Busy days! The third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is just around the corner, only a forthnight after Montalegre! Will everyone be able to handle the pressure and score important points for the championship?
A lot of teams may look at this event as an opportunity to catch up with championship leader Mattias Ekström, who will be racing in both WorldRX and DTM this weekend. That didn’t stop him from winning here last year. I’m both writing my MSc, running Fantasy WorldRX and in Germany (wrong weekend for actually going to Hockenheim) as this preview is posted, and cannot possibly imagine how busy Mattias must be.
Montalegre suited Montegoman (coincidence?), who managed to both pick the winner and sort the picks in the right order giving him the rare 10 bonus points. The top two are only separated by one point, and the scoreboard is quite even from 3rd and down too. It is fair to say that everyone still has a shot at the title!
Hockenheim joins this championship for the third time, and is one of few tracks where the joker isn’t that much slower, but gives a different entry to the second to last corner that usually induces passing. The track has both long sweeping turns and tighter hairpins, and is quite well made to be based on an existing circuit.
Length: 1240 m
Lap Record: 00:43.764 (Petter Solberg)
Previous Winners: Mattias Ekström (2016), Petter Solberg (2015)
The entry list sees a welcomed return for Robin Larsson, who will drive the Audi A1 he ran in WorldRX the two past years. Otherwise the entry list is quite similar to the one we saw in Montalegre.
The rules for participating in Fantasy WorldRX are simple. You pick six drivers from the entry list below and post them in the comments before the racing starts Saturday. You may only pick one driver from each team. If your drivers score points in the same order as in your picks, you get an additional 10 points. If you want to do an in-depth analysis before picking, consult the WorldRX stats spreadsheet.
To follow the round from Hockenheim, tune in Sunday at 10:00 CEST on their YouTube site or the TV Channel broadcasting in your country. Since they share the track with DTM and others this weekend, racing starts on friday!
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#1 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 22.50 - Avg HOC: 29.00
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 7.30 - Avg HOC: 15.00
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 10.90 - Avg HOC: 20.00
PSRX VOLKSWAGEN SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 21.40 - Avg HOC: 16.50
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 18.10 - Avg HOC: 24.50
TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 8.90 - Avg HOC: 14.00
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 9.90- Avg HOC: 1.00
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 17.20 - Avg HOC: 13.00
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 16.50 - Avg HOC: 6.50
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 8: 11.00 - Avg HOC: 0.00
HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 21.80 - Avg HOC: 11.50
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 10: 6.60 - Avg HOC: 13.00
MJP RACING TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU) - Avg last 6: 9.00 - Avg HOC: N/A
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 6.70 - Avg HOC: 11.00
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 10: 7.50 - Avg HOC: 14.50
#10 Kornel “Csucsu” Lucacs (HUN), Kia Rio - Avg last 2: 0.50 - Avg HOC: N/A
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Renault Clio - Avg last 7: 0.14 - Avg HOC: N/A
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 2.70 - Avg HOC: 3.00
#69 Martin Kaczmarski (POL), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 1: 0.00 - Avg HOC: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU), Seat Ibiza - Avg last 10: 0.70 - Avg HOC: 0.00
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 8: 4.25 - Avg HOC: 1.00
#100 Guy Wilks (GBR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 7: 4.29 - Avg HOC: N/A