After a wait that has been a bit too long, the FIA World Rallycross Championship travels to its last event this weekend in Argentina. Can we avoid the dust and pick the right drivers this time?
Last time at Estering Kevin Eriksson went around the outside to take his first win in WorldRX in his rookie season, while Mattias Ekström gathered enough points to take the final. That means Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg are left fighting for the second spot on the podium, with Andreas Bakkerud also contending for an overall podium.
In our Fantasy Game TheTurbochargedSquirrel has opened up a healthy lead of 58 points after seven straight podiums. With lots of points to fight for and another round to be dropped Lumpy44 and G17 could still take the overall win, but it would require a couple of surprises along the way.
The track in Rosario was brand new last year, and while it showed great racing it also had serious problems with dust. It was so bad that one of the qualification heats was cancelled, and Petter Solberg won the championship while visiting the bathroom. The final saw Robin Larsson take his first win with a very measured and impressive drive. The long dragrace into the first proper turn can cause a bit of havoc, as can the off camber joker hairpin.
Length: 1033 m
Lap record: 00:36.644 (Davy Jeanney)
Previous winner: Robin Larsson (2015)
The entry list sees the usual full time entries with a couple of exceptions. Reinis Nitiss will replace Niclas Grönholm in OlsbergsMSE, while Timo Scheider continues with Münnich Motorsport. In JRM Nick Jones will drive the car this weekend. after working as an engineer in the team the past season.
Highlights of qualifying and live semifinals and finals will be shown live on Youtube on Sunday at a slightly better time for American viewers. 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.
VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VW POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 19.60 - Last year: 6
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.90 - Last year: 8
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 23.20 - Last year: 22
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 11.40 - Last year: 9
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 9.90 - Last year: 18
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 10.20 - Last year: 0
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 17.70 - Last year: N/A
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 16.50 - Last year: 22
HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 19.00 - Last year: 17
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 10: 6.10 - Last year: N/A
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 4.70 - Last year: 3
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 9.10 - Last year: N/A
JRM WORLD RALLYCROSS TEAM - MINI COUNTRYMAN
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg last 10: 3.40 - Last year: 2#94 Nick Jones (GBR) - Avg last 0: N/A - Last year: N/A
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU) - Avg last 3: 4.33 - Last year: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg last 10: 0.40 - Last year:0
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 10: 19.20 - Last year: 22
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 10: 7.40 - Last year: 28