RallycrossWorld.com http://www.rallycrossworld.com Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:38:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 23425568 Winners, champions and new drivers in a month of rallycross http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/09/13/winners-champions-new-drivers-month-rallycross/ http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/09/13/winners-champions-new-drivers-month-rallycross/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:38:56 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28413 A month is a long time in rallycross. In the last 31 days, victories have been claimed, wounds have been licked, champions have been crowned and new drivers have been announced. Long overdue, below is a roundup of the major news and results from the last month in the sport. After taking his first ‘flyaway’ […]

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A month is a long time in rallycross. In the last 31 days, victories have been claimed, wounds have been licked, champions have been crowned and new drivers have been announced. Long overdue, below is a roundup of the major news and results from the last month in the sport.

After taking his first ‘flyaway’ win in the World Rallycross Championship in early August in Canada, Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) racked up his fifth win of the season at Loheac in France at the start of September to further extend both his lead in the drivers’ championship and the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team’s dominance in the teams’ championship. Kristofferson’s French victory was achieved despite suffering a puncture on the final lap, something that happened to his team mate Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) at the start of the six-lap race, meaning he would finish fifth, only beating Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) who was removed from podium contention by transmission problems mid-race. Hansen’s team mate, Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) had led the event on day one in dry conditions and eventually finished his home round second as Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) scored his first podium since winning at Hockenheim (round three) in third. Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Focus) was fourth.

Thomas Bryntesson (Ford Fiesta) won his first International rallycross Supercar final in the European Rallycross Championship at Loheac, beating pole starter Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208) in the final, while French Champion Firmin Cadeddu (Citroen C4) scored a dream home podium. Anton Marklund (Volkswagen Polo) was fourth, Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) fifth and Tommy Rustad (Peugeot 208) sixth. In the European Champion Super1600 category, champion Krisztian Szabo (Skoda Fabia) moved into the points lead with victory ahead of Maximilien Eveno (Citroen C2) and Ulrik Linnemann (Peugeot 208). Rokas Baciuska (Skoda Fabia) made his debut and initially finished third, but was later penalised for contact with Linnemann and was classified sixth. Cyril Raymond headed Guillaume De Ridder and Vasiliy Gryazin in the RX2 International Series, the result enough to crown Raymond as champion at his home event, as rival Dan Rooke failed to make the final.

Former WRC star Alister McRae made his debut in the World Rallycross Championship at Loheac, having been announced two weeks earlier for the final four rounds of the series, driving the Loco World RX Team Volkswagen Polo campaigned in the first eight rounds of the year by Guy Wilks. McRae spent the event getting used to the new discipline, having raced in one previous Australian Rallycross event in a Supercar Lites machine, and set a best time of 18th in the qualifying stages. He will return this weekend in Latvia.

While Volkswagen Motorsport-built cars are dominating in the World Championship, they also continue to do so in the American-based Global Rallycross Championship. On the second weekend in August, Scott Speed (Volkswagen Beetle) claimed a pair of victories in the eighth and ninth rounds of the Global Rallycross Championship in Atlantic City to extend his lead in the American series over team mate Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Beetle), who failed to finish on the podium in either of the two events. Driving his Andretti Autosport-run Volkswagen Supercar, Speed overtook former WRC driver Patrik Sandell (Subaru Impreza) to claim victory on day one, while Sandell finished second for Subaru USA and Canadian driver Steve Arpin (Ford Fiesta) was third. In round nine on Sunday, Speed dominated. OlsbergsMSE driver Sebastian Eriksson (Honda Civic) finished second in the Swedish squad’s Civic and Arpin again completed the podium. In GRC Lites, Cyril Raymond and Conner Martell each won a final over the two days. Martell finished second on day one while Raymond was set to finish second on Sunday but retired with mechanical problems within sight of the finish.

On the second weekend in September, a month later, it was Foust’s turn to claim a pair of wins as the series visited Evergreen Speedway in Seattle, to close the gap on points leader Speed with one weekend remaining. On both days, Speed finished second to Foust, while a Subaru USA driver twice completed the podium, Chris Atkinson (Subaru Impreza) making it onto the rostrum on Saturday before Sandell earned himself the third-place trophy on Sunday. Championship contender Arpin was fourth on day one and seventh on day two, while Oliver Eriksson (Honda Civic) scored the OlsbergsMSE Honda squad’s best result of the weekend in fifth on Saturday. Former GRC Lites driver Austin Cindric (Ford Fiesta) made his Supercar debut in a Bryan Herta Rallycross M-Sport-built car and finished eighth and then fourth over the two days. Cyril Raymond and Christian Brooks each won in the GRC Lites category but second on Sunday was enough for Raymond to claim the support category crown, his second title in a week. Brooks and Travis PeCoy completed the podium on Saturday.

