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VM-kalender 2019 RX2 International Series 2019
Datum
Plats Land  
5-6/4
Yas Marina Abu Dhabi  
27-28/4
Barcelona Spanien ** #
11-12/5
Spa Francorchamps Belgien ** #
25-26/5
Silverstone England * #
15-16/6
Hell Norge * #
6-7/7
Höljes Sverige * ** #
3-4/8
Trois-Rivieres Kanada  
31/8-1/9
Loheac Frankrike * ** #
14-15/9
Riga Lettland * **
31-1/12
Cape Town Sydafrika #
* = EM
** = Super1600
*** = TouringCar
Officiell hemsida
Datum
Plats Land  
27-28/4
Barcelona Spanien  
11-12/5
Spa Francorchamps Belgien  
25-26/5
Silverstone England  
15-16/6
Hell Norge  
6-7/7
Höljes Sverige  
31/8-1/9
Loheac Frankrike  
31-1/12
Cape Town Sydafrika  
Officiell hemsida
RallyX Nordic 2019 Rallycross SM 2019
Supercar och Supercar Lites
17-19/5
1 & 2 Höljes 1&2 Sverige  
1-2/6
3 Nysum Danmark  
20-21/7
4 Bikernieki Lettland  
27-28/7 5 Finnskogbanen Norway Norge  
24-25/8
6 Kouvola Finland *  
21-22/9
7 Tierp Arena Sverige  
*Date to be confirmed following FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on 5 December
Officiell hemsida
Supernationella, 2400, JSM 2150, RM 2150
11/5
Högstabanan Haninge MK
15/6
Västerås Västerås MK
23/7
Lycksele Lycksele MK
28/7
Kalix Kalix MK
31/8 Höljes Finnskoga MK
* - Supernationella, 2400
** - JSM 2150, RM 2150
Officiell hemsida
RallyX On ICe 2019 Supercupen Rallycross 2019
18/3
Deltävling 1 Åre  
20/3 Deltävling 2 Åre  
23/3 Deltävling 3 Åre  
 
Officiell hemsida
4-5/5
MK Team Westom    
8-9/6 Bollnäs MK    
10-11/8 Västerås MS    
7-8/9 Götene MK    
28-29/9 Strängnäs AMS    
Officiell hemsida

 





19-07-15 Riga debut for RallyX Nordic as series lands in Latvia
Eriksson leads the way in Supercars, with Gundersen ready to defend Supercar Lites advantage
Top three battle for supremacy in RX Academy, with Andersson at the head of the CrossCar field
Home heroes Gryazin (Supercar Lites), Vitols (RX Academy) and Baldins (CrossCar) gunning for glory
Semi-finals and finals to be broadcast live on series’ Facebook page

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires will visit the Bikernieki circuit just outside Riga for the first time this weekend (20/21 July), with thrilling title fights brewing across the board as round four races into view.

The Latvian FIA World Rallycross Championship venue features tight, technical sections with guardrails and concrete blocks surrounding competitors as well as a spectacular jump to round out the lap.

The action has been suitably fierce in the first three rounds of the season, with a maximum margin of nine points separating the key championship contenders across the four categories. The RX Academy currently boasts the closest title battle, with its top three drivers separated by just four points.

Oliver Eriksson is the man to beat in the headlining Supercar class. The Olsbergs MSE driver has won two out of three rounds and looks to be on ominous form leading both the Nordic and RX2 championships. Eriksson hasn’t had it all his own way, though. The Swede is being chased hard by countryman Robin Larsson and the increasingly impressive Jere Kalliokoski, who have attained two podiums each.

JC Raceteknik's Larsson commented: “We have enjoyed a great run in Euro RX with three wins in a row, but we have just been very unlucky in Nordic this year. The pace has been there at every event but we have had reliability problems, contact with other drivers and penalties that have stopped us from maximising our potential.

“I have a good amount of experience at the Bikernieki track and finished second here in 2017 in Euro RX, so I feel like we are in a good place to fight for the win. I’m looking forward to the challenge and it should be another great battle with Oliver and the rest of the Supercar guys.”

Nordic Supercar regulars Ulrik Linnemann and Philip Gehrman are hot off the back of their first World RX appearances at Höljes’ ‘Magic Weekend’ just over a week ago, while Daniel Thorén is set to return from injury this weekend. Mario Hansen makes his RallyX Nordic debut and Ricardo Bortkevitš will have the support of the home crowd, the Estonian hailing from near the Latvian border.

Meanwhile, in Supercar Lites, JC Raceteknik team-mates Ben-Philip Gundersen and Sondre Evjen lead the way on 75 and 68 points respectively, with a victory apiece to-date. Linus Östlund has shown impressive consistency in 2019, and it is paying off. The Swede currently sits third in the standings ahead of round one winner Thomas Holmen.

The RX Academy table makes for interesting reading, with Marko Muru, Tommi Hallman and Rasmus Tuominen occupying the top three spots just four points apart. Each of the young hopefuls has taken to the highest step of the rostrum, making it too close to call in the title race.

In the CrossCar category, finally, two drivers have streaked clear of the rest. Having won the first two rounds, Nils Andersson enjoys a nine-point advantage over second-placed man Jimmie Österberg who, in turn, has a buffer of nearly 20 points to the rest of the pack.

There will be no shortage of home favourites for the crowd to cheer on, with three out of the four grids featuring a Latvian driver. Supercar Lites welcomes back RX2 ace Vasiliy Gryazin, who rejoins the fray for his home event. Gryazin made a spectacular comeback after a serious road accident halted his rallying career in 2015 and has gone on to score three podiums in RX2 as well as finishing eighth in last year's Nordic Supercar Lites standings. He will be joined by compatriots Roberts Vitols in the RX Academy and Ronalds Baldins in CrossCar. The local specialists will all be hoping to impress in front of the partisan crowd.

The racing will run from 16h00-18h00 (local time) on Saturday and 11h00-18h00 on Sunday. Weekend tickets are available to purchase on-site during the event. Adult entry tickets cost €25, while children aged 7-16 get in for €15. Under 7s will be admitted free, with disabled ticket-holders and pensioners receiving a 10% discount.

For those unable to get to the track, every RallyX Nordic event in 2019 will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/rallyxnordic and www.rallyx.se/rallyx-tv, with live coverage of the semi-finals and finals also set to be broadcast on Viasat in Norway and throughout the Baltic regions on TV6 Latvia.

Entry Lists
Supercars
3 Ari Perkiömäki FIN Perkiömäki Motorsport
4 Robin Larsson SWE JC Raceteknik
10 Mikko Ikonen FIN Betomik Racing
11 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Motorsport
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
17 Mats Öhman SWE JC Raceteknik
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE Andreas Carlsson Rallycross
72 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Olsbergs MSE
77 Stene Johansen NOR Johansen Motorsport
86 Mario Hansen NOR Olsbergs MSE
88 Daniel Thorén SWE Hedströms Motorsport
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Gehrman Motorsport
99 Ricardo Bortkevitš EST Lepp Motorsport

Supercar Lites
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE Oskarsson Motorsport
12 Anders Michalak SWE Michalak Motorsport
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE
33 Lars Erik Haug NOR Haug Rallycross Team
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
54 Petter Nårsa SWE Öhman Motorsport
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies
56 Thomas Holmen NOR Thomas Holmen
69 Sondre Evjen NOR JC Raceteknik
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Olsbergs MSE
99 Hans-Ola Frøshaug NOR JC Raceteknik

RX Academy
3 Joni Heikkinen FIN RX Academy
22 Rasmus Tuominen FIN RX Academy
26 Roberts Vitols LVA RX Academy
27 Marko Muru EST RX Academy
44 Jonne Ollikainen FIN RX Academy
66 Luka Nurmi FIN RX Academy
72 Clémentine Lhoste FRA RX Academy
87 Tommi Hallman FIN RX Academy

CrossCar
6 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
8 Jonas Ericsson SWE SSD Swespeed
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Österberg Motorsport
14 Nils Andersson SWE NA Motorsport
20 Julius Ljungdahl SWE Yellow Squad by Hansen
21 Lars Söderström SWE SSD Swespeed
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Dumperi.Lv
85 Petter Hane SWE Petter Hane
170 Isak Reiersen SWE JC Raceteknik Junior Team
175 Timmy Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
19-07-09 Youngest ever FIA ERC rally winner Oliver Solberg starts at Shell Helix Rally Estonia
17-year-old Oliver Solberg is believed to be the youngest FIA championship rally winner
Solberg and Johnston leaders of both Estonian and Latvian Chamionships
13 R5 cars at Shell Helix Rally Estonia

Oliver Solberg and Aaron Johnston are one of the podium favorites of the R5 class at Shell Helix Rally Estonia. They will drive Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. With the same car they won Rally Liepaja in the end of May which was a round of FIA European Rally Championship. This means that seventeen-year-old Solberg is the youngest FIA ERC rally winner. At Shell Helix Rally Estonia he starts for the second time, last year they finished second in R2 class.

Oliver, the son of the 2003 WRC World Champion Petter Solberg, switched this year from two-wheel drive car to R5 car. With Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 he participates with Aaron Johnston in the Latvian Championship and besides that with the Subaru in the United States North American Cup. In Estonia and Latvia they are current championship leaders, in USA second after three rounds. At Shell Helix Rally Estonia he competes with the drivers from WRC series like Teemu Suninen and Takamoto Katsuta with all-new Ford Fiesta R5 and Eerik Pietarinen and Nikolay Gryazin with Škoda Fabia R5 cars.

Oliver Solberg:
“I am really looking forward to Rally Estonia, I did the event last year and I like it a lot. It will be so exciting to have this great competition with for example Teemu Sunninen. It will be great learning experience and I can’t wait to be behind the steering wheel again.”

Urmo Aava, Shell Helix Rally Estonia director:
“Oliver Solberg is the driver to follow. The fact that his team has chosen the Baltic states to start his rally career is a very strong message to other young drivers. I’ve been following his career and it is quite impressive what he has achieved. Looking forward to see him competing at Shell Helix Rally Estonia.”

For spectators and rally fans who are coming to Estonia but haven’t found or booked their accommodation yet, we suggest to go to Shell Helix Rally Estonia official webpage and find different options for accommodation in a very wide price range.

https://www.rallyestonia.com/en/spectators/accommodation/
19-07-09 Sebastian Eriksson proves Fiesta's prowess to win rallycross' 'Magic Weekend'
Olsbergs MSE ace on top of the world on home soil at Höljes
‘Quiet man’ of rallycross banishes half-a-decade of hurt
Ford Fiesta Supercar leaves rivals eating its dust in Sweden
Team boss hails Nordic ‘dry run’ as one of the keys to success

In rallycross, Höljes’ ‘Magic Weekend’ is the indisputable jewel in the crown on the World Championship calendar, and yesterday (7 July), Sebastian Eriksson cast a spell over his rivals with a bewitching performance to storm to a hugely popular maiden victory behind the wheel of Olsbergs MSE’s upgraded Ford Fiesta Supercar.

Absent from the FIA World Rallycross Championship since the end of last season, OMSE returned to the grid for the biggest weekend of the year, with no fewer than 25 flame-spitting 600bhp Supercars taking to the track at the legendary Swedish circuit.

With namesakes Sebastian and Kevin Eriksson on the driving strength, the team was a leading protagonist from the outset and at the end of the opening day of competition, the evenly-matched duo were separated by just a single point in the intermediate classification, Kevin sitting fourth in the standings and Sebastian close behind in seventh.

Showcasing their individual driving styles along the way – Sebastian fast and flamboyant, Kevin slightly more measured but no less quick – the team-mates treated the 48,000-strong Höljes faithful to an awe-inspiring display of consummate car control and irrepressible fighting spirit.

Another rapid run in Q3 kept the pair firmly in contention, before Sebastian blitzed the field in Q4, topping the timesheets by more than one-and-a-half seconds – the biggest winning margin of the qualifying stages – to underscore the progress made with the Fiesta in recent months and secure pole position for the second semi-final. Kevin was held back by having to serve a double joker lap for a jump-start – the legacy of a minor glitch with the launch button.

Sebastian subsequently engaged in a thrilling, cat-and-mouse duel with Niclas Grönholm in the semi-final, with a last lap puncture for the Finn ultimately resolving the battle in the OMSE ace’s favour. After starting from the back row of the grid in the other semi-final following his Q4 dramas, Kevin pushed hard but would miss out on a spot in the final by less than a second.

Sebastian leapt away from the line when the lights went out in the final and thereafter produced a commanding performance to control proceedings all the way to the chequered flag, withstanding a last corner attack from Kevin Hansen to triumph on home soil. In so doing, the 26-year-old erased half-a-decade of hurt, having come close to winning at Höljes on his World RX debut back in 2014 only for mechanical issues to intervene almost within sight of the finish line.

This time round, there was to be no denying the Swede, and in just his fourth World Championship start, the ‘quiet man’ of rallycross’ success was widely welcomed by the paddock – and proof that OMSE’s Ford Fiesta is now more than a match for any of its Supercar class rivals.

Sebastian Eriksson (1st):
“That was fun! We’ve proved the progress the team has made with the Fiesta since last year, and what greater platform could there be than the World Championship round at Höljes – the biggest event on the international rallycross calendar. This is the one that everybody wants to win, so to come here as a team and beat the world’s best after half-a-year away, at a circuit that I consider to be the unofficial home of the sport feels very special indeed.

“Right from free practice, we showed we had the speed to fight at the front but until Q4, it’s fair to say the results didn’t really reflect the pace we had in the car. I got stuck in traffic and made a few silly mistakes in Q1 and Q2, but I gave myself a good talking to overnight and we returned stronger on Sunday. Everything came together at last in Q4, and whilst we got a little bit lucky with Niclas’ puncture in the semi-final after leaving our joker too late, we learned from that for the final and that paid off.

“I knew Kevin [Hansen] would try something into the last corner – I was waiting for that – but equally, I knew he would be fair and would not push me off, and crossing the finish line first was such an amazing feeling. And you know what’s best of all? There is definitely still more to come...”

Kevin Eriksson (11th):
“I don’t think people really understand just how hard we’ve all been working behind-the-scenes at OMSE – every single member of the team has been busting a gut to develop this car, and this result proves we have properly done our homework. This is very much a team victory and I’m super happy for everybody involved.

“The Fiesta felt great all weekend – so much fun to drive. Q4 was definitely the turning-point for me; there had been very little between Sebastian and myself up until then – we were actually level on points heading into that race – but whilst he posted the fastest time, my double joker left me down in 19th. I had been battling a problem with the launch button all day, and it just caught me out. When you start at the back in the semi-final, you really need some luck and although I was obviously disappointed not to be able to join Seb in the final, I gave it everything I had.

“It’s no secret that last year was tough on us. The chassis was the best I’d ever driven in rallycross so we knew the car was inherently quick, but we had some issues with the engine and have pushed hard to improve on that side. We’re not completely satisfied yet and there remains work to do, but we’ve already proved we can win and when we find that last missing bit, I think this Fiesta will be pretty hard to beat.”

Andreas Eriksson, Team Principal, Olsbergs MSE:
“For us, Höljes was first and foremost a marketing exercise – we wanted to show that we have a fast car, and to win was merely the icing on the cake. The ultimate goal is to make the Fiesta the car that leading rallycross teams and drivers want to run – and value increases in-line with results.

“We took advantage of the RallyX Nordic event earlier in the season to prepare for the World Championship round, and that approach evidently paid off – you can test as much as you like, but the only way to simulate racing is to actually go racing. Both Sebastian and Kevin sent out a calling card when they reached the top step of the podium in Nordic, and now Sebastian has done so again on the biggest stage of all, so very many congratulations to him – he fully earned this and deserves to savour his success.
“I’m obviously very happy, but at the same time, we now need to go back home and make the car even quicker because there are still clearly areas for improvement. People are saying they’re surprised we’ve come back and won straightaway, but I’m not surprised, because I know we have excellent drivers here at OMSE and that if we give them a good car, they will get the job done. This victory is the result of a tremendous team effort, and I think it’s safe to say we proved a point at Höljes...”
19-07-09 Gundersen grabs Höljes glory as Östlund shines on home soil
Ben-Philip Gundersen digs deep for emotional RX2 victory in Sweden
Norwegian quick to praise JC Raceteknik after ‘Magic Weekend’ success
Local hero Linus Östlund storms to second place on seasonal debut

Ben-Philip Gundersen finally ended Oliver Eriksson’s winning run in the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires, as the JC Raceteknik ace fought his way to a tremendously popular and hard-earned victory during rallycross’ ‘Magic Weekend’ at Höljes (5-7 July).

In front of just shy of 50,000 spectators at the legendary Swedish circuit and in a bumper, 21-strong field, Gundersen battled back from a troubled opening day with an ultra-committed semi-final performance followed by a lights-to-flag triumph in the final – the third success of the Norwegian’s RX2 career.

Local hero Linus Östlund was one of the stars of the show as he recovered from 16th place after Q2 to unleash Eriksson-beating pace in the second semi-final – indeed, it was only a slightly hesitant start in the final that kept him off the top step of the podium. Title protagonist Jesse Kallio took the chequered flag third to keep his unbroken run of rostrum finishes in his rookie campaign firmly intact.

Qualifying Races
Höljes served up a rollercoaster ride for the RX2 competitors throughout the qualifying stages, delivering drama aplenty – and Olsbergs MSE duo Eriksson and Kallio both experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Eriksson defied his outside grid slot in Q1 to steal the early initiative, before going quickest of the drivers faced with a fully wet track in a mixed-condition Q2, incurring a double penalty in Q3 and bouncing back to win Q4.

Kallio’s weekend got off to a much less successful start, with first corner contact in Q1 leaving him with a puncture that sent the Finn into a spin. That bad luck made way for good fortune in Q2, however, as his early starting position meant the 20-year-old was one of only three drivers to enjoy a completely dry run before the heavens opened. The second-best time in each of the remaining two qualifiers left the pair separated by just a single point in the intermediate classification in Eriksson’s favour – setting the stage for two scintillating semi-finals.

Vasiliy Gryazin was fast and consistent on his way to third for Sports Racing Technologies, with OMSE’s Fraser McConnell overcoming a Turn One collision in Q2 that left him nursing a broken rear wheel to race back up the order to fourth.

Östlund (Olsbergs MSE) was delayed by a spinning rival in Q1 and struggled with damage on the sodden track in Q2, but stormed back into contention in Q3 and Q4 to vault from 16th up to fifth. That placed him just ahead of Gundersen – who received a five-second penalty for contact in Q3 – hugely impressive series newcomer Martin Enlund in seventh and Mats Oskarsson, who produced a strong performance on his seasonal RX2 bow.

The semi-final line-up was completed by SET Promotion’s Sami-Matti Trogen, former Höljes podium-finisher William Nilsson – running as a private entrant for the first time – Jimmie Walfridson, whose weekend began in similar fashion to Kallio’s in Q1 and Simon Olofsson. The latter could count himself lucky to make the cut after picking up a puncture in Q4, but the Swede did pull off some of the most crowd-pleasing overtaking moves through the qualifying stages.

Amongst the nine drivers not to progress, the biggest hard-luck story could be told by Marcus Höglund. Running out of the Team Färén stable, the Swede broke his suspension in a first corner incident in Q1, received a 30-second penalty for missing the joker lap in Q2, soared to the fastest time of the weekend in Q3 and was leading the last race in Q4 and well on course to secure a top four spot in the standings when steering failure pitched him off the road and ended his spirited fightback.

Another driver in the wars was Petter Leirhol. Sitting third overall after Q2, the Norwegian found himself tipped into a spectacular barrel-roll in Q3. Following a superb overnight repair job by his mechanics, the Norwegian was back on-track in Q4 and looked set to salvage a semi-final spot until driveshaft issues dashed his dream.

Semi-Finals
Eriksson led away from Gryazin, Walfridson and Trogen in the first semi-final, but all eyes were on local specialist Östlund, who was the only driver to opt for an early joker. With the home crowd firmly behind him, the Swede got the hammer down, reeling in the battle for second and closing the gap to Eriksson with a brilliant display.

Then, drama struck as the leader suddenly slowed on lap four when his water pump belt came off, dropping him to the back of the pack and automatically elevating his Olsbergs MSE team-mate to the top spot. From there, the impressive Östlund continued untroubled to the chequered flag, with Trogen crossing the line second and Gryazin narrowly edging Enlund for third. After being forced into a spin at the first corner, the teenage prodigy was the fastest man on the track in an eye-catching recovery effort that capped a stellar maiden weekend in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.

In the second semi-final, Kallio had to get his elbows out at the start to fend off Gundersen, with McConnell and Olofsson settling into third and fourth a little way behind. An earlier joker for Gundersen proved to be a masterstroke, as in clear air, the Norwegian left absolutely nothing on the table, wringing the neck of his Supercar Lites car to make the difference and emerge ahead when Kallio jokered on the last lap.

McConnell kept a watching brief in third, with Oskarsson staving off Olofsson’s advances for fourth and Nilsson rounding out the result.

Final
As Östlund hesitated slightly off the line, Gundersen needed no second invitation to sweep into the lead, with the pole-sitter tucking in just behind and the pair soon breaking away from the chasing pack, headed by Trogen and Gryazin.

Östlund kept the pressure on throughout, but Gundersen was able to control the pace and ultimately, they were so evenly-matched that there was no change in the order, the pair flashing past the flag separated by barely half-a-second. Kallio’s early joker tactic yielded third place for the Finn, with compatriot Trogen holding off a hard-charging McConnell to add to his growing collection of fourth-place finishes this season. Gryazin wound up sixth.

Despite missing the final for the first time since Belgium 2018 and for only the second time in his RX2 career, Eriksson continues to lead the way into the summer break, albeit with a reduced 14-point margin over Kallio. The campaign will fire back into life at iconic French circuit Lohéac on 31 August / 1 September.

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Ben-Philip Gundersen (1st): “Finally! When I went to sleep last night sitting in ninth place, I didn’t dare dream of standing on the top step of the podium today. I’m very proud of the whole team – they gave me a great car as ever – but this isn’t just the result of the work we’ve put in this weekend. This is the result of all the non-stop effort behind-the-scenes since the beginning of the season, which didn’t start off very well for us in Barcelona. Since then, we’ve dug deep and gone from strength-to-strength with every round. I gave it everything I had in the semi-final because Jesse has been quick all year so I knew he wouldn’t be easy to beat, and in the final, I focussed a lot on the start because there was so little between Linus and I that if he had got into the lead, it would have been tough to get past him. Fortunately, I was able to put in consistent lap times and crossing the finish line was an amazing feeling. Höljes is the event that everybody wants to win – the biggest weekend on the international rallycross calendar – and it’s also effectively my home round as I live only an hour across the border. Having won here before in TouringCar, to do so again is incredible – and to get to share it with so many friends and family is the icing on the cake.”

Linus Östlund (2nd): “What a rollercoaster ride – to go from 16th after Q2 to almost winning the final is amazing! Q1 was a messy race and we received some contact at the rear in Q2 that made the car difficult to control, but it’s amazing how quickly things can turn around in rallycross. I was really nervous ahead of Q3 because I knew the pressure was on and that another bad result could have meant the end of the weekend for us, and even after climbing the order slightly, I was still worried we wouldn’t make it. I had a plan for the start of the semi-final which worked out well, and after Oliver picked up his problem, I could effectively just wait for the guys ahead to joker. Given all the issues we’d encountered earlier, I couldn’t help but cry after that race because I was just so relieved. The final all came down to the start – Ben-Philip got it right and I got it wrong – but I can’t be unhappy with second place. It’s been an unbelievable weekend with a lot of guests and supporters here – and I think we managed to send them away with smiles on their faces.”

Jesse Kallio (3rd): “I’m happy – sort of! Five podiums in a row is definitely something to be proud of, but I desperately want that win now! Our weekend got off to a pretty disastrous start with only the 19th-fastest time in Q1, but then we got lucky in Q2 and by the end of the first day, we were at the top of the standings! I’m naturally disappointed not to win after that, but it will come. I have to remember that it was my first time racing here and Ben-Philip and Linus both drove really well, so congratulations to them. We just needed a bit more pace in the semi-final and final to be able to take the fight to them, but still, we have closed the gap to Oliver in the championship, so let’s see if we can reduce it even more in France next time. I have to say, Höljes is already one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, and it’s been a crazy weekend with an amazing atmosphere. We’ll just have to come back next year and make sure we get that win!”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO: “Wow, rallycross’ ‘Magic Weekend’ certainly delivered again! We’ve had twists, turns, spins, rolls, sun, rain and pretty much everything else in-between – and most of all, the fans have enjoyed some spectacular entertainment from our stars of the future, with close and exciting racing and some almost unbelievable storylines. Huge congratulations to Ben-Philip on his hard-fought victory, and Linus’ second place is proof that you should never give up because in rallycross, anything is possible – it’s never over until it’s over. The two of them thoroughly deserve their success, while Jesse’s third place continues his superb start to his first season in RX2 and confirms his status as one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars. Talking of rising stars, I must say a word for Martin Enlund, whose outstanding performance demonstrated what is achievable for talented young drivers on a level playing field on the international stage. Now, we turn our attentions to another classic rallycross track – Lohéac – and the resumption of the title fight.”

Final Result
1. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik 6 laps
2. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +0.671s
3. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +2.046s
4. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +3.789s
5. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +5.025s
6. Vasiliy GRYAZIN (LVA) Sports Racing Technologies +9.084s

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 136 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 122 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 100 points
4. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 99 points
5. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 83 points
6. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 74 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 52 points
8. Anders Michalak (SWE) 48 points
9. William Nilsson (SWE) 45 points
10. Steve Volders (BEL) 41 points
19-07-09 Wildcard Eriksson takes stunning win in Höljes
Swedish wildcard Sebastian Eriksson won a pulsating final of the Swecon World RX of Sweden, the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

A weekend crowd of over 48,000 turned out at Holjes Motorstadion for the Magic Weekend, a highlight of the world rallycross calendar.

Although heavy rain in the early part of the day made track conditions challenging for the qualifying rounds, the leaden skies gave way to brilliant sunshine and a dry track for Sunday’s afternoon’s final.

Eriksson, who combines engineering and mechanic duties for the Olsberg MSE Team, was making only his fourth appearance at World RX level. In a previous round at Holjes in 2014, he led the final only to be thwarted by mechanical failure with the finish line in sight.

Today he atoned. The 26-year-old Swede Eriksson started the final from pole in his Ford Fiesta having won his Q4 race to set the fastest time in the final round of qualifying races. The victory lifted him to P2 overall and secured pole position for the second semi-final which he also won.

Eriksson, who lives an hour away from Holjes in the forests of Varmland, had previously competed in a Nordic RX event as preparation for this weekend but to take a convincing victory in a step up in class to world level against the best drivers in the sport was an astonishing achievement.

“It’s so special to win here,” he said. “This is the race every rallycross driver wants to win so to come here and be able to win it is just amazing.

“It’s over a year and a half since I have been in a Supercar so it’s been a long time coming. Holjes is very special. The atmosphere around the track is like no other venue I’ve been to, and the race track itself is the best rallycross track there is.”

Eriksson, whose Fiesta was slowed towards the end by overheating, was hunted down by Team Hansen MJP’s Kevin Hansen on the final lap but held his nerve to take the chequered flag.

“I was leading the final, I started losing power and I could sense the pressure but I just tried to keep it tight and not leave the door open for Kevin,” he said. “I knew Kevin was going to push me hard all the way to the line but I managed to keep it tight.

“The team has done a fantastic job with the car. I didn’t think we would be this competitive but from Q1 the pace was good. After this win, it’s looking good for the future. As for doing other races this year, we will have a meeting next week to plan what we do.”

Despite a last-corner lunge, Kevin Hansen had to settle for second in the final. In doing so, he took over the lead of the drivers’ championship from his brother Timmy who trailed off in last place after a puncture in the sister Peugeot 208.

Kevin now leads the standings on 131 points – six ahead of his elder brother.

The brothers took sibling rivalry to new levels of competitive spirit in their semi-final with Kevin emerging the winner after trading bodywork blows on several occasions.

“The whole weekend has been pretty crazy to be honest. Having changeable weather in the qualifying stages made things difficult,” Kevin said.

“I had a good battle with Timmy in the semi-final and managed to come out on top which was important for the front row start for the final.

“In the final I pushed Sebastian really hard. On the final lap I was on his bumper and looking for somewhere to overtake as I thought he had a puncture because he had slowed a bit.

“In the last corner I thought ‘OK, this is it’. I stuck my nose up the inside in the middle but realised I couldn’t make it, so I backed down. Anyway, P2 at home feels amazing in the end with some good points for the championship. It was a really cool event and great weekend.”

In third place was Reinis Nitiss who staged a remarkable comeback after rolling his Hyundai i20 in Q1 on Saturday.

The GRX Set team worked wonders to get their man out for Q2 where he took a race win and fastest time. A third place in the semi-final secured his passage to the final.

It was the Latvian’s first drive in World RX since competing in the opening round in Abu Dhabi. The World RX part-timer struggled to contain his emotions afterwards.

“After rolling the car in qualifying, the first roll in my life, on the most famous rallycross track, I jumped out of the car and thought ‘maybe I need to stop with this sport’,” he admitted.

“But all the mechanics and everyone in the team did an amazing job and people around me helped me get my self-confidence back for Q2. I won in Q2 and got back in the game.

“We were so far down but we bounced back. And that’s why we go racing; for the emotions we get. To imagine being on the podium after the trouble in Q1, I just didn’t believe it was possible. This is the Magic Weekend in Holjes. Maybe magic happened for us.

As for competing in future rounds of World RX, Nitiss said: “There is my home race in Latvia later this year which I really want to be at. I will do everything I can to be there.”

His GRX team-mate Niclas Gronholm, the winner last time out in Hell, Norway, brought his Hyundai i20 across the line fourth but was relegated to fifth after incurring a five second penalty for track limit infringements.

Kevin Abbring, in only his second World RX event in the ESmotorsport – Labas GAS Skoda Fabia, thus inherited fourth place.

Andreas Bakkerud, third in the standings on 109, conceded ground to the Hansens when his Monster RX Cartel Audi S1 suffered a broken driveshaft while leading his semi-final. “It could have been a great final, the car felt good and we had the pace,” the Norwegian said. “It would nice to finally give all of our partners and supporters a win, but it wasn’t to be.”

Monster RX Cartel team-mate Liam Doran endured a torrid weekend – much of which he admitted was of his own making. “Overall I made too many mistakes. To compete at a level like this especially here where there are 25 cars entered, you can’t afford to make a mistake because it costs dearly,” he said.

“I was trying to react to the mistakes I was making and trying to find the time back but you can’t find it, everyone is so fast. I had a bit of bad luck with a puncture in Q1, I made a mistake in spinning off the track in Q2 and then in Q3, I was too greedy in the first corner and got pushed off.

“It’s just not gone my way at all. This is the first semi-final I haven’t qualified for which is not good for the championship. It’s such a big event as well so it’s not a great feeling but we have to move on and look to get some better luck next time.”

Holjes yielded positive results for Team STARD. Latvia’s Baumanis maintained his consistency by reaching the semi-final as did Finland’s Jere Kalliokoski on his first appearance of the season.

GRX’s Timur Timerzyanov and ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider were disqualified from Q4 for track limits infringements and failed to make the semi-finals.

In a reference to his disqualification for touching the track limits pole, Timerzyanov, who had wins in Q1 and Q4 and looked to be heading to the semi-finals, commented: “With the track wet and slippery it makes driving unpredictable and there are going to be mistakes. I understand that if you hit a tyre barrier then that is a penalty but touching the track marker poles doesn’t give you much of an advantage.

“It’s a shame because I had good pace in Q1 and Q4 but with no points from the disqualification I had no chance to reach the semis. The speed in the car was good but when the track conditions are changing like they were today, wet and dry, you have to have some luck.”

Scheider also rued his costly disqualification on a difficult weekend overall. “It has been my worst weekend so far. I got spun around in Q1 ended up P16, then I recovered in Q2 to finish P6 overall which was a good recovery to Q3 where I took the lead but spun by myself. Then I got the disqualification from the race win in Q4,” the German said.

“Nevertheless, it was a bad weekend. We were competitive in the wet and good in the dry conditions. If I recalculate the weekend, we could have been top eight and chasing a spot in the semis for sure and possibly the final.”

Sebastien Eriksson’s Olbergs MSE team-mate Kevin Eriksson, who won the 2016 World RX of Germany event, reached the semi-finals while Ulrik Linneman, the first driver to race a Honda Civic Coupe Supercar in World RX, also caught the attention of the stewards. The Dane was disqualified from Q3 when the data logger on his car was found not to be connected.

Best of the GC Kompetition squad was newcomer Rokas Baciuska who ended the event eighth overall just ahead of Sweden’s Anton Marklund, who was looking to make amends for losing his final victory in Norway due to a post-race scrutineering issue with the Renault Megane RS.

Guillaume De Ridder, who has endured a spate of misfortune over the past three events, had another difficult weekend. The Belgian reached the semi-final in Spain but the GCK Academy driver has finished well down the order thereafter.

In the quest for a change of fortune, he even applied a four-leaf clover sticker to the inside of his Renault Clio RS. At Holjes, his luck was well and truly out and he ended the weekend 20th overall – a victim of clutch problems.

GCK Academy’s Cyril Raymond rolled his Renault Clio RS on landing after the jump in Q4 but did manage a win in Q1.
GC Kompetition team boss Guerlain Chicherit was handed a five second penalty in Q1 for unsportsmanlike behaviour and failed to reach the semi-finals.

Hungarian rookie Krisztian Szabo, in the EKS Sport Audi S1, missed the semi-finals for the second consecutive event while Oliver Bennett damaged a sub frame on the Xite Racing Mini Cooper and had to have parts flown in from the UK to make it into day two where he was hampered by further mechanical trouble.

The Pailler brothers Jonathan and Fabien, representing Pailler Competition, France’s most successful rallycross outfit, had mixed results on their debut in Holjes in a pair of Peugeot 208s, raced by Timmy Hansen and Sebastien Loeb in the World RX of 2016.

Jonathan climbed as high as 13th place, first reserve for the semi-finals, after steady results in the earlier rounds. He was rewarded with four world championship points. However, Fabien’s fate was sealed with a 30-second penalty for missing the joker lap in race four of Q3 and dropped to 16th overall.

As for the other newcomers for Holjes, Sweden’s Philip Gehrman Volkswagen Polo reached as high as 11th in Q4 but he and Norway’s Kjetil Larsen also in a Polo for Hedstroms Motorsport left the event without a point to show for their efforts.

Sebastian Eriksson became the fifth different winner in sixth rounds of a highly-competitive 2019 World RX season.
Kevin Hansen claimed victory in round one in Abu Dhabi and there have been wins for Timerzyanov in Belgium and Gronholm in Norway. Timmy Hansen is the only dual winner – in Spain and Great Britain.

The championship now visits Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres in Canada for round seven on August 3-4.

Victory in the final of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar went to Sweden's Robin Larsson, his third consecutive win.

Second was fellow-Swede Pontus Tidemand with Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Dubourg third.

Larsson's victory extends his lead at the top of the drivers' standings to 24 points over Dubourg.

In Euro RX Super1600, Norway's Marius Bermingrud took the honours from championship leader Aydar Nuriev with Switzerland's Yuri Belevskiy taking the final step on the podium.

Full results from Swecon World RX of Sweden here https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/results
19-07-09 Ingen final för William Nilsson under rallycrossen i Höljes
Höljes bjöd på fart, fest och utmanande väderförhållanden – men trots det fick inte Tomelillasonen en Magic Weekend.
– Höljes är verkligen så coolt. Man blir lika chockad över stämningen och allt folk varje gång man kommer hit. Tyvärr var det inte min helg, säger 19-åringen.

Under helgen nådde VM-serien i rallycross Sverige. Det var i den lilla värmländska byn som The Magic Weekend tog plats och hela 48 350 glada motorsportfans fanns i publiken. En av de 21 förarna i RX2 International Series var skånske William Nilsson.
– Höljes är verkligen så coolt. Man blir lika chockad över stämningen och allt folk varje gång man kommer hit, trots att man varit här förut, säger Nilsson.

Tyvärr blev tävlingen inte det han hoppats på resultatmässigt. Han kvalificerade sig till semifinal, men väl där gjorde en startsmäll att hjulupphängningen vänster bak på bilen gick sönder. Han gick i mål som sjätte förare och slutade på en total tiondeplats i tävlingen.
– I helgen har jag haft både medgång och motgång, men tyvärr mer av det sistnämnda. Kort sagt: farten fanns helt enkelt inte och jag vet inte vad det beror på. Sen hade vi lite missflyt med vädret där vissa förare fick köra på torrt underlag och andra under regn, men fler än jag drabbades ju av det. That’s rallycross. Höljes är en bana som jag älskar, så det känns frustrerande att inte lyckas bättre den här gången.

Under helgen kom skåningen till start i egen regi, vilket har inneburit mycket förberedelser och jobb för både Nilsson och familjen.
– Jag är tacksam över mina sponsorer, mekaniker, vänner, familj och alla andra som hjälpt mig att få ihop allt det här på så kort tid. De har gjort ett bra jobb och jag uppskattar verkligen allt stöd jag får.

Nästa tävlingshelg blir i V8 Thunder Cars 13-14 juli i Falkenberg.


19-07-09 Kevin Hansen scores home World RX podium in Sweden
Team HANSEN MJP strengthened its lead in both the FIA World Rallycross Championship drivers' and teams' classifications, with Kevin Hansen scoring a second place and both cars making the Final.

A challenging start to the weekend on Saturday left Kevin and Timmy Hansen P9 and P16 after Qualifying 2 respectively: Timmy had picked up a puncture in Q1 that left him P21, while Kevin faced the worst track conditions of all five heats in Q2 and lost time.

But a brilliant comeback in Q3 and Q4 put them both back into the fight, lining up second and third for Semi Final 1 on Sunday. Timmy went for the lap one joker strategy, while Kevin then took the lead a couple of laps in, ending up in a door-to-door duel as Kevin exited from his joker lap.

There were no orders from team boss and 14-time European RX champion Kenneth, with both free to race for position. A great fight ensued, with Kevin keeping the inside line for the Velodrome to take the lead back after losing it momentarily, leading his brother home in second.

The final was a mix of joy and sadness, as a potential double podium disappeared. A great overtaking move into the joker on lap one put Timmy third, which became second when Kevin took his joker. But a puncture on lap three ended his hopes, finishing sixth.

A determined Kevin locked his sights on compatriot Sebastian Eriksson after his joker, closing in during the final laps. A last corner move nearly worked, deftly trying to squeeze down the inside, though not quite enough to take the win.

Kevin has now retaken the lead of the FIA World RX drivers' championship, six points ahead of his brother Timmy. Team HANSEN MJP's lead in the teams' championship is now up to 43 points, with four championship rounds remaining.
SWE World RX of Sweden:

There was no home victory for Team HANSEN MJP but it was still a great weekend all around, with points gained on key rivals in both championships.
Höljes lived up to its reputation as one of the best rallycross tracks in the world, providing breathtaking action for the fans from start to finish.
Timmy and Kevin, who are still 1-2 in the title race, were competing head-to-head for position more than once this weekend. Both showed their class, racing hard but fair in their semi-final battle.

The big number
48,300
The number of spectators that came to Höljes for the 'Magic Weekend' of World RX action, a new record.

21 Timmy Hansen
“It was a good day today, recovering to fifth position from 16th in qualifying. We saved a lot of points with a good result.

“The Finals were completely dry, which is how I prefer Höljes. The Semi Final was brilliant – it was a very interesting race and battle all the way through with Kevin. We came out side by side after the joker; the racing was very fair and we were still fighting very hard on the track, but in the right way. I did everything I could to overtake him but still gave him space. That’s how we race and this time he won the battle and the Semi Final, which was great for Kevin.

“The final was a good race. I made a nice pass on Grönholm into the joker on the opening lap, which put me in a good position to chase Eriksson for the lead. I was close but I tried too hard, pushed too much and went over the limit and got a puncture. I wanted to win too much, but that’s me, I need to try! If I’m in a position to win I will always try and give it everything. This time it didn’t pay off but it will another time.”

71 Kevin Hansen
“It was really a tough afternoon. The whole weekend has been completely crazy! Having such different weather during the weekend makes it hard, but we managed to stay in the front, and that was really important for the Semi Final. When I came out of the joker, I saw someone on the inside. I almost spun and didn't notice it was Timmy until I came back the right way! It was a big shock but we managed it well.

“In the final, when I took my joker and saw Timmy ahead, I thought we would work together to catch the leader but unfortunately he had a puncture, so I had to get past him quickly. It worked and I managed to catch Eriksson, thinking that he had a puncture. So I though he'd run wide at the final corner and I'd stick my nose up on the inside, but he didn't have a puncture after all! So I had to back out.

“Second place at home feels amazing and in the end and we scored a lot of points for the championship, both for me and the team. It was a really cool event and a good weekend.”

The Boss Kenneth Hansen
“I’m the spotter for Timmy, with Graham Rodemark as Kevin’s spotter, so we get the best out of both of them and try to beat each other. That’s how we have done things and will continue that way. It looked hard, and of course we can have trouble sometimes like getting a puncture, but we don’t want to give up racing and have them queuing up; we want to fight and that’s our spirit.

“We want to push Timmy and Kevin, so during the final I tried to push Timmy to catch Eriksson and we were on the way there. Then unfortunately he was a little tight in one place and broke the wheel rim and got a puncture. We could have played the cards safe and just stayed in position to secure second place but that’s not how we are. We want to fight to the end, we want to give the maximum and sometimes you lose but it’s worth it; I said that to Timmy. We gave it our all. Kevin did the same and in the end he was catching Eriksson and was right on his bumper. That was a thrilling fight and it also shows that both drivers gave everything to try to win.”

CAN Next round:
Round seven of the FIA World RX tour takes place in Canada, at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. It's a unique challenge as the only street circuit on the 2019 calendar, which also features the longest straight of the season. The track's long history is as a circuit racing venue but when rallycross comes to town, it becomes 40% gravel, where the wide start/finish straight narrows down and features a few twists, plus the joker. Team HANSEN MJP won this event in 2015 and 2016, so hopes are high for a repeat in 2019!
19-07-09 Dubbelseger i Höljes för JC Racetekniks Larsson och Gundersen
Det blev succé för JC Raceteknik när rallycrossen kördes på svensk mark. Teamets Robin Larsson segrade i Supercar-EM medan Ben-Philip Gundersen vann i klassen Supercar Lites. Även teamets junior Isak Reiersen slutade på pallen i Crosscar Star Challenge.
– Det var nästan så att det kom en tår efter finalen faktiskt, jag är otroligt stolt över hela teamet, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Det var inför 48 350 åskådare som årets rallycross i Höljes kördes. För det värmlandsbaserade teamet JC Raceteknik resulterade helgen i inget mindre än två segrar och en tredjeplats.

För Robin Larsson har årets säsong i FIA European Rallycross Championship gått på bästa möjliga sätt. Liksom tidigare tävlingar segrade han i grundomgången, semifinal och final, vilket resulterar i maximala poäng i mästerskapet. För Mats Öhman var det första tävlingen på svensk mark i Audi-bilen. Han visade högt tempo på banan, men problem i starterna gjorde att han inte kvalificerade sig till semifinal.

I RX2 International Series fick Ben-Philip Gundersen äntligen kliva högst upp på pallen. Säsongen har haft en tuffare inledning för norrmannen, och trots motgångar även i Höljes lyckades han knyta ihop säcken med seger i både semifinalen och final. Det gör att han klättrar till fjärdeplats i mästerskapet. För teamkompisen Jimmie Walfridson, som endast kör några deltävlingar i RX2 Series, gjorde en bruten omgång att han tappade viktiga placeringar. Trots det tog han sig till semifinal, där han slutade på femte plats.

Helgen inleddes med Crosscar Star Challenge, en tävling i Xtreme där gamla stjärnor som Marcus Grönholm, Kenneth Hansen, Stig-Olov Walfridson och Sverre Isachsen mötte rutinerade crosskartförare. Till start kom även JC Raceteknik Juniorteams Isak Reiersen, 15 år. Trots dubbla jokervarv i ena heatet och en 360-snurr i den andra tog han en fjärde och en tredje placering i omgångarna. Han slutade tvåa i semifinalen och väl i final korsade han mållinjen på tredje plats.

Nästa tävling för teamet blir när RallyX Nordic körs i Riga 20-21 juni.

Joel Christoffersson:
”Det blev en Magic Weekend för JC Raceteknik. Det är alltid kul att vinna tävlingar, men så här på hemmaplan är det ännu större. Det var nästan så att det kom en tår faktiskt, jag är otroligt stolt över hela teamet. Vi har slitit mycket i Höljes tidigare år, så det känns extra skönt att äntligen få en fullträff här. Robin gjorde en kanonhelg och har haft bra fart rakt igenom, så segern blev pricken över i:et. I RX2 känns det riktigt skönt att äntligen få ta den där segern hela teamet kämpat för. Att Ben-Philip lyckades vända gårdagens niondeplats till en vinst idag är fantastiskt.

Mats har gjort en bra helg och visade i Q1 att farten finns på banan. Men tyvärr har vi problem med starterna, det är någonting som vi måste lösa inför Riga. Jimmie har slitit med feber i helgen och var inte riktigt i sin vanliga form, men trots det har han gjort en bra prestation. Nu laddar vi upp inför nästa tävling.”

Robin Larsson, Supercar:
”En tredje seger känns riktigt gött, framför allt att vinna i Höljes. Här laddar jag alltid extra mycket och man vill bjuda publiken på show. Vi hade ett gäng på runt 215 personer här och hade dessutom en helt egen Larsson-läktare i målkurvan, men även i resten av publiken har det varit många gula tröjor och mycket jubel. Det är häftigt att uppleva.

Jag har haft en felfri helg och teamet har gjort ett kanonjobb med bilen. Det enda lilla nervösa ögonblicket var igår när regnet kom eftersom jag inte kört så mycket på vått underlag, men där tog jag en andra tid så det funkade bra. Bortsett från det tog jag snabbaste tiderna i alla omgångarna. Tyvärr kom inte Thomas Bryntesson till start i semifinalen, det var tråkigt för jag hade velat göra upp på riktigt i finalen. Efter helgen utökar vi ledningen i mästerskapet, och även om jag kan ta det lite lugnare nu kommer jag sikta på segrar.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites:
”Höljes är som alla säger en speciell tävling, man vill vinna här. Något jag fått känna av i helgen är att man verkligen aldrig ska ge upp. Tävlingen gick upp och ner för mig, vi hade otur med vädret och efter ett straff i Q3 låg jag på niondeplats totalt över natten. Då kände jag att blir det en plats i finalen får jag vara nöjd. Så att få vinna känns helt obeskrivligt för både mig och teamet. Även om det är många poäng upp till mästerskapsledningen plockar vi poäng och jobbar oss uppåt mot pallen. Tack till alla som gjort helgen ännu bättre och som stöttat mig. Också tack till teamet och mekanikerna som gjorde ett väldigt bra jobb med allt och att justera bilen utefter vädret.”

