Not only do we have the wonderful WRC back this weekend, we also have a round in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. And according to some definitions, we’re going to Asia!
The last round in Spain was a huge success, as 40 000 spectators watched the first round of an international rallycross championship in Spain since the days of Martin Schanche and Group B. That’s the same numbers we see in rallycross-crazy Sweden (though Höljes is in the middle of nowhere)! The event was won by championship leader Petter Solberg, but after another top qualifier Timmy Hansen gained in the overall championship. Kristoffersson split the two championship contenders, and placed second in the final.
1. Petter Solberg - 04.51.051
2. Johan Kristoffersson - 04.53.724
3. Timmy Hansen - 04.53.909
4. Davy Jeanney - 04.56.795
5. Tanner Foust - 04.57.010
6. Robin Larsson - DNF
That result also means Johan Kristoffersson and Davy Jeanney both pass Andreas Bakkerud in the championship. Kristoffersson now has a healthy lead in the fight for third, but is quite far behind Hansen.
1. Petter Solberg - 243
2. Timmy Hansen - 208
3. Johan Kristoffersson - 182
4. Davy Jeanney - 166
5. Andreas Bakkerud - 163
6. Mattias Ekström - 155
7. Reinis Nitiss - 134
8. Toomas Heikkinen - 121
9. Robin Larsson - 94
10. Timur Timerzyanov - 77
In Fantasy WorldRX AntMic can celebrate his comeback with an incredible score of 137 points! Good picking in both WorldRX and EuroRX earns you a lot of points, and me and GiuRX had quite similar scores this time around. After removing the worst score so far, it’s only two points between first and second, and G17 and Sliding-sideways has closed up a lot. The dark horses in this race is AntMic and WorldRallyBlog, since both have missed rounds.
Moving on to Turkey and Istanbul, this is one of the recently converted tracks. Intercity Istanbul Park has previously hosted F1, WTCC, DTM, WEC and several other series’, and last year was the first year with rallycross at the track. The track proved to be tricky and narrow with few passing opportunities besides the joker, and Timmy Hansen dominated the grppy tarmac up until the final. Then possibly the best (or most aggressive?) passer in WorldRX Andreas Bakkerud turned up and drove past Hansen, taking the win just ahead of the Swede.
If Hansen can repeat or even improve on last years performance he will be one step closer to Petter Solberg. Much like Loheac and Barcelona was, this isn’t the best track for Solberg-style, with the tarmac sections being very hard on tires.
Since this is in Turkey, we won’t see too many wildcards around. S1600-driver Janis Baumanis will make his third supercar outing at Peugeot-Hansen this weekend. Coming from a third in Spain and a EuroRX supercar podium in Norway the Latvian is developing fine and could take his first WorldRX points here. Also returning is Alexander Hvaal, who were on the EuroRX podium in Barcelona. It seems like he’s got the DS3 more dialed in now, and would’ve finished 17th at the intermediate standings in the strong WorldRX grid in Spain.
Making his WorldRX debut with Albatec Racing is former rallydriver Kristian Sohlberg. The Finn is not related to Petter and Henning, but has a career that stretches back to 2000. Recently he’s competed in both the French and British championships with Albatec, but his pace is still rather unknown.
As always, this event is broadcasted on livestream, but one hour earlier than usual at 13:00 CET Sunday. If you’re new to WorldRX I suggest you take a look at our season guide. To make Fantasy picks, just pick six drivers from the entry list below. Remember though, that you can only pick one driver from each team. In case you want to do an in-depth analysis, I’ve made a statistics spreadsheet and an overview of the season so far.
SDRX - CITROËN DS3
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 24.30 - Last Year: 15
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg last 10: 2.50 - Last Year: N/A
VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.20 - Last Year: N/A
#99 Tord Linnerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 5.50 - Last Year: N/A
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#7 Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Avg last 10: 6.00 - Last Year: N/A
#31 Max Pucher (AUT) - Avg last 10: 0.00 - Last Year: N/A
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#10 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.00 - Last Year: N/A
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.50 - Last Year: 21
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 16.30 - Last Year: 27
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 13.90 - Last Year: 15
#42 Timur Timerzyanov - Avg last 10: 7.70 - Last Year: 8
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg last 10: 16.60 - Last Year: N/A
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 20.80 - Last Year: 27
#199 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 0.00 - Last Year: N/A
MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#45 PG Andersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 7.50 - Last Year: 4
#57 Topi Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 12.10 - Last Year: 25
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - AUDI S3
#55 Alx Danielsson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 1.89 - Last Year: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg last 10: 0.60 - Last Year: N/A
INDEPENDENTS AND SINGLE CAR TEAMS:
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 10: 9.40 - Last Year: N/A
#28 Alexander Hvaal (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 10: 2.14 - Last Year: N/A
#146 Kristian Sohlberg (FIN), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 10: N/A - Last Year: N/A