The second round of WorldRX goes back to the home of rallycross this weekend, Lydden Hill. The sport was born here back in the 1960's, and this is one of the classic events this year. Together with all the heritage comes a huge startgrid with 37 drivers in the supercar cathegory!
Lydden Hill is one of the shorter tracks, with 1170 meters only. It still is 10 meters wide, so passing shouldn't be too difficult. With the regular 60 % solid surface and 40 % loose surface this track lives up to the reputation as a classic rallycross venue.
But since I have been quite busy lately making GRC guides, looking at stones and whatnot I haven't been able to post the results of the first round in Montalegre! And it would be silly to go to Lydden Hill without knowing any previous results?
Well as most of you probably know, Petter Solberg won. The former WRC champion had impressive pace all weekend, and led the final from start to finish. Behind him was fellow Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud on second, and rookie Reinis Nitiss completed the weekend in third. Good result for OlsbergsMSE then, as we see in the result from the supercar final:
- Petter Solberg, 04:02.081
- Andreas Bakkerud, +2.358
- Reinis Nitiss, +3.048
- Toomas Heikkinen, +5.025
- Anton Marklund, +5.901
- Koen Pauwels, +10.790
That means current European champion Timur Timerzyanov didn't even make it to the finals! He was leading after the heats though, so he still got a few points. Doran and Skorupski had their weekend ruined by mechanical failures, and the Albatec team didn't do much better. Scott's car caught fire, and Villeneuve overshot the first corner in the first race. Several mechanical issues didn't help either. Because of the complex point system, the championship order isn't excactly like the one in the final:
- Petter Solberg, 29
- Reinis Nitiss, 24
- Toomas Heikkinen, 21
- Andreas Bakkerud, 20
- Timur Timerzyanov, 19
- Anton Marklund, 18
- Timmy Hansen, 14
- Koen Pauwels, 14
- Alexander Hvaal, 9
- Derek Tohill, 8
If you want more results, go to the official website.
But back to Lydden Hill! So who are all of these drivers? It's time to look at the entry list!
- 1: Timur Timerzyanov (RUS), Team Peugeot-Hansen - Peugeot 208
- 2: Ollie O'Donovan (IRL) - Ford Focus
- 3: Timmy Hansen (SWE), Team Peugeot-Hansen - Peugeot 208
- 4: Robin Larsson (SWE) - Audi S1
- 6: Alexandre Theuil (FRA) - Citroën DS3
- 7: Emil Öhman (SWE) - Citroën DS3
- 8: Peter Hedström (SWE) - Skoda Fabia
- 11: Petter Solberg (NOR), Petter Solberg World RX Team - Citroën DS3
- 12: Alexander Hvaal (NOR), Petter Solberg World RX Team - Citroën DS3
- 13: Andreas Bakkerud (NOR), OlsbergsMSE - Ford Fiesta
- 14: Frode Holte (NOR) - Hyundai i20
- 15: Reinis Nitiss (LVA), OlsbergsMSE - Ford Fiesta
- 17: Mats Öhman (SWE) - Citroën DS3
- 19: Jean-Luc Pailler (FRA) - Peugeot 208
- 20: Fabien Pailler (FRA) - Peugeot 208
- 21: Bohdan Ludwiczak (POL) - Ford Fiesta
- 22: Koen Pauwels (BEL) - Ford Focus
- 24: Tommy Rustad (NOR), HTB Racing - Volvo C30
- 26: Andy Scott (GBR), Albatec Racing - Peugeot 208
- 27: Davy Janney (FRA), Albatec Racing - Peugeot 208
- 33: Liam Doran (GBR), LD Motorsports - Citroën DS3
- 34: Tanner Foust (USA), Marklund Motorsport - VW Polo
- 37: Pavel Koutny (CZE) - Ford Fiesta
- 40: Eric Faren (SWE) - Citroën DS3
- 44: Krzysztof Skorupski (POL), LD Motorsports - Citroën DS3
- 47: Ramona Karlsson (SWE), Per Eklund Motorsport - Saab 9-3
- 48: Lukas Walfridson (SWE), Helmia Motorsport - Renault Clio
- 50: Kevin Procter (GBR) - Ford Fiesta
- 51: Julian Godfrey (GBR) - Ford Fiesta
- 54: Jos Jansen (BEL) - Ford Focus
- 57: Toomas Heikkinen (FIN), Marklund Motorsport - VW Polo
- 66: Derek Tohill (IRL), LD Motorsports - Citroën DS3
- 69: Jochen Coox (BEL) - Volkswagen Scirocco
- 74: Jèrôme Grosset-Janin (FRA) - Renault Clio
- 77: Andrew Jordan (GBR), OlsbergsMSE - Ford Fiesta
- 88: Henning Solberg (NOR), Per Eklund Motorsport - Saab 9-3
- 92: Anton Marklund (SWE), Marklund Motorsport - VW Polo
- 99: Tord Linnerud (NOR), Helmia Motorsport - Renault Clio
Most of them are already described in the mega guide, but some are new:
Ollie O'Donovan: The former British champion will only compete at Lydden Hill, but says it won't be an easy task. He drives a Ford Fiesta, ironically run by a team owned by Andy Scott.
