RallycrossWorld.com http://www.rallycrossworld.com Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:35:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 23425568 Wins for Kristoffersson, Maatta, Pailler & Speed as former drivers return http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/07/16/wins-kristoffersson-maatta-pailler-speed-former-drivers-return/ http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/07/16/wins-kristoffersson-maatta-pailler-speed-former-drivers-return/#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:35:03 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28311 It’s been a diverse fortnight of rallycross action around the world, with international and national events taking place before several series enter their summer breaks. Two weeks ago, multi-discipline ace Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) won his third World Rallycross Championship event of the season at Holjes, emulating his father Tommy’s international rallycross success in Sweden […]

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It’s been a diverse fortnight of rallycross action around the world, with international and national events taking place before several series enter their summer breaks.

Two weeks ago, multi-discipline ace Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) won his third World Rallycross Championship event of the season at Holjes, emulating his father Tommy’s international rallycross success in Sweden almost 20 years previously. Kristoffersson led the final throughout, just managing to get away from the start line without stalling his Volkswagen Polo GTi to lead into turn one ahead of Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus). Peugeot-Hansen pair Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) and Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) took their jokers on lap one and climbed to third and fourth behind Kristoffersson and Bakkerud by the finish when Kevin Eriksson (Ford Fiesta) and Janis Baumanis (Ford Fiesta) took their joker laps. The Fiesta drivers finished fifth and sixth. Kristoffersson extended his lead in the Championship to 20 points, now over second-placed Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) who stalled from pole position at the start of semi-final two.

Mattias Ekstrom dropped to third in the World RX standings. The Swede missed the event to race in the Norisring round of the DTM, where he twice scored strong results to take the series lead. PG Andersson (Audi S1) deputised for Ekstrom Holjes, but neither he nor his EKS team mates Reinis Nitiss and Toomas Heikkinen made the semi-finals.

Anton Marklund (Volkswagen Polo) won the FIA European Rallycross Championship Supercar final from Peter Hedstrom (Volkswagen Polo) and Rene Munnich (Citroen DS3), while British driver Dan Rooke claimed his first win in the RX2 International Series final ahead of Guillaume De-Ridder and William Nilsson. Artis Baumanis topped a Skoda Fabia podium lockout in the Super1600 category. Krisztian Szabo was second and Janno Ligur third.

The following Saturday, Atro Maatta (Ford Fiesta) won the third round of the Finnish Rallycross Championship at Kaanaa, heading Jukka Lautamaki (Skoda Fabia) by less than half a second. Ari-Pekka Niemi (Ford Fiesta) completed the podium in his ex-OlsbergsMSE / Niclas Gronholm Fiesta, a week after racing in the Euro RX round a Holjes. Ari Perkiomaki (Ford Fiesta) was fourth with Jari Putkinen (Mitsubishi Evo) fifth and Toni Lukander (Mitsubishi Evo) sixth. Reigning champion Jere Kalliokoski (Skoda Fabia) didn’t make the final, he spun off in a qualifying race and got stuck in traffic in his semi-final. Henri Haapamki (BMW M3) won the Supernational final from Joni-Pekka Rajala (Ford Escort) and Toni Niemi (Hyundai Accent), while Toni Kuhanen (Toyota Startlet) won the Autokrossi final ahead of Tero Tukianinen (Toyota MR2) and Tuomas Venalainen (Datsun Finn).

Jesse Kallio became the third different winner of the RX Academy series at Kaanaa to extend his championship lead. Kallio led the final from turn one to flag, Sami-Matti Trogen finishing second with Kalle Markkanen scoring his maiden podium in third. Russian driver Marat Knyazev finished fourth with Jami Kalliomake fifth. Euro RX Super1600 driver Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme entered the event to keep himself sharp in the European season’s summer break and was sixth.

 

The seventh round of the Global Rallycross Championship took place at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, where Scott Speed (Volkswagen Beetle) won ahead of points leader Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Beetle) in a one-two finish for the Andretti Volkswagen team. Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) continued his strong 2017 season with another podium finish, as Oliver Eriksson (Honda Civic) scored a personal best result of fourth. Austin Dyne (Ford Fiesta) was fifth and Sebastian Eriksson (Honda Civic) sixth. Patrik Sandell (Subaru Impreza) was top Subaru runner in seventh. In the GRC Lites category, Christian Brooks ended Cyril Raymond’s winning run by claiming victory. Raymond was second with Travis PeCoy third.

Guerlain Chicherit (Renault Clio) and the Pailler brothers starred in the qualifying stages of the fourth round of the French Rallycross Championship at Lavare, but Chicherit would go no further than turn one of the semi-finals due to contact. Fabien Pailler (Peugeot 208) won the final ahead of Florent Beduneau (Peugeot 208) and Jonathan Pailler (Peugeot 208), while Alexandre Theuil (Citroen DS3) was the first non-Peugeot driver in fifth. Charles Martin (Citroen C4) made his rallycross Supercar debut and won semi-final B before finishing sixth in the final with Philippe Maloigne (Peugeot 208) classified seventh and Belgian Jos Jansen (Ford Focus) eighth. Jimmy Terpereau (Citroen C2) won the Super1600 final ahead of championship leader Samuel Peu (Citroen Saxo). David Moulin (Dacia Sandero) was third. In Division Three, Mathieu Trevian (VW Scirroco) also beat the points leader as Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla) finished second and Benoit Morel (Ford Fiesta) completed the podium. Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 306) won the Division Four final from Xavier Goubill (Peugeot 306) and Jessica Tarrière (Renault Clio). Olivier Spampinato claimed victory in the Twingo R1 Cup. David Bouet was second and Martial Malet third.

Former European Rallycross Championship podium finisher Tony Bardy will race at the fourth and fifth rounds of the MSA British Rallycross Championship next week in Ollie O’Donovan’s Ford Focus Supercar. O’Donovan will switch to his Euro RX speciation Ford Fiesta for the event.

Reining British Rallycross Champion Dan Rooke will compete in the fifth round of the RX2 International Series in Canada next month having only previously expected to race in the five European-based rounds of 2017. Rooke used budget allocated to later events to be able to continue his title challenge in Canada, but is still searching for budget to complete the season.

