So, finally, as one of the last motorsport events of the season, comes the Argentinian round of the World Rallycross Championship. In case you've forgot: Petter Solberg is already World Champion, but the team championship is still undecided. This last round will then be all about the three-way fight between Ford OlsbergsMSE, VW Marklund Motorsport and Peugeot-Hansen, as well as competing for an event victory.
Moving across both an ocean and the equator, this will be the first big rallycross event in South America. Located in the city of San Luis, this round will be part of the larger festival where there are also hillclimbs and other racing to enjoy. The track is based on the Rosendo Hernandez Circuit, where the 60 % tarmac parts uses the existing circuit while the 40 % gravel section and joker are brand new. The track are 1357 metres long, and one of the longest of this season.
Since the event is in South America, we don't see that much wildcard drivers this time, and a total of 17 Supercars will enter this round. While the amount of cars is slightly disappointing compared to the European events, this opens up for some drivers to get a chance in a semifinal. Also the team championship will most likely be decided in the final, and not during the heat races. Let's go through the entry list then!
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#1 - Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg. points: 12.91
#3 - Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg. points: 16.45
ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#2 - Ollie O'Donovan (IRL) - Avg. points: 0
#26 - Andy Scott (GBR) - Avg. points: 4.63
PSRX - CITROËN DS3
#11 - Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg. points: 22.91
#107 - Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Avg. points: N/A
FORD OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#13 - Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg. points: 15.73
#15 - Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg. points: 16.73
#196 - Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg. points: N/A
LD MOTORSPORTS - CITROËN DS3
#33 - Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg. points: 2.67
#66 - Derek Tohill (IRL) - Avg. points: 3.10
#88 - Henning Solberg (NOR) - Avg. points: 7.56
VW MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VW POLO
#57 - Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg. points: 18.27
#92 - Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg. points: 14.55
HEDSTRÖM MOTORSPORT - SKODA FABIA
#106 - Miguel Baldoni (ARG) - Avg. points: N/A
#21 - Bohdan Ludwiczak (POL), Ford Fiesta - Avg. points: 0.33
#54 - Jos Jansen (BEL), Ford Focus - Avg. points: 0.82
The most interesting thing in this lineup must be that for the first time since Belgium we see team boss Liam Doran back in the drivers seat. The Brit lost his racing license after an incident at Lydden Hill earlier this year due to his reactions to a fire in his fathers Ford RS200 during a Group B demonstration. Dorans return means that the Norwegian driver Lars Øivind Enerberg will not compete in Argentina, and Henning Solberg will drive the second car in the LD Motorsports team.
In the second PSRX-car we will find the fourth different driver this season, with rally veteran Manfred Stohl trying out rallycross for the first time. Stohl used to participate in the WRC in the same team as Henning Solberg, so at least he should be familiar with the Solberg way of doing things. He was unable to do any testing before the event, so Stohl will have to quickly adapt to the Citroen.
Jacques Villeneuve seems to have given up rallycross, so Albatec Racing has recruited Ollie O' Donovan to drive their second car in Argentina. The Irishman hasn't got any points in his past two events this season, but chances are good here in Argentina. As the winner of the RX-Lites trophy, Kevin Eriksson gets the chance to drive a supercar provided by OlsbergsMSE. His brother Sebastian Eriksson impressed with a spot in a final at Höljes, so we should watch out for the young Swede. The only local driver to feature in Argentina is Miguel Baldoni. Being a rally-driver, Baldoni is used to gravel and tight turns, but it will be interesting to see his pace compared with the rallycross elite.
This is all of course availible on livestream, but since it's not in Europe the time is a bit different. 18:00 CET on Saturday is a bit more friendly for the American crowd, and it's not a lot of other racing to watch.
As always, you can post your predictions or questions in the comments. Remember, this is the last rallycross event until April, so don't miss out!