance, Mārcis added that both crews had shown significant results. "Ainārs managed to drive very well, it was a great training before rally Talsi. Both he and I are happy with this rally, track and the organization of this event. Ainārs has not driven all-wheel drive car since last years rally Alūksne, so I think that withouth any special training, he managed to produce quite a good result."
"We are pleased with the fact that if at the beginning of the rally Feofanovs drove cautiously, after that he managed to increase his speed safely and rapidly. This shown speed vas very good for Dmitrijs, which satisfied both him and me. We are pleased with the changes compared to last year, and that he already can drive faster and more reliably. I am very pleased that invested training process slowly starts to pay off, because speed has increased," Ķenavs praised his team crews.
The next start for ASRT team will be rally "Talsi", which will be started with more crews.
ASRT team returns from Moscow rally show with a cup
On Saturday, April 18, in Moscow "Rally Masters Show" begun, many of Russia's fastest rally drivers participated, as well as other national athletes. Amongst them ASRT team went to the start with three crews - Marcis Kenavs (Evo X), Dmitriy Feofanov (Evo VIII) and Pjotr Turkin (DS3 R3).
After the first four special stages the leader was Alexey Lukyanuk, followed by brothers Gryazins and Marcis Kenavs. At the time Turkin was 11th, but Feofanov was 16th.
Lukyanuk, who also won a convincing victory was very fast.Turkin finished in the Seventh place and second place absolutely in R3 class but Feofanov finished 13th in the absolute test's. Unfortunately, ASRT team leader Marcis Kenavs did not reach the finish line.
"Generally speaking everything went well, because the event was interesting and well organized," after the race says Marcis Kenavs. "At first we did not hurry and drove cautiously, but already at that time Alexey Lukyanuk was very quick. Also with the regulations we did not get in the first lap. Later, however, at the the service park we made changes and were ready to start the fight, but then our car got a technical defect, so we were forced to withdraw. Perhaps because of the race frenzy I pushed too hard, as a result we were not able to reach the finish," continues ASRT team leader, adding that the crew was able to continue to run and try to reach the finish, but it would no longer be a fight for places, so it was decided not to break the car anymore.
Marcis added that this was a very specific track, which could be driven very quickly with FWD cars. "The track was very specific, so it can not be said that in this track AWD cars would be a great advantage. Quite the opposite – FWD cars could drive this track very quickly how it was demonstrated by Gryazins brothers."
If Kenavs was forced to withdraw, the other two ASRT team pilots successfully reached the finish. "Pjotr Turkin began this race peacefully, but at the end he had already pushed up the pace and overall showed a Top 5 time. Meanwhile, Dmitrij Feofanov drove at his own pace - safely and without adventures. They both reached the finish line and we are happy for them."
Overall, we are satisfied with the event, but with a sporting results, at least in terms of our crew it is a small disappointment, but this is motoring,concludes Marcis.
The next race for the Rally team is rallysprint "Kalnamuiza" and rally "Talsi".
ASRT rally team with three crews is going to the Rally Masters Show
On April 17 and 18 for the fifth consecutive year Rally Masters Show will be held in Moscow, with the participation of Russia's fastest rally drivers as well as other countries' athletes. Several well known rally crews have already approved their participation, among which are the brothers Grjazin's, Alexey Lukjanyuk, Sergey Uger, Inesa Tushkanova and others. In total, the athletes will have to accomplish eight special stages with a total length of 37.20 kilometers.
Among the riders this year three ASRT crews will be on startup - Marcis Kenavs (Evo X), Dmitry Feofanov (Evo VIII) and Pjotr Turkin (DS3 R3). Although this will be a show race, Marcis Kenavs admits that he will not be driving slowly.
"The competition is intended more as a show where athletic goals stay in the second place. We'll go with fully prepared sports car, which we tested before the tournament. However, we certainly are not going to just drive, but we will fight for the highest scores. In group N we certainly intend to fight for the Top 3, but, as for the absolute standings, it is currently difficult to judge because we do not yet know the names of all the participants. At the moment I know that Lukjanyuk will be on startup, so it will be interesting to compare my skills with him. Other ASRT team riders will compete to their limits, but will stay calm and not take unnecessary risks. We will enjoy this event and have positive emotions."