Kenneth Hansen returns to the driving seat for the first time since racing in the Swedish Championship finale at Kinnekulle in 2012 this weekend, competing in the 10 Hours of Magney Cours endurance race, partnering sons Timmy and Kevin. As part of a 71-car entry, the trio are racing a single-make Peugeot 208 Cup car.

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Multiple Supercar winners around the world in busy rallycross fortnight http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/07/01/multiple-supercar-winners-around-the-world-in-busy-rallycross-fortnight/ http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/07/01/multiple-supercar-winners-around-the-world-in-busy-rallycross-fortnight/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 22:15:11 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28303 In a busy fortnight for rallycross around the world, five-time champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) won his first event in almost a year by claiming the third round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey, ahead of Oliver Bennett (Ford Fiesta), who’s second podium in a row elevated the rallycross newcomer into the series […]

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In a busy fortnight for rallycross around the world, five-time champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) won his first event in almost a year by claiming the third round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Pembrey, ahead of Oliver Bennett (Ford Fiesta), who’s second podium in a row elevated the rallycross newcomer into the series lead. Nathan Heathcote (Citroen DS3) finished third, despite retiring from Q1 with steering damage and missing Q2 with a broken alternator. James Grint (Mitsubishi Mirage) was fourth on the debut for the new Spencer Sport run car, Andy Grant (Ford Focus) was fifth and Mad Mark (Citroen Xsara) finished sixth. Warren Scott (Citroen DS3) started the final despite a significant engine bay fire in Q1, but pulled off on lap one.

Paige Bellerby (Lotus Exige) won the Supernational final from Tristan Ovenden (Renault Clio), while Tom Llewellin (Suzuki Swift) also won again in the Junior category. Paige’s sister, Drew Bellerby, won the BMW Mini category, the class racing together with the Super1600 division where Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa) was victorious. Simon Ovenden (Suzuki Swift) won the Swift Sport final, Chrissy Palmer claimed the win in the RX150 final and Roger Thomas (MG Metro 6R4) won the Retro Rallycross final.

Patrick Guillerme (Peugeot 208) claimed a first victory in his ex-Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 208 Supercar at Chateauroux in the French Rallycross Championship, ahead of Albatec Racing’s Philippe Maloigne (Peugeot 208) and Guy Moreton (Volkswagen Scirocco), while Florent Beduneau (Peugeot 208) and Alexander Theuil (Citroen DS3) were fourth and fifth. Fabien Pailler (Peugeot 208) continues to lead the championship, four points up on Beduneau. Samual Peu (Citroen Saxo) won the Super1600 final yet again having returned to the sport. Maximilien Eveno (Citroen C2) was second with Julien Hardonniere (Renault Twingo) completing the podium. In Division Three, Xavier Briffaud (Mini Cooper) won from Marc Moriza (Peugeot 208) and championship leader Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla). In Division Four for front-wheel drive cars, Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 306) won. Twingo R1 Cup championship leader claimed victory in the single-make category, from Dider Morel and Martial Malet.

The Global Rallycross Championship made it’s first visit to Canada, where Canadian driver Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) claimed victory at home for the Loenbro Motorsports team on the opening day, ahead of former champion Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Beetle) and Mitchell DeJong (Honda Civic). Chris Atkinson (Subaru Impreza), Austin Dyne (Ford Fiesta) and Sebastien Eriksson (Honda Civic) completed the top six. In the sixth round of the championship the following day, Foust won from Volkswagen Andretti Autosport team mate Scott Speed (Volkswagen Beetle) and De Jong. Sebastien Eriksson was fourth from namesake and team mate Oliver Eriksson (Honda Civic) in fifth and Dyne sixth. Cyril Raymond continued his domination of the GRC Lites category to win on both days. Colin Braun was second one day one from Conner Martell, while Travis PeCoy was second on day two, ahead of Alex Keyes.

Ari Perkiomaki (Ford Fiesta) won the second round of the Finnish Rallycross Championship at Honkajoki, winning the Supercar final ahead of Toni Lukander (Mitsubishi Evo) and Kari Irri. Former European Championship podium finisher Joni-Pekka Rajala (Toyota MR2) won the Supernational category from Olli Lavikaninen and Juha-Pekka Mattila, as Toni Kuhanen won the Autocross final from Rajala and Tero Tukiainen.

The second ever round of the RX Academy also took place at Honkajoki. Debutant Jarri Huttunen won from Sami-Matti Trogren and Jesse Kallio, who claimed the series lead. British RX Supercar racer Nathan Heathcote made his RX Academy debut at the event in a single-make Renault Clio Cup RX but just missed out on qualifying for the final.

Thomas Bryntesson (Ford Fiesta) claimed his first Supercar victory by winning the third round of RallyX Nordic series at Solvolla. The JC Raceteknik driver finished ahead of Lukas Walfridsson (Renault Clio) and Robin Larsson (Audi A1), while Henning Solberg (Volkswagen Beetle) beat Hedstroms Motorsport pair Peter Hedstrom (Volkswagen Polo) and Alexander Hvaal (Volkswagen Polo) into fourth. Bryntesson took the championship lead, while points-rival Oliver Solberg (Citroen DS3) retired in the semi-finals with a broken driveshaft. In the Supercar Lites category, it was another JC Raceteknik driver who won, Henrik Krogstad claiming victory ahead of Simon Olofsson and William Nilsson, who moved into the points lead – Solvalla’s top three positions reversed in the championship table.

The Belgian and German Championship’s shared the bill for a round at the Estering, where European Championship racer Andreas Steffen (Ford Fiesta) won, the German heading home Belgian Jos Jansen (Ford Focus) and Dutchman Will Teulings (Volvo S40). The Supernational classes were all divided. In the Belgian Supernational -2000cc, Euro RX TouringCar racer Steve Volders won while Kristof Bex (Volvo S40) won the over 2000cc division. Loris Cencetti Jr drove for the Autodis team in the SRX-Cup and Czech driver Jozef Susta won the Super1600 final in a Blue Engineering-built Skoda Citigo. In the German Championship’s Supernational final, it was Ole Bech (Peugeot 306) who won, with Frank Lehmann second in a Volvo 242.

