Baumanis and Raymond join Projekt E

Janis Baumanis and Cyril Raymond will join the Projekt E line up at the World RX of Latvia.

Projekt E will return next weekend for round two at the World RX of Latvia where Janis Baumanis and Cyril Raymond will join the grid.

The Latvian driver will compete in a Ford Fiesta ERX at his home event, whilst Raymond will debut the Citroen C3 ERX.

Baumanis raced the FIA World Rallycross Championship last season with Team STARD where he picked up a third in Norway and second in Canada.

He was due to compete in the 2020 season with KYB Team JC but sponsorship issues due to COVID-19 meant that he hasn’t been able to race so far this season.

Baumanis will be supported by Ferratum.

“I’m very thankful to Ferratum and STARD for trusting me with the Fiesta ERX for the race in Riga. STARD has developed the car a lot from when I was driving it in Riga one year ago, I’m sure there are a lot of things that have been improved and I can’t wait to get into it.

“Obviously it’s a bit sad that I can’t do the full World RX Championship in Supercar like it was planned, but that’s life and hopefully everybody understands the situation that’s happening in the world right now is not the easiest for anyone, but I’m really looking forward to do the Projekt E race in Riga,” said Baumanis.

Cyril Raymond

Raymond is a double RX2 International Series Champion, whilst the Frenchman was a full-time entrant to FIA World Rallycross last year.

The Citroen C3 ERX is the first R5-based electric car and had been developed by STARD in Austria with support from Citroen Racing.

The car will have three electric motors producing 450kW (613bhp) combined power and 1002Nm of instantaneous torque and a top speed of 240km/h, using a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmission fitted to both axles.

“I’m delighted to join the Projekt E grid, especially at the wheel of a French car.

“I’ve made my reputation in single-specification categories, being double RX2 Champion, and I really believe that the Projekt E format suits my style completely.

“I’m convinced that electric rallycross will not only provide me with the opportunities I need to carry on in this sport, but will allow drivers to make a career out of racing in this discipline, which is perfectly suited to demonstrating the incredible capabilities of electric technology,” said Raymond

The inaugural Projekt E event took place at the World RX of Sweden and was won by Ken Block.

Natalie Barratt and Hermann Neubauer were also entries with all three drivers in Ford Fiesta ERX’s.