Latvian star Nitiss returns to RallyX for home rounds in Riga

The most successful Latvian rallycross driver of all time, Reinis Nitiss, will race in the fifth and sixth rounds of RallyX in Riga this weekend. 

 Nitiss, who claimed a maiden World Rallycross Championship victory aged 18-years-old in 2014, and has two European Rallycross Championship titles to his credit, will compete in the Crosscar division with his own team. 

The seven-time World RX podium-finisher secured his second European crown in the Supercar category in 2018 at the Bikernieki circuit, but has more recently raced in Crosscar. 

Last year he contested all but one round of the RallyX Crosscar season and twice claimed fourth-place finishes, in Holjes (Sweden) and Oulu (Finland). He missed the season finale in Arvika, and so far in 2022 has only contested two rounds of the European Autocross Championship and regional events in the Baltic states with his Crosscar machine, but is now excited to take one some of the best Crosscar drivers in the business. 

“I have done just a few races this year in the Baltics. I know the track in Riga, and I know we have a good Crosscar for this track – we have been racing a lot there,” said the 26-year-old. “But for sure in our region it is not the same level that it is in RallyX and I see the boys in RallyX Crosscar are driving really fast. They are confident and the cars are also very well prepared, so it will be tough this weekend, but let’s see.” 

The Jekabpils native is always a crowd favourite at rallycross events in Latvia, and this weekend will be no exception when he competes in his own team’s Kamikaz K3 machine. “It will be so nice to drive in front of Latvian people in a high-level race so I can’t wait for this weekend,” said Nitiss. 

After the opening four rounds of the 2022 Crosscar campaign, Thomas Eek Murstad leads the standings by just two points from Patrick Hallberg. Oskar Andersson, Pasi Penttinen and Joni-Pekka Rajala are also right in the title-hunt. 

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