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World Rallycross adds Latvia event to 2016 calendar

The World Rallycross Championship has signed a multi-year deal for the Latvian capital of Riga to stage a round of the motor-racing series from 2016.

Under the agreement, the Riga-based Bikernieki National Sports Base circuit will be developed accordingly to host the event. World RX will work with RA Events, the Latvian government and the country’s Road Traffic Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Transport (CSDD) on the project.

Built in 1966, the circuit has played host to a number of motorsport events such as drag racing and speedway, but will be revamped in preparation for the inaugural World RX round next year. The 1,295m-long track will feature 780m of asphalt and 515m of gravel, in addition to three jumps.

Martin Anayi, managing director of World RX for series’ promoter IMG Motorsport, said: “RA Events, the Latvian Government and CSDD have worked incredibly hard to make this happen and the plans for next year’s Latvian World RX round are looking extremely promising.”

Latvia’s Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss added: “The Latvian government has given the green light to this project. By supporting the building of a rallycross track, we acknowledge the fact that, similarly to 50 years ago, we have people who are fanatics, ready to go through fire and water to make this happen.”