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Fantasy WorldRX Preview: Spa Weekend

Ah, finally we’re into this good rhythm where every second weekend includes a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. For the second time this year, we’ll head to a brand new rallycross track based at an exciting F1 circuit. Not just any F1 circuit though - Spa it is!

The unlucky drivers of the first round got their redemption in Barcelona, as Timmy Hansen won in a clean sweep and Andreas Bakkerud got a third. Kevin Hansen finished second and remains the championship leader ahead of Niclas Grönholm, who finished fourth. Cyril Raymond and Janis Baumanis completed the lineup of the final.

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Once again things are extremely tight in our fantasy game, where 3 points separate the top four after the first two rounds.

The track at Spa is met with a lot of expectations. They know a thing or two about rallycross and racing in Belgium, and Spa is considered to be one of the more spectacular F1 tracks. The RX track is supposed to take full advantage of the height differences of Eau Rouge and the surrounding area. The track looks rather simple on the map, but should provide good racing. The joker (pink) looks like the most complex part of the track., with a merge just before the finish line.

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The entry list for Spa shows a couple of interesting surprises. After watching Bakkerud, Doran and Szabo driving his Audis, Mattias Ekström couldn’t sit at home in front of the TV any longer. For this race he has teamed up with JC Race Teknik to race his 2016 championship-winning car in a wildcard outing. Switching from endurance racing to rallycross, local driver Enzo Ide also joins the team for this event.

GRX was supposed to bring a third car to this event, with the former Global Rallycross Champion Joni Wiman driving the car Reinis Nitiss used in Abu Dhabi. However Niclas Grönholm had to undergo surgery, meaning that Wiman will replace him in the main team.The only previous outing of Wiman in WorldRX was in Canada in 2014, so it will be interesting to see how he keeps up with the elite. Pål Try (STARD) and Herve “Knapick” will also join in Spa. Due to sponsor problems, Francois Duval will replace Rokas Baciuska in the ES Motorsport Skoda Fabia.

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In order to enter Fantasy WorldRX, you must pick six drivers from the entry list below. You can only pick one driver from each team. If your drivers score points in the order you picked them, you will earn 10 bonus points. You may pick a driver for the Monster Energy Supercharge Award to be able to score another 10 points, but if your driver doesn’t make it to the semifinals, 10 points will be deducted from your score. All the drivers available to pick are listed below.

If you want to do more research, the stats are also available. Everything can be watched on Youtube on Saturday and Sunday (might be geoblocked).

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TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#5 Pål Try (NOR), Avg last 1: 3.00
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA), Avg last 10: 9.90

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GRX TANECO - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS), Avg last 10: 8.00
#31 Joni Wiman (FIN), Avg last 1: 13.00
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN), Avg last 10: 14.20

MONSTER ENERGY RX CARTEL - AUDI S1
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR), Avg last 10: 17.80
#33 Liam Doran (GBR), Avg last 10: 5.90

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TEAM HANSEN MJP - PEUGEOT 208
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE), Avg last 10: 19.40
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE), Avg last 10: 17.50

GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MEGANE RS
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA), Avg last 10: 6.40
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE), Avg last 10: 6.60

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TEAM JC RACE TEKNIK - AUDI S1
#39 Enzo Ide (BEL), Avg last 0: N/A
#40 Mattias Ekström (SWE), Avg last 10: 21.20

GCK ACADEMY - RENAULT CLIO RS
#96 Guillaume De Ridder (BEL), Avg last 2: 4.00
#113 Cyril Raymond (FRA), Avg last 4: 5.75

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SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS
#14 Rokas Baciuska (LTU), Skoda Fabia, Avg last 2: 7.00
#XX Francois Duval (BEL), Skoda Fabia, Avg last 6: 4.00
#42 Oliver Bennett (GBR), Mini Cooper, Avg last 10: 0.50
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU), Seat Ibiza, Avg last 10: 7.50
#66 Gregoire Demoustier (BEL), Peugeot 208, Avg last 10: 0.80
#84 Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier (FRA), Citroën DS3, Avg last 10: 0.10
#123 Krisztian Szabo (HUN), Audi S1, Avg last 2: 14.00

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