In five years Rally Masters Show was twice won by home driver. In 2011, by the Englishman Mark Higgins, in 2012 and 2013 Evgeny Novikov was the fastest absolutely, in 2014 in Moscow Marko Martin was the winner, he was just 2.6 seconds ahead of Vasily Grjazin.
ASRT pilot Turkins wins in the last winter Russian Rally Championship
Russian Rally Championship and Russian Rally Cup final winter stage - "Gornij Ljon 2015" has finished which in a sense was a survival stage. The rally was held in a closed area, asbestos mine. Although this was a winter phase in which the athletes had to travel with studded tires because of the weather this phase turned into a "gravel rally", where many riders battled while their cars were smashed and wheels broken.
In total athletes had to accomplish seven stages (130 kilometers), but one special stage, which was to take place on the lake, was canceled. Victory in this stage was celebrated by Vadims Makarovs, but the high fourth place absolutely and the first place in R3 class was won by the ASRT team pilot Peter Turkins. In command test starting with only one crew, ASRT won the second place.
"Rally venue air temperature was a plus so the winter was over," says ASRT team leader Mārcis Ķenavs, who added that after about 20 kilometers of driving with the new studded tires in such conditions, they remained without studs. "The track was very difficult, because if you drove little off road, then there could be quite a bump to the machine. During the rally, many riders tore bumpers and broke wheels, but Turkins showed stable performance and during the rally he did not not break anything, and reached the finish to avoiding any damage to his car."
"I am happy with the performance of Turkins, who traveled all the rally without mistakes. At this stage speed was not enough because drivers had to travel smart, stable and accurate, where many young riders failed."
"Overall I am wery happy with this winter season, because many of our team drivers won victories both in absolute tests and in their classes. I am glad for ASRT teamwork, because the cars were prepared perfectly at all rallies. But there is not much time to rest, because we are already heavily working for the summer season, we promise to be very hot," concludes Ķenavs.
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ASRT team concludes excellent winter rally season
Last weekend "Võrumaa Talveralli 2015" rally was held in Estonia, which was the second stage of Estonian Rally Championship. If in Riga and its surroundings there was no sign of snow, then this rally greeted athletes with ice and large heaps of snow that allowed drivers to enjoy a true winter rally and develop high speeds.
A total of 77 crew participated from which three were ASRT Rally Team crews - Siim Plangi, Carl Martin Volver and Dmitry Feofanov. Winner of this rally was Sander Pern who deputed behind the steering wheel of the Ford Fiesta R5. The second fastest absolutely and first in N4 class was Plangi, who lost 16.3 second to his fellow countryman.
"This rally was very good for us, because we were fast all day long. Strangely enough, but we began to show the fastest times in the last four special stages. Generally speaking, this winter we succumbed a perfect start ( one win in four rallies and three second places, from which one second place in Liepaja ERC stage), so we should continue to work to be able to maintain the speed in the summer season, in which we hopefully will be able to win the first places both in Latvian and Estonian championships," says the current Latvian and Estonian Rally Championship leader Plangi, who admitted that his next start would be in the Talsi rally.
Young and talanted Volver still continues to surprise many, he won the rally in tenth place absolutely, and was the fastest among all the 2WD class cars. "The rally was good, but heavy too.I am glad that there was fierce competition because there were many fast drivers on the startup. Overall, I am satisfied with my performance, only in the sixth special stage I made a mistake which resulted a loss in several seconds. Overall, this was a perfect start of the season, so I'm glad that everything goes forward. Now there will be a break, which I will devote to training and exams to prepare for the rally in May. I hope to achieve similar speed in rally Talsi," says the 15-year-old Volver.
Feofanov completed his mission to reach the finish line and collect experience very well. He won sixth place in EMV8 class. "The rally was interesting, but not easy, because i had not driven these roads before. Yes, we could drive little faster, but on the other hand, before the rally I was unable to lead the tests, so I wanted this winter season to conclude positively and reach the finish line, which i did. Given that this was my first winter rally, I am very glad that I managed to drive all these rallies to the end. Now we are looking forward for the summer, where I hope we will be able to continue to drive, because the plan is to start in the Baltic rallies. Of course, I would like to drive a more interesting machine, but for now i have to wait," Feofanov concludes mysteriously.
