The FIA World Rallycross Championship continues this weekend with the second round at Hockenheim, Germany, meaning it’s a completely new track for the drivers this weekend. The famous track will also host DTM this weekend, along with the supporting Audi TT Cup.
But before looking at the upcoming action, we have to see how things went last weekend. The first round reveals who’s done their homework, and who’s a little bit unprepared/unfortunate. Two of the major disappointments was Liam Doran and Anton Marklund, since both missed the semifinals with both driver errors and mechanical issues. The lacking start of Rene Münnich and Alx Danielsson was a bit more expected, as their team is completely new and fairly inexperienced on this level.
Petter Solberg continued where he left off, making the final after being very fast despite a voice-breaking cold. Fellow former rallydriver PG Andersson also made the final, impressing lots of people with both his pace and passing in his third WorldRX event. Both the Peugeot-Hansen cars reached the final, perhaps with Timmy Hansen having the most convincing performance. Andreas Bakkerud was the only OlsbergsMSE driver to reach the final, but couldn’t improve on his second place from last year. However, the winner was Swedens Johan Kristoffersson, in his first race in Montalegre ever! A well deserved victory, and another driver on the list of WorldRX round winners. Final result below:
- Johan Kristoffersson, 04:34.242
- Petter Solberg, 04:38.032
- Timmy Hansen, 04:45.929
- Davy Jeanney, 04:47.167
- Andreas Bakkerud, 04:51.232
- PG Andersson, DNF
That means Johan Kristofferson leads the championship after the first round, but Petter Solberg has an equal score because of his better intermediate result. Top 10 below:
- Johan Kristofferson, 27
- Petter Solberg, 27
- Timmy Hansen, 24
- Andreas Bakkerud, 21
- Davy Jeanney, 16
- Mattias Ekström, 15
- PG Andersson, 15
- Toomas Heikkinen, 14
- Robin Larsson, 9
- Timur Timerzyanov, 9
Out of the seven entrants for the first round of our Fantasy Game here, all but one picked both Kristofferson and Solberg, meaning that scores were quite high. Only two players failed to score over 100 points, myself and Converse. The winner of the first round was G17 with a whopping 128 points, only one point shy of the maximum possible score! Full results can be found here. And even if the gaps are quite high after the first round, everything can change this coming weekend!
Hockenheimring is one of the better known racetracks in Germany, and a regular host of both DTM and F1. The track has never hosted a rallycross event before, and the gravel parts are therefore brand new. I haven’t found a map of the rallycross track or other details yet,
so we’re kind of in the unknown here so far but the official WorldRX account tweeted a taste of what we’ll see this weekend.
Looks quite good if you ask me!
We don’t have eny surprises on the entry list though, since all of the drivers have been announced before the media day a few weeks ago. It’s still worth noting that Mattias Ekström is busy with DTM and can’t do WorldRX this weekend. In his car is Edward Sandström, also a very capable driver. Making a wildcard entry this weekend is Tanner Foust, but he will also be a busy man. Together with Marklund Motorsport teammate Topi Heikkinen and EKSRX-driver Anton Marklund he will race in the TT-Cup as well. It will be interesting to see how switching between two styles will affect these drivers this weekend!
Also making their debut this weekend is JRM MINI, with two American drivers! Dave Mirra has a lot of experience from rallying and rallycross in the US, and will make his debut here. Danny Way is way less experienced, but according to various sources the talent is there. Koen Pauwels also enters this weekend, but in his old Ford Focus. He hopes to have the new one ready for Mettet.
In case you need to know more about rallycross before making your picks for this round, take a look at the season guide. The rules are at the bottom of the guide, but they’re really simple so I can just repeat the most important thing here. You pick six drivers, but you can only pick one driver from each team. Will there be prizes? I’ll go to one or two events this year and I’ll try to get something prize-worthy there! In case you want to do an in-depth analysis, I’ve made a statistics spreadsheet for your pleasure. All entrants are listed below, and you can find the official entry list here. You can watch this race live on livestream at 10:30 CET, with the first hour showing a summary of the heats and the last hour showing the finals.
SDRX - CITROËN DS3
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Average last 10: 23.60
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Average last 10: 5.75
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Average last 10: 15.60
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Average last 10: 14.40
#42 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Average last 10: 13.30
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208 WRX
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Average last 10: 5.25
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Average last 10: 19.80
VW MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VW POLO RX
#34 Tanner Foust (USA) - Average last 10: 14.00
#45 PG Andersson (SWE) - Average last 10: 7.67
#57 Topi Heikkinen (FIN) - Average last 10: 17.40
EKSRX - AUDI S1 QUATTRO
#5 Edward Sandström (SWE) - Average last 10: 2.00
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Average last 10: 13.20
VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VW POLO R WRX
#3 Johan Kristofferson (SWE) - Average last 10: 16.80
#99 Tord Linnerud (NOR) - Average last 10: 1.00
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA VII
#7 Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Average last 10: 7.50
#31 Max Pucher (AUT) - Average last 10: 0.00
ALL-INKL.COM RACING MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - AUDI S3
#55 Alx Danielsson (SWE) - Average last 10: 0.00
#77 Rene Münnich (GER) - Average last 10: 0.00
JRM RACING - MINI COUNTRYMAN RX
#39 Danny Way (USA) - Average last 10: N/A
#40 Dave Mirra (USA) - Average last 10: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Average last 10: 11.86
#22 Koen Pauwels (BEL), Ford Focus - Average last 10: 2.83