The first weekend of July is coming up, and that means a couple of things in Sweden. It never really gets dark, and the World Rallycross Championship visits Höljes for what is called The Magic Weekend.

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As you might have heard: I’m going. Because of the huge amount of people camping around the racetrack I’m going there on Thursday morning, and will not be able to respond to any questions after that.

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Even if I’m going away soon, at least I’m writing this after the last round in Hell, Norway. With both WorldRX and EuroRX present, it was an action packed weekend. Two drivers stood out from the rest though, since everything worked for Andreas Bakkerud in WorldRX and Kevin Hansen in EuroRX. Both managed to win qualifying, their semifinal and final resulting in a maximum 30 points score. The dark horses of Timur Timerzyanov and Tamas Pal Kiss came second when it comes to scoring points, but Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström snatched the podium positions in WorldRX. In EuroRX Tord Linnerud took the finished second ahead of Kiss, continuing his string of good results.

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Adding the results from both Hell and Lydden Hill (Where Ekström and Solberg got the most points), our Fantasy game has turned around a bit. After a couple of rounds gambling GiuRX has fallen down to second, and gaps are starting to open up further down as well. Nothing is decided as long as you don’t miss more than 4 rounds though, since only your 8 best rounds will count towards the total score.

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On to Höljes, and what might be the most spectacular track in this championship. I know it might seem repetetive by now since we’ve seen a lot of good tracks lately, but I think it’s true when even Petter Solberg says it. It has two big jumps, a banked corner and a general three-dimensional feel. I walked the track last year, and there is literally no part that is completely flat! With up to 50 000 spectators expected and a track with so many details, no wonder winning here is special. Mattias Ekström won here both in 2014 and 2015, but last year only after Timmy Hansen was pulled back to second place after THAT final corner pass. This is also the last track of this season to be featured in DiRT Rally.

TRACK DETAILS:
Length:
1210 m
Tarmac/Dirt: 60 %/40 %
Previous Winner: Mattias Ekström (2014, 2015)
Lap Record: 0:42.942 (Petter Solberg)

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Joining the WorldRX regulars for Höljes is Swedish Touringcar driver Richard Göransson. He is currently driving for Volvo Polestar Cyan Racing in STCC, where he is second behind his teammate Robert Dahlgren. For Höljes he will switch to an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta, similar to the one he drove in two events in 2014. Göransson had semifinal pace then, but it’s uncertain if he can step it up to the increased pace of 2016. In EuroRX Lukas Walfridsson makes his first FIA Rallycross start of the season, after focusing on the competetive RallyX Scandinavia so far. There he is currently second behid Kevin Eriksson. Walfridsson has been challenging Eriksson on pace this year, and could be a serious wildcard in the EuroRX cathegory. All the other drivers are decribed either in the Mega Guide or in previous event previews.

Highlights of qualifying as well as live semifinals and finals will be shown on Youtube on Sunday 14:00 CEST. If you’re new to the fantasy game you can read the rules in detail here, and you can find everything you need to know about the series and the permanent teams here. I’ve also made a statistics spreadsheet if you want to do an in-depth analysis before making picks. All Supercar entrants are listed below, with EuroRX drivers marked.

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VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.20 - Avg SWE: 6.00
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 8.50 - Avg SWE: 1.50

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EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 21.80 - Avg SWE: 28.00
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 11.20 - Avg SWE: 13.00

WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 8: 7.88 - Avg SWE: N/A
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 9.30 - Avg SWE: 13.00
#31 Max Pucher* (AUT) - Avg last 2: 2.00

TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 5: 16.60 - Avg SWE: N/A
#17 Davy Jeanney: (FRA) - Avg last 10: 10.30 - Avg SWE: 5.50
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 19.10 - Avg SWE: 18.00
#71 Kevin Hansen* (SWE) - Avg last 2:28.50

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HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 17.30 - Avg SWE: 21.00
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 7: 7.14 - Avg SWE: N/A

ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 6.40 - Avg SWE: 17.50
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg last 10: 0.70 - Avg SWE: 0.00

OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#23 Richard Göransson (SWE) - Avg last 2: 13.00 - Avg SWE: N/A
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 6: 1.17 - Avg SWE: 0.00
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 6: 11.17 - Avg SWE: N/A

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ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#24 Tommy Rustad* (NOR) - Avg last 9: 20.44
#26 Andy Scott* (GBR) - Avg last 10: 1.80
#74 Jerome Grosset-Janin* (FRA) - Avg last 7: 23.14

EKLUND MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
#53 Alexander Hvaal* (NOR) - Avg last 10: 13.50
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala* (FIN) - Avg last 7: 16.71

LOTTO TEAM - FORD FIESTA
#69 Martin Kaczmarski* (POL) - Avg last 2: 10.50
#79 Krzysztof Holowczyc* (POL) - Avg last 2: 8.00

SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 10: 22.80 - Avg SWE: 22.00
#2 Ollie O’Donovan* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 6: 7.83
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 10: 13.40 - Avg SWE: 0.00
#8 Peter Hedström* (SWE), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 9.70
#11 Fredrik Salsten* (SWE), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 3: 12.67
#16 Tom Daniel Tånevik* (NOR), Volvo C30 - Avg last 2: 2.00
#28 Jochen Coox* (BEL), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 1: 0.00
#30 Ole Kristian Temte* (NOR), Citroën C4 - Avg last 3: 0.00
#33 Liam Doran (GBR), JRM Mini Countryman - Avg last 10: 3.30 - Avg SWE: 7.50
#48 Lukas Walfridsson* (SWE), Renault Clio - Avg last 5: 4.60
#49 Michael De Keersmaecker* (BEL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 4: 1.75
#54 Mats Öhman* (SWE), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 5: 3.40
#80 Andreas Steffen* (DEU), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: N/A
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg* (FRA), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 6: 12.83
#95 Andri Oun* (EST), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 2: 0.00
#97 Mark Flaherty* (GBR), Ford Focus - Avg last 3: 1.33
#99 Tord Linnerud* (NOR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 5: 14.00
#102 Tamas Karai* (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg last 6: 8.00
#111 Derek Tohill* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 2: 4.00
#124 Lukacs “CsuCsu” Kornel* (HUN), Ford Focus - Avg last 2: 8.00
#147 Tamas Pal Kiss* (HUN), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 3: 19.00

*EuroRX entry.