Mats Öhman, Supercar:
”Höljes är bästa tävlingen på hela året, det är något man alltid ser fram emot. Så att få ta en heatseger är alltid kul, speciellt med all publik. Bilen var suverän hela helgen och jag har farten, men just nu är starterna katastrof. Ingen Supercar-bil är enkel att starta, men jag har många hjälpmedel och det blir för mycket moment att hålla koll på och som tar tid. Så nu gäller det att förenkla startsystemet. Vi har jobbat på en bättre lösning, så nu ska vi hem och testa det i bilen. Förhoppningsvis hinner det bli klart inför nästa tävling. I helgen var det första gången jag körde på regn och vi har lärt oss mycket om bilen och inställningar på vått underlag. Mekanikerna har gjort ett kanonjobb hela tävlingen och hela teamet skötte det väldigt proffsigt som alltid.”

Jimmie Walfridson, Supercar Lites:
”Höljes har varit okej för min del. Jag har haft både stolpe in och stolpe ut, men får vara nöjd med semifinalen. Målet var att komma till final och jag hade goda chanser att nå dit, men blev lite hindrad i semifinalen. Trots det tar jag med mig mycket positivt härifrån. Vi har hittat lite nya inställningar på bilen och testat andra tankesätt som jag tror passar mig, dessutom är ju all körning man får i bilen bra. Sen är ju hemmatävlingen i Höljes alltid skoj. Jag har varit här mycket under uppväxten och sett min far och alla gamla stjärnor tävla, så att köra själv nu är häftigt. Nästa tävling för mig blir RallyX Nordic i Riga, det är en ny bana och jag ser fram emot den tävlingen.”

Isak, Crosscar Star Challenge:
”Att få tävla under just The Magic Weekend, med all publik och atmosfären, har varit väldigt speciellt. Sedan gjorde motståndet det bara ännu häftigare. Jag har växt upp på banan i Höljes och sett mina stora idoler tävla här. Nu fick jag chansen att möta dem och även vara snabbare – det var häftigt. Tävlingsmässigt får jag vara nöjd med tredjeplatsen, även om jag under hela dagen kände att jag hade mer att ge. I Q1 tog jag en fjärdetid trots dubbla jokervarv, och i Q2 snurrade jag efter en actionfylld start men tog då också en tredjetid. Semin slutade med en andraplats, och sen i finalen var det återigen tufft. De som startade med mig är det snabbaste gänget som tävlar i Xtreme, plus Marcus Grönholm, så det var kul att få avsluta på pallen. Jag är glad att jag fick chansen att köra här och hoppas att vi kan få se ett liknande arrangemang framöver.”
19-07-09 Hedström bortdömd efter semin - Tufft efterhandsdomslut placerade Peter utanför finalen
Hedströms Motorsport kan blicka tillbaka på en fin helg på hemmaplan, med Peter krigande i toppen av EM-serien. Med Daniel Thorén som kört snabbare än någonsin i det tuffa EM-fältet och Kjetil Larsen som fick avsluta med heatseger i VM. Tyvärr lade ett sent domslut efter semifinalen sordin på avslutningen.

Hedström levererade snabba starter och imponerande fart på banan, under båda dagarna av årets magiska helg i Höljes. Inför publiken på hela 48 350 personer bjöd Peter på hela tre heatsegrar. Han var dessutom oslagbart snabbast av alla i EM-fältet under kvalomgång två.
- Jag har alltid varit startsnabb och starter på blött underlag är inget undantag, säger Peter Hedström.

Efter Q2 var Peter tvåa totalt, men i tredje kvalet blev det tvärnit efter ännu en kanonstart. Trasig bromsslang, överhettade bromsar och exploderad bromsskiva som slog tvärnit på bilen. Hedström skakade av sig krånglet i Q3 och gick ut i fjärde kvalet och levererade tredje heatseger. Tiden räckte bara till elfte tid på den upptorkande banan och Peter tog sig till semifinal som kvalnia.
- Jag gjorde så gott det gick men det var för halkigt helt enkelt.

Semifinalstarten blev tuff och tät, Peter tog rygg på René Münnich, låg precis i baken när den tyske föraren tvärnitade.
- Jag tushade i han, ingen märkvärdig smäll, det är sånt som kan hända när man åker fullt in i en vinkelsväng och den framför låser upp bromsarna, menar Hedström.
Domarna tyckte dock inte lika, utan satte fem sekunders tidstillägg på Peter. Domslutet kom sent, strax innan finalen skulle rulla ner på startplattan.

I stället för finalkörning och alla möjligheter till topplacering, för sin tredjeplats i semin, blev Peter nedplockad till femteplats i semin och en total elfteplats.
- Det känns riktigt surt att bli bortdömd på det här viset, menar Peter.

Daniel Thorén gjorde en fin helg sitt livs tredje EM-deltävling och noterade en nittonde plats, efter att ha varit uppe på sextonde plats en stund under tävlingen.
- Jag tappade ner till tjugonde plats efter en trasig hjulupphängning i Q2, men jobbade sen upp mig igen, berättar Daniel.
Daniel visade sedan bra fart i de två avslutande kvalen.
- Det kändes fantastiskt skönt, bilkörningen stämde bra och den känslan tar jag med till nästa RallyX i Norge.
Kjetil Larsen gjorde ett tufft inhopp i VM efter ett års köruppehåll. Han avslutade sin tävling på briljant sätt med heatseger och slutar på artonde plats i den hårda VM-konkurrensen.

19-07-09 Ännu en folkfest i Höljes
För Sondre Evjen slutade rallycrosshelgen i Höljes med en fjärdeplats i semifinalen. Den svenska EM- och VM-tävlingen bjöd som vanligt på bästa tänkbara underhållning och även om det inte blev nytt publikrekord så bekräftade 48 350 åskådare folkfesten i norra Värmland.

- Som vanligt en fantastisk stämning och ett helproffsigt arrangemang. Chaufförerna bjöd också på tuffa dueller och fin körning här på världens kanske bästa bana, summerar Tommy Kristoffersson, teamchef i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.
Fjolårets tävling, där Volkswagens Johan Kristoffersson för andra gången segrade i VM-klassen, lockade 51 600 åskådare. Till den nivån nådde inte riktigt årets evenemang.
- Det finns orsaker till det. Vädret var betydligt kallare i år och det regnade en del, samtidigt som det saknades några stora förarprofiler, men det är ändå en väldigt trogen publik här, säger Kristoffersson.

Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS kom till Höljes med förhoppningar om en finalplats i Euro RX för teamets unge förare, norrmannen Sondre Evjen. Förberedelserna pekade i en positiv riktning, men Evjen kunde inte riktigt leverera på den önskade nivån.
- Teamet har gjort ett väldigt bra jobb. Bilen var bättre än någonsin. Det är bara mig det har hängt på, för många misstag, ett grovt fel i varje kvalheat, säger en självkritisk Sondre Evjen.

Evjen noterade sin bästa kvalplacering i Q1, där han placerade sig sjua, trots problem med startproceduren.
En piruett ställde till det i Q2, där norrmannen kvalade som 21:a.
- Den snurren gjorde en del med självförtroendet, analyserar Evjen, som fortsatte med en åttondeplats i Q3 och därefter 14:e i sista kvalomgången.

Sondre slutade elva totalt i kvalificeringen och plockade därmed hem sex poäng i mästerskapstabellen. Dags för semifinal från det bakre startledet i första heatet.
- Jag blandade bra körning med ett par misstag där också. Lite för mycket vilja, men jag hade i alla fall näst bästa varvtid av alla i semifinalerna.

Evjen gick i mål som femma, men flyttades upp till fjärde efter att Peter Hedström fått ett straff.
- Det var en stentuff semifinal, men jag hade gett mig själv ett svårt utgångsläge efter missarna i kvalet.

Ändå var Evjen förste man utanför finalen och stod redo som reserv, dock utan att få chansen. En besvikelse både för honom och teamet.
- Sondre behöver träning för att få den trygghet som gör att han bestämmer över bilen hela tiden, analyserar Tommy Kristoffersson, som i övrigt var nöjd med teamet.
- Eklund Motorsport och våra egna mekaniker har gjort ett jättebra jobb. Bilen är så bra som man kan få en privatbil, säger Kristofferson om teamets Polo GTI RX.
- Nu är det mig det hänger på. Jag vill förstås ha mer körträning, men självklart hjälper det också att vara 100 procent förberedd mentalt, säger en revanschsugen Sondre Evjen och blickar framåt mot nästa EM-tävling i Buxtehude, Tyskland, 17-18 augusti.
19-07-09 Tidemand knep imponerande andraplats i Höljes
Pontus Tidemands tredje inhopp i rallycross-EM började något problematiskt, men genom en imponerande stark insats under söndagen kammade Pontus tillslut hem en pallplats, den första i år. - Var det någonstans jag ville lyckas så var det här, kommenterar en nöjd värmlänning sin insats.

Att få delta i Sveriges två största motorevenemang, Rally Sweden och Höljes RX, under ett och samma år är få förunnat. Men i år fick rallyesset Pontus Tidemand chansen i båda och anlände till Höljes, som mer eller mindre är hemmaplan för honom, med målet att göra sin bästa prestation hittills i rallycross-EM.

Helgen fick dock en motig start under lördagen. I det första kvalheatet strulade motorn i starten, i det andra heatet gjorde han en liten miss och fick tidstillägg och i det tredje fastnade han i trafiken och kunde inte avancera.
- Jag kände ändå att det fanns mer att göra och det peppade mig, berättar Pontus. Trots några små problem på vägen trivdes jag väldigt bra med bilen, den gick bra och med lite flyt på min sida visste jag att vi kunde få till en bra avslutning på helgen. Det var bara att ladda om och ta nya tag.

Det var precis vad han gjorde på söndagen. Från tionde plats i totalen och med ett kvalheat kvar hittade han en ny växel och satte en tredje snabbaste tid. Han klättrade till åttonde plats och var därmed klar för den andra semifinalen. Väl där fanns det inget att förlora och han fick ut mesta möjliga ur Eklund Motorsports Volkswagen Beetle när han var snabbast i sin semifinal och kvalificerade sig för främre raden i finalen.
- Idag var det fullt ös. Var det någonstans jag ville lyckas så var det här på hemmaplan inför hemmapubliken så det känns otroligt bra, särskilt med tanke på gårdagen. Teamet är ett riktigt kanongäng och de har gjort ett fantastiskt jobb hela vägen och nu visade vi vilka snabba varvtider bubblan faktiskt kan åstadkomma. Jag är jättenöjd med vår prestation och att komma tvåa bakom Robin Larsson som är en fenomenal rallycrossförare, det är inte så pjåkigt, skrattar Pontus när han summerar den svenska deltävlingen.

Resultat Euro RX Höljes
1. Robin Larsson
2. Pontus Tidemand
3. Jean-Baptiste Dubourg
4. Tamás Kárai
5. René Münnich
6. Paulius Pleskovas
19-07-09 Hedström med i toppen
- Thorén fann fart i Q3 efter kvick start.

Teamet har levererat på topp under första dagen och Peter blixtrade till med snabbaste tid i andra kvalet. Daniel fann fart i Q3 och nu laddar de om inför morgondagens drabbning.

Dag ett av årets magiska helg i Höljes är till ända och Peter Hedström är med i toppen av EM. Femtetid i första kvalomgången följdes upp av Peter med en rejäl urladdning i andra kvalet. Han tog ledningen efter en perfekt start och släppte sedan aldrig, trots att EM-ledande Robin Larsson bitvis var hack i häl.
- Starter på blött underlag är något av min specialitet, jag kom iväg bra och sen körde jag mitt eget race, säger Peter Hedström.
Peter noterade bästa tid i Q2 och gick där upp på en total andraplats.
I tredje kvalomgången blev det hårda tag i startkurvan. Peter var först in i startkurvan men valde att ta alternativspåret direkt. En allt för hård landning i hoppet ödelade sedan heatet för Peter.
- En bromsslang till bakbromsarna nöps av på första varvet och jag fick fortsätta med bara frambromsar.
Värmen i bromsarna fram steg och till slut exploderade en bromsskiva mot slutet av heatet och det blev tvärstopp.
Trots stoppet i tredje omgången går Peter till nattvila som sexa i Euro RX.

Efter en lite nervig start har Daniel Thorén ökat under hela dagen. Efter en sextonde tid i första omgången avlöstes av en strulig andra kvalomgång på blött. Men sedan satte Daniel trettonde tid i Q3. Thorén fick till en riktigt bra start och tog rygg på Sondre Evjen i sitt heat.
- Med facit i hand gick jag ut lite för lugnt och det var mycket nerver i första kvalet, sedan blev det kubbning i andra och ingen bra tid, så det kändes skönt att allt gick efter plan i tredje, säger Daniel Thorén.

I det hårda VM-fältet satte Kjetil Larsen i teamets tredje VW Polo en fjortonde och en artonde tid under de två omgångarna som WRX kört idag.
I morgon söndag varvar EM-fältet igång med sin fjärde kvalomgång i morgon vid elvatiden.

19-07-02 Tidemand vill utmana i Höljes
Med ett SM-silver från förra veckans rallysprint i bagaget, är Pontus Tidemand på väg mot sitt tredje inhopp i rallycross-EM och laddar för fullt inför "The Magic Weekend" i värmländska Höljes. Med lite mer kraft under huven sedan den norska deltävlingen hoppas han kunna bjuda hemmafansen på en show och få till ännu ett bra resultat.

Även om det är full fokus på att få till nästa start i rally-VM, är det mycket värt att hålla igång tävlingstagget och när Per Eklund gav Pontus chansen till ett gästspel i rallycross-EM var han snabbt på bollen. En fin prestation i säsongspremiären på Silverstone i Storbritannien där Pontus slutade sexa, ledde till en fortsättning i norska Hell och även där gjorde Pontus en kanoninsats utefter förutsättningarna trots att det inte räckte till final. Han ligger femma i mästerskapet och nu blir det alltså en tredje chans - och det inte i vilken tävling som helst, utan en av Pontus absoluta favoriter.
- Rally Sweden och rallycrossen i Höljes, det är mäktiga tävlingar, de bästa och häftigaste motorarrangemangen Sverige har och jag är jätteglad att jag får göra båda under ett och samma år, säger Pontus. Jag har inte kört i Höljes sedan jag gjorde hela World RX-serien 2014 så jag ser verkligen fram emot att komma tillbaka. Det är hemmaplan för mig och stämningen här går inte att jämföra med något annat, hela norra Värmland kokar och det är omöjligt att inte ryckas med och tagga igång lite extra.

Pontus hoppas också att den här gången kunna bräcka sina två tidigare resultat. Han trivs bra i Eklund Motorsports Volkswagen Beetle och vet hur han ska göra det mesta av materialet och inför "The Magic Weekend" har han dessutom fått lite hjälp på traven.
- Per har trimmat bubblan lite sedan Norge, berättar Pontus. Den har fått en ny turbo och jag hoppas att det ska göra att vi får ut mer av den. Teamet har gjort ett strålande jobb med bilen i de föregående tävlingarna och satsar ännu högre nu. Det är en rolig bana i Höljes och man kan attackera bra. Stämmer allt kan vi tveklöst ge storfräsarna i klassen en ordentlig match.

Höljes RX är ett unikt tillskott i rallycrossmästerskapen med de festglada camparna på "Happy Street" och kringarrangemang för besökare i alla åldrar och det gör tävlingen till en av de populäraste i serien. Förra året sattes ännu ett publikrekord när 51 600 åskådare besökte Höljesbanan.
19-07-01 Jonas Kruse, expert SVT Sport, inför World RX Sweden: ”Hansen Brothers” kommer att sätta färg på tävlingen
Nedräkningen inför rallycrossen i Höljes har börjat. På lördag och söndag smäller det med World RX Sweden, den mest emotsedda deltävlingen i VM-serien från förarnas och publikens sida. Det är prestige att vinna slaget i Höljes!

Den värmländske motorsportprofilen och SVT Sports bilsportexpert Jonas Kruse är på plats för att nyhetsrapportera åt SVT Sport från Höljes. Han ser fram mot intressant tävling där mycket kan hända. Han spår att unga svenska förare kommer att vara med i toppstriden.
– Naturligtvis saknas två givna publikfavoriter, fjolårets VW-duo med regerande världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson och alltid populäre Petter Solberg, men fajten mellan bröderna Hansen kommer mer än väl väga upp deras frånvaro och att sätta färg på tillställningen i Höljes. Kanske kan vi få en ny Per och Stig-konstellation i Team Hansen MJP, inleder Jonas Kruse och fortsätter:
– Kampen mellan Saab-teamets Per Eklund och Stig Blomqvist var en följetong i svensk och internationell rally- och rallycross i mer än ett decennium, nu är Hansen Brothers, Timmy och Kevin, snart där också. Det gillar publiken och kan bli tufft för pappa Kenneth och mamma Susanne! Speciellt i Höljes är ju bataljerna mellan Olle Arnesson och Martin Schanche smått historisk inte minst när det ledde till handgemäng efteråt. Men det var då det, nu är det bröderna Hansen.

Jonas Kruse bedömer att både Timmy och Kevin har kapacitet och rätt förutsättningar i Hansens Peugeot-team att bli världsmästare.
– Vi ska inte förvånas över om det smäller i kiosken redan i första svängen mellan dem, säger han.

Kruse lyfter även ett varningens finger för ännu en ung svensk förhandsfavorit. Det är Anton Marklund, som under några timmar var segrare i den allra senaste VM-deltävlingen i norska Hell. Men en efterkontroll av GC Kompetetions Renault visade på en teknisk avvikelse mot reglementet. Marklund, europamästare 2017, fråntogs segern av tävlingsjuryn.
– Anton har åkt mycket bil under senare år, valt att stå över VM i fjol för att satsa på EM. Nu är han åter i VM och i en potent bil. Vi kommer förmodligen att se honom i A-final även denna gång, och där kan han överraska precis som han gjorde i Norge, avslutar Jonas Kruse.


19-06-28 Bumper crop of future superstars ready to bring the Magic to Höljes
Rallycross’ ‘Magic Weekend’ awaits biggest grid of RX2 season so far in Sweden
Championship leader Oliver Eriksson seeking to avenge last year’s disappointment
All of the action available to watch via Facebook livestream and TV broadcast
Over the past two-and-a-half years, the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires has firmly established itself as the breeding ground for the FIA World Rallycross Championship stars of the future, and a bumper crop of 23 budding Timmy Hansens and Andreas Bakkeruds are set to thrill fans at Höljes’ fast-approaching ‘Magic Weekend’ (6/7 July).

Local hero Oliver Eriksson leads the field into Sweden, having extended his advantage at the top of the title table last time out in Norway with a fourth consecutive victory in 2019. The defending champion holds a 21-point margin over his nearest rival and is unquestionably the man to beat – and having narrowly missed out on a rostrum finish on home soil last year, he is feeling particularly fired-up for a champagne celebration.

“Höljes is just an awesome event,” the 20-year-old enthused. “It attracts a huge number of spectators, and the Swedish summer vibe is in full swing. The track itself obviously needs no introduction – it’s one of the true, old-school classic rallycross circuits and something of a mecca in the sport.

“Last season, a malfunctioning gear lever kept us off the podium, but hopefully we’ll have better luck next weekend and I promise I’ll be giving it full gas to try to keep this current winning run going!”

Closing in on the top step
Ominous as that may sound, Eriksson’s competitors can at least take comfort from his difficulties at Höljes 12 months ago. What’s more, his closest pursuers – his own Olsbergs MSE team-mates Jesse Kallio and Fraser McConnell – have both shown they have the pace to vie for victory this year in their rookie campaign in the official World RX feeder series.

Kallio has reached the rostrum in every round to-date – coming within a whisker of triumphing at Spa-Francorchamps – while McConnell’s swashbuckling driving style and scintillating raw speed have already earned the Jamaican a legion of admirers.

‘Best-of-the-rest’ Ben-Philip Gundersen is continuing to climb back up the order following a troubled start to the season in Spain. The Norwegian ran Eriksson particularly close in Hell and is not afraid of going wheel-to-wheel with anybody. He will be partnered under the JC Raceteknik umbrella next weekend by Sweden’s Jimmie Walfridson, who impressed on his series debut on home turf last summer.

Sami-Matti Trogen has been a consistent threat for SET Promotion, and the Finnish teenager will be rejoined at Höljes by countryman Jami Kalliomäki, returning to RX2 for the first time since the end of 2018.

Vasiliy Gryazin has already proved his podium credentials this year with Sports Racing Technologies, while Anders Michalak is going from strength-to-strength in his third season in the series. Along with reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion Steve Volders and record-breaking former Olympic athlete Albert Llovera, the Swede is leading the charge for RX2’s ‘older generation’.

Local knowledge
William Nilsson returns to the fray after missing the most recent round, and he will be bidding to replicate his top three finish at the ‘Magic Weekend’ from 2017, while Linus Östlund will be sure to receive the lion’s share of fans’ support as he makes his seasonal RX2 bow with Olsbergs MSE. The 19-year-old from Långav near Sysslebäck practically grew up testing and racing at Höljes, so if anybody understands the key to a quick lap time around the track, it is him.

“It’s fair to say I probably know Höljes better than most,” acknowledged Östlund, “but in a series as competitive and fiercely-fought as RX2, you need more than just local knowledge if you want to succeed. I reached the rostrum there in RallyX Nordic earlier this year, which is hopefully a promising sign, and after missing out on the RX2 semi-finals by just one position last summer, that has to be my primary goal this time – at the very least...”

Simon Olofsson and Marcus Höglund are both similarly swift Swedes well capable of pushing for the podium, and compatriot Mats Oskarsson will be aiming to convert the flashes of speed he has shown thus far in 2019 in RallyX Nordic into a strong result on his first RX2 appearance since this time last year.

Martin Enlund will make his series debut next weekend, with the entry list completed by a quartet of rapid Norwegians – Petter Leirhol, Morten Asklund, Stein Frederic Akre and Lars Erik Haug – and a brace of highly-rated French hotshots. Damien Meunier is set to rejoin the grid for the first time since Spa, as Yann Le Jossec prepares to test his mettle against the crème de la crème of upcoming rallycross talent.

The Höljes RX2 action will begin with free practice on Friday (5 July), the opening three qualifying races on Saturday (6 July) and the remaining qualifier, two semi-finals and final on Sunday (7 July). Fans will be able to watch all of the qualifying races live via the FIA World RX and RX2 Series Facebook pages, with the semi-finals and all-important final featuring as part of the live World RX television broadcast.

Make no mistake – with 23 competitors all putting it on the line for just six final places, it’s going to be epic!

2019 RX2 Höljes Entry List
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik SWE
6 William Nilsson SWE William Nilsson SWE
11 Morten Asklund NOR Morten Asklund NOR
12 Anders Michalak SWE Anders Michalak SWE
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE SWE
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE SWE
21 Damien Meunier FRA Damien Meunier FRA
22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN SET Promotion FIN
27 Petter Leirhol NOR Petter Leirhol NOR
33 Lars Erik Haug NOR Lars Erik Haug NOR
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE SWE
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Olsbergs MSE SWE
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson SWE
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies LVA
60 Martin Enlund SWE Martin Enlund SWE
65 Jami Kalliomäki FIN SET Promotion FIN
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera AND
77 Steve Volders BEL Nationale Renstal Trommelke BEL
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE Team Helmia SWE
98 Stein Frederic Akre NOR Stein Frederic Akre NOR
99 Marcus Höglund SWE Marcus Höglund SWE
100 Yann Le Jossec FRA Yann Le Jossec FRA
111 Mats Oskarsson SWE Mats Oskarsson SWE

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 119 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 98 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 81 points
4. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 74 points
5. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 67 points
6. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 55 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 45 points
8. Anders Michalak (SWE) 44 points
9. Steve Volders (BEL) 41 points
10. William Nilsson (SWE) 37 points
19-06-28 Tierp outlines on and off-track improvements for 2019 finale
Swedish venue hard at work to stage sensational RallyX Nordic finale
Circuit and paddock revisions to benefit competitors and fans alike
Big screen, beer tent and live music to enhance spectator experience

Tierp Arena has revealed the on and off-track improvements it has planned for the 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season finale (21/22 September), as the Swedish circuit aims to build upon its debut in the championship last year.

The enhancements have been devised to make the experience more enjoyable for competitors and spectators alike.

On-track, the lap has been extended to include six more corners – three before the existing jumps and three before the final straight and finish line. Several sections will also benefit from newly-laid asphalt and a new layer of natural gravel 15-20cm in depth.

The Velodrome banked gravel corner will be bordered on the outside by a concrete wall, while the entry to the joker will be widened to minimise time loss. The two jumps towards the end of the lap will also become one – which will add to the spectacle by sending cars flying higher than ever before. The new layout will be tested and optimised in the coming weeks, with ongoing discussions to stage more action on the Saturday.

Off-track, teams will benefit from a relocated and better laid-out paddock, while access will be facilitated by a new ticketing system that will mirror that used at other events, with dogs permitted in the paddock but not grandstand. Spectators in the Section A grandstand will also be able to follow all the action on a big new, 40m2 screen.

The entertainment will continue even after the racing stops, too. A beer tent and live music will keep the party going on the Saturday evening, while camping will be closer to the paddock than before. In addition to the existing campsite, there will be a new pits campsite for those who wish to experience the high-octane feeling day and night, with both sites set to enjoy better electricity connection.

“All of the changes are based on the lessons we learned last year,” revealed Tierp Arena CEO, Urban Axelsson. “We listened carefully to the feedback we received from teams, drivers and fans, and this is the result. A tremendous amount of hard work has already gone into improving the venue for competitors and spectators, with plenty more still to come between now and September to ensure we are ready to stage the best season finale RallyX Nordic has ever seen.”

“We are very pleased to see the effort that everybody at Tierp Arena has gone to with these improvements both on and off-track,” added RallyX Nordic COO, Ian Davies. “As a venue, it was clear to see last year that there was enormous potential, with just a few rough edges to refine and these changes look set to ensure that the 2019 event is bigger, better and even more exciting. We are all very much looking forward to returning in September.”

19-06-26 Kalliomäki to return to RX2 for 'Magic Weekend'
Flying Finn’ set to rejoin the grid for Swedish spectacular
19-year-old describes Höljes as his favourite event
SET Promotion ace contested full RX2 campaign in 2018

Jami Kalliomäki will return to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires at Höljes next month (6/7 July), with the Finnish teenager aiming to be quick out-of-the-blocks at an event that he describes as his favourite in the championship.

Kalliomäki contested a full RX2 campaign last year, showing flashes of raw speed on several occasions – indeed, even briefly leading the final on his debut at Mettet – on his way to eighth in the overall standings. He similarly proved his prowess at Höljes, speeding to the fourth-fastest time in Q2 out of the record-breaking 29 competitors.

Since then, the 19-year-old has focussed predominantly on crosskart competition, but next weekend, he will climb back into the cockpit of a Supercar Lites car for the first time in more than half-a-year with Finnish outfit SET Promotion – and he is looking forward to swiftly blowing away the cobwebs.

“I’m really excited to be getting back into RX2 after this long break,” Kalliomäki enthused. “Last season, Höljes was my favourite round. I just had problems with punctures, but hopefully we can be fast there straightaway this time.

“I have been driving a lot this year in crosskart, winning all three rounds of the Finnish Championship so far and one round of the NEZ (North European Zone) in Riga. Sami-Matti [Trogen] has already shown that the team has good speed this season in RX2, so I hope I can get back into the driving style of the Lites car quickly at Höljes.”
19-06-24 Stjärnorna återvänder!
Under Swecon World Rallycross of Sweden, kommer bl.a de tidigare mästarna i rallycross-Kenneth Hansen och Stecka Walfridsson göra comback - denna gång i Crosscar. Tävlingen genomförs i sin helhet på fredag med start kl 15.30. Intresset att får köra har varit stort bland de forna mästarna. Förutom Kenneth och Stecka kommer ni att få se Rallyvärldsmästaren Marcus Grönholm. Han vann dessutom rallycross-deltävlingen i Höljes 2008 och kommer att göra allt för att ta hem segern på den ikoniska banan även denna gång. Vi kommer även att få se norrmannen Sverre Isachsen som tävlat i Amerika de senaste åren.

Detta är en fantastisk start på the Magic Weekend och vi kan utlova en tävling där samtliga förare gör allt för att vinna.

Förutom de stora stjärnorna kommer vi att få se lokala Crosscar förare, se startlista nedan.

Startlista "Crosscar Star Challenge"
Marcus Grönholm. Världsmästare I rally
Kenneth Hansen. Europeisk mästare I Rallycross
Sverre Isachsen. Europeisk mästare I Rallycross
Stig-Olov "Stecka" Walfridson. Vinnare i Höljes 2009
Henning Solberg, Tävlande I rally-VM
Graham Rodemark. Brittisk mästare i rallycross

Arne Rådström. Värmländsk rallyförare som fick detta i 50-årspresent
Isac Egonsson. Hemmaförare i crosscart
Nils Andersson RallyX Nordic guld
Jimmie Österberg RallyX Nordic brons
Isak Reiersen Svensk mästare I Crosscart
Julius Ljungdahl Vinnare av RallyX on Ice
19-06-17 Defending champ beats home hero to glory in Hell
Championship leader Eriksson gives his rivals Hell in Norway
Local favourite Gundersen sends home fans away smiling
‘Flying Finn’ Kallio upholds spotless podium record in 2019

Oliver Eriksson continued to set the pace in the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires as it made its annual visit to Hell in Norway this weekend (15/16 June), with the championship leader narrowly defeating home hero Ben-Philip Gundersen to seal a fourth consecutive triumph.

By his own high standards, Eriksson made a slow start in Hell – ‘only’ placing second in the first qualifying round – but from that stage on, the defending title-holder was never headed, winning every remaining qualifier, his semi-final and the final. The Swede might have been feeling somewhat under the weather today, but it failed to slow him down and the result means he has dropped just a single point from four events this year – an ominous statistic indeed.

Second-placed Gundersen sent the partisan crowd away happy by securing his best result of what has been a topsy-turvy season to-date, while Jesse Kallio maintained his unbroken run of podium finishes in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series in third, back at the scene of his victory in EuroRX’s Super1600 class last year.

Qualifying Races
Eriksson dominated the qualifying stages in Hell, taking three fastest times out of four to top the intermediate standings. The man that pipped him to P1 in Q1 was local favourite Gundersen, who got his weekend off to the perfect start around a track that has not always been kind to him, but thereafter the JC Raceteknik man had to give best to his Olsbergs MSE rival.

On his Hell debut, Fraser McConnell was impressively never outside the top four throughout the qualifiers, shadowing Eriksson to the chequered flag in Q4 as he rapidly got to grips with the demanding Lånkebanen circuit. The Jamaican placed third overall ahead of fellow OMSE ace Kallio, who couldn’t quite find the ultimate pace to challenge his two team-mates.

Marcus Höglund was a fast and feisty fifth on his seasonal RX2 bow with Team Färén, followed by JC Raceteknik’s Jimmie Walfridson, the Swede returning to action after missing the previous round at Silverstone. SET Promotion teenager Sami-Matti Trogen battled back from a troubled start to vault up to seventh with a rapid run in Q4, with Steve Volders in eighth – the reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion increasingly finding his feet in RX2 – and Simon Olofsson surviving a few ragged moments on his way to ninth.

Norway’s Morten Asklund had to overcome a degree of adversity to secure his own place in the semi-finals, while countryman Petter Leirhol and Sweden’s Anders Michalak – who collided at the start of Q4, leaving the former nursing a damaged car and putting the latter out on the spot – both similarly made the cut.

On his most competitive weekend to-date in the series, Albert Llovera narrowly fell short, as did Vasiliy Gryazin, the Sports Racing Technologies star twice finding himself pitched out of contention at the first corner – once into a spin, and once into a spectacular roll.

Semi-Finals
Eriksson led the first of the two semi-finals from lights-to-flag, with McConnell’s early joker paying off as the Jamaican slotted into second – but behind, all eyes were on the duel for third between Höglund and Trogen. The Finn’s efforts to get past culminated in contact into the downhill left-hander after the joker, sending bodywork flying. While Höglund held on to clinch the remaining final slot, Trogen was subsequently disqualified, promoting Olofsson to fourth and Asklund to fifth.

The second semi-final was a calmer affair, as Gundersen controlled the pace throughout, with Kallio copying team-mate McConnell’s early joker tactic to secure second and Volders reaching the final for the first time in his fledgling RX2 career at a track where he had previously finished on the podium in TouringCar. Walfridson, Michalak and Leirhol completed the finishers a little further back.

Final
Eriksson converted pole position into the lead when the lights changed as Gundersen tucked into second, with Kallio darting for the joker. A late decision by McConnell to follow suit, however, cost the Jamaican time – and with it, arguably, a shot at the podium.

There was brief drama when Eriksson tapped the wall towards the end of the opening lap, but the Swede escaped without damage and thereafter went on to pull away from his pursuers, ultimately taking the chequered flag just over two seconds clear of Gundersen, who himself had seven tenths in-hand over Kallio. Höglund gave Team Färén its best result of the season to-date in fourth, ahead of Volders and the frustrated McConnell.

Following a three-week break, the RX2 campaign will resume at Höljes on 6/7 July, with a bumper grid anticipated for the ‘Magic Weekend’ at the iconic Swedish circuit.

Quote, Unquote
Oliver Eriksson (1st): “Four from four – I can’t complain about that! It’s been a tough weekend – the competition was really tight with a lot of drivers showing strong pace and I wasn’t feeling on top form today, but when you’re in the car, the adrenaline takes over and you just get on with the job. Ben-Philip certainly didn’t give me much room to breathe and he obviously had the home crowd behind him, but thankfully I was able to repel his attacks. I had a minor scare early on in the final, but as soon as I got to the next corner I could feel the car was ok, so I was able to press on. It’s been a great start to the season, but we all know how quickly things can turn around in rallycross so we just need to go with the flow. Next up is my home event at Höljes, which I’m really looking forward to as I’m sure I’ll have a lot of family and friends coming along to support me – so let’s see if we can keep this momentum going there!”

Ben-Philip Gundersen (2nd): “I’m definitely happy with second place. Right from free practice, we had strong speed and the car felt good, and I immediately felt much more comfortable here than I ever had before. I haven’t always got on that well with this track in the past, but we made the perfect start in Q1. There’s definitely extra motivation when you compete on home soil, and the fans really got behind me, which was great to see – I want to thank them for all their support over the weekend. After such an up-and-down start to the season and losing so many potential points, we can’t afford to leave anything on the table now – we have to push flat-out every time. With that in mind, it was great to be back on the podium again and get the chance to spray some champagne, and we’ve moved up a couple of spots in the championship too. All-in-all, it’s been a very good weekend.”

Jesse Kallio (3rd): “I love this place; it’s one of my favourite tracks in the world – real old-school and a proper rallycross circuit with all the elevation change, and it generates a lot of sideways slides, which the fans always appreciate. I came here with good memories from last year, and in Q1, I think I was driving like I was still in a two wheel-drive car. I seemed to find myself repeatedly in the wrong place at the wrong time and stuck in traffic in the qualifying races, and it wasn’t until the final that I actually got some clean air at last. I expected Gundersen to take the joker at the start and was surprised when he didn’t – that opened up a gap for me, and then I pushed as hard as I could to see if I could catch Ben-Philip. Ultimately, we couldn’t quite make it but on what was unquestionably my toughest weekend yet in RX2, I can’t be unhappy with third place and another podium finish.”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO: “’Hell is like Heaven when you love rallycross’ is what they say around here, and that was certainly the case this weekend, with some brilliant – not to mention dramatic – racing from our RX2 drivers. Hell is one of the world’s classic rallycross tracks and a true test of not only skill behind the wheel but also tactical intelligence, with the timing of the joker playing a real role in the end result. Congratulations to our three podium-finishers – to Oliver for maintaining his perfect record this year, to Ben-Philip for bouncing back so quickly from his Silverstone disappointment and to Jesse for continuing to underline his credentials as one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars. Now we all look forward to the ‘mecca’ of rallycross – Höljes – and the famous ‘Magic Weekend’.”

Final Result
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 6 laps
2. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +2.168s
3. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +2.870s
4. Marcus HÖGLUND (SWE) Marcus Höglund +4.326s
5. Steve VOLDERS (BEL) Nationale Renstal Trommelke +5.824s
6. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +6.113s

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 119 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 98 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 81 points
4. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 74 points
5. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 67 points
6. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 55 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 45 points
8. Anders Michalak (SWE) 44 points
9. Steve Volders (BEL) 41 points
10. William Nilsson (SWE) 37 points
19-06-17 Kevin Hansen storms from the back to grab podium finish in Hell
Kevin Hansen went from the back row of the World RX of Norway Final to score a thrilling podium finish in Hell, going toe-to-toe with his championship rivals.

Team HANSEN MJP leaves Hell still leading both championships, with Timmy Hansen a single point ahead of Kevin in the drivers' championship, while both drivers contribute to an 18 point advantage in the teams' championship.

A tricky start on Saturday, where both Timmy and Kevin were repeatedly stuck in traffic, was turned around on Sunday morning with a 1-2 finish in Qualifying 3. Another strong run from both in Qualifying 4 put them on the first and second row of the grid respectively for Semi Final 2.

But there was a plot twist: a sudden downpour turned what had been a dry and sunny weekend into a wet weather Semi Final. With low grip on the front row, Timmy bogged down and dropped to last, mounting a heroic comeback and almost grabbing third place.

Timmy was beaten to that position by Kevin, whose late joker lap paid off and put him just in front of his older brother. A brilliant start from the back row in the Final put Kevin up to second place at the start, which briefly became first by passing Kevin Abbring for the lead.

Kevin dropped only one place when taking his joker lap and secured a very hard-fought second place, after a defensive masterclass over eventual winner Niclas Grönholm. He fell behind only due to a one second penalty for Kevin's pass on Grönholm during the first lap in an otherwise faultless performance.

6th
Timmy Hansen
Qualifying 1 4th
Qualifying 2 6th
Qualifying 3 1st
Qualifying 4 2nd
Semi-Final 2 4th
Final

Kevin Hansen, Hell
2nd
Kevin Hansen
Qualifying 1 10th
Qualifying 2 7th
Qualifying 3 2nd
Qualifying 4 4th
Semi-Final 2 3rd
Final

Talking Points
Both drivers' pace was great in the dry after an improvement in set-up late on Saturday. But that effort went out the window in the Semi Finals when it started raining heavily!
Hell lived up to its reputation. After the rain came down, the middle and back rows of the grid provided the best launch, while the front row was almost the worst place to start.
After picking up a position in Abu Dhabi due to another driver's penalty, Kevin would be demoted a place in a similar manner. It's all square now!

The big number 3
The number of qualifying sessions this weekend where Timmy Hansen set the fastest lap, including the outright fastest lap of the weekend.

21
Timmy Hansen
“Though the Semi Final didn’t go our way, we scored some good points this weekend. We had a strong qualifying and that built a good foundation in terms of points. We kept ourselves in a good position before the rain came.

“The rain before the Finals was a big shock and turned everything upside down. We went through the entire season without wet conditions and suddenly it was fully wet. That meant we had to guess a few things and so we didn’t choose the right settings for the launch. I had a poor start and tried everything I could to get past, but couldn’t find a gap.

“Having Niclas back for this weekend was good to see, even if he beat us this time! It was nice to have a really good challenge through the weekend. If it had stayed dry we could have had a real battle on our hands. It was just not my turn today. I did my best, but today was not my day.”

71
Kevin Hansen
“The first day was tricky. The speed was there but we had to start from the outside, which is really tricky in Hell. For the second day we adopted some of Timmy’s set-up, made some changes, and that seemed to make a difference.

“Looking at what happened when the rain came, starting from the second row for the Semi Final was a lot better than the first, so I was very happy to start there! We pulled off some amazing launches in the wet.

“I had to drive carefully in the Final as there was wiper fluid spraying everywhere inside the car! That also meant I couldn’t clear mud from the windscreen too. But we managed to cope with that well. Gronholm behind me pushed so hard but we kept our cool, did our thing and kept the grip all the way. With a good joker lap we managed to finish P2 but then got a penalty and were P3 instead. It’s not nice when you get a penalty but in the end I think it was a fair decision.”

Kenneth Hansen
“It was a bit of a mixed weekend for us. Saturday wasn't ideal with a few mistakes from us as a team and some problems for the drivers out on the track. Sunday went much better but in the end, it wasn't the result we wanted.

“Looking at the positives, we did learn a lot. We expected to have a little more speed here but we've learned a lot and there are some things we'll do differently for the future, especially the next round at Höljes, our home event.”

SWE Next round:
World RX of Sweden
Höljesbanan

It's an exciting time of year for Team HANSEN MJP, as the team heads to its home round of the championship at Höljes. Team principal Kenneth Hansen is the most successful driver of all time here, taking five Division 1 European RX wins behind the wheel. Kevin also scored a Euro RX win here in 2016, but the team is still seeking an elusive first win in World RX after the nearest of misses in 2015. Hopefully 2019 will be our year!
19-06-17 Jämn prestation och bra utveckling för Tidemand i Hell
I sista stund blev det klart att Pontus Tidemand fick följa upp sitt lyckade gästinhopp i rallycross-EM med ytterligare en start. Denna gången stod norska Hell på agendan och efter en jämn och fin prestation blev det motortrubbel som stod i vägen för att nå final.

EM-premiären för några veckor sedan gav både teamet och Pontus själv mersmak. Teamchefen Per Eklund skickade in anmälan om Pontus deltagande i även nästa deltävling och det blev snabba ryck att ta sig upp till Hell i Nordnorge nu i veckoslutet.

Också denna gång gjorde Pontus ett strålande jobb bakom ratten på VW-Beetlen och låg femma när de fyra kvalheaten var avklarade.
- Jag har varit otroligt nöjd med grejerna, berättar Pontus. Det är fantastisk stämning i teamet och alla gör ett kanonjobb. Vi har gjort många framsteg sen Silverstone och satte fjärde eller femte tid konsekvent genom kvalen och efter förutsättningarna var det riktigt bra.

Pontus gick alltså in i semifinalen på femte plats, men en inte helt problemfri start satte käppar i hjulen för vidare avancemang och han slutade fyra i sin semifinal.
- Det blev en dålig start. Motorn gick ner i källaren och dog och redan där grusades chanserna för final. Lite snopet måste jag erkänna eftersom allt hade gått så bra och vi verkligen trodde på en finalplats. Men det är sånt som händer i rallycross när det går så snabbt och starten ofta betyder allt. Lagom till finalen byttes solskenet ut mot spöregn också och det tror jag kan ha varit till vår fördel. Det känns som det hade kunnat passa både bilen och mig så det var synd.

Efter två rallycrosstävlingar i rad är det nu dags för Pontus att ladda om för att kliva in i rallybil igen. Den 28 juni väntar SM-sprinten i Malmö och han deltar då med sin egen SKODA Fabia som driftas av Pontus Tidemand Racing.
19-06-17 Gronholm claims maiden victory as the heavens open in
Finland’s Niclas Gronholm finally claimed a maiden victory in a pulsating final – and dramatic aftermath – to the Team Verksted World RX of Norway.

The fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, taking place in the aptly-named Hell, certainly lived up to its billing.

A torrential downpour just prior to the start of the semi-finals made track conditions treacherous with rivers of water forming on the surface and teams switching to full wet weather tyres.

Grip levels were a guessing game, particularly off the start line and through the tarmac sections of the 1019 metres of old school rallycross track.

Strong winds added to the occasion. By the time of the final, the rain had eased slightly but conditions remained hellish for the drivers.

At the finish to the final, the top three over the line read ... Anton Marklund, Kevin Hansen and Gronholm. However, the turn of events thereafter caused a major reshuffle of the pack.

GRX Taneco’s Gronholm was promoted to the victory after a post-race scrutineering check found that Marklund’s GC Kompetition Renault Megane RS was not in compliance with the technical regulations. The Swede was disqualified from the event as a result.

Earlier, Gronholm had displaced Kevin Hansen after the Team Hansen MJP driver received a one-second penalty for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Gronholm, himself, received a reprimand for a similar offence in the final.

Gronholm, who missed the Belgian and British rounds with illness, returned with a vengeance by talking the top qualifier position after Q4.

The Finn was disadvantaged by starting on the front row in the final where the track surface carries more rubber – hence less grip in the wet.

“It feels nice to have a win but this is not really how we expected it to happen,” he said.

“We had a really poor launch from the front row in the semi and the final,” he conceded. “I tried to push Kevin (Hansen) all the way in the final. I think his rear bumper is quite bruised.

“The car felt good, we definitely had the pace to win but the wheel spin off the line hurt us.”

There was also déjà vu of sorts in the night air in Norway. At the opening round in Abu Dhabi, Kevin was awarded the win after Gronholm was on the wrong end of a stewards’ decision having taking the chequered flag ahead of his Swedish rival.

The positions were reversed as a result. As for Norway, Kevin felt the decision was fair. “It could have been a lot worse, so I think they (the stewards) did a fair job and I just have to accept it,” he said.

Kevin had earlier pipped his brother Timmy for a final spot in their semi-final as their Peugeot 208s merged after the joker lap.

“This is the most crazy rallycross racing I’ve ever experienced,” Kevin said. “Racing in these conditions with a flood of water on the circuit is really difficult.

“I raced side by side with Timmy at the end of the semi-final but it was fair. He gave me some tips for the final which helped.

“Overall we did a great job in the wet. We made good changes to the car and I had an amazing spotter in the final to coach me all the way through because it was difficult to see at times. I feel like I can speak about this final forever as so many things happened.

“We grabbed some good team points and we are still one-two in the championship which is what we wanted when we came here,” he added.

Latvia’s Janis Baumanis recovered from damaged suspension in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta in Q1 to advance to the final where he inherited third – his first World RX podium.

In fourth, on a stunning World RX debut, was Dutchman Kevin Abbring at the wheel of the ESmotorsport – Labas GAS Skodia Fabia.

Liam Doran, having taken the lead in the final, appeared to be heading for his first World RX win when a mechanical issue slowed his Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1. He ultimately took fifth place from the final.

The Briton had reached the semi-finals as the beneficiary of the disqualification of Rokas Baciuska, making his debut in the GCK Academy Renault Megane RS RX.

The Lithuanian was deemed to have touched the launch control button during the lap of a Q3 race after a review of data by the stewards.

Doran was mighty in the soggy semi-final two and looked set for a repeat in the final before the gremlins intervened.

His team-mate and home town favourite Andreas Bakkerud failed to reach the final to the massive dismay of a strong contingent of local fans.

While disappointed for himself, the home supporters and local organisers, the Norwegian also felt for Doran. “While I am sorry for my fans and the whole of Norway, I am also very sorry for Liam. I honestly thought, as most people did, that Liam would give the RX Cartel our first win today but it wasn’t to be,” he said.

Gronholm’s GRX Taneco team-mate Timur Timerzyanov had put his Hyundai i20 in third place after Q3 but could only manage fourth in his semi-final.

ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider was second quickest overall after day one. However, his race weekend ended with the Seat Ibiza on a recovery truck with rear suspension damage after a tangle with Baumanis in their semi-final.

GCK team boss Guerlain Chicherit, despite being on the back foot after a double joker penalty for a jump start in Q1, produced a stunning win in Q3 to reach the semi-finals.

He made a lightning start from P6 to head the pack in to turn one but was ultimately the victim of some barging and finished fifth.

Fellow GCK Academy team members Cyril Raymond of France was fifth in his semi-final while Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder missed the cut. Hungarian rookie Krisztian Szabo, in the EKS Sport Audi S1, failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time this year.

Oliver Bennett was unable to follow up on reaching his first World RX semi-final at the previous round at Silverstone. The Briton struggled to find an optimum set-up for the undulations and surface changes of the Hell circuit in the Xite Racing Mini Cooper.

“Things didn’t go to plan this weekend. We came here with a lot of confidence from the previous rounds but we found the track really tricky with set-up,” he said.

“It’s a challenging track, the tarmac is fast and grippy but also bumpy and the loose is like rally-spec loose, so it was really hard for us to find a compromise on set-up. But we are still learning and on to the next race.”

The sixth round of the championship, the Swecon World RX of Sweden, takes place on July 6-7.

19-06-17 Stort kliv framåt för Evjen
Sondre Evjen tog sig till final och slutade sexa vid EM-rallycrossen i norska Hell. Det fanns dessutom läge för mer. Ett trasigt styrstag satte stopp för jakten på prispallen.
- Absolut godkänt, men man vill ju gärna ha mer när man ändå är där, säger den unge norrmannen.

Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS kom till Hell med en rejäl portion revanschlust i packningen. Euro RX-premiären på Silverstone innehöll många problem, men till den här gången hade man gjort hemläxan tillsammans med Eklund Motorsport, som har huvudansvaret för teamets Volkswagen Polo GTI RX.
- Jämfört med Silverstone har vi tagit ett jättekliv framåt. Jag tycker vi kan vara nöjda, även om man alltid vill ha mer när man är mitt i matchen, sammanfattar teamchefen Tommy Kristoffersson.

Sondre Evjen höll en hög och bra klass hela helgen, inledde med en andraplats i Q1, fortsatte sedan med resultatraden 4-5-7 och slutade därmed fyra, vilket innebar en plats i främsta ledet i semifinalen.
- Sondre är snabb, vaken och vill framåt, berömmer Kristoffersson. Får vi bara lite tid att träna starter också, så kommer att det bli riktigt bra.

Just starterna var den viktiga detalj där Evjen tappade mest gentemot de bästa.
- Annars hade vi kunnat fightas ännu högre upp, säger Sondre.

I semifinalen kom han ändå iväg på ett bra sätt och tog sig elegant till final som tvåa i racet, med mersmak.
- Jag blev lite hindrad av en som var i vägen för mig, så det hade kunnat bli ännu bättre.

I den blöta finalen blev det sedan trångt och problematiskt för Evjen. En okej start, men planen att gå direkt in i jokern grusades och det blev istället en smäll med Thomas Bryntesson.
- Jag gör ett litet fel och blir hårt straffad.
- Sondre blev lite bred i en sväng och kolliderade sedan med Bryntesson, vilket knäckte ett styrstag. Inget att säga om, en olycklig race incident, menar Tommy Kristoffersson, valde att ta med sig allt det positiva från helgen i Hell.

Sondre Evjen kunde bara instämma i det resonemanget.
- Bilen och teamet har fungerat bra. Resten tar vi igen i Höljes, lovar Evjen, som plockade totalt nitton poäng under helgen och hoppade upp till åttonde plats i sammandraget.

Euro RX Supercar Hell
1. Robin Larsson
2. Jean Baptiste Dubourg
3. Thomas Bryntesson
6. Sondre Evjen

Euro RX totalt
1. Robin Larsson, 60 p
2. Thomas Bryntesson, 51 p
3. Jean Baptiste Dubourg 47 p
8. Sondre Evjen 23 p
19-06-17 Seger för JC Racetekniks Robin Larsson i Hell – Gundersen tvåa i RX2
Det blev dubbelt JC Raceteknik på pallen under helgens rallycrosstävling i Norge. Medan Robin Larsson tog sin andra raka seger i Supercar-EM fick även Ben-Philip Gundersen fira på pallen med en andraplats i Supercar Lites.
– Det blev en riktigt bra tävling för hela teamet och vi plockar viktiga mästerskapspoäng, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Under helgen nådde rallycrossen Norge och den välkände Lånkebanen i Hell. För teamet JC Raceteknik blev det en lyckad tävlingshelg i både FIA European Rallycross Championship och RX2 International Series.

För Robin Larsson blev det återigen en fullträff. Han inledde helgen med en snabbast tid under träningen och fortsatte prestera topptider, segrade i grundomgången och även i semifinalen. Väl i final var han tvåa iväg i starten, men lyckades snabbt avancera och behöll ledningen över mållinjen. Det blev Svenljungabons andra raka seger i Euro RX, han plockar maximala mästerskapspoäng och utökar ledningen ytterligare.

Även teamets RX2-förare visade ett bra tempo under helgen. Norrmannen Ben-Philip Gundersen knep flera tider i toppen och slutade på en andraplats i grundomgången efter stabil körning. I semifinalen blev det en seger och han startade från främre led i finalen. Han var tvåa iväg i starten, och det blev även resultatet. För Värmländske teamkollegan Jimmie Walfridson var det första gången någonsin i Hell. Trots det hittade han snabbt flytet på banan och tog bland annat en heatseger. Han var trea in i semifinalen och tog rygg på Gundersen, men blev efter en tight semifinal förste föraren utanför final.

Nästa deltävling för både Euro RX och RX2 International Series blir i Höljes 5-7 juli. Resultatlistor från Hell finns här.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det blev en riktigt bra tävling för hela teamet med två pallplatser. För Robin var det en kanonhelg rakt igenom. Farten har funnits hela säsongen, men han har också visat en väldigt smart körning genom hela helgen. När regnet började ösa ner inför finalen blev det lite stressigt för oss alla, men Robin behöll ändå lugnet och gjorde imponerande tider, snabbare än hela VM till och med. Att utöka mästerskapsledningen gör att vi tar med oss en bra känsla till EM i Höljes.

I RX2 har vi höjt tempot ytterligare ett steg. Vi närmar oss bilarna i toppen och har visat att vi kan utmana där. Ben-Philip har varit suverän i Hell. Han visade sig riktigt snabb och klättrar i mästerskapet. Jimmie har utvecklats mycket i år och visat att han är med i toppen. Han har haft en stabil körning i helgen och var trea in i semin, men där fanns inte farten helt tyvärr. Både Ben-Philip och Jimmie gillar banan i Höljes, så det här blev en bra uppladdning inför The Magic Weekend.”

Robin Larsson, Supercar:
”Det här känns riktigt skönt. Det har varit en stabil helg för mig, som gick enligt planen hela tiden. Däremot blev det lite onödigt spännande när regnet kom… Jag vet att jag har farten på torrt underlag, men har inte kört bilen på vått underlag tidigare. Så det blev lite nervös stämning. Men tydligen fungerade det också bra. Vi har tagit full pott i mästerskapet och med tanke på att det är få deltävlingar är varje poäng viktig. Bilen har fungerat klockrent, så nu jobbar vi vidare på att lära känna den ännu mer. Nästa tävling blir Höljes, och att komma till min favoritbana med två raka segrar i ryggen känns skönt.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites:
”Jag är nöjd med pallplatsen, och det var extra roligt att få ta det här resultatet inför den norska publiken. Även om det blev en andraplats känns det som seger. Oliver har varit i en helt egen klass den här säsongen, och eftersom jag aldrig fått till ett bra resultat på den här banan så trodde jag inte det skulle bli såhär bra. Att ha det höga tempot och en clean körning redan från start gav en bra känsla under tävlingen. Teamet har gjort ett bra jobb med allt och vi klättrar sakta men säkert uppåt i mästerskapet. Nästa tävling blir Höljes, där har jag gjort bra resultat tidigare i år och det är en bana som passar mig. Så nu gäller det bara att fortsätta plocka poäng.”

Jimmie Walfridson, Supercar Lites:
”Det här var första gången jag körde i Hell, så det blev en ny frän bana att få lära känna. Både bilen och min körning har fungerat bra och jag är verkligen nöjd med helheten i helgen. Det var otur bara att missa finalen och vara första reserv, men jag har samlat på mig mycket erfarenheter i helgen. Gött att ha fått köra upp farten till RallyX Nordic-säsongen. Men nästa tävling för mig blir Höljes, och det är något extra att få köra inför den publiken. Jag ser verkligen fram emot det.”
19-06-13 Bakkerud in seventh heaven heading to Hell
The fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy visits Hell for the Team Verksted World RX of Norway this weekend with home hopes resting heavily on the broad shoulders of Andreas Bakkerud.

Apart from being a headline-writers’ dream destination, Hell, or Lånkebanen to be precise, is also a classic rallycross circuit consisting of 63 percent asphalt and 37 percent gravel over 1,019 metres of sweeping terrain.

It is also the scene of World RX’s first ever clean sweep for Bakkerud in 2016 – the Norwegian winning all his four qualifying sessions, the semi-final and final. His last World RX final win came at the back end of the season in Rosario, Argentina the same year.

After an event-ending crash with Timmy Hansen in the opening round of 2019 in Abu Dhabi, Bakkerud was third in Barcelona, and second in Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone.

In Belgium, Bakkerud had “one little finger on the trophy” and at the World RX of Great Britain in round four, Bakkerud appeared to be heading for his first win of 2019 but had victory snatched from his grasp by the tactical nous of eventual winner Timmy Hansen. A temperamental handbrake in the semi-finals and final did not help Bakkerud's cause either.

“Silverstone was four podiums in a row for the Monster RX Cartel, we had both cars in the final at Silverstone but just didn’t get the job done. I almost had it [the win] in my pocket. All I can do is keep on pushing and hopefully the win is nearby,” he said.

“We go to Norway with high expectations. As long as my name is on the entry list, I am there to win.” Doubtless he hopes that win will arrive on home soil.

Bakkerud’s Monster RX Cartel team-mate Liam Doran has also recorded World RX qualifying race wins at Hell – two of them in 2014 – but has yet to reach the final.

The Briton’s form this year has been patchy. He started out with a third-place finish in Abu Dhabi, missed the semi-finals in Barcelona and was sixth in the final in both Belgium and Great Britain after promising much in the preceding qualifying and semi-final rounds. He’s seeking an upturn in fortunes at Hell, a circuit he likes.

“I am looking forward to racing in Hell. It is probably my favourite track in the championship even though my last time racing there [2016] ended with a big crash rolling down the start straight. I have done quite well here in the past and it is one of the few tracks left on the calendar that I have a lot of experience at so definitely looking to get a good result,” Doran said.

“It’s always a great event with awesome atmosphere, especially having Andreas as my team-mate.”

Hansen MJP’s Timmy Hansen, the current world championship leader, is also a former event winner in Hell in 2015 and was second to Bakkerud in 2016.

Brother Kevin will look to put the disappointment of Great Britain behind him. The younger Hansen crashed out of the semi-final in his Peugeot 208 after contact with a barrier in the joker section.

The mistake relegated him to last place in the semi-final and he surrendered the championship lead as a result. Timmy now sits on 88 points, four ahead of his sibling with Bakkerud third on 77.

GRX Taneco’s Niclas Gronholm will reappear in Norway having sat out the Belgian and British rounds with illness.

The Finn’s absence has seen him slip to 10th in the standings having been second overall after a second place in Abu Dhabi (a stewards’ ruling denying him victory in the final) and a fourth place in Barcelona.

“It’s nice to finally be able to race again. It's been a long recovery where everything that can go wrong, went wrong. Setback after setback. It will be very challenging to come back after a six-week illness, so my expectations are not that high, but I will give my maximum and we'll see where it takes me,” Gronholm said.

Timur Timerzyanov, in the sister GRX Taneco Hyundai i20, had an indifferent British round following the high of a maiden World RX win in Spa-Francorchamps.

“For me Hell is the highlight of the World RX season. It’s a proper rallycross track with elevation changes, challenging gravel and tons of spectators. The action is always great there. After a not so successful event in Silverstone, I’m keen to make my way back to the top this weekend,” the Russian said.

Norway also sees the return to World RX of Rokas Baciuska. The Latvian joins the GCK Academy ranks having competed for ESmotorsport-Labas Gas in the opening two rounds. He missed the British and Belgian events while the ink was drying on the contract with GCK.

Baciuska will run a third Renault Megane RS RX alongside Frenchman Cyril Raymond and Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder. “I’m really excited that I’m able to continue my progression in World Rallycross and that I’ve found such an incredible team to be part of,” Baciuska said.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time with the guys at GCK and I’m super impressed with the way they work, the performance and promise of the car and I cannot wait to race alongside the GC Kompetition and GCK Academy drivers in Norway.”

Sweden’s Anton Marklund will look to build on his third-place finish at Silverstone on a track which is likely to suit his Renault Megane RS RX and that of French GC Kompetition team boss Guerlain Chicherit. “If we keep on doing the starts like we did in the semi-final and final, we should be quick in Norway,” Marklund said.

“The track has fast sweeping corners and hard braking and it should suit our car’s long wheelbase. I’m going there with a lot of self-confidence and I think we can do a good job there.”

Baciuska’s replacement in the Skoda Fabia at ESmotosport is Dutchman Kevin Abbring. The former rally driver, who has been on testing duty with the team, is promoted to a race seat.

Latvia’s Janis Baumanis, whose strong performances in 2019 has him holding down fourth place in the overall standings, will partner Finland’s Jani Paasonen in the Team STARD Ford Fiestas.

Oliver Bennett reached the semi-final for the first time in 2019 at Silverstone, his first full season as a permanent World RX entrant. It is evidence that modifications to the front suspension of the Xite Racing Mini Cooper since Barcelona are bringing rewards.

“From our increase in performance round by round and our first semi-final at Silverstone, I’m super excited for Hell,” Bennett said.

“The loose and mixed quarry surface and big elevations suit my driving style a lot and reminds me of the great feeling I had at Spa with similar conditions where the Mini is very strong. Our starts are insane which is important at Hell. I have my eyes on the next semi-final. Let’s see.”

After difficult weekends in Barcelona and Spa-Francorchamps, Timo Scheider made the final at Silverstone in the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport team Seat Ibiza where he narrowly missed his first podium of the season.

The German was fourth just ahead of the EKS Sport Audi S1 of Hungarian Krisztian Szabo who continues to impress in his rookie year.

A total of 39 Supercars will race in Norway, with the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar also taking place in Hell.

On top of the regular Euro RX Supercar competitors, Belgium’s Enzo Ide will make his second rallycross Supercar start in a JC Raceteknik-run Audi S1, the car he used in the Spa World RX of Belgium. Round four of the RX2 International Series is also on the schedule in Norway.

FAST FACTS
Circuit length: 1010m
Average speed (lap record): 96.4 km/h (8th fastest of 12)
Lap record: 37.731 by Timur Timerzyanov (2016)
Joker lap record: 41.664 by Johan Kristoffersson (2018)
Difference normal/joker: 3.933 (11th longest of 12)
4 lap record: 2:38.902 by Andreas Bakkerud (2016)
6 lap record: 3:54.906 by Johan Kristoffersson (2018)

Past event winners:
2018: Johan Kristoffersson
2017: Johan Kristoffersson
2016: Andreas Bakkerud
2015: Timmy Hansen
2014: Reinis Nitiss

World RX qualifying race wins at Lånkebanen:
5 Johan Kristoffersson and Andreas Bakkerud
4 Petter Solberg
2 Timmy Hansen and Reinis Nitiss
1 Mattias Ekström and Timur Timerzyanov

FUN FACT:
The Team Verksted World RX of Norway is the 66th ever World RX event in the 6th season of the championship …
And yes, it’s in HELL. No.666 #NumberOfTheBeast
19-06-13 Hansen hoping for repeat of 2015 success in Norway
Team HANSEN MJP's FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign contintues in Norway this weekend, with hopes of a repeat of the team's 1-2 finish at Hell in 2015 to further strengthen its championship position.

Brothers Timmy and Kevin Hansen are currently first and second in the drivers' championship, while the team extended its lead in the teams' championship last time out at Silverstone.

Timmy became the first double winner of 2019 with a clever undercut joker strategy in the World RX of Great Britain Final, while Kevin is determined to make amends for a mistake that cost him second place in his Semi Final.

Hell was the site of a breakthrough weekend on the world stage for the team in 2015, taking its first 1-2 result here. Having pulled off the same feat already this year in Spain, Team HANSEN MJP is aiming to repeat the same result on familiar territory.

After four rounds at Formula 1 circuits adapted for World RX, Hell is a step back into old school rallycross. No artificial jumps, no tyre stacks; it's a track built with RX in mind.

At Hell, the straights aren't even particularly straight; it's an open, flowing track where the corners are linked together in an almost seamless fashion. The joker at the start of the lap aside, all the turns are wide in their radius, encouraging the drivers to push just that little bit harder on both entry and exit.

The big numbers
24
The points margin Team HANSEN MJP holds in the World RX Teams' Championship after the first four rounds of the season.

75
The percentage of rounds this year in which a Team HANSEN MJP driver has scored the maxmium points available: Timmy in Catalunya and Silverstone, Kevin in Abu Dhabi.

10
How many hours it takes for Team HANSEN MJP to travel from its Swedish base in Götene to Hell – the shortest commute of the season so far!
What to look out for

Entry to the joker lap is a potential flashpoint for trouble. Just like Montalegre in Portugal, the racing line for entry is very similar as for taking the first corner normally but with much later braking. Drivers have to be careful not to trip up over each other!

That joker is also a strategy headache. Drivers starting further down the grid and on the outside are often tempted to go straight in on the first lap. But too many drivers taking this option at the same time can cause a traffic jam and compromise what is a high risk but potentially high reward strategy.

Best of all, every corner is a genuine overtaking opportunity. With fast sections leading to open and wide corners, there's plenty of space to make a move.

Ideal set-up:
Hell

Maximising traction is the number one priority around Hell. The set-up window is quite narrow here, so if a driver isn't confident in the amount of traction the car is giving them, they risk being quite far off the pace.
Aside from the crest over the start-finish line where cars catch a little air, there's no real jumps around Hell, which means no need to compromise on suspension. It's all about the fine tuning.

Event Timetable
All times CEST
Saturday, June 15th
Free Practice 09:00
Qualifying 1 12:00
Qualifying 2 15:10
Autograph session 17:00
Sunday, June 16th
Warm-up 08:35
Qualifying 3 09:40
Qualifying 4 11:40
Semi-Final
Final 15:00

Timmy Hansen

m looking forward to the weekend; we’ve got a few updates to the Öhlins dampers that Kevin tested in free practice at Silverstone, and this will be a good place to introduce them, as Hell is a bumpy track with a lot of traction needed. I feel that I’m on a roll now but I need to focus and get myself back into the zone. It’s a close fight with Kevin and I think we were both worried that it might affect our relation, but we’ve talked about it a lot and we’re probably even closer: just as well as we’re travelling around together this year!”

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Kevin
Hansen

“The atmosphere in Norway is always brilliant: Timmy and I took a long road trip to get there in our camper van – a journey of about 850 kilometres – and we had a lot of fun, just anticipating the weekend to come. Looking ahead to the race, it’s always got good memories for me: I was the quickest driver in our team there last year, which was very encouraging. I’m second in the drivers’ championship now after Silverstone, so my goal is to get back on top.”

The Boss Kenneth
“It's a pleasure for us to go back to a traditional rallycross track. It's one where we've had a lot of success in the past, especially in 2015! Our drivers are first and second in the championship, which is a perfect situation. Between myself and Susann as team managers, we try to get the most out of both of them so that they maximise their own performance. But the drivers themselves are involved in the team management this year too, so they see the bigger picture. They race each other but they don't take excessive risks. It's important to remember that our rivals aren't standing still: we respect them greatly and we expect really fierce competition this weekend from many of them. We can't afford to relax, we have to give it everything we can.”

19-06-12 William Nilsson blickar framåt – fokuserar på Höljes
William Nilsson har under flera år tävlat i RX2 International Series, men nu avslutas samarbetet med teamet JC Raceteknik. Skåningen kommer inte till start i Hell, utan väljer istället att lägga fokusen på deltävlingen i Höljes samt sin framtid inom rallycrossen.
– Jag och JC Raceteknik har haft många fina år tillsammans. Höjdpunkten var 2017 då vi tog guld i både SM och RallyX Nordic. Det har verkligen varit en rolig tid tillsammans med Joel, de andra förarna, mekaniker och resten av teamet. Men jag känner att det är dags för ett nytt kapitel, säger Nilsson.
Han fortsätter:
– Just nu är säsongen lite oviss. Exakt vad som händer efter Höljes får vi helt enkelt se, men jag kommer helt klart att fortsätta med rallycross.

Under säsongen har Nilsson även tävlat i V8 Thunder Cars för teamet Memphis Racing, detta kommer han fortsätta med resten av året.
– Det här är mitt första år i en V8-bil och jag tycker verkligen det är skitkul. Under den senaste tävlingen tog jag ett stort steg framåt och det kändes som att jag började hitta mer rätt i bilen. Så det ska bli spännande att se hur det går under nästa tävling i Falkenberg.
19-06-12 The Road to Hell – RX2 bound full-throttle for Norway
Norway hosts halfway point of red-hot title battle in World RX feeder series
Home hero Ben-Philip Gundersen aiming to give his rivals Hell
All of the action available to watch via Facebook livestream and TV broadcast

Competitors in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires are gearing up to go Hell for leather in Norway this weekend (15/16 June), as they continue to chase the coveted crown in the fiercely-contested FIA World Rallycross Championship support series.

RX2 has been the official feeder category to World RX since 2017, with inaugural champion Cyril Raymond and last year’s runner-up Guillaume De Ridder both proving the success of the formula by graduating to the pinnacle of the sport this season with the GCK Academy.

Hell-raisers
The 2019 campaign has already seen three thrilling instalments in Spain, Belgium and the UK, with Norway staging round four this weekend. The 15-strong field is led by defending title-holder Oliver Eriksson (Olsbergs MSE), who has gone unbeaten thus far this season and holds a 13-point advantage at the summit of the drivers’ standings arriving in Hell.

The young Swede’s closest rival is his own team-mate – and ultra-impressive RX2 rookie – Jesse Kallio (Finland), who came within a whisker of taking his first victory in the series at Spa-Francorchamps last month. The third OMSE car is piloted by another rapid newcomer. Fraser McConnell is the first Jamaican driver in RX2 history, and immediately made his mark in the Barcelona curtain-raiser with a sensational round-the-outside overtake for second place that brought the crowd to their feet.

Fourth in the table is SET Promotion’s Sami-Matti Trogen – the youngest driver on the grid at only 17. Having finished just shy of the rostrum at each event so far in 2019, the Finnish teenager will be keen to climb the podium in Hell.

Vasiliy Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies) took the chequered flag third last time out at Silverstone and is building momentum as he targets his breakthrough triumph in the series, but Ben-Philip Gundersen (JC Raceteknik) was conversely out of luck in Britain, finding himself squeezed into the barriers at the start of the final. The Norwegian has endured a rollercoaster ride over the opening three rounds, but his raw speed is certainly not in doubt.

Home hero
“I’m really looking forward to my home round,” the 24-year-old enthused. “Hell is a proper, old-school rallycross track and the World Championship always draws the crowds in Norway, so hopefully that support will help to spur me on to a great result this weekend.

“We had a rough start to the season in Barcelona, but we’ve been fighting back ever since. We’re still lacking that last little bit to truly take the fight to the Olsbergs boys and Hell hasn’t traditionally been my strongest circuit on the calendar – I haven’t always felt that comfortable here – but hopefully that will be different this year and I promise you I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got!”

Gundersen’s JC Raceteknik stablemate William Nilsson is almost back to full fitness following an accident in the season-opener that left him feeling battered and bruised. The Swedish teenager was unfortunate to miss out on the final at Silverstone, while countryman Anders Michalak progressed through to the last six on British soil for the second consecutive year and is increasingly taking the fight to his younger adversaries.

Fellow Swede Simon Olofsson is invariably a crowd-pleaser with his trademark sideways style, and Jimmie Walfridson returns to the fray for JC Raceteknik after skipping the most recent round – but fired-up by a top three finish in RallyX Nordic in Denmark.

The field is completed by reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion Steve Volders, record-breaking former Olympian Albert Llovera – paralysed from the waist down by a serious skiing accident in 1985 – and guest entries Marcus Höglund, Petter Leirhol and Morten Asklund. Höglund has competed in Hell in each of the past two seasons – reaching the semi-final stage in 2017 – while Norwegians Leirhol and Asklund are sure to enjoy enthusiastic support on home turf.

The Hell RX2 action will begin with free practice and the opening two qualifying races on Saturday (15 June), followed by the remaining two qualifiers, two semi-finals and the final on Sunday (16 June). Fans will be able to watch all of the qualifying races live via the FIA World RX and RX2 Series Facebook pages, with the semi-finals and all-important final featuring as part of the live World RX television broadcast.

2019 RX2 Hell Entry List
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik SWE
6 William Nilsson SWE JC Raceteknik SWE
11 Morten Asklund NOR Morten Asklund NOR
12 Anders Michalak SWE Anders Michalak SWE
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE SWE
22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN SET Promotion FIN
27 Petter Leirhol NOR Petter Leirhol NOR
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE SWE
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Olsbergs MSE SWE
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson SWE
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies LVA
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera AND
77 Steve Volders BEL Nationale Renstal Trommelke BEL
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik SWE
99 Marcus Höglund SWE Marcus Höglund SWE

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 89 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 76 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 61 points
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 57 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 51 points
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 48 points
7. William Nilsson (SWE) 37 points
8. Anders Michalak (SWE) 37 points
9. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 34 points
10. Steve Volders (BEL) 26 points
19-06-12 Evjen trivs på hemmabanan
Sondre Evjen gör kommande helg sin fjärde start på rallycrossbanan i Hell, öster om Trondheim, och norrmannen längtar till sin hemmatävling i EM-serien.
- Det är en fantastiskt kul bana av den gamla typen, med höjdskillnader och mycket grus. Häftigt att för första gången få köra en supercar där, säger Evjen.

Premiären på Silverstone i England blev inte alls vad Sondre Evjen och hans team, Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS, hade hoppats på. En mindre brand och därpå följande tekniska problem förstörde helgen. Den unge norrmannen hann i alla fall visa att han behärskar den potenta Polo GTI RX som han har till sitt förfogande.
- Hoppas allt fungerar som det ska och att vi får köra en helg utan problem. Då ska vi verkligen ge de andra en fight och kämpa om en plats på pallen.

Team-chefen Tommy Kristoffersson kan intyga att det har jobbats intensivt sedan helgen på Silverstone. Eklund Motorsport, som har huvudansvaret för bilen, men också personal från Kristoffersson Motorsport har lagt många jobbtimmar för att eliminera problemen som ställde till det i England.
- Vi är rejält revanschsugna efter debaclet där och har haft absolut full gas i vårt arbete sedan dess. Det pratas ofta inom motorsport om att man jobbar dygnet runt, men i det här fallet är det verkligen en realitet, säger Kristoffersson.

Även om alla tävlingar har lika många EM-poäng att kämpa om så finns det vissa helger man känner extra mycket för att vara på topp. Det här är en av dem.
- Av flera olika anledningar, tycker Tommy. Det är för det första en mycket välarrangerad tävling med en hängiven arrangörsstab. För det andra är det mycket stort intresse och storpublik att vänta. Jag räknar Norge, tillsammans med Sverige och Frankrike, som ett av de stora rallycrossländerna. Och för det tredje är det ju hemmatävling för Sondre.

Evjen kommer från Åls kommun, en bra bit från Tröndelag, men hemmabana är det likväl.
- Jag har visserligen kortare väg till Höljes, men det är ändå stort för mig att få representera Norge i vår egen EM-runda.

Tommy Kristoffersson väljer att lägga sin personliga närvaro i just Hell, men teamet har minst sagt fullt upp kommande helg, med Ole Christian Veiby i VM-rally på Sardinien och Johan Kristoffersson i Nyköping för SM-rally.
- Det ska fungera, tack vare väldigt kompetenta medarbetare, säger Tommy.
19-06-11 Hvaal och Hedström till Hell
- Alexander Hvaal hoppar in i Norges Euro RX.
Rallycross-EM rattar sig vidare mot Norska Hell. Med Daniel Thorén på sjukbänken efter den hårda smällen på Silverstone, blir det Alexander Hvaal som tar hans plats i Norge.

Hedströms Motorsport är mitt uppe i de sista förberedelserna inför avfärd norrut. Målet är Hell, en bit utanför Trondheim och årets andra deltävling i Rallycross-EM. Det blir en hemmaförare som gör comeback i teamet för en ”one-off” tävling. Alexander Hvaal tävlade med Hedströms under hela säsongen 2017 och just i Hell gick det riktigt bra den gången.
- Vi tog oss båda till final, jag satte snabbaste varvid i semin, minns Peter Hedström
I finalen tog till slut Alex bronspengen och Peter skuggade honom i mål som fyra.

Till Hvaals comeback laddas det i VW Polon med nypreppad motor och de allra senaste uppdateringarna från motortrimmaren Trollspeed. Allt för att Hvaal ska få bästa förutsättningar att nå finalen i sin hemmatävling även detta år. Alex fick chansen då Daniel Thorén fortfarande har revben att läka efter smällen i England på Silverstone.
- Det är verkligen kul att ha Alex tillbaka i teamet, han tvekade inte alls när jag ringde och frågade, fortsätter Hedström.

Peter själv gillar verkligen den snabba med ändå tekniskt krävande banan, där Peter länge höll banrekordet som han satte 2013 i Skoda Fabian. Banan i Hell mäter 1019 meter och har förhållandet 63% asfalt mot 37% grus.
- Det är ett litet mini-Höljes, kuperat upp och ner, den har det mesta utom ett riktigt hopp, jag känner mig som hemma i Hell, säger Peter Hedström.
Med ett Höljes i miniatyr får teamet även en fin uppvärmning inför årets magiska helg om fyra veckor i just Höljes. Där kommer bilen som Alex kör i Hell, däremot att köras av en annan förare och ett trebilsteam från Hedströms Motorsport är att vänta på hemmaplan. Vilken förare det blir, det avslöjar vi däremot inte än.

Hell Euro RX 2019 - Tidplan träning, kval och finaler:
Lördag 15/6
09:00 Träning
11:20 Q1
14:30 Q2 och Q3

Söndag 16/6
08:15 Warm-up
11:00 Q4
13:30 Semifinaler
15:00 Finalpasset
15:50 Prisutdelning
19-06-09 Info inför Swecon World RX of Sweden 5-7 juli 2019
Det drar ihop sig för den årliga motorfesten i Höljes. Dagligen så rullar det husvagnar uppöver Klarälvdalen som har sitt bestämda mål - att få bästa platsen på The Magic Weekend. Några ser det som en festival med nöje, musik och mycket glädje. De allra flesta är dock riktiga motorentusiaster. Jag mötte så sent som igår en man som inte varit på en tävling sedan Schanche och Arnesson hade sina bataljer. I år skulle han upp och se det han hört talas om så många år. Det är nog en viss förändring som skett sedan han var här senast.

Gasa eller bromsa?
Inför årets tävling då de stora fabriksstallen lämnade VM fick vi oss först en tankeställare - hur mycket skulle vi satsa i år? Kommer publiken? Ganska snart insåg vi att vi är nog en av få arrangörer som kan sova skönt om nätterna. Vi har vår trogna stab av publik som redan i december, när vi släppte de första läktarbiljetterna kastade sig in och köpte sin biljett till helgen de bara inte ville missa. Dessutom har vi nu sett flera förare som är potentiella vinnare, vilket gör VM-serien otroligt spännande.

Vi bestämde oss tidigt för att inte bromsa oss igenom årets tävling. Vi har så mycket bra att leverera och teamen som kör är bara en del i ett stort evenemang. Många i vår publik ser det som en festivalhelg så därför utbudet på underhållningen en viktig post där vi kommer bibehålla en hög nivå. Sedan måste vi självklart åtgärda de punkter som vi fått till oss från FIA. Det innebär att vi kör på som vanlig och siktar mot nya rekord.

Full fart framåt
Tävlingsåret 2018 blev vi återigen bästa arrangör - och vi kommer fortsätta att kämpa för att behålla bucklan. Vi vet att vi har publikens stöd, de kommer inte lämna oss så länge som vi levererar en bra produkt. Funktionärer fortsätter ställa upp för de älskar det vi gör tillsammans. Så nu har vi 5 riktigt spännande år framför oss men elbilar på väg in och allt som händer runt det. Med eller utan fabriksteam så ska vi se till att rallycrossen i Höljes fortsätter.

Tävlingshelgen
På torsdag har vi i nuläget inga planerade aktiviteter förutom scenshow på kvällen-mer information ser ni längre ner. Många förare kommer att finnas på plats, så torsdag är en perfekt dag att gå runt i depån och prata med dem i en relativt avslappnad miljö, innan tävlingsnerverna sätter in. På fredag eftermiddag startar träningen och sedan är tävlingshelgen igång. De klasser vi kommer att få se är VM och EM för Supercar, EM för Super1600 samt RX2.

Nyheter och pågående projekt
För ett par veckor sedan hade vi en banbesiktning vilket medförde vissa åtgärdspunkter. Dessutom vill vi förbättra andra saker. Nedan ser ni något av det vi arbetar med inför tävlingen.

* Startplattan asfalteras om och vi bygger om till 5 startspår för att anpassa den bättre till internationella tävlingar.

* En av våra läktare byggs ut med ytterligare platser.

* Vi asfalterar en 400m2 stor dansbana. Detta kommer att spara mycket tid för de som arrangerar dansen när de slipper lägga ut lösa skivor till dansgolv.

* Vi sätter upp två större bildskärmar (81 resp 50m2). De som sitter vid Happy street läktaren kommer ha riktigt bra platser.

* Kontantfri entré med rabatt om man förköper sin biljett.

* För säkerheten sätter vi upp nya räcken, nya staket, bättre banmarkeringar, förbättring av curbs mm.

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19-06-04 Supercupen lockar rallycrosseliten till Bollnäs
Med svenska eliten på plats blir det rallycross för hela slanten på Eriknäsbo motorstadion kommande veckoslut.
Och mitt i hetluften återfinns två hemmaåkare - Viktor Andersson och Mattias Ohlsson - som båda två siktar på seger i klassen Crosskart Extreme.

Årets andra deltävling i nystartade Supercupen i rallycross avgörs i regi av Bollnäs MK. Tre heta kvalomgångar på lördag följs av en fjärde omgång - samt finalpass - dagen därpå.
Crosskart Extreme är den nya poppisklassen inom svensk bilsport. De små bilarna, försedda med 750 cc motorcykelmotorer, är mycket snabba och ljudet är "det rätta".
- Klassen har vuxit snabbt i popularitet de senaste säsongerna. Det är tuffa kamper om pallplatserna i varje tävling, berättar Mattias Ohlsson.
Som har siktet högt ställt på sin hemmabana.
- Jag siktar ALLTID på seger. Och visst finns det goda förutsättningar att lyckas i den målsättningen, menar Mattias bestämt.

Men konkurrensen är minst sagt stenhård. Hela 36 hugade spekulanter är anmälda, där ingen bjuder på något gratis. Inte minst gäller detta klubbkollegan Viktor Andersson - den regerande svenska mästaren.
- Om det är någon jag vill ha efter mig i resultatlistan så är det Mattias. Vi är visserligen bästa kompisar men också båda vinnarskallar, förklarar Viktor.
Det var också Viktor som lyckades bäst av de båda när Supercupen hade premiär på Westombanan i Arvika för en månad sedan. Växbokillen knep då en fjärdeplats i A-finalen, efter Aleksander Wiik från Norge, Nils Andersson, Arvika, samt ännu en norrman, Jan Emil Wilsberg.
- Blev inblandad i en startsmäll i finalen och hamnade på efterkälken. Men jag hade snabbaste varvtider av alla efter det. Nu kör jag för seger, fortsätter Viktor.

Men det finns faktiskt flera hemmahopp. Till exempel SMK Söderhamns Joel Olsson, som till i år tagit klivet över från folkrace - där han under en längre tid tillhört de snabbaste i landet. Simon Englund, Bollnäs MK, är ett annat intressant namn, liksom blott 15-årige värmlänningen Isak Reiersen, segrare i den nordiska seriens deltävling i Danmark den gångna helgen.

Eller varför inte Jonny Andersson? pappa till Viktor Andersson.
- Farsan vet man aldrig vart man har. Han kan mycket väl blanda sig i tätstriden, skrattar Viktor.
Supernationella 2400-klassen mönstrar 26 deltagare och är om möjligt ett lika stort geting-bo som Crosskart Extreme. Till knapp favorit får 2018 års svenska mästare Rasmus Olsson, Karlskrona, räknas i sin snabba BMW. Räkna heller inte bort västmanlänningen Niclas Härdevik-Norström (guldmedaljör 2017) eller Finnskogas Per Berglund.

I breddklassen 2150 cc är Porscheföraren Björn "Putte" Alvarsson, Vadstena, alltid snabb. På agendan står även tre ytterligare klasser - Supernationella, Junior 2150 samt Historiska. I den sistnämnda håller publiken tummarna för legenden Göran "Zamora" Lind, fyllda 74, men still going strong!
- Startfältet innehåller en bra bit över hundra deltagare, varav många håller yppersta klass. Allt är klappat och klart för en härlig rallycrossfest i två dagar! avslutar tävlingsledaren Ann-Mari Bergström.

19-06-03 Oliver Eriksson extends points lead with Nysum masterclass
Oliver Eriksson, Robin Larsson and Jere Kalliokoski the class of the field
Heartbreak for Danish fans as home favourite, Ulrik Linnemann crashes out
Ben Philip Gundersen moves to the top of the table in Supercar Lites

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires delivered another exciting instalment of its 2019 campaign at Denmark’s Nysumbanen last weekend (1/2 June), as championship leader Oliver Eriksson continued his winning ways.

Nysum’s blend of fast, flowing corners, figure-of-eight layout and bridge/jump combination makes it one of the most popular tracks on the calendar for fans and drivers alike, and this year, it delivered crowd-pleasing action throughout, from the headlining Supercar class to the Supercar Lites, RX Academy and CrossCar support series.

Supercars: Eriksson maintains his momentum
Oliver Eriksson picked up from where he had left off at Höljes in the Supercar category, making it two wins out of three races and extending his advantage in the title standings over the chasing pack. The young Swede piloted his Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic from pole position to a commanding victory in the final, despite failing to set the fastest time in any of the qualifying rounds.

“I had a great launch and whilst I saw [Jere] Kalliokoski was challenging me on the outside, he braked early so I kept control and took my line on the inside,” the 20-year-old commented. “From there, I just tried to drive a clean race and not get over-excited – and in the end, it worked out.

“The start of the season is going incredibly well, so let’s hope that continues. I’ve pulled a bit of a gap in the championship but it’s still early days – we haven’t even reached halfway yet, so we’re going to keep pushing for wins!”

Robin Larsson – the initial pace-setter – pressurised Eriksson all the way to the chequered flag but struggled to properly challenge and ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot, a great result considering he had been excluded for overtaking under yellow flags in the second qualifier.

Kalliokoski took the final step on the podium with another consistently quick run in his Ford Fiesta. The Finn showed impressive pace throughout to line up on the front row of the grid for the all-important final, but Larsson snuck up the inside heading towards Turn Two on the first lap, relegating Kalliokoski to third.

After dramatically crashing out of practice, and his car then catching alight, Philip Gehrman miraculously recovered to place a respectable fourth overall. Peter Hedström and Andreas Carlsson were classified fifth and sixth respectively, although neither driver made it to the finish line.

Danish native Ulrik Linnemann certainly had the support of the crowd at Nysum, but his efforts to repeat his win from last year were curtailed when contact with Hedström in the early stages of the first semi-final unfortunately forced him to retire.

Support Series: Changing of the Guard
The Supercar Lites category saw a changing of the guard, as Ben-Philip Gundersen recovered from a puncture in Q4 to take the win ahead of Linus Östlund – and with it, the championship lead. The Swede similarly regrouped from retirement in Saturday’s first qualifier to make it through to the final – and ultimately, onto the podium. Jimmie Walfridsson completed the rostrum in third, ahead of Anders Michalak, Simon Olofsson and Sondre Evjen.

"Its been a really good weekend. We had some ups and downs, but in the end we were fastest, so I'm really, really happy with that" commented Ben Philip Gundersen.

After his success in the opening rounds at Höljes, Thomas Holmen posted some good results in qualifying but was hampered by alternator and power steering problems in Q2. The Norwegian teenager failed to make it to the final after narrowly missing the cut with a fourth place in his semi-final. Countryman Evjen was another championship front-runner to struggle, finishing seven seconds off the pace in the final.

Rasmus Tuominen was the dominant force in the RX Academy at Nysum, the Finn winning every race he started. Tommi Hallman gave chase for most of the day but eventually had to settle for the runner-up spoils, with Höljes winner Marko Muru completing the podium.

An elated Isak Reiersen celebrated CrossCar victory after a tight battle with Jimmie Österberg and Søren Jelsbak. Nils Andersson – the man to beat two weeks ago in Sweden – could only manage fourth place in Denmark.

The next stop on the RallyX Nordic calendar will be Riga’s Bikernieki National Sports Base in Latvia on 20/21 July, for round four of the championship.
19-06-02 Fyra JC Raceteknik-förare på pallen i Nysum
Det blev succé för JC Raceteknik i helgen, där både Gundersen och Reiersen segrade samt Larsson och Walfridson kom tvåa respektive trea. Samtidigt tog en av teamets juniorer en andraplats i det finska mästerskapet.
– Det har varit en suverän helg på många sätt och vi är glada över pallplatserna, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Den tredje deltävlingen av RallyX Nordic kördes under helgen i danska Nysum, och för JC Raceteknik räckte det till fyra pallplatser i tre olika klasser. Teamet klättrar också upp i mästerskapsledning.

I Supercar Lites slutade helgen på bästa möjliga sätt för Ben-Philip Gundersen. Efter både omgångssegrar och en bruten omgång vann han både grundomgången, semifinal och final. Han plockar därmed maximala poäng vilket gör att han tar över ledningen i mästerskapet. Jimmie Walfridson, som haft en tuff inledning på säsongen, gjorde en bra tävling och slutade på en tredjeplats. Han avancerar även fyra placeringar i mästerskapet, från tionde till sjätte plats. Sondre Evjen hade en tuffare tävling och trots bitvis högt tempo hittade han aldrig rätt flyt på banan. Han slutade sexa i finalen och ligger kvar på en total andraplats i RallyX Nordic.

I Supercar visade Robin Larsson bra jämnhet och tog snabbaste tiderna i båda träningarna samt tre av omgångarna. Men en svartflagg i den andra omgången blev en kostsam historia och han slutade i och med de trea i grundomgången. Trots det körde han upp sig till andraplats i semifinalen och slutade även tvåa i tävlingen trots dubbelpunktering i final. Efter helgen ligger han fortsatt trea i mästerskapet. För teamkompisen Mats Öhman var det första tävlingen i den nya Audi S1-bilen. Det bjöds på blandade resultat och två brutna omgångar för norrbottningen, som slutade på nionde plats.

Även för de båda förarna i JC Raceteknik Juniorteam har det varit en lyckad helg. 15-årige Isak Reiersen hade en del tekniska problem under helgen, men lyckades trots det fightas bland topptiderna. I semifinalen “satt det som en smäck” och han tog en seger. Farten hängde med till finalen där han segrade, och han klättrar därmed upp till en tredjeplats i RallyX Nordic-tabellen. I finska Virrat kördes den andra deltävlingen i FinRX och för 12-årige Alex Gustafsson var det hans andra tävling i crossklartklassen Xtreme Junior. Han imponerade stort, tog två heatsegrar och segrade i grundomgången. I finalen gasade han hem en andraplats och klättrar därmed upp i till andraplats i mästerskapet, med en poäng upp till ledaren.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef:
”Jag är otroligt glad för Supercar Lites-gänget. Det har varit en suverän helg där vi var etta, trea och fyra in i finalen. Både Ben-Philip och Jimmie fick till en kanonfinal. Ben-Philip har visat högt tempo hela säsongen, medan Jimmie haft en lite tyngre inledning. Så det känns skönt att få det här resultatet. Sondre har haft bra fart i helgen, men i finalen hade vi inte rätt tempo. Vi vet att han kommer komma tillbaka starkt i Riga.

I Supercar var det skönt att kunna komma till start med båda bilarna. Robin har gjort ett väldigt bra jobb, men svartflaggen i andra omgången drabbade oss hela helgen. I semifinalen körde han upp sig från fyra till tvåa, och vi gjorde några justeringar på bilen till finalen för att försöka höja tempot ytterligare. Tyvärr blev det en punktering för oss i finalen, men Robin lyckades ändå ta andraplatsen. För Mats del har vi tagit tävlingen lite som ett test. Farten har inte riktigt varit där vi velat ha den, men vi kommer testa ännu hårdare inför Riga för att kunna ge mer.

Det var verkligen skönt för Isak att få ta den här vinsten. Han har haft en extremt tuff inledning av säsongen med drivaxelproblem, men visar att när allt fungerar är han i toppen. Att Alex fick ta en andraplats under FinRX i helgen är också jättekul. Vi har fått följa hans utveckling i många år nu, och han har verkligen hittat rätt i den nya karten. Både den här helgen och förra tävlingen har han visat högt tempo, så det kommer bli ett spännande mästerskap.”

Robin Larsson, Supercar:
”Trots andraplatsen är jag lite besviken. Det här var min första tävling på banan och jag var snabbast genom hela tävlingen, bortsett från andra omgången där jag fick en svartflagg. Det känns som att den grejen satte prägeln på hela helgen och det är riktigt surt att inte kunna bjuda upp Oliver till dans i finalen. Jag kom ut som tvåa genom första sväng, och även om ingen kom ikapp mig bakifrån fick jag inte riktigt upp farten som jag ville. Exakt vad det beror på vet jag inte, delvis dammet som gjorde det svårt att hålla rätt linjer men också att jag hade dubbelpunkteringen. Bilen har fungerat bra genom helgen, så nu är det bara att ladda om inför nästa tävling.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites:
”Att leda mästerskapet är vi mycket nöjda med. Helgen har egentlig varit bra, men det har också varit en helg där vi behövt kämpa väldigt hårt. Så den här segern smakade mycket gott. Tempot har varit högt från start, samtidigt som de andra också kör fort. Vi har jobbat endel med inställningarna, och mekanikerna har gjort ett riktigt bra jobb med bilen den här helgen. I semifinalen hade jag en bra känsla och ledde från start till mål, samma sak gjorde vi i finalen. Det är en skön känsla. Också stort grattis till hela JC Raceteknik för alla de andra bra resultaten i teamet, det blev en fin helg för oss alla.”