Christoph Holzner (Mitsubushi Evo) claimed victory in the Austrian Rallycross Championship at Greinbach, by virtue of being the only Supercar to finish the six-lap final. Gerald Eder (Skoda Fabia) was classified second, two laps down, with Tristan Ekker (Volkswagen Polo) in third having retired on the second lap. Alois Holler (Ford Focus), Franz Spitaler (Mitsubishi Evo) and Max Pucher (Ford Fiesta) all failed to complete a lap. Erwin Frieszl (Peugeot 208) won the Super1600 final, Karl Schadenhofer (Volkswagen Golf) claimed the SuperTouringCar+ final and Czech driver Roman Castoral (Open Astra) yet again won the SuperTouringCar- final. Daniel Karlovits (Honda Civic) won the SuperTouringCars -1600cc final.

Audi Sport and the EKS team confirmed that PG Andersson will deputise for the Mattias Ekstrom in the Swedish round of the World Rallycross Championship at Holjes this weekend, Ekstrom instead having to race in the clashing round of the DTM at the Norisring. As a one-off, Reinis Nitiss will switch from his individual entry in World RX to scoring points for EKS alongside Toomas Heikkinen, Andresson, racing Ekstrom’s Audi S1, will be the individual entry instead.

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Kristoffersson & Larsson conquer Hell; Ekstrom likely to miss Holjes http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/06/16/kristoffersson-ekstrom-likely-miss-holjes/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:39:22 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28279 Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) claimed his second World Rallycross Championship victory of the season at Hell in Norway to extend his lead in the championship standings, winning the final by taking his joker on the opening lap, passing lap one leader Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus) when he took his joker on lap two and then […]

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Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) claimed his second World Rallycross Championship victory of the season at Hell in Norway to extend his lead in the championship standings, winning the final by taking his joker on the opening lap, passing lap one leader Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus) when he took his joker on lap two and then clearing Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) and Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) when they took their jokers on the final tour. Kristoffersson’s victory was despite him having a swollen right foot all weekend, from when it was run over by Loeb’s Peugeot in the pre-grid area on Friday, which was being pushed at the time. Bakkerud finished top of the Intermediate Classification and took a lap one joker from pole position in the semi-final, forcing fellow front-row starter Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) wide into the extra route, who was then pushed wider still by Kevin Hansen (Peugeot 208) and Timo Scheider (Ford Fiesta), and didn’t make the final. Bakkerud finished second to Kristoffersson in the final with Loeb completing the podium, Ekstrom fourth, Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) fifth after a heavy crash in Q3 and Timur Timerzyanov (Ford Fiesta) sixth.

The second round of the European Rallycross Championship took place in Norway, where 2014 champion Robin Larsson (Audi A1) won ahead of Anton Marklund (Volkswagen Polo) and Alexander Hvaal (Volkswagen Polo). Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208) had crossed the finish line second, but was handed a five-second penalty for contact with Marklund after his joker lap and dropped to fifth, behind Peter Hedstrom (Volkswagen Polo) in fourth. Tommy Rustad (Peugeot 208) retired from the final with rear suspension dramas. Cyril Raymond won his third round of the RX2 International series ahead of Tanner Whitten and Dan Rooke, who swapped positions to where they had finished in Belgium. Lars-Oivind Enerberg (Ford Fiesta) won the TouringCar final after a fifth lap joker allowed him to jump leader Phillip Gehrman (Ford Fiesta) for the win. Fredrik Magnussen (Ford Fiesta) finished third.

Kristof Bex (Volvo S40) won the second round of the Dutch Rallycross Championship at Valkenswaard, leading home a pair of BMW drivers in the shape of Stefan Vaesen (BMW E36) and Stephanie Lingen (BMW E36 M3) in the SuperTouringCars+ category. There are no Supercars competing in the series this year, in part due to noise restrictions governing the circuit. Johan Jacobs (Ford Mondeo) finished fourth in the venerable Mondeo, with Roel Verhoeven (BMW M3) fifth and Tom Meeusen (Mitsubishi Lancer) sixth. In the SuperTouringCar- category, Mandy Kasse (Ford Fiesta) claimed victory in her Euro RX TouringCar specification machine, with former European Champion Ron Snoeck (Volvo C30) second and Bart Coninx (Seat Ibiza) third. It was an all-Belgian podium in the Super1600 division, Pascal Roumans (Ford Fiesta) winning from Joel Strackx (Honda Civic) and Davy Van Den Branden (Citroen DS3). Filip Wojtowicz won the RST Junior Cup final. Jordi van Weet was second and Jari van Hoof completed the podium.

The third round of the RXAus Australian Rallycross series took place at Stanthorpe’s Carnell Raceway in Queensland, where Justin Dowel (Hyundai i20) and Arron Windus (Mazda 2) claimed victories in the four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive Super Finals respectively, with the finals decided by joker lap tactics. In the four-wheel drive division, Dowel won after a day-long battle with Will Orders (Mitsubishi Lancer), who finished second. Dowel’s son Troy was third in a Volkswagen Polo. Arron Windus (Mazda 2) won the in the two-wheel drive division ahead of Mike Conway (Ford Escort), while Troy Dowel (Ford Fiesta) claimed his second podium of the weekend.

On Monday, Audi Sport revealed that Mattias Ekstrom is likely to miss his home round of World RX to race in the clashing round of DTM at Norisring. Following his fourth place finish at Hell last weekend, Ekstrom is second in the World RX standings, eight points behind leader Kristoffersson. The Swede has raced in both DTM and World RX in the double-header weekend for the two series at Hockenheim in the last two years, but missed the second Hockenheim date on the DTM schedule last year to race in World RX at the Estering, where he claimed his maiden world crown. A decision will be made as to whether Ekstrom will miss the Holjes event on the Monday before (June 26), with FIA rules allowing a driver change in a permanent World RX team to take place up until the Monday prior to each round. PG Andersson has been entered in Ekstrom’s Audi S1 Supercar and is likely to stand in.

