Latvian DriftGP Preview

Drift Allstars returns to the world famous Bikerniecki Circuit, located within the heart of Riga, the capital of Latvia, for the fourth consecutive season. Now considered a classic on the tour, the Latvian fans really embrace this event as it is the biggest annual Baltic drift event.

The usual suspects in the series will be gunning for the event win and we have some surprise wildcards are looking to cause some upsets. With recent circuit improvements and a change of asphalt, Bikernieki is anyone’s for the taking.


James Deane comes off a strong showing in Estonia and leads the series, everyone will be gunning for him!


The biggest threat for Deane will be hometown hero Janis Eglite. Eglite finished 2nd at his home GP last year and is fired up more then ever after exiting the competition early in Estonia last week.


Lithuanian champion Andrius Vasiliauskas is chasing him closely in the standings and needs a top result to get his season back on track.


Young Norwegian driver Fredrik Øksnevad has shown moments of brilliance but that elusive first podium eludes him. He rates the Bikernieki circuit in Riga as one of his favourites so lets see if he can upset the order.

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Seasoned championship contender Nigel Colfer loves the Riga circuit. Since his podium in Abu Dhabi he has failed to find the magic after two top 32 exists in the last two events. Can the Irishman put it back on top of the box and get his year back in order?


Newcomer Enver Haskasap cannot be discounted after a 3rd place finish in Estonia last week, can the Cypriot native challenge for the win this weekend as he is favoured on fast flowing circuits like Riga.

And the wild cards…


Polish superteam BudMat Auto return after taking some time off in the 2016 series. Piotr Wiecek, who finished 2nd in the 2015 Drift Allstars series, will also be a huge threat, but after an early exit in the top 32 in Ireland can he regain his championship winning level pace?


2015 Swedish champion David Skogsby made a brief appearance last year and nearly ran away with an event win. David is showing interest in running a full season in 2017, so could this be the event where he puts Swedish drifting on the map?

The action kicks off from 12.00 local time on Saturday with the Livestream active all day on the Drift Allstars Facebook page.

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Missed the action last season then check out the highlights from the 2015 Latvian Drift GP