Tanak is the winner of ERC in Estonia,
Turkin takes the 2nd place in the Estonian Championship
ERC in Estonia ends with adventures for ASRT team
Bulantsev suffers a spectacular crash during the ERC in Estonia
Ott Tanak was the leader after the first day of European Rally Championship (ERC) in Estonia. After the first day Igor Bulancev, ASRT team pilot, took the 16th place in total and the 6th place in ERC Production Class, but Turkin was in the 9th place in RC3 Class. On the second day a stage of Estonian Rally Championship took place alongside ERC, where two more drivers of ASRT team, Dmitry Feofanov and Sergey Popov, participated.
Unfortunately, during the 13th stage Bulancev drove too close to the inner edge in one of the road bends and was thrown in the air and flipped several times. Fortunately, neither the pilot nor his co-pilot was injured during this accident. Bulancev wasn't the only one dropping out of this difficult rally since a few more crews suffered crashes. An unfortunate debut driving Peugeot 208 R5 was made by Siim Plangi, who crashed in one of the road bends.
Ott Tanak was crowned as the rally winner while the second place was won by Russian driver Alexei Lukyanuk, causing great joy to ASRT team. Timmu Kõrge stood on the lowest step of the podium. Meanwhile the Estonian Rally Championship stage was won by Lukyanuk who beat Tanak by 0.3 seconds.
It should be noted that after the finish Lukyanuk was awarded the prestigious Colin McRae "Flat Out Trophy" that is given to drivers whose speed, determination, perseverance and fighting spirit during the specific rally corresponds to the values of rally legend McRae.
Popov took the 24th place in total and the 9th place in N4 Class, Turkin earned the 37th place in total and the 2nd place in A7 Class, but Feofanov was in the 44th place in total and in the 9th place in E12 Class.
Next stop for ASRT team this week in Lithuania (Rally Žemaitija 2014) with Igor Bulantsev.
ASRT team successfully concludes the first day of European Rally Championship in Estonia
On Friday began the Estonian stage of European Rally Championship (ERS) where athletes had to complete nine stages. There was a total of 61 crews participating in the first day of ERC, including two crews from ASRT team - Igor Bulantsev (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) and Petr Turkin (Citroen DS3 R3T).
The warm and sunny weather was great for both the many viewers and the athletes. Unfortunately the rally began unsuccessfully for two Estonian drivers - Martin Kangur, who was the fastest during qualification, suffered a spectacular crash, but Kaspar Koitla damaged car's radiator during a jump and was forced to withdraw.
Ott Tanak, the main favourite of this rally, already took the lead during the first special stages of the rally, leaving behind Timmu Kõrge and Alexei Lukyanuk at a safe distance. Later Tanak continued to lead, thus confirming his status as the main favourite. The last special stage of the day took place in the centre of Tartu, where, for the joy of thousands of viewers, Tanak continued to be the fastest and became the first day's leader. He was followed by Timmu Kõrge (44.2 seconds) and Alexei Lukyanuk (47.4 seconds), causing great joy to the ASRT crew. After the first day the eight place after is taken by Siim Plangi, who made his debut with Peugeot 208 R5 car during this rally. It should be noted that Plangi broke a car wheel during the first stage, thus losing more than 40 seconds.
Both crews of ASRT team successfully reached the finish line during the first day. Bulantsev, who had Top 5 times during the last special stages of the day, took the 16th place in total and the 6th place in ERC Production Class after the first day. Meanwhile Turkin is in the 9th place in RC3 Class.
Saturday will put even more responsibility on ASRT team since Bulancev and Turkin will be joined by Dmitry Feofanov and Sergey Popov, who will participate in the Estonian stage of the rally. On Saturday athletes will have to complete six stages (107 km).
ASRT rally team on the podium in the difficult "White Nights" Rally
photo: Dmitry Galchun, "Academy rally"
ASRT rally team has successfully completed the 4th round of the Russian Rally Championship and the 16th round of the Russian Cup "White Nights 2014" and is proud to announce that its pilot Igor Bulantsev has won the third place and Sergey Popov finished as the eighth.