Either side of his first Euro RX victory in Loheac, JC Raceteknik driver Thomas Bryntesson (Ford Fiesta) extended his lead in the RallyX Nordic Championship. At Nysumbanen in Denmark on the third weekend in August, Bryntesson led home team mate Ola Froshaug (Ford Fiesta) after battling with title-contender Oliver Solberg (Citroen DS3) for the race lead, only for Solberg to be hampered by technical issues. Former European Championship event-winner Alexander Hvaal (Volkswagen Polo) finished third, while Ole Kristian Temte (Citroen C4) scored a best result in fourth. The Supercar Lites category skipped the Danish round.

At Kinnekulle near Gotene last weekend, it was Peter Hedstrom’s turn to score RallyX Nordic victory at the venue where he claimed his second Swedish crown in 2013. In an event run is torrential rain and horrendous track conditions, where almost every driver in the Supercar and Supercar Lites semi-finals and finals had at least one puncture, Hedstrom just about survived to claim victory, albeit with two punctures, while his Hedstroms Motorsport team mate Alexander Hvaal was black flagged for a door that refused to close. 2014 European Champion Robin Larsson (Audi A1) finished second with Froshaug third and Bryntesson fourth, having finished top in the Intermediate Classification. Solberg was forced into a wall in the treacherous conditions and retired.

On the same weekend as the Nordic series’ Danish encounter, the Finnish Rallycross Championship held its penultimate round at Jalasjarvi. Championship leader Atro Maatta (Ford Fiesta) extended his lead with another victory, ahead of reigning champion Jere Kalliokoski (Skoda Fabia) and Jukka Lautamaki (_Skoda Fabia). Toni Lukander (Mitsubishi Evo) was fourth and Ari Perkiomaki (Ford Fiesta) fifth. Pekka Keski-Korsu (Ford Fiesta) finished sixth. Joni-Pekka Rajala (Ford Escort) won the Supernational final from Henri Haapamaki (BMW M3) and Olli Lavikainen (Volvo S40), while Toni Kuhanen (Toyota Starlet) won the Autokrossi final, again, in his RX8-engined machine from Jani Lehtinen (Fiat X 1/9) and Tero Tukiainen (Toyota MR2).

In the single-make RX Academy series for Renault Clio Cup RX cars, Russian driver Marat Knyazev dominated, winning the final from pole position in difficult slippery conditions to become the series’ fourth different winner. Kalle Markkanen was second with points leader Jesse Kallio completing the podium. Australian driver Troy Dowel scored a personal best result in fourth, with Martins Lapins fifth and Jami Kalliomaki sixth.

Former British Touring Car Championship driver Warren Scott (Citroen DS3) claimed his maiden rallycross victory by winning the sixth round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill in a one-two finish for the LD Motorsports team. Round one winner Nathan Heathcote (Citroen DS3) moved himself back into championship contention with second place, while Oliver Bennett (Ford Fiesta) continued him impressive first year in rallycross in third, his fifth consecutive podium. Championship leader Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) was fourth, with Kevin Procter (Ford Fiesta) fifth and Pat Doran (Citroen C4) sixth. Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta) made it into the final only when Steve Hill (Mitsubishi Evo) withdrew to give O’Donovan a starting position, the Irish driver having missed the cut due to a puncture while leading his semi-final. He again suffered a puncture in the final, but finished ahead of Jake Harris (Citroen DS3) who was slowed by technical troubles.

Tristan Ovenden (Renault Clio) won the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship final from Tony Lynch (Ford KA) and Paige Bellerby (Lotus Exige), as Todd Crooks (BMW Mini) crashed out in the qualifying stages in a spectacular accident. Tom Llewellin (Suzuki Swift) moved closed to the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship title with another victory, this time from Ole Henry Steinsholt (Suzuki Swift) and Tom Middleton (Suzuki Swift), while Chrissy Palmer won the RX150 buggy final. Rob Shield (Suzuki Swift) won his third Swift Sport Rallycross Championship final in succession to close on the series lead, while in the amalgamated front-wheel drive 1600cc category, Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa) was beaten for the first time in 2017 by Darren Scott (Citroen C2). Barry Stewart (Porsche 911) won the Retro Rallycross final.

