The 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship 2021 season has concluded with two Latvian drivers leaving their names proudly in overall standings – Roberts Vitols and Laura Vitola in the British Rallycross Championship.
The series, as it later turned out, ended with the last event as Lydden Hill, as the last round on the calendar scheduled for Belgium at the Spa circuit was cancelled. The organizers were still looking for solutions to hold the fight on the territory of UK, but the cancellation of the last round soon was announced.
This means a celebration for Latvian fans: Roberts has won the bronze medal of the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship in the main Supercar class! Roberts scored 3 victories (most of all drivers) and 6 podiums (most of all drivers) in total of 7 rounds so understandably, initially, the result was not taken as something to celebrate by the Latvian PROVENTO Racing Team, because there was a feeling that more was earned. The sights are turned in the direction of the legendary Citroen C4, whose ageing defects caused a lot of heartbreak, especially in the concluding and important stages at the end of the season.
However, the result is more than respectable and, for example, something to only dream about a year ago or before the first race of this year. In a car that hasn’t been at the top of the standings in the recent years and without any additional tests or practice runs with a car. Roberts had to learn from race to race and could showcase his abilities already after 5 runs with the car taking his maiden Supercar victory already at season opener at Lydden Hill.
After the 2020 season, Vitols, as the British Super 1600 class champion, had achieved the prize – one fully paid race with a Supercar car. Vitols, by winning his only shot in Supercar in Round 1 turned that one race into a full season of battles with some pretty intense British competition.
In 2021 season, Robert’s younger sister Laura Vitola also made her debut in the Junior Swift class racing for Peter Gwynne Motorsport, the same team Roberts started his journey in UK motorsport, formally ending the championship in 9th place joining the competition only at the second half of the season. A lot of action and adventures in Laura’s first steps in rallycross as well, but if the task was to learn and explore, then this was achieved at it’s best.
Information prepared by autocross.lv