World RX tried Eau Rouge

FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy visited a whole new track for the third round of the 2019 season. The Belgian Spa Francorchamps circuit had built a new Rallycross track, that the drivers would christen this weekend. There was a little change in the driver line-up. Niclas Grönholm couldn’t drive for GRX Taneco team due to laparoscopy. Joni Wiman would take his place. Mattias Ekström was back to the Rallycross world for a weekend as guest driver. The two qualifying rounds on Saturday were run on a wet…

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16 cars in the World RX

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has announced their 2019 full season entries. The list consists of 16 drivers on 9 teams. So that’s basically status quo on the number of drivers, but with a big change amongst the teams. GC Kompetition will enter a total of four cars – two in the main team with team boss Guerlain Chicherit being joined by Anton Marklund in the two Renault Megane cars. The junior team will consist of Guillaume de Ridder and Cyril Raymond, who will have a…

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EKS returns in smaller fashion

The EKS Sport outfit will still appear in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy in 2019. The team from Sweden did send out a release in late 2018, that their World Championship run was over, but they have slightly stepped back from that statement. Hungarian Krisztian Szabo will race in an Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro, that he used for the 2018 European Championship. Szabo is double European Champion in Super1600, grabbing the title in both 2016 and 2017. It was team boss Mattias Ekström suggesting to…

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GRX Taneco enters up to three cars in 2019

The GRX Taneco team will enter three cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019 – at least at selected rounds. The Finnish team will run updated Hyundai i20 Supercars, which they made their debut with in 2018. Niclas Grönholm and Timer Timerzyanov will once again be the full season drivers for the team, while Reinis Nitiss will become the test and reserve driver for the team, but will have a few race starts too. Niclas Grönholm, son of team boss and double WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm, will enter his…

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Rallycross track at Spa presented

Spa Francorchamps has presented the new Rallycross track, which will host a World Championship round later this year. The historic Belgian circuit will host the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and this will be the first time that the series visits the track, which we know so well from things like Formula 1 and FIA World Endurance Championship and a lot more. Rallycross however, is not 7 kilometres long, as the asphalt is all the way around, but instead a new 913 metres track has been revealed,…

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STARD plans for two cars

STARD plans to enter two cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019. The team already have the first driver signed, with Janis Baumanis going for his third consecutive season for the team. Baumanis made his World RX debut in 2016 with World RX Team Austria in a Ford Fiesta. That happened following the 2015 season, where he won the European Championship in Super1600 in a Renault Twingo. The Austrian team is owned by the former WRC and World RX competitor Manfred Stohl, who has put his focus on running…

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DTM champ goes for World Championship

When the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019 starts in Abu Dhabi in April, a former DTM Champion will go for the World Championship title. Timo Scheider has announced himself as a full season driver for the all-inkl.com Münnich Motorsport team. 40 year-old Scheider has been driving for the team on/off throughout the last 4 seasons in the World RX and World Touring Car Cup. He had his best finish in the Rallycross standings in 2017, where he finished 10th, after losing out on a round, due to a date clash…

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Another major hit for World RX

Another major event has hit the FIA World Rallycross Championship today. That could potentially be the final nail in the coffin for the Championship. It’s not just Mr. Nobody pulling out, but the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team, who has not only won the drivers title with Johan Kristoffersson, but also the teams championship in both 2017 and 2018. The team with Kristoffersson and team owner Petter Solberg have been totally dominant, where Kristoffersson alone has won 18 out of the 24 rounds, with one additional win for Solberg in Great…

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COTA removed from schedule

The World Motorsport Council has announced the FIA World Rallycross Championship schedule for 2019, and there is a significant change compared to what was posted by the series, just over a month ago. WMSC has chosen to remove  the COTA round at the end of September. It still means that the teams will have to leave Europe three times during the season. The World RX sport is in a deep crisis after Peugeot, Audi and Ford all have left the series during the last 12 months, and the privateers have…

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Ekström scales down in World RX

The 2018 finale in the FIA World Rallycross Championship had barely been run, before Mattias Ekström had an announcement. The 40 year-old Swede has chosen to limit his own outings in the World RX  Series, so he no longer  races on full time. Audi Sport announced a few months a back, that they would no longer run as a factory team, making the EKS team, which was started by Ekström in 2014, losing their major economical backer. The World RX series has turned into so serious business, that you absolutely…

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World RX with action right until the flag

The FIA World Rallycross Championship delivered a great season finale in South Africa near Cape Town, at the Killarney International Raceway. While Johan Kristoffersson had already been crowed World Champion, there was still a battle between Mattias Ekström, Andreas Bakkerud, Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb for second place. The PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team didn’t have the best of preparations, with their cars being delayed on their way to the track, so the team only had them on Friday, which wasn’t ideal. If it was the optimizing of the car setup…

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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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