Patrick Guillerme (Peugeot 208) won the sixth round of the French Rallycross Championship at Pont de Ruan, stealing the victory in the closing stages from a duelling Fabien Pailler (Peugeot 208) and Florent Beduneau (Peugeot 208), the two drivers at the head of the standings. Four different drivers had set fastest times in the Supercar qualifying stages, but Jonathan Pailler (Peugeot 208) had his chances of success ruined by contact with a wall. Regardless, he finished fourth. Jean-Sébastien Vigion (Renault Clio) won the Super1600 final as for the first time in 2017, championship leader Samual Peu (Citroen Saxo) didn’t make the podium, and finished fifth. Allan Mottais moved marginally closer to Twingo R1 Cup leader Olivier Spampinato with victory, as the points leader finished third in the single-make category, while Mathieu Trévian (VW Sirocco) won in Division Three and Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 306) was victorious in Division Four.

MJP Racing Team Austria owner Max Pucher recently confirmed that he has taken on ownership of the historic Fuglau circuit in Austria. With a number of initial changes and improvements made to the circuit, the first event under Pucher’s ownership was held on the second weekend of August, a round of the Austrian, Central European Zone, Czech and Slovakian Rallycross Championships, where fittingly the Ford Fiesta driver claimed victory. Alois Holler (Ford Focus) finished second while Czech driver Marek Joura (Mitsubishi Evo) was third. In the Super1600 final, Josef Susta (Skoda Citygo) won from Jan Ratajsky (Sjoda Fabia) and David Gerencser (Suzuki Swift), while Miroslav Pospichal (Volkswagen Polo) won the SuperTouringCars +2000 final and Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) yet again won the SuperTouringCars -2000 final. In the -1600 SuperTouringCars encounter, it was Daniel Karlovits (Honda Civic) who claimed victory.

Two weeks later, the Austrian series was joined by the CEZ, Slovakian and Hungarian Championships at the country’s most recent European Championship venue, Greinbach. Hungarian points leader Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208) was victorious ahead of Pucher, as Joura made it a fully international podium. Susta and his unique Citigo again won in Super1600 ahead of Hungarian Janko Weiszt (Renault Twingo) in his Set Promotion-built car, while Karl Schadenhofer (Volkswagen Golf) won in SuperTouringCars +2000. Castoral won again in SuperTouringCars -2000 and it was this time Thomas Muhlbacher (Toyota Corolla) who won the SuperTouringCars -1600 final.

A busy month for the Austrian competitors, none more so than for Pucher who’s World Championship team competed in France on the same weekend as the third event at Melk. The third round in four weekends was held at Melk. While Holler claimed the event win, second place was enough for Pucher to secure the Austrian crown. Tristan Ekker (Volkswagen Polo) finished third. Christoph Zellhofer (Suzuki Swift) won the Super1600 final, Lukas Hunterberger (BMW E36) won the SuperTouringCars +2000 final and Martin Jakubowics (Renault Clio) won the SuperTouringCars -2000 final. Muhlbacher again won in SuperTouringCars -1600.

The final two rounds of the Estonian Rallycross Championship have taken place in the last month, at Vasalemma and Elva. Ricardo Bortkevits (Mitsubishi Lancer) won in Supercar at Vasalemma ahead of Priit Karjus (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Seido Nommkula (Mitsubishi Lancer), before Karjus claimed the win at Elva from Andri Oun (Ford Fiesta) and Nommkula, but it was Oun who claimed the title from Karjus and Nommkula. Janno Ligur (Skoda Fabia) scored his fifth and final win of the season in the Super1600 category at Vasalemma, enough to secure him the title and skip the final round, where Arvo Kask (Ford Ka) claimed victory and fourth place in the standings, behind Ligur, Siim Saluri (Citroen C2) and Mihkel Varul (Peugeot 206), who finished third behind Ligur and Kask in Vasalemma. Marko Andreas Muru (Honda Civic) secured the title in the Junior 1600 category. In TouringCar, Einar Valdmaa (Ford Fiesta) won in Vasalemma but it was Kalmer Vaht (Lada VFTS) who won at the final round and claimed the title.

