After one of the longer breaks of this season, we’re finally having another round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend. We’re going to Canada!
Last time out in Höljes both the weather and the racing was incredibly hot. A burning car meant Petter Solberg couldn’t reach the finals, despite being the only one to outpace his teammate Johan Kristoffersson, who won as usual. Andreas Bakkerud took Solbergs spot on the front row, and finished second continuing the good form. Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström also felt the heat, especially after Ekström caught the tire of Hansens Peugeot sending him off the track. Hansen felt like settling it with a fistfight, but it ended with Ekström being denoted from third to last place in the final. That meant the first podium ever for Jerome Grosset-Janin and GC Kompetition!
In our small competition GiuRX extended his lead with a win, I got second and TurboThomi got third. We’re still only halfway through the season, so there is lots to play for!
On to GP3R, this round is part of a larger motorsport festival where other forms of racing also takes place. WorldRX is also joined by ARX Rallycross this weekend, meaning that there is about double the amount of rallycross for us and the Canadians to watch! The track is a semi-permanent track around a horse racing track. The track also features the longest straight of the year, meaning that we might see some different aerodynamics for this event. It is tight with unforgiving concrete barriers, and the closest we get to a street circuit in rallycross.
Length: 1351 m
Tarmac/Gravel: 59% 41 %
Lap Record: 00:48.009 (Johan Kristoffersson)
Previous Winners: Johan Kristoffersson (2017), Timmy Hansen (2016), Davy Jeanney (2015), Petter Solberg (2014)
There’s not much to report regarding the entry list here. You’ll only find the full season entrants, meaning that everyone will score points.
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 American 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 CAN: 20.67
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 19.50 | Avg CAN: 24.25
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 7.40 | Avg CAN: 0.50
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.80 | Avg CAN: 13.50
EKS AUDI SPORT - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 21.10 | Avg CAN: 17.00
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 19.10 | Avg CAN: 14.25
GRX TANECO TEAM - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 5.80 | Avg CAN: 12.00
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 10: 9.80 | Avg CAN: 5.00
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 18.70 | Avg CAN: 17.00
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 19.70 | Avg CAN: 16.25
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 13.10 | Avg CAN: 9.00
GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MEGANE RS
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg last 10: 3.40 | Avg CAN: N/A
#74 Jérôme Grosset-Janin (FRA) - Avg last 10: 6.10 | Avg CAN: N/A
INDEPENDENTS AND SINGLE CAR TEAMS
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 9.30 | Avg CAN: 7.00
#66 Grégoire Demoustier (BEL), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 10: 0.60 | Avg CAN: 0.00