Yeah, that’s right. There’s racing going on in Hell, Norway this weekend, with the fifth round of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship. With the four worst rounds being deducted from your total score, you can still win our Fantasy Game overall by entering the rest of the rounds!
At Silverstone last time, Johan Kristoffersson were untouchable on Sunday with two qualifying wins and winning the both the semifinal and the final. All of this included a spectacular crash with his teammate Petter Solberg in the semifinal, ending with a red flag and a restart. Andreas Bakkerud and Sebastien Loeb joined Kristoffersson on the podium, Loeb ending on the podium on each round so far this season!
In our fantasy game it was as always very close, with myself edging out on the win ahead of GiuRX and the debutant Punkgoose. GiuRX now leads by 12 points, but there is still a long way to go.
Hell, Norway is located in the middle part of Norway, and has been on the WorldRX calendar since the start in 2014. It is a purpose built old school threedimensional rallycross track with huge curbs and hard barriers. The joker lap already comes in the first corner similar to Montalegre, but is trickier with lots of loose gravel. A track that suits an aggressive, but effective driving style, evident by the previous results from Andreas Bakkerud, Timmy Hansen, Sebastien Loeb and Timur Timerzyanov on this track.
Length: 1019 m
Lap Record: 00:38.246 (Johan Kristoffersson)
Previous winners: Johan Kristoffersson (2017), Andreas Bakkerud (2016), Timmy Hansen (2015), Reinis Nitiss (2014)
Hell once again sees a large entry, similar to Silverstone. Marklund Motorsport comes with Anton Marklund and Tommy Rustad, both contenders for the semifinals here. Finnish driver Joni-Pekka Rajala joins STARD for the weekend, probably the best car he has ever driven in a WorldRX round. The biggest news is perhaps the entry of Alex Wurz, the former F1 and LeMans driver, with MJP Racing. He follows in the footsteps of his father Franz, who won the European Rallycross Championship three times. EuroRX regular Kjetil Larsen also shows up in his VW Polo, and may surprise us here. As we saw with Rustad at Silverstone, it is still possible as a wildcard privateer entry to challenge the regulars.
In order to enter Fantasy WorldRX, post your top 6 drivers in the comments section. You may only pick one driver from each team. All the drivers available to pick is listed below, and the deadline is the start of Q1 saturday morning European time. All the rules, teams and other information are further described in the link below:
The season standings will be maintained in this Google Spreadsheet, and the stats are also available if you want to do more research. The qualifying summary and live finals can be watched on Youtube on Sunday (might be geoblocked).
PSRX VOLKSWAGEN SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO R
#1 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 27.00 | Avg NOR: 17.00
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 19.80 | Avg NOR: 19.25
OLSBERGS MSE - FORD FIESTA
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 8.10 | Avg NOR: 8.33
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 8.00 | Avg NOR: 4.00
EKS AUDI SPORT - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 21.50 | Avg NOR: 13.25
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10 | Avg NOR: 18.50
TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 10.30 | Avg NOR: 6.50
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN) - Avg last 10: 2.17: | Avg NOR: 0.00
GRX TANECO TEAM - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 6.00 | Avg NOR: 18.75
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 10: 9.10 | Avg NOR: 1.00
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 20.30 | Avg NOR: 20.50
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.50 | Avg NOR: 20.00
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 10.80 | Avg NOR: 11.00
MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#24 Tommy Rustad (NOR) - Avg last 10: 5.10 | Avg NOR: 1.00
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.10 | Avg NOR: 9.67
MJP RACING AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#31 Max Pucher (AUT) - Avg last 10: 0.00 | Avg NOR: 0.00
#32 Alex Wurz (AUT) - Avg last 10: N/A | Avg NOR: N/A
GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MÉGANE RS
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg last 10: 2.90 | Avg NOR: 0.00
#74 Jérôme Grosset-Janin (FRA) - Avg last 10: 4.30 | Avg NOR: 0.00
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#42 Oliver Bennett (GBR), Mini Cooper - Avg last 4: 0.75 | Avg NOR: N/A
#64 Kjetil Larsen (NOR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 0: N/A | Avg NOR: N/A
#66 Grégoire Demoustier (BEL), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 10: 0.50 | Avg NOR: N/A