Jimmie Walfridson, Supercar Lites:
”Det var verkligen kul i helgen! Äntligen hittade jag flytet och haft marginalerna lite mer på min sida. Det mesta har stämt, även om jag inte alltid fått bästa startspår. Men jag har haft ett jämnt tempo, försökt använda insidan av huvudet och inte ställa till med så mycket dumheter. Det känns skönt att både fått tagit en omgångsseger och en pallplats, nu har vi visat att vi är att räkna med resten av säsongen.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar Lites:
”Jag har haft okej fart genom hela helgen, däremot har jag kämpat mycket med att hitta flytet och jämnheten i körningen. I början slet jag lite med starterna, men de blev bättre allt eftersom. I semifinalen fick jag till en väldigt bra start, men kom in med för hög fart i den första kurvan och snurrar nästan. Trots det klarade jag av att hålla andraplatsen in i mål. I finalen fick jag inte till flytet alls utan kom ut dåligt i starten och blev liggande i dammet bakom de andra förarna. Det känns trist, men vi tar nya tag till Riga.”

Isak Reiersen, Xtreme:
”Det är första året för mig i Xtreme, jag är fortfarande ung och det är ett tufft startfält med många rutinerade förare. Trots det lyckades jag ta den här segern – det här känns så skönt. Vi har kämpat med tekniska problem under början av säsongen, och även den här helgen hade vi problem med drivknuten. Under helgen la vi ner allt vi hade och mekaniker gjorde ett otroligt jobb att få karten redo. Jag har alltid vetat att farten finns så fort allting fungerar, men nu har vi också fått visa det. I både semifinalen och finalen hade vi hittat rätt i kartens setup, och då kunde jag köra i mitt tempo utan att ta några risker. Så tack till alla sponsorer, mina mekaniker, min spotter, alla som stöttar mig och hela JC Raceteknik – det är alla de personerna som gör det här möjligt.”

Alex Gustafsson, Xtreme Junior:
”Det här känns såklart riktigt gött. Redan från träningen har det varit en bra helg och jag har haft bra fart. I första omgången gick det perfekt och jag tog en heatseger. I andra omgången ville jag kanske lite för mycket och överladdade lite, men det blev ändå en andraplats. Tredje omgången var magisk! Jag startade längst bak, var tvåa ut ur starten och vann tillslut. I finalen fick jag inte till en perfekt start, och det blev trångt i första sväng. Jag kämpade för att ta några luckor, men det var bra motstånd och jag kom tvåa. Vi har jobbat rejält hårt i helgen och haft väldigt kul. Det är också första gången tar pool position och ligger tvåa i ett mästerskap, så det känns fantastiskt. Tack hela teamet för all hjälp och grattis Raoul till segern”
19-06-02 Årets första pallplats för Walfridson kom under RallyX Nordic i Danmark
Jimmie Walfridson, 29 år, har haft en minst sagt motig inledning av rallycross-säsongen. I de två första deltävlingarna som kördes i Höljes för två veckor sedan slutade han tolva respektive åtta I helgen kördes den tredje deltävlingen av mästerskapet RallyX Nordic på Nysumbanen i Danmark. Att säga att han kom till start rejält revanschsugen är ingen överdrift.
- Äntligen hittade jag flytet och har haft marginalerna på min sida, säger han.

På Nysumbanen har Jimmie kört några gånger tidigare, bland annat med crosskart.
- Det här är en rolig bana som jag gillar - både snabb och teknisk, sa han redan innan tävlingsstart.

Jimmie höll upp tempot och var med och slogs i toppen direkt under de fria träningarna. Därefter fortsatte han i det höga tempot, vilket resulterade i två fjärdeplatser i de första omgångarna och en sjundeplats i tredje omgången. I fjärde och sista omgången kammade han även hem årets första fullpoängare.
- Så otroligt skönt, säger han.

I finalen var han bra med i starten från andra led, även om det blev lite trångt och bökigt. Han var tredje bil ut ur första kurva och hade en tät fight om andraplatsen med Linus Östlund. Jimmie fick backa tillbaka och slutade trea - vilket gav honom årets första pallplats. Dessutom klättrar han upp från tionde till sjätteplats i mästerskapstabellen.
- Det var verkligen kul i helgen! Det mesta har stämt, även om jag inte alltid fått bästa startspår. Men jag har haft ett jämnt tempo, försökt köra med insidan av huvudet och inte ställa till med så mycket dumheter, avslutar han med ett skratt.

Teamkompisen i JC Raceteknik vann tävlingen i Supercar Lites, före Finnskoga MK´s Linus Östlund.

Nästa tävling för Jimmies del blir 15-16 juni då RX2 International series körs i Norska Hell. Han startar där för att hålla igång under RallyX Nordicsäsongen.

RallyX Nordic Nysum
1. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 30 p
2. Linus Östlund (SWE) 26 p
3. Jimmie Walfridson (SWE) 23 p
4. Anders Michalak (SWE) 19 p
5. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 17 p
6. Sondre Evjen (NOR) 19 p
7. Petter Nårsa (SWE) 13 p
8. Thomas Holmen (NOR) 12 p
9 Niklas Aneklev (SWE) 9 p
10. Mats Oskarsson (SWE) 9 p
11. Hans-Ola Frøshaug (NOR) 8 p
12. Nathalie Petersson (SWE) 6 p

RallyX Nordic efter deltävling 3
1 Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 75 p
2. Sondre Evjen (NOR) 68 p
3. Linus Östlund (SWE) 66 p
4. Thomas Holmen (NOR) 62 p
5. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 56 p
6. Jimmie Walfridson (SWE) 43 p
6. Anders Michalak (SWE) 43 p
8. Petter Nårsa (SWE) 32 p
9. Mats Oskarsson (SWE) 32 p
9. Marcus Höglund (SWE) 32 p

Mer info hittar du på www.walfridson.com där vi följt tävlingen heat för heat.
19-05-29 Nysum beckons as red-hot title fight races into Denmark
Eriksson leads the field into Nysum, but rivals are breathing down his neck
Home favourite Linnemann returns as defending race-winner and with a point to prove
A third of 18-strong CrossCar grid are local specialists
Semi-finals and finals to be broadcast live on Facebook

The 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign resumes this weekend (1/2 June) with what promises to be another edge-of-the-seat instalment, as spectacular Danish track Nysumbanen plays host to a fast-developing and intriguing title fight.

All four classes – Supercar, Supercar Lites, RX Academy and CrossCar – were fiercely-contested over the course of the double-header curtain-raiser at Höljes earlier this month, with a particularly close battle in the headlining Supercar category culminating in the top four drivers being separated by just three points in the championship standings.

Rounds one and two were all about the Erikssons. After Kevin Eriksson led home a slow-starting Peter Hedström and the increasingly impressive Jere Kalliokoski on Saturday, it was the turn of younger brother Oliver to take the win – and with it the championship lead – on Sunday. The Swede looked set to finish third until a controversial collision between Robin Larsson and Sebastian Eriksson at the exit of the joker put the former into a spin and earned the latter a five-second penalty.

Oliver duly leads the field into Nysum, a circuit that has established itself as a pillar of the RallyX Nordic calendar in recent years, providing thrilling action for drivers and fans alike. Characterised by a fast-and-flowing, 1,160m lap, the track is unique in the series for its figure-of-eight layout and bridge/jump combo – ensuring spectators are in for a true rollercoaster ride as the championship builds momentum.

Eriksson took the chequered flag first in Denmark last year, but was relegated to second by a post-race penalty for clipping a track marker on the exit of the joker. This time round, ‘Flying Finn’ Kalliokoski, last weekend’s Silverstone FIA Euro RX event-winner Larsson and Hedström are all within just three points of the early leader in the title chase – setting the scene for some sensationally close racing – and that is without even counting fifth-placed Ulrik Linnemann, who will arguably be the most fired-up of all to shine this weekend.

The Dane made a head-turning RallyX Nordic debut on home soil last year, registering a hugely popular victory in the final following Eriksson’s demotion – a result he is eager to replicate 12 months on. Linnemann was out of luck at Höljes, displaying front-running pace on both days before falling victim to a run of punctures. After Olsbergs MSE team-mate Eriksson proved what the new-to-Europe Honda Civic is capable of, he would like nothing more than to open his 2019 account with a podium finish – if not better – in front of family and friends.

“I’m really looking forward to racing on the track where I grew up,” the 31-year-old enthused. “I think Nysum will suit the Honda well and I have high hopes of taking revenge after my bad final results in Sweden. Lots of people are expecting great things of me at my home circuit, so I hope I can make them proud...”

In evidence of the unpredictable and top-tier action in RallyX Nordic this year, no fewer than 11 drivers occupied the 12 available final slots at Höljes – amongst whom were Philip Gehrman, a podium-finisher then and also in Denmark last year, so the Swede will doubtless fancy his chances on his return. Nysum will mark seasonal debuts, meanwhile, for JC Raceteknik’s Mats Öhman – who lost 95 per cent of his mobility following a snowmobile accident in 1998 – and local favourite Dennis Rømer.

The competition is every bit as hot in the supporting Supercar Lites category, with Norwegian teenager Thomas Holmen stunning his rivals by racing to victory in the opening round of the campaign following an 18-month absence from the cockpit. So tightly-disputed is the class, Holmen could only manage sixth place in Sunday’s final, but that was nonetheless enough to maintain the championship lead heading to Denmark.

Sunday’s top two – Sondre Evjen and Ben-Philip Gundersen – mirrored the top two from Nysum last year, meaning the JC Raceteknik pairing will return in confident spirits, and the former sits just a single point behind countryman Holmen at the summit of the standings. Simon Olofsson was similarly a podium-finisher in both events, and can always be counted upon to put in a crowd-pleasing performance.

The RX Academy and CrossCar showdowns at Höljes were equally as gripping, with the promise of more to come – particularly with a clutch of local heroes in the 18-strong CrossCar field in Denmark.

For those unable to get to the track, every RallyX Nordic event in 2019 will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/rallyxnordic and www.rallyx.se/rallyx-tv, with live coverage of the semi-finals and finals also set to be broadcast on Viasat in Norway and throughout the Baltic nations on TV6 Latvia. In Denmark, highlights will be shown on Viasat channels, TV3 SPORT, TV3 MAX, Viaplay and five local TV 2 regional channels approximately a week after each event.

Entry Lists
Supercars
4 Robin Larsson SWE JC Raceteknik
8 Peter Hedström SWE Hedströms Motorport
11 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Motorsport
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
17 Mats Öhman SWE JC Raceteknik
27 Dennis Rømer DNK Dennis Rømer
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE Andreas Carlsson Rallycross
72 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Olsbergs MSE
88 Daniel Thorén SWE Hedströms Motorsport
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Gehrman Motorsport AB

Supercar Lites
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE Oskarsson Motorsport
12 Anders Michalak SWE Michalak Motorsport
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE
20 Nathalie Petersson SWE Hedströms Motorport
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
54 Petter Nårsa SWE Öhman Motorsport
56 Thomas Holmen NOR Thomas Holmen
69 Sondre Evjen NOR JC Raceteknik
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Olsbergs MSE
99 Hans-Ola Frøshaug NOR JC Raceteknik

RX Academy
3 Joni Heikkinen FIN RX Academy
22 Rasmus Tuominen FIN RX Academy
27 Marko Muru EST RX Academy
44 Jonne Ollikainen FIN RX Academy
66 Luka Nurmi FIN RX Academy
72 Clémentine Lhoste FRA RX Academy
87 Tommi Hallman FIN RX Academy
95 Jimi Kalliomäki FIN RX Academy

CrossCar
6 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
8 Jonas Ericsson SWE SSD Swespeed
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Österberg Motorsport
12 Fredrik Arnesson SWE Fredrik Arnesson
14 Nils Andersson SWE NA Motorsport
20 Julius Ljungdahl SWE Yellow Squad by Hansen
21 Lars Söderström SWE SSD Swespeed
46 Thomas Eek Murstad NOR Murstad Motorsport
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol
85 Petter Hane SWE Petter Hane
99 Leon Sørensen DNK Leon Sørensen
170 Isak Reiersen SWE JC Raceteknik Junior Team
175 Timmy Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
768 Dennis Munch DNK Dennis Munch
924 Soren Jelsbak DNK Soren Jelsbak
958 Rasmus Larsen DNK Rasmus Larsen
987 Lars Nielsen DNK Lars Nielsen
990 Tobias Andersen DNK Tobias Andersen
19-05-27 Albatec and Higgins denied home success at Silverstone
Albatec Racing and Mark Higgins saw their bid to reach the finals of Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain come to an abrupt end after contact in Sunday’s final qualifying race. Returning to race action for the first time since last November, the reigning British Rallycross Champion made his first appearance of the season at Silverstone’s round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, racing head-to-head with the World RX regulars in the Eddie Stobart NCME-supported Peugeot 208 RX Supercar.

Silverstone’s notoriously challenging jump provided excitement right from the start, a broken driveshaft sustained on landing on the opening lap of Saturday’s first practice sending Mark back to the paddock for repairs. The Albatec team mechanics, and students from the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton, did a sterling job to replace it before the second session, when the triple British Rally Champion successfully completed six laps of the Northamptonshire circuit.

After set-up changes prior to Q1 to solve some handling issues, Mark confidently headed into the first of his two qualifying races. Unfortunately, damage was sustained during contact with other cars, which prevented him from showing the speed that netted him the domestic title in only his first season in the sport. The mechanics worked tirelessly to repair the damage to the chassis legs in their efforts to elevate him from his overnight position of P15 ahead of Sunday’s final two races.

A superb performance in Sunday’s Q3, despite a loss of power steering on the last lap, resulted in the ninth fastest overall time, and he went into the fourth and final race knowing a repeat showing was necessary to seal his place in the semis. After a good start, he slotted into the inside into turn one but was squeezed into the tyre barrier, dropping him 13 seconds down the order and ending his weekend.

Andy Scott, Team Principal, Albatec Racing:
“It’s disappointing to have the weekend and our hopes of progressing ended with contact in the final race. It was always going to be a tall order to recover from the damage sustained in the opening two races. Mark as always drove well, in Q3 particularly with some impressive pace that netted a strong overall position. If we could have repeated that in Q4 we could have had a shot at the finals which was our aim before the weekend. All credit to him, and the team for getting the car repaired and ready so quickly.”

Mark Higgins, Driver #134, Albatec Racing:
“It’s been a frustrating weekend. We were chasing a handling issue on day one and seemed to be getting on top of it for the start of day two. Once this was resolved we seemed to find a lot more pace. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the car and to come back into it at this level with limited preparation was never going to be easy.

“I enjoyed qualifying three and it’s been great being back in the car and with the team. With a little bit more time and preparation, let’s hope for better things next time out.”

Dr Mark Busfield, Director, National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at University of Bolton:
“The weekend has once again proved challenging not just for Mark but for the team and our students from the University of Bolton. We’ve overcome those challenges time and again, however we just couldn’t recover from the issues we had on the opening day. The challenges have allowed the students the opportunity to see first-hand the trials and tribulations of motorsport. We have all enjoyed this experience to race on the World Stage.”
19-05-27 Timmy Hansen scores World RX of GB win in thrilling fashion
Timmy Hansen took a thrilling World RX of Great Britain victory at Silverstone, defeating Andreas Bakkerud thanks to a great strategy with a perfectly timed joker lap. Team HANSEN MJP team-mate and younger brother Kevin showed great speed all weekend but a small mistake cost him a chance to make the Final.


Saturday began in the best possible way, with Timmy and Kevin going fastest and second fastest respectively in Qualifying 1. It was a close fight, with Kevin sticking a stunning move around the outside to take the lead, only for Timmy to claw back time and resume the lead after joker laps had been taken. There was another formation finish in Qualifying 2, where both Timmy and Kevin were in the same heat once again, the former scoring Q2 victory and the latter going third fastest in the aggregate Q2 times.

Rain had fallen on Silverstone overnight, which meant both drivers being in the first heat would be a disadvantage. Timmy and Kevin were still 1-2 in their heat for a third consecutive time but ultimately would only place second and fourth in the session. Their positions then switched in Q4, which put both on the front row for Semi Final 1.

All appeared well in the Semi Final, with both Hansens running 1-2 yet again. Timmy and Kevin pulled away out front and both took their jokers on the last lap but a small mistake from Kevin when entering the hairpin, turning in slightly too early, put him nose-first into the tyre barrier and cost him 10 seconds. A second place had become sixth at the penultimate corner of the race.

Despite the setback, Team HANSEN MJP turned its focus straight to the final, in which Timmy was starting on the front row. His race was nearly over at the first turn when Timmy’s Peugeot 208 WRX was squeezed into the inside tyre barrier by Andreas Bakkerud, which inflicted minor damage to his car and dropped him to second place.

But a focused, determined Timmy regrouped and, with the help of a clever strategy from the team, jokered early and set the fastest lap of the weekend, taking the lead with one lap to go and delivering a stunning comeback victory.

A great weekend for Timmy put him straight into the lead of the World RX drivers’ championship, with Team HANSEN MJP still first and second, Kevin only four points behind Timmy in the standings. It was also a strong weekend in the teams’ championship, extending the lead to 25 points over GRX Taneco. After the disappointment of Sweden losing to Finland on Thursday in the IIHF World Championship ice hockey tournament, it was a nice bonus for the Swedish World RX team to beat the Finns three days later!

1st
Timmy Hansen
Qualifying 1 1st
Qualifying 2 1st
Qualifying 3 2nd
Qualifying 4 4th
Semi-Final 1 1st
Final 1st

7th
Kevin Hansen
Qualifying 1 2nd
Qualifying 2 3rd
Qualifying 3 4th
Qualifying 4 2nd
Semi-Final 1 6th
Final

Talking Points
Timmy Hansen becomes the first driver in 2019 to take two World RX Final victories, following on from Team HANSEN MJP's 1-2 finish at Barcelona.
Despite winning several World RX events during his career, this is the first time that Timmy has led the world championship.
Team HANSEN MJP has been on tour so far this year but the next two rounds are much closer to home: Hell awaits the Hansens in Norway, followed by Höljes in the team's native Sweden.

The big number
0.472
The crucial time in milliseconds Timmy gained on Andreas Bakkerud between their respective joker laps in the Final, which put Timmy into first place to start the final lap.

immy
Hansen

21 Timmy Hansen
“It was definitely hard today; Bakkerud found some good pace and won Q3 and Q4, as well as his Semi Final, so for sure it was tough to line up next to him. He squeezed me into the tyres at the first corner, so I was happy to be able to continue. I came out second and when I took my joker I did a great lap, so once he took his I emerged in the lead. I definitely had to work hard to get it, but it tastes even sweeter when that happens. Of course there were mixed emotions, especially after the Semi Final. We’re in this together. Kevin's going to come back stronger, mistakes happen sometimes and I would have enjoyed to be up on the podium with Kevin this weekend but I hope we get to do that in Norway.”

71 Kevin
Hansen

Kevin Hansen
Photo: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
“Saturday was really good, I think I had really good pace. The starts were amazing, I really felt at home and that I have upped my level quite a lot on Saturdays. Then on Sunday I was having good pace in qualifying but was struggling a bit with the reverse grid, it didn’t feel in our favour as in the end I was P3. The Semi Final was going really well and I had good speed behind Timmy, he was on fresh rubber and I wasn’t. I think it was a good Semi but just a small mistake in the end cost me a lot. It’s been a long time since I led a championship so it was nice to have it for four races, but now I want to take it back! Now I have led once, I know how it works so let’s take that lead back and keep it.

Kenneth Hansen
Saturday was really good, we had a strong performance, were 1-2 in Q1 and finished the day 1-2 which was perfect. Bakkerud came back quite strongly today and won Q3 and Q4 but we also had a very good day. The only bad thing was the small mistake from Kevin in the Semi-Final that cost him second place and he finished sixth.

“We had a big fight in the Final with a big push to try to overtake Bakkerud with a joker gamble, which we managed to do. This time the joker decision was very late. Timmy normally can feel when he wants to take the joker but won’t know what it looks like behind him. It’s my decision as I am the spotter for Timmy and I didn’t have time to see the time gap, but suddenly there was a big gap. In turn seven, before the split with the joker, I just had a feeling that we needed to call it and Timmy took the joker. We knew that Bakkerud had some hot tyres and was losing performance and it went very well for us.”

Next round:
World RX of Norway
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Team HANSEN MJP's next stop on the World RX tour is closer to home in Hell, Norway. Unlike the first four rounds of the championship, it's more of a traditional rallycross circuit, with plenty of history behind it. Those years were spent developing the circuit with good kerbs and no tyre stacks. In the words of Kenneth Hansen, it’s “proper racing” there and there’s a little evolution in the circuit. More than anything, though, it's a track that drivers almost universally love, with plenty of undulation. We'll see you in Hell on June 15-16
19-05-26 Eriksson does the hat-trick – championship leader cleans up at Silverstone
Defending champion extends unbeaten run at ‘Home of British Motor Racing’
Kallio makes it an OMSE one-two as Gryazin reaches rostrum for first time in 2019
Tens of thousands of fans lap up the festival atmosphere at SpeedMachine

Oliver Eriksson completed an early-season hat-trick at Silverstone’s SpeedMachine Festival this weekend (25/26 May), as the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires championship leader saw off all comers and survived a drama-fuelled final to maintain his perfect start to the 2019 campaign.

The third consecutive Formula 1 venue on the RX2 calendar, Silverstone produced world-class entertainment from the first lights-out to the final chequered flag – to the evident delight of the tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators that flocked to the celebrated ‘Home of British Motor Racing’.

Eriksson was quickest out of the blocks and maintained that advantage throughout, with Olsbergs MSE stablemate Jesse Kallio and Sports Racing Technologies star Vasiliy Gryazin similarly steering clear of the chaos to join the Swede on the rostrum in second and third positions respectively.

Qualifying Races
Imperious from the outset, Eriksson took a clean sweep of fastest times through the qualifying races, occasionally aided by his closest rivals either tripping each other up or slowing each other down. As in Belgium a fortnight ago, the Swede was pushed hardest by team-mate Kallio, with JC Raceteknik’s Ben-Philip Gundersen once more a thorn in the OMSE duo’s side, albeit losing ground when he got stuck in traffic in Q3 and Q4.

Sami-Matti Trogen showed well for SET Promotion in fourth, ahead of the third OMSE entry of Fraser McConnell, who admitted to overdriving on Saturday as he got to grips with the track. The Jamaican rapidly put that sluggish start behind him, however, to fire up the order with the second-best time in Q4, perhaps inspired by words of support from countryman Sean Paul on Saturday night, as the global rap superstar and SpeedMachine stage headliner tried out the Supercar Lites cockpit for size.

William Nilsson placed sixth for JC Raceteknik – winning the plaudits for highest jump and mastering the Turn One switchback – with fellow Swede Anders Michalak a solid seventh at the scene of his finest RX2 finish to-date in 2018.

Gryazin was similarly well in the mix in eighth, ahead of reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion Steve Volders. Simon Olofsson – who was tipped into a dramatic roll at the beginning of Q2 following a first corner squeeze, thankfully emerging unharmed – and record-breaking former Olympic skier Albert Llovera brought up the order.

Semi-Finals
From pole position, Eriksson was untroubled as he led the first of the two semi-finals from start to finish – although a demon getaway from Michalak saw the Swede momentarily nose in front from the second row of the grid as he braved the wide outside line through Turn One, before being muscled down to third by Gundersen.

The top two remained safe throughout, but behind, Michalak had his hands full staving off a fired-up McConnell, whose early joker strategy failed to pay off as he lost time behind Volders. A staunch and determined defence ultimately saw Michalak progress through to the final at Silverstone for the second successive season.

Like team-mate Eriksson, Kallio faced little real opposition in semi-final two, although the fast-starting Nilsson briefly threatened to sneak between the two front row sitters at lights-out before tucking into second ahead of Trogen. The Swede, however, would eventually lose out to early jokers Trogen and Gryazin – who enjoyed a crowd-pleasing side-by-side duel along the way – as the Finn and Latvian both advanced to the final, with their disappointed JC Raceteknik rival ruing a tactical error in leaving his own joker too late.

Final
The final was a dramatic affair, to say the least – requiring three attempts to safely navigate beyond Turn One. At the first time of asking, a coming-together between Gryazin and Michalak squeezed the latter into the tyres, and with the STS RX-run car stranded, there was no option but to red-flag the race.

A few minutes later, they tried again, but this time, Gundersen aimed his JC Raceteknik car down the inside of Kallio into an ever-decreasing gap – with much the same outcome. Trogen’s SET Promotion car was also innocently caught up in the contact, leaving him with a damaged wheel and although the Finn lined up for the third effort to get the race underway, he did not go far.

That left a three-car shoot-out for glory, with Eriksson duly commanding proceedings after shaking off the early attentions of team-mate Kallio, as the OMSE stablemates replicated their one-two finish from Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight ago and the Finn maintained his record of finishing on the podium in every event he has started. Gryazin’s third place marked the Latvian’s first visit to the rostrum in 2019.

Next for the RX2 contenders will be Hell in Norway in three weeks’ time (15/16 June), the first of three traditional rallycross tracks on the series’ calendar – and the opening leg of an eagerly-anticipated Scandinavian double-header.

Quote, Unquote
Oliver Eriksson (1st): “A clean sweep – you can’t ask for any more than that! The team was amazing all weekend and gave me a great car again, so all I had to do was keep it neat and tidy and keep racking up the results. Looking at the entry list in RX2, if you’d asked me before the season started if I could win three in a row like this, I’d have said ‘no way’, but we had our fair share of bad luck last year – particularly early on – so we’ll take the good luck when it comes and everything is just seeming to bounce our way right now. It was tricky to maintain focus with the stoppages at the beginning of the final and the adrenaline rising and falling, but I just had to remain calm. Jesse was quick, but I could control the pace from the front and my spotter read the race well to enable me to stay ahead. Now we need to keep this momentum going and see if we can make it four from four in Norway – no holding back!”

Jesse Kallio (2nd): “I’m happy with second place – it continues our great start to the season with a podium at each event and represents more good points towards our championship challenge. It was tight all weekend with a lot of quick drivers in the field, and we had to fight pretty hard. I had a clean run from pole position in my semi-final, though the final was obviously far more dramatic! I tried to put Oliver under as much pressure as I could, but he doesn’t make many mistakes – he’s certainly a tough nut to crack. We also had a small issue with the brakes, but it wasn’t bad enough to affect the overall result. There are plenty of positives to take away with us and I still have a lot to learn in RX2 – it’s all about the small details, but we are getting closer each time. I’ve got good memories from Hell after winning there last year in Super1600. It’s a real old-school rallycross track and you can properly push the car there – I’m looking forward to it.”

Vasiliy Gryazin (3rd): “It feels great to take our first podium of the year. Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar and SpeedMachine is a fantastic event, so I really enjoyed coming back. We had good pace on Saturday, but I didn’t feel 100 per cent today so it took more effort to stay focussed and I didn’t have quite the same confidence in the car. Still, I had a fun fight with Nilsson and Trogen in the semi-final and Lady Luck was definitely smiling on me in the final. By the time it came to the last re-start, we had a problem with the clutch – any more stoppages and I think we’d have been finished. I had to really take it gently at the start, but thankfully she held out and here we are.”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO: “The second edition of SpeedMachine was another fabulous weekend, with a fantastic festival atmosphere, big crowds and some awesome live music – though ultimately, it was the rallycross action that stole the show and our RX2 boys played a major part in that. We saw last year that this track generates some great racing, and it was a similar story 12 months on. Congratulations to Oliver and Jesse on another one-two finish for OMSE, and to Vasiliy on achieving his first podium of the season – I’m sure it won’t be the last. Now, we move on to Norway and one of the world’s most iconic rallycross circuits – and I for one am looking forward to one Hell of an event.”

Final Result
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 6 laps
2. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +1.966s
3. Vasiliy GRYAZIN (LAT) Sports Racing Technologies +3.996s
4. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +6 laps
5. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +6 laps
6. Anders MICHALAK (SWE) Anders Michalak +6 laps

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 89 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 76 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 61 points
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 57 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 51 points
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 48 points
7. William Nilsson (SWE) 37 points
8. Anders Michalak (SWE) 37 points
9. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 34 points
10. Steve Volders (BEL) 26 point
19-05-26 Hård helg på Silverstone - Daniel till sjukhus och Peter tvingades till motorbyte
Rallycross-EM är ingen dans på rosor alla gånger. Daniel Thorén i närkontakt med hård betong och fick uppsöka sjukhus med brutna revben. Peter Hedström överhettade motorn efter hård smäll bakifrån som påverkade kylningen.

Det har varit blod, svett och tårar hos Hedströms Motorsport, när de denna helgen körde inledande EM-deltävlingen i rallycross på anrika Silverstone i England. Redan i första kvalomgången började det. Peter och Daniel i samma heat. Heatet rödflaggat precis efter att Peter hoppat sönder hjulupphängningen. Peter fick starta om med trasigt stag i bakvagnen och tog rygg på Bryntesson.
- Jag fick slita med understyrning, ett stag gick sönder i bakvagnen, men lyckades sätta sjunde tid, berättar Peter.

Daniel rullade i mål med fjortonde tid och nästa kvalomgång blev inte bättre. Daniel Thorén kom först ut i sitt heat och hade en tuff kamp med Attila Mozer. Duellen slutade i en hård betongmur för Daniel, som fick föras till sjukhus med smärtor i nacke, rygg och revben. Efter röntgen konstateras revbensbrott och Daniel beordrades vila och observation på sjukhuset.
- Det här var inte vad jag väntat mig, jag vill ju vara på banan och tävla, men tyvärr har ett revben gått av och bråkat med höger lunga, säger Daniel Thorén från sjukbädden.

Peter fick sig en rejäl tryckare i Q2 han också, men här var det bilen som tog mest stryk.
- Jag var först in i första kurvan, fick en smäll bakifrån och bliv vänd, tempen i motorn gick upp ett halvt varv senare, berättar Peter Hedström.
Peter rullade över mållinjen med direkt skadliga 167 graders motortemp i sin VW Polo Supercar. Teamet fick jobba stenhårt för att få bilen över startlinjen i Q3 och därmed undvika nollpoäng.
- De lyckades tömma kylsystemet och plocka ur ett tändstift så de fick fart på motorn.
Bilen knuffades igång och Peter kunde rulla över startlinjen vid starten, vilket var vad som krävdes. Teamets tekniker skruvade sedan till fyratiden på natt till söndag för att få motorn bytt och bilen i topptrim till Q4. Väl där kämpade sig Peter genom fältet efter en dålig start, slutade tvåa i heatet, med sjätte tid i omgången.
Lagom till semifinalen kom regnet. Peter gjorde fjädringen mjukare, vis av regnkörning, men banan blev tyvärr knappt sämre i fästet av regnet.
- Jag valde fel helt enkelt och fick slita hela finalen med för mjuk bil, säger Peter Hedström.
Peter rullade mål som fyra i sin semifinal och tyvärr utom räckhåll för finalkörning.
- Det är bara att bita ihop och komma igen, teamet har gjort en kämpainsats och jag fick i alla fall några EM-poäng med från tävlingen trots allt oflyt, avslutar Peter.

FIA Euro RX 2019, Supercar, ställning efter en deltävling.
1. Robin Larsson 30
2. Thomas Bryntesson 26
3. Jean-Baptistrte Duborg 23
4. Andra Duborg 19
5. Rene Munnich 17
6. Pontus Tidemand 17

11. Peter Hedström 8
19-05-26 Hansen grabs the spoils in Speedmachine finale
Timmy Hansen claimed victory in a gripping final of the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain at the SpeedMachine Festival, the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Hansen thus became the first double winner of the 2019 season, following victory in Barcelona in round two in his Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208.

The Swede engaged in a titanic battle with Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud who got the better of the start in Sunday’s final. Timmy eventually hunted the Norwegian down and there was only a car-length between them at the flag.

“Today Andreas (Bakkerud) found some more pace and he was able to win both qualifying sessions,” Hansen said. “In the final, he had about a half a car better launch than me, it was tight going in to the first corner. Coming out second I knew I had to stay super close. I was absolutely on his bumper just before my joker lap which was a perfect lap.

“I kept on pushing, he went in to the joker a lap later, and when we merged I saw that I had a bit more speed and seeing him behind as we hit the finish line was a great feeling. I definitely had to work very hard to day to get this result.”

Timmy also usurped his brother Kevin at the top of the drivers’ standings with today’s win. He sits on 88 points to Kevin’s 84 after the younger Hansen made contact with the tyre barrier on the last lap of his semi-final, meaning he missed the final.

From a family perspective, Timmy admitted to mixed emotions after the race. “The semi-final was good for me but going over the line in the semi I was checking for Kevin and I saw that he was gone and then I heard on the radio that he was stuck in the joker section.

“So it was a shame for him as I had a perfect run in the semi and for him to miss out was tough. It was also difficult to keep my head down between the semi and the final because I had to keep focussed on my own race while feeling for him.”

Bakkerud, desperately seeking his first win of the season, after being so close last time out in Spa-Francorchamps, was disappointed not to have reached the top step this time when the win was within his grasp.

He also revealed that all was not well with the Audi S1. “We had some issues with the handbrake. Every time I pulled it the car stalled so I ended up driving without the handbrake in the semi and the final,” he said.

“Belgium was OK because I didn’t feel I had the speed to win but this weekend I definitely felt I could. I tried to use every trick I had in the book so the final result does not feel good.

“This is four podiums in a row for the RX Cartel, we had both cars in the final here but just didn’t get the job done. It hurts a bit to sip champagne and not be happy. I almost had it in my pocket today. All I can do is keep on pushing and hopefully the win is nearby.”

GCK Kompetition’s Anton Marklund claimed third in the Renault Megane RS RX, the Swede’s first World RX podium place of 2019 and his second overall after a second-place finish in Canada in 2014.

“Since Abu Dhabi we have shown good pace and in Spa where we ran top three pace. It was nice to get the starts working in the semi-final and final today and to get some clear air,” he said. “I am very satisfied with a P3 and very happy for the team.”

Timo Scheider in the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport team Seat Ibiza was fourth in the final just ahead of Hungarian Krisztian Szabo’s EKS Sport Audi S1.

Unfortunately for British fans, Liam Doran, Bakkerud’s team-mate in the Monster Energy RX Cartel finished sixth in the final after an eventful home event.

Fellow-Briton Oliver Bennett provided plenty of cheer for home fans by making his first ever World RX semi-final only for his Mini Cooper to catch fire on the final lap and end his race. Silverstone’s notorious jump was the culprit, the Mini bottoming out on landing and a broken oil seal sparking the blaze.

The second semi-final was red flagged after Joni Wiman, standing in for Niclas Gronholm in the GRX Taneco Hyundai i20 contacted the tyre barrier soon after the jump with the car rolling on its side. The resultant suspension damage to the front right-hand corner meant he did not make the semi-final re-run.

“It was a late call for me to step in for Niclas and I tried to do my best, but struggled with a rhythm and set-up for this track,” Wiman said.

“Front row for the semi-final was a satisfying result. In the semi-final it all got very messy, very fast. (Janis) Baumanis and (Liam) Doran were fighting hard for the position and after the big jump I saw an opportunity and went for it. Unfortunately I got squeezed on to the tyre barrier and rolled the car.”


Timur Timerzyanov, in the sister GRX Taneco Hyundai i20, went from the high of a maiden World RX win in Spa-Francorchamps to the low of missing the final at Silverstone. “I was concentrating on my own race, but this weekend my result was not entirely decided by me. Next-up is race in Hell, Norway, and that is one of my favourite tacks in the championship so we need to focus on that now,” the Russian said.

Latvia’s Janis Baumanis was the only man to have reached all three World RX finals prior to Silverstone. However, that sequence was broken when he finished fourth in semi-final two with a battered Team STARD Ford Fiesta, after being caught up in the Wiman incident.

Jani Paasonen in the second STARD Fiesta car finished well down the pecking order as did British wildcard Mark Higgins in his Peugeot 208.

Apart from Marklund’s third place, Silverstone produced mixed fortunes for the GC Kompetition squad.

Team boss Guerlain Chicherit finished fourth in semi-final one while Cyril Raymond narrowly missed out – ending 13th overall despite a win in Q4 in the GCK Academy Renault Clio RS.

It was a torrid weekend for Guillaume De Ridder. The Belgium was the victim of contact from Doran who got out of shape over the jump in Q3. The Briton collected De Ridder’s Renault Megane on landing forcing him to retire with suspension damage.

The team worked feverishly to get him out for Q4 but missed pre-grid by seconds, ending any hopes of advancing to the semi-finals. It was a bitter end after he had taken a race win in Q1 on Saturday.

On a good news note, the French team announced that they were adding 19-year-old Rokas Baciuska to their driver roster from the World RX of Norway (June 15-16) onwards. The Lithuanian had parted company with ESmotorsport prior to the weekend.

Frenchman Herve Knapick had issues as early as Q1 when he failed to make the start line – a consequence of gearbox issues in the Citroen DS3.

The World RX final rounded out two action-packed days of the SpeedMachine Festival – combining non-stop track activity, world-class entertainment with headline acts Sean Paul and Jax Jones and the best of British street food.

World RX now moves to Hell in Norway for round five from June 15-16
19-05-26 Mixade resultat för William Nilsson under rallycrossfesten på Silverstone
Under helgen kördes den tredje deltävlingen av rallycrossmästerskapet RX2 International Series i Storbritannien. För Nilsson slutade tävlingen med en fjärdeplats i semifinal.
– Trots att tempot egentligen fanns så fattas det där lilla extra. Det är något vi som team måste jobba ytterligare med, säger Nilsson.

På banan Silverstone, som i vanliga fall är välkänd för sina F1-tävlingar, bjöds det i helgen på en rejäl rallycrossfestival. Men trots gator fyllda med matstånd, ett nöjesfält och scenframträdande av världsartisten Sean Paul var det rallycrossen som levererade mest action. För William Nilsson, som kör RX2 International Series, bjöd helgen på både medgång och motgång. Hyfsade resultat genom kvalificeringarna resulterade i en sjätteplats i grundomgången, och i semifinalen såg han ut att gå mot en andraplats.
– Innan semifinalen regnade det och när det blev uppehåll, precis innan vi skulle köra ut på banan, var det svårt att veta hur snabbt det skulle torka upp. Så vi valde att köra med full regn-setup. Väl i semifinalen fick jag en kanonstart och kom ut som tvåa från andra led, men tyvärr torkade banan snabbare än vi trott och jag tappade till fjärdeplats, säger Nilsson.

JC Raceteknik-föraren slutade därmed åtta i tävlingen och klättrar upp till en sjundeplats i mästerskapet.
– Trots att tempot egentligen fanns, och att jag tog ett par heatsegrar i helgen, så fattas det där lilla extra. Det är något vi som team måste jobba ytterligare med. Inför deltävlingen i Hell kommer vi snacka ihop oss, analysera allt och sen jobba på att utveckla bilen ännu mer.

Nilsson tävlar inte bara i rallycross, utan kör även full racingsäsong i klassen V8 Thunder Cars. Till helgen körs den andra deltävlingen i Anderstorp, där han tävlar för teamet Memphis Racing.
– Det ska bli jättekul åka dit, få släppa rallycrossen lite grann och fokusera på V8. Jag är ju rookie i det och tar allt för vad det är. Målet är att ha roligt och lära sig så mycket som möjligt. Jag kommer försöka ta vid där jag slutade sist, men med ännu mer fokus på att göra bättre kval.
19-05-26 JC Racetekniks Robin Larsson segrade under EM-premiären i Storbritannien
Robin Larsson gasade hem en vinst i den första deltävlingen och tar därmed ledningen i rallycross-EM. Samtidigt tvingades teamkollegan Ben-Philip Gundersen bryta efter en krasch i RX2-finalen.
– Det blev en perfekt start på Euro RX. Robin behöll kontrollen från start till mål och vi ser fram emot resten av EM-säsongen, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Under helgen nådde rallycrossen den välkända F1-banan Silverstone för den första deltävlingen av FIA European Rallycross Championship, samt det tredje deltävlingen i RX2 International Series. För teamet JC Raceteknik resulterade det i både seger och mästerskapsledning.

Förra helgen slutade Robin Larsson på en andraplats i RallyX Nordic – den här helgen gick det hela vägen. Det blev närmast en perfekt helg för Larsson, som redan från träningen startade på topp. Han segrade i tre av de fyra omgångarna, samt tog en andratid, och gick därmed vinnande ur grundomgången. Även i semifinalen höll han tempot uppe och blev förste föraren att korsa mållinjen. I finalen knöt han ihop säcken och gick segrande ur tävlingen. Han leder även mästerskapet efter den första deltävlingen.

I RX2 International Series blev det ett tungt avslut för fjolårstrean Ben-Philip Gundersen. Tävlingen bjöd på blandade resultat för norrmannen, men han slutade trots det trea i grundomgången och körde in på en andraplats i semifinalen. I finalen gjorde han en bra start och låg tvåa när heatet rödflaggades. Även i omstarten var han bra med, men blev knuffad in i däcktravarna. Heatet rödflaggades återigen, men Gundersens bil var så pass skadad att han inte kunde starta om. Han slutade femma i tävlingen och ligger kvar på en sjätteplats i mästerskapet.

William Nilsson hade högt tempo under tävlingen, och körde hem flera heatsegrar. I semifinalen såg han ut att gå mot en andraplats. Men på grund av fel set-up på bilen och en jokermiss från teamchefen slutade han istället fyra och blev därmed förste föraren utanför final. Efter helgen klättrar han till sjundeplats i RX2 International Series.

Nästa deltävling i båda mästerskapen blir i norska Hell 15 juni, men redan till helgen körs den tredje deltävlingen i RallyX Nordic på dansk mark.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det blev en perfekt start på Euro RX och Robin behöll kontrollen från start till mål. Jag är verkligen nöjd med hur han körde och resultaten han fick genom hela helgen, så vi ser fram emot resten av säsongen. I RX2 hade vi lite kämpigt under lördagen. Men vi jobbade hårt både med körningen och bilens inställningar – och hade bättre fart idag. Ben-Philip hade en riktigt bra semifinal och gjorde en snabb start i finalen. Men finalen blev rödflaggad och vi knuffades av banan i den andra omstarten. Jag lider med honom, eftersom jag tror han hade haft ett riktigt bra avslut annars. I semifinalen gjorde jag ett misstag som Williams spotter och tog in honom lite för sent i jokern, tyvärr. Det är något vi får ta lärdom av.”

Robin Larsson, ERX:
”Egentligen är inte det här en bana som passar min körstil, så det känns väldigt skönt att få åka härifrån med en seger. Det är ett rent nöje att köra den här bilen. Jag kan verkligen attackera och köra på gränsen. Det känns som vi har mycket mer att lära om både bilen och min körning, så det är kul. Under helgen fick vi bra starter i nästan alla heat och finaler. Jag var lite orolig när det kom regn i semifinalen, för jag har inte gjort några riktiga starter på blött underlag. Men det fungerade bra. Körningen kändes riktigt bra i semifinalen, men i finalen var det svårare att hitta rätt linje. Det var första gången under helgen som jag blev riktigt jagad av Bryntesson – när jag tittade i backspegeln såg jag ut att ligga illa till. Dessutom är det så lätt att göra misstag på den här banan, men jag tog det väldigt lugnt och hade bra kommunikation med spottern.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, RX2:
”Tävlingen har gått lite upp och ner för mig. Under den första starten i finalen var jag med bra, men sedan rödflaggades heatet. I omstarten var jag snabb iväg och höll mitt spår, men i första svängen puttades jag in i en däcktrave och bilen blev okörbar. Sånt är väldigt tråkigt eftersom vi hade goda chanser på ett bra resultat. Generellt är vi med i toppen bland de snabbaste, men har ändå ett steg upp till Oliver Eriksson som just nu är en klass för sig. Så vi har testat lite nya inställningar på bilen och gjort lite ändringar under helgen. Just nu ligger vi sexa i mästerskapet, vilket såklart inte är var vi vill vara. Så nu gäller det att plocka poäng i varje tävling. Nästa deltävling blir i Hell, och det blir kul att konkurrera lite på norsk mark med många norrmän på plats som stöttar. Jag har haft lite oflyt hittills i år, så det är bara att hoppas det vänder nu.”

William Nilsson, RX2:
”Som team har vi tagit ytterligare ett steg framåt, men det där sista lilla fattas. Jag fick hyfsade resultat genom kvalificeringarna trots några tuffa startspår. Bra fart finns och jag tog ett par heatsegrar. Innan semifinalen regnade det och när det blev uppehåll, precis innan vi skulle köra ut på banan, var det svårt att veta hur snabbt det skulle torka upp. Så vi valde att köra med full regn-setup. Väl i semifinalen fick jag en kanonstart och kom ut som tvåa från andra led, men tyvärr torkade banan snabbare än vi trott och jag tappade till fjärdeplats. Inför Hell kommer vi snacka ihop oss, analysera allt och sen jobba på att utveckla bilen ännu mer.”
19-06-26 Farten fanns men inte flytet
Farten fanns där, men det blev ändå tufft för Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS och Sondre Evjen, när rallycross-EM för Supercar inleddes på Silverstone i England.
- En helg med många utmaningar. Det hände något hela tiden och vi fick inte möjlighet att visa vår fulla kapacitet, kommenterar stallchefen Tommy Kristoffersson.

Evjen fick se semifinalerna från sidan efter att ha missat i kvalificeringen med minsta möjliga marginal.
- Det var som sista droppen på bägaren efter en sån där helg som man inte vill ha, men som man ändå råkar ut för ibland, säger Kristoffersson.

EM-premiären började annars bra. Unge Evjen har inte hunnit testa särskilt mycket, men levererade redan i första kontakten med banan.
- Trea på första träningen, det kändes bra, säger norrmannen.

I första kvalomgången blev det sedan en niondeplats, men tyvärr också en brand i kabelsystemet. Det gav följdverkningar under resten av helgen, även om andra kvalheatet fungerade utan större problem, med Evjen som fin femma.
- Där fungerade det ändå bra, men sedan blev det större problem, berättar Sondre.

Att en tävlingsfunktionär dessutom tömde en hel brandsläckare i bilen, helt utan anledning, gjorde inte saken lättare.
- Det tar död på elektroniken. Våra killar jobbade hela natten, med att byta ut sensorer och annat, men eftersom vi står i depån så går det inte att testa om vi har hittat rätt. Allt blir gissningar, säger Tommy Kristoffersson, som fick se sin adept notera två trettondeplatser i Q3 respektive Q4.

Därmed försvann också chansen till semifinal. Med minsta marginal hamnade Evjen på första reservplats. Bittert, men ändå med ett stänk av framtidsoptimism.
- När bilen fungerar har vi bra fart, så det lovar ändå gott, tycker Evjen.

