The ASRT team finishes winter season at the rally "Karelia 2014" 04.03.2014.
This rally was successful both for the team which took the 2nd place as team.The crew of the ASRT team A.Lukyanuk/A.Arnautov took the 1st place at the 3rd event of the Russian Rally Championship and this rally was also successful for the second crew of the team P.Turkin/V.Mirkotan who took the 3rd place in class R3. Unfortunately, the third crew I.Bulantsev/M.Danilova had an accident at the first speed stage and, therefore, was eliminated from the competition.
M.Kenavs tells about the experience: "At this rally Lukyanuk drove convincingly and stably and thus got the advantage over his competitors. At one of the speed stages Lukyanuk’s crew had a technical problem, i.e. the defect of a rear right axle shaft, but in spite of a short 30-minute service stop, our mechanics managed to change the axle shaft and the rear reduction gear for the sake of safety since the crew drove more than 20 km of the speed stage with a broken axle shaft".
After the unsuccessful speed stage A. Lukyanuk managed to keep leading positions in the overall ranking and took the 1st place with a minute advantage. As for the crew, this rally was a revenge for previous failures since they showed the best time at 7 speed stages (in total there were 8 speed stages).
M.Kenavs tells about P.Turkin’s achievements in this rally: "In this rally the crew continued getting acquainted with a new Citroen DS3 R3 and, as the crew said, the car was in a good condition and the only thing they had to do was to learn taking the advantage. Thanks to P.Turkin/ V.Mirkotan’s achievements the ASRT team took the 2nd as team."
The winter rally season is over and the team starts preparing for the summer season which is going to be full of surprises.
Next rally in Karelia 25.02.2014.
The ASRT rally team is preparing to go to Lahdenpohya where the third stage of the Russian Rally Championship "Karelia 2014" will take place at the end of February and on the first days of March. It will be the final stage of the winter season and the crews of A.Lukyanuk/A.Arnautov, I.Bulantsev/M.Danilova and P.Turkin/V.Mirkotan will start in the competition
Every crew has its own aims which the team wants to achieve. The team manager M.Kenavs says: "It will be a difficult rally due to the poor weather conditions the crews could not have test drives which were planned a week before the competition, however, in spite of this, every crew has its aims. We expect the best results from A.Lukyanuk because, despite a bad luck at the first stages, we as a team know that he can drive both stably and fast! We also want to expect great achievements from the other crews".
The ASRT has set its own aim: to be the first in the team scoring and to have a good start in the last winter rally of this season.
Rally "Peno 2014"
1February 14 ASRT rally team attended "Peno-2014", which was the second stage of the Russian Rally Championship. Three crews from the team participated during this stage: A. Lukyanuk/A. Arnautov, I. Bulantsev/A. Bushmeleva and P. Turkin/V. Mirkotan.
During the first special stages A. Lukyanok proved his superiority by showing the best times and increasing the lead over his closest rival by more than minute, but then came the fateful sixth special stage and the crew that were the first to begin the route underestimated the slippery road and experienced an accident.
Following the accident the car could no longer be started, therefore the crew could not continue the special stage. Bulantsev crew drove off the road and damaged their car as well, while P. Turkin/V. Mirkotan finished in the 4th place in Class R3.
During the second stage of Russian Rally Championship ASRT rally team earned the 1st place as a team.
Lukyanuk / Arnautov crew will start in Russia
Many people have asked us about one of the fastest Baltic and World Rally class N4 crews A.Lukyanuk/A.Arnautov
After the rally season of 2013 the crew did not provide any information about their further plans. However, at the moment we have received confirmation that the crew will participate in all 7 stages of the Russian Rally Championship in the rally season of 2014. These stages will be held in cooperation with the ASRT team that has previously led the crew to the victory in the stage of the World Rally Championship in Finland. It was achieved with the help of the car which had been built and serviced at the ASRT base.
In the first competitions the crew will drive Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X to participate in the rally "Gorniy Len" which will take place on 1-2 February in the Urals, in Yekaterinburg. These competitions will be the crew’s first experience in the Russian Rally Championship; however, the ASRT rally team has often taken part in this championship and in the course of several years has serviced other rally drivers during the competitions.
At the moment we have information about the participation in the stages of the Russian Rally Championship but we negotiate the participation in the stages of the World and European Rally Championship where the crew could possibly drive the Citroen R5 car serviced by the ASRT team.
Detailed information about the results of the rally "Gorniy Len" will be available at: http://nrg.ur.ru/
Rally "Alūksne 2014"
Rally "Alūksne" took place in Alūksne at the weekend, on the 18th of January. As the winter was in progress, the ASRT team could not stay aside and opened the rally season there.