Volkswagen Motorsport test driver Dieter Depping will race a third Volkswagen Polo GTI in the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team alongside Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg in the German round of the series at the Estering later this month. The three-time German Rally Champion has also competed on the Dakar rally and the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. The German played a significant role in developing Volkswagen Motorsport’s Polo for the WRC, on which the GTI Supercar is based.

Two South African drivers have been announced as competing in their home round of the World Rallycross Championship when the series travels to the country for the first time in November, for its final round. Multiple South African rally champion Mark Cronje will drive an Albatec Racing-run Peugeot 208 Supercar, which the 39-year old will test for the first time later this month before racing in a round of the French Rallycross Championship with the squad, alongside regular French racer, Philippe Maloigne. 25-year old Ashley Haig-Smith meanwhile will race an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta. Haig-Smith has competed in Junior World Rally Championship events and is currently compeiting in the French Peugeot 208 Rally Cup, and will test the OMSE Fiesta in Europe before his World RX debut.

The EKS World Rallycross team, owned by Mattias Ekstrom has advertised its Audi S1 Supercars for sale, and gave teams and drivers in the rallycross paddock the opportunity to view the cars and learn about them in the Loheac paddock on the Thursday evening before the event. Ekstrom, who currently leads the German DTM championship and is third in World RX, has also confirmed that the team has five S1 Supercars, but the car he is racing this season (the same machine he used to win the title last year) is not for sale, and will remain in his possession for sentimental reasons. It has not yet been announced if the Audi-backed squad will build new cars for 2017.

Work has begun on the Prodrive-built GCK Renault Megane Supercars for the 2018 World RX season at the British firm’s base in Banbury, while the squad, owned by Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit, has also confirmed that it has signed an agreement with series promotors IMG for a two-car team in the Championship next year. “It’s been a really exciting few months and the next will be even better as I finally see my dream become reality,” he said. “The guys at Prodrive have a big task ahead of them still but I have absolute trust in them to deliver the best car possible. I’m still focused on learning as much as I can ahead of next season with a mix of Supercar, RX2 and Karting on my schedule whilst also talking to some exciting partners and drivers who like the sound of what GCK is planning for next year.”

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The first rallycross taste for McRae http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/08/31/first-rallycross-taste-mcrae/ http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/08/31/first-rallycross-taste-mcrae/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:18:12 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28377 Alister McRae will make his World RX debut this weekend, more than 11-years after he sampled a contemporary Supercar and expressed his interest in racing one, and 15 years after older brother Colin got to try a rallycross car. At Mondello Park in 2006 McRae put in a handful of laps in John McCluskey’s ex-Hansen […]

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Alister McRae will make his World RX debut this weekend, more than 11-years after he sampled a contemporary Supercar and expressed his interest in racing one, and 15 years after older brother Colin got to try a rallycross car.
At Mondello Park in 2006 McRae put in a handful of laps in John McCluskey’s ex-Hansen Motorsport Citroen Xsara Supercar. In just a single run, the Scotsman managed to lap within a second of the car’s owner.
“The Supercar was amazing, the quickest thing I’ve ever driven,” said McRae. “You drop the clutch on the line and everything happens so fast, it’s very exciting. It was good fun to drive … I’d definitely race one if the opportunity was there.”
Junior rallycross was launched in Ireland on the same day that McRae drove the Supercar Citroen.
That presented to opportunity for McRae to go up against multiple rally champion Andrew Nesbitt in a pair of the 1000cc Minis in a match race. McRae won.
The Mondello Park outing was not the first time a McRae had driven a rallycross Supercar. In 2002 Colin McRae got to try out Dermot Carnegie’s Ford Focus Supercar at the Punchestown Rally Experience event.
Carnegie sat alongside McRae that day and was impressed with what he saw. “He was very impressive, at times we were a gear higher through the stage than I would have been. Considering he’d never sat in a car like this before it was amazing,” said Carnegie.
McRae had several times been linked to possible rallycross drives but this was as close as he ever came. The 1995 World Rally Champion was also impressed with the experience. “It was amazing, the fastest car I’ve ever driven – including the time I drove the F1 car. I would say the acceleration off the line was fractionally quicker than the F1 car,” said McRae
This weekend Alister McRae races the Loco Energy World RX Volkswagen Polo that has been raced by Guy Wilks in the first eight World RX events of 2017.
Alister McRae photographs © Robert Chambers/RallycrossWorld.com
Colin McRae photographs © Martin Walsh/RallycrossWorld.com

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Rennison 7-up for Group B first http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/08/23/rennison-7-group-b-first/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:24:35 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28358 The British Rallycross Championship heads for home this weekend with its traditional Bank Holiday Monday event at Lydden. This year the title race is wide open, but 30-years ago it was all done and dusted before the August race which then formed the final round. Mark Rennison had put his name to the title in round […]

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The British Rallycross Championship heads for home this weekend with its traditional Bank Holiday Monday event at Lydden. This year the title race is wide open, but 30-years ago it was all done and dusted before the August race which then formed the final round. Mark Rennison had put his name to the title in round six. But, as that was his sixth win of the year, Rennison did not go to Lydden to cruise around and collect the trophy – he was on a mission to win again and complete an unbeaten run through the series.
The seven-event season begun at Brands Hatch where, with exception of a graceful new rear aero setup, Rennison’s DSRM Ford RS200 was not much changed from 1986 during which the pairing had become increasingly competitive. Third in the A final and the Superfinal winner, Rennison left Kent on a high and returned to the county a few weeks later with a more potent car. Equipped with a BDT’E’ engine for the first time at Lydden’s Easter event, Rennison blitzed round two, FTD and wins in both the A final and Superfinal pushed him into the series lead, where he remained all year.
Croft, home turf, was up next but Will Gollop managed to spoil Rennison’s part a little by taking both FTD and the A final win. In the Superfinal, however, Rennison won again – as he would at Cadwell Park in June where he again took a maximum points haul. Round five was back at Croft, once more Gollop’s MG Metro 6R4 denied Rennison a maximum score, but in the Superfinal it was the Ford driver who again won.
Swindon was the stage for round six, and on the twisty farmyard circuit Rennison took both A final and Superfinal to put his name to the title. At that time he was the youngest ever Champion (at 23-years-old) and the first driver to win in a Group B car.
Rennison’s remarkable run of victories might make it look as though he had little competition, but that’s not how it was. Gollop was a constant threat, as was 1986 champion John Welch. At Lydden in August Welch, and multiple champion Trevor Hopkins, both got the drop on Rennison in the Superfinal, before the champion-elect fought back to pass both and take his seventh win from seven events.
Setting aside Gollop’s successes in the two-event 1996 Championship (which, coincidentally, broke the run of titles won by Group B cars that was begun in 1987), Rennison’s dominant run remains unequalled three-decades later.

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Wins for Kristoffersson & Spitzmuller; Muller set for World RX http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/08/13/wins-kristoffersson-muller-set-world-rx/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:41:47 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28344 Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) continued his recent run of form in the World Rallycross Championship by winning the eighth round in Canada. It was another weekend of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden domination in Trois-Rivieres, despite EKS driver Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1) setting the fastest time in Q1. Kristoffersson and team mate Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) finished […]

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Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen Polo) continued his recent run of form in the World Rallycross Championship by winning the eighth round in Canada. It was another weekend of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden domination in Trois-Rivieres, despite EKS driver Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1) setting the fastest time in Q1. Kristoffersson and team mate Petter Solberg (Volkswagen Polo) finished first and second in the Intermediate Classification, each won their semi-finals with ease and took their jokers on the second (Solberg) and third (Kristoffersson) laps of the final to claim victory. For the third event in a row, Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot 208) completed the podium. Third place had been held by Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) until the Swede was forced to retire with engine failure. Kevin Eriksson (Ford Fiesta) scored a best result of the year in fourth, with Heikkinen fifth. Mattias Ekstrom (Audi S1) retired in the semi-finals with clutch problems.

Cyril Raymond claimed his fourth win from five rounds in the RX2 International Series. The points leader scored victory ahead of Guillaume De Ridder and Tanner Whitten. Vasily Gryazin earnt a best result of the season in fourth. Title contender Dan Rooke made contact with the rear of Raymond’s car at turn one and dropped to fourth. Trying to fight back through the field, the British driver was forced into a concrete wall, where he would retire. Simon Olofsson finished fifth.

Petter Solberg’s son Oliver (Subaru Impreza) competed in his first World RX weekend, driving in the Canadian National CXE four-wheel drive rallycross class. Despite setting the pace for much of qualifying, Solberg’s chances of a podium were ended by a broken driveshaft in his semi-final and contact with a wall in the final. Nicolas Hamilton took part in the SXS buggy support category but retired from the final with engine power problems.

Csaba Spitzmuller (Skoda Fabia) won the fourth round of the Hungarian Rallycross Championship at Kakucsring, after title protagonists and European Championship regulars Tamas Karai (Audi A1) and Tamas Pal Kiss (Peugeot 208) came together on the final lap and were both later disqualified. Zoltan Vass (Mitsubishi Colt) was second and Attila Mozer (Skoda Fabia) third. Zsolt Peitler (BMW E30) won the SuperTouringCars+ final and Janko Wieszt (Renault Twingo) won in the Super1600 category.

Allan Tapscott (Vauxhall Corsa) and Mark Jones (Toyota MR2) each won a round of the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship at Pembrey in South Wales, racing in the Supermodified category in rounds four and five of the series. Mike Dresser (Lotus Exige) and Phil Chicken (Citroen C2) finished second and third on the opening day. Dresser spun out of contention on Sunday, leaving Chicken to finish second and Tapscott third, behind Jones. Jeff Hopes-Davies (Citroen Saxo) and Richard Todd (Peugeot 106) won the in the Production category, while Brian Hardman (Ford Escort) twice won in the Historic category. Tom Constantine also scored a brace of wins, in the Junior division. In the Production 4×4 class, Liam Manning (Subaru Impreza) won in round four on Saturday and the amalgamated Production 4×4 and Supercar class on Sunday, ahead of Mad Mark Watson (Citroen Xsara), who had a boost issue. Roger Thomas (Vauxhall Astra) won the Supercar final on Saturday.

Audi DTM driver Nico Muller will made his debut in the World Rallycross Championship next month at Loheac in France, driving a fourth EKS-run Audi S1 Supercar in the event. Muller has undertaken a number of tests with Mattias Ekstrom’s team since first driving a rallycross Supercar in Barcelona last year, and will line up alongside the reigning World RX champion and the team’s other drivers, Toomas Heikkinan and Reinis Nitiss – the first time ever the squad had run four cars in the same event.

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World RX set for electric introduction; Maloigne and Godfrey victorious http://www.rallycrossworld.com/2017/08/05/world-rx-set-electric-introduction-maloigne-godfrey-victorious/ Sat, 05 Aug 2017 19:09:46 +0000 http://www.rallycrossworld.com/?p=28331 Electric technology is set be introduced into the World Rallycross Championship structure from as early as 2020, World RX Managing Director Paul Bellamy revealed to British publication Motorsport News this week. Bellamy explained that World RX promotor IMG is working with a number of manufacturers and the FIA on how electric cars will be included […]

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Electric technology is set be introduced into the World Rallycross Championship structure from as early as 2020, World RX Managing Director Paul Bellamy revealed to British publication Motorsport News this week. Bellamy explained that World RX promotor IMG is working with a number of manufacturers and the FIA on how electric cars will be included in the series in the future, but explained that conventional internal combustion and electrically powered vehicles wouldn’t run together on track, and the existing Supercar category would remain. “It will be 2020 at the earliest [before electric rallycross will be introduced] but we’re in discussions about what format the concept might take, what the cars will be like and where it will sit in the World RX weekend,” he said.

Last weekend, Philippe Maloigne (Peugeot 208) won the fifth round of the French Rallycross Championship at Kerlabo, the first win of the year for the Albatec Racing team, while Jonathan Pailler and Florent Beduneau made it a Peugeot 208 podium lock-out. Guerlain Chicherit (Renault Clio) was fourth, with British driver Andy Scott (Peugeot 208) fifth on his first Supercar start of the season in a rain hit final. Beduneau’s result closed the gap to series leader Fabien Pailler (Peugeot 208). Rallycross legend Jean-Luc Pailler (Peugeot 208) made his return to the sport and qualified for the semi-finals in a third Pailler Competition 208. Super1600 points leader Samual Peu (Citroen Saxo) won the front-wheel drive final, after retiring from Q2 with transmission issues. Maximilien Eveno (Citroen C2) was second and Damien Meunier (Citroen C2) completed the podium. The top two drivers in the Division Three championship finished first and second in the final, Christophe Saunois (Toyota Corolla) beating Xavier Briffaud (Mini Cooper) and Gregory Le Guerneve (Peugeot 208). In the Division Four final, it was also the championship’s top-two at the top of the final. Stephane Hameau (Peugeot 306) claimed victory from Florian Zavattin (Renault Clio) and Anthony Paillardon (Peugeot 206). Allan Mottais won in the Twingo R1 Cup division.

World RX Team Austria owner Max Pucher (Ford Fiesta) won the sixth round of the FIA Central European Zone Rallycross Championship at Sedlcany in the Czech Republic to extend his lead in the series. Fellow Austrian Alois Holler (Ford Focus) was second with Czech driver Marek Joura (Mitsubishi Evo) completing the podium. Mandie August (Audi S1) finished fourth in the four-car Supercar field.

A week earlier, Five-time British Rallycross Champion Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta) claimed a pair of wins on the series’ double-header visit to Mondello Park in Ireland to move into the lead of the championship with four rounds remaining. Godfrey didn’t set a fastest time across the two days in the qualifying races, but was at the sharp end when it counted to score a brace of victories. Ollie O’Donovan (Ford Fiesta) twice qualified top at the Intermediate Classification and finished second on day one, but rolled out of the event in the semi-finals on day two. Oliver Bennett (Ford Fiesta) led the series heading into Mondello in his first year in the sport, and led the final for much of the duration on Sunday before finishing second to Godfrey. Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) twice finished third in the British-Irish joint event, before winning the Superfinal on both days to take top Irish honours and extend his series lead.

Tony Lynch (Ford KA) and Tristan Ovenden (Renault Clio) both took their first wins of the year in the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship finals, while Paul Coney (Vauxhall Corsa) again won on both days in the Super1600 / BMW Mini division, while David Bell (BMW Mini) and Drew Bellerby (BMW Mini) each took a maximum score of the BMW Mini runners. Ole Henry Steinsholt (Suzuki Swift) won his first event in the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship in round four on the Saturday, before Tom Llewellin (Suzuki Swift) returned to winning ways on the Sunday. Rob Shield claimed his first victory in the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship on Saturday, and backed it up with another win on Sunday. In the RX150 buggy class, Marc Scott and Chrissy Palmer took a win apiece. In the Irish Rallycross Championship production category, Ciaran Murphy (Peugeot 106) and Keith Kerrshaaw (Peugeot 106) both won, while Eoin Murray (Ford Fiesta) and Niall Murray (Ford Fiesta) both took a win and a second place each in the single-make Fiesta class over the two days. Martin McAteer won twice in the poorly-supported IRX buggy division. Danny Calnan (Opel Corsa) and Patrick Donoghue (Peugeot 205) took a win apiece in the IRX Rally class, as Jyles Harding (Nissan Micra) and Jack Byrne (Ford Fiesta) each won an IRX Junior final.

Kristof Bex (Volvo S40) claimed victory in the latest round of the Belgian Rallycross Championship at Maasmechelen, winning the Supernational+ final ahead of Bert Bosmans (Volvo C30) and Luc Maris (Volvo S40). Bex’s fastest time of the day bettered the quickest time set by Supercar racer Jos Jansen at an earlier round, and extended his lead in the series. Steve Volders (Ford Fiesta) won the Supernational- final from Danny De Beuckelaer (Volvo C30) and Kurt Lambers (BMW M3). Steve Otzer (Citroen Saxo) won the Super1600 final from reigning champion Dennis Remans (Ford Fiesta) and Davy Van Den Branden (Citroen DS3). The Autodis team won the SsangYong final and British Championship regular Todd Crooks won the guest annual Minicross race from Richard and Shelly Wakeling. There were again no Supercars starters in the event.

Former BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Production racer Fred Ling, son of former Supermodified front-runner Dave Ling, will debut a new front-wheel drive Ford Fiesta in the Supermodified category this weekend in the series’ second Pembrey double-header of the year, powered by a 2000cc natural aspirated Duratec engine, while Junior circuit-racer Ross Connolly will switch from the Junior Saloon Car Championship to rallycross for the remaining four rounds of the Clubmans Championship, starting at Pembrey this weekend. The 16-year old Essex-based driver, who conducted work experience with Supercar squad Albatec Racing last year, already has experience of competing on unsealed surfaces, having previously raced in autograss. Connolly will make his rallycross debut driving a Peugeot 106 Rallye in the Junior category. The Extreme 22 squad plans to run three cars later in the season, with a Peugeot 106 GTI Production specification machine and Production 4×4 Nissan Pulsar also set to be run for yet to be confirmed drivers.

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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/ 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/ 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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