Big changes in World RX 2018

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will have some big changes in the upcoming 2019 season. The series has been through a troubled time during the last few weeks, with more and more of the 2018 competitors announcing their departure from the series. Today we had the Olsbergs MSE series from Sweden pulling out as well. They call it a sabbatical year from the World Championship, and expect to be back once the electric cars is forecast to be debuted in 2021. That leaves us with PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, GC Kompetition,…

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Peugeot pulls out of World RX

Peugeot Sport has announced that they are going to pull out of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the end of the year. The French manufacturer has been active in the Rallycross sport through many seasons, in the shape of Team Peugeot Hansen, but chose to ramp up their programme in 2018 with a fully works team. That leaves brothers Kevin and Timmy Hansen plus Sebastien Loeb without a works car to drive, and they will have to look for different opportunities. Kevin and Timmy are lucky enough to have…

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Final European round of the year

The penultimate round of this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, which was also the final round in Europe for the 2018 season, was run at Estering, just south of Hamburg. While Johan Kristoffersson was already crowned World Champion before the weekend, the fight was really on for second place, with just a few points between Mattias Ekström, Petter Solberg, Andreas Bakkerud, Sebastien Loeb and with Timmy Hansen a bit further behind. After the Saturday running in Q1 and Q2, Kristoffersson was heading into the Sunday as the leader, ahead of…

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Spa Francorchamps gets Rallycross circuit

The Spa Francorchamps circuit has ever since 1921 been known as one of the best racetracks in the world. It’s been a part of the Formula 1 calendar for several years, in addition to various GT and sportscar racing – and not to forget, at lot of national races. A new chapter will be written in their history in 2019, when the FIA World Rallycross Championship will race at the circuit. That was announced today by IMG, who is behind the World RX, and the circuit itself. The track layout…

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World RX goes to Abu Dhabi

The FIA World Rallycross Championship goes Abu Dhabi in 2019. The emirate country will host the opening round of the 2019 season on 5 and 6 April, in what is described as a long term deal. Yas Marina Circuit will be the location for the new event, having hosted Formula 1 and various other series since 2009. This will be the first time that the World RX goes to Asia, let alone the Middle East for a round of the Championship. The rest of the 2019 World RX schedule will…

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First COTA visit for World RX – updated

Circuit Of The Americas provided gravel and asphalt for the first time for FIA World Rallycross Championship, when round 10 was run on the American soil. There was a new man in the field this weekend, where Anton Marklund jumped into GC Kompetition Renault Megane RS car next to team owner Guerlain Chicherit, after Jerome Grosset-Janin and Liam Doran had been in the car earlier in the year. The plan was for Marklund to drive for the rest of the season. The championship leader, Johan Kristoffersson, had a really bad…

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New record set in Latvia

A new record was made, when the 9th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship was run in Latvia today. Johan Kristoffersson arrived at the weekend with such a huge point lead in the Championship, that no matter how this weekend would go, he would still be in front, after all the racing. Two Qualifying rounds were run on the Saturday, and there was action right from the get to. Timmy Hansen was sent into the tire barrier in his Q1 race, while Liam Doran and Niclas Grönholm collided at…

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World RX gets pink guest entry

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will have a pink guest entry at the round in Latvia this upcoming weekend. EKS Audi Sport will enter a third car for Nico Müller. He brings the pink BWT design, which is known from ADAC GT Masters and Formula 1 among others. Müller has become a bit of a “regular” guest driver at the EKS team, with whom he raced for in 2017 too. He did a very good job, beating several of the established names, finishing fifth in Latvia last year. So far…

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Mistakes decided the final

The FIA World Rallycross Championship had their 8th round of the season today in the French city of Loheac. The Team Peugeot Total team hoped to do well at their home track, but the competition from Germany, in the shape of Audi Sport represented by EKS Audi Sport and Volkswagen with PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, would do everything to prevent that. GC Kompetition were also on home soil with their two Renault Megane RS, but they are still quite new in the World RX game. Sebastien Loeb had issues with his…

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Electric Rallycross postponed at least one year

The FIA announced today that it will be 2021 at the earliest, for the FIA World Rallycross Championship to go electric. Earlier this summer it was announced, that the change would happen in 2020, like we wrote about in this article, but the FIA has pulled back a little, after what they describe, a wish from the constructors to be able to prepare a bit more for the new technology. However, we believe that it’s due to the series being very limited, since the chassis and the batteries all have…

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Gravel fight in Canada

Round 7 of this years FIA World Rallycross Championship was run in Canadian Trois-Rivieres. 15 cars had taken the trip across the water, and was ready to battle for the 12 semi final positions. A slightly disappointing number, but it’s hard when all the extra cars other than the basic 15 car entry, all are based in Europe – which the baseline is too. But even though we only had 15 cars, they certainly didn’t give each other any inches on the track. There was action right from Q1 where…

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Wild and surprising race in Höljes

The FIA World Rallycross Championship had reached the magic place of Höljes in Sweden, for the 6th round of this year’s Championship. Johan Kristoffersson arrived at his home race as the championship leader, and with the wave that he had been riding on for the last few rounds, there was very good chances of him leaving Sweden with an even bigger lead. But he had to race 4 qualifying heats just like everybody else, before a place in the semi finale and later on, a place in the final would…

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Dramatic weekend in Norway

The fifth round of this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship was held in the Norwegian town called Hell. Other than the usual faces in the World RX, there was a debut for another racing driver, who normally is associated with other parts of the motorsport – Alex Wurz. He is the son of the former European Rallycross Championship, Franz Wurz, so other than the fuel running in his blood, there surely is some gravel too. He has had an eye on Rallycross for some years, but he has to get…

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World RX goes electric

It’s been on the horizon for quite a bit of time, but now it’s official – Rallycross goes electric. The FIA World Motorsport Council has approved the application from BSI/IMG, who is behind the FIA World Rallycross Championship, to transform the Rallycross sport into an electric series from 2020. The plan is to run the FIA Electric World Rallycross Championship, as the most prestigious title in the Rallycross sport. The aim is to continue 12-14 events, in a similar format to now. Each team can enter a maximum of two…

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From tow rope to victory lane

The fourth round of this years FIA World Rallycross Championship was run at Silverstone, which is replacing Lydden Hill as the British round. The Saturday was run in perfect sunshine, but the local guest starts Andrew Jordan and Mark Higgins were unlucky to break the suspension on their cars, when they took a big jump with a bit too much speed. It had been raining between Saturday and Sunday, so when Q3 was run, it was very greasy. The track did however dry up, so it was an advantage to…

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Still waiting for first dry weekend of 2018

The FIA World Rallycross Championship 2018 still has to wait for the first full dry weekend of the year. But the racing drivers still delivered some great and close racing, like we’re used to in the World RX. Kevin Hansen gave Guerlain Chicherit a small trip through the air during Qualifying Heat 1. Hansen got awarded with a warning for dangerous driving. Chicherit was still able to finish the heat. While the Saturday had been dry, the Sunday started out wet. There was no Kevin Eriksson during the Sunday, since…

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Rallycross in snow

It was a crazy weather, when the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship was run in Portugal on the Montalegre circuit. It was actually snowing during the weekend, which was annoying for the drivers – but much colder for the Monster girls, who the main sponsor brought to Portugal. The Saturday ran in sunny conditions, on bone dry track. Not all drivers liked that, so there was a bit of moaning in some of the teams tents. But Sebastien Loeb was the fastest man on Saturday, with still…

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MJP Racing Team Austria returns

MJP Racing Team Austria will return to the  FIA World Rallycross Championship during three events this year. The Austrian team has participated for three full seasons in the World RX, but chose to cut down on their programme for the 2018 season. But now three selected events has been announced. The team has signed with Andrew Jordan and Toomas Heikkinen, who will drive the two Ford Fiesta LionRX3 cars during the World RX rounds at Silverstone in England, Loheac in France, and Estering in Germany. Andrew Jordan had participated in…

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World RX started with a bang

The FIA World Rallycross Championship 2018 started with a bang at the opening round at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona in Spain. The Qualifying heats Saturday was soaking wet with a lot of mud and rain on the track. The cars were skating around, and even Sebastien Loeb couldn’t keep the car pointing forward, and made a 360 on the wet asphalt, all by himself. The Sunday was drier. Sebastien Loeb broke his suspension after a contact with Kevin Eriksson in Q3, and that actually cost the Frenchman a place…

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15 cars ready for World RX

The FIA has announced the full season entries for the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2018. 15 cars will follow the series through all 12 rounds, split over 3 continents. The defending World Champions, Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Sweden will run the same line-up, where Petter Solberg – the PS part of the team name – will once again be teammate with Kristoffersson. GRX TANECO Team, Olsbergs MSE, Team Peugeot Total and EKS Audi Sport, who we already have mentioned, will be joined by CK Kompetition with two Renault Megane…

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