We’re closing up on the end of the season, Johan Kristoffersson is crowned FIA World Rallycross Champion for the second year in a row, and is looking more dominant than ever. That’s why we’re going to Estering and its feared first corner, just to mix things up a bit.
That said, it looked like Petter Solberg were going to beat his teammate at COTA. The Norwegian led the final until a last lap mistake allowed Kristoffersson to pass. Solberg finished second with Andreas Bakkerud behind in third.
TurboThomi won the Fantasy WorldRX round, passing GuiRX overall in the process. Improving the score over the last two events will be crucial in order to take the overall win.
With Lydden Hill removed from the calendar, Estering is the track with the most history in this years championship. They’ve driven here since the 70's and the track is known for the incredibly tight first corner, where several different lines may work. Inside, outside, the middle part; all of them could work. It’s a good mixture between a lottery and driving. There’s plenty of tricky corners to gain time again, and the joker can turn really muddy here. It’s also worth noting that the track has produced four different winners in four years. Will we see a fifth this year?
Lap Record: 00:35.227 (Johan Kristoffersson)
Previous Winners: Mattias Ekström (2017), Kevin Eriksson (2016), Davy Jeanney (2015), Petter Solberg (2014)
Joining the WorldRX regulars are EuroRX regulars Cyril Raymond, Kjetil Larsen and René Münnich. Especially Raymond is likely to fight for a semifinal spot here, although it would require no major incidents in the qualifying. Anton Marklund and Liam Doran remains with the GCK team, both of them having lots of experience from this track.
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 European 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: 28.10| Avg GER: 15.75
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 20.20 | Avg GER: 26.00
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#4 Robin Larsson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.50 | Avg GER: 13.00
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 7.00 | Avg GER: 16.00
EKS AUDI SPORT - AUDI S1
#5 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 20.40 | Avg GER: 19.75
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 20.00 | Avg GER: 13.00
GRX TANECO TEAM - HYUNDAI I20
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 7.70 | Avg GER: 7.25
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 10: 12.40 | Avg GER: 5.50
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sébastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 19.50 | Avg GER: 12.00
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 19.30 | Avg GER: 16.75
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 12.80 | Avg GER: 19.50
GC KOMPETITION - RENAULT MÉGANE RS
#33 Liam Doran (GBR) - Avg last 10: 5.30 | Avg GER: N/A
#36 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) - Avg last 10: 6.30 | Avg GER: 0.00
#92 Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 5.50 | Avg GER: 4.33
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 7.90 | Avg GER: 13.50
#64 Kjetil Larsen (NOR), Volkswagen Polo - Avg last 1: 0.00 | Avg GER: N/A
#66 Grégoire Demoustier (BEL), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 10: 1.10 | Avg GER: N/A
#77 René Münnich (DEU), Seat Ibiza - Avg last 10: 0.30 | Avg GER: 1.50
#113 Cyril Raymond (FRA), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 1: 0.00 | Avg GER: 0.00
#176 Mikko Ikonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 0: N/A| Avg GER: N/A