ASRT Estonia team will complete the winter rally season
At Saturday second stage of the Estonian Rally Championship will start - "Võrumaa Talveralli 2015". If currently most snow in Latvia is almost gone, the Estonian rally venue according to the winter conditions is snowy and icy.
79 crews have aproved their participation in this rally which will be held on February 21. They will have to complete eight special stages with a total length of 101.6 kilometers. Among these ASRT rally team will be represented by three crews, containing Siim Plangi, Carl Martin Volver and Dmitry Feofanov.
Siim Plangi awaits this rally in great mood. He started the season well - three wins in Latvian Rally Championship and second place in Liepaja ERC stage. Although Plangi is only 22 years old, this will be 100th rally in his career, so figure 100th will decorate his car.
"At the moment we do not have scheduled tests, but before the rally I will drive some 20 to 30 kilometers with the narrow winter tires. Of course, emotions are good, because the season started well and this will be our anniversary rally, so I hope that these emotions will bring good results," says Siim Plangi who is aimed to win as many test points as possible in this rally. One of the 2WD class favorites will be Karl Martin Volver, who after boarding a competitive car shows a very good speed.
"I was preparing for this rally both physically and morally. We have not planned tests before the rally, because we already have participated in many rallies. This will be the first time that I drive here, so I hope I can get a new experience. I know that it will be difficult, but at the moment i am feeling positive. I have driven a number of rallies in the Peugeot 208 R2 and my confidence is higher. In any case, this will be a special rally, because there will be a lot of my sponsors and fans who want to see a good performance. I hope that everything will work and this will be a great vacation," says Volver, who added that at the beginning of the rally he will drive carefully but if there is a good rhythm, then he will drive more quickly and will fight for the maximum amount of test points.
For the first time Dmitry Feofanov will drive these roads. He admitted that his goal will be driving stable and reaching the finish line. "Unfortunately, due to time constraints I will not be able to participate in the tests, but I hope that before the rally itself I will be able to drive a little. I do not know anything much about this rally but I imagine what there might be special stages. I think it will be interesting, but sometimes complex. My task as a minimum will be to maintain the same speed as in the "Sarma" Rally. As well I want to reduce the gap from the leaders. However, the main challenge will be to reach the finish," says Feofanov.
ASRT pilot Plangi wins 2nd place in Liepaja ERC stage
Volver showing great speed
The second half of the European Rally Championship (ERC) stage was held in Liepaja, as well as 2 and 3 stage of the Latvian Rally Championship (LRC). Among all the players ASRT team started with 4 crews. Siim Plangi (Mitsubishi Evo X) and Piotr Turkins (Citroen DS3) competed with ERC best drivers but in LRC for points were fighting already mentioned Plangi, Carl Martin Volver (Peugeot 208 R2) and Sergey Popov (Mitsubishi Evo X).
Siim Plangi showed best results, he won the absolute ERC test's high second place, but in both LRC stages Estonian athlete had great results, thus strengthening his place at LRC standings chart.
"For us, this rally was perfect - great car, excellent teamwork and excellent performance of the Pirelli tires," says Siim Plangi happy after the finish. "The roads were beautiful, but given the weather, the conditions were difficult and at times tricky. At the beginning of the first day we had to go through ice, the second time already on the gravel, so we had to find the correct speed so we would not get off the track, as well as to prevent damage to the tires. On the second day we were sometimes surprised by the blizzard, resulting poor visibility in some places of only 30 to 50 meters. It was not easy. But any way, I am satisfied with my result.In the first three stages I was driving a little faster, to gain time, which is also managed, so in the remaining stages I could save my car a little. At the second day i lost some time to Lukjanyuk, but this time caution took the upper hand. Of course, if it was necessary, I could drive a little faster, but then it would already be risky. This time I was able to beat the local riders, because of the ability to become accustomed to difficult driving conditions but if the conditions were better, gaps would be much smaller," says Plangi, who received prize of 7000 euros by finishing second.
