The 17-year-old Latvian rallycross talent Roberts Vitols will be stepping up to the Super1600 class in the 2020 British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy for a full-season campaign in his private Peugeot 206.
The Latvian was competing in the one-make BRX Junior Championship class last year in a Suzuki Swift together with his team Provento Racing, where he claimed a third overall in the championship and also won the season-finale at the Croft Circuit.
Vitols decision to step-up to the Super1600 class for 2020 was not easy for him but he know for sure that his Peugeot 206 is a proven championship-winning car in Latvia.
“During the winter break we considered several options for 2020. When we went into the British Championship, the goal was to look for ways to develop my career through the country’s rich sporting traditions and its opportunities. This year’s new 5 Nations championship has already succeeded to some extent, because of Pat Doran’s involvement as the new promoter. He has also been on hand to assist me personally, which will hopefully open a few doors in the future.” Vitols said.
“Undoubtedly, competing in Super 1600 is a big step forward compared to the Junior class, and I’d like to thank Peter Gwynne Motorsport for all their support last year, which they continue to offer even though I am no longer part of their family. And a big thank you to my own family, who continue to join me on this journey. Finally, thank you to Pat for his trust, I must not disappoint him!”
The car and some spare parts will be shipped over to the UK ahead of the season-opener at Lydden Hill on 30/31 August and the team will stay in the UK between the race meetings.
“We have been working very closely with the Super 1600 class co-ordinator, who has provided a lot of help and has a great positive attitude. We are now ready to face the challenge.” Ugis Vitols, Provento Racing manager, added.