Welcome to the first round of Fantasy WorldRX - The game where we try to predict how things will turn out in the manic, unpredictable FIA World Rallycross Championship. The first round features both WorldRX and EuroRX, so there is plenty to chose from!

The season starts at Circuit de Catalunya this year, where facilities are well suited for a proper launch of the series. The track is quite good too, with sections that allow passing, jumps and a gravel section that has caught out several drivers. This is the third time the series visit Catalunya, and the round has grown to be one of the most attended in rallycross.

TRACK DETAILS:
Length:
1133 m
Tarmac/Gravel: 60.4/39.6
Lap Record: 00:45.212 (Johan Kristoffersson)
Previous winners: Mattias Ekström (2016), Petter Solberg (2015)

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For a detailed description of all the teams and drivers this year, consult out Mega Guide, and the WorldRX Stats spreadsheet provides cold hard numbers for the in-depth analysis. This is also the first out of five rounds of the European Championship, and we see familiar names such as Anton Marklund and Robin Larsson (2014 EuroRX Champion) drop down from WorldRX to the European championship to gather experience and attention from the bigger teams. Marklund is joined by Magda Andersson, who steps up to the highest class after two years in Touring cars. 2015 European Champion Tommy Rustad returns for another year with Albatec racing, and is joined by the less experienced Philippe Maloigne and Finnish rookie Jere Kalliakoski. The RX Lites sensation Thomas Bryntesson steps up to Supercar together with Ola Frøshaug and JC Racing, while Hedström Motorsport with Peter Hedström himself and the Hvaal brothers will be competetive in former VW Sweden Polos. Title candidate Jerome Grosset-Janin moves from Albatec Racing to Team Knapick, and Knapick himself is on the start list in WorldRX. We also see Münnich Motorsport step down this year, with Rene Münnich and Mandie August behind a Seat Ibiza and Audi S3 respectively. Among the numerous single car entries Henning Solberg in an Eklund Beetle stands out, and Tamas Pal-Kiss may also win events.

The rules for participating is simple. You pick six drivers from the entry list below and post them in the comments before the racing starts Saturday. You may only pick one driver from each team. You can pick both WorldRX drivers and EuroRX drivers, in any combination you want. If your drivers score points in the same order as in your picks, you get an additional 10 points.

To follow the round from Barcelona, tune in Sunday at 14:00 CET on their YouTube site or the TV Channel broadcasting in your country.

EKSRX - AUDI S1
#1 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 22.40 - Avg SPA: 22.00
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 5.70 - Avg SPA: 7.50
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 10.50 - Avg SPA: 12.50

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PSRX VOLKSWAGEN SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 20.10 - Avg SPA: 23.00
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 19.10 - Avg SPA: 18.50

TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 9.20 - Avg SPA: 16.00
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 11.50 - Avg SPA: 13.00

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TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 17.90 - Avg SPA: 13.00
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 16.90 - Avg SPA: 26.00
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 6: 11.17 - Avg SPA: N/A

HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS RX
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 21.20 - Avg SPA: 12.00
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 10: 5.00 - Avg SPA: 1.00

MJP RACING TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU) - Avg last 4: 6.50 - Avg SPA: 0.50
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 8.00 - Avg SPA: 8.00

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DA RACING - PEUGEOT 208/CITROËN DS3
#22 Andrea Dubourg* (FRA) - Avg last 0: N/A
#66 Gregoire Demoustier (FRA) - Avg last 0: N/A - Avg SPA: N/A
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (FRA) - Avg last 6: 4.50 - Avg SPA: N/A

HEDSTRÖM MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO/FORD FIESTA
#8 Peter Hedström* (SWE) - Avg last 10: 12.40
#53 Alexander Hvaal* (NOR) - Avg last 10: 13.50
#63 Joachim Hvaal* (NOR) - Avg last 0: N/A

ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#14 Jere Kalliakoski* (FIN) - Avg last 0: N/A
#24 Tommy Rustad* (NOR) - Avg last 10: 22.90
#121 Philippe Maloigne* (FRA) - Avg last 2: 8.50

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MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#19 Magda Andersson* (SWE) - Avg last 0: N/A
#92 Anton Marklund* (SWE) - Avg last 9: 11.33

ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - AUDI S3/SEAT IBIZA
#38 Mandie August* (DEU) - Avg last 0: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich* (DEU) - Avg last 0: N/A

TEAM KNAPICK - CITROËN DS3
#74 Jerome Grosset-Janin* (FRA) - Avg last 10: 22.20
#84 Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier (FRA) - Avg last 4: 0.00 - Avg SPA: 0.00

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TEAM JC RACE TEKNIK - FORD FIESTA
#90 Thomas Bryntesson* (NOR) - Avg last 0: N/A
#91 Ola Frøshaug* (NOR) - Avg last 0: N/A

SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#2 Oliver “Ollie” O’Donovan* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 9: 6.89
#4 Robin Larsson* (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 0: N/A**
#10 Lucacs “Csucsu” Kornel (HUN), Kia Rio - Avg last 0: N/A - Avg SPA: N/A
#12 Riku Tahko* (FIN), Mini Countryman - Avg last 10: 0.50
#16 Tom Daniel Tånevik* (NOR), Volvo C30 - Avg last 5: 1.40
#23 Mart Tikkerbär* (EST), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 0: N/A
#30 Ole Kristian Temte* (NOR), Citroën C4 - Avg last 4: 0.00
#32 Tore Kristoffersen* (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 3: 1.00
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Renault Clio - Avg last 6: 0.17 - Avg SPA: 0.00
#47 Tamas Pal Kiss* (HUN), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 6: 18.00
#49 Michael De Keersmaecker* (BEL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 5: 2.00
#54 Mats Öhman* (SWE), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 8: 4.38
#62 Firmin Cadeddu* (FRA), Citroën C4 - Avg last 0: N/A
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 2.80 - Avg SPA: 2.00
#69 Martin Kaczmarski* (POL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 5: 8.40
#73 Henning Solberg* (NOR), Volkwagen Beetle - Avg last 4: 7.00
#80 Andreas Steffen* (DEU), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 3: 0.67
#83 Patrick Guillerme* (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 0: N/A
#95 Andri Oun* (EST), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 3: 0.00
#100 Guy Wilks (GBR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 5: 3.40 - Avg SPA: 0.00
#102 Tamas Karai* (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg last 9: 8.33
#111 Derek Tohill* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 5: 5.00

*EuroRX Driver
**Robin Larsson was European Champion in 2014, but the points system was different.