Have we recovered after the action at Spa yet? We’ll have to because it seems that Brexit is cancelled. In what other way is it possible that the FIA European Rallycross Championship joins the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the British WorldRX-round at Silverstone this year?
Spa proved itself as a properly good track, something we can’t say about every new track we’ve seen the last couple of years. It seemed to suit the born and bred rallycross drivers, with Timur Timerzyanov (!!!) taking the win ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and Joni Wiman. Bakkerud also finished as the top qualifier and thus climbs on the overall leaderboard.
In our Fantasy Game TurboThomi had a good round and managed to take the lead. It is still very early though, and the rounds that include EuroRX brings a lot of potential points. It is worth noting that the four worst scores won’t count towards the season total either.
Silverstone was one of the new tracks of the calendar last year, but didn’t really impress that many. There are two main reasons for that: Lydden Hill and Johan Kristoffersson. Simply trying to replace one of the best track layouts of the sport while one driver dominates the whole series isn’t a simple task. I’m quite sure this year will be better.
Tarmac/Gravel: 40 % / 60%
Length: 972 m
Previous Winner: Johan Kristoffersson
Of the drivers entered this year, Andreas Bakkerud had the best result last year with a second place. If that is something to go by, the gap up to the Hansen brothers could become even smaller after this round. Liam Doran and Timo Scheider were entered for ARX here last year, which means that they have more experience at the track than what the stats show.
The wildcards for this round includes a new outing for Jani Paasonen in STARD and Mike Higgins in what I believe is an Albatec Peugeot 208. A replacement for Rokas Baciuska in ESMotorsport has not yet been revealed. As Niclas Grönholm still hasn’t fully recovered from his operation, he will be replaced by Joni Wiman here as well.
New interesting additions for EuroRX is last years WorldRX regular Robin Larsson, who is back in an Audi. This time it is one of the old ones from EKS though, which proved to be competetive last time out. Thomas Bryntesson is back with a new team, becoming support from Marklund Motorsport. Kristoffersson and Eklund Motorsport will support Sondre Evjen, who is driving a car previously used by a certain Johan. And no, it’s not one of the factory cars.. Talking about Eklund, rally driver Pontus Tidemand has entered in an Eklund Beetle in order to keep fresh behind the wheel. Tidemand is no stranger to rallycross, with several good rounds in EKS back in 2014. The rest of the entry list should be more or less familiar from last year.
In order to enter Fantasy WorldRX, you must pick six drivers from the entry list below. You can only pick one driver from each team. You may pick a combination of drivers from both WorldRX and EuroRX. If your drivers score points in the order you picked them, you will earn 10 bonus points. You may pick a driver for the Monster Energy Supercharge Award to be able to score another 10 points, but if your driver doesn’t make it to the semifinals, 10 points will be deducted from your score. All the drivers available to pick are listed below.
TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#3 Jani Paasonen (FIN), Avg last 1: 1.00 | Last year: N/A
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA), Avg last 10: 10.90 | Last year: 3.00
GRX TANECO - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS), Avg last 10: 10.50 | Last year: 7.00
#31 Joni Wiman (FIN), Avg last 2: 19.00 | Last year: N/A
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN), Avg last 10: 14.20 | Last year: 15.00
MONSTER ENERGY RX CARTEL - AUDI S1
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (RUS), Avg last 10: 18.70 | Last year: 22.00
#33 Liam Doran (GBR), Avg last 10: 6.30 | Last year: N/A
TEAM HANSEN MJP - PEUGEOT 208
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE), Avg last 10: 19.10 | Last year: 12.00
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE), Avg last 10: 16.80 | Last year: 15.00
GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MEGANE RS
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Avg last 10: 6.60 | Last year: 2.00
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE), Avg last 10: 7.80 | Last year: 0.00
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#38 Mandie August* (DEU), Avg last 5: 0.00
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU), Avg last 10: 7.40 | Last year: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich* (DEU), Avg last 10: 10.50
GCK ACADEMY - RENAULT CLIO RS
#96 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL), Avg last 3: 3.33 | Last year: N/A
#113 Cyril Raymond (FRA), Avg last 5: 6.00 | Last year: N/A
HEDSTRÖM MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#8 Peter Hedström* (SWE), Avg last 10: 9.60
#188 Daniel Thoren (SWE), Avg last 1: 0.00
DA RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#23 Andrea Dubourg* (FRA), Avg last 9: 3.89
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg* (FRA), Avg last 10: 10.50
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#4 Robin Larsson* (SWE), Audi S1, Avg last 5: 17.60
#10 Mikko Ikonen* (FIN), Ford Fiesta, Avg last 0: N/A
#14 Rokas Baciuska (LTU), Skoda Fabia, Avg last 2: 7.00 | Last year: N/A
#16 Thomas Bryntesson* (SWE), Volkswagen Polo, Avg last 10: 16.30
#35 Mike Manning* (GBR), Ford Fiesta, Avg last 0: N/A
#42 Oliver Bennett (GBR), Mini Cooper, Avg last 10: 0.70 | Last year: 0.00
#45 Pontus Tidemand* (SWE), Volkswagen Beetle, Avg last 0: N/A
#48 Lukas Walfridsson* (SWE), Renault Clio, Avg last 10: 5.80
#50 Attila Mozer* (HUN), Peugeot 308, Avg last 6: 1.17
#55 Paulius Pleskovas* (LTU), Ford Fiesta, Avg last 9: 0.11
#56 Rodolphe Audran* (FRA), Peugeot 208, Avg last 5: 0.00
#69 Sondre Evjen* (NOR), Volkswagen Polo, Avg last 1: 12.00
#73 Tamas Karai* (HUN), Audi A1, Avg last 10: 3.60
#99 Ales Fucik* (CZE), Volkswagen Polo, Avg last 5: 0.00
#111 Derek Tohill* (IRL), Ford Fiesta, Avg last 10: 8.20
#123 Krisztian Szabo (HUN), Audi S1, Avg last 3: 11.67 | Last year: N/A
#134 Mark Higgins (GBR), Peugeot 208, Avg last 1: 1.00 | Last year: 1.00