Projekt E: Raymond wins on Citroen’s debut

Cyril Raymond wins round two of Projekt E on Citroen’s debut in Riga, Latvia.  

Raymond started the final of round two on pole position after winning three of the four qualifying sessions.

The Citroen C3 ERX missed out on round one and made its debut this weekend with Raymond behind the wheel in the all-electric rallycross championship.

It was a clean start from Raymond and Latvian Janis Baumanis. The two continued their battle but Raymond was able to edge his way clear to take the win ahead of Baumanis.

Natalie Barratt jumped the start at the first attempt, causing her to have to take two joker laps in the race. She was on the back of Svein-Bjarte Holten on the first lap and took the first of her jokers.

On the final lap Barratt was once again on the back of Holten and was looking to find a way past, trying in a sprint to the line out of the final bend. Holten held on to take third place from Barratt.

It was a win each for Baumanis and Raymond in Q1 and 2 on Saturday. Raymond took both wins in Q3 and 4.

In Q3 Baumanis picked up damage in turn one from contact with Barratt which saw him retire from the race but in Q4 he was again challenging for the win only 0.4 seconds behind.

After the second round Barratt leads the championship, the only driver to have done both rounds, by 11 points from Raymond and Ken Block who are joint second.

Projekt E returns on 21-22 November at the World RX of Benelux, supporting the FIA World Rallycross Championship