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August 5th 2013
Drift Allstars Europe Round 3: Drift GP of Latvia

Juha Rintanen takes the win and extends his lead in the championship.
The Drift Allstars Drift GP of Latvia took place this past weekend at the Bickiernieki Race circuit in Riga city. This was the debut of the series in the north eastern Baltic region of Europe and what an event to launch at.

Day 1 Interviews and Video Below

Day 2 Interviews and highlights

Day 2 would involve qualifying and top 32 battles being carried out in one day, so there was a lot to fit into one day’s action. Pawel Trela would burst back onto the scene, stamping his authority on proceedings and showing why he is regarded as one of the best drifters in Europe, taking P1 in qualifying. He was closely followed by his Nexen Tyres team mate, and championship leader, Juha Rintanen who took P2. Latvian Champion Janis Eglite would again raise his game in front of his home crowd and take P3.

Championship contender Nigel Colfer would have a huge shunt in practice and caused too much damage to fix before qualifying and his day would end there. Dawid Karkosik was again suffering mechanical problems and would be forced to bow out in the top 32, meaning a big reshuffle in the series standings was on the cards.

Pawel Trela would also get knocked out in the top 16 but, after later viewing video evidence, the judges admitted an error had been made with the decision. Trela is clearly starting to feel his way around his new Nexen Tire Europe Opel GT and will be a huge threat for the remainder of the season.

The final 4 came down to two Latvian drivers vs two National champions. Janis Eglite, two time Latvian Champion would face off against current Drift Allstars Championship leader Juha Rintanen. It would be so close between the two that a one more time battle was needed. Juha was the driver who would push it to another level and would have the speed and angle to gain the slight advantage over Eglite which he needed to see himself through to the final. In the other semi-final it was Norwegian driver, Ola Jaeger, against Latvian, Ingemars Jekabsons. Jekabsons would be a huge surprise throughout the day, knocking out several big names. Jaeger, the Norwegian Champion, would push hard but a small mistake was enough to give Jekabsons the win and allow the Latvian through to the final.

The Final
Jekabsons Vs Rintanen final would be another close battle but Rintanen just had too much pace, angle and confidence on the day taking the win and extending his win in the championship.

1.Juha Rinatanen –Finland
2.Ingemars Jekabsons –Latvia
3.Janis Eglite –Latvia

Audio Interviews

Next stop of the tour commences next weekend at the Kaunas street circuit on August 10-11th