After a longer break, WorldRX and EuroRX returns this weekend to one of the classic tracks, Estering in Germany!
Things haven’t changed much? - Photo credit: Tim Whittington/RallycrossWorld.com
Why is it a classic track, you might ask? Well, it has hosted the European Rallycross since the 80’s, and legendary drivers such as Martin Schanche, Kenneth Hansen, Will Gollop and Matti Alamäki all drove here in their glory days. The track is known for it’s tight first corner followed by a longer straight that is first gravel uphill and then tarmac downhill. After a couple of tricky gravel corners the track splits, with a tarmac standard lap and gravel joker lap. The joker lap is just before the finish line, so we will see some tight action here.
It’s the regular 60 % tarmac 40 % gravel, but the gravel can get quite deep and rutted here, in favour of the drivers with a rally background. Then it is quite surprising that Mattias Ekström has the quickest laptime, with 36.884. A quite short and fast track, but with tricky sections as well. Makes it almost perfect for rallycross!
This event being part of the European Championship as well sees the return of a lot of competitors introduced in the preview for Mettet. The only exception is Jörg Jockel who also entered here last year without scoring any points. This year EuroRX has it’s own championship, with their own semifinals and final, making it easier for drivers like Jockel to get to a final. All supercars race together in the qualifying heats though, making it possible for Petter Solberg to face Tommy Rustad at some point during the weekend.
Last year we saw the closest result ever in rallycross, where only 5 thousands of a second separated Petter Solberg from Mattias Ekström. Ekström, who got 2nd behind Solberg at Lydden Hill as well, will probably do his best to take his first win of the season here. Racing in DTM since 2001, Germany is practically his second home now. Robin Larsson also impressed here last year, while Jerome Grosset-Janin, Tommy Rustad and Frode Holte are among the EuroRX drivers that did well back then. You can rewatch the crazy final here.
This event is of course broadcasted on livestream, starting at 14:00 CET on Sunday. 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.
SDRX - CITROËN DS3
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 26.50 - Last year: 26
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg last 10: 6.40 - Last year: N/A
VOLKSWAGEN TEAM SWEDEN - VW POLO R WRX
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 17.50 - Last year: 12
#99 Tord Linnerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 3.30 - Last year: 0
#52 Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), EuroRX - Avg last 10: 23.00 - Last year: N/A
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA VII
#7 Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Avg last 10: 7.00 - 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: 19.00 - Last year: 25
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 9.90 - Last year: 0
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA ST
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 16.90 - Last year: 9
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 15.20 - Last year: 1
#42 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 10.40 - Last year: 17
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208 WRX
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg last 10: 7.30 - Last year: 0
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 19.60 - Last year: 19
MARKLUND MOTORSPORT - VW POLO RX
#45 PG Andersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 9.17 - Last year: 4
#57 Topi Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 16.20 - Last year: 15
#24 Tommy Rustad (NOR), EuroRX - Avg last 10: 13.00 - Last year: 10**
ALL-INKL.COM RACING MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - AUDI S3
#55 Alx Danielsson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 0.25 - Last year: N/A
#77 Rene Münnich (GER) - Avg last 10: 0.00 - Last year: 0
PAILLER MOTORSPORT - PEUGEOT 208:
#18 Jonathan Pailler (FRA) - Avg last 10: 11.00 - Last year: N/A
#20 Fabien Pailler (FRA) - Avg last 10: 12.50 - Last year: N/A
ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208:
#27 James Grint (GBR) - Avg last 10: 3.00 - Last year: N/A
#74 Jerome Grosset-Janin (FRA) - Avg last 10: 29.00 - Last year: 3
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS*:
#2 Ollie O’Donovan (IRL), Ford Fiesta VII - Avg last 10: 4.00 - Last year: N/A
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 (WorldRX) - Avg last 10: 10.80 - Last year: 23
#8 Peter Hedström (SWE), Skoda Fabia - Avg last 10: 6.40 - Last year: 10**
#12 Riku Tahko (FIN), Mini Countryman JCW WRX - Avg last 10: 0.00 - Last year: N/A
#14 Frode Holte (NOR), Hyundai i20 - Avg last 10: 11.33 - Last year: 7**
#16 Tamas Pal Kiss (HUN), Skoda Fabia - Avg last 10: N/A - Last year: N/A
#22 Koen Pauwels (BEL), Ford Focus - Avg last 10: 7.00 - Last year: 0**
#47 Ramona Karlsson (SWE), VW Scirocco - Avg last 10: 2.00 - Last year: 0**
#48 Lukas Walfridsson (SWE), Renault Clio - Avg last 10: 8.00 - Last year: 0**
#49 Mark Flaherty (GBR), Ford Focus II - Avg last 10: N/A - Last year: N/A
#60 Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN), Saab 9-3 Aero - Avg last 10: 14.00 - Last year: N/A
#86 Jörg Jockel (GER), Ford Focus II - Avg last 10: 0.00** - Last year: 0
#87 Jean Baptiste Dubourg (FRA), Citroën C4 - Avg last 10: 12.00 - Last year: N/A
#102 Tamas Karai (HUN), Skoda Fabia - Avg last 10: 13.00 - Last year: N/A
*All independent entries are for EuroRX unless noted.
**WorldRX stats, EuroRX stats unavailible.