This year’s Tartu Rally, which took place from the 23rd to the 24th of September, was the 6th round of the Estonian Rally Championship. A total of three Kaur Motorsport crews took part in the rally: Egon Kaur and Silver Simm (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), Priit Koik and Uku Heldna (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) and Valev Vähi with Jako Rüütelmaa (BMW Compact).
First day of the rally begun with mistakes for the top two crews of Kaur Motorsport: Egon and Silver had a little overshoot at the start of the first stage, forcing them to reverse. It was an even bigger mistake for Priit and Uku, who cut too deep into a corner and went nose-first into a ditch: “We cut too much into a corner and got stuck on the inside of a corner,” said Priit about the first day. “We lost about 2 minutes before we got out. A big thank you to all of the spectators!”
The second day of the rally was a lot quieter for Kaur Motorsport crews: Egon Kaur and Silver Simm won the first stage of the day and immediately took the lead of the rally, which they never gave up throughout the rally.
“Our plan for the second day was to get our speed back up and take time out of others on the gravel stages, specially on the newer parts,” said Egon. “The plan worked and on the second passes, we managed to increase the gap even more and on the last two stages we used the gap as a cushion to safely get to the finish.”
Thanks to the victory at Tartu, Egon and Silver have won championship titles in classes N4 and ABS, even with one round of the Estonian Rally Championship to go.
It was a steady drive for Priit Koik and Uku Heldna on the second day. With one stage win, they managed to end up on podium of class E12 and on 7th place overall. “We were quite ‘raw’ for the first half of the day and there was not enough confidence in faster corners. Our confidence started building up slowly throughout the second half. We would have needed about 50km of extra stages to reach the speed we had during our tests.”
Valev Vähi and Jako Rüütelmaa were fighting with noone else but themselves. This being the first time ever for the pairing to compete at a rally, it was a goal for them to just get to the end and improve as they go. Needless to say, they managed to make it to the end without a scratch on the car.
See you at the next round – Saaremaa Rally!