Mats and Emil Öhman: Mats is seven times Swedish snowcross champion, but an accident in 1998 forced him to retire. He's now driving with the aid of hand controls in the EuroRX rounds, using the same car (Citroën DS3) as Timmy Hansen used last year. That car was also used by Sebastien Loeb in X-Games in 2012. Emil follows his uncle closely, with two world championships in snowcross and now also entering EuroRX. It will for sure be interesting to follow the two Swedes through this season.
Frode Holte: The Norwegian has been a regular in European rallycross for some years now, but last year his budget went to a new car instead of races. This year he's back, and his new Hyundai i20 will make its debut at Lydden Hill.
Jean-Luc and Fabien Pailler: Now we're moving in to rallycross royalty. Jean-Luc won the European championship back in 1993, right in the previous golden age of rallycross. Having fought with Kenneth Hansen, Martin Schanche and Per Eklund, Jean-Luc knows all the tricks in the sport. And since these things obviously run in the blood of these men, his son Fabien is already a good competitor back home in France. Sadly, these guys will only enter at Lydden Hill and Loheac.
Pavel Koutny: This Czech driver apparently doesn't do much internet, but he has been driving in European rallycross before. Without making much of an impression other than getting hit by Guttorm Lindefjell, of course.
Eric Faren: This Swedish driver was co-commentating the first round, but will drive at Lydden. He is another driver coming from a support championship, the Super1600 series. He plans to race in GB, Norway, Finland, Sweden and France this season.
Kevin Procter: Kevin Procter is a British rallycross driver with experience from European rallycross. Now he's driving in the British series, but will make a guest appearance here in his Ford Fiesta.
Julian Godfrey: Might be better known as an engine builder, but Godfrey also races in the British championship, as well as entering this round. He should have a good engine in his Fiesta, but I'm not sure if the skills match the machinery.
Jochen Coox: A former Belgian rallycross champion, entering this round in a Volkswagen Scirocco. He looks forward to racing the other EuroRX entrants (Rustad, Linnerud, Walfridsson), and if things go well we'll see him in more events this year.
Jérôme Grosset-Janin: This Frenchman will enter EuroRX this year, as well as his home event in Loheac. Driving a Renault Clio, the French Rallycross champion will be one to watch out for. At least for the European title, with WorldRX as a goal in 2015.
It's also worth mentioning that Jacques Villeneuve won't enter this round since the Indy500 is more important to him. Good luck to him there then. Taking his place in the Albatec team is last years championship runner up Davy Janney. Not too shabby, and if they could get the car to work properly he could challenge for the finals here.
The event will be broadcasted on Livestream and
British Eurosport other streams, with live semifinals and finals as well as a summary of the heats. Tune in on Sunday at 15:00 GMT to watch! I will edit in links as soon as they appear.
So, what happened last year? Lydden Hill was the first round, with Tanner Foust winning at Lydden Hill for the second time in a row! No wonder he keeps coming back here. Neither Petter or Henning Solberg made it to the final, if that happens again this year I will be very surprised. Second placed Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme sadly doesn't enter this year, and Davy Janney was third.
Since Lydden Hill is known as the home of rallycross, why not take a look at a classic clip? The track is pretty much the same now, only with the addition of a joker lap. Mostly a showcase of how bonkers this sport is.