Two rounds in April??? Just a few weeks after the first round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, we’re already set for another one!
If I only had time to write proper previews. Easter sort of got in the way of this one, and this preview was written in a rush last monday.. But that shouldn’t stop us from getting ready for the second round!
Abu Dhabi was close, chaotic and controversial in many ways. Andreas Bakkerud took out Timmy Hansen due to a misunderstanding, and both missed the semifinals. Reinis Nitiss jumped off the curb onto Anton Marklund. Niclas Grönholm was faster than a very defensive Kevin Hansen in the final, but pushed the Swede just a bit too much to keep the win. If the rest of the season lives up to this, we’re in for a treat. Dusty managed to outscore the others in our Fantasy game, but all scores were low and it is likely that it won’t count in the end.
Length: 1135 m
Lap Record: 00:43.379 (Mattias Ekström)
Previous Winners: Johan Kristoffersson (2018), Mattias Ekström (2017, 2016), Petter Solberg (2015)
Catalunya is regarded as one of the tighter tracks of the year, with few passing opportunities. Here the joker merge is considered to be the most exciting part of the race, especially after the start was changed last year.
In addition to the permanent drives we find the rally driver Jani Paasonen in Stard, cyclist-turned-racing-driver Sir Chris Hoy in the XITE Racing Team, as well as Tamas Karai and Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier in their own teams. I’ll be surprised if any of them reach the semifinals, but who knows after what we saw in Abu Dhabi.
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. 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. If you want to do more research, the stats are also available if you want to do more research. Everything can be watched on Youtube on Saturday and Sunday (might be geoblocked).
With that, it is all up to you. The drivers available to pick are listed below, time to start the season!
TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#3 Jani Paasonen (FIN) - Avg last 0: N/A | Avg BAR: N/A
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 8.60 | Avg BAR: 10.00
GRX TANECO - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 7.20 | Avg BAR: 9.25
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 10: 13.50 | Avg BAR: 6.67
MONSTER ENERGY RX CARTEL - AUDI S1
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 17.80 | Avg BAR: 16.50
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg last 10: 5.70 | Avg BAR: 0.00
TEAM HANSEN MJP - PEUGEOT 208
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 17.60 | Avg BAR: 21.25
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 16.40 | Avg BAR: 6.50
GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MEGANE RS
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg last 10: 5.60 | Avg BAR: 2.67
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 6.60 | Avg BAR: 2.50
XITE RACING TEAM - FORD FIESTA, MINI COOPER
#41 Sir Christopher Hoy (GBR) - Avg last 0: N/A | Avg BAR: N/A
#42 Oliver Bennett (GBR) - Avg last 10: 0.70 | Avg BAR: 2.00
GCK ACADEMY - RENAULT CLIO RS
#96 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL) - Avg last 1: 1.00 | Avg BAR: N/A
#113 Cyril Raymond (FRA) - Avg last 3: 2.33 | Avg BAR: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#14 Rokas Baciuska (LTU), Skoda Fabia - Avg last 1: 10.00 | Avg BAR: N/A
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU), Seat Ibiza- Avg last 10: 7.50 | Avg BAR: 9.00
#73 Tamas Karai (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg last 6: 0.00 | Avg BAR: N/A
#84 Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier (FRA), Citroën DS3, - Avg last 10: 0.10 | Avg BAR: 0.00
#123 Krisztian Szabo (HUN), Audi S1 - Avg last 1: 18.00 | Avg BAR: N/A