For immediate release
August 13th 2013
Drift Allstars Europe Round 4: Drift GP of Lithuania
Janis Eglite takes the win on the streets of downtown Kaunas

Day 1 Video Below

Day 2 Post event Report Below

The Drift Allstars GP of Lithuania kicked off this past weekend on the streets of downtown Kaunas in the heart of Lithuania. This destination is one of the smallest countries on the tour but has proved itself to have one of the biggest fan-bases. The Lithuanian event was born after an online contest where every fan in Europe could vote for their country to host a Drift Allstars European round. Out of 36 competing countries Lithuania won with over 5000 votes. To make it even more special the event organisers got permission to hold it in the city of Kaunas on public roads, only the second ever event to be held on public roads in Europe.

With a sell-out event and an amazing track layout on the streets, the Lithuanian Drift GP was set. On Saturday, after glorious weather all day long, the rain came down with a vengeance 5 minutes before qualifying and flooding of the circuit forced qualifying to be postponed until the main event day. Then, on the main event day, the rain came again just as the battles were due to start. Thankfully, it was not as bad as the previous day, and passed quickly, meaning we could continue, but the slippery conditions would make the track one of the trickiest of the season with no room for error.

In the morning’s Qualifying session, Ukrainian driver Alex Golovyna was flying, taking P1. Juha Rintanen, after a big crash in Saturday practice, recovered to take P2, with Round 1 winner Bartosz Stolarski taking P3 .Championship contenders Karkosik and Janis Eglite took P4 and P6 respectively. Irish drivers Nigel Colfer and Jack Shanahan had tough qualifying sessions placing outside the top 10.

When it came down to the battles there were 2 obvious contenders for the win. Latvian Champion Eglite was charging hard, marching through to the top 4 and loving the tricky wet/dry track conditions .Eglite would battle championship front runner and Nigel Colfer in the top 8 and then beat his arch nemesis of the last two events, and championship leader, Juha Rintanen in the semi-finals which was a huge win for the young Latvian driver.

Top Polish Driver Dawid Karkosik would also march through the top 32 battles in his Budmat Auto S15 beating a host of local drivers during the battles. He would then meet Alex Golovyna, our top qualifier, and a man on a misson, in the semi-finals. Both drivers would make huge mistakes in the first two runs, but after a OMT battle, Karkosik would get the advantage and progress to the final.

The final was set, Janis Eglite Vs Dawid Karkosik. Eglite has been on the podium for the last two events and Karkosik is placed second in the championship. Could these two gain back vital points in the series on current leader Rintanen? Eglite would chase Karkosik hard in the first run and stay very close to him, mounting a huge attack on the final bend. On his lead run he would throw caution to the wind and push his car even faster. He somehow managed to pull a gap, again giving him a further advantage and the win over Karkosik.

Event Standings
1.Janis Eglite – Latvia – Extreme Motorsports BMW
2.Dawid Karkosik – Poland – Budmat Auto Nissan S15
3.Alex Golovyna – Ukraine – Zeetex Tires Nissan S13
4.Juha Rintanen – Finland – Nexen Tire Europe Nissan S14