The team was represented by three crews and their composition was unusual: the team owner Ainars Igaveņš drove the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X together with the co-driver Uldis Znotiņš, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X was driven by Igor Bulantsev and Marina Danilova.
The rally was successful for both crews: Ainars Igaveņš/Uldis Znotiņš were the 11th at the finish but this time the result was not so important since A.Igaveņš took his place at the wheel of a rally car after a long break and wanted to enjoy the rally. As A.Igaveņš said after the finish: "The rally was very well organized, many thanks to Gatis Cimdiņš! I participated in the rally after a long break and enjoyed the car drivability and capacity."
The second crew was much more successful since I.Bulantsev was the 4th at the finish and he was the fastest of all foreign drivers who took part in the rally: "The rally road surface was unusual – in some places it was ice but in the others it was frozen ground, I liked how the rally was organized and the speed stages chosen. Of course, I am glad to come to the finish and to achieve such results; it’s a good beginning of a new season."
Next time the crew of I.Bulantsev plans to participate in the stage of the European Rally Championship in Liepāja.
The third crew was Artūrs Igaveņš/Ralfs Igaveņš who performed the duties of a safety car, R.Igaveņš participated in the rally for the first time and gained the experience with a rally legend and route maps.
Detailed information about the results is available at: autorally.lv
The next rally which the ASRT team has applied for is the stage of the European Rally Championship in Liepaja (31 January – 2 February) and the rally "Gorniy Len" in Yekaterinburg (1-2 February).
Test with Citröen DS3 R3T
Currently every rally team is actively preparing for the new season of 2014 and for the ASRT team this year will also be full of new changes. As you know, less than a month ago ASRT managers went to the Citröen’s factory to purchase a rally car Citröen DS3 R3T which was the first car of this type in Latvia.
Tuvojoties sezonas sākumam pienāca ilgi gaidītais brīdis, kad visa ASRT komanda devās uz Igauniju, lai veiktu testa ātrumposmus ar nesen iegādāto Citroen rallija automašīnu. Kā pirmais pie Citröen DS3 R3T stūres sēdās komandas vadītājs Mārcis Ķenavs, kas ir braucis ar priekšpiedziņas automašīnām un ir pieredzējis autorallija braucējs.
Before the beginning of the season the long-sought moment came and the ASRT team went to Estonia to have test speed stages on a newly purchased rally car Citröen. The first person to drive the Citröen DS3 R3T was the team manager Mārcis Ķenavs who used to drive front-wheel drive cars and was an experienced rally driver.
M.Ķenavs told about the tests and their course in detail: "This car is colossal, it cannot be compared with any other rally car which I have driven before – neither Ford Fiesta R2, nor Honda Civic Type-R N3, these cars cannot compete with Citröen which has much bigger capacity. Everything starts with an excellent feeling when you enter the car of this type, further on we should obligatorily mention a turbo engine which allows the car to develop very big capacity and is not found in any other front-wheel drive rally car. The switching system at the steering is worth mentioning, it allows enjoying excellent car manoeuvrability and very late braking which in its turn gives the chance of winning tenths of a second during the rally speed stages. The car is thought both for fast and slow roads since its driveability and capacity are suitable for both types of the road."
This car is planned for the ASRT team driver Pjotr Turkin who will take part in the Russian Rally Championship and will fight for the champion title; however, it is likely that you will see this car at some stage of the rally championship of the Baltic States.
The first competitions which the ASRT team plans to have with the crew Pjotr Turkin/Vasilj Merkotan will take place on 1-2 February in the Urals, Yekaterinburg where the first stage of the Russian Rally Championship "Gorniy len 2014" will be held.
More detailed information about the Russian rally stage "Gorniy len 2014" is available at http://nrg.ur.ru
Rally team "ASRT" offers the possibility of renting rally cars for the season of 2014. We offer rent services for the period of different rally championships which take place in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine as well as the stages of the World and European championships.
In accordance with every sportsman’s wishes and driving skills we offer to rent the following rally cars:
- Mitsubishi EVO X (N4)
- Mitsubishi EVO X (N4)
- Mitsubishi EVO 9 (N4)
- Mitsubishi EVO 8 (A+)
- Citroen DS3 R3 (R3)
Every sportsman is offered an individual rent set either for the whole season or for separate rally stages. This set includes full rally car service during competitions, recce car, logistics, car insurance, service park equipment and amenities. We can also provide hotel and flight booking.
In addition we offer the possibility of conducting tests, test sessions and training with our coaches and one of the fastest team driver Alexey Lukyanuk.
To get more detailed information about offers and prices you should contact our team manager Marcis Ķenavs +371 29341985, email@example.com.
Mitsubishi EVO 8 Description here: PDF file
Mitsubishi EVO X (N4) Description here: PDF file
Mitsubishi EVO X (N4) Description here: PDF file
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014
Your ASRT Team