Tommy Kristoffersson är inne på samma spår.
- Vi tar med oss det positiva härifrån. När det har fungerat så har vi haft farten och Sondre har kört bra. Potentialen finns.

EM-serien fortsätter om tre veckor på hemmamark för Sondre Evjen, i norska Hell.
19-06-26 Tidemand sexa i EM-premiären
Pontus Tidemand presterade bra i sitt gästinhopp i årets första deltävling i rallycross-EM i Storbritannien. Sittandes i Per Eklunds Volkswagen Beetle gjorde han en riktigt fin insats i kvalen och tog sig vidare för att slutligen ta hem sjätteplatsen i finalen.
- Det här har varit en riktigt kul helg. Jag är hur nöjd som helst med att vi kunde matcha fabriksbilarna såpass bra och faktiskt ta oss ända till final, med tanke på den hårda konkurrensen räknade jag inte helt med det , säger Pontus med ett leende direkt efter målgång.

Det var en välkommen chans att få upp tävlingspulsen när Per Eklund erbjöd Pontus att få starta i EM-premiären i rallycross på Silverstone. Med sitt huvudsakliga fokus på rally och nästa VM-start, reste han till Storbritannien utan någon press på sig och riktade in sig på att främst njuta av tiden bakom ratten. Men trots att han tampades med duktiga förare som är specialiserade på just rallycross stod han sig bra i konkurrensen. Efter de fyra kvalheaten låg han på femte plats och kvalificerade sig därmed för semifinal. Via en tredjeplats tog han sig till finalen, där han tillslut fick en sjätteplats.
- Det har verkligen flutit på bra de här dagarna, säger Pontus. Vi har byggt oss in i tävlingen, ändrat inställningar allteftersom och hittat rätt så vi kunde nagga på storfräsarna. Särskilt nöjd är jag med att sätta andratiden totalt i den andra kvalheatet och få känna att jag var med i spelet på riktigt. Dessutom är det alltid roligt och lärorikt att jobba med legender som Per Eklund och Tommy Kristoffersson, så det är jag tacksam för.

Resultat EM-finalen Silverstone RX 2019
1. Robin Larsson
2. Thomas Bryntesson
3. Jean-Baptiste Dubourg
4. René Münnich
5. Andréa Dubourg
6. Pontus Tidemand
19-05-24 Tidemand gästspelar i EM-premiären i rallycross
I väntan på nästa rallystart passar Pontus Tidemand på att få lite extra tid bakom ratten. I helgen deltar han i EM-premiären i rallycross på Silverstone i Storbritannien och är taggad för att få adrenalinet att pumpa igen.

Senaste tävlingen för den värmländske rallystjärnan Pontus Tidemand var ett gästspel i RallyX on Ice i Åre i mars, och innan dess var det Rally Sweden, men trots färre tävlingar har han knappast legat på latsidan.
- Vi jobbar stenhårt på nästa VM-start, berättar Pontus. Det är många tidskrävande bitar som ska på plats för att allt ska klaffa men läget känns positivt. Däremot måste vi också tänka taktiskt för att få bästa möjliga utgångsläge inför säsongen 2020 och både välja rätt tävlingar som passar mig och ligger rätt tidsmässigt. Därför satsar vi på att dyka upp i VM igen efter sommaren. Rally är min förstaprioritering och mitt huvudfokus men jag missar aldrig en chans att få upp tävlingspulsen så det blir riktigt kul att få tampas på en rallycrossbana igen.

Det var legendaren Per Eklund som ringde och erbjöd ett inhopp i EM-premiären i rallycross och Pontus var inte sen att tacka ja. Han får ratta en Volkswagen Beetle och hoppas kunna vara med från början och fighta.
- Det finns många väldigt duktiga förare i rallycross och nivån är hög så det är bara att försöka vara på det ordentligt från start. Lite flyt också så kan det bli en rolig helg och eftersom jag kommer hit utan någon direkt press på mig kan jag bara njuta och ha kul. Jag har varit och testat en hel del för både Skoda och Volkswagen så jag känner mig inte ringrostig bakom ratten, men det är fem år sen jag körde rallycross så det blir en spännande utmaning att komma in i det igen även om jag inte känner någon direkt press.

Tävlingen drar igång på lördag med de två första kvalheaten medans de resterande två väntar på söndagen med efterföljande semifinaler och slutligen final.
19-05-24 RX2 title fight races into 'Home of British Motorsport' at Silverstone
British GP venue Silverstone to stage round three of 2019 campaign
Oliver Eriksson leads the way – but the chasing pack is closing in
All of the action available via Facebook livestream and TV broadcast

Silverstone awaits the third instalment of the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires campaign this weekend (25/26 May), with all indications suggesting SpeedMachine fans are in for a feast of high-octane entertainment.

Building upon the success of its inaugural event in 2018, SpeedMachine – a fusion of some of the fastest and most spectacular cars on the planet with award-winning street food and live music from the likes of Sean Paul and Jax Jones – is back for a second consecutive year, and RX2 is set to star as a major part of the show.

The official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series has already raced at two iconic Formula 1 venues this season, with both Barcelona and Spa-Francorchamps delivering lap after lap of breathtaking sideways slides, doorhandle-to-doorhandle action and awe-inspiring overtakes. Expectations are high that Silverstone will serve up more of the same – with a whole host of potential winners amongst the high-calibre entry.

Defending title-holder Oliver Eriksson arrives in the UK as the championship leader, and the 20-year-old has form at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’, having won there last year – indeed, he took maximum points by topping the intermediate standings and dominating his semi-final. Twelve months on, he is firmly focussed on a repeat performance.

Rapid rookies
The Swede’s closest rivals in the chase for the coveted crown are his own Olsbergs MSE team-mates Jesse Kallio and Fraser McConnell. ‘Flying Finn’ Kallio looked to have the better of Eriksson in Belgium just under a fortnight ago, setting the pace throughout the qualifying stages and only missing out on his maiden RX2 victory in his second appearance in the series due to a slightly more hesitant start in the final.

McConnell, meanwhile, left his own calling card in the Spanish curtain-raiser, with a crowd-pleasing round-the-outside move to secure a superb second place on his RX2 debut. Rarely short on bravery, the 20-year-old Jamaican is sure to continue wowing fans this weekend.

SET Promotion’s Sami-Matti Trogen – the youngest driver on the grid at just 17 – sits fourth in the points table, and after falling narrowly short of the podium in each of the opening two rounds, the Finnish teenager will be particularly fired-up to ascend the rostrum at Silverstone.

Much the same can be said for Vasiliy Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies), who has been one of RX2’s most consistent contenders since joining the fray two years ago. The rapid Latvian has reached the final nine times out of 16, but the podium only twice – a statistic he will be looking to redress this weekend.

Ben-Philip Gundersen was the OMSE trio’s fiercest competitor in both Spain and Belgium, but disqualification from one of the qualifying races in Barcelona – resulting in the Norwegian not making the semi-final cut – dealt an early blow to his title chances. The 24-year-old bounced back last time out with third place in the final – and he will be eager to continue that form as he seeks to re-ignite his championship challenge.

Swedes shuffling the pack
Gundersen’s JC Raceteknik team-mate William Nilsson was another to shine at Spa, the Swedish teenager producing a feisty performance to progress through to the final despite still nursing the after-effects of an accident in Spain that had left him battered and bruised. That will give him encouragement for Silverstone, as the 19-year-old aims to return to the rostrum for the first time in almost two years.

Simon Olofsson’s speed was not rewarded in Belgium, but there is no question that the Swede is capable of fighting for a top finish in Britain – and with his trademark all-out style, he can always be counted upon to give 100 per cent.

Countryman Anders Michalak, meanwhile, has taken another noticeable step forward in his third campaign in RX2 and achieved his finest result in the series to-date at Silverstone last year with fourth place in the final. The Swede is targeting a similarly strong showing 12 months on.

“I really enjoyed racing at Silverstone last season,” he acknowledged. “I ‘clicked’ with the track straightaway, and it’s obviously quite humbling to compete somewhere with so much motorsport history behind it. Throw in all the extra entertainment, and it’s a real festival atmosphere.

“I feel I’ve made great progress recently, and it’s fantastic to be able to measure myself against all these quick young drivers making their way up the rallycross ladder. Hopefully we can take the fight to them again this weekend...”

The entry list is completed by reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion Steve Volders – who delighted his home supporters by reaching the semi-final stage at Spa – and record-breaking former Olympian Albert Llovera. The Andorran – paralysed from the waist down by a serious skiing accident in 1985 – is visibly benefitting from his partnership with OMSE in his second full season in Supercar Lites machinery and moving forward with every race weekend.

The Silverstone RX2 action will begin with free practice and the opening three qualifying races on Saturday (25 May), followed by the remaining qualifier, two semi-finals and the final on Sunday (26 May). Fans will be able to watch all of the qualifying races live via the FIA World RX and RX2 Series Facebook pages, with the semi-finals and all-important final featuring as part of the live World RX television broadcast.

2019 RX2 Silverstone Entry List
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
6 William Nilsson SWE JC Raceteknik
12 Anders Michalak SWE Anders Michalak
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN SET Promotion
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Olsbergs MSE
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera
77 Steve Volders BEL Nationale Renstal Trommelke

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 59 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 50 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 46 points
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 36 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 34 points
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 27 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 25 points
8. Damien Meunier (FRA) 25 points
9. William Nilsson (SWE) 23 points
10. Anders Michalak (SWE) 22 points
19-05-23 Hansen going for World RX gold at Silverstone GBR World RX of Great Britain
The fourth stop on the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship tour takes Team Hansen MJP to Silverstone, where it will defend the lead in both the drivers' and teams' championships. Kevin Hansen leads elder brother Timmy by 11 points heading to Britain, while the team has a single point in hand over its nearest team rival.

Last year's event at Silverstone, the first since Great Britain's slot was switched from Lydden Hill, resulted in mixed feelings for Team Hansen MJP. All of the team's cars had the speed to make the Final in 2018, with Timmy setting the fastest lap of the weekend, although unfortunately a car problem forced him to retire from the Semi-Final.

Kevin made it through to the Final on that occasion, however, so the team is confident that another successful weekend with a strong points haul may be on the cards.

The track: Silverstone
Silverstone's World RX track made its series debut last season to much fanfare, acting as the centrepiece of the SpeedMachine festival.

This track is a rarity on the calendar due to being more gravel than sealed surface. But it's flat and quite smooth, with more than one straight, so it's still quite a quick circuit.

It gets slower as the lap goes on, with the final section containing the joker section. Not that the 'fast' route is particularly fast, with drivers threading their cars through the final chicane before blasting back towards the start/finish line.

The big numbers
60
The percentage of Silverstone's RX track that is gravel, making it a rare event on the World RX calendar that isn't primarily on sealed surfaces.

37.872
Timmy Hansen's course record time in seconds around the Silverstone RX circuit, set last year in the Peugeot 208 WRX.

100
The percentage of the 2019 World RX season to date in which Kevin Hansen has been leading the Drivers' Championship.

What to look out for
The joker lap at Silverstone is tricky thanks to two surface changes in quick succession. Gravel becomes asphalt as drivers barrel towards the braking zone for the joker's hairpin, only to switch back to gravel again on exit.

Ideal set-up: Silverstone
Silverstone is one of the few World RX circuits that's more gravel than asphalt. It's also low-grip with lots of slow, technical bends, so a softer set-up will help. But go too soft and problems arise when landing after the big jump between turns four and five. It's a tricky balance to find.
The fastest set-up for Q1 probably won't be so quick come the Semi-Finals and Final. The forecast is for rain on Friday but none on Saturday or Sunday, so expect the track to dry out as the first day of action progresses and set-ups becoming a little firmer.

All eyes are likely to be on the massive man-made jump between turns four and five, given the stratospheric heights the cars hit. Thankfully, the Öhlins dampers fitted to the Peugeot 208 WRX are more than up to the challenge of absorbing the landing impact.


Kevin Hansen had already taken World RX by storm on his debut in 2015, making it to the Final and finishing fifth during a prize drive at the season finale for winning the RX Lites title that year. In 2016, Kevin was also making selected appearances in World RX, this time with the family team.

The World RX of Great Britain that year was only his fourth outing at the top level. It was a great weekend all-round for Team Peugeot Hansen: elder brother Timmy had set top four times in three of the four qualifying sessions. Meanwhile, Kevin's pace was extremely consistent, making him the seventh-quickest qualifier and drawing the brothers together in the second Semi-Final.

Timmy led Kevin to the finish in that semi, with the duo finishing second and third respectively. This meant Kevin would start on the back row, although that didn't stop him from taking fourth place: a career-best result at the time. Timmy was one place ahead, picking up another podium finish to add to his extensive trophy collection.

Event Timetable
All times BST (CEST -1)
Saturday, May 25th
Free Practice 09:00
Qualifying 1 11:55
Qualifying 2 14:45
Autograph session 17:00
Sunday, May 26th
Warm-up 09:15
Qualifying 3 10:00
Qualifying 4 10:55
Semi-Final
Final 15:00
19-05-23 Evjen i rutinerat sällskap
Jakten på EM-guldet i rallycross för Supercar börjar kommande helg på klassiska Silverstone i England. Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS finns på plats med unge norrmannen Sondre Evjen i förarsätet.
- Jag hoppas att ta mig till final och kämpa om en plats på pallen, säger Evjen.

21-åringen från Åls kommun medger att det är spänt inför EM-premiären.
- Men det är bara bra att vara lite nervös. Då blir man fokuserad.
Evjen har under senaste månaden fått testa sin Volkswagen Polo GTI RX, men det har varit på blött underlag.
- Dessvärre inget test på torrt, men jag tror att det ska gå bra att komma in i det också.

Norrmannen körde RX2 på Silverstone förra året och slutade trea.
- Banan passar mig och min körstil.

Evjen fick dessutom ett bra genrep när han gångna helgen körde in som trea respektive etta i RallyX Nordic i Lites-klassen vid tävlingarna i Höljes.
- Självförtroendet är på topp, lovar Sondre.

Stallchefen i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS, Tommy Kristoffersson, vill inte trissa upp förväntningarna alltför mycket på den unge norrmannen, men ser samtidigt en avsevärd potential.
- Jag tror att han har kapacitet för att bli mästare så småningom, men man får se det lite mer på sikt. Det är inte bara att gå in och dominera mot rutinerade herrar som Jean Baptiste Dubourg, Robin Larsson och Pontus Tidemand.
- Han kan absolut köra bil, intygar också Per Eklund, huvudansvarig för Evjens ekipage under säsongen.

Sondre kommer alltså att bli uppbackad av det nya partnerskapet mellan tidigare rivalerna Kristoffersson Motorsport och Eklund Motorsport. Eklunds gäng har preparerat bilen, men också satts ordentligt på prov senaste veckan. Ett motorhaveri kortade av nattvilan rejält för verkstadsfolket.
- Vi har fått plocka isär det mesta men har lyckats få ihop det igen, berättar Eklund, som fick ta igen lite av nattsömnen på Tysklands-båten på väg söderut.

Stallchefen Kristoffersson kan inte annat än låta sig imponeras.
- Jag visste ju redan när vi anlitade Eklunds team att vi fick tillgång till stor kompetens. När jag nu har sett hur dedikerat de har jobbat för att lösa det här problemet kan jag bara konstatera att vi har en back up i världsklass.

Kristoffersson skickar med några ur sin egen personal till England och kommer dessutom själv att finnas på plats på Silverstone.
- Inspirerande och väldigt roligt att vara tillbaka i rallycross igen, tycker Tommy.

Sondre Evjen kan lugnt notera att han har en mycket rutinerad och kompetent omgivning vid EM-premiären ingående i Speed Machine Festival.
- Verkligen! Jag tror det här blir väldigt bra.
19-05-22 William Nilsson revanschsugen inför helgens rallycross på Silverstone
Till helgen körs RX2 International Series i Storbritannien. Skånske William Nilsson har siktet inställt på en bra placering samt kunna avancera i mästerskapet.
– Under helgen vill jag på att vara ännu mer i framkant och höja tempot ytterligare. Jag vet att kapaciteten finns för att fightas i toppen, säger Nilsson.

Det är dags för den tredje deltävlingen av rallycrossmästerskapet RX2 International Series. Helgens deltävlingen körs på den välkända F1-banan Silverstone, och det är en laddad William Nilsson som reser till Storbritannien.
– I helgen är det bara att trycka på. Eftersom jag kört där tidigare så hittar jag runt på banan, om man säger så. Under Silverstone förra året hade vi elproblem med bilen, så det ska bli kul att komma dit och kunna få lite revansch. Nu är bilen dessutom hundra procent återställd efter kraschen i Barcelona, så jag är riktigt taggad, säger 19-åringen.

För Nilssons del inleddes årets säsong med en rejäl krasch i Barcelona, som skadade både förare och bil. Under tävlingen i Belgien gick det bättre och han kvalificerade sig till final. Men Nilsson har ännu högre mål inför helgen.
– Säsongen har inte direkt börjat som jag hoppats, och även om det verkar gå åt rätt håll så vill jag såklart nå högre resultat. Under helgen siktar jag på att vara ännu mer i framkant och höja tempot ytterligare. Konkurrensen i mästerskapet höjs hela tiden och alla förbättrar sig konstant, så det är helt klart tuffare än i fjol. Men jag vet att min kapacitet finns för att fightas i toppen.

Silverstone är en av de som tillfälligt byggts om för rallycrossen och är nästan en kilometer lång. För JC Raceteknik-föraren blir det andra gången på banan.
– Banan är fräck. Det blir den fjärde F1-banan för i år och den har säsongen absolut största hopp. Ett gigantiskt hopp faktiskt, så jag ser fram emot det.

Mästerskapstabell: RX2 International Series
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 59 p
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 50 p
3. Fraser McConnel (JAM) 46 p
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 36 p
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 34 p
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 27 p
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 25 p
7. Damien Meunier (FRA) 25 p
9. William NIlsson (SWE) 23 p
10. Anders Michalak ((SWE) 22 p
11. Jimmie Walfridson(SWE) 17 (SWE)
12. Steven Volders (BEL) 16 p
13. Alberg Llovera (AND) 10 p
19-05-20 Eriksson brothers keep it in the family as RallyX Nordic returns
Fans lap up wheel-to-wheel racing as Höljes delivers double dose of high-octane action
Brothers Kevin and Oliver Eriksson take a victory apiece for Olsbergs MSE on home soil
‘Comeback kid’ Thomas Holmen stuns Supercar Lites rivals on eye-catching return

The 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign stormed into life at Höljes last weekend (18/19 May), with the stars of the show putting on a scintillating spectacle of wheel-to-wheel racing at the iconic Swedish circuit – and brothers Kevin and Oliver Eriksson ultimately emerging on top as they shared the coveted Supercar spoils.

For the first time in RallyX Nordic history, the season began with a double-header, meaning double the opportunity to win – and double the entertainment for fans. The on-track action was first-class from the outset, from the headlining, flame-spitting 600bhp Supercar monsters to the supporting Supercar Lites, RX Academy and CrossCar categories.

Supercar
It was a good weekend to be an Eriksson at Höljes. Kevin Eriksson survived a coming-together with Peter Hedström during the qualifying stages on Saturday and then artfully avoided a spinning Robin Larsson in the semi-final to secure a front row starting spot for the all-important final behind the wheel of his Olsbergs MSE-prepared Ford Fiesta.

When Hedström subsequently made a poor getaway from pole position, his fellow Swede needed no second invitation and Eriksson duly led the final from lights-out to chequered flag.

“It’s always fun to win, but honestly, from the first corner, I didn’t expect it because I was down quite a lot on horsepower,” reflected the former FIA World Rallycross Championship race-winner. “Right from the start I could feel I was missing the push from the engine, but thankfully I had enough to stay ahead. We are developing this car for World RX, so we came here firstly to learn and secondly to win – and we achieved both!”

Hedström recovered from his tardy launch to place second, ahead of Jere Kalliokoski, who produced a strong performance in his Ford Fiesta as he determinedly kept last year’s championship runner-up Oliver Eriksson at bay to secure a rostrum finish on his full-time RallyX Nordic debut. The Swede, by contrast, endured a difficult day, characterised by a brace of punctures and a wild spin going down the hill.

Philip Gehrman scored solid points for fifth, with Crister Dalmans piloting his Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo to sixth – an impressive result given the Swede’s qualifying race struggles.

Elsewhere, others were less fortunate, with two of the pre-season favourites – Larsson and Ulrik Linnemann – failing to make the final. On his maiden appearance in JC Raceteknik’s Audi S1, Larsson dominated the qualifying races with two fastest times out of three, and he was leading his semi-final when gearbox issues sent the Swede into a dramatic second corner spin and tumbling out of contention. Linnemann similarly showed his hand in terms of raw pace, topping the timesheets in Q2 but falling foul of a puncture in the second semi-final.

Sunday’s action was every bit as exhilarating – and whilst an Eriksson double always appeared a strong possibility, the smart money looked to be on pace-setter Sebastian, not Oliver, who again suffered a torrid run of ill-fortune in the qualifiers. Twice tagged from behind entering the first corner, the current RX2 International Series leader spun as he endeavoured to regain ground in Q2 and beached his OMSE Honda Civic in the gravel.

Languishing all the way down in 11th spot in the overall classification, Eriksson needed to pull something out of the bag – and in Q3 he did just that, storming to the fastest time to haul himself up the order and secure a second row starting position for the semi-final, in which he took the chequered flag behind namesake and team-mate Sebastian Eriksson.

Oliver seemed set to finish third in the final – never quite showing the same outright pace as Sebastian Eriksson and Larsson ahead – but a collision between the top two as they disputed the lead at the exit of the joker on the last lap sent the JC Raceteknik man into a spin and earned his assailant a five-second post-race penalty. That elevated the younger Eriksson to the highest step on the podium – and the summit of the standings.

“What a weekend!” the 20-year-old reflected. “What can I say, pretty much everything went wrong up until Sunday’s semi-final, but after that, things just seemed to bounce our way.

“After Q2, I really wouldn’t have expected this – I was so upset then, I almost started crying in the bus. It's been so tough, but this team always fights back. I’m just so proud of everyone at OMSE and all the work they do, and as for this Honda Civic, it might be the first full season for the car in Europe but it's a beast and it definitely showed its colours this weekend!

“To not just win the race but take the championship lead as well feels great. I didn’t even make the final here last year, but now we’re coming away from Höljes at the top of the table. I’m so happy – I love rallycross!”

While Sebastian Eriksson crossed the line first on the road, he was relegated to fifth in the final reckoning, behind Larsson and Mikko Ikonen, who unexpectedly found himself climbing onto the third step of the rostrum to cap a strong weekend in his Ford Fiesta. Stene Johansen wound up fourth in a similar car, with Andreas Carlson completing the top six.

Notably, that made for 11 different drivers occupying the 12 available final slots over the course of the two days – underscoring just how ultra-competitive and unpredictable this season’s RallyX Nordic Supercar field is.

Big names not to reach the final on Sunday included Saturday runner-up Hedström, whose bid ended following a coming-together with Larsson in the semi-final, Kalliokoski – who fell barely a third-of-a-second shy of making the cut – and the luckless Linnemann, who was again amongst the front-runners until a slow start in the semi-final curtailed his challenge and sent Philip Gehrman into a spin.

Support Series
The Supercar Lites class was very much a Norwegian benefit at Höljes, with Thomas Holmen winning on Saturday – in his first competitive outing in more than a year-and-a-half – and Sondre Evjen upholding honours on Sunday.

Holmen’s triumph was an emotional one, the teenager topping the intermediate standings, staving off team-mate Simon Olofsson in the semi-final and surviving first corner contact with Evjen and Ben-Philip Gundersen in the final to go on to seal a tremendously popular success ahead of Olofsson and Evjen.

Twenty-four hours later, it was Evjen’s turn to shine, as the JC Raceteknik ace – who is dovetailing his RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites title tilt with a Supercar drive in the FIA European Rallycross Championship this year – led home team-mate Gundersen and local hero Linus Östlund, whose Saturday charge had been undone by gear linkage issues.

The one-make RX Academy – featuring a grid of identical Renault Clio RS RX cars – witnessed a lights-to-flag victory for Finland’s Tommi Hallman on Saturday, ahead of Jimi Kalliomäki and Marko Muru. Estonia’s Muru turned the tables on Sunday, with an assured performance to stave off the threat posed by Rasmus Tuominen, as Kalliomäki returned to the rostrum in third.

In the newly-renamed CrossCar category – formerly the SRX Series – defending champion Nils Andersson doubled up with an impressive effort. The protégé of two-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson defeated Ole Henry Steinsholt on Saturday and Jimmie Österberg 24 hours later. Yellow Squad by Hansen’s Julle Ljungdahl produced a superb last corner pass to snatch third on Saturday, but spun out of podium contention on Sunday. Isac Egonsson put a disappointing first day behind him to secure the remaining rostrum spot.

The 2019 RallyX Nordic season will resume for round three on Danish soil at Nysum in a fortnight’s time (1/2 June).

Results and Championship Standings
Supercar Final Result – Saturday
1. Kevin ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 5 laps
2. Peter HEDSTRÖM (SWE) Hedstöms Motorsport +0.662s
3. Jere KALLIOKOSKI (FIN) Kalliokoski Motorsport +2.038s

Supercar Final Result – Sunday
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 5 laps
2. Robin LARSSON (SWE) JC Raceteknik +1.222s
3. Mikko IKONEN (FIN) Mikko Ikonen +3.115s

Supercar Lites Final Result – Saturday
1. Thomas HOLMEN (NOR) Thomas Holmen 5 laps
2. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) Simon Olofsson +1.361s
3. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +1.620s

Supercar Lites Final Result – Sunday
1. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik 5 laps
2. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +0.812s
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +1.155s

RX Academy Final Result – Saturday
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) RX Academy 5 laps
2. Jimi KALLIOMÄKI (FIN) RX Academy +4.136s
3. Marko MURU (EST) RX Academy +4.921s

RX Academy Final Result – Sunday
1. Marko MURU (EST) RX Academy 5 laps
2. Rasmus TUOMINEN (FIN) RX Academy +1.021s
3. Jimi KALLIOMÄKI (FIN) RX Academy +2.502s

CrossCar Final Result – Saturday
1. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) NA Motorsport 5 laps
2. Ole Henry STEINSHOLT (NOR) OHS RX +1.099s
3. Julle LJUNGDAHL (SWE) Yellow Squad by Hansen +2.288s

CrossCar Final Result – Sunday
1. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) NA Motorsport 5 laps
2. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Österberg Motorsport +1.083s
3. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) Car Control +1.335s

Supercar – Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 42 points
2. Jere Kalliokoski (FIN) 41 points
3. Robin Larsson (SWE) 40 points
4. Peter Hedström (SWE) 39 points
5. Ulrik Linnemann (DNK) 34 points
6. Mikko Ikonen (FIN) 27 points

Supercar Lites – Championship Standings
1. Thomas Holmen (NOR) 50 points
2. Sondre Evjen (NOR) 49 points
3. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 45 points
4. Linus Östlund (SWE) 40 points
5. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 39 points
6. Marcus Höglund (SWE) 32 points

RX Academy – Championship Standings
1. Marko Muru (EST) 54 points
2. Tommi Hallman (FIN) 50 points
3. Jimi Kalliomäki (FIN) 48 points
4. Rasmus Tuominen (FIN) 44 points
5. Jonne Ollikainen (FIN) 35 points
6. Luka Nurmi (FIN) 35 points

CrossCar – Championship Standings
1. Nils Andersson (SWE) 59 points
2. Ole Henry Steinsholt (NOR) 45 points
3. Jimmie Österberg (SWE) 44 points
4. Julle Ljungdahl (SWE) 37 points
5. Isac Egonsson (SWE) 28 points
6. Jonas Ericsson (SWE) 26 points
19-05-19 Lyckat gästspel för Peter - Ett knäckt styrstag från topplacering i RallyX Nordic även på söndagen
Med fyra bilar på startlinjen kan det vara svårt att hålla fokus på sitt egna tävlande. Men Peter Hedström visade att det funkar och satte respekt i sina motståndare redan på Lördagens första deltävling i RallyX Nordic.

Hedströms Motorsport kan blicka tillbaka på en helg full av action, där Peter Hedström fick utprovat en mängd inställningar på bilen inför EM-premiären nu till helgen.
- Det här var ett bra kvitto på vårt jobb under vintern, bilen kändes riktigt fin och jag fick möjlighet att sortera ut inställningar även för blött och halvtorrt underlag, berättar Peter Hedström.

Hedström inledde helgen med tre raka fjärdetider i kvalet och tog i sin semifinal segern före teamkamraten Christer Dalmans.
- Det var en strålande insats av Dalmans under lördagen, det var synd att motorn började krångla för honom, annars har han säkert kunna kört bra även på söndagen, berömmer Peter.

Peter själv däremot, klämde till med en andraplats direkt i premiären. Söndagens andra deltävling i RallyX Nordic inledde Peter identiskt med första. Kvalade som fyra, men i semifinalen tog det sedan brutalt stopp efter en hård landning och brustet länkage i framvagnen.
- Jag var helt plötsligt passagerare i bilen i målsvängen och körde ihop med Robin Larsson, berättar Hedström.

Peter slutar trots debaclet i semin, på en fjärdeplats i sammandraget efter två deltävlingar i RallyX Nordic-serien.
- Jag är jättenöjd, är ju med toppen av serien som är minst lika stark som EM, det blev ett lyckat gästspel, konstaterade Peter efter racet.

Daniel Thoréns bil hade tyvärr drabbats av styrproblem i motorn. Daniel kämpade dock på och i tredje omgången gick bilen bra igen. Tappet efter motorkrånglet var dock för stort. Thorén slutade femma i sin semifinal och fick åtta RallyX Nordic-poäng med sig från den andra deltävlingen.

Teamets rookie i Lites, Natha Petersson, fick en mardrömsstart i sitt första kval, rullade brutalt och skadade skyddsburen i bilen så svårt, att fortsatt körning var utesluten av säkerhetsskäl under lördagen. Men Hedströmsgänget gav inte upp. En ny burdel hämtades från Nynäshamn och monterades under natten i bilen.
- De är sjukt grymma i teamet, kommenterar Natha.
Tyvärr fick Petersson sämsta förutsättningar med blött underlag i Q1 på söndagen, något hon tidigare aldrig provat med en Lites-bil. Dessutom, en brusten drivaxel satte stopp i Q1 och ödelade tyvärr hennes möjligheter till semifinalkörning.

19-05-19 Fyra pallplatser för JC Raceteknik under rallycrossen i Höljes: Robin Larsson tvåa i premiären medan Sondre Evjen segrade
Supercar Lites-föraren Sondre Evjen tog en tredjeplats i den första deltävlingen av RallyX Nordic, medan han segrade före teamkollegan Ben-Philip Gundersen under söndagens tävling. I Supercar knep Robin Larsson en andraplats.
– Vi är jättenöjda med dagens resultat och plockar med oss många mästerskapspoäng härifrån, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Det blev en lyckad inledning på RallyX Nordic-säsongen för JC Raceteknik. Under helgen kördes de två inledande deltävlingarna i Höljes och där knep Värmlandsteamet inte mindre än fyra pallplatser.

För den tidigare VM-föraren Robin Larsson var det första tävlingen tillsammans med JC Raceteknik, och även premiär i teamet nya Audi S1 Supercar. Redan under första träningen hade han tempot och inför finalen fanns tre bästatider och två andraplatser i bagaget. Men i semifinalen rasade växellådan, vilket satte stopp för hans guldjakt. Även under söndagens tävling kvalificerade han sig till semifinal. Denna gången gick det bättre och han vann. Väl i final såg han ut att gå mot seger, men en påkörning från en annan förare gjorde att han snurrade och fick istället nöja sig med andraplatsen.

Under lördagen visade Sondre Evjen ett högt tempo och tog en tredjeplats – idag hade han ännu mer fart. Med en andraplacering efter de tre omgångarna startade han från bästa startspår i semifinalen. Han tog starten och behöll ledningen in i mål, ett drag vi fick se i repris under finalen och han tog därmed årets första seger för teamet. Evjen klättrar efter segern upp till en andraplats i RallyX Nordic.

Fjolårstvåan i RallyX Nordic, Ben-Philip Gundersen, hade två tävlingar med blandade resultat. Efter topplaceringar i både grundomgången och semifinal såg han ut att kunna utmana om segern i finalen. Men där satte en hård närkontakt stopp för framgången och bilen skadades så pass att han inte kunde komma imål. Trots det ligger han efter helgen trea i mästerskapet. Jimmie Walfridson hade två tävlingar med många närkontakter, vilket gjorde att det inte räckte till final.

15-årige Isak Reiersen, som debuterar i crosskartklassen Xtreme, har haft en tuff start på säsongen eftersom det varit problem med drivknutarna på den nytillverkade crosskarten. Under träningen samt den första omgången gick drivknutarna ännu en gång sönder och han tvingades bryta tävlingen. Ydrefalk Motorsport, som har byggt crosskarten, löste problemet under eftermiddagen och Reiersen kunde komma till start i den andra deltävlingen. Där fungerade crosskarten bra, vilken syntes på resultaten och det höga tempot. Han segrade i semifinalen, men trafik och några mindre missar gjorde att han slutade på femteplats i tävlingen.

Joel Christoffersson, Teamchef:
”Vi är jättenöjda med dagens resultat, att få tre förare på pallen är en skön känsla. Vi plockar med oss många poäng härifrån och det är tätt i tabellen. Helgen började på topp för oss redan igår. I Supercar gick det jättebra fram tills semifinalen där vi fick växellådsproblem, vilket såklart är frustrerande med tanke på de tidigare resultaten. Även idag hade Robin bra fart, så det var synd att han inte fick vinna i finalen. Det var han värd efter allt slit.

I Supercar Lites hade vi bra fart med alla förare. Igår tog Sondre en tredjeplats och idag visade han ännu högre tempo vilket gav resultat. Det var också skönt för Ben-Philip att få ta en andraplats idag. Han har gjort två bra tävlingar, men bröt igår efter en smäll. Så det blev lite revansch.

Det har varit en jobbig situation för Isak i Xtreme och jag led med honom att han inte kunde köra klart tävlingen igår. Idag var crosskarten fixad och han fick chansen att visa sin kapacitet. Semifinalen var kanon, men i final fanns inte riktigt farten.”

Robin Larsson, Supercar:
”Det blev både en klockren och motig tävling för mig. Det här var mina första tävlingar med JC Raceteknik och vi har visat att vi är med i toppskiktet. Men jag vet att vi kommer kunna få ut mer av både mig och den nya bilen framöver. Bitvis har det varit lite struligt, men tidsmässigt har det gått väldigt bra. Igår var jag snabbast genom nästan hela dagen och gjorde klockrena starter. Tyvärr var det stolpe ut i semifinalen när växellådan rasade. Idag blev det vinst i semin och i finalen gick det fort, men en ”liten dutt” från en annan förare gjorde att jag snurrade. Efter det har jag fått ännu mer blodad tand. Vi plockar med oss bra poäng härifrån, nu ska vi analysera allt och få upp farten ytterligare.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar Lites:
”Att börja säsongen med två podium under samma helg känns väldigt, väldigt bra. Dessutom ligger jag bara en poäng bakom ledaren i mästerskapet. Nu har vi börjat i topp, och jag hoppas verkligen att vi kan köra vidare på det här spåret. Idag har vi kämpat lite med bilens inställningar och svåra startspår, vi var inte uppe på de där bästa tiderna. Men när jag startade från främre raden i både semifinalen och finalen klarade jag att hålla ledningarna hela vägen in i mål. Mekaniker och teamet har gjort ett bra jobb trots all stress med två tävlingar på två dagar. Nästa deltävling blir Danmark och jag har fina minnen därifrån med tanke på min seger i fjol. Vi kommer dit med ett bra självförtroende och högt tempo.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Supercar Lites:
”Helgen har gått mycket upp och ner för mig, så andraplatsen idag blev absolut en revansch. Den första tävlingen började bra på träningen med snabbaste tid, sen fick jag väldigt blandade resultat. I finalen blev det en smäll från en annan förare så min bil blev okörbar, det var tufft. Idag har jag slitit lite med farten och inte haft de bästa varvtiderna. Men i finalen satt det och jag körde upp mig från fjärde startspår till en andraplats. I mästerskapet har vi plockat med oss bra poäng, och kommer jobba för ännu mer fart i Danmark. Dessutom, stort grattis till Sondres vinst – det är helt klart fint för både honom och teamet.”

Jimmie Walfridson, Supercar Lites:
”Det är jäkligt kul att RallyX Nordic-säsongen är igång, även om det blev en medioker inledning för min del. Idag föll jag nog på eget grepp när jag överladdade och körde bort mig i första heatet. Även om det finns en hel del att finslipa har jag känt att farten finns där idag. Nu får jag analysera vad jag kan göra bättre och ta nya tag till Danmark. Det är en rolig bana som jag gillar – både snabb och teknisk.”

Isak Reiersen, Xtreme:
”Under de två första tävlingarna den här säsongen har crosskarten strulat och drivknutar gått sönder. Igår gick det sönder i Q1 och jag fick bryta hela tävlingen. Vad mer kan man säga än att man blir helt uppgiven? Idag hade vi helt nya grejer och nu verkar allt vara i ordning. Jag vet att jag har kapaciteten att vinna och nu fick jag visa det. Vinsten i semifinalen gjorde bra för självförtroendet. Finalen var tyvärr väldigt rörig med mycket närkontakt som gjorde att jag tappade tid och inte kunde utmana om segern. Nu ska vi jobba vidare på crosskartens inställningar och komma till Danmark för att kämpa om topplaceringar."
19-05-17 Albatec NCME and Mark Higgins kick off 2019 at home World RX event
Albatec Racing NCME and British Rallycross Champion Mark Higgins launch their 2019 season at Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain at Silverstone next weekend. They return to the scene of their BRX title-sealing victory, when the triple British Rally Champion pilots the Eddie Stobart NCME-supported Peugeot 208 RX Supercar on 25/26 May.

With the continued support of long-term partners Motis, Rock Oil and Teng Tools, the Dumfries based team and Mark will tackle Silverstone’s purpose-built 0.972km long rallycross track in round four of the Dayinsure FIA World Rallycross Championship.

For Mark the weekend signifies his second outing in World RX following his debut appearance last year, where he hinted at his intentions with a consistent pace in three of the heats. Sadly, he suffered broken suspension in the second, following a heavy landing on the jump, which despite winning his next two races subsequently ended his hopes of reaching the semi-finals. Showing his form amongst a quality entry however, Mark left the event as top British driver.

The Speedmachine Festival features not only exhilarating on-track racing, but once again presents live music from the likes of Sean Paul, track demonstrations and displays, and includes an abundance of street food and supercar displays. Further event information and tickets are available from www.speedmachine.com

Andy Scott, Team Principal, Albatec Racing:
“We’re delighted to be competing once again at our home World RX event and to continue our collaboration with the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton. Silverstone is a track on which Mark has had considerable success at National level, securing the British Rallycross Championship there last year. With the welcome continued support of Eddie Stobart, Motis, Rock Oil and Teng Tools, we look forward to returning to the track on which he made his World RX debut in 2018. I am sure he’ll put on another strong performance and I’m confident a semi-final appearance is easily achievable.”

Mark Higgins, Driver #134, Albatec Racing:
“I’m really excited to be getting back behind the wheel of the Albatec Peugeot 208 and taking on the World RX regulars at Silverstone. Last year’s event was a bit of an eye-opener, it was only my fourth rallycross outing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and we achieved significant results against the factory teams and drivers. During my first season in rallycross I learnt a lot, so I’m looking forward to putting that into practice later this month. Thank you to Eddie Stobart for their continued support of myself and the collaboration between Albatec and the University of Bolton and to all our sponsors and partners.”

Dr Mark Busfield, Director, National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at University of Bolton:
“Last year’s collaboration with Albatec Racing signalled the start of a hugely successful enterprise which resulted in us winning the British Rallycross Championship. Now, we are delighted to be continuing that partnership with our first event of 2019, and what better place to do it than Silverstone. Our students will once again play a major part of the team operations over the weekend, working alongside the permanent personnel, and we are all looking forward to what will hopefully produce a successful result.”
19-05-17 RallyX Nordic ready to bring the magic as stars of the show rev up for Höljes curtain-raiser
World RX race-winners headline stellar entry list for this weekend’s action
Legendary Swedish circuit hosts double-header to kick-start season in style
Semi-finals and finals to be broadcast live and worldwide via Facebook

The 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign is preparing for blast-off at Höljes tomorrow – and not only will the season rev into life at one of the world’s most iconic rallycross tracks, but fans are set for a double dose of high-octane entertainment at the ‘Mini Magic Weekend’ (18/19 May).

Kicking things off in style, for the first time in RallyX Nordic history, the season-opener will take the form of a double-header – with racing from dawn to dusk on both Saturday and Sunday.

Nestled deep in the forests in Sweden’s beautiful Värmland region, Höljes has firmly established itself as one of the most legendary circuits in the sport, with upwards of 50,000 fans regularly making the pilgrimage to the track for the mid-summer World Championship round.

This weekend, spectators will get a sneak preview of what they can expect later in the year, as more than 50 drivers do battle across four classes – Supercars, Supercar Lites, RX Academy and CrossCar.

The headlining Supercar grid – flame-spitting, 600bhp beasts capable of out-accelerating a Formula 1 car to 100km/h – will feature a host of big names from the discipline, including a couple of FIA World Rallycross Championship event winners.

JC Raceteknik’s Robin Larsson triumphed in Argentina in 2015, while fellow Swede Kevin Eriksson (Olsbergs MSE) was the man who pulled off that round-the-outside first corner overtake to reach the top step of the podium in Germany in 2016. The Swede’s younger brother Oliver – currently leading the RX2 International Series – will take to the track in an OMSE Honda Civic, alongside team-mate Ulrik Linnemann, who stunned with victory on his RallyX Nordic debut on home soil in Denmark last season.

Sebastian Eriksson – winner of RallyX on Ice earlier this year – adds to the list of leading protagonists, while Philip Gerhman is undoubtedly a rallycross star of the future, having tallied three rostrum finishes from four events in 2018. The Swede’s car is none-too-shabby, either – an ex-World RX Volkswagen Polo GTi.

Picking a winner in Supercar Lites is a similarly unpredictable affair. Last season’s runner-up Ben-Philip Gundersen is the highest-placed returnee, but the Norwegian is sure to face stiff opposition from within the JC Raceteknik camp, with Sondre Evjen and Jimmie Walfridson both well-established contenders in the class.

Swedish stars Marcus Höglund (Team Färén) and Simon Olofsson are both determined to shine on home soil, and Petter Leirhol shares more than just a first name with fellow Norwegian Petter Solberg – he has fast genes, too. Thomas Holmen returns to the fray following a year’s sabbatical from competition, while Nathalie Petersson (Hedströms Motorsport) is the class’ sole female entrant and will be keen to show the boys how it’s done. Record-breaking former Olympian Albert Llovera will also hope to be in the mix as he joins RallyX Nordic for the first time.

All of them, however, will be keeping a close eye on local lad Linus Östlund (OMSE), who practically grew up at Höljes and knows the track better than anyone. Look out for his rivals following Linus’ lines in free practice to try to gain some ‘insider secrets’.

The one-make RX Academy brings together some of the finest up-and-coming young talent in its field of identical Renault Clio RS RX cars, while the renamed CrossCar category has attracted a large grid, with Yellow Squad by Hansen’s Julle Ljungdahl arguably the driver to beat following his RallyX on Ice heroics.

“After what has seemed like a long winter break since we last all came together at Tierp seven months ago, RallyX Nordic is back and – judging by the entry lists and calibre of drivers in the field – bigger and better than ever before,” enthused Series Chief Operating Officer, Ian Davies. “As one of rallycross’ most iconic tracks, Höljes is a fitting stage for our 2019 curtain-raiser, and its famously challenging layout will provide a true test of commitment and ability.

“I am excited to see how the action unfolds, and even more excited that our many thousands of fans all around the world can watch it as it happens, thanks to the combination of live coverage on Facebook, RallyX TV and via a number of high-profile national broadcasters. The racing in RallyX Nordic is never less than first-rate, so whether you are following trackside, on your mobile phone or on television, buckle up, settle down – and enjoy the ride!”

The racing will run from 09h00 – 17h00 on both Saturday and Sunday, complemented by a bar and live music on Saturday evening, making for a family-friendly festival atmosphere. All off-track entertainment – as well as on-site camping – is free of charge to attending race-goers, with entry tickets available at just 200 SEK (c.€19) for Sunday or 300 SEK (c.€28) for the whole weekend. Accompanied children aged 15 and under get in free.

Full VIP experience packages – including hospitality and grandstand seating – cost 500 SEK (c.€48) for Sunday or 700 SEK (c.€67) for the whole weekend.

More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Ljw5E1

For those unable to get to the track, every RallyX Nordic event in 2019 will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/rallyxnordic and www.rallyx.se/rallyx-tv, with live coverage of the semi-finals and finals also set to be broadcast throughout the Baltic nations on TV6 Latvia. Further television agreements will be announced in due course.

Entry Lists
Supercars
4 Robin Larsson SWE JC Raceteknik
8 Peter Hedström SWE Hedströms Motorsport
9 Christer Dalmans SWE Hedströms Motorsport
10 Mikko Ikonen FIN Mikko Ikonen
11 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Motorsport
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
50 Svein Roger Andersen NOR Andersen Motorsport
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE Andreas Carlsson Rallycross
66 Kenneth Kristiansen NOR TM Racing
72 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Olsbergs MSE
77 Stene Johansen NOR Johansen Motorsport
88 Daniel Thorén SWE Hedströms Motorsport
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Gehrman Motorsport AB
93 Sebastian Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
96 Kevin Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE

Supercar Lites
2 Ben Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
10 Martin Jönsson SWE Alfta Racing Team
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE Oskarsson Motorsport
12 Anders Michalak SWE Michalak Motorsport
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE
20 Nathalie Petersson SWE Hedströms Motorsport
21 Marcus Höglund SWE Team Färén
27 Petter Leirhol NOR Leirhol Motorsport
33 Lars Erik Haug NOR Haug Rallycross Team
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
54 Petter Nårsa SWE Öhman Motorsport
56 Thomas Holmen NOR Thomas Holmen
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera
69 Sondre Evjen NOR JC Raceteknik
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Olsbergs MSE
99 Hans-Ola Frøshaug NOR JC Raceteknik

RX Academy
3 Joni Heikkinen FIN RX Academy
22 Rasmus Tuominen FIN RX Academy
27 Marko Muru EST RX Academy
44 Jonne Ollikainen FIN RX Academy
66 Luka Nurmi FIN RX Academy
72 Clémentine Lhoste FRA RX Academy
87 Tommi Hallman FIN RX Academy
95 Jimi Kalliomäki FIN RX Academy

CrossCar
6 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
8 Jonas Ericsson SWE SSD Swespeed
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Österberg Motorsport
12 Fredrik Arnesson SWE Fredrik Arnesson
14 Nils Andersson SWE NA Motorsport
20 Julius Ljungdahl SWE Yellow Squad by Hansen
21 Lars Söderström SWE SSD Swespeed
46 Thomas Eek Murstad NOR Murstad Motorsport
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol
76 Erik Wassberg SWE Erik Wassberg
85 Petter Hane SWE Petter Hane
88 Ole Henry Steinsholt NOR OHS RX
96 Hans Carlzon SWE Hans Carlzon
106 Kjell Andre Knabenes NOR Knabenes Motorsport
170 Isak Reiersen SWE JC Raceteknik Junior Team
175 Timmy Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
19-05-14 Fyra bilar till säsongsöppning i Höljes
- Thorén, Hedström, Petersson och Dalmans är Hedströms Motorsports laguppställning i premiären på hemmabanan.
Säsongen snurrar nu igång på allvar för Hedströms Motorsport. Europamästerskapet i rallycross står för dörren, men först är det RallyX Nordic och säsongsdebut på hemmabanan som väntar. Förutom Peter i Supercar, blir det även Daniel Thorén i en likadan och i stort sett nybyggd VW Polo. Med i teamet också 22-åriga Natha Petersson i teamets Supercar Lite-kärra. Sist men inte minst Christer Dalmans, rutinerad räv i Hedströmsgänget som blev åksugen i elfte timmen.

