We’re getting closer to the end of the season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and with the battle for both the drivers and teams title still alive Audi and Mattias Ekström has decided that WorldRX at Estering is more important than DTM!
Though as you may remember, Ekström managed to finally extend his lead over Petter Solberg to a more comfortable one in Latvia last time out. After a disqualification and mist problems in qualifying Solberg missed out of the semifinals for the first time in WorldRX history, while Ekström managed to go all the way to the final and ended up on second place. To complete the history, Solbergs archrival from the rally years (and good friend) Sebastien Loeb took his first win in rallycross, and remains the only driver with multiple entries in WorldRX to have a 100 % semifinal ratio. Loebs teammate Timmy Hansen finished third.
In our fantasy game things turned completely around as well, both due to the elimination of bad rounds and several good scores. TheTurbochargedSquirrel took his fourth win of the season and moved up to the lead, with Lumpy44 and G17 second and third. Things can still change though, and the last two rounds often prove a bit more unpredictable.
Moving on to Germany and Estering we will visit one of the classic tracks of rallycross, famous for its tight and difficult first corner. The track also pose several other challenges though, with blind off camber corners and a tricky joker.
Length: 952 m
Lap Record: 00:35.971 (Robin Larsson)
Previous Winners: Davy Jeanney (2015), Petter Solberg (2014)
The track is situated close to Hamburg north in Germany, meaning that it’s close to both Scandinavia and Central Europe. That also explains a higher entry than usual, with drivers known from EuroRX as well as other wildcards joining. Tanner Foust makes his second (and final?) WorldRX appearance this year, in what is also his first WorldRX appearance on this track. In Münnich Motorsport we see former European Champion Tommy Rustad, who won the EuroRX final in spectacular fashion in Latvia. RX Lites champion Cyril Raymond will make his supercar debut as a prize for winning that championship. The RX lites champion has usually done well in his debut, and both Kevin Eriksson and Kevin Hansen has since moved up to supercar. This deal also means that we won’t see Reinis Nitiss this time around. Gigi Galli will also make his second appearance this year, hopefully with the Kia even better dialed in.
Highlights of qualifying and live semifinals and finals will be shown live on Youtube on Sunday at 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.
VOLKSWAGEN RX SWEDEN - VW POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 20.10 - Avg GER: 16.00
#34 Tanner Foust (USA) - Avg Last 8: 10.75 - Avg GER: N/A
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 6.40 - Avg GER: 5.50
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 22.80 - Avg GER: 13.50
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 12.50 - Avg GER: 9.50
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 8.60 - Avg GER: N/A
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg Last 10: 10.00 - Avg GER: 13.00
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 18.00 - Avg GER: N/A
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 8.90 - Avg GER: 15.00
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 16.50 - Avg GER: 17.50
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 5: 9.00 - Avg GER: N/A
HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 19.20 - Avg GER: 10.00
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg Last 10: 5.50 - Avg GER: N/A
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#24 Tommy Rustad (NOR) - Avg Last 9: 4.67 - Avg GER: 10.00
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg Last 10: 0.40 - Avg GER: 3.00
JRM WORLD RALLYCROSS TEAM - MINI COUNTRYMAN
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 3.40- Avg GER: #65 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 0.20 - Avg GER: N/A
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 2.80 - Avg GER: N/A
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 8.90 - Avg GER: N/A
#113 Cyril Raymond (FRA) - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg GER: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 10: 19.40 - Avg GER: 26.00
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg Last 10: 9.10 - Avg GER: 17.50
#8 Peter Hedström (SWE), VW Polo - Avg Last 7: 3.00 - Avg GER: 10.00
#25 Gigi Galli (ITA), Kia Rio - Avg Last 3: 3.00 - Avg GER: N/A
#49 Michael De Keersmaecker (BEL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 2: 0.00 - Avg GER: N/A
#53 Alexander Hvaal (NOR), VW Beetle - Avg Last 8: 2.13 - Avg GER: N/A
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN), Mitsubishi Mirage - Avg Last 2: 6.50- Avg GER: N/A
#80 Andreas Steffen (DEU), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg GER: N/A
#87 Jean Baptiste Dubourg (FRA), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 6: 4.50 - Avg GER: N/A
#88 Nerijus Naujokaitis (LTU), Skoda Fabia - Avg Last 1: 0.00 - Avg GER: N/A