Welcome to another preview of the upcoming round of the World Rallycross Championship, which visits a brand new track in Riga, Latvia. The track has been praised after testing earlier this year, and we will see close to 50 Supercars tackle the new challenges!

Photo Credit: FIA World Rallycross

First we’ll take a look back to what happened last time though, when WorldRX and EuroRX visited Barcelona and Circuit de Catalunya. A controversial decision to water the track for Q4 affected the results after qualifying and thus the starting positions in the semifinals. Timmy Hansen finished as top qualifer, with Johan Kristoffersson and Mattias Ekström following. Petter Solberg was affected by the track watering, and lost 4 championship points to Ekström just from the qualifying. When Ekström wins his semifinal and Solberg comes fourth, Ekström gains a two point lead in the championship. The Swede proceeds to win the final ahead of Hansen and Kristoffersson, and now has 10 points on Solberg. It’s the largest lead since after round 1! Kristoffersson was later black flagged, and Timur Timerzyanov got a well deserved podium position. In EuroRX Kevin Hansen won (of course), with Tommy Rustad and Tord Linnerud joining him on the podium.

Photo Credit: FIA World Rallycross

In our Fantasy Game TurboSquirrel took his third win of the season, and the scores were generally high as everyone got over 100 points. Notice that the worst round dropping has started now, and the gaps are a bit tighter than they used to be.

Illustration: fiaworldrallycross.com

TRACK DETAILS:
Lenght:
1294 m
Tarmac/Gravel: 60/40

The entry list mostly sees the regular drivers in WorldRX and EuroRX, with a few notable exceptions and twists. The most exciting entry is the one of Gigi Galli and his Kia Rio, which has undergone a lot of testing and now seems ready for racing. Following the split-up between Nitiss and Münnich Motorsport, the Latvian will continue with OlsbergsMSE and Timo Scheider will once again be driving the Münnich Seat Ibiza. Joining Andri Oun and Reinsalu Sport is S1600 regular Janno Ligur, who is currently 5th in that championship. Lithuanian Nerijus Naujokaitis is yet to make an appearance, but this round is at least closer to his home.

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Highlights of qualifying and live semifinals and finals will be shown live on Youtube on Sunday at 13:00 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.

Photo Credit: FIA World Rallycross

VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VW POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.40
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 7.00

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EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 22.60
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 12.30

WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 9.30
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg Last 10: 8.30
#31 Max Pucher* (AUT) - Avg last 3: 2.33

TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg Last 9: 17.11
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 8.90
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 16.50
#71 Kevin Hansen* (SWE) - Avg Last 4: 29.25

HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 18.70
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg Last 10: 6.80

OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 4.20
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 2.80
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg Last 9: 9.44

JRM WORLD RALLYCROSS TEAM - MINI COUNTRYMAN
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 3.40
#37 Guy Wilks (GBR) - Avg Last 4: 3.50
#65 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg Last 4: 0.25

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ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU) - Avg Last 2: 0.50
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg Last 10: 0.40

ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#24 Tommy Rustad* (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 20.20
#26 Andy Scott* (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 2.70
#74 Jerome Grosset-Janin* (FRA) - Avg Last 9: 22.11

EKLUND MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
#53 Alexander Hvaal* (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 14.20
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala* (FIN) - Avg Last 9: 13.22

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LOTTO TEAM - FORD FIESTA
#69 Martin Kaczmarski* (POL) - Avg Last 4: 7.25
#79 Krzysztof Holowczyc* (POL) - Avg Last 2: 8.00

REINSALU SPORT - FORD FIESTA
#10 Janno Ligur (EST), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 0: N/A
#95 Andri Oun* (EST), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 2: 0.00

SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 10: 21.60
#2 Ollie O’Donovan* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 8: 6.75
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg Last 10: 11.30
#8 Peter Hedström* (SWE), VW Polo - Avg Last 10: 11.40
#11 Fredrik Salsten* (SWE), Peugeot 208 - Avg Last 4: 16.20
#12 Riku Tahko* (FIN), Mini Countryman - Avg Last 9: 0.56
#16 Tom Daniel Tånevik* (NOR), Volvo C30 - Avg Last 4: 1.00
#25 Gigi Galli (ITA), Kia Rio - Avg Last 2: 4.50
#49 Michael De Keersmaecker* (BEL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 5: 2.00
#54 Mats Öhman* (SWE), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 7: 4.86
#80 Andreas Steffen* (DEU), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 2: 0.00
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg* (FRA), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 6: 11.00
#88 Nerijus Naujokaitis (LTU), Skoda Fabia - Avg Last 0: N/A
#97 Mark Flaherty* (GBR), Ford Focus - Avg Last 4: 1.00
#99 Tord Linnerud* (NOR), VW Polo - Avg Last 7: 16.14
#102 Tamas Karai* (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg Last 8: 8.38
#111 Derek Tohill* (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 4: 4.25
#124 Lucacs “CSUCSU” Kornel* (HUN), Ford Focus - Avg Last 4: 6.00
#147 Tamas Pal Kiss* (HUN), Peugeot 208 - Avg Last 4: 17.60

*EuroRX Driver