Redan nu till helgen avgörs årets första och andra deltävling i den heta nordiska serien RallyX Nordic på Höljesbanan. En dubbeltävling som ger fina träningsmöjligheter för EM-satsande Peter Hedström.
- Det är viktigt att vi får en bra inställning på bilen med oss till EM, hemmaplan i Höljes med alla våra lokala fans gör det extra speciellt, mitt huvudfokus i år blir EM så det här blir kanonbra uppvärmning som ger perfekt förberedelse inför EM-premiären, säger Peter Hedström.
Daniel Thorén som ifjol var teamets ”rookie”, gick då orädd rakt in i hetluften mot rutinerade förare. Han toppade fjolårssäsongen med en tredjeplats i Norge. Trots en brutal finalkrasch lyckades han till slut bli åtta i serien. Men kraschen blev startskottet på något bra, då bilen visade sig reparerbar.
- Bilen har totalrenoverats in i minsta detalj, den är skräddarsydd för mig och det känns mycket väl, menar Daniel Thorén.
Efter ett sista test på premiärbanan i Höljes, ser Daniel nu med spänning fram mot sin andra säsong och starten i RallyX Nordic.
- Det ska bli riktigt kul, i år vet jag vad jag ger mig in på och jag fick till sex riktigt bra varv i Höljes, bilen kändes riktigt tight å bra, nu ska vi ha riktigt kul den här säsongen.
I värstingklassen Supercar gör Peter Hedström sällskap med Daniel Thorén på startgridden i Höljes. Med en likadan VW Polo Supercar ser han med tillförsikt fram mot årets säsong. Revansch-sugen efter fjolårets småstruliga säsong i RallyX Nordic.
- Det känns riktigt kul att vara igång igen, vi har gått igenom bilarna grundligt och känslan är bra inför premiären, säger Peter Hedström.

RallyX Nordic innehåller också klassen Supercar Lites. Där heter teamets First Lady Nathalie Petersson. Tjugotvå år ung, orädd och målmedveten, slänger sig Natha in i Supercar Lites tillsammans med Hedströms Motorsport. Nathalie har några säsonger i rallycross 2150, men nu väntar hetluften som Supercar Lites-klassen ger i RallyX Nordic. Räkna med att det kommer slå gnistor om denna tjejen i Lites-klassen, när hon blir varm i kläderna. Eller som hon själv beskriver känslan inför premiären…
- Finns väl bara en känsla och förväntning och det är att få stå högst upp på pallen igen, ler 22-åringen från Helsingborg.

I sista stund blir det fyrbilsteam i Höljes för Hedströms Motorsport. Christer Dalmans har gjort flera säsonger i teamet VW Polo Supercars, men höll i år in i det längsta med att anmäla sig. Men nu är det alltså klart att även Malungs-sonen Dalmans kommer till start i RallyX-premiären.

Nu till helgen dundrar det alltså igång på Hedströms Motorsports hemmabana i Höljes, där det redan på fredagskvällen den 17:e maj med start 18:00 körs fria träningspass. Deltävling nummer ett rullar sedan igång efter warmup vid 08:15 på på lördagsmorgonen och man räknar med att vara klara klockan 17:00. Samma tider gäller även för söndagen.
Varmt välkomna!
19-05-14 RallyX Nordic drar igång på fredag i Höljes
Kommande helg arrangerar Finnskoga MK årets första tävling. Vi kör då två deltävlingar i serien RX Nordic. Det känns härligt att vi äntligen är igång. Finnskoga MK är taggade liksom förare som Sebastian Eriksson, Robin Larsson, Kevin och Oliver Eriksson.

På torsdag och fredag kommer teamen att ställa iordning sina ekipage och på fredag kväll kl 18.00 kör vi träning och sedan är vi igång.

Ingen magic weekend utan underhållning och det kommer att finnas ett serveringstält med levande musik, en liten pub och en enkel meny på lördagkväll, där man kan prata, umgås och kanske ta en svängom. Till och med vädret verkar inse allvaret och värmen ser ut att återvända till helgen – den är lika välkommen som ni. Ta gärna en till på www.rallyx.se för startlista och ytterligare information.

TIDSPLAN
Fredag 17/5:
18:00 -20:00 Träning

Lördag 18/5:
08:30 Warm up
09:00 Start Q1, Q2, Q3
14:30 Semifinaler och Finaler
17:00 Prisutdelning

Söndag 19/5:
08:30 Warm up
09:00 Start Q1, Q2, Q3
14:30 Semifinaler och Finaler
17:00 Prisutdelnin


19-05-13 Eriksson doubles up as he saves his best ‘til last in Belgium
Two from two for defending champ, but he’s made to work for it at Spa-Francorchamps
‘Flying Finn’ Jesse Kallio proves he will be a force to be reckoned with this season
JC Raceteknik’s Ben-Philip Gundersen banishes Barcelona disappointment with podium

Early-season championship leader Oliver Eriksson battled back from a difficult opening day in Belgium to seal his second success from as many starts in the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires – with a hard-fought victory at legendary Formula 1 venue Spa-Francorchamps.

Eriksson sat only sixth in the standings at the end of Saturday’s first two qualifying races, having fallen foul of a malfunctioning windscreen wiper in free practice, made a rare mistake in the joker lap in Q1 and picked up not one but two punctures in Q2.

That handed the initiative firmly to Olsbergs MSE stablemate Jesse Kallio, but Eriksson wasn’t done yet, and with both drivers winning their respective semi-finals, they lined up side-by-side on the front row of the grid for the all-important final.

Boldly keeping his foot planted on the accelerator, Eriksson swept around the outside of Kallio into Turn One and thereafter never looked back. Keeping the pressure on throughout, his team-mate flashed across the finish line less than four-tenths-of-a-second behind, with JC Raceteknik's Ben-Philip Gundersen belatedly kick-starting his title challenge as he rounded out the rostrum in third.

Qualifying Races
Having already announced his arrival in RX2 with a podium finish on his debut in last month’s Barcelona curtain-raiser, Kallio confirmed his status as one of the series’ fastest-rising young stars with a commanding performance to top the intermediate rankings.

The Finn set the pace come rain and shine during the qualifying stages in the iconic Ardennes forest, pushed hardest by Eriksson and Gundersen. After losing ground on Saturday, the Swede bounced back by dominating Q3, but he and Gundersen made light contact at the start of Q4, sending the Norwegian wide and dropping him from second to third in the overall classification.

Like in Spain, Fraser McConnell in the third OMSE car impressed with both his speed and consistency, as the Jamaican secured fourth place – and with it a front row semi-final grid slot – ahead of Vasiliy Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies) and Simon Olofsson, who vaulted up the order courtesy of a rapid run in Q4.

Sami-Matti Trogen (SET Promotion) recovered from a slow start on Saturday to salvage seventh in the table, with fellow teenager William Nilsson eighth for JC Raceteknik, the Swede producing a gutsy performance as he continues to recover from his impact with the Barcelona barriers a fortnight ago. Anders Michalak, Jimmie Walfridson (JC Raceteknik), Damien Meunier (Team Färén) and local hero Steve Volders completed the semi-finalists, with Albert Llovera narrowly missing out.

Semi-Finals
Kallio converted pole position into the lead when the lights went out in semi-final one, pursued by fellow front row starter Gundersen, and the order would remain that way to the chequered flag, the pair untroubled by the drama unfolding behind.

A three-way tussle for third on the opening lap predictably ended in tears, as a squeeze resulted in Michalak being turned around by Gryazin on the run up Eau Rouge, allowing the opportunistic Meunier to sneak through into third. The Frenchman, however, could not quite withstand the threat of a charging Trogen, who snatched the last final spot.

In the second semi-final, Eriksson led McConnell away from the line in an OMSE one-two, with Nilsson intelligently taking a wide approach into Turn One to get the undercut on countryman Olofsson on the exit for third. The latter tried to regain the position going into the hairpin at the top of Eau Rouge, but rather than paying off, his ambitious overtaking attempt actually ended up delaying the Swede and allowing the top three to break away.

Eriksson’s win was never really in doubt, but McConnell had to keep an eye in his mirrors for Nilsson, who continued to chase hard and crossed the finish line barely a second in his wake. Behind them, Olofsson was on the fightback, muscling his way past Walfridson with a gutsy move for fourth – if not quite into the final.

Final
In a battle of the late-brakers, Eriksson proved to be the braver into Turn One for the first time, sweeping around the outside of his pole-sitting team-mate to grab the lead. Notwithstanding a slight scare when he sideswiped the wall on lap two, the reigning champion was thereafter able to fend Kallio off all the way to the chequered flag.

Gundersen followed the pair home a little way back in third to banish the memories of a difficult season curtain-raiser in Barcelona, while Trogen passed McConnell into the first corner for fourth place and maintained the position throughout – even eyeing an assault on the podium at one point. Although a late puncture put paid to any hopes of that, the Finnish teenager – the youngest driver in the field – defended well to keep McConnell and Nilsson at bay, with both crawling all over the back of the SET Promotion car in the closing stages.

Next up is another famous Formula 1 venue – Silverstone (25/26 May) – where Eriksson will arrive with an extended margin at the top of the title standings, but with a whole host of hungry rivals all eager to unseat him at the celebrated ‘Home of British Motor Sport’.

Quote, Unquote
Oliver Eriksson (1st): “There were times over the weekend when it really didn’t feel like it was going to end this way! As a team, we had great pace but until the final, Jesse seemed to always be one step ahead of me, so when we lined up alongside each other on the front row, I knew I needed to beat him off the line because the joker was so short that it was difficult to make a difference there. I just hooked it up, sent it and hoped for the best – and it paid off! After that, it was a pretty spotless race, to be honest, although there was a ‘moment’ when I clipped the concrete wall at the end of the second lap and the car momentarily switched direction. It was a decent hit and I thought that was game over, but thankfully, these Supercar Lites cars are built to withstand a lot of abuse! Jesse was briefly able to get up my inside, but I managed to shut the door just in time. That was a lucky escape, but I guess we had our fair share of bad luck on Saturday. It’s been a near-perfect start to the season overall – two from two. We’re learning all the time and are definitely the team to beat right now – and that feels great.”

Jesse Kallio (2nd): “Almost the perfect weekend! I’m obviously a little bit disappointed because I always want to win and we came so close, but I have to be happy overall. At the end of the day, I need to remind myself it was only my second event in RX2 and to have taken two podiums from the first two weekends and be sitting second in the championship is a great start to the season. Spa was definitely a step forward from Barcelona in terms of competitiveness, and it was great to see how similar my lap times were to Oliver’s. It was also a real confidence boost to be top qualifier for the first time in RX2. Once Oli got past me at the start of the final, I knew it was going to be tough to get back ahead because we’d been so close on pace all weekend. It’s difficult here with such a tight inside line into Turn One – you don’t want to run too close to the wall, and whoever is on your outside can carry more speed through the corner. Still, we know we are capable of fighting for victory now when we put all the pieces of the puzzle together, so I need to make sure I learn as much as I can from Oli’s data and come back even stronger at Silverstone. After finishing third in Spain and second here, there can only really be one goal going there...”

Ben-Philip Gundersen (3rd): “I’m happy with third place – I really needed a good weekend after Barcelona, because we lost a lot of points there and two bad results at the start of the season would have been pretty disastrous championship-wise. I enjoyed the circuit at Spa – they’ve done a great job with it – and the qualifying races went well, with the exception of Q4, when Oliver and I touched slightly at the start, which sent me out wide. That was just racing, though – I would probably have done the same in his shoes. We weren’t quite as quick in the dry on Sunday as we had been in the wet on Saturday and we didn’t really have the pace to rival the two Olsbergs boys ahead in the final, but congratulations to them on the one-two finish. Like in Spain, we were amongst the three fastest drivers on the track most of the time, which is encouraging – now we need to figure out how to find that little bit extra to properly take the fight to them next time...”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO: “What a show Spa put on for us on our debut here, and I think we gave the spectators a similarly exciting show in return! As a race circuit, Spa has established a legendary reputation in the sport, and I see no reason why the rallycross track should not go on to do the same – all the ingredients are there. Its design truly brought out the best in the RX2 drivers, with some of the wheel-to-wheel battles through the iconic Eau Rouge corner pulling everybody to their feet. The racing was first-class, and it was another superb demonstration of just why these guys are very much the future of our sport – a future that, as I have said before, is in extremely safe hands.”

Final Result
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 6 laps
2. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +0.399s
3. Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN (NOR) JC Raceteknik +3.417s
4. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +6.215s
5. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +6.278s
6. William NILSSON (SWE) JC Raceteknik +6.795s

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 59 points
2. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 50 points
3. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 46 points
4. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 36 points
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 34 points
6. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) 27 points
7. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 25 points
8. Damien Meunier (FRA) 25 points
9. William Nilsson (SWE) 23 points
10. Anders Michalak (SWE) 22 points
19-05-12 Solid points haul puts Hansen 1-2 in World RX Drivers' Championship
A challenging first visit to Spa-Francorchamps for the World RX of Belgium gave mixed emotions for Team Hansen MJP. While Kevin Hansen missed out on a berth in the Final by less than a tenth of a second - colliding with Liam Doran mid-air while crossing the finish line - Timmy turned in a brillaint recovery drive in his Semi Final to make the Final and finish fourth overall.

A repeat of Barcelona, where a Hansen car topped every session on the way to a one-two finish in the Final, was always unlikely to be reproduced, though Timmy and Kevin's pace was still very much on show. Timmy won his heat in Q1 but ultimately was only sixth quickest, while Kevin bogged down off the line and finished 10th. It was then 8th and 10th for Kevin and Timmy respectively in Q2, as trademark Ardennes rainfall made conditions very tricky.

Both Kevin and Timmy ended up in the same heat for Q3, with Kevin showing some great speed after a slow launch to go second fastest, even passing Timmy at the end of the second lap. Meanwhile, Timmy had spent the early part of Q3 in an intense battle with eventual Final winner Timur Timerzyanov, falling to fifth place after taking his Joker and going 10th fastest.

A brillaint Q4 performance from Timmy helped him rebound, going fastest to jump to fourth in the combined qualifying standings, while Kevin earned a second row slot for the first Semi Final by placing seventh in the aggregate qualifying standings.

Kevin started fourth in his Semi Final and was immediately battling Liam Doran, who took an early joker lap. Kevin's strategy was the opposite, pulling off on the very last lap and coming out of the joker side-by-side with the Audi. With the two on different lines they collided in mid-air, Doran beating Kevin to third place by the narrowest of margins and pitching Kevin into the wall.

Timmy had started his Semi Final from second but was pushed wide into the wall at turn one by Janis Baumanis, dropping to fifth and forcing Timmy to do what he does best: mount an epic comeback. He passed Anton Marklund and Cyril Raymond when they took their jokers on consecutive laps, followed later by Baumanis, then turned in the fastest lap of the race to ensure he came out ahead of the Renaults and book a place in the Final.

Fourth place was Timmy's reward in the Final, passing Doran after he crashed at the Raidillon hairpin and then taking Baumanis for fourth down the inside of the long final left hander on the penultimate lap. Though not able to finish on the podium, Timmy jumped from third to second in the World RX drivers' championship, nine points behind Kevin who still leads. And while Team Hansen MJP was outscored by its main rival, it still leads the teams' championship by one point, keeping them atop both championships after three rounds.

4th
Timmy Hansen
Qualifying 1 6th
Qualifying 2 10th
Qualifying 3 10th
Qualifying 4 1st
Semi-Final 2 3rd
Final 4th

7th
Kevin Hansen
Qualifying 1 10th
Qualifying 2 8th
Qualifying 3 2nd
Qualifying 4 8th
Semi-Final 1 4th
Final


Team Hansen MJP might not have got the result it wanted at Spa-Francorchamps but the brand new RX track has become an instant favourite for drivers and fans alike.

Though a podium in the Final eluded both Kevin and Timmy, they're now one-two in the drivers' championship after Spa-Francorchamps!
While the team's closest rival scored a 1-3 finish in Belgium, thanks to strong performances in Abu Dhabi and Barcelona Team Hansen MJP is still atop the teams' standings.

The big number
2.039
The margin of victory for Timmy Hansen in his dominant Qualifying 4 performance, with his 2m14.772s also the fastest qualifying time of the entire weekend.

Timmy Hansen
“It was a tough race in Belgium, but I think we’ve caught up now after my accident on the first round of the season, as we’re up to second in the drivers’ championship. Our potential was really good all weekend – as we saw in Q4, which was the only opportunity I had to drive in clear air – but we didn’t completely maximise on it. But that can happen in rallycross sometimes; after the high of Spain, where we had a perfect weekend, it’s back to the real world now! The overall feeling is still great: we know that we’ve got the pace and a really quick car so we just need to make sure we take every opportunity. Finally, I’d like to congratulate Timur for his first win: it’s really deserved and I’m very happy for him.”

Kevin Hansen
“The highlight of my weekend was definitely Q3, which was our strongest session. We had two really fast laps at the end, which I’m going to take away as a fantastic experience. Apart from that it wasn’t an especially good round for us: we didn’t quite have the performance and we made some small mistakes as well, especially with the tyre choice on Saturday. There were times perhaps where we should have been a bit braver, but it’s very easy to be wise after the event. In the end, I’ve kept the lead of the drivers’ championship so it was a good damage limitation exercise. We just need to learn from this now and try to make sure that we don’t create more situations where we are running in the pack and a bit vulnerable. Like they say, you make your own luck!”

Kenneth Hansen
"On a weekend that wasn’t especially strong for us, we still took away some good points and that’s the most positive thing about this weekend. We made some wrong decisions with tyre choice on Saturday, which meant that we had a lot of catching up to do on Sunday, and we also had a couple of bits of bad luck. But if you think that we were 10th and 11th on Saturday night, to end up where we did is quite good. And of course Kevin and Timmy are first and second in the drivers’ championship now, which is great. The track was a proper rallycross course: very challenging, and the organisers have a really positive attitude; there are already some things that they are learning for next year. I think that Spa is here to stay!”
19-05-12 Förarna bjöd den stora publiken på spännande motorsport-underhållning under Rallycross-SM i Rallycross på Högstabanan
Lördagen den 11 maj arrangerade Haninge Motorklubb första deltävlingen i Rallycross-SM 2019. Förarna bjöd den stora publiken på spännande motorsport-underhållning och spikade de första resultaten i årets SM-serie. I tävlingen deltog fyra klasser: Supernationell, 2400, Junior-SM och RM 2150.

Här kommer tävlingsresultaten:
Supernationell – 5 startande
1 Janne Eriksson Finnskoga MK BMW E46
2 Simon Tiger Kalix Motorklubb BMW E30
3 Micke Nilsson Finnskoga MK Ford Escort

2400 – 20 startande
1 Per Berglund Finnskoga MK Volvo S40
2 Martin Ekspjuth Piteå MS Subaru Impreza
3 Rasmus Olsson Karlskrona AK BMW E87

Förra årets topptrio i SM var Rasmus Olsson, Karlskrona AK, Matthias Ohlsson, Bollnäs MK, och Simon Claesson, Skene MS. I dagens tävling deltog inte Matthias Ohlsson. Rasmus Olsson blev trea i finalen, Simon Claesson hamnade på en fjärdeplats.
Haninge MKs hemmaförare, Emil Appelkvist, tog sig till semifinal, men kom inte vidare till finalen.

Junior-SM – 13 startande
1 Jens Högbom Vännäs MK BMW E36
2 Tobias Trejile Skene MS Saab 99
3 Oskar Rosén Gestrike RT Opel Astra

Förra året vann Emil Hultenius, Jönköpings MK, SM-serien. Han tävlade i dag men drabbades av samma öde som Emil Appelkvist. Han kom till semifinal, men gick inte vidare.

Tävlingens enda tjejförare, Klara Andersson, SMK Hörby, hade en bra dag med första- och andraplaceringar i kvalomgångarna. I finalen blev starten tuff och tät, Klara hamnade dessvärre utanför banan och hamnade därmed på en total sjätteplats.


RM 2150 – 23 startande
1 Christian Karlsson Vimmerby MS VW 1303
2 Niklas Eriksson SMK Örebro BMW E36
3 Magnus Abrahamsson Vännäs MK BMW E46

Förra året var Johan Uhr, AMF Årsunda, Björn Alvarsson, Vadstena RRC och Magnus Abrahamsson, Vännäs MK, de tre bästa i SM. Johan Uhr kom inte vidare från semifinalen, Niklas Eriksson och Magnus Abrahamsson lyckades bättre.

Officiell resultatlista
Listan finns nu på http://tavlingsconsult.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/offreshmk.pdf

Allt om SM i Rallycross finns på www.datapolen.se och http://svenskrallycross.se/

19-05-12 William Nilsson till final på legendariske Spa-banan
Det var en revanschsugen William Nilsson som reste till Belgien för den andra deltävlingen i rallycrossmästerskapet RX2 International Series.
– Tävlingen har gått lite upp och ner för mig, men jag är nöjd med resultatet, säger 19-åringen.

Den inledande deltävlingen av RX2 International Series slutade med en hård krasch i semifinalen för William Nilsson. Mästerskapets andra deltävling, som tog plats i Belgien, bjöd på betydligt bättre resultat för skåningen.
– Inför helgen var jag riktigt revanschsugen, och på flera plan har jag lyckats bättre än under förra tävlingen. Det känns skönt och jag är absolut positiv inställd efter helgen. Men såklart, jag vill vara ännu mer i framkant under tävlingen i Silverstone och få upp tempot ytterligare, säger Nilsson.
Det var första gången någonsin som rallycross kördes på den välkände F1-banan Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps och under helgen satt 17 500 personer i publiken.
– Spa är som alla säger en ikonisk bana, så det har varit häftigt att tävla på den. Jag gillade layouten de fått till, det blev en jäkligt fräck rallycrossbana.

Helgen inleddes med en femtetid och en sjundetid för Nilsson på träningarna. Därefter bjöds det på en blandad kompott av allt från en heatseger och snabba varvtider till tidskostande startsmällar.
– Tävlingen har gått lite upp och ner för mig. Jag har haft lite otur med dåliga startspår. Här på Spa är den första svängen väldigt tight, och så länge ingen släpper sitt spår är det väldigt svårt att avancera i starten. Men jag fightades och tog mig till final.
I finalen startade Nilsson från sista led.
– Jag ökade farten hela tiden, men hamnade i trafik och en del sådana grejer. Men vad ska man göra? Jag är nöjd med helgen och resultatet. Nu har jag en helg ledigt innan det är dags för den tredje deltävlingen i Silverstone och jag är riktigt laddad inför den.
19-05-12 Timerzyanov takes maiden World RX win at spectacular Spa-Francorchamps
Timur Timerzyanov claimed an emotional maiden world championship victory to crown a spectacular World RX of Benelux at Spa-Francorchamps, the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Andreas Bakkerud, the Monster Energy RX Cartel pole-sitter, was second, while Timerzyanov’s GRX Taneco team-mate Joni Wiman, was third.

Timerzyanov’s victory came after 64 race starts in World RX. He provided plenty of drama in pulling off two stunning airborne passes over the jump in a pulsating performance en route to the final.

The emotional Russian struggled to find the words to accurately sum up his feelings after his World RX breakthrough.

“I still can’t believe that I have practised for this moment 64 times, it feels unbelievable,” the Hyundai i20 driver said. “This is my life. Every day I wake up in the morning and I only think about rallycross. It’s in my blood.

“I have been asked to go to circuit racing and I said ‘no’ because rallycross is the only thing I want to do. I love this sport. There’s so much action, so much adrenalin.

“In the final, I was planning to just hold the guys behind and then at the first corner everything opened up for me. I saw a gap and I thought ‘this is my chance’ and I took it.

“I really didn’t know what to do when I was leading. It’s the first time I have been there in a final. I just tried to concentrate on my race and control my driving.

“I had so much fun this weekend, The circuit is really something special and it suits my driving style. You can really fly on the gravel section and going up Eau Rouge is awesome.

“Now I am looking forward to the SpeedMachine Festival at Silverstone in less than two weeks.”

It was also the first World RX victory for GRX, the team overseen by former WRC icon Marcus Gronholm.

Bakkerud followed up his third place in Barcelona with another strong weekend in the Audi S1. He had his chances in the final but was delighted that it was Timerzyanov who took the spoils.

“Argentina 2016 was my last win and I had one little finger on the trophy but if there was one guy who I would want to win this weekend if it wasn’t me, it’s my good friend Timur,” he said. “Of course I would have loved the win but he really deserved it. He is a true character of the sport.

“My race was OK but I overshot the first turn with Joni (Wiman) and went wide, then I saw Timur’s yellow rocket coming through and that was the end of the story.

“After a bad start in Abu Dhabi, two podiums in a row feels good. We are finally winning some qualifying heats. We need to take it step by step. We started late getting the RX Cartel together but now we’ve found a much more organised way of working and I’m sure things will continue to improve for us.”

Wiman, entered in the event as a wildcard, was drafted in as a late replacement to score teams’ points for GRX in place of Niclas Gronholm, who was recovering from illness.

He was the revelation of the weekend in only his second World RX event, his last being four years ago.

In the final, the Finn was caught up in the first-corner melee and dropped to last position but recovered with a clever tactical drive.

“This is my second ever world championship event and to get to the podium is a great feeling,” he said.

“I started the weekend quite slowly but went flat out today. After the semi-final win I was quite confident that I could be competitive in the final.

“I tried to go for the win in the first corner but I got stuck in the wall for a while and I was lucky to recover. A first and third for the team is really nice.”

Timmy Hansen, so dominant in Barcelona, at the wheel of the Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208, was fourth in the Spa-Francorchamps final ahead of Latvia’s Janis Baumanis in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta.

Bakkerud’s Monster Energy RX team-mate Liam Doran, despite setting the pace on Saturday, had contact exiting Eau Rouge in the final, came to grief at the Raidillon hairpin and finished sixth.

Kevin Hansen bumped door panels with Doran over the jump on the final lap of the first semi-final and was denied a spot in the final by a tenth of a second. The clash resulted in his Peugeot grinding to a halt after nudging the wall at the finish line.

Mattias Ekstrom, the 2016 world rallycross champion battled his way to the semi-final in the JC Raceteknik-prepared Audi S1. However, a coming together with Timmy Hansen at turn one in the second semi-final relegated the 40-year-old Swede to the rear of the field.

GC Kompetition team boss Guerlain Chicherit was another to engage in aerial combat over the jump – with EKS Sport’s Krisztian Szabo in Q4 – meaning the Frenchman missed the semi-final cut. Fellow GCK team members, Anton Marklund and Cyril Raymond did make it through as did Szabo.

Timo Scheider in the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Seat Ibiza finished fourth in the first semi-final, just ahead of Szabo.
Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett took his Mini Cooper to a race win in Q4 but narrowly missed a semi-final spot as did GCK Academy's local hero Guillaume De Ridder, who was hampered by mechanical trouble in the Renault Clio RS.

The trio of Belgian newcomers to World RX at Spa recorded mixed results despite being cheered on by their raucous compatriots.

Enzo Ide in his maiden World RX outing at the wheel of the JC Raceteknik Audi S1 and Gregoire Demoustier in a Peugeot 208 were off the pace most of the weekend.

WRC veteran Francois Duval, replacing Rokas Baciuska in the ESmotorsport – Labas Gas Skodia Fabia, had contact with Raymond in Q4 resulting in a DNF and ending his slim hopes of advancing to the semi-finals.

Pal Try in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta found the going tough on his return to action after sitting out the Barcelona round but the Norwegian did manage to record a race win in Q3. Frenchman Herve Knapick was at the tail of the weekend race standings in the Citroen DS3.

Despite missing the final, Kevin Hansen maintained his championship lead. He is on 69 points with a nine-point buffer to his older brother Timmy. Timerzyanov’s win moves him to third place on 53 points.

In the team’s standings, GRX have closed the gap to one point to Team Hansen MJP with Monster Energy RX Cartel third with 94.

After a typically wet and wild day Spa-Francorchamps Saturday, the sun shone on the famed circuit for Sunday’s final.

A crowd of over 17,500 turned out during the course of the weekend and a packed grandstand created a gladiatorial atmosphere on final day.

Nathalie Maillet, the CEO of Spa-Francorchamps, was delighted with the celebrated circuit’s inaugural world rallycross event. “At Spa-Francorchamps we want to do thinks the right way,” she said.

“We took a risk in building the whole rallycross infrastructure and with the investment we have made, but you can see from the big crowds that have come here this weekend and the spectacular racing, that we made the right decision.

“We have developed a festival atmosphere here. SpeedMachine in the UK was something that seduced me when I first spoke to IMG about bringing world rallycross to Spa-Francorchamps and we are replicating the SpeedMachine atmosphere here.

“We started the track build only in January so with more time to perfect what we have the potential for next year is huge. I am very pleased to have IMG as a partner so we can grow this world championship event together.”
19-05-12 JC Racetekniks Gundersen på pallen i Belgien – Ekström missade finalen i Spa
Det blev en tredjeplats i RX2 International Series för JC Raceteknik. Dessutom kom teamet för första gången någonsin till start med två bilar i Supercar-VM, då de bland annat skötte servicen för Mattias Ekströms bil under hans comeback i rallycrossen.

Under helgen gjorde en minst sagt legendarisk bana entré i rallycrosskalendern och det är första gången någonsin som rallycross körs på F1-banan Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Efter den tuffa inledningen i Barcelona kom JC Raceteknik till start med tre revanschsugna förare i klassen RX2 International Series: Ben-Philip Gundersen, William Nilsson och Jimmie Walfridson. Nytt för i helgen var att teamet även hade två bilar i FIA World Rallycross Championship. Bakom ratten på Supercar-bilarna fanns Mattias Ekström och Enzo Ide.

Ben-Philip Gundersen var en av förarna som fick revansch i helgen, då han knep en efterlängtad tredjeplats. Det var under premiären i Barcelona för två helger sedan som norrmannen, trots fyra bra omgångar, missade semifinalen efter en uteslutning. Men den här helgen plockade han poäng redan från start och klättrar därmed upp till sjätteplats i mästerskapet.

Före detta världsmästaren Mattias Ekström lade rallycrosshjälmen på hyllan efter fjolårets säsong och i samband med det köpte JC Raceteknik teamets två Audi S1 Supercars från 2016. Den här helgen återvände Ekström till sin världsmästarbil under ett tillfälligt inhopp. Det bjöds på blandade resultat med många tighta starter. I semifinalens start hamnade han i en däcktrave, och slutade på grund av det på tionde plats i tävlingen. För Enzo Ide var det hans absolut första rallycrosstävling någonsin. Han och teamet gick in med inställningen att det skulle bli en lärotävling för belgaren i Supercar, och Ide slutade på en artonde plats.

Den senaste deltävlingen i Barcelona slutade i en betongmur för William Nilsson – i helgen fungerade det bättre och han kvalificerade sig till final. Där blev det en tight start och han slutade på sjätteplats i tävlingen. Jimmie Walfridson, som enbart kör några enskilda tävlingar i RX2, höll ett jämnt tempo under helgen. Men kamper om placeringar på banan kostade för mycket tid. Värmlänningen missade därmed final och slutade på delad niondeplats.

Nästa tävling för JC Raceteknik blir redan till helgen när premiären av RallyX Nordic körs i Höljes. Till start i Supercar kommer Robin Larsson och Mats Öhman, medan Ben-Philip Gundersen, Jimmie Walfridsson och Sondre Evjen tävlar i Supercar Lites.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Att få göra det här inhoppet i World RX tillsammans med Mattias, som är en så erfaren och duktig förare, har varit väldigt roligt. Det var synd att vi inte nådde finalen, men det är rallycross. Trots tuffa starter och kurvor visade vi att vi hade farten. Jag tycker att vi blivit väldigt bra förberedda för RallyX Nordic nu och bilen som Mattias körde är ännu mer redo inför nästa helg. För Enzo var det hans första rallycrosstävling någonsin och jag är riktigt imponerad. Han verkade verkligen gilla rallycross och det vore roligt att ha honom tillbaka framöver.

I RX2 hade vi en ganska tuff start på helgen, men Ben-Philip höll ett starkt tempo och vi är glada att ha honom på pallen. William har tagit ett steg framåt och det var skönt för honom att nå final, dessvärre gjorde kraschen i Barcelona att han inte hade en perfekt bil genom den här tävlingen. För Jimmies del har vi använt de två första RX2-tävlingarna till att förbereda honom så mycket som möjligt inför RallyX Nordic, vilket han känner sig för redo nu.”

Mattias Ekström, WRX:
”Det kändes som en återförening med bilen och killarna och vi hade otroligt kul. Självklart vill man ha ett bra resultat, men jag tycker den här banan var väldigt svår, så det var inte lätt. Men vi hade ändå väldigt roligt. Jag tycker att Joel har haft en bra shakedown för sitt team innan säsongsstart. Jag hade väldigt roligt. Vi testade lite, hade några bra starter och jag gjorde några misstag. Jag var lite i mitten och slogs, vilket var ganska trevligt eftersom jag lärde mig saker du inte märker när du ligger i täten. När du ligger mitt i klungan, kör alla som om det inte finns någon morgondag. Det är rätt coolt.”

Enzo Ide, WRX:
”Jag hade verkligen kul i helgen. Jag lärde mig också mycket, vilket är anledningen till att jag är här. Innan helgen hade jag bara sett en rallycrosstävling live, men Joel och Mattias har lärt mig väldigt mycket. Åtminstone vet jag att allt handlar om starten och att vara klar i huvudet – det är allt du behöver. Första gången jag startade var jag skakig som tusan, men njöt väldigt mycket och nu är jag mer självsäker. Jag ser med spänning fram emot vad jag kan göra i framtiden. Nu ska vi jobba på farten och jag tror jag kommer köra någon mer tävling i år.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, RX2:
”Jag är väldigt nöjd med den här tredjeplatsen, det var en fin revansch efter tävlingen i Barcelona. Hela helgen började bra med en snabbaste tid för mig på träningen. I de två första omgångarna gick det lite upp och ner för mig på det varierande underlaget på banan, men jag tog ändå med mig en snabbaste tid och en tredjeplats. Väl i finalen kämpade jag lite med tempot jämfört med de allra snabbaste, men det räckte till en pallplats här i Belgien. Spa är en kul upplevelse, det är en historiskt känd bana och bra atmosfär.”

William Nilsson, RX2:
”Inför helgen var jag revanschsugen, och på flera plan har jag lyckats bättre än under förra tävlingen. Så jag är absolut positiv och nöjd, men vill såklart vara ännu mer i framkant under tävlingen i Silverstone och få upp tempot ytterligare. Spa är som alla säger en ikonisk bana, så det var häftigt att tävla här. Jag gillade layouten de fått till, det blev en jäkligt fräck rallycrossbana.”

Jimmie Walfridson, RX2:
”Jag får det inte riktigt att hålla ihop hela vägen. Det känns som om den där sista lilla pusselbiten saknas – både för mig och bilen. Men helgen har ändå varit lärorik med flera ljusglimtar. Det tar vi med oss och laddar om inför Höljes. Banan är väldigt rolig, även om den lätt blev sönderkörd i gruset.”
19-05-10 RallyX Nordic's 'First Lady' ready to start living her dream
Nathalie Petersson to join the grid with Hedströms Motorsport
Swede caught the rallycross bug at Supercar Lites test day
22-year-old has long-term goal of World Championship glory

Nathalie Petersson is the first female competitor signed up to RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, and the single-minded Swede is excited to begin what she describes as the realisation of a dream.

From a background in the Scandinavian discipline of folkrace, Petersson made her rallycross debut in 2017 – participating in the Supercar Lites ‘sampler’ day at Strängnäs Motorstadion later the same year.

She was immediately hooked – and having contested the Swedish Junior Rallycross Championship last season, now she is ready to step up another level after teaming up with front-running outfit Hedströms Motorsport in RallyX Nordic, which will begin on her home soil of Höljes next weekend (18/19 May).

“When I told my parents I wanted to have a go at rallycross after the test at Strängnäs, my dad said, ‘if you want to try it, you need to do it on your own – I will only help you in the garage, not on the financial side’,” explained the 22-year-old, who lives in southern Sweden. “So I worked hard with sponsors and Swedish companies to buy my first rallycross car, before we began competing in the Swedish Junior Rallycross Championship in 2017 – and now here we are!

“I have a dream to win the World Championship in rallycross one day, and this year is hopefully the start of that journey. I’m so glad that we have come this far, but at the moment we’re only confirmed for Höljes and Nysum. That means we are working harder than ever to find the budget to complete the full championship – but we’re one step closer every day...

“I’m taking it one race at a time, but when the helmet goes on, there is only one thing on my mind – to drive fast and win!”
19-05-09 Per Eklund och Tommy Kristoffersson i samarbete
Det fanns en tid när det slog gnistor om drabbningarna mellan Per Eklund och Tommy Kristoffersson på rallycrossbanorna. Nu har motorsportslegendarerna lagt gräl och gruff åt sidan för ett samarbete som ska ge norrmannen Sondre Evjen bästa möjliga förutsättningar i Euro RX med en Volkswagen Polo GTI RX.
- Bråkat har vi gjort nog mycket. Nu är det bättre att östra och västra Arvika jobbar ihop istället, säger Per Eklund, 72-åring med mer rallycrosserfarenhet än de flesta i världen.

Tommy Kristoffersson, nybliven 60-åring och även han en gigant inom sporten, förklarar hur samarbetet mellan Kristoffersson Motorsport och Eklund Motorsport har kommit till.
- Vi har egentligen fullt upp med vår rallysatsning, men när Sondre ringde och frågade om en EM-styrning hörde jag mig själv säga att ”det ordnar vi”.

Tiden var, för att uttrycka det milt, begränsad och hur det skulle gå till hade Tommy i det läget ingen aning om, men han visste att Eklund låg lågt med sina egna rallycrossbilar och slog därför en signal till sin gamla förebild.
- Jag har alltid haft en stor beundran för Eklund. Det var där mitt motorsportintresse väcktes. Senare blev det hårda duster mellan oss, men en sorts hatkärlek med ömsesidig respekt vill jag påstå. Och nu på senare år har Per följt Johans karriär med genuint intresse. Därför var det kanske inte så konstigt att tanken växte fram.

Kristoffersson hyser stort förtroende för Eklund-teamet med Per och hans son Per-Anders i spetsen.
- Mycket kompetenta och även om vi också kommer att tillföra personal så blir de ytterst ansvariga för bilen och en integrerad del i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.
- Tommy har fullt upp med rally just nu så vi går in och avlastar. Ska man sköta en rallycrossbil på riktigt så finns det alltid att göra, bekräftar Eklund.

Den förare som ska få nyttan av all den samlade erfarenheten är blott 21-årige Sondre Evjen, från Åls kommun i norska fjälltrakter. Han gjorde ett tillfälligt inhopp med Polon i Lettland förra året.
- En ambitiös pojke som gjorde ett bra intryck i Riga. Vi ska putsa på honom och jobba med det mentala fokuset, säger Tommy Kristoffersson.

Evjen debuterade i folkrace som 15-åring och har de senaste åren kört Lites i Nordic och RX2.
- Jag trodde inte det här var en möjlig lösning, men Tommy var positiv och hela paketet är proffsigt. De vet till 100 procent vad de håller på med, konstaterar Evjen, som har höga mål.
- Jag vill kämpa om segrar i deltävlingarna och om en medalj i totalmästerskapet.

Norrmannen kommer även i år att köra Lites i Nordic-serien, men det största uppdraget blir hela EM-serien i Supercar med en Volkswagen Polo GTI RX, en bil som byggdes för några år sedan av Kristoffersson Motorsport.
- En av våra egna bilar, från tiden då Johans rallycrosskarriär tog fart på allvar, säger Kristoffersson, som förstås också kommer att engagera sig i tävlingshelgerna med Sondre Evjen.
- Personligen har jag en stor kärlek till rallycross så det här känns mycket inspirerande.
19-05-08 Team Hansen MJP taking a Spa break with a difference
Team Hansen MJP pulled off a maximum points score from the previous round in Spain and left leading both championships. While it's mathematically impossible for the team to improve on their last outing, it won't stop them from trying to repeat the same feat again this weekend in Belgium. Timmy and Kevin Hansen will be looking to do their very best and maximise the score for their team, pushing hard to try and repeat the heroics of their 1-2 finish at Barcelona, but this time on a brand new track for the FIA World RX Championship.

For many years, the Belgian round of the series was held at Mettet, but now it comes to the country’s most famous motorsport venue: Spa-Francorchamps. Not only that, but the best-known part of this epic circuit – the breath-taking Eau Rouge complex – forms the centrepiece of a brand new rallycross track. With everyone starting on a level playing field, it’s another totally new challenge for Team Hansen MJP.

The track: Circuit de SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
Belgium has a long and esteemed history in Rallycross but this year, it's all change. Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most revered racing circuits in the world, is hosting an FIA World Rallycross round for the first time.

As the drivers start the lap of the new track, they cross Eau Rouge, head up the hill at Raidillon, take a hairpin turn and fly back down the incline, then turn right into a brand new, purpose built gravel section containing a wide, sweeping, banked gravel turn.

There's one last blast of glory as drivers take a jump just before crossing the start/finish line and approaching Eau Rouge anew.

The big numbers
15
The percentage gradient of Raidillon, which the drivers will ascend on the new Spa-Francorchamps RX track.

913
Length of the new Spa-Francorchamps RX circuit in metres.

2
The number of Hansen 208 WRX machines on the World RX of Benelux podium last year, with Sebastien Loeb victorious and Timmy Hansen in third place.

What to look out for
Everyone will have one eye in the sky, keeping tabs on Spa-Francorchamps notoriously changeable weather conditions. World RX rounds run in the wet are pretty rare but here of all places it's quite likely; the last occurence was at the Belgian round last year, when it was held at Mettet.

There's also a huge banked turn to finish the lap, though drivers taking a joker lap will take a narrower, flat lane on the inside. No one's really sure what the fastest way around it will be, so watch out for drivers experimenting with different lines in search of crucial tenths of a second.

Ideal set-up: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

With Spa being a new track, nobody really knows what to expect. However, it’s going to be fast with gravel that’s quite compact; so a car that’s suited to a high top speed and rapid direction changes is needed.
Teams are going to have to find a wet set-up quickly if it rains, which is normally the case at some point during the Spa weekend, given the circuit is located in the Ardennes hills. That means making the car softer to provide better traction in slippery conditions.

Rallycross Rewind 2018: Timmy's terrific comeback
Timmy Hansen scored a podium finish in the final of last year's World RX of Benelux at Mettet. But his path to the podium was nearly derailed in the semi-final, with Timmy needing to put in a blinding comeback drive to make the final grid at all.

Heading to turn one four abreast with Andreas Bakkerud, Timur Timerzyanov and Janis Baumanis, Timmy was tipped into a spin approaching turn one and fell to fifth. Initially it went from bad to worse, with Timmy getting stuck behind Baumanis when taking his joker, which ruined his overcut on Guerlain Chicherit and dropped him to sixth.

But Timmy was taking no prisoners: he squeezed his way past Baumanis two turns later, then out-dragged Chicheret exiting the hairpin on the same lap to take fourth. By lap five he'd passed Timerzyanov, pulling the same move exiting the hairpin as he had on Chicheret to take third. He completed the comeback drive of the year on the bootlid of second-placed Andreas Bakkerud, giving him a hard-fought spot on the grid for the final, where he'd finish third.
Where to watch World RX

FIA World Rallycross (WRX) has a variety of ways to keep up to date with live event coverage with comprehensive worldwide TV coverage on channels such as VIA SAT, TV 10 (Sweden), LTV (Latvia) and ORF (Austria). WRX’s full TV listing can be found here.

Subject to where you are tuning in from, you can also keep up to date with live coverage of all WRX action on the championship’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Event Timetable
All times CEST
Saturday, May 11th
Free Practice 09:15
Qualifying 1 11:45
Qualifying 2 14:45
Autograph session 17:15
Sunday, May 12th
Warm-up 09:00
Qualifying 3 10:15
Qualifying 4 11:10
Autograph session 13:05
Semi-Final
Final
19-05-08 The challenge of Eau Roge lies in wait for World
The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy breaks new ground when it visits Belgium for the World RX of Benelux this weekend with a daunting challenge in the shape of the famed Eau Rouge lying in wait.

Like the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, venue for round one, the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, nestling in the Ardennes mountain range, makes its debut on the World RX calendar.

A daunting, 913m purpose-built rallycross layout with a banked final corner and an intimidating sequence through Eau Rouge – confronts the 20 drivers entered for the event.

And, if we thought we had seen the last of Mattias Ekstrom in the world championship, we were wrong. The 2016 world champion, returns to take on the class of 2019 for the third round. He is reunited with his title-winning Audi S1 from the JC Raceteknik stable.

The 40-year-old Swede admits that watching the first two World RX rounds on television got his competitive juices flowing again. “Being on the sofa at home watching Abu Dhabi, I started to imagine racing again and going through Eau Rouge at 200km sideways. It started to become very tempting,” he explains.

In a glittering five-year world rallycross career, Ekstrom has recorded 10 event wins and stood on the podium on 22 occasions. He is also a two-time DTM champion.

Ekstrom will be partnered in JC Raceteknik’s two-car team by Belgium’s Enzo Ide, a GT endurance specialist who won the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup in 2016. He knows every inch of the Formula One circuit well having competed in the 24 Hours of Spa in 2012. But the World RX track is an altogether different matter.

Like the rest of the field, he has yet to turn a wheel on the new rallycross circuit which means they all start from a blank sheet of paper and an empty data store.

Spa-Francorchamps will be a leveller – and provide the chance for Team Hansen MJP’s dominance to be broken.

Timmy Hansen was unstoppable at the previous round in Catalunya two weeks' ago, recording a clean sweep of victories to close the gap to his younger brother Kevin at the head of the drivers’ standings.