Once again, young and talented Estonian rider Carl Martin Volver was very fast. Although the athlete dropped out on the first day, on the second day Volver sometimes showed fantastically quick times.
"This was the second time that we participated in this rally, so it was associated with high expectations. Unfortunately, in the first stage, we broke the radiator of the car, so we were forced to withdraw. But we did not give up. Instead we were already preparing for the next day on which we wanted to have a good time, compared to other competitors. On the second day conditions were difficult, but we tried to use the paths and we did not take the risk, because sometimes the visibility was close to zero. At the sixth and seventh stage we showed good times (fourth and fifth fastest time absolutely!). However, in the eighth stage, we broke the wheel. Unfortunately, we were unable to avoid the stones that was there. After we eliminated the fault we were able to return to the track and show good times, thus completing the rally with good emotions. Overall, I am satisfied with our results, because at times we showed sixth best time absolutely, which explains a lot. Little 2WD lion showed his teeth," laughingly says Volver. After the first phase Sergei Popov was in the 50th place overall, but afterwards the athlete pushed up to the 30th place. Meanwhile, Peter Turkins completed 33th absolutely. After three LRC stages it gives the ASRT pilot third place in RK1 class.
ASRT Team driver Plangi wins Rally "Sarma 2015"
The 1st stage of the Latvian and Estonian Rally Championships took place on the roads of Ape and Gulbene and finished with the victory of the driver of the ASRT rally team Siim Plangi.
In whole, more than 80 crews participated in the competition, among them five crews of the ASRT team. The most successful driver was Plangi who gained a convincing victory. Rainer Aus was the leader after the seventh stage but at the eighth stage Aus and Timmu Korge got a flat tire thus allowing Plangi to become the leader in the overall ranking.
"It was a great rally. We had excellent speed and no problems with the car. I feel sorry that Aus and Korge got a flat tire at the eighth stage since we had a hot contest. After their failure I continued driving more attentively to avoid mistakes. In whole the roads were in an excellent condition. And the adherence was good; therefore, it was a great rally. Of course, there are some places where I can improve the result but I am satisfied with my achievement, especially on the second day of the rally," Siim Plangi says.
A great result was also shown by a young and talented driver Carl Martin Volver who drove Peugeot 208 R2 and took the tenth place in the absolute ranking and the second place in LRC3 class. At several stages Volver competed with the winner of this class Ralfs Sirmacis, however, at the end he was forced to yield the leadership to Sirmacis.
"The first day was good and we showed excellent speed. Everything ran smoothly. As for me, I liked the night stages but the fourth stage was difficult and it was snowing, therefore, at the dark stage I had to be governed by the pace notes since the visibility was very poor. The first stages of the second day were very fast and slippery; therefore, we did not take risk there. The main task was to reach the finish line and gain precious points. In whole, I am satisfied with my speed. On the second day after I talked to the team we decided to drive carefully and gain kilometres that would certainly help us in future. In whole, the season started very well. Of course, we must train hard and do the tests to improve our speed and skills; therefore, we will work with sponsors to make it possible. I thank the ASRT team for their excellent work," Carl Martin Volver says.
Dmitry Feofanov was the 33rd at the finish of the rally "Sarma" and Ainars Igavensh took the 36th place after the problems with a throttle cable and fight with a snowdrift. Unfortunately, Sergey Popov failed to reach the finish line since he had broken the car wheel and was forced to leave the competition.
At the moment the team will continue preparing for rally "Liepaja" of the ERC.
ASRT team pilot Volver start the new rally season wonderfully
Last hollidays rally Alūksne ended with victory of Ralfs Sirmacis. Four ASRT rally crews were on the start line this rally - Dmitriy Feofanov (Mitsubishi Evo VIII), young and talented Carl Martin Volver (Peugeot 208 R2), Elmārs Brunovskis (Mitsubishi Evo X) and team leader Ainārs Igaveņš (Fiat 124 B).
This rally went out very well for Volver, who had his debut behind the steering wheel of his Peugeot . Volver got eighth place in the overall standing, but in the 2WD Open A class Estonian finished first, four seconds ahead of Vasiliy Grjazin. Brunovskis finished 22th, but Ainārs Igaveņš ranked 35th.
