Here’s an interview with Erik Cais, who took advantage of Lithuanian fast-paced roads, as the test before European Rally Championship starts in Poland and Latvia
Tell us about Your weekend. Do you find it easy to settlle in Lithuania?
It was definitely not easy, it is always a great experience to start on the fast gravel like in Lithuania, but it is truly hard for a person used to the tarmac. Therefore, it is a perfect tool to gain more knowledge and confidence on such a surface.
You were doing a lot of tarmac events this year. How was the transition to gravel?
Transition is pretty hard, however, I always try to do my best to be the fastest.
How do You like the stages?
The stages were super fast! And extremely beutiful as well. What I liked the most was the amount of crests.
Your team You were with, Orsak Motorsport already has some experience in Lithuania. Does it help this weekend?
Yes, of course. We always try to consult as much as possible and their experience helps me a lot.
How about the whole rally atmosphere? Do You like it?
Yeah, it was great to see the spectators along the stages, and we hope it will stay like this in the future.
Do you planned to compete here against a certain crew (like fellow ERC competitor C.Devine)?
Not intentionally, my goal was to be in the first ten. Nonetheless, it was primarily a test for us, so I wanted to get in pace.
What was the biggest challenge Your crew had to deal with?
The whole rally (haha :D)
One funny or unexpected thing that happened this weekend
We fought with Callum Devine but I made a mistake on one stage. When I saw the same time, in the end, I asked him what happened and we found out that we made the very same mistake in the very same turn. That was brilliant.
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