Though even the elder Hansen admits that the visit to Belgium presents unique challenges. “We are racing on the most iconic place in motorsport,” he said. “From what I’ve seen of photos, it looks like a very interesting circuit especially going up through Eau Rouge and the hairpin.

“It’s always a big test going to a brand new circuit but it’s a new circuit for everybody. It’s going to be difficult to learn the layout quickly, so we have to be on our toes,” he added.

Asked how many laps of the track he would walk in preparation, “about 100”, he said.

Besides Ekstrom, there are other additions to the entry list. Ide’s compatriot Gregoire Demoustier will run a Peugeot 208. Demoustier competed at world rallycross level in 2017-18 combined with world touring car and sports car duty.

Finland’s Joni Wiman also returns after last appearing in World RX four years ago. Wiman joins GRX Set in a Hyundai i20. “It’s a big thing to be back in the World RX and I am grateful to the team and sponsors, who made this happen,” Wiman said.

“I have raced many of these World RX drivers in various situations and I know there won’t be any giveaways, but I am confident, that combined with the experience of GRX, I will be up to pace.”

Wiman was set to join a three-car GRX line-up alongside Niclas Gronholm and Timur Timerzyanov. However, Gronholm, who lies second to Kevin Hansen in the drivers’ standings, was a late withdrawal with illness.

Timerzyanov is relishing competing at Spa. “I’m pretty excited about World RX heading to the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and the fact the we will go flat out through the legendary Eau Rouge, gives me goose bumps already,” the Russian, sixth in the early title chase, said.

“But putting the emotional thrill aside – it’s a new venue for everyone and it all will come down to being able to figure out the right set-up in the few Free Practice laps.”

A late addition to the entry list is Francois Duval. The Belgian replaces Rokas Baciuska in the ESmotorsport – Labas Gas Skodia Fabia. The ex-Ford works World Rally Championship driver has made previous appearances in World RX at Belgium, France and Latvia from 2014-2018 as well as several European races.

He has four times been Belgian Driver of The Year from 2004-2008. Last weekend he recorded a win in the French Rallycross Championship at Chateauroux.

"I am very happy to finally be present for this first world rallycross event on the Spa-Francorchamps track," he said. "All was done at the last minute. I know it will not be easy to be competitive against top teams and top cars but I will drive without pressure, essentially for fun and for my fans."

Andrea Bakkerud recovered from a torrid opening round at the Yas Marina Circuit to grab a podium behind the Hansen brothers in Barcelona and will challenge strongly along with his Monster Energy RX Cartel team-mate Liam Doran in their Audi S1s.

Oliver Bennett, who had an eventful outing in Catalunya in the Xite Racing Mini Cooper S1, is seeking a change of fortune.

ECU issues and a roll in Abu Dhabi was followed by front suspension problems in Spain. "There was a large pot hole on the entrance to the gravel after the start-finish line that was high speed and directly under a braking point,” Bennet explained.

“We had a new design arm on for Barcelona, and every time it hit that hole it would bend. It was only a matter of corners before it snapped in Q2 and Q4.

“We knew what the issue was in Barcelona, we just had no way of fixing it there, but it’s been sorted for Spa.”

The entire GCK squad showed impressive pace in Barcelona with Cyril Raymond finishing fifth in his first World RX final in the Renault Clio. His GCK Academy team-mate Guillaume De Ridder will be on home ground.

Hungary's Krisztian Szabo will look to build on the 10 points he collected in Barcelona in the EKS Sport Audi while ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider hopes to have put car troubles behind him.

Team STARD’s Jani Baumanis, consistent to date, lies fourth in the standings and will be looking to consolidate in his Ford Fiesta. Pal Try, part of the driver rotation at STARD, having debuted in Abu Dhabi and sat out Barcelona, reappears as does Frenchman Herve Knapick in the Citroen DS3.

19-05-08 Legendary Spa-Francorchamps ready to stage seconds-out, round two
Famous Belgian Formula 1 venue to welcome RX2 championship battle
EuroRX TouringCar champ aiming to maximise home advantage
All of the action available via Facebook livestream and TV broadcast

The RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires is Belgium-bound this weekend (11/12 May), as legendary Formula 1 venue Spa Francorchamps plays host to the second round of what is already shaping up to be a thrilling campaign of high-octane action.

The 2019 RX2 season revved into life at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last month, with defending champion Oliver Eriksson leading home an Olsbergs MSE top three lockout, ahead of team-mates and series new boys Fraser McConnell and Jesse Kallio.

The trio arrive in Belgium as unquestionably the men to beat, but Spa is nothing if not unpredictable, and its location – nestled deep in the picturesque Ardennes forest – means the weather is capable of changing dramatically from one moment to the next.

A brand new rallycross track has been constructed for the race weekend, incorporating a section of the iconic Eau Rouge sweeper – arguably the most famous corner in international motorsport. The Formula 1 circuit is renowned for putting man and machine to the very sternest of tests – and all signs are that the rallycross track will do the same.

Chasing the champion
Eriksson is the driver with the target on his back, but his two new team-mates impressed in Barcelona with their turn-of-speed and racecraft straight off the bat. With more experience in the Supercar Lites machinery used in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series, they are only going to get stronger as the year progresses.

They will be pushed hard by JC Raceteknik’s stable of Scandinavian stars. Ben-Philip Gundersen was every bit a match for the OMSE boys in Spain, but the Norwegian uncharacteristically missed out on making it through to the semi-finals after being disqualified from Q3 for first corner contact with Eriksson and Kallio. He will be fired-up to fight back in Belgium, as will highly-rated teenager William Nilsson – whose challenge ended in the barriers following a coming-together with Anders Michalak – and fellow Swede Jimmie Walfridson.

SET Promotion’s Sami-Matti Trogen and Sports Racing Technologies ace Vasiliy Gryazin waged a fierce duel for ‘best-of-the-rest’ in Barcelona, with the Finn narrowly getting the verdict over the Latvian following a crowd-pleasing wheel-to-wheel scrap. Both are keen to go one better this weekend and have the podium firmly in their sights.

One of the biggest talking-points of the Catalan curtain-raiser was the head-turning debut of Frenchman Damien Meunier – the former French Championship Supercar star having to learn the track, car and series all at once and still progressing through to the all-important final with support from crack Swedish outfit Team Färén. The 18-year-old certainly cannot be discounted from the fight for glory at Spa.

Local hero primed to shine
Fast Swedes Anders Michalak and Simon Olofsson both unleashed eye-catching pace on occasion in Barcelona – form they will be eager to turn into solid results in round two – while fans’ favourite Albert Llovera delighted the partisan crowds by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in his RX2 career.

The Andorran – a record-breaking former Olympic skier – is likely to have some competition in the popularity stakes this weekend, however, with local hero Steve Volders sure to receive the lion’s share of spectators’ support. The reigning EuroRX TouringCar champion came away from his series debut in Spain a little battle-scarred, but he is determined to put on a spectacular show in front of family and friends on home soil.

“It will be a rare opportunity to drive on such a legendary circuit as Spa, especially with the famous Raidillon incorporated as part of the track,” Volders enthused. “I’m really looking forward to that. In Barcelona, I discovered that the RX2 drivers fight for every centimetre, but I never give up and I always push right to the end to achieve the best result possible.

“A lot of my fans are not able to travel to races abroad, but they are always nervously following the livestream. This weekend, they will have the chance to see me up close and experience the unique ambiance you only get at the circuit. That feels special.”


The Spa-Francorchamps RX2 action will begin with free practice and the opening two qualifying races on Saturday (11 May), followed by the remaining two qualifiers, semi-finals and final on Sunday (12 May). Fans will be able to watch all of the qualifying races live via the FIA World RX and RX2 Series Facebook pages, with the semi-finals and all-important final featuring as part of the live World RX television broadcast.

2019 RX2 Spa-Francorchamps Entry List
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
6 William Nilsson SWE JC Raceteknik
12 Anders Michalak SWE Anders Michalak
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
21 Damien Meunier FRA Damien Meunier
22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN SET Promotion
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Olsbergs MSE
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera
77 Steve Volders BEL Nationale Renstal Trommelke
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 30 points
2. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 26 points
3. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 23 points
4. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 20 points
5. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 19 points
6. Damien Meunier (FRA) 16 points
7. Anders Michalak (SWE) 13 points
8. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 11 points
9. Steve Volders (BEL) 10 points
10. William Nilsson (SWE) 9 points
19-05-07 William Nilsson laddad inför rallycross i Belgien – med rykande färsk sjätteplats i V8 Thunder Cars
Det är en hektisk vecka för William Nilsson, som under helgen debuterade i V8 Thunder Cars och redan på fredag ska vidare till Spabanan för att tävla i rallycross.
– Jag är astaggad på att få komma ner till Belgien och ge full attack, plocka poäng och förhoppningsvis få fira på pallen, säger Nilsson.

Till helgen är det dags för den andra deltävlingen av RX2 International Series och det är på den välkända F1-banan Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps som tävlingen körs. Den inledande deltävlingen i Barcelona slutade med en krasch i semifinalen för William Nilsson, och han fördes till sjukhus med skador på nacke och rygg. Hans tillfrisknande går åt rätt håll och det är med en stor revanschlust han åker till Belgien i helgen.
– Jag har absolut blodad tand och vill göra ett bra resultat. Under premiären fick jag inte riktigt till det, och fick kämpa för att försöka komma upp i topptiderna. Så nu är jag astaggad på att få komma ner till Belgien och ge full attack, plocka poäng och förhoppningsvis få fira på pallen. Spa är en helt ny bana för rallycrossen, så det kommer bli en spännande helg, säger 19-åringen.

Nilsson tävlar för det värmländska teamet JC Raceteknik, som haft många framgångar i både Supercar och Supercar Lites. Under helgens tävling kommer han få en ny tillfällig teamkompis. JC Raceteknik kommer under helgen göra ett inhopp i VM, där de sköter den före detta rallycross-världsmästaren och DTM-föraren Mattias Ekströms bil.
– Mattias är en seriös förare som jämfört med mig har många fler mil bakom ratten, så jag ska ta tillfället i akt och be om lite tips. Hans styrka är att han är konsekvent i körning och kan ligga i samma spår varv efter varv med exakt samma fokus. Jag tror att mycket av det kommer från att han kört racing, och det är faktiskt det som gett mig lite inspiration till att köra racing vid sidan av rallycrossen i år.

I helgen kördes årets första deltävling av V8 Thunder Cars på Ring Knutstorp. För Nilsson blev det hans debuttävling i klassen, där han tävlar för det Åhusbaserade teamet Memphis Racing. Av totalt 20 startande slutade Nilsson på sjätteplats i race 1, efter att kört upp sig från sjuttonde startspår. I race 2 tvingades han bryta efter en stor startkrasch med sju bilar inblandade.
– Jag är jättenöjd med helgen. Med tanke på att jag är en absolut nybörjare och yngst i klassen känner jag ingen press, utan kör för att samla erfarenheter. Jämfört mer rallycross som är mer explosivt i fyra till sex varv så är det här lite mer som ett maraton där du måste ha fokus och jämnheten i tjugo varv. Det är ett annorlunda körsätt för mig, men verkligen skutkul.
19-05-06 SM i Rallycross på Högstabanan
Lördagen den 11 maj arrangerar Haninge Motorklubb första deltävlingen i Rallycross-SM 2019. Tävlingen körs på Högstabanan strax utanför Handen. Tävlingen startar redan på fredagen med besiktning. På lördagen startar första kvalomgången klockan 10.00. I slutet av eftermiddagen kommer de lyckliga pristagarna att få kliva upp på prispallen.

Om tävlingen
I tävlingen deltar fyra klasser: Supernationell, 2400, Junior-SM och RM 2150.

Supernationell – 5 startande
Så här såg SM-resultatet ut förra året:
1 Linus Westman Piteå MS 127 poäng
2 Fredrik Avelin MSK Hammaren 105 poäng
3 Pontus Bjuhr Lycksele MK 91 poäng

2400 – 21 startande
Så här såg SM-resultatet ut förra året:
1 Rasmus Olsson Karlskrona AK 102 poäng
2 Matthias Ohlsson Bollnäs MK 100 poäng
3 Simon C Claesson Skene MS 99 poäng
13 Emil Appelkvist Haninge MK 40 poäng
Rasmus Olsson, Simon C Claesson och Emil Appelkvist är anmälda till tävlingen

Junior-SM – 14 startande
Så här såg SM-resultatet ut förra året:
1 Emil Hultenius Jönköpings MK 111 poäng
2 Viktor Fahlgren Lycksele MK 103 poäng
3 Anton Carlsson Lycksele MK 93 poäng
Emil Hultenius kommer att delta i tävlingen.

RM 2150 – 18 startande
Så här såg SM-resultatet ut förra året:
1 Johan Uhr AMF Årsunda 117 poäng
2 Björn Alvarsson Vadstena RRC 112 poäng
3 Magnus Abrahamsson Vännäs MK 93 poäng
Alla tre startar den 11 maj.

Under tävlingsdagen kommer alla resultat att fortlöpande publiceras på Internet via www.tavlingsconsult.com/

Emil Appelkvist
Vi har pratat med Emil, rallycrossförare i Haninge MK. Han har länge varit aktiv inom bilsport med början i folkrace 2012–2013. Bästa placering var en förstaplats i Stockholmsmästaren 2013.

Meriter inom rallycrossen är bland annat SM-sillver i backe 2017 och en fjärdeplats i Svealandscupen 2018.
I rallycross tävlade Emil först i klass 2150 men har nu bytt till 2400 där man får göra mycket större förbättringar av motor, växellåda och däck. Han kör nu en Skoda Fabia som under vintern har förbättrats på många punkter.

I SM 2018 kom han på trettonde plats. Han är inte nöjd med det resultatet, men hade tekniska problem med bilen i två av deltävlingarna. I år siktar han naturligtvis på medalj, men det är ett tufft gäng som kör i klassen så han är nöjd med en top-sex-placering.
Högstabanan är ju Emils hemmabana. Han tycker att den är speciell eftersom den är så kuperad. Det finns flera backkrön där man inte ser vad som finns bakom. Däremot trivs han med att det är en högfartsbana där man kan hålla jämn fart och slipper hårnålskurvor och accelerationer men som kräver bra spårval. Om han får välja sin favoritbana så blir det delad förstaplats mellan Högstabanan och rallycrossbanan i Höljes.


Allt om SM i Rallycross finns på www.datapolen.se och http://svenskrallycross.se/
Så här hittar du till banan: Kör väg 73 (Nynäshamnsvägen) till avfart Dalarö. Kör några kilometer mot Dalarö så visar en skylt vänster till Högstabanan. Du hittar vägvisning på www.haningemotorklubb.se

19-05-03 RallyX Nordic announces entries for Höljes curtain-raiser
Supercar class populated by World Championship stars
Niclas Grönholm joins the fray for opening rounds
Wide open competition in Supercar Lites category
Late entries still available for Swedish double-header

The entry list for the 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season-opener at Höljes in just over two weeks’ time (18/19 May) has been officially released, with a host of big names featuring across the board.

The headlining, 16-strong Supercar class welcomes FIA World Rallycross Championship event-winners Robin Larsson (JC Raceteknik) and Kevin Eriksson (Olsbergs MSE), as well as reigning RX2 International Series Champion Oliver Eriksson (OMSE), recent RallyX on Ice Champion Sebastian Eriksson (OMSE) and Niclas Grönholm (GRX TANECO), who currently sits second in the World Championship standings.

In the supporting Supercar Lites category, Scandinavian stars Ben-Philip-Gundersen (JC Raceteknik), Simon Olofsson, Sondre Evjen (JC Raceteknik), Marcus Höglund (RAMUDDEN.SE) and hometown hero Linus Östlund (OMSE) are joined by popular returnee Thomas Holmen, RallyX Nordic’s ‘First Lady’ of 2019, Nathalie Petersson (Hedströms Motorsport) and record-breaking former Olympic athlete Albert Llovera amongst the 17 high-calibre entrants.

The CrossCar field is headed up RallyX on Ice standout Julle Ljungdahl (Yellow Squad by Hansen), while the RX Academy entry will be announced at a later date.

Late entries for the curtain-raising Höljes double-header can still be placed at www.rallyx.se/application-2019

Entry Lists
Supercars
4 Robin Larsson SWE JC Raceteknik
8 Peter Hedström SWE Hedströms Motorsport
11 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Motorsport
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
17 Mats Öhman SWE JC Raceteknik
50 Svein Roger Andersen NOR Andersen Motorsport
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE Andreas Carlsson Rallycross
68 Niclas Grönholm FIN GRX TANECO
72 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Olsbergs MSE
77 Stene Johansen NOR Johansen Motorsport
86 Mario Hansen NOR Olsbergs MSE
88 Daniel Thorén SWE Hedströms Motorsport
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Gehrman Motorsport AB
96 Kevin Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
93 Sebastian Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
99 Mikko Ikonen FIN Mikko Ikonen

Supercar Lites
2 Ben Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
10 Martin Jönsson SWE Alfta Racing Team
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE Oskarsson Motorsport
12 Anders Michalak SWE Michalak Motorsport
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE
20 Nathalie Petersson SWE Hedströms Motorsport
21 Marcus Höglund SWE RAMUDDEN.SE
27 Petter Leirhol NOR Leirhol Motorsport
33 Lars Erik Haug NOR Haug Rallycross Team
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
54 Petter Nårsa SWE Öhman Motorsport
56 Thomas Holmen NOR Thomas Holmen
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera
69 Sondre Evjen NOR JC Raceteknik
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Olsbergs MSE
99 Hans-Ola Frøshaug NOR JC Raceteknik

CrossCar
6 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
8 Jonas Ericsson SWE SSD Swespeed
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Österberg Motorsport
14 Nils Andersson SWE NA Motorsport
20 Julius Ljungdahl SWE Yellow Squad by Hansen
21 Lars Söderström SWE SSD Swespeed
46 Thomas Eek Murstad NOR Murstad Motorsport
65 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol
76 Erik Wassberg SWE Erik Wassberg
85 Petter Hane SWE Petter Hane
96 Hans Carlzon SWE Hans Carlzon
170 Isak Reiersen SWE JC Raceteknik Junior Team
175 Timmy Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport
19-04-29 Disappointing weekend for JC Raceteknik in Barcelona
JC Raceteknik left the opening round of the RX2 International Series at Barcelona in Spain wondering what might have been, as the end result from the event was not what had been promised by the performance shown in qualifying.

Former FIA European Rallycross Champion Ben-Philip Gundersen, the driver that won the first round of the RX2 series last year, was again among the pace-setters in Spain, with third fastest time in Q1 and Q2 on Saturday.

But, the Norwegian was disqualified from Q3 for a first corner incident and even with another third fastest time in Q4, was unable to climb back enough positions in the ultracompetitive single-make category and missed out on a place in the semi-finals.

Swede William Nilsson set consistent pace through qualifying but crashed out of the event heavily in the semi-finals after being hit by another car following the joker lap section. Making his international rallycross debut, Jimmie Walfridson, improved his pace throughout the weekend but had his chances of making the final ended by a puncture in the semi-finals.

JC Raceteknik will return to action for the second round RX2 International Series and its FIA World Rallycross Championship debut with 2016 FIA World RX Champion Mattias Ekstrom at Spa in Belgium in two weeks’ time (May 11 – 12).

Joel Christoffersson, Team Principal :
“It was a terrible weekend for the team. We had good speed with Ben-Philip but the black flag destroyed the whole weekend with having zero points in that session, unfortunately we couldn’t go to the semi-finals with him. Jimmie struggled a lot to find the rhythm and speed on the track on Saturday, we made some progress on Sunday but it was still not good enough, then the puncture in the semi-final didn’t make it better. William also didn’t find a good rhythm, after the test in France that was surprising. He struggled during the weekend, then he had a big crash in the semi-finals. We are there, we have good speed with Ben-Philip and we will work hard to help all of our drivers to improve for the next race in Belgium.”

RX2: Ben-Philip Gundersen (NOR) :
“I felt comfortable in the car from the start and already had good pace in the first practice. The race went really well and it looked like we could get good revenge after last time we were in Barcelona racing in TouringCar. We had third after Q2, then in Q3 I felt I had a good start and that I was faster than both Kallio and Eriksson, so when I was close to turn one I started to turn a bit to the left. I was first after turn one and didn’t see there was a crash behind, so I just focused on my race and got a good time. The judges took it badly and chose to disqualify me from Q3. I was very frustrated, I feel the penalty was way too hard. I had to be really lucky to get a place in the semi-final – I had to be at least P2 in Q4 to make the semi, but I was only P3, so it was over. It’s a really bad start to the season, but we are good enough to be at the top so we just need to fight even harder to reach that.”

RX2: William Nilsson (SWE) :
“It was a really tough weekend for the whole team. I struggled to find the last tenths in the pace to the fastest guys. Then it ended with a big crash for me with another guy, which was just really sad. I have a circuit racing series in Sweden that I need to drive in next weekend, and this is not the way I wanted to start my season. It was a disappointing finish, we need to work as a team to get the pace to the guys at the front, I don’t know why at the moment but we will work on that.”

RX2: Jimmie Walfridson (SWE) :

“The main goal this year is to focus on RallyX Nordic and the Swedish Championship, and we were thinking to warm up before the season in Belgium, but I got the opportunity to race in Spain as well and of course its more fun to drive yourself than watch the race on TV, so I jumped at the chance. It was a very educational weekend for me. The track was very good and I found more and more speed as the event went on. Unfortunately, I made too many mistakes but I got a lot of experience and I’ll try and put that together to do better at the next racing in Belgium.”

19-04-28 Eriksson leads Olsbergs clean sweep under the Spanish sun
Defending champion remains the man to beat as RX2 races back into life
Fraser McConnell channels his inner Usain Bolt with speedy display on debut
Jesse Kallio proves his ‘Flying Finn’ credentials with third-place finish

Reigning RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires Champion Oliver Eriksson kick-started the defence of his title in impressive fashion at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend (27/28 April), leading home a commanding Olsbergs MSE one-two-three ahead of RX2 new boys Fraser McConnell and Jesse Kallio.

The OMSE trio were on fine form throughout at the iconic Spanish Grand Prix venue, and not even a first corner clash with JC Raceteknik’s Ben-Philip Gundersen in Q3 could derail their charge. Eriksson had to draw upon all of his experience to keep his two rapid team-mates at bay, as both McConnell and Kallio – who waged a fierce duel for second in the final – demonstrated that the Swede will have things far from his own way this season.

SET Promotion young gun Sami-Matti Trogen fought back well from a spectacular Q1 roll to place fourth overall, ahead of Sports Racing Technologies ace Vasiliy Gryazin and series debutant Damien Meunier, who shone with sixth position for Team Färén after just a single test day in Supercar Lites machinery.

Qualifying Races
Eriksson won three of the four qualifying contests in Spain, only missing out in Q3 when a first corner squeeze initiated by Gundersen sent him into the tyre barriers and left Kallio with race-ending damage. The coming-together had serious repercussions for the Norwegian – a pre-season title favourite in his second full campaign in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – as disqualification for his part in the incident meant he missed out on making it through to the semi-finals.

McConnell recovered from a spin into the barriers in Q1 to fight his way to second in the intermediate classification, turning heads with the fastest time in Q3 and second-best time in Q4 on his European racing debut. Kallio was just behind in third after rivalling Eriksson for pace throughout the qualifying stages.

Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies) was a consistent contender in fourth, with Trogen responding well to his Q1 retirement by vaulting back up the order into fifth courtesy of a string of quick times. That placed the Finn ahead of French Rallycross Championship Supercar star Meunier, who impressed more with every race, belying the fact that he had only had one test in Supercar Lites machinery prior to the weekend.

Similarly making the semi-finals were Swedish trio Anders Michalak, Simon Olofsson and William Nilsson, the latter despite losing time to damaged steering and brake issues on Saturday. Reigning EuroRX TouringCar Champion Steve Volders rounded out the top ten on his series bow, ahead of Jimmie Walfridson (JC Raceteknik) and ‘home’ hero Albert Llovera, reaching the semi-finals for the first time in his RX2 career to the evident delight of the partisan crowds filling the Barcelona grandstands.

Semi-Finals
Eriksson withstood the threat posed by Kallio in the first semi-final, with the Finn shadowing his OMSE stablemate from lights-to-flag. Trogen ran third throughout to safely progress to the final, but behind, the action was somewhat livelier.

Walfridson missed his braking point into the first corner, clipping JC Raceteknik team-mate Nilsson who was in-turn pushed into Michalak. The latter pair would come together later in the race, too, with light contact at the exit of the joker pitching Nilsson into the gravel and out of contention. Michalak went on to finish fourth, with Walfridson nursing a puncture on his way to fifth.

Rivalling his famous countryman Usain Bolt for out-and-out speed, McConnell commanded the second semi-final as Gryazin gave chase, but the battle for third – and the last available final spot – was fierce. Olofsson challenged Meunier around the outside of Turn One on the opening lap, but the Frenchman held his ground before the pair came together again moments later, along with Volders.

The contact sent Meunier wide and Volders briefly airborne, and whilst Olofsson took the chequered flag third, the Swede was subsequently penalised for the collision, promoting his hard-charging Team Färén rival into the final. Volders placed fifth ahead of Llovera, for whom the result capped his most competitive RX2 weekend to-date.

Final
Eriksson converted pole position into the race lead at the start and thereafter never looked back, inching away from McConnell to ultimately cross the line just over three seconds clear. He was aided by a sensational duel between the Jamaican and Kallio for the runner-up spoils. The Finn opted to take an early joker, and when McConnell did likewise later in the race, he rejoined practically alongside his OMSE team-mate.

What followed was a drag race along the back straight, before McConnell boldly drove all the way around the outside of Kallio with a scarcely believable pass that brought the appreciative crowd to their feet. The battle for fourth was settled in similar fashion, as Gryazin attempted the same move on Trogen but narrowly failed to pull it off, instead producing a spectacular save when his SRT car got briefly out-of-shape. Meunier completed the finishers in an excellent sixth place.

The action heads next to renowned Belgian Formula 1 venue Spa-Francorchamps in a fortnight’s time (11/12 May), with Eriksson leading the way on 30 points – and the rest of the field firmly focussed on turning the tables.

Quote, Unquote
Oliver Eriksson (1st): “That was pretty close to the perfect weekend – certainly a much better start than last year! The level of competition in RX2 this season is very high – you only have to look at the timesheets to see that and I’ve got two very quick new team-mates, who I was helping out a bit. Fraser [McConnell] and Jesse [Kallio] both did a great job, so all credit to them. Maybe I’ll have to stop giving them quite so much advice considering how close they were! Seriously, though, we’re a very open team at OMSE and we always share data, and as a driver, you always want to be pushed by your team-mates because it makes you raise your own game. That’s what RX2 is all about – developing skills and extracting every last tenth-of-a-second. We had the speed all weekend, and it was important to bounce back quickly after Q3 – it’s all about how you recover in rallycross, and that’s exactly what we did. I drove angry in Q4, and knowing how important pole is in Barcelona given the nature of the first corner, I worked very hard to keep it for every race. Maximum points – I’ll definitely take that!”

Fraser McConnell (2nd): “That was a bit of a rollercoaster to begin with! I guess that’s how this sport goes – the lows are very low but the highs are very high, and we experienced both this weekend. I felt good arriving here, but then I spun on the first lap in practice which knocked my confidence a bit. I was slightly nervous after that and went a touch too aggressive at the start of Q1, which put me in the tyres. I had a few choice words with myself and from there, it was all about building from ground zero again and we just climbed and climbed and climbed. The final was a lot of fun, and I’m sure everybody watching enjoyed the last couple of corners! It was essentially a drag race down the back straight with Jesse [Kallio], and while conscious of obviously not wanting to take each other out, equally, we both wanted that second position. I thought, ‘this guy is as crazy as I am’, so I braked at the apex of the corner, threw the car in sideways and then just planted my foot on the throttle. Hopefully I left a good impression... For my first event in Europe – first time in Europe even – I really couldn’t ask for very much more.”

Jesse Kallio (3rd): “I’m really happy with third place – my goal coming to Barcelona was to reach the podium, and here we are! Big thanks to OMSE for doing such a brilliant job for all three of us – it’s a great team result. I only had two days of testing before the weekend and it was my first time competing with 4WD, but I’ve already established a good feeling in the Supercar Lites car – it’s very easy to drive, which in turn inspires confidence. I proved I’ve got the speed to race right at the front, which is very encouraging, especially given how tight the competition is in RX2. Everybody has the same equipment, which means it comes down to the driver to make the difference and there were some very tough battles out there. I had some really hard but fair and enjoyable fights with my two team-mates over the weekend – it doesn’t get much closer than it did with Fraser [McConnell] in the final and we still managed not to touch at all. We were both trying to brake as late as possible and I just left it a bit too late. He got me this time, but next time I’ll try to pay him back...”

Andreas Eriksson, RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires CEO: “What a great start to the new RX2 season here in Barcelona! The racing has been superb – a real masterclass for the Spanish fans from the rallycross stars of the future – and we witnessed some fantastic fights between the experienced RX2 contenders and the series newcomers. To see two rookies on the podium at the end of the weekend was proof of just how competitive it is going to be this year, and the wheel-to-wheel action in the final in particular really had the fans on the edge of their seats. Next, we go to another new venue for RX2 and another classic Formula 1 circuit – Spa – which has always been renowned as somewhere that truly rewards the brave. It’s going to be spectacular!”

Final Result
1. Oliver ERIKSSON (SWE) Olsbergs MSE 6 laps
2. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +3.040s
3. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) Olsbergs MSE +3.397s
4. Sami-Matti TROGEN (FIN) SET Promotion +4.055s
5. Vasiliy GRYAZIN (LVA) Sports Racing Technologies +5.124s
6. Damien MEUNIER (FRA) Team Färén +6.494s

Championship Standings
1. Oliver Eriksson (SWE) 30 points
2. Fraser McConnell (JAM) 26 points
3. Jesse Kallio (FIN) 23 points
4. Vasiliy Gryazin (LVA) 20 points
5. Sami-Matti Trogen (FIN) 19 points
6. Damien Meunier (FRA) 16 points
7. Anders Michalak (SWE) 13 points
8. Simon Olofsson (SWE) 11 points
9. Steve Volders (BEL) 10 points
10. William Nilsson (SWE) 9 points
19-04-28 Historic one-two for Hansen brothers in Barcelona
Team Hansen MJP recorded a sensational FIA World Rallycross Championship result, with Timmy Hansen winning every single qualifying session, his semi-final and the final, while championship leader Kevin Hansen made it a Hansen family 1-2 in the final for a unprecedented result in FIA World Rallycross history.

Timmy Hansen claimed his first 2019 WRX victory – the sixth of his career – with younger brother and Abu Dhabi winner Kevin Hansen finishing second. The Hansen name topped every session from the start of qualifying as they dominated in Barcelona. The incredible performances from Timmy and Kevin are reflected in the championship standings, with Team Hansen MJP leading the 2019 WRX Team Standings by 18 points, while Kevin remains on top of the 2019 WRX Driver Standings and Timmy climbs to third with his victory.

After a devastating first round in Abu Dhabi for Timmy, which required a complete rebuild of his Peugeot 208 WRX after a collision with Andreas Bakkerud, he proved himself as the driver to beat from the start of Q1 in Barcelona. Timmy won the opening qualifying session and every one after that, seizing a maximum allocation of qualifying points, while Kevin emerged second after the qualifying heats with impressive and consistent speed.

Their qualifying performances meant that the brothers were seeded separately for the semi-finals, as Timmy and Kevin lined up for semi-final 1 and semi-final 2 respectively. Both drivers took dominant victories in their semi-finals, with healthy leads of 2.148s and 2.525s for Timmy and Kevin respectively.

Timmy produced a faultless performance in the final to claim an untroubled victory, taking his mandatory joker visit on the last lap. Rounding off the Hansen one-two finish, Kevin put on a brilliant display of driving while employing some fine race craft to hold off his rivals. Kevin took his joker while running second on the fifth lap, passing Niclas Gronholm afterwards to take third with one lap remaining. On the final lap, Andreas Bakkerud took his joker, handing Kevin the opportunity to close in and pounce, claiming second in the closing stages of a nail-biting final.

1st
Timmy Hansen
Qualifying 1 1st
Qualifying 2 1st
Qualifying 3 1st
Qualifying 4 1st
Semi-Final 1st
Final 1st

2nd
Kevin Hansen
Qualifying 1 2nd
Qualifying 2 2nd
Qualifying 3 5th
Qualifying 4 4th
Semi-Final 1st
Final 2 nd

Talking points Talking
Points
Timmy bounced back from a disappointing Abu Dhabi to deliver a dominant and unbeatable weekend in Barcelona, becoming the third driver in WRX history to deliver a clean sweep.
The Hansen name will go down in history as the first siblings to claim a one-two finish on an FIA World Rallycross Championship event.
Timmy and Kevin also ensured that the Hansen name joins an elite club of families to have scored a sibling one-two in an FIA World Championship event: the other two are Michael and Ralf Schumacher in Formula 1, as well as Colin and Alister McRae in the European Rally Championship.
An enormous effort to simply be on the WRX grid at all this year has blossomed into incredible success, with Hansen leading both the drivers’ and teams’ championships after Barcelona.

Timmy Hansen
I think this has been the best weekend of my career so far. We got off to the best possible start on Saturday, winning the qualifying heats, and then we won the semi-final too. For the final I lined up against Kevin, and we played a good team game as we agreed that we would give each other plenty of room. The final was perfect as well, and when I saw in my mirror that Kevin was behind me to finish second, that was a really special moment as well. I was actually feeling very emotional: this was the perfect revenge after everything that happened in Abu Dhabi. Now I’m just going to enjoy the moment and head to Spa with even more confidence.”

Kevin Hansen

“We had a really good Q1 and Q2; then I had to get my elbows out a bit more in Q3 and Q4, but I really enjoyed it. I got the fastest lap of the weekend too, which made me really happy, as the ultimate pace compared to Timmy is perhaps the area where I’ve been lacking before, but now we’re getting there. Timmy did an amazing job this weekend; he really deserved to win. I wouldn’t say that he was completely uncatchable as there were times that I was close to him, but we drive each other on, which is perfect as it’s all about the team. Now I’ve extended my championship lead but this is not something that I’ve been thinking about much: we’re only on round two out of 10.

Kenneth Hansen
"I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of success in my career as a driver, winning many races and championships, but actually I think this feeling right now is even better. I can’t actually believe that it’s happened, so it’s going to take a while to sink in. There’s no way that we could have done better – so the expectation is even higher now, as the very best we could do from now on is equal what we have achieved now. And I think that will be very difficult to do, but of course we will try.

"I feel so happy and most of all so proud, both of what we have created with the Hansen MJP team but also as a dad. It’s hard to describe what it’s like seeing your boys finishing first and second, fighting so hard but so fairly. They think of the team first and they’re great friends. I think Timmy had something extra this weekend, while Kevin had to fight a bit harder, but they learn from each other all the time and that’s the biggest strength of our family team."
19-04-28 Clean sweep for Timmy Hansen in World RX of Catalunya
Timmy Hansen rounded out an imperious weekend in Barcelona with victory in the final of the Cooper Tires World RX of Catalunya, round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

The Swedish driver rebounded from an event-ending qualifying crash in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi three weeks’ ago to top both days of qualifying, winning his semi-final and then stamping his authority on the final.

He kept a perfect score to emerge with a clean sweep of wins. It was also his first World RX victory since taking the honours at the Canadian round in 2016.

Hansen was delighted to turn his fortunes around after the disappointment of Abu Dhabi. “We had to work incredibly hard and put all our resources in to re-building my car from Abu Dhabi. The mechanics worked day and night and got the car here in good condition,” he said.

“Honestly, I just wanted a good, clean weekend but I started with a win in Q1 and Q2 and won all four qualifying races. I think it’s only the fourth time that’s been done and only the third time anybody has the perfect weekend so I’m really happy to be in the history books.

“I really worked hard on my starts this weekend. You have to be super focussed to get a good launch with a rallycross car but we did it all the way through. And I’m really looking forward to building on this result.”

Timmy’s younger brother Kevin finished second in the final after holding off a hard-charging Andreas Bakkerud in the Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1. The Norwegian opted for a last-lap joker lap but still emerged behind Kevin at the run to the flag.

The siblings, in a pair of Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208s, had laid down a marker with back-to-back one-twos in Q1 and Q2 – Timmy pulling rank over Kevin.

Second place in Spain enabled Kevin to retain his overall leadership of the championship after he was promoted from second to first place in the UAE following a penalty for Niclas Gronholm.

“I am really pleased with this result. To get second place is very satisfying. I tried my best against Timmy but he was just too fast in the final," he said.

“I don’t think about the championship too much. It’s nice to be leading and to know that I’ve been competitive so far. I am really enjoying the car and the whole feeling at the moment and I hope to keep this momentum going and keep a smile on my face.”

Bakkerud, who was disqualified after being at fault for the crash with Timmy Hansen in Abu Dhabi, was relieved to be on the podium.

“It’s been hard to play catch-up. We are still struggling from the crash in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “We are still working on the car step-by-step but we are getting there.

“Three times in a row I have been on the podium in Barcelona so obviously I Iike it here. But I have to say the Hansens have been the dominant team this weekend – especially Timmy, he has been superb, so congrats to him.”

Gronholm finished fourth in the final to maintain his second place in the championship on 48 points, eight points behind Kevin and 10 ahead of Timmy.

Cyril Raymond was impressive all weekend in the GCK Academy Renault Clio and his fifth place in his first World RX final, was just reward. The Frenchmen finished ahead of the Team STARD Ford Fiesta driver Janis Baumanis.

The GC Kompetition squad had an improved performance from Abu Dhabi by getting Guillaume De Ridder and Guerlain Chicherit to the semi-finals along with Raymond.

Liam Doran, third place last time out in Abu Dhabi, had a mixed weekend in his Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1 but made it to the semi-final as did Timur Timerzyanov in the GRX Taneco Hyundai i20.

Hungary's Krisztian Szabo had a last-corner spin in the EKS Sport Audi in the second semi-final but scored 10 points in another solid weekend for the World RX newcomer. ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport’s Timo Scheider had a troublesome semi-final in the Seat Ibiza in finishing fifth ahead of Szabo.

British driver and former Olympic champion Sir Christopher Hoy thoroughly enjoyed his first taste of World RX – picking up world championships in the process.

“I’ve had the best experience of my motorsport career so far,” he said. “I’ve done the Le Mans 24 Hour, I’ve raced GT cars, historics and Caterhams, but honestly nothing compares to the sheer exhilaration of a world rallycross car.

“I take my hat off to the guys competing in this series, it really is cut and thrust competition. I’m so honoured to be given the chance to compete in an FIA world championship – and to come away with points.”

Hoy’s Xite Racing stablemate Oliver Bennett showed flashes of pace in the Mini Cooper as did ESmotorsport - Labas GAS's rookie Rokas Baciuska in the Skoda Fabia.

The championship now moves to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the World RX of Benelux on May 11-12.
19-04-28 William Nilsson till sjukhus efter rallycrosspremiären – kraschade under semifinalen i Barcelona
Årets säsong i RX2 International Series hade minst sagt kunnat börja bättre än den gjorde för William Nilsson, som efter en påkörning på banan slungades in i en betongbarriärer.
– Barriären är stenhård, så det tog tvärstopp. Det kändes direkt att smällen tagit illa över nacke och rygg, säger Nilsson.

Det var i Spanien på banan Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, som den första deltävlingen av RX2 International Series kördes. För skånske William Nilsson blev det en tuff inledning av rallycrossäsongen.
Tempot fanns inte riktigt för att vara med i toppen denna gång. I semifinalen blev det en stökig start med många smällar där han kom ut som fjärde förare. Under andra varvet blev Nilsson påkörd av en förare som kom ut ur jokerspåret. Han slungades av banan och in i betongbarriären.
– Barriären är stenhård, så det tog tvärstopp. Eftersom jag krockade in i muren med bakänden av bilen tog smällen värre, och jag kunde inte riktigt förbereda mig på kollisionen. Det kändes direkt att smällen tagit illa över nacke och rygg, säger Nilsson.

19-åringen fördes till sjukhus med ambulans för observation. Efter röntgen och noggrann undersökning kunde läkarna konstatera att ingenting var brutet. Däremot har skelettet fått sig en rejäl smäll och muskler skadats – värst i nacke och rygg.
– Jag har fått en nackkrage och ett skydd för ryggen som ska hålla mig rak. Sen är det smärtstillande och vila som gäller för att återhämta sig så snabbt som möjligt. Att det blev skador på både bilen och mig känns såklart pissigt som fan. Det är inte den starten som någon vill ha på en säsong.

Läkaren ordinerade fem dagars vila med nackkrage och ryggskydd, men det finns ett problem: Nilsson ska tävla redan på fredag. Till helgen drar nämligen V8 Thunder Cars igång och det är på Ring Knutstorp som premiären körs.
– Det blir min första tävling någonsin i en V8-bil. Hittills har jag bara hunnit med två kortare test, så det i kombination med skadan kanske inte ger mig de bästa förutsättningarna.
Nilsson skrattar och fortsätter:
– Jag är inställd på att kunna köra tävlingen, och mår jag bara bra så lovar jag att göra mitt bästa. Jag är laddad inför säsongen i V8 Thunder Cars och ser fram emot första tävlingen i bilen. Det är en väldigt speciell bil. Jag har faktiskt aldrig kört något liknande så det är utanför min comfort zone. Men det kommer bli en jäkligt kul upplevelse och bra erfarenhet.
19-04-28 Punktering stoppade Walfridsons framfart under semifinalen i RX2 debuten i Barcelona!
I helgen gjorde Jimmie Walfridson utlandsdebut i RX2 när serien RX2 International Series hade premiär under Rallycross-VM i Barcelona.
- Huvudmålet i år är fullt fokus på RallyX Nordic och rallycross-SM. Meningen var att jag skulle värma upp inför grussäsongen först under deltävlingen i Belgien den 10-11 maj. Men strax innan tävlingsstart här i Spanien fick jag erbjudande av mitt team JC Raceteknik att köra även den här tävlingen.Och det är ju betydligt roligare att få köra själv än att följa tävlingen från TV-soffan. Så självklart hoppade jag på erbjudandet, säger Jimmie med ett skratt.

Helgen bjöd på blandad kompott för hans del och han inledde lite trevande med åttonde respektive tolfte tid i de första två omgångarna under lördagen.
- Det är en väldigt frän bana, men jag fick det inte riktigt att stämma i andra omgången. Vi får klura ut hur vi ska ställa in bilen inför söndagen och höja upp tempot då, sa han efter gårdagens race.

Idag fungerade det betydligt bättre och han fick sjätte bästa tid under dagens inledande warm-up. Han höll upp samma höga tempo även i den tredje omgången och blev sexa. Därmed klättrade han upp från elfte till nionde plats totalt.

I fjärde och avgörande omgången tog han starten i sitt heat, men tappade tyvärr ledningen efter jokern. Det blev en tredjeplats i heatet vilket gav tionde plats i omgången. Det innebar att han kvalade in som sista bil i den första semifinalen.

I semifinalen blev det dessvärre en startsmäll där Jimmie råkade få en punktering. I och med punkteringen var chanserna att kvala vidare till final bortblåsta.

En femteplats i semifinalen gav en elfteplats i Barcelona.
- Det här har varit en mycket lärorik helg. Banan var väldigt frän och jag fick upp farten mer och mer allteftersom. Tyvärr gjorde jag för många misstag, och då blir det inga tider. Men jag tar med mig en massa erfarenhet, biter ihop och ska försöka göra bättre ifrån mig i Belgien, avslutar han.

www.walfridson.com hittar du mer info. Där har vi följt rallycrossen, heat för heat.

Resultat Barcelona
1. Oliver Eriksson (Swe) 30 p
2. Fraser Mc Conell (Jam) 26 p
3. Jesse Kallio (Fin) 23 p
4. Sami Matti Trogen (Fin) 19 p
5. Vasiliy Gryazin (Lva) 20 p
6. Damien Meunier (Fra) 16 p
7. Anders Michalak (Swe) 13 p
8. Simon Olofsson (Swe) 11 p
9. Steven Volders (Bel) 10 p
10. William Nilsson (Swe) 9 p
11. Jimmie Walfridson (Swe) 8 p
12. Albert Llovera (And) 6p
13. Ben-Philip Gundersen (Nor) 4 p
19-04-25 Team Hansen MJP at full strength for Spanish adventure
After a winning start to the season in Abu Dhabi, Team Hansen MJP now returns to Europe for FIA World Rallycross Championship round two in Barcelona, with Kevin Hansen leading the drivers’ standings. Abu Dhabi was an emotional rollercoaster for the family-run Hansen team, as Kevin took his debut win while elder brother Timmy Hansen was sidelined after a perfect start by a big accident that wasn’t his fault. But in Barcelona everything starts again, and with Timmy’s Peugeot 208 WRX now back in perfect condition, he can’t wait to open his points score for the season – while the whole squad is also within touching distance of the teams’ championship lead. Unlike last year, conditions should be warm and sunny in Barcelona, so get ready for a fast Spanish fiesta!

The track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Barcelona is a fast and flowing track in the modern style of rallycross circuit, that uses part of a Formula 1 track with a specially created infield.

For the first time, Team Hansen arrives with its own trucks and infrastructure set-up: all material that was previously used in 2017 as a semi-factory squad. Now, with two cars instead of three, it certainly looks the part!

The big numbers
12
The number of people who make up the Hansen team on-event: five mechanics, three engineers, two drivers, plus Kenneth and Susann Hansen to run the team!.

600
Peak horsepower of the Peugeot 208 WRX's four-cylinder, two-litre turbocharged engine.

2.0
The number of seconds it takes for Timmy and Kevin to reach 60mph from a standstill in the 208 WRX. That's quicker than an F1 car starts a grand prix!
What to look out for
The joker lap section is particularly interesting and complex, with the cars carrying plenty of speed through it and providing an opportunity to overtake. It’s important to be defensive against cars re-emerging, but not too defensive – or too much time can be lost.

Turn 2 is crucial for a quick lap: it’s a long gravel off-camber right-hander with quite a narrow racing line, which sets the tone for the following section. Turn 1 is also tricky: there have been many incidents there in the past.

Ideal set-up:
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Hansen mechanic
Photo: @World / Red Bull Content Pool

With bad weather characterising the race last year, a different set-up should be needed for the warm conditions expected this weekend.
The final corner, a long hairpin that is half gravel and half asphalt, is particularly technically demanding, effectively requiring two different driving styles for each surface in quick succession.
19-04-25 Multinational grid set to battle for honours as new season revs into life in Spain
Eight nationalities make up cosmopolitan field for 2019 curtain-raiser
Talented newcomers ready to take the fight to established RX2 stars
All of the action available via Facebook livestream and TV broadcast

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will race into life in Barcelona this weekend (27/28 April), with no fewer than eight different nationalities represented in a high-quality field of title hopefuls – underscoring the popular championship’s wide-ranging appeal.

