- BORN: 15 June 1992
- NATIONALITY: Latvia
- HOME TOWN: Marupe
- INTERESTS: Skiing, Cooking and Swimming
Janis Baumanis kicked off his motorsport career in crosskarts at the age of 15 before trying his hand at rallycross for the first time in 2008 in the NEZ Rallycross Championship. Over the next two seasons Baumanis won two championship titles in his native Latvia and one Baltic championship title, following it up with European Super1600 and Estonian Rallycross Supercar titles in 2015.
Following a handful of World RX Supercar starts in 2014 and 2015, Baumanis received a full season campaign in 2016 as part of the World RX Team Austria outfit, securing a final appearance and a best finish of fourth place in Barcelona. A move to Team STARD for 2017 yielded a popular run to the final on home soil in Latvia last season, as well as a season’s best fifth place and 12th overall.
For 2018, Baumanis will continue at the wheel of the Ford Fiesta with Team STARD with a view to a first podium result.