ASRT rally team was represented in this round by two crews: Igor Bulantsev with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X and Sergey Popov with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. Although the rally turned out very difficult and with many accidents both our crews managed to reach the finish.
Initially it was planned that drivers will take 11 speedways (124 km in total), but later one leg was cancelled. Alexey Lukyanuk was first after five legs, followed by Igor Bulantsev 45 seconds behind. But then after the sixth leg, Grigoriy Tregubov (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) overtook Bulantsev and ranked second. The rally was won by A. Lukyanuk, leaving G. Tregubov and I. Bulantsev behind. The eighth place was won by the other ASRT rally team driver S. Popov.
Marcis Kenavs, head of the team, was satisfied with the results: "This rally was a very difficult one — many accidents and drop-outs. However, it went well for our rally team, as both crews managed to reach the finish line, which we are very happy about, of course. Bulantsev was given task to drive fast and show good result, which he was successful at. Since the last rally for Popov was the European Rally Championship round in Liepāja in winter, his task was to acclimatise. Both drivers are satisfied with their results, as they managed to fulfil their tasks."
photo: Dmitry Galchun, "Academy rally"
ASRT pilot Plangi is going to face a new challenge
After successful rally Viru in Estonia where the ASRT driver Siim Plangi took the third place in the overall ranking and the second place in N4 class, it became known that a young and talented Estonian sportsman would make debut at the Estonian stage of the European Rally Championship (ERC) at the wheel of a new car Peugeot 208 R5.
The driver acknowledges that negotiations about the opportunity of driving Peugeot 208 R5 have been long, however at the moment, when all the problems are solved, the joy and satisfaction are great. "Taking into account long negotiations, in the beginning I was a little bit sceptical about the opportunity of driving Peugeot 208 R5. But after the contract was signed, it was the fulfilment of my dream," Siim Plangi says.
"This opportunity was due to Peugeot Baltic and Peugeot Sport. They offered me to drive at the Estonian stage of the ERC and I accepted this opportunity. I appreciate it very much."
Plangi, who drove many different cars during his career, says that the most difficult thing will be to get used to this car quickly and to drive fast. "The greatest challenge is to get used to this car quickly and to drive fast. I will certainly try to be fast from the very beginning. Peugeot 208 R5 is an undoubtedly fast and powerful car. It is created for rally, therefore, this car must be faster than the N group car. I know that this car goes quickly, therefore, I will also have to drive fast."
Although every sportsman aims at the highest places, Plangi acknowledges that no aims of taking a particular place in this rally are set at the moment. "The aim of this rally is to get used to this car as fast as possible so that after every consequent stage I could increase the speed. Taking a particular place in this rally is not the most important thing, however, we will definitely want to ensure a good fight for our competitors with our driving," Plangi continues and hopes that spectators will like and be satisfied with his driving.
At the end of the conversation the ASRT driver is not sure if it will be the only rally with this car. "I think it will be the only rally with this R5 car, however, you never know, maybe after showing good results I will have a new opportunity. I will do everything possible!"
ASRT rally team has shown great starts
The fourth Latvian and the third Estonian stage of the Rally Championship, rally "Viru 2014" took place in the Estonian city of Rakvere in the middle of June.
About 100 crews were at the starting line, among them three crews of the ASRT team from Latvia, i.e. Siim Plangi, Igor Bulantsev and Vadim Kuznetsov.
In the course of two days the drivers had to drive 11 speed stages with the total length of 112 kilometres. After the four stages of the first day Plangi showed the best result among the drivers of the ASRT team, he was the third in the overall ranking and the second in N4 class. At that moment Bulantsev was the 15th and Kuznetsov was at the 57th place.
On the second day Plangi (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) was also fast, but he could not get ahead of Alexey Lukyanuk (Mitsubishi Evo X) and Timo Korgi (Ford Fiesta R5), therefore, he had to be satisfied with the third place in the overall ranking and the second place in N4 class. At the moment Plangi takes the second place in the overall ranking of the Latvian Rally Championship and the first place in N4 class. And the other pilots of the ASRT team reached the finish successfully: Bulantsev took the eighth place but Kuznetsov was the 31st.
"We had a good rally," Siim Plangi starts. "Our aim was to spend the rally at a high speed and to show good results. Unfortunately, at the fifth speed stage we made a big mistake and hit a tree stump, however, luckily only the visual image of the car suffered in this accident. Later on we spent one and a half speed stage without the centre differential. For this reason at the end we did not try to overcome Alexey Lukyanuk by all means, we just wanted to get to the finish quietly and take the second place in N4 class. At the last two speed stages we reduced our speed so that we could reach the finish for sure. We did it and it was a good result."
At the same time the rally Pohjanmaa (the fourth stage of the Finnish Rally Championship) took place in Finland, the ASRT driver Kaspars Koitla (Mitsubishi Evo IX) took part in this rally. He yielded only to Jukka Ketomäki (Škoda Octavia WRC) and Karl Kruuda (Ford Fiesta S2000), at the finish Koitla took a high third place in the overall ranking and the first place in SM2 class.
"We are very glad," Kaspars Koitla says after the finish. "We picked up the speed at the first stage and managed to keep it till the end of the rally. At the third speed stage, due to braking, we made a mistake that cost us about ten seconds. On the whole, I liked these speed stages very much, they were pleasant to drive. We had a good weekend. I would like to thank my mechanics."
The next start of the ASRT team is planned in the middle of July at the oncoming Estonian stage of the European Rally Championship (ERC) where the team is going to be represented by many drivers.
The team manager Mārcis Ķenavs makes his debut and wins
The rally sprint "Kalnamuiža 2014" took place in the surroundings of Skrunda at the end of the second week of May and the team manager Mārcis Ķenavs went to protect the colours of ASRT.
At this rally M.Ķenavs made his debut on a four-wheel drive car Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X and collaborated with a new co-driver Gatis Cimdiņš.
The fight for the win was hot and the crew was the fastest at 5 speed stages that brought great success, i.e. the 1st place in the absolute ranking.
The crew had test drives before the rally sprint "Kalnamuiža 2014" to get used to the car, however, nobody thought that the next competition would bring so great results! The crew executed all the instructions and arrangements of the ASRT team and the teamwork of both sportsmen was a great step to the win.
"I am extremely satisfied with the results! The beginning was a little bit unconvincing since I tried to get used to the driving style that differed from my previous experience. I got assistance from my co-driver who encouraged me to drive more convincingly. I am satisfied with the speed shown at the race, as for the first time it was not so slow. I would like to thank my team since their work and advice were a great contribution to my win".
The next start of the crew is planned at the rally „Kurzeme 2014” that will take place at the end of August. The team also plans to participate in the stage of the European Rally Championship or any other championship which is likely to take place in Spain.
We should mention that the weekend brought great achievements for the team since the pilot of the ASRT team Siim Plangi took the 1st place in the rally competition "Tallinn 2014".
The ASRT team is preparing for "Masters Show 2014"
In the middle of April the crew of the ASRT team Dmitry Feofanov/Maxim Gordyushkin took part in the trainings and before Easter the sportsmen would go to Moscow to participate in the rally "Master Show 2014".
Trainings in the race track of Biķernieki sports base were held to allow the crew get used to driving on the asphalt surface since the rally "Master show 2014" would be held in the centre of Moscow.
The crew P.Turkin/V.Mirkotan will also participate in the rally, they will have pre-competition trainings on the roads in the surroundings of Moscow.
As for the ASRT team, the competition will be an adaptation to the summer season which will soon start in Latvia.
In response to the question about plans for the summer season the team manager M.Ķenavs said: "At the moment we are going to Moscow to prepare for the summer season and after that there will be the stages of the Latvian Rally Championship. If we speak about the plans for the season we want to participate in the competitions in the Baltic States and Russia, we also plan the participation in the stage of the World Rally Championship in Poland and the European stage in Estonia where we, as a team, have the aim of fighting for the highest places in N4 class."
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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.
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)
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- Citroen DS3 R3 (R3)
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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.
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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
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014
Your ASRT Team