While the FIA World Rallycross Championship doesn’t visit the legendary Estering Circuit in Germany this year, the EuroRX decided to go anyways. That means that for the first time since 2013, the European Rallycross Championship has its own standalone event. That deserves a proper preview!
Of course, we’ll include this event into our little fantasy game, meaning that a short wrap-up of the last round in Canada is necessary. Andreas Bakkerud won for the first time in an Audi, and we saw surprising and deserved podiums from Janis Baumanis and Timur Timerzyanov.A disaster of a weekend for Timmy Hansen and generally surprising results meant that we didn’t see the highest scores. The guys that didn’t manage to enter can thus breath out, meaning that the round probably won’t count in the end.
Estering had been on the World Rallycross calendar for each year up until 2018, but decided together with IMG that only EuroRX would be more suitable and attractive for 2019, especially since the future of WorldRX was quite uncertain at the end of last year. I’m not sure if they would have made the same decision today, but at least it will be an event where EuroRX gets the attention the series deserves.
The track is well known from its time in WorldRX, and is also about to be added to DiRT Rally 2.0 so that you can have a go yourself while sitting in your living room. The track has the most spectactular first corner on the calendar, where various tactics can work similarly well. The most famous move was done by Kevin Eriksson in 2016, as he went completely around the outside to take his first WorldRX win. The rest of the track is narrow and relatively twisty with only a few overtaking opportunities.
Length: 925 m
Tarmac/Gravel: 60 % / 40 %
The entry list comprises the EuroRX regulars with a couple of wildcard drivers. Robin Larsson is the favourite after pulling off a great season so far. He’s only been challenged by Thomas Bryntesson for the wins this season, with the Dubourg brothers proving to be the best of the rest. Amazingly, Pontus Tidemand has driven the Per Eklund Beetle to the final and sits fourth overall so far. Not bad for a driver that does rallycross for fun while working towards a WRC seat. Rene Münnich, Mikko Ikonen, Sondre Evjen and Tamas Karai are all drivers that reach the final on good days, and can be considered outsiders for the podium positions on this rather unpredictable track. Peter Hedström also brings a new teammate in Christer Dalmans for this round, a driver with experience from RallyX Nordic.
In order to enter Fantasy EuroRX, you must pick six drivers from the entry list below. You can only pick one driver from each team. If your drivers score points in the order you picked them, you will earn 10 bonus points. All the drivers available to pick are listed below.
HEDSTRÖMS MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#8 Peter Hedström (SWE) - Avg. last 10: 8.20
#188 Daniel Thoren (SWE) - Avg. last 10: 0.00#XX Christer Dalmans (SWE) - Avg last 0: N/A
DA RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#23 Andrea Dubourg (FRA) - Avg. last 10: 8.00
#87 Jean Baptiste Dubourg (FRA) - Avg. last 10: 12.70
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#38 Mandie August (DEU) - Avg. last 8: 1.50
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg. last 10: 11.80
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi S1 - Avg. last 8: 22.25
#10 Mikko Ikonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta - Avg. last 3: 12,67
#16 Thomas Bryntesson (NOR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg. last 10: 17.70
#35 Mike Manning (GBR), Ford Fiesta - Avg. last 0: N/A
#45 Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Volkswagen Beetle - Avg. last 3: 17.33
#50 Attila Mozer (HUN), Peugeot 208 - Avg. last 9: 0.89
#55 Paulius Pleskovas (LTU), Ford Fiesta - Avg. last 10: 1.39
#56 Rodolphe Audran (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg. last 7: 1.00
#61 Stein Egil Jenssen (NOR), Ford Fiesta - Avg. last 4: 3.25
#69 Sondre Evjen (NOR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg. last 4: 11.00
#73 Tamas Karai (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg. last 10: 7.30
#75 Mario Barbosa (PRT), Citroën DS3 - Avg. last 5: 3.20
#80 Andreas Steffen (DEU), Ford Fiesta - Avg. last 7: 0.29
#99 Ales Fucik (CZE), Volkswagen Polo - Avg. last 8: 0.75