We’re closing up on the end of the motorsport season. Most championships have been decided, as is the case for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Most teams thus head to the final event in Cape Town , South Africa with just one goal: Win this event.
It’s no secret that this season has been a bit one-sided. Only three drivers have won an event: The PSRX drivers Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg, and EKSRX boss Mattias Ekström. The latter won the last event at Estering in Germany ahead of Timmy Hansen and Topi Heikkinen. In our Fantasy Game most players weren’t able to improve their score, apart from Tromoly and our Dutch Engineer. Tromoly is just 17 points behind our leader GiuRX, meaning that everything can happen in the last round.
The track in Cape Town is brand new, based on the existing Killarney International raceway and features two gravel sections, a seemingly long joker and both tight and sweeping corners. It is 1070 m long and has a 60/40 distribution between tarmac and gravel.
The amount of drivers and teams wanting to do well may invite us to try out some interesting picks. Hoonigan Racing Division may want to leave the series with a bang, and Andreas Bakkerud would want a win in order to be able to make a better deal next season. Team STARD has gradually improved throughout the season, though it’s not easy to pick between Baumanis and Timerzyanov right now. Same goes for the MJP guys as well as Niclas Grönholm.
OlsbergsMSE is our favourite team for providing us wildcard drivers this season, and to Cape Town they will give GRC regular and youngster Oliver Eriksson the chance together with the local driver Ashley Haigh-Smith. Haigh-Smith is a rally driver usually competing in the R2 class, so the transition to a rallycross supercar is quite big. Another local, Mark Cronje, will join Albatec Racing for this event. Being the more seasoned driver of the two locals, he has competed in the S2000 class for a long time and is a double national champion.
To participate in Fantasy WorldRX, pick six drivers from the entry list below and post them in the comments before the racing starts Saturday. You may only pick one driver from each team. If your drivers score points in the same order as in your picks, you get an additional 10 points. If you want to do an in-depth analysis before picking, consult the WorldRX stats spreadsheet. You find all the supercar entries below.
To follow the round from South Africa, tune in Sunday at 14:00 CET on their YouTube site or the TV Channel broadcasting in your country.
EKSRX - AUDI S1
#1 Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 23.30
#15 Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 6.50
#57 Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 10.70
PSRX VOLKSWAGEN SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI
#3 Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 26.50
#11 Petter Solberg (NOR) - Avg last 10: 21.50
TEAM STARD - FORD FIESTA
#6 Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 10: 8.60
#7 Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 7.40
TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9 Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 10: 20.10
#21 Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.30
#71 Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 9.30
HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13 Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 15.70
#43 Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 10: 9.50
MJP RACING TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#44 Timo Scheider (DEU) - Avg last 10: 8.90
#96 Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 9.00
OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#59 Ashley Haigh-Smith (ZAF) - Avg last 0: N/A
#98 Oliver Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 1: 0.00
DA RACING - PEUGEOT 208
#66 Gregoire Demoustier (BEL) - Avg last 6: 0.00
#87 Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (FRA) - Avg last 10: 1.40
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
#10 Kornel “Csucsu” Lucacs (HUN), Kia Rio - Avg last 10: 0.00
#68 Niclas Grönholm (FIN), Ford Fiesta - Avg last 10: 5.20
#77 Rene Münnich (DEU), Seat Ibiza - Avg last 10: 0.40
#124 Mark Cronje (ZAF), Peugeot 208 - Avg last 0: N/A