2019 will mark the third season of the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series, in which all competitors take to the track in identical 310bhp, four wheel-drive Supercar Lites machinery.

Seven rounds await, beginning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before moving on to fellow Formula 1 venues Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in the UK as well as classic rallycross tracks Hell (Norway), Höljes (Sweden) and Lohéac (France). The high-octane, wheel-to-wheel action will conclude – for the third consecutive campaign – at Cape Town’s Killarney International Circuit in South Africa in November.

The King is Back
The high-calibre entry list is headlined by defending RX2 champion Oliver Eriksson (Olsbergs MSE), who has his focus firmly set on claiming back-to-back drivers’ trophies following a superb season in 2018. The 20-year-old Swede, however, is well aware that it will be no walk in the park.

“It’s often said that winning the title is tough, but defending it is even tougher – and when you look at the standard of competition in RX2 in 2019, I think that’s very true,” Eriksson reflected. “I’m going to have my work cut out, but I’ve prepared well over the winter and whilst the target might be on my back, I certainly don’t plan on surrendering my crown without a fight!”

Ben-Philip Gundersen (JC Raceteknik) and Vasiliy Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies) concluded the 2018 campaign separated by just a single point in fourth and fifth positions in the standings respectively. Gundersen won twice – at the start and end of the season – but will be seeking to add greater consistency to his armoury as he targets a full-on title challenge, while Gryazin has established himself as a regular threat over the past two years but is still in search of his breakthrough victory.

William Nilsson (JC Raceteknik) was fast but all-too-often out of luck last year, but the Swedish teenager is more than capable of battling for the top step of the podium. The same can be said for SET Promotion ace Sami-Matti Trogen, the youngest driver in the field at just 16 but a fearless competitor who is rapidly climbing the rallycross ladder.

Sweden’s Anders Michalak achieved the best finish of his RX2 career so far with fourth place at Silverstone last May – a result he is aiming to build upon in 2019 – while countryman Simon Olofsson popularly reached the rostrum on home soil at Höljes and is unfailingly spectacular to watch with his trademark never-say-die approach.

The last returning driver – Albert Llovera – is a former record-breaking Olympic skier who was left paralysed from the waist down following a serious accident in the 1985 European Ski Cup. Having subsequently steered his career down the motorsport path, the Andorran made steady progress in RX2 last season and is confident of taking the fight to the series’ young guns.

New Faces
Five newcomers join the grid in 2019, and all five have good reason to be bullish about their prospects for success. Damien Meunier arrives with an impressive reputation from the French Rallycross Championship’s Supercar class, and the 18-year-old – who grew up just a couple of hours down the road from Lohéac – will compete in Barcelona with support from front-running Swedish outfit Team Färén.

Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell and Finnish hotshot Jesse Kallio partner Eriksson at reigning teams’ champions OMSE. McConnell only made his debut in rallycross last year but turned heads with four final appearances out of five in America’s ARX2 series, highlighted by a podium finish in the season finale. Kallio, meanwhile, has shone in every championship he has entered, from the RX Academy to FIA Euro RX’s Super1600 category and is widely regarded as one of the discipline’s brightest young talents.

Steve Volders – the last man ever to win the now-defunct EuroRX TouringCar Championship – is counting upon his years of experience in the sport to make his mark, while the Barcelona entry list is completed by 11th-hour addition Jimmie Walfridson (JC Raceteknik). The Swede starred in a one-off outing on home soil last summer, only narrowly missing out on making the final in the largest RX2 field to-date.

The Barcelona RX2 action will begin with free practice and the opening two qualifying races on Saturday (27 April), followed by the remaining two qualifiers, semi-finals and final on Sunday (28 April). Fans will be able to watch all of the qualifying races live via the FIA World RX and RX2 Series Facebook pages, with the semi-finals and all-important final featuring as part of the live World RX television broadcast.

“It’s hugely exciting to be at the start of the third season of RX2,” enthused series CEO Andreas Eriksson. “The fact that we have eight different nationalities in the field this year is testament to the championship’s impressive reach, and picking a winner at this stage is virtually impossible. There is so much strength-in-depth, from hungry young guns to more experienced contenders, which makes for a fascinating mix.

“I must say, the calibre of new names on the entry list is particularly striking. All of them have achieved success in other series, and they are sure to keep the RX2 regulars firmly on their toes. It all adds up to a thrillingly unpredictable picture, and I for one cannot wait for the racing to start this weekend to see how everything unfolds...”

2019 RX2 Barcelona Entry List
2 Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik
6 William Nilsson SWE JC Raceteknik
12 Anders Michalak SWE Anders Michalak
16 Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE
21 Damien Meunier FRA Damien Meunier
22 Sami-Matti Trogen FIN SET Promotion
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Olsbergs MSE
52 Simon Olofsson SWE Simon Olofsson
55 Vasiliy Gryazin LVA Sports Racing Technologies
66 Albert Llovera AND Albert Llovera
77 Steve Volders BEL Nationale Renstal Trommelke
90 Jimmie Walfridson SWE JC Raceteknik
19-04-24 Full 2019 RallyX Nordic campaign to be livestreamed on Facebook
All seven rounds to benefit from comprehensive live coverage
Fans around the world to enjoy every moment of high-octane action
English commentary for feed, with more platforms to be announced

Every round of the fast-approaching 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign will be broadcast LIVE on the series’ Facebook page for the first time.

In major news for the rapidly growing series, fans all around the world will be able to follow every moment of the high-speed, wheel-to-wheel action between some of the most exciting and talented drivers in the sport.

Every event – from Höljes to Nysum, Riga to Finnskogbanen and Kouvola to Tierp Arena – will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/rallyxnordic and on further yet-to-be-announced platforms.

All competing classes in RallyX Nordic will benefit from this significantly enhanced coverage, with the racing to be voiced by a well-known, English-speaking motorsport commentator.

“We’re thrilled to be able to confirm the Facebook livestream for RallyX Nordic this season,” enthused Series Manager Ian Davies. “RallyX Nordic invariably produces spectacular entertainment across the board, from the flame-spitting Supercars to the nifty and nimble CrossCars – and the short, sharp format of one race swiftly followed by another makes it ideal for livestreaming.

“We also have many fans outside the Nordic area, and this live coverage will help them to follow us more closely. We encourage all of our thousands of followers on the Facebook page and their friends and families to tune in – the racing looks set to be better than ever this year, with big-name drivers, a blend of classic and exciting new rallycross tracks and some of the coolest cars you will ever see in one paddock. You won’t want to miss a moment!”

Television deals in multiple markets will be announced in due course.
19-04-22 Walfridson completes RX2 grid with 11th-hour JC Raceteknik deal
Swedish star completes high-calibre 2019 RX2 line-up
28-year-old to contest four of the opening five rounds
JC Raceteknik ace shone in one-off outing last year

Jimmie Walfridson is a late addition to the entry list for the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires curtain-raiser in Barcelona this weekend (27/28 April), after agreeing an 11th-hour deal with Swedish squad JC Raceteknik.

Born into a rallycross family, Walfridson has prior experience in RX2 having contested the Swedish round at Höljes last summer. In the largest field in the series’ history, the 28-year-old placed an impressive sixth in the intermediate standings, ultimately missing out on a spot in the final by just over two seconds. He also competed in RallyX on Ice in 2018, reaching the rostrum in the last round at Gol.

As he prepares to return to the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – with his participation currently confirmed for four of the five opening rounds – Walfridson is fired-up to show what he can do against the best young drivers in the discipline.

“I can’t wait to join the RX2 grid in Barcelona!” the Swede enthused. “It was a bit of a last-minute deal – I was all-set to watch the racing online this weekend – so I’m really excited to actually be taking part.

“I haven’t had much chance yet to assess the opposition, but I’ve raced against a number of the other drivers in various series before so I’m well aware it will be a tough battle. That said, I’m always up for a fight – so bring it on!”
19-04-20 Euro RX TouringCar Champ Volders counting on experience and grit as he joins RX2 grid
Experienced Belgian adds his name to the frame for RX2 success in 2019
Reigning EuroRX TouringCar Champion says priority is having fun
44-year-old has been able to draw on the advice of compatriot De Ridder

Steve Volders – the last man ever to win the now-defunct FIA European Rallycross TouringCar Championship – will join the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, hoping to draw upon his experience in the sport and promising to ‘never give up’.

Volders lifted the EuroRX TouringCar laurels in the series’ swansong last year, at the end of a thrilling campaign in which the top three drivers in the standings wound up blanketed by just two points.

Prior to that, he had claimed a number of Belgian and Dutch rallycross titles and – proving that he is just as skilled beneath the bonnet as behind the wheel – Volders and his Hefo Racing team built and developed a Ford Escort MK1 that he piloted to his first national championship crown.

Now, the 44-year-old Belgian is preparing to make his debut in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – and he has sought advice from a former multiple RX2 race-winner ahead of the opening round in Barcelona next weekend (27/28 April).

“Honestly, I have no idea what to expect,” confessed Volders. “I have tested the Supercar Lites car a couple of times in Belgium and Holland to get an initial feel for it and I received some tips from [2018 RX2 championship runner-up and current World RX driver] Guillaume De Ridder, but it’s difficult to know where I stand until I go up against the others.

“I’m remaining realistic. My first goal is to reach the semi-final, and after that we will see what happens. The most important thing for me is to enjoy it and have fun – and then hopefully, good results will follow. I’m counting on my experience and one thing I will say is that these young chargers should watch out for the little old Belgian guy, because he never gives up!”
19-04-18 Michalak 'hungry' to maintain progress as he closes in on RX2 rostrum
Swede aiming to build upon best result to-date in World RX feeder series
New colours for 41-year-old as he targets RX2 podium
Strength of opposition ‘extra motivation’ for former hillclimb champ

Anders Michalak is back for a third consecutive campaign in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, as the Swede bids to build upon his best result to-date in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.

A successful hillclimbing, Supermoto and Crosskart competitor before switching to rallycross, Michalak came within three seconds of reaching the podium at Silverstone last May, with an excellent fourth place at the chequered flag marking his finest finish yet in the fiercely-contested single-make series.

Although unable to replicate that performance elsewhere – ultimately placing 13th in the driver standings – the 41-year-old’s gritty determination did not go unnoticed, earning him the coveted P1 Racewear ‘Hard-Charger’ accolade at the end-of-season RX2 awards ceremony.

Since then, Michalak has kept himself sharp with go-kart practice over the winter, leaving him hopeful of making further improvements when the forthcoming campaign gets underway at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 27/28 April.

“2019 will be my third season in RX2, and I want to maintain the progress I’ve made over the past two years,” he asserted. “I might not be quite as young as some of the other guys, but I’m every bit as hungry and I’m focussing hard on reaching the final as many times as possible. The level of competition is clearly extremely high again, but that just serves as extra motivation for me and if you can make it into the final in rallycross, after that, anything is possible...”

19-04-16 Champion returns to defend his crown
Oliver Eriksson bidding for back-to-back RX2 titles in 2019
Swedish sensation rejoins the fray with Olsbergs MSE
20-year-old promises a stern fight in defence of his crown

The king is back in the building. Just when it looked like the competition for the crown in this year’s RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires couldn’t possibly get any hotter, reigning champion Oliver Eriksson has confirmed his return. All bets are officially off.

Last year, Eriksson – a former GRC Lites and RallyX on Ice champion – came, saw and conquered in RX2. With three victories and four podium finishes from seven starts, the Swede ultimately prevailed at the end of a thrilling season-long duel with Olsbergs MSE team-mate Guillaume De Ridder to lift the laurels in the South African finale.

Fresh from another title bid in the 2019 RallyX on Ice contest, Eriksson has announced that he will be back to defend his hard-earned RX2 trophy – joining forces with OMSE newcomers Jesse Kallio and Fraser McConnell. And he has a warning for all those contemplating trying to take it away from him...

“It’s brilliant to be coming back to RX2,” the 20-year-old enthused. “I had a blast last year and it was a great battle for the championship – now the aim is obviously to repeat that success. It is often said that winning the title is tough, but defending it is even tougher – and when you look at the calibre of the competition in RX2 in 2019, I think that’s very true.

“I’m going to have my work cut out, but I’ve prepared well over the winter and competing in RallyX on Ice last month enabled me to blow away the cobwebs before the start of the new RX2 season. The target might be on my back, but I certainly don’t plan on surrendering my crown without a fight!”
19-04-16 Olsbergs MSE unveils dynamic 2019 driver line-up
Eight-strong line-up for Swedish rallycross powerhouse in 2019
Oliver Eriksson and Ulrik Linnemann spearhead RallyX Nordic assault
Jesse Kallio and Fraser McConnell to partner Eriksson in RX2

Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE has today (16 April) officially revealed its complement of drivers for the 2019 rallycross season, with an eight-strong line-up of exciting young talent and experienced hands set to represent the team in RallyX Nordic and RX2.

In RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires, Oliver Eriksson and Ulrik Linnemann will lead the headlining Supercar class charge, supported by Linus Östlund and Niklas Aneklev in the Supercar Lites category. One more Supercar driver will be announced at a later date.

Supercar Lites forms the basis for the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires, in which Eriksson is set to return to defend his hard-fought 2018 drivers’ crown. The Swede will be partnered there by fast-rising Finnish hotshot Jesse Kallio and Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell.

Kevin Eriksson and namesake Sebastian Eriksson, meanwhile, are due to contest selected races with OMSE in 2019, with further information to follow in due course.

Here’s a little bit more about OMSE’s ‘Super 8’...
Oliver Eriksson
One of the hottest young prospects on the current rallycross scene, 20-year-old Oliver won RX2 at his first attempt in 2018, and also has GRC Lites and RallyX on Ice titles on his fast-growing career CV. Championship runner-up in RallyX Nordic last year, he has his sights set firmly on the main prize in 2019 and is similarly fired-up to retain his RX2 crown as he prepares for another busy dual campaign.

“I’m ready for revenge! We didn’t get off to a great start in RallyX Nordic last season, which left us playing catch-up. When you’re on the back foot like that, you have to take more risks and whilst we almost made it, close isn’t close enough. This year I want to be the hunted rather than the hunter. It’s obviously a challenge to switch between two different cars, but in my opinion they’re the best two rallycross cars around so I can hardly complain...”

Ulrik Linnemann
The architect of a spectacular RallyX Nordic debut midway through 2018 – beating all the championship protagonists to win on home soil at Nysum – Ulrik is stepping into the series full-time this season after trying out OMSE’s Honda Civic at Tierp in October. He also impressed in FIA Euro RX last year, finishing sixth overall and reaching the final in the opening two rounds.

“Last year was quite a rollercoaster ride for me, so it’s exciting to have a full season in RallyX Nordic to look forward to. I’ve already spent a week at the OMSE workshop and am getting on well with everybody and feel confident inside the team. The competition is clearly going to be tough – and it’s getting tougher all the time in RallyX Nordic – but my aim is to finish inside the championship top three. We know the speed is there – now I just need to add consistency.”

Linus Östlund
Rising Swedish star Linus is six times a crosskart champion in his homeland, and made his Supercar Lites debut in RX2 in 2017, only just missing out on the final in an impressive performance. After sporadic outings in RallyX Nordic last year – allied to a fourth-place overall finish in the Swedish Championship – the 19-year-old is back for a full campaign in 2019 and aiming to make a fast start on home soil in next month’s Höljes double-header.

“It’s exciting to be contesting a full season in Supercar Lites. I had a great start in RallyX Nordic last year with second place at Höljes, but I knew it would be more of a challenge at the other tracks I didn’t know so well. Still, working alongside my OMSE team-mates, I learnt a lot and found some good pace. Hopefully that will enable me to be more consistent this year, and I can’t think of anywhere better to start the season, with the home crowd behind me and my family and friends cheering me on!”

Niklas Aneklev
A competitor in motorcycle enduro racing from a young age, Niklas is set to make his four-wheeled racing debut this year with OMSE in RallyX Nordic’s Supercar Lites class.

“I decided to make the switch because I was breaking too many bones on bikes, so I thought I should try to find something safer! I’ve always been attracted by the excitement of rallycross. I was in the crowd at Höljes last year and knew then that I wanted to race, but I never thought it would happen so quickly. It just goes to show what’s possible in rallycross. It’s going to be a learning year for me for sure, but I plan on learning quickly...”

Jesse Kallio
Jesse has achieved success in every series he has entered, with consecutive titles in recent years in the RX Academy and RX Academy on Ice and a hard-fought victory in the Norwegian round of Euro RX’s Super1600 class last year. In 2019, the Finnish teenager will continue his apprenticeship in RX2 with reigning drivers’ and teams’ champions OMSE.

“I’m really excited – I can’t wait to hit the track in Barcelona! Today was my first time in the Supercar Lites car, and it’s a lot of fun to drive. The feeling is already good – I just need more laps to be fully confident. It’s clearly going to be a learning curve for me this year, but I want to be pushing for the podium – that has to be the goal. We’ll see where we are in Spain. If I can make it through to the final, anything is possible...”

Fraser McConnell
A two-time ‘Jamaican Driver of the Year’, Fraser made his rallycross debut in 2018 after discovering the discipline on YouTube. Entering the inaugural ARX2 series in the United States, the 20-year-old reached the final four times out of five – highlighted by a podium finish in the season finale – en route to fourth in the overall standings. He will make his debut in RX2 alongside Eriksson and Kallio this year.

“Not only will it be my first time competing in RX2, but it will also be my first time going to Europe, which is very exciting! I know the competition is going to be tough, but I am up for the challenge and looking forward to working with such a great team as OMSE as I aim to hone my skills. I am already familiar with the Supercar Lites machinery from ARX2, and my goal is very clear – to give it my all and stand on the top step of the podium.”

Kevin Eriksson
A World RX race-winner – following that extraordinary round-the-outside overtake in Germany in 2016 – Kevin has three full seasons of top-level World Championship competition under his belt, as well as titles in both RallyX on Ice and RX Lites, the predecessor to RX2. An accomplished racer, the 22-year-old’s 2019 programme with OMSE will be announced in due course.

“We’re all working flat-out behind-the-scenes at OMSE to bounce back at the highest level. Last season in World RX was not what we had hoped for, so we decided to take a year out in 2019 – sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forwards. We will re-evaluate and come back stronger. Of course I would rather be driving full-time as I’m hungry to compete, but I will still take part in some events and will prepare hard and stay in shape so that when the next opportunity comes up, I will be ready.”

Sebastian Eriksson
Recently-crowned 2019 RallyX on Ice Champion, Sebastian is known in the sport as the ‘silent assassin’, underscoring the age-old saying that it is always the quiet ones you need to watch. He might not say much outside of the car, but inside the cockpit, he is as ruthless as they come – as his recent winter triumph goes to show. He also reached the final on his World RX debut on home turf in Sweden in 2016.

“I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be racing yet, but what is certain is that when I do race, I want to fight for victory! RallyX on Ice proved that I still know how to win, and putting in the hours at the workshop keeps me sharp technically, which is important. We have kept our heads down over the winter focussing on bringing updates to the cars, and when the opportunity comes, I plan to be ready to jump back into the car and be straight on the pace.”
19-04-16 JC Raceteknik till rallycross-VM i Belgien med två bilar: Mattias Ekströms och Enzo Ides
Svenska teamet JC Raceteknik kommer göra ett inhopp i rallycross-VM. Det är under deltävlingen i Belgien som de kommer driva bilen åt före detta världsmästaren Mattias Ekström. Samtidigt gör belgiske Enzo Ide rallycrossdebut tillsammans teamet.
– Målet med JC Raceteknik har alltid varit att ha bilar i VM, så det här blir ett perfekt tillfälle för oss att göra det nu, säger teamchefen Joel Christoffersson.


Under vintern blev det offentligt att JC Raceteknik köpt två Audi S1 Supercars, som tidigare ingått i Mattias Ekströms team. Bilarna kommer under 2019 köras av Robin Larsson i RallyX Nordic och FIA European Rallycross Championship, samt Mats Öhman i RallyX Nordic. Men nu är det även klart att en av bilarna även kommer göra ett inhopp i FIA World Rallycross Championship – tillsammans med ingen mindre än Mattias Ekström.

Det var under 2016 som Ekström gasade hem ett VM-guld i bilen, och under rallycrossens deltävling i Belgien kommer svensken återigen sätta sig bakom ratten. Sällskap får han av 27-årige Enzo Ide. Belgaren har tidigare tävlat i racing och kommer under VM-deltävlingen på hemmaplan göra rallycrossdebut – även han i en av Ekströms äldre Audi S1. Tävlingen körs 11-12 maj på banan Circuit de SPA-Francorchamps.

Joel Christoffersson:
”Det här blir väldigt roligt för hela teamet. Målet med JC Raceteknik har alltid varit att ha bilar i VM, så det här blir ett perfekt tillfälle för oss att göra det nu. Dessutom med två bilar, det blir spännande. Att samarbeta med Mattias är en ära för oss. Det kommer bli en boost för teamet att få jobba med honom under en VM-deltävling och jag är säker på att vi kommer lära oss mycket av honom och vara ännu mer redo när våran EM-säsong startar.

Jag har snackat med Mattias och vet att han hunnit sakna rallycrossen lite grann, så från hans sida blir det här en rolig grej för att komma bakom ratten igen på bilen som han vann VM i 2016. Från JC Racetekniks sida kommer vi göra allt vi kan för att nå ett toppresultat.

Den andre föraren som vi kommer driva bilen åt är Enzo Ide. Han har kört väldigt mycket bil tidigare, framförallt racing. Däremot har han aldrig kört en rallycrosstävling, så det här blir debuten för honom. Därför kommer vi inte lägga några förväntningar på honom, utan ser det mer som ett sätt för honom att komma igång med rallycrossen. Vi ser verkligen fram emot det.”

Mattias Ekström:
”Efter att ha tittat på den första deltävlingen av FIA World Rallycross Championship hemifrån soffan känner jag att jag verkligen vill köra en deltävling igen. Jag började visualisera hur jag kör på banan i Spa och tar kurvan Eau Rouge sidles i 200 kilometer i timmen. Eftersom alla 2019-bilarna är upptagna tänkte jag att jag kunde göra comeback i min 2016-års världsmästarbil som JC Raceteknik har köpt. Vi kom överens – så jag får köra bilen och de tar hand om servicen. Som alla säkert förstår kommer det bli en mycket rolig helg för mig och förhoppningsvis kan det bli många fler.”
19-04-16 French Supercar star Meunier joins RX2 grid
Highly-rated Frenchman signs up to World RX feeder series
18-year-old to benefit from Team Färén support on debut
Former Supercar star excited for full season in Supercar Lites

French drivers have a habit of doing rather well in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires – just ask 2017 Champion Cyril Raymond, now competing in the World Championship with the GCK Academy – and there are high hopes indeed for the series’ latest Gallic recruit, Damien Meunier.

Meunier – who grew up just a couple of hours from legendary French rallycross venue Lohéac – will join Swedish outfit Team Färén for his RX2 debut later this month in Barcelona (27/28 April). The 18-year-old only began competing four years ago in crosskart, but his progression has been rapid.

Stepping up to rallycross in the Super1600 category at the age of 16, he finished fifth in the French Championship in 2017 – reaching the final five times in six starts and ascending the podium at Kerlabo – and made a one-off appearance in the FIA World Rallycross Championship on home soil. He then graduated to the domestic Supercar class last year, where he had to dig deep against rivals in more modern machinery en route to a top ten overall placing.

Now, Meunier is set to join the international stage full-time, as he prepares to measure himself against the crème de la crème of future rallycross stars in the official World RX feeder series.

“After just two seasons in rallycross, I’m thrilled to be joining RX2 this year,” he enthused. “I’ve been looking at RX2 for a while now – ever since the extremely positive test we had at Strängnäs in Sweden during the Supercar Lites sampler day in 2017 – and now we are here!

“I’m really looking forward to racing this fantastic car, and having Eric Färén as a team manager is a huge bonus – I can’t wait to work with him and everybody in the team. There are a lot of very quick drivers on the entry list this year, so I’ll need to be on top form if I want to take the fight to them but it’s a challenge I’m relishing!

“It will be exciting to have Damien in one of our cars and to support him in his new adventure,” echoed Färén, a successful former rallycross driver himself. “I remember seeing him at the Supercar Lites sampler day in 2017, where he was the one that impressed me the most. We will have a test day before to be well-prepared, and then try to help him as much as we can to ensure he makes a strong debut in RX2.”
19-04-15 Gryazin aiming to 'pick up where he left off' as he returns to RX2
Two-time podium-finisher targeting the top step in 2019
SRT ace one of the series’ most consistent contenders
Latvian hopes to continue climbing championship table

Vasiliy Gryazin is aiming to ‘pick up where he left off’ when he returns to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, as the Latvian bids to turn all the experience he has gained over the past two years into a concerted title challenge.

From a rallying background, Gryazin switched to rallycross towards the end of 2016 and has been a consistent front-runner in RX2 from the start. Reaching the final in each of the last three rounds in 2017 – highlighted by a maiden podium finish in France – earned the Sports Racing Technologies (SRT) ace seventh place in that season’s standings, which he improved upon to fifth last year, just three points shy of a top three spot.

That was achieved courtesy of five final appearances from seven starts, with Gryazin returning to the rostrum in South Africa last November – and the 25-year-old is firmly focussed on maintaining that positive momentum when the new campaign revs into life in Barcelona in just under a fortnight’s time (27/28 April).

“This will be my third season in RX2, and my aim is clearly to build upon the progress and everything I’ve learned over the past two years and continue climbing the championship table,” he asserted.

“Coming from rallying, I had to get to grips with a new discipline, but now I feel I have earned the respect of my rivals and proven myself as one of the quickest drivers out there – in fact, the only thing I haven’t done yet is win a race, so that has to be the very first goal in 2019!

“Last year wasn’t always plain sailing – I seemed to attract a lot of bad luck that kept me off the podium early on – but we finally made it up there in South Africa and with the support of an excellent team behind me in SRT, the aim is definitely to pick up in Barcelona where we left off in Cape Town.”
19-04-12 Jamaican ace McConnell eager to make his mark in Europe as he revs up for RX2
Former karter and rally driver fast proving himself in rallycross
Jamaican racer earned his spurs in ARX2 last year
RX2 new boy targeting ‘top step of the podium’ in 2019

Fraser McConnell will make his debut in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, as he bids to establish himself in Europe following a successful formative career in his Jamaican homeland.

McConnell’s early success in motocross, karting and rallying on the Caribbean island twice earned him the ‘Jamaican Driver of the Year’ accolade – in 2015 and 2016. After discovering rallycross on YouTube, he first competed in the discipline last year, entering the inaugural ARX2 series in the United States.

Belying his rookie status, the 20-year-old was one of the standout performers in the field. Immediately proving his pace, he went fastest out-of-the-box on his debut at Circuit of The Americas and reached the final an impressive four times out of five, highlighted by a podium finish in the season finale.

After concluding the campaign a commendable fourth in the overall standings, McConnell now has his sights set on further enhancing his career CV in RX2 this season, as he prepares to take to the track for the first time with reigning team champions Olsbergs MSE in the Barcelona curtain-raiser on 27/28 April.

“Not only will it be my first time competing in RX2, but it will also be my first time going to Europe, which is very exciting!” he enthused. “I know the competition is going to be tough, but I am up for the challenge and looking forward to working with such a great team as OMSE as I aim to hone my skills. I am already familiar with the Supercar Lites machinery from ARX2, and my goal is very clear – to give it my all and stand on the top step of the podium.”

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.
19-04-11 Sir Chris Hoy to race in the Spanish round of World RX
Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist, will compete in the World RX of Catalunya in Spain, the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

The 43-year-old will be at the wheel of the Xite Racing-prepared Ford Fiesta on April 27-28. Hoy will head to Pembrey Circuit next week for testing alongside Oliver Bennett and the Xite Racing team in preparation for his debut in World RX.

"I am really looking forward to competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Barcelona. Driving a rallycross car has always been on my bucket list, but to actually race against the world's best will really be something special – and a huge challenge,” he said.

“I will be testing next week with Oliver Bennett and his Xite Racing team, and learning all I can ahead of my World RX debut in Spain.”

Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of World RX for IMG, the series promoter, said he was delighted that Hoy was joining the World RX ranks for Barcelona.

“To have a world class sportsman of the calibre of Sir Chris entering the FIA World Rallycross Championship is quite a coup for the series,” he said.

“I have admired his commitment and professionalism as a multiple Olympic champion. I am sure we can expect he will bring the same level of dedication and competitive spirit to World RX as he did in becoming one of the greatest cyclists of all time.”

The Scotsman’s cycling roll of honour includes six Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver and 11 world championship titles as well as gold medals in Commonwealth Games competition.

He was awarded an MBE in 2005 and received a knighthood in 2009 for his services to sport.

Since his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013, Hoy has taken on a number of motorsport challenges – most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 in the LMP2 class. He has also competed in European Le Mans and the British GT Championship.

Hoy has support from Dayinsure, the title sponsor of the World RX of Great Britain, and Cooper Tires for his debut in World RX.

Also joining the 19-car grid for Barcelona will be Finland’s Jani Paasonen in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta. Paasonen has previously competed in European Rallycross Championship events.

Hungary’s Tamas Karai joins the field in the Karai Motorsport Egyesulet Audi A1 while Frenchman Herve Knapick’s Citroen DS3 brings the total of automotive brands to nine for Catalunya.
19-04-11 Olofsson 'better-prepared than ever' heading into 2019
Seasoned RX2 competitor ready to go after busy winter’s preparation
Swede spurred on by prospect of replicating previous successes
24-year-old aiming to banish memories of luckless 2018 campaign

Simon Olofsson is returning to the grid this year in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires, fully focussed on righting the wrongs that persistently plagued his 2018 challenge in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – and promising that he is ‘better-prepared than ever’.

After winning in Sweden in RX2’s predecessor RX Lites in 2016 – en route to a top three championship finish – and dominating the 2017 RX2 curtain-raiser in Belgium until picking up a puncture, 2018 proved to be a rather more troubled campaign for Olofsson, with a popular podium finish on home turf at Höljes in mid-summer the sole real highlight.

For one of the most naturally talented young rallycross drivers around, that was a bitter pill to swallow, but over the winter months, the 24-year-old has picked himself up and dusted himself down – and now he is ready to convert his undoubted skill into consistent results.

“I’m excited to be back in RX2 this season,” the Swede enthused. “It’s no secret that last year was a difficult one for us, with a lot of bad luck and some weekends where pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Saying that, it was obviously a very special moment for me to stand on the podium in front of my family and friends at Höljes – we had to fight hard for that one, and just the thought of being up there again is all the inspiration I need going into the new season.

“I genuinely feel like we are better-prepared than ever this year, and it’s a great calendar of events in 2019 with some awesome new tracks combined with classic rallycross venues. The competition is clearly going to be very tough, but I’m ready for a battle and can’t wait to see how we measure up in Barcelona in a couple of weeks’ time.”

19-04-09 Thorén back for more in 2019 as he admits: I've caught the bug...
Last year’s Supercar surprise package returns to RallyX Nordic
Hedströms Motorsport ace admits ‘rallycross is like a drug’
42-year-old keen to build upon progress of rookie campaign

Daniel Thorén – one of the undisputed revelations of the 2018 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign – has confirmed he will return to the growing series in 2019 as the born-again racer focusses on having ‘as much fun as possible’.

Unlike many of his Supercar class rivals, Thorén followed a rather less conventional route into the sport, only stepping into a rallycross car for the first time towards the end of 2017 – but even then, he explains, the intention was never to actually compete...

“I’ve always had a big interest in cars and rallycross, but until last year, I had never so much as sat in a racing car – I’d never even raced a go-kart competitively,” the 42-year-old reveals.

“I had been on the sidelines of the sport for many years as a sponsor – initially to Peter Hedström and Ramona Karlsson – but it’s not easy for me to just watch, because I always want to be directly involved. When RallyX Nordic was revamped, Peter offered me the opportunity to try out his Volkswagen Polo Supercar, so I drove it for 20 laps at Höljes in late 2017 and – I have to admit – it scared me half to death. But at the same time, it was so much fun...

“I drove it again the following week, after which, Peter asked if I wanted to have a go at racing. I said I’d never competed before and had no licence, but he kept on pushing me and a couple of months later he asked if I would do just the RallyX Nordic round at Höljes. I agreed purely to get him off my back, and then two days afterwards, he announced on Facebook that he had signed a driver for the full 2018 Nordic campaign. I called him to ask who the driver was, and he told me it was me...”

Behind the wheel of his Hedströms Motorsport VW Polo, Thorén won one of his qualifying races first time out and in round three – at Grenland in Norway – he finished on the podium following a race-long battle with countryman Andreas Carlsson.

Despite a heavy crash at the semi-final stage of the last round at Tierp, the Swede concluded the season a commendable eighth in the Supercar class standings – and now, he is back for more, dovetailing his RallyX Nordic commitments with a parallel campaign in FIA Euro RX.

“I have to be honest, I had a great year in 2018,” he reflected. “To finish eighth in the championship having never driven competitively before was a fantastic outcome! It’s safe to say the results far exceeded my expectations, and whilst I required a significant slice of luck to reach the podium in Norway, that definitely spurred me on.

“Rallycross is like a drug – once you try it, you want more, and I always knew I wanted to come back again this year. It’s been a big job to prepare the car over the winter – we dismantled it into a thousand pieces and have refreshed it in every area – and I haven’t been able to test as much as I’d have liked due to work commitments, but still, I can’t wait for the season to start!

“I also can’t think of anywhere better to do that than Höljes. I feel a little bit at home there, and beginning with a double-header event will make for an amazing weekend. I’m going to take the season one race at a time and make sure I have as much fun as possible – after all, isn’t that the most important thing?!”
19-04-08 Kevin Hansen takes unforgettable maiden World RX win in Abu Dhabi
Team Hansen MJP experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in Abu Dhabi during an emotional opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Kevin Hansen scored his first ever WRX victory in spectacular style, with victory in qualifying and his semi-final in addition to his final win, while Timmy Hansen’s weekend was cruelly curtailed early on by an enormous shunt which destroyed his car’s rollcage.

Both Timmy and Kevin had started the World RX of Abu Dhabi in brilliant fashion, finishing 1-2 in Q1. Timmy took the top spot once again in Q2 but his weekend ended shortly afterwards, being on the receiving end of a heavy shunt with Andreas Bakkerud. Crossing the start/finish line to begin the final lap, Timmy had just rejoined the track from taking his joker lap and was hit side-on by Bakkerud, who was disqualified for his part in the collision. A heroic effort from Timmy meant he nursed the car to seventh place in Q3 but rollcage damage to his Peugeot 208 WRX was too extensive to compete in Q4 or the semi-finals.

The whole team was understandably shaken by Timmy’s huge accident but regrouped around Kevin, who showed incredible resilience to press on and win both Q3 and Q4. With Timmy looking on from the spotters’ position in the Abu Dhabi grandstands, Kevin then scored a semi-final victory put him on pole for the final.

Kevin led most of the final, until being spun out at the hairpin by Niclas Grönholm in the latter half of the fourth lap. Grönholm was then given a three second penalty post-race for pushing and overtaking, restoring the lead which Kevin had held for much of the final to seal his first ever WRX win, and provide Team Hansen MJP a happy ending for a rollercoaster first weekend as a privateer team.

19-04-08 William Nilsson klar för säsong i både rallycross och V8 Thunder Cars
19-årige William Nilsson tar nya krafttag inom motorsporten. Det är nu klart att han kommer bredda sina vyer och tävla i RX2 International Series, samt V8 Thunder Cars under säsongen 2019.
– Jag är spänd och exalterad inför säsongen. Sammanfattningsvis kommer jag göra mitt allra bästa i V8, men inom rallycrossen kör jag för en mästerskapstitel, säger Nilsson.

Siktar högt i RX2 International Series
Efter ett långt vinteruppehåll är det snart dags för säsongspremiär för både rallycrossen och racingen. Inom rallycrossen fortsätter William Nilsson köra den internationella serien RX2 International Series (inofficiellt VM i klassen Supercar Lites) för det framgångsrika svenska teamet JC Raceteknik.
– Jag har kört rallycross i många år nu, så målet med RX2 International Series är att vinna tävlingar och i slutet av året stå med en mästerskapstitel. Sen är det såklart stenhård konkurrens och många delar som måste klicka, men efter det långa säsongsuppehållet är jag sjukt taggad på året.
Mästerskapet körs under sju deltävlingar runt om i världen. Just nu fattas det resurser för att kunna köra de sista två deltävlingarna i mästerskapet – något Nilsson arbetar för fullt med.
– Jag jobbar stenhårt nu för att få ihop sponsorer så jag kan köra alla tävlingar, självklart är planen att kunna genomföra hela mästerskapet.

Förra säsongen var ingen toppensäsong för Nilsson, där bilproblem och annat strul satte många käppar i hjulen. Trots det gick han ur säsongen med ett SM-silver. Säsongen 2017 var en större framgångssaga. Han utsågs till Årets Junior och Årets Rallycrossjunior i Bilsport Award och stod som vinnare i både RallyX Nordic (den nordiska serien i Supercar Lites), samt som SM-vinnare. Men i år finns inte RallyX Nordic med i hans tävlingskalender.
– Jag har redan vunnit både RallyX Nordic och SM i Supercar Lites. I år känner jag att jag vill fokusera fullt ut på rallycrossen internationellt, samtidigt som jag är redo för lite nya utmaningar på svensk mark. Det är där V8 Thunder Cars kommer in i bilden.

Racingdebuterar i V8 Thunder Cars
Nytt för i år är att William Nilsson laddar upp inför ännu mer asfalt, och kommer under säsongen köra V8 Thunder Cars för det Åhusbaserade teamet Memphis Racing.
– Det kommer bli jättespännande. Jag har aldrig kört något liknande tidigare och har hittills bara varit på ett test i bilen, så det kommer bli en utmaning. Även om mitt största fokus kommer ligga på RX2 så kommer jag självklart göra mitt bästa i V8 Thunder Cars.
Han fortsätter:
– Memphis Racing har kört V8 länge, och tävlar även i NASCAR Euroseries, så de är rutinerade och kan sin grej. Det är alltid spännande med nya samarbeten, och jag ser fram emot att lära känna det här teamet och se hur vi kan jobba tillsammans.

Nilsson har innan han inledde sin rallycrosskarriär tävlat i karting, och även om grunderna mellan karting och V8 Thunder Cars är snarlika så kommer den stora bilen innebära andra utmaningar.
– Det blir en oerhört rolig och bra erfarenhet. Även om det skiljer sig helt från rallycross är all bilkörning bra bilkörning. Det kommer vara svårt att sätta upp konkreta mål inför säsongen, innan jag kommit in i bilen eller fått koll på startfältet. Först och främst siktar jag på att ta mig i mål, och det borde ju inte vara omöjligt. Sen tar vi det därifrån, säger Nilsson och skrattar.

19-04-06 Kevin Hansen takes maiden victory in Abu Dhabi
Kevin Hansen recorded a maiden World RX victory in Abu Dhabi – in a dramatic opening round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy – under the bright lights of Yas Marina Circuit.

In a weekend largely dominated by the Team Hansen MJP Peugeot 208s – for a variety of reasons – Kevin took the honours after original race victor Niclas Gronholm was handed a three-second penalty for a coming together with Hansen in his GRX Taneco Hyundai i20.

Over two days of action in daytime temperatures which touched 40 degrees C, the purpose-built 1.2-km Yas Marina Rallycross Circuit, provided plenty of close combat.

Earlier in the day Kevin Hansen had topped the order after an eventful qualifying round. His elder brother Timmy, who had dominated day one in the sister Team Hansen MJP car had a big impact with the Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1 of Andreas Bakkerud in Q3 at the entry to turn one.

Bakkerud was disqualified after being deemed at fault following a stewards’ enquiry meaning both he and Timmy Hansen, whose car suffered extensive damage to the left-hand side, did not progress to the semi-finals.

For the younger Hansen, the victory was bitter-sweet given the incident involving Timmy. “It feels completely crazy,” Kevin said. “I took the start in the final and led about five laps and then after turn 10, Niclas gave me a tap and I nearly spun and lost the lead.

“A win in the stewards’ room is not the perfect way. It has been a great job by all the guys in the team to get the cars here and prepared. But this one is for Timmy as he should have been on the podium.”

Gronholm was disappointed not to have taken the spoils. “It was not an intentional hit but sometimes the stewards look at things differently to us so I have to accept it, move on and fight back in Barcelona,” he said.

Liam Doran in the Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1 claimed his first podium by taking third. The Briton said: “This result is from pure determination and nothing else. I started off poor to be completely honest, struggling with the setup of the car a bit.

“I just got my head down. I got into the semis by the skin of my teeth but you never give up until you get to the end.”

Janis Baumanis in the Team STARD Ford Fiesta also caught the attention of the stewards and was demoted from fourth to fifth just behind the World RX debutant Krisztian Szabo in the EKS Sport Audi.

Former DTM champion Timo Scheider, in the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport Seat Ibiza, despite running strongly over the two days, finished sixth after a difficult final for the German.

The World RX final rounded out a three-day urban festival of world-class motorsport and off-track entertainment that included A-list musical artists and plenty of fan activity.

ESmotorsport - Labas GAS's Rokas Baciuska, the reigning FIA European Super1600 champion, reached the semi-finals on his World RX debut.

The GC Kompetition squad had an eventful two days with Guerlain Chicherit and Anton Marklund just missing out on a place in the final.

Oliver Bennett made a dramatic exit in Q3 when he rolled his Xite Mini Cooper.

Commenting on World RX’s debut in the Middle East, Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of the FIA World Rallycross Championship for IMG, the series promoter, said: “Our first visit to the UAE has been a resounding success.

“The people of Abu Dhabi have embraced World RX and we have been delighted to bring world-class rallycross to a region which already has a strong motorsport following.

“The Yas Marina Circuit was a spectacular venue to stage our first-ever World RX round under lights. The on-track action also illustrated that we can expect extremely close racing for the remainder of the 2019 season.”

The championship now moves to Barcelona, Spain for the World RX of Catalunya on April 27-28.
19-04-05 Fans’ favourite Llovera back for more in 2019
Former Olympic record-breaker returns for second season of RX2
Popular Andorran won new fans all around the world in 2018
‘Old man’ of the paddock eager to continue rallycross apprenticeship

Record-breaking former Olympian Albert Llovera will return to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires this year, as the popular Andorran seeks to build upon the progress he made last season.

The youngest athlete ever to compete in the Winter Olympics – aged just 17 in 1984 – Llovera looked set for a successful skiing career until a serious accident in the 1985 European Ski Cup left him paralysed from the waist down.

Subsequently turning his attentions to motorsport – a similarly high-octane sphere in which he could satisfy his thirst for competition with the assistance of specially-adapted hand controls – Llovera tackled both the FIA World Rally Championship and notoriously challenging Dakar Rally before settling on the fast-growing discipline of rallycross.

Following exploratory appearances in Norway, Sweden and Spain in RX2’s predecessor RX Lites in 2016, the 52-year-old made his full-time debut in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series in 2018. Scoring points in both Britain and Canada as he edged ever-closer to the leading pace, he earned himself a legion of new followers with his infectious nature and ever-enthusiastic approach.

Having thoroughly enjoyed that experience, Llovera is eager to continue his rallycross apprenticeship over the coming months behind the wheel of his No. 66 Supercar Lites entry, with the 2019 RX2 campaign due to rev into life at his ‘home’ track – Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – on 27/28 April.

“I’m so happy to be returning to RX2,” he revealed. “I had so much fun last season, going up against some of the quickest young drivers in the world on some of the best rallycross tracks around – and I’d like to think I didn’t do too badly for the ‘old man’ of the paddock!

“Joking aside, though, it was a great year and we made progress all the way through – with everybody driving identical cars in RX2, it’s easy to see where you are gaining and where you are losing, and for someone like me looking to refine my skills, that level playing field is invaluable.

“Along with my partners, I worked incredibly hard over the winter to come back this year – it wasn’t easy, but we have made it happen and now I can’t wait to get out on-track in Barcelona. Coming from just ‘up the road’ in Andorra, I can’t think of anywhere better to get the season underway.”

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.

19-04-05 Rallycross-VM sänds på Net Groups kanaler
Nordic Entertainment Group har säkrat rättigheterna till FIA World Rallycross Championship 2019.

Tre svenskar står på startlinjen när premiären av rallycross-VM körs i Abu Dhabi lördagen den 6 april, och som direktsänds på Viasat Motor och Viaplay.
– Sverige har 42 pallplatser i följd, så rallycross-VM stärker verkligen vårt motorpaket med svenska förare i absolut världsklass, säger Per Nunstedt, sportchef NENT Group Sverige.

Timmy och Kevin Hansen är söner till den mest framgångsrika rallycrossföraren genom tiderna, 14-faldige europamästaren Kenneth Hansen.
Storebror Timmy, 26, inledde sin karriär med banracing, innan han 2012 växlade in på samma hjulspår som pappa Kenneth och debuterade i rallycross-EM. 2013 slutade han trea i mästerskapet för att 2014 gå över till VM-serien. Där har det sammanlagt blivit fem segrar och 24 pallplatser.

Lillebror Kevin, 20, blev vid 17 års ålder den yngste föraren någonsin att köra rallycross-VM och slutade åtta i mästerskapet 2018. Bröderna Hansen kör Peugeot medan den tredje svensken, 2017 års europamästare i rallycross, Anton Marklund rattar en Renault.
Och säsongen har börjat lovande, då det var dubbelt Sverige och Hansen i fredagens första kval på Yas Marina Circuit i Abu Dhabi.
– Det var en perfekt start för mig och min bror, att bli etta och tvåa. Vi har jobbat så hårt för att bara vara här. Det är bara Q1 men jag är verkligen glad, sa Timmy Hansen efter första kvalet.

Tio deltävlingar väntar i ett mästerskap som på förhand känns ovisst då fabriksstallen är borta.
Viasat Motor och Viaplay direktsänder årets första race från Yas Marina Circuit i Abu Dhabi.

Sändningstider
Lördag 6 april:
16.00, Viasat Motor/Viaplay: Rallycross-VM – World RX, Abu Dhabi
Kommentator: Robin Nilsson.

19-04-04 Jax Jones joins Sean Paul in Speedmachine Line-Up
The list of famous artists keeps on growing with the announcement that Jax Jones will join Sean Paul as the headline acts for the Dayinsure World RX of Great Britain, the UK leg of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, presented by Monster Energy.

The British event, round four of the 2019 World RX championship, is the racing focal point of the SpeedMachine Festival at Silverstone from May 25-26. SpeedMachine brings together a feast of motorsport activity, street food, fan interaction and world-class entertainment.

This is the second year of SpeedMachine following its successful debut on the FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar last year.

Jax Jones, the London-based producer-song writer, is best known for You Don’t Know Me which reached No.3 in the UK singles chart. He is also noted for collaborations with a range of talent, including the likes of Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and George Ezra.

He will top the bill on Sunday evening and will be joined by the British rockers and music festival favourites Reef and UK garage duo Artful Dodger.

Meanwhile, Jamaican rapper and producer