The entry list for the Swedish round of World RX has been released, which includes entries from OlsbersgMSE. The team will field a pair of Ford Fiesta RX Supercars for Sebastian Eriksson and Oliver Eriksson, while one of its former Fiestas will be raced by Ari-Pekka Niemi in Euro RX. The Finn will campaign the car this weekend in Finland.

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Oliver Solberg claims maiden win. Foust, Dubourg and Kiss also victorious http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/06/08/oliver-solberg-claims-maiden-win-foust-dubourg-kiss-also-victorious/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:37:11 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28268 Driving his father’s double FIA World Rallycross Championship winning Citroen DS3 Supercar, 15-year old Oliver Solberg won the second round of the RallyX Nordic Championship at Arvika and as a result becomes the youngest ever top-level Supercar winner. His result, coupled with his podium from round one, elevated him into the points lead. Thomas Bryntesson […]

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Driving his father’s double FIA World Rallycross Championship winning Citroen DS3 Supercar, 15-year old Oliver Solberg won the second round of the RallyX Nordic Championship at Arvika and as a result becomes the youngest ever top-level Supercar winner. His result, coupled with his podium from round one, elevated him into the points lead. Thomas Bryntesson (Ford Fiesta) topped the Intermediate Classification and like Solberg won his semi-final, but made a slow start in the final and dropped to third. He re-passed his team mate, Ola Froshaug, for second and closed on Solberg, but spun in the joker lap in wet conditions. He remained second, with Mats Ohman (Ford Fiesta) completing the podium. Froshaug was fourth with Alexander Hvaal (Volkswagen Polo) fifth and Christer Dalmans (Volkswagen Polo) sixth. In the Supercar Lites category, William Nilsson led from the front in the final to claim his maiden Lites victory. He was joined on the podium by his JC Raceteknik teammates, Sondre Evjen in second and Henrik Krogstad third. Nilsson and Evjen share the points lead.

Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Beetle) and Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) claimed a win apiece in the third and fourth rounds of the Global Rallycross Championship at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in New England, in a weekend where Foust dominated and would have won twice but for breaking a wheel in the final stages of Sunday’s event. The former World RX event winner led the round three final from lights to flag, as his team mate, Scott Speed (Volkswagen Beetle) was forced to fight through the pack after a slow start. He finished second, passing OlsbergsMSE Honda driver Mitchell De Jong (Honda Civic) in the closing stages. De Jong scored his first Supercar podium in third. Arpin, Austin Dyne (Ford Fiesta) and Patrik Sandell (Subaru Impreza) completed the top six. In round four on Sunday, Arpin took the lead when Foust hit a wall from the front of the final with a broken wheel, as Scott again finished second and Chris Atkinson (Subaru Impreza) scored his first rallycross podium. De Jong, Sandell and Sebastian Eriksson (Honda Civic) finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Cyril Raymond won twice in the GRC Lites category. Christian Brooks finished second on Saturday with Travis PeCoy third, while Colin Braun was runner-up on Sunday with Brooks completing the podium.

Making a one-off appearance in his home round of the French Rallycross Championship at Faleyras, round two of the series, World Rallycross campaigner Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (Peugeot 208) claimed victory. Florent Beduneau (Peugeot 208) finished second in a similar car to the winner, while former champion Fabien Pailler (Peugeot 208) moved in the championship lead with a third place finish. Formula 1 television commentator and sometime rallycross driver Julien Febreau (Citroen C4) finished fourth, while Patrick Guillerme made it four Peugeot 208s in the top five. Round one winner Guerlain Chicherit (Renault Clio) was hampered by technical troubles. Samuel Peu (Citroen Saxo) led home Yvonnick Jagu (Audi A1) in the Super1600 final, the pair holding the same positions in the championship, while Maximilien Eveno (Citroen C2) was third in Faleyras. Division Three points leader Mathieu Trevian could only manage 12th in Falyeras, Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla) claiming victory in what is set to be his last event for the foreseeable. Xavier Briffaud (Mini Cooper) was second with Benoit Morel (Ford Fiesta) third. In Division Four, Aurelien Crochard (Renault Clio) won, with Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 206) second and Florian Zavattin (Renault Clio) completed the podium. The Twingo R1 Cup was won by Allan Mottais, who moved into the championship lead. David Bouet was second with Olivier Spampinato third.

Having won the French Championship event, DA Racing driver Jean-Baptiste Dubourg was also confirmed as the 2017 Andros Trophy Champion this week, following an investigation by the FFSA into a protest from rival Jean-Philippe Dayraut about the homologation of DA Racing’s Renault Clio silhouette. Dubourg’s team was cleared of any wrong-doing and keeps its second Andros crown in two years.

European Championship contender Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208) won the third round of the Hungarian Rallycross Championship at Mariapocs, his third win in a row in the series to extend his championship lead. Kiss beat fellow Euro RX racer Tamas Karai (Audi S1) in the final, while Attila Mozer (Skoda Fabia) finished third. Zoltan Vass (Mitsubishi Colt), Csaba Spitzmuller (Mitsubishi Evo) and Peter Kotan (Ford Escort) completed the Supercar final in fourth, fifth and sixth. Janko Wieszt (Renault Twingo) won the Super1600 final in a SET Promotion-built car, with Andras Ferjancz (Citroen Saxo) second and Jozsef Moricz (Skoda Fabia) third. Gabpor Papp (BMW) won the over two-litre Supernational category, while Patrik Kadar (Honda Civic) won the under 1600cc division.

British driver James Grint and the Spencer Sport team that he will race for this season completed a two-day test at Dreux in France last week with its Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar, and now expects to make a competitive debut at the third round of the British Rallycross Championship later this month at Pembrey. The team were forced to withdraw from the second round at Lydden Hill due to pre-event testing engine troubles. “I feel we learnt a lot about the car after suffering lots of reliability issues, we now know where our strengths and weaknesses are which is vital in developing a brand new car,” said Grint. “I have managed to find a good feeling in the car, it’s a very nimble and a well-balanced chassis. We have made a massive step forward from my first experience in the car at Lydden.”

