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Rokas BACIUSKA

(ltu) 1.71m / 69kg

Hobbies

skiing, traveling

Sponsors

Redbull, GBY , Taura Group, Taurage, Can-Am

Vehicle

Brand: Can-Am
Model:
Maverick
Preparator:
South Racing Can-Am
Assistance:
South Racing Can-Am
Category:
T4

Rankings

2022 : Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd) / Rallye du Maroc (1st) / Andalucía Rally (2nd) / W2RC (1st T4)
2021:
Ab. Baja Poland / Andalucia Rally (4th) / Rallye du Maroc (5th)
2019:
Rallycross Supercars Championship 11th
2018:
European Rallycross Super 1600 Champion

“The young guys are definitely coming!”  

After a brilliant career in karting that resulted in a national title, in 2017 Rokas Baciuska switched to rallycross, winning the European Rallycross Super 1600 championship. In 2019 the young Lithuanian moved up to the premier RX Supercars class, with a best result of 4th place at the French round, narrowly missing out on the podium due to a mechanical problem. 2020 should have been the year where everything fell into place but uncompetitive machinery prompted him to throw in the towel and switch to rally-raid, a hugely popular sport back home in Lithuania. On his debut at the Andalucía Rally, he just missed out on a podium finish due to a penalty for changing his tyre in the wrong place. Then last January, having just turned 22, Rokas finished his first Dakar directly on the T4 podium, behind the Monster Energy Can-Am driver Austin Jones. An impressive debut that suggested there was plenty of potential for improvement! And improve he did, finishing second on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge behind Marek Goczal. Rokas started the Rallye du Maroc with a new co-driver, Oriol Vidal, a former quad rider who switched to SSVs on the 2017 Dakar and has four Dakars under his belt. Together, they won the T4 category, even placing 11th in all the FIA categories combined! A first world championship victory that he backed up with a second place on the Andalucia Rally to win the inaugural FIA Rally-Raid T4 Championship on this first full year of racing in the discipline.

  R.B.: “Racing my first Dakar last year after having watched it on the TV ever since I was a kid was an amazing experience and I was super happy to finish 1st Rookie and 3rd overall. After that the world championship was surprisingly trouble free. When we won the Rallye du Maroc we saw we could fight for the championship and to win it in Spain was just fantastic. On the 9th of December I will go to the FIA prize giving with all the other FIA champions – just unbelievable! Of course, now our goal has to be to win the Dakar. But I’m under no illusions how difficult that’s going to be. On such a long race it is really hard not to make any mistakes and impossible to cover that sort of distance driving at 100%. I don’t want to give too much away but the plan will be to drive 60/70 % the first week, see where I am and then really push if I have to. I have a lot of respect for my rally-raid elders but the young guys are definitely coming!”

Ranking 2023

Total Dakar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Sonora Rally Desafio Ruta 40 Rallye du Maroc
5 5
(14.)
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