This upcoming weekend we’re expecting huge crowds and huge car numbers, as the FIA World Rallycross Championship returns to Loheac, France and the track that is often called the temple of rallycross.
After a couple of rounds in Scandinavia the championship has entered a rather French period, with rounds in Canada and France. In Canada we saw the regular full-season entries battle out for points, with Petter Solberg regaining his lead after winning qualifying, Timmy Hansen redeeming his bad season start with a win (after the stewards robbed Timur Timerzyanov for a spot in the final and gave it to Hansen) and Andreas Bakkerud getting another podium. Consistent point scorer Johan Kristoffersson took his first podium this year, while Loeb, Ekström and Heikkinen also scored good points.
In our little fantasy game the Dutch Engineer took his first win, not surprising considering rallycross has a significant place in the flat country. Several lower placed competitors scored good points, while me and GiuRX failed to build on our lead. Still lots to play for even if the season is well underway.
Loheac might not have the jumps of Höljes or the height difference of Hell, but the track has a mixture of tight and sweeping corners and a very interesting joker. Several parts of the track has an ideal line with concrete surfacing surrounded by gravel, making precision key to success here. There’s still ways to pass on this track though, so things are not just about getting a good start here.
Lenght: 1088 m
Lap Record: 00:36.942 (Timmy Hansen)
Previous Winners: Timmy Hansen (2015), Petter Solberg (2014)
Rallycross is big in France, and they have a healthy national championship with a lot of supercars. This is reflected in a large entry with a lot of local drivers, but we also see more international entries than usual. Joining Kristoffersson and Volkswagen RX Sweden is JWRC regular Ole Christian Veiby, who also raced in EuroRX last year. Team owner Max Pucher joins in a third car in WorldRX Team Austria, and Davy Jeanney and Kevin Hansen is back in Team Peugeot-Hansen. In OlsbergsMSE Yann Le Jossec replaces Kevin Eriksson, as the Swede will enter Scandinavian RallyX instead as a bid to secure a championship win.
EuroRX regulars Albatec Racing enter with three cars, with Andy Scott, current European Champion Tommy Rustad and French Championship regular Philippe Maloigne. In JRM Racing Guerlain Chicherit enters his first round of three this year. The French former rally driver initially wanted to do a full season, but opted to wait for the new 2-litre custom engine. A replacement for Liam Doran is not announced yet. Also entering with two cars is rallycross veteran Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier, joined by Trophee Andros regular Jean-Phillipe Dayraut.
Notable single car entries include EuroRX regular Fredrik Salsten in an ex-Peugeot Hansen 208, Jean Baptiste Dubourg in his new DS3 and Neerijus Naujokaitis in a brand new Skoda Fabia supercar. He has ambitions of a full season next year, so watch out for the Lithuanian with experience from Rallycross Challenge Europe among other minor series.
Highlights of qualifying and live semifinals and finals will be shown live on Youtube on Sunday at 14:00 CEST. If you’re new to the fantasy game you can read the rules in detail here, and you can find everything you need to know about the series and the permanent teams here. I’ve also made a statistics spreadsheet if you want to do an in-depth analysis before making picks. All Supercar entrants are listed below.
VOLKSWAGEN RX SWEDEN - VW POLO
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 18.10 - Avg FRA: 21.00
#52 Ole Christian Veiby (NOR) - Avg Last 4: 4.75 - Avg FRA: N/A
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 9.70 - Avg FRA: 11.50
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 21.90 - Avg FRA: 21.00
#57 Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg Last 10: 11.50 - Avg FRA: 12.50
WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 7.70 - Avg FRA: N/A
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg Last 10: 9.40 - Avg FRA: 12.50
#31 Max Pucher (AUT) - Avg Last 10: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg Last 7: 17.29 - Avg FRA: N/A
#17 Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg Last 10: 10.30 - Avg FRA: 5.50
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 10: 17.20 - Avg FRA: 27.50
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg Last 4: 9.00 - Avg FRA: N/A
HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg Last 10: 20.10 - Avg FRA: 12.00
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg Last 9: 7.33 - Avg FRA: 14.00
ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg Last 10: 5.60 - Avg FRA: 12.00
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg Last 10: 1.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
ALBATEC RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#24 Tommy Rustad (NOR) - Avg Last 8: 4.75 - Avg FRA: N/A
#26 Andy Scott (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 4.60 - Avg FRA: 7.00
#121 Philippe Maloigne (FRA) - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#29 Yann Le Jossec (FRA) - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg Last 8: 2.88 - Avg FRA: N/A
JRM WORLD RALLYCROSS TEAM - MINI COUNTRYMAN
#31 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg Last 10: 3.40 - Avg FRA: 0.00#65 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg Last 2: 0.50 - Avg FRA: 0.00
KNAPICK MOTORSPORT - CITROËN DS3
#84 Herve “Knapick” Lemonnier (FRA) - Avg Last 3: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#85 Jean-Philippe Dayraut (FRA) - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#1 Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 10: 21.90 - Avg FRA: 27.50
#2 Ollie O’Donovan (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 4: 2.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg Last 10: 11.50 - Avg FRA: 14.00
#11 Fredrik Salsten (SWE), Peugeot 208 - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
#49 Michael De Keersmaecker (BEL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 1: 0.00 - Avg FRA: N/A
#83 Patrick Guillerme (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg Last 1: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#86 Adeline Sangnier (FRA), Peugeot 207 - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (FRA), Citroën DS3 - Avg Last 5: 5.40 - Avg FRA: 11.00
#88 Nerijus Naujokaitis (LTU), Skoda Fabia - Avg Last 0: N/A - Avg FRA: N/A
#89 Fabien Chanoine (FRA), Renault Clio - Avg Last 1: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#98 Pascal Le Nouvel (FRA), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 1: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#102 Tamas Karai (HUN), Audi A1 - Avg Last 3: 0.00 - Avg FRA: 0.00
#111 Derek Tohill (IRL), Ford Fiesta - Avg Last 10: 2.70 - Avg FRA: 0.00