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Wins for Solberg, Maatta, Pucher & Vuorisalo. Silverstone rallycross circuit launched http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/06/03/wins-solberg-maatta-pucher-vuorisalo-silverstone-rallycross-circuit-launched/ Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:19:34 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28255 Triple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) dominated the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill, setting the fastest time in three of the four qualifying races, winning semi-final one and the final to claim his first victory in over a year. As he had in the semi-final, Solberg took […]

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Triple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) dominated the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill, setting the fastest time in three of the four qualifying races, winning semi-final one and the final to claim his first victory in over a year. As he had in the semi-final, Solberg took his joker on the second lap of the final to cover off those who had already taken their joker on lap one and retook the lead when the rest of the field ahead took their joker laps. Solberg’s PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team mate Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) joined Solberg on the front row of the final and took his joker on lap one. Second place at the finish was enough for the Swede to take the championship lead from Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) who made the final and was fifth, the reigning champion suffering a puncture on the final lap.

Andreas Bakkerud was ‘best of the rest’ behind the Volkswagen duo in third and Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) passed Ekstrom using the joker lap for fourth. Ekstrom’s puncture dropped him away from the podium fight but didn’t lose him a position, Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) crossing the line in sixth after also sustaining a puncture on lap three, on the abrasive surface. British Touring Car Championship driver Andrew Jordan (Ford Fiesta) returned to the sport in which he started his career and finished fifth in his semi-final.

As Solberg had in Supercar, Frenchman Cyril Raymond dominated in the RX2 category to claim victory, despite breaking the rear suspension on his car in the final. Home driver Dan Rooke finished second to Raymond for the second event in a row while Thomas Holmen completed the podium. In the FIA European Rallycross TouringCar category, former Champion Lars Oivind Enerberg (Ford Fiesta) won the final to take the Championship lead. Steve Volders (Ford Fiesta) scored his best result to date in second, with Kjetil Larsen (Ford Fiesta) third, driving a borrowed car.

The Lydden Hill event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first ever rallycross event, which ran at the venue on February 4 1967. Cars from across the sport’s history were present for on-track demonstrations and static displays at the final World RX event to be held at the venue before the British round of the Championship moves to Silverstone from 2018.

On Tuesday, Silverstone hosted a launch of its new rallycross circuit. Petter Solberg, Andreas Bakkerud and Johan Kristoffersson attended as part of the ‘SpeedMachine’ festival launch in the pit garages, before a number of cars took to the circuit, currently constructed of largely unsealed surfaces, aside from the first corner. Former WRC star Mikko Hirvonen drove a JRM Mini RX, Guerlain Chicherit gave passenger rides in the Renault Clio Supercar he is campaigning this year and James Grint ran the Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage he will race in British RX this year on unsealed surfaces for the first time. Other drivers, including Oliver Bennett and RX2 cars also took part.

The first ever round of the RX Academy took place at Hyvinkaa in Finland, alongside the opening round of the Finnish Rallycross Championship. Having dominated the qualifying stages, Jesse Kallio spun off in the opening corners of the final, meaning Samuli Vuorisalo claimed victory, deputising for the absent Sami-Matti Trogren, busy with F4 duties elsewhere. Martins Lapins was second with former JRX driver Marat Knyazev third. Kristian Kiviniemi was classified fourth, Kallio fifth and Kalle Markkanen sixth.

In the Finnish Championship, experienced racer Atro Maata (Ford Fiesta) claimed victory in the Supercar category ahead of Euro RX racer Riku Tahko (BMW Mini). Jukka Lautamaki (Skoda Fabia) was third, with Ari Perkiomaki (Skoda Fabia) fourth and Jere Kalliokski (Skoda Fabia) fifth. Ari-Pekka Niemi (Ford Fiesta) was sixth. In the Supernational division, Henri Haapamaki (BMW E46) won ahead of Jussi Klemola (Ford Escort) and Joni-Pekka Rajala (Ford Escort).

MJP Racing Team Austria owner and driver Max Pucher (Ford Fiesta) won the joint Italian Rallycross Championship and FIA Central European Zone Championship event at Maggiora. Ivan Carmellino (Mitsubushi Evo) finished second with Mandie August (Audi S3) third. Alois Holler (Ford Focus) was fourth. Stafano Cerri (Citroen Saxo) won the Super1600 final, and Karl Schandenhofer (Volkswagen Golf) claimed top honours in the SuperTouringCar+ category.

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Eriksson wins for OMSE, Munnich gets DS3 & Hirvonen set for Silverstone test http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/05/27/eriksson-wins-omse-munnich-gets-ds3-hirvonen-set-silverstone-test/ Sat, 27 May 2017 11:43:42 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28246 Sebastien Eriksson scored the first ever victory for the OlsbergsMSE team’s Honda Civic Coupe Supercar at the second round of the American-based Global Rallycross Championship at Louisville. The Swede fended off Steve Arpin, who challenged for victory out of the final corner, the pair coming out on top of a four-way fight for victory with […]

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Sebastien Eriksson scored the first ever victory for the OlsbergsMSE team’s Honda Civic Coupe Supercar at the second round of the American-based Global Rallycross Championship at Louisville. The Swede fended off Steve Arpin, who challenged for victory out of the final corner, the pair coming out on top of a four-way fight for victory with Volkswagen Andretti’s Scott Speed and Tanner Foust who were third and fourth. Mitchell De Jong was fifth in a second Civic, with Austin Dyne (Ford Fiesta) sixth, Oliver Eriksson (Honda Civic) seventh and Cabot Bigham (Ford Fiesta) classified eighth on his second Supercar outing. In the GRC Lites category, Christian Brooks claimed victory ahead of Conner Martell and Gustavo Yacaman. Frenchman Cyril Raymond rolled his car out of contention from second position and was classified ninth.

