As the long-anticipated round 8 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Bretagne saw x amount of loyal fans congregate in the small village of Lohéac, GCK’s driver Rokas Baciuska celebrated the team’s home race by putting down some of the fastest lap times, top 3 joker times of the weekend, a top spot overnight culminating in a final 4th place overall.
Having had a busy Friday adjusting to the glaring sunshine and meeting the loyal fans already flooding through the gates, Rokas kicked of Saturday’s racing with a promising p6 in free practice to then line up for Q1 in between Hervé Knapick, Toomas Heikkinen as well as Krisztián Szabo and Kevin Hansen.
Following the start, Rokas took the inside but was pushed wide to fall into p4 into the first corner, jokering in lap 1. Initially stuck in traffic behind Szabo, Baciuska managed to overtake both Hansen and Knapick when they jokered to finish in 2nd behind Heikkinen putting him in a promising p5 overall.
Starting from the far outside, Baciuska lined up for Q2 alongside Toomas Heikkinen, Timmy Hansen, Timo Scheider and Timur Timerzyanov.
Following a hesitant start, Baciuska stayed far outside battling into the first corner into 3. Jokering in lap 2, he came out ahead of Timerzyanov in p2. Continued to push ahead, overtaking Scheider in the last lap as the Austrian jokered to win the race. Overnight, Rokas is in p1 overall having put down the fastest race time by more than a second in Q2.
The second day of racing in France kicked of with Rokas Baciuska (on pole) taking on Timo Scheider, Andreas Bakkerud, Liam Doran and Niclas Gronholm in race 1 of Q3.
With the crowd already having gathered on this fresh but bright morning, Rokas had a tricky start on the slippery track falling into 5th into the first corner. Jokering in lap 2, he came out head to head with Scheider but was squeezed to fall behind where he was stuck in traffic behind Timo for the remainder of the race to finish in 5th, putting him in p5 overall.
The final qualifier of the day saw Baciuska line up for race 2 sandwiched between Timo Scheider and Hervé Knapick.
Ok start, takes the inside line to follow Scheider into turn 1.
Baciuska jokered in lap 2, managing to come out ahead of Knapick and chased down Scheider over the following laps. He managed to overtake Scheider when the Austrian jokered to take the chequered flag.
Following all weekend’s qualifiers, Baciuska is in p2 overall putting him in pole position in the 2nd semi-final alongside Niclas Gronholm and Timo Scheider, Liam Doran, Kevin Hansen and Timur Timerzyanov.
Holding against pressure from Doran, Baciuska maintained p2 into the first corner behind Gronholm, having had a hesitant start. Jokered in lap 3 to come out behind Scheider and ahead of Kevin Hansen. Baciuska overtook Scheider as the Austrian jokered to finish his semi-final in 2nd, earning him a spot in the final on the 2nd row alongside Timmy Hansen, Andreas Bakkerud, Niclas Gronholm, Kevin Hansen and GC Kompetition’s Anton Marklund.
Coming through the battle off the start line to squeeze into 3rd into the second corner, right behind GC Kompetition’s Anton Marklund, Baciuska jokered straight away in the 1st lap, managing to come out ahead of Gronholm in 4th.
Stuck in traffic behind Kevin Hansen albeit showing incredible capacity for even faster speed, Baciusca didn’t manage to overtake him.
When Kevin jokered in the last lap, Baciusca had no tires left so lost the battle at the joker exit to cross the finish line in 4th overall.
“What a weekend – this track really suited my driving and I absolutely loved racing in front of the crowds. We showed some huge improvements and the pace was definitely competitive throughout the weekend. Being 1st overnight was amazing and the best ever overnight result for GCK as well, so I’m really proud of that. For sure, I’m disappointed about a 4th spot overall as I know we had the pace for a better result but we’d run out of tires and a couple of small mistakes (and some great team work by the Hansen brothers!), meant it wasn’t going to be for me in France. Still, it’s really nice to have the support and congratulations of the team and I can’t wait to get even better results in the Megane RS RX.”