"A fantastic rally. This was first rally this season with a new car. Glad that we managed to get excellent results for me and the ASRT team. Thank you both to the excellent organizers of the rally and the ASRT team. To me this was the best rally in my career. The car was perfect, it will give me great confidence in future rallies. I am honored to be part of the ASRT team, which is highly professional. Also, I really like the spirit of this team. I believe that, if we do a few more tests, we will be able to drive quicker," said Carl Martin Volver after the rally.
Russian driver Dmitriy Feofanov is happy with the rally. "I really enjoyed the rally. Given that this was my first winter race, I am satisfied with the speed and results although the special stages were not that easy. It was a little difficult to run special stages at night time, because I do not have the experience. Also the snow was snowing, but it all made the rally more exciting and interesting. I feel that I have made a great new season start. There is still much to learn, but I hope that this season I will be able to take a major step forward. Thanks to the organizers for the excellent rally," said Dmitriy Feofanov.
Also the ASRT team leader Ainārs Igaveņš, who drove this rally with the Fiat 124 B was on the starting line. Although this was not an eventful rally for Ainārs, the pilot did not hide his joy on the recent races, and also revealed his plans for this season.
"Everything went very well. We drive for our pleasure, but the greatest joy for me is the fact that at the end of the rally I felt the previous driving sensations and flavors. The main task which I have told to all the drivers, was to reach the finish, which also went out very well, although four times we hit snowdrifts. But the track was very good, so this was a great experience before the rally Sarma. But this was only the first rally. We have plans to participate in all the remaining rallies, in which we will certainly try to be even faster. I am happy for Volver because he was very fast. I think that he will be one of the next rally talent, because he listens what to do and is able to be very fast," said Ainārs Igaveņš.
Meanwhile, at the Karelian rally seventh place absolutely and second place at the R3 class was won by the team ASRT pilot Pjotr Turkin who drives a Citroen DS3.
The next rally scheduled for the ASRT team will be rally Sarma, in which six ASRT crews will compete.
ASRT rally team starts a new rally season
Already this weekend the new Latvian rally season will start, which will begin with a rally-sprint in Aluksne. So far more than 50 crews have applied for this rally-sprint, ASRT team cars will be among them on the start. In total, on the start you will see four ASRT crews - Dmitrijs Feofanovs (Mitsubishi Evo VIII), talented young Karl Martin Volver (Peugeot 208 R2), Elmārs Brunovskis (Mitsubishi Evo X) and Ainārs Igavenš (Fiat 124 B).
Each crew in the rally will have its own task. For example, a pilot Elmārs Brunovskis who was once driving "Žigulis" has been the USSR junior champion and the USSR sports master candidate. He has decided to refresh his knowledge in this rally. LAF President Jānis Naglis, who is going to be be Elmārs co driver will help him to achieve that.
Young and talanted Karl Martin Volver will experience debut behind the steering wheel of his new Peugeot 208 R2 in this rally. This Estonian racer’s main task will be to become accustomed to the new car and the new conditions, so this phase will be used as an excellent training before the new season, which will start in less than two weeks in the rally "Sarma".
As with other crews and other teams, including the ASRT team there was a lot of work to be done in between seasons because existing car were put in order as well as new cars were bult. Recently ASRT team run tests involving both Popov and Feofanovs as well as Brunovskis.
Already, looking at the list of participants, it can be concluded that fight in every class is going to be quite intensive and interesting, that's why we hope for good and suitable winter conditions, so we could make the opening race of the season into a splendid holiday.
However, this will not be the only holiday rally in which ASRT team will be represented. On the same day, when there will be Rally sprint in Alūksne, there will be rally held in Karelia, Russia which is going to be the first Russian Rally Championship. ASRT team pilot Pjotr Turkin will start there with his Citroen DS3.
We wish everyone a lucky start and successful finishes in the new season!
ASRT Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X N4 rent for
Spain Rally Championship 2015 or seperate events
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ASRT Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X N4 rent for
Finnish Rally Championship 2015
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