MJP Racing Team Austria owner and driver Max Puncher (Ford Fiesta) won the fourth round of the Central European Zone Rallycross Championship at Sedlcany in an all Austrian podium. Alois Holler (Ford Focus) was second with Gerald Eder (Skoda Fabia) third. Juraj Balaz (Mitsubishi Evo) and Tristan Ekker (Volkswagen Polo) were the remaining finishers in fourth and fifth as Miroslav Neumann (Mitsubishi Lancer) retired. Jan Ratajasky (Skoda Fabia) won the Super1600 category from Josef Korinek (Skoda Citygo) and Erwin Frieszl (Peugeot 208). Michael Stoklassa (BMW E46) was victorious in the SuperTouringCar+ division and yet again Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) won the SuperTouringCar- category. In the SuperTouringCar-1600 class, it was Daniel Karlovits (Honda Civic) who was quickest.

Rallycross and TouringCar driver Rene Munnich will switch from his Munnich Motorsport-built Seat Ibiza to a PSRX-built Citroen DS3 from the fifth round of the World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill this weekend. The German driver tested the DS3 recently at Holjes in Sweden and decided to purchase the car. His team will continue to work on the development of its Ibizas alongside running the DS3 in European and World RX events, along with its various other programmes.

Former World Rally Championship star Mikko Hirvonen will test JRM Racing’s Mini RX Supercar at the launch of the new rallycross circuit at Silverstone on Tuesday. JRM is working towards a World RX return in 2018 and will run the car with former works WRC driver Hirvonen at the wheel as part of the SpeedMachine event launch and to conduct testing. PSRX Volkswagen Sweden drivers Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson are also amongst those that will be in attendance.

The first round of the RX Academy series takes place this weekend in Finland, at the Hyvinkaa circuit. 10 drivers from six different countries will take to the grid, including the latest names to be added to the line-up in the last week, Super1600 racer Asa Marie Hvaal and Finnish rallys driver Kristian Kiviniemi and Samuli Vuorisalo.

 

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Kristoffersson stems Ekstrom’s run, Villagra tops CARX in Uruguay http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/05/19/kristoffersson-stems-ekstroms-run-villagra-tops-carx-uruguay/ Fri, 19 May 2017 19:26:11 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28219 Johan Kristoffersson brought an end to Mattias Ekstrom’s winning streak in the FIA World Rallycross Championship by claiming honours in the fourth round of the championship at Mettet in Belgium. The Swede was fastest in three of the four qualifying races and top qualifier, but beaten by Timmy Hansen in the first semi-final. Kristoffersson’s PSRX […]

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Johan Kristoffersson brought an end to Mattias Ekstrom’s winning streak in the FIA World Rallycross Championship by claiming honours in the fourth round of the championship at Mettet in Belgium.

The Swede was fastest in three of the four qualifying races and top qualifier, but beaten by Timmy Hansen in the first semi-final. Kristoffersson’s PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team mate Petter Solberg won the second semi and the three drivers featured in the final during which Hansen passed Solberg and built a good lead as the rest of the field chased Ekstrom. Ultimately Kristoffersson edged out Hansen after the latter’s Peugeot suffered a puncture in the last lap, Solberg placing third.

Ekstrom placed fourth after taking a last lap Joker. Kevin Eriksson made it to the final for the first time this year in his MJP Racing Team Austria Fiesta, sixth place going to Andreas Bakkerud who ended his race as a spectator, his Focus RS RX knocked into the wall after being side-swiped by Solberg who half-spun when challenged by Hansen.

 

The Belgian event formed the first event for the rebranded RX2 series in which 2016 RX Lites Champion Cyril Raymond emerged as best of the 17 starters. British Rallycross Champion Dan Rooke opened his season with second place, ahead of US-racer Tanner Whitten.

The FIA European Championships for Super1600 and TouringCar were also on the bill at Mettet, Kasparas Navickas taking the Super1600 victory after the final was red-flagged after Artis Baumanis crashed while leading. Former champion Lars Oivind Enerberg returned to the top of the podium in TouringCar where he led home Anders Braten and round one winner Philip Gehrman.

After a delayed start to the season caused by the postponement of round one at Catamarca where extreme weather led to evacuations ten days ahead of race weekend, the Argentine rallycross championship started last weekend at Punta del Este in Uruguay.

On a track set out on Jaguel airfield Federico Villagra won the Maxi Rally class, the 2016 CARX champion leading home Facu Chapur and Hernan Kim. The N4 category featured local rally star Gustavo Trelles who adapted quickly in his first rallycross and took the class win ahead of brothers Diego and Alejandro Levy. The Junior victory was claimed by Pablo Pelaez who climbed to the top step of the podium in his first event. Martin Aranzabe took second place with Jorge Mariano third.

RX Australia returned to Marulan for the second round of its 2017 season. Round one winner Will Orders lost the Superfinal win to Steve Glenney in close race that was finally settled in the last corner as Orders ran a little wide and Glenney, who’d led throughout, slipped by on the exit of the Joker Lap to go ahead again.

Lydden Hill is gearing-up to celebrate its place as the ‘home of rallycross’ and the 50th anniversary of the first ever rallycross event with cars from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s scheduled to run on-track during next week’s World RX event. Group B cars will lead the charge, circuit owner Pat Doran at the wheel of his RS200 while Enda Garvey will drive his ex-Will Gollop Metro 6R4 BiTurbo – both cars in their iconic 1992 liveries. David Halford is scheduled to join then in his ex-Herbert Breiteneder Quattro S1. Rob Russell will bring the Porsche 911 used by Vic Elford to win the first event in 1967, Roy Edwards who drove in the first event will take his Escort Mk1 and “Jumping” Jeff Williamson will wheel out his ex-works Mini among a field expected to number 20 cars.

Entries for World RX of Norway have been revealed. Multiple Finnish champion Joni Pekka Rajala joins the World RX field in Vaaranmaa Racing’s Mitsubishi Mirage while French irregulars Guerlain Chicherit and “Knapick” are joined by compatriot Laurent Bouliou making his first start in the ex-Kevin Hansen Peugeot 208. There are 33 entries in Euro RX, so 55 Supercars in total for the event which also features  RX2 and TouringCar.

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Ekstrom extends lead, wins for Kuchar, Ovenden & Graham http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/05/12/ekstrom-extends-lead-wins-kuchar-ovenden-graham/ Fri, 12 May 2017 22:30:37 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28204 On a weekend where he jumped between his DTM Audi commitments and the defence of his World Rallycross Championship crown, Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) won both his semi-final and the final at Hockenheim to extend his Championship lead. Ekstrom led the final from start to finish, chased by Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo). Timmy Hansen (Peugeot […]

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On a weekend where he jumped between his DTM Audi commitments and the defence of his World Rallycross Championship crown, Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) won both his semi-final and the final at Hockenheim to extend his Championship lead. Ekstrom led the final from start to finish, chased by Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo). Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) fought back from a mistake on the final lap of his semi-final where he went off while in the lead to complete the podium, as Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) and Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) fought over fourth place, Loeb taking his joker on the final lap allowing Solberg to take the position. Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1) made a pair of brilliant starts in the semi-final and final from the back of the grid and finished sixth. Less than 20 minutes after leaving the World RX podium, Ekstrom began Sunday Qualifying for the second DTM race of the weekend (and was 10th fastest).

Tomasz Kuchar (Citroen C4) won the third round of the Central European Zone Rallycross Championship at Torun ahead of Mikolaj Otto (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Gracjan Duda (Subaru Impreza). Maxiej Palczewski (Subaru Impreza) was fourth while Dariusz Topolewski (Mitsubishi Evo) didn’t finish the final. Czech Republic driver Josef Korinek (Skoda Citigo) won the Super1600 final from David Gerencser (Suzuki Swift) and Jakub Wyszynski (Citroen C2). Pawel Melon (BMW E46) was victorious in the SuperTouringCars+ final and Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) won yet again in the SuperTouringCars- division.

Tristan Ovenden (Renault Clio) won the second round of the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship on Saturday at Pembrey as a warm-up the British Championship racing on the revised layout at the venue next month, before Tommy Graham (Ford Escort) claimed victory the following day. Guy Corner (Peugeot 206) finished second in round two while Allan Tapscott (Vauxhall Corsa) completed the podium. Corner retired from the final on Sunday after contact with Graham, Tapscott finishing second and Michael Labedz (Ford Fiesta) was third. Irishman Keith Kerrshaawe (Peugeot 106) won on both days in the Production category, while Simon Horton (Subaru Impreza) and Mad Mark Watson (Citroen Xsara) took a win apiece in the Clubmans Supercar finals. Roger Thomas (Opel Astra) made his debut in the ex-Christohper Evans winning car and scored a brace of podiums. Willie Farrell (Subaru Impreza) won on both days in the Production 4×4 category and Brian Hardman (Ford Escort) was unbeaten in the Historic finals. Tom Constantine also claimed a pair of wins in the Junior category, before Ole Henry Steinsholt won the ‘weekend’ final extra race for the Junior drivers.

The World Rallycross Championship supported the first ever FIA Volunteers day, celebrating those who dedicate their time to make motor sport possible around the world. Capitalising on a packed weekend of FIA competition – six headline race events will raise awareness and give thanks to the volunteers who carry out the wide variety of essential roles without which the events would simply not happen. World RX joined Formula E, Formula 1, World Touring Car Championship and the European Truck Racing Championship in the celebrations.

The RX2 International Series gets underway in Belgium this weekend, the category re-branded for 2017 from the previous RX Lites Cup for 2017. In first Free Practice on Friday evening, reigning British Rallycross Champion Dan Rooke was fastest. Petter Solberg was quickest of the World RX runners in the first hour-long session. Super1600 and TouringCar began their race weekends with Q1 where it was a Volland Racing one-two in Super1600 with Artis Baumanis (Skoda Fabia) leading Krisztian Szabo (Skoda Fabia). Former champion Lars-Oivind Enerberg (Ford Fiesta) was fastest in TouringCar ahead of reigning champion Ben-Philip Gundersen (Ford Fiesta), starting his first event of the year after failing scrutineering at round one in Spain.

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Wins for Ekstrom, Eriksson, Pucher, Tohill & Chicherit in busy fortnight http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/05/06/wins-ekstrom-eriksson-pucher-tohill-chicherit-busy-fortnight/ Sat, 06 May 2017 11:05:02 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28179 French driver Guerlain Chicherit (Renault Clio) scored his first rallycross victory by winning the opening round of the French Rallycross Championship at Essay, and as a result leads the competitive championship. Brothers Fabian Pailler (Peugeot 208) and Jonathan Pailler (Peugeot 208) finished second and third, with the similar car of Florent Beduneau fourth and Guy […]

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French driver Guerlain Chicherit (Renault Clio) scored his first rallycross victory by winning the opening round of the French Rallycross Championship at Essay, and as a result leads the competitive championship. Brothers Fabian Pailler (Peugeot 208) and Jonathan Pailler (Peugeot 208) finished second and third, with the similar car of Florent Beduneau fourth and Guy Moreton (Volkswagen Scirocco) fifth. The final, held in wet conditions, was initially red flagged after a serious crash, with heavy damaged sustained to the cars of Chistophe Jouet (Citroen DS3) and Phillippe Maloigne (Peugeot 208). Jouet was taken to hospital, and suffered broken ribs. Lauren Chartrain (Citroen C2) won the Super1600 final ahead of Samuel Peu (Citroen Saxo) and Jean-Sebastien Vigion (Renault Clio), while Mathieu Trevian (Volkswagen Scirocco) capitalised when category stalwart Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla) ran into problems in the Division Three final and stopped. Trevian won from Benoit Morel (Ford Fiesta) and Clement Dupont (Citroen DS3). Aurelien Crochard (Renault Clio) headed Xavier Goubill (Peugeot 306) and Kevin Jacquinet (Peugeot 207) in the Division four final and Nicolas Flon took the points lead in the Twingo R1 Cup with victory.

Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) claimed back-to-back World Rallycross Championship wins in 2017 by winning the second round of the series at Montalegre in Portugal. Ekstrom started on the front row for the final and immediately took his joker. He gained when race leader Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) picked up a puncture and delayed his team mate, Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) who had been the stand-out performer of the weekend. Kristoffersson took the lead once he cleared Solberg but dropped to third after his final-lap joker. Ekstrom moved into the lead, but had to work hard to fend off the attentions of Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) in the final corners. Kristoffersson secured PSRX Volkswagen RX Sweden’s first podium, as Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) finished fourth, Reinis Nitiss (Audi S1) was fifth and Solberg was classified sixth. In the Super1600 category, Ulrik Linnemann (Peugeot 208) claimed victory, having started from the front row of the final. Timur Shigaboutdinov (Renault Twingo) was initially second but was given a five second penalty for a robust move on Krisztian Szabo (Skoda Fabia) in the final and dropped to fourth. Szabo and Volland Racing team mate Artis Baumanis (Skoda Fabia).

The first round of the RallyX Nordic Championship took place at Grenland in Norway, where youth starred. Making his first ever rallycross start, Oliver Solberg, son of triple FIA World Champion Petter, raced his father’s Citroen DS3 and impressed, setting top times in the qualifying races to be to top the Intermediate Classification. In the final it was Oliver Eriksson (Ford Fiesta) who claimed victory, ahead of Thomas Bryntesson (Ford Fiesta) and Solberg. Alexander Hvaal (Volkswagen Polo) was fourth, Joachim Hvaal (Ford Fiesta) fifth and Mats Ohman (Ford Fiesta) sixth. In the Supercar Lites category, Simon Oloffsson began his year with victory, chased by Norwegian Sondre Evjen and William Nilsson in the final.

Scott Speed (Volkswagen Beetle) won the opening round of the American-based Global Rallycross Championship at Memphis International Raceway. Both Speed and Andretti Volkswagen team mate Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Beetle) won their semi-finals to start on the front row of the final, which had to be restarted after an accident involving Patrick Sandell (Subaru Impreza). Speed led throughout to claim victory, followed by Foust in second while Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) came out on top of a three-way battle for third with Mitchell DeJong (Honda Civic) and Oliver Eriksson (Honda Civic). Cabot Bigham (Ford Fiesta) was classified sixth. Conner Martell won the GRC Lites final from Frenchman Cyril Raymond and Christian Brooks.

Former European Rallycross Champion Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) continued his unbeaten run in the Irish Rallycross Championship by scoring victory at Tynagh in both the Supercar final and Super Final ahead of Noel Greene (Mitsubishi Mirage). Lloyd Spendlove (Lotus Exige) finished second in the Modified final and third in the Super Final, while Willie Coyne (Opel Corsa) claimed the Modified win and Brian Grealish (Honda Civic) completed the podium. Keith Kerrshaawe (Peugeot 106) won the Production final from Adrian Farrell (Peugeot 205) and Derek Lenehan (Citroen Saxo). Alastair Kellett won Ford Fiesta final and Jyles Harding headed a Nissan Micra one-two-three in the Junior final.

MJP Racing Team Austria owner and driver Max Pucher (Ford Fiesta) won in the Austrian Rallycross Championship event at former European Championship venue, Melk. Pucher claimed victory by over a second from Alois Holler (Ford Focus), who rolled his car in the qualifying stages. Gerald Eder (Skoda Fabia) completed the podium. Josef Korinek (Skoda Citygo) won the Super1600 final from Dominik Rath (Peugeot 207) and Markus Hausberger (Skoda Fabia), while Karl Schadenhofer (Volkswagen Golf) won SuperTouringCars+ and Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) won SuperTouringCars-.

Former Rally Australia and European Rallycross event winner Francois Duval will race an Albatec Racing Peugeot 208 Supercar in the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Belgium next week. Duval claimed his only WRC victory in a Citroen Xsara, and is the only Belgian to have won at the highest level in rallycross, driving a Ford Focus at Maasmechelen in 2010. Last season, Duval raced an OMSE Ford Fiesta Supercar at his home event and finished fifth in the final. “I am very happy to drive for Albatec Racing at my home event,” he said. “Albatec is a serious team; the infrastructure is very good and they are also very sympathetic, which I appreciate a lot. They have shown that they have the motivation. We will race effectively the same car as Sebastien Loeb, this is great!  I have seen the Albatec car in competition and I am very confident that the work they have undertaken over the winter will put us in a strong position to challenge for a good result.”

Reigning British Rallycross Champion Dan Rooke will race in at least five rounds of the RX2 International Series this year, driving for former race Eric Faren’s Team Faren squad. Rooke has signed up for the European-based events in the series and is seeking the budget to race in the two flyaway events in Canada and South Africa. “A lot of hard work has gone into putting this deal together, and I’m relieved to have finally got it over the line. It was touch-and-go for a while as to whether I’d be racing at all this year, so to be on the grid in my number one choice of series is fantastic and I really can’t wait for the season to begin now,” he said.

British Rallycross Championship contender Oliver Bennett will race in his home round of the World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill later this month, driving his Quick Motorsport-run OlsbergsMSE built Ford Fiesta Supercar. Bennett is also competing in the second and third rounds of the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship this weekend at Pembrey to get more seat time.

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Revolution: Group B arrives in rallycross http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/05/01/revolution-group-b-arrives-rallycross/ Mon, 01 May 2017 19:47:52 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28151 It’s widely accepted that the Group B era was a golden period for rallycross. The first pure Group B cars arrived in rallycross in 1986 but it was in the 1987 FIA European Rallycross Championship that these spectacular cars came to the fore. For six years the championship would be dominated by Group B cars […]

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It’s widely accepted that the Group B era was a golden period for rallycross. The first pure Group B cars arrived in rallycross in 1986 but it was in the 1987 FIA European Rallycross Championship that these spectacular cars came to the fore. For six years the championship would be dominated by Group B cars which became ever more refined as their new owners developed their rally monsters for the specific requirements of rallycross.

Before all that, however, there was the adventure of the first season with Group B cars; something akin to a rodeo full of wild stallions needing to be broken-in. Runners and riders were corralled for the first time in that 1987 season at Melk in Austria on May 2-3 – 30-years ago this week.

Five-years ago we documented the 1987 season round-by-round. By way of a reminder of who won what, and how the first Group B rallycross title was won – perhaps closer than you may imagine with four different events winners and just seven points between the top two at the end of the year – we’ve linked back to those stories and their picture galleries below.

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