The FIA World Rallycross Championship returns for it’s penultimate round together with the final round of the European Championship. The championship was decided here last year, but this year it’s still very open between Petter Solberg and Timmy Hansen.
Because at the last event in Turkey, Hansen took a huge chunk out of Solbergs championship lead. Hansen won his third event this year, while Solberg only got a sixth in his semifinal due to a broken driveshaft. Joining Hansen on the podium was 2014 Turkey winner Andreas Bakkerud and Johan Kristoffersson. The future of rallycross, right there for you.
1. Timmy Hansen - 06:02.470
2. Andreas Bakkerud - 06:02.747
3. Johan Kristoffersson - 06:04.940
4. Mattias Ekström - 06:12.032
5. Davy Jeanney - 06:12.457
6. Anton Marklund - DNF
As I said, this makes the championship very interesting. Petter Solberg can secure the championship in Italy like last year, but would have to beat Hansen by 12 points. Not an easy task, especially when you consider that the Peugeot-driver has taken more points than Solberg in the last SIX events. Third in the championship is now also more or less a two-horse race between Bakkerud and Kristoffersson, though in theory Jeanney can still get up there as well.
1. Petter Solberg - 256
2. Timmy Hansen - 237
3. Johan Kristoffersson - 201
4. Andreas Bakkerud - 188
5. Davy Jeanney - 180
6. Mattias Ekström - 179
7. Reinis Nitiss - 150
8. Topi Heikkinen - 124
9. Robin Larsson - 104
10. Timur Timerzyanov - 90
In our fantasy game I HAD A PERFECT ROSTER!!! Well not really perfect in terms of order, but 120 out of 120 possible points means that my lead is increasing. Still I think five competitors can win overall, due to the bad round eliminations and the massive points you can get here this weekend.
Moving on to Italy and Franciacorta, the track has seen some minor changes from last year. I suspect that the start chichane is a bit wider, and that we have more challenging gravel than last year. The joker merge onto the long, wide straight will be interesting, as well as the following two turns.
Perhaps the most interesting switch for this round is Andrew Jordan in place of Mattias Ekström in the Audi S1. Ekström is busy with the final round in DTM, so they hired the driver with the 10th best average in WorldRX history! Sure, he’s only done two events, but both at Lydden Hill where we usually see a huge grid.
As noted in a previous article, former WRC-driver Gigi Galli will show us his new Kia Rio this weekend, in his second WorldRX event. The flamboyant Italian says that this is just a test round in front of the next three years, but his pace was good last year. If the car doesn’t act up on him, I’d say he’s in the semifinals.
Joining Peugeot-Hansen for this round is former AutoGP driver Tamas Pal Kiss, who were also entered for Germany earlier this year but didn’t show up. This is his international rallycross debut, in the best team this year. With a background similar to Timmy Hansen, the Peugeot should suit the driver who has raced a Skoda Fabia in the Hungarian championship so far this year.
Replacing Alx Danielsson in Münnich Motorsport this weekend is former F1-driver and current TCR-driver Gianni Morbidelli. Continuing the trend of touringcar drivers to join the team, Morbidelli might be the one with the most impressive CV. This is his rallycross debut though, so it might be tough for him to get to the semifinals.
Returning in “Herbie” for Eklund Motorsport is Henning Solberg. The older Solberg hasn’t found his best pace this year, but he can at least help develop the New Beetle. We see the first race outside France for Gaëtan Serazan, as well a Guerlain Chicherit returning in the JRM Mini. Philippe Maloigne enters EuroRX, and Polish Rallycross Cup driver Robert Czarnecki makes his international debut here. Touringcar-driver Anders Bråten makes his supercar debut in the DriveForLife team of Knut Ove Børseth, an interesting entry for sure.
Of course, this race is broadcasted on livestream, and is now back to the regular slot at 14:00 CET Sunday. The jump in the photo above should still be as spectacular. If you’re new to WorldRX I suggest you take a look at our season guide. To make Fantasy picks, just pick six drivers from the entry list below. Remember though, that you can only pick one driver from each team. In case you want to do an in-depth analysis, I’ve made a statistics spreadsheet and an overview of the season so far.
SDRX - CITROËN DS3
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 22.90 - Last Year: 23
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 2.50 - Last Year: N/A
VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VW POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 17.40 - Last Year: 21
#52 Ole Christian Veiby* (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 16.75 - Last Year: N/A
#99 Tord Linnerud (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 6.20 - Last Year: 0
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#7 Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Avg Last 10: 5.80- Last Year: N/A
#31 Max Pucher (AUT) - Avg Last 10: 0.00 - Last Year: N/A
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 16.70 - Last Year: 11
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 14.70 - Last Year: 9
#42 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg Last 10: 8.10 - Last Year: 20
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#16 Tamas Pal Kiss* (HUN) - Avg Last 10: N/A - Last Year: N/A
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 16.40 - Last Year: 2
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 21.30 - Last Year: 30
MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VW POLO
#24 Tommy Rustad* (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 20.17 - Last Year: 3**
#45 PG Andersson (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 7.10 - Last Year: N/A
#57 Topi Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 11.00 - Last Year: 14
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - AUDI S3
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg Last 10: 1.30 - Last Year: N/A
#110 Gianni Morbidelli (ITA) - Avg Last 10: N/A - Last Year: N/A
EKLUND MOTORSPORT - SAAB 9-3, VW BEETLE
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala* (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 18.50 - Last Year: N/A
#88 Henning Solberg (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 5.10 - Last Year: 12
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 6.80 - Last Year: 14
#177 Andrew Jordan (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 15.00 - Last Year: N/A
PAILLER MOTORSPORT - PEUGEOT 208
#18 Jonathan Pailler* - Avg Last 10: 12.67 - Last Year: N/A
#20 Fabien Pailler* - Avg Last 10: 14.25 - Last Year: N/A
ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#27 James Grint* - Avg Last 10: 5.25 - Last Year: N/A
#74 Jerome Grosset-Janin* - Avg Last 10: 24.75 - Last Year: 0**
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#2 Ollie O’Donovan* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 10: 9.75 - Last Year: N/A
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg Last 10: 9.50 - Last Year: 11
#8 Peter Hedström* (SWE), Skoda Fabia - Avg Last 10: 7.15 - Last Year: 0**
#22 Koen Pauwels* (BEL), Ford Focus - Avg Last 10: 5.50 - Last Year: N/A
#25 Gigi Galli (ITA), Kia Rio - Avg Last 10: 9.00 - Last Year: 9
#28 Alexander Hvaal* (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 10: 14.80 - Last Year: N/A
#30 Ole Kristian Temte* (NOR), Citroën C4 - Avg Last 10: 0.00** - Last Year: N/A
#47 Ramona Karlsson* (SWE), VW Scirocco - Avg Last 10: 1.25 - Last Year: N/A
#48 Lukas Walfridsson* (SWE), Renault Clio - Avg Last 10: 3.75 - Last Year: 0**
#62 Gaëtan Serazin (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg Last 10: 7.00 - Last Year: N/A
#65 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Mini Countryman - Avg Last 10: 0.00 - Last Year: N/A
#72 Philippe Maloigne* (FRA), Citroën C4 - Avg Last 10: 8.00 - Last Year: N/A
#83 Robert Czarnecki* (POL), Mitsubishi Lancer - Avg Last 10: N/A - Last Year: N/A
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg* (FRA), Citroën C4 - Avg Last 10: 13.25 - Last Year: N/A
#102 Tamas Karai* (HUN), Skoda Fabia - Avg Last 10: 8.67 - Last Year: 0**
#103 Anders Bråten* (NOR), Ford Focus - Avg Last 10: N/A - Last Year: N/A
*Driver will compete for EuroRX points.