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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Olsbergs MSE returns to the World RX

The Olsbergs MSE team returns to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2018. The team, who won the Teams Championship back in 2014, took a break from the World RX in 2017, while they put focus on their other Rallycross programmes, including winning the RX2 Championship. But it’s not only the team that returns, but also one of its drivers, returns to the series after a break. Kevin Eriksson and Robin Larsson will be the two drivers, who both are previous winners in the best Rallycross category in the world.…

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GRX TANECO with two cars

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will have a new two-car team, when the season starts in one month time in Barcelona. The GRX TANECO team will enter two Hyundai i20 cars, with a history in the World Rally Championship The man behind the GRX team is Markus Grönholm, where his son Niclas was the only driver throughout the 2017 season. They ran a single Ford Fiesta, but now they expands with the double FIA European Rallycross Champion, Timur Timerzyanov. The team boss Markus underlines that the team is a privateer,…

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Peugeot enters works team in World RX

There will be one more works team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship when the season gets rolling in just over one month’s time in Barcelona. Team Peugeot Total will enter three cars in this year’s World RX Championship, where they will take over the spot from Team Peugeot-Hansen. Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen will run with brand newly developed Peugeot 208 WRX cars, while Kevin Hansen will run an updated 2017 version of the same model. The father of Timmy and Kevin, Kenneth Hansen, will still be team boss…

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Sebastien Loeb Racing enters World RX

Sebastien Loeb Racing will enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship with their own team this season. While the team owner will continue at Peugeot Team Hansen, they have signed Gregoire Demoustier. The two parties already know each other from 2016, when they raced together in in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Prior to that, Sebastien Loeb Racing also had an involvement in Porsche Carrera Cup and an LMP2 programme in the European Le Mans Series. On top of the 2018 World RX programme, they will run two VW Golf…

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Norwegian-Swedish combo at EKS Audi Sport

Mattias Ekström confirmed his commitment to the FIA World Rallycross Championship this Monday. At the same time, Audi Sport stated that they were going to support the outfit once again in 2018. The rest of the plans for the Swedish Rallycross team was announced today. From now the team will be known as EKS Audi Sport, and Ekström will have Andreas Bakkerud as teammate. Bakkerud is one of the very few drivers who has participated at all 49 World RX rounds, since the series started back in 2014. He has…

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Mattias Ekström quits DTM – stays in World RX

Mattias Ekström has raced his final race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters – at least for now. The 39 year-old Swede has chosen to quit DTM, after being only 3 points away from taking his third DTM Championship in 2017, losing out to teammate Rene Rast. Ekström will focus on the FIA World Rallycross Championship, where he is racing with his own team. The rumours have been around for a long time, and they intensified around the DTM season finale at Hockenheim in October. Mattias didn’t want to comment on…

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Reduction of costs in World RX

There will be some minor but important adjustments to the technical regulations, when the new FIA World Rallycross Championship season starts on 14-16 April in Barcelona. The FIA, the teams competing in World RX, and IMG, who is the commercial rights holders for the series, have decided to implement some changes in the 2018 rules, with the aim to stop the costs skyrocketing. Since the series started in 2014, the costs has just got bigger and bigger, and with the works involvement from Volkswagen, Peugeot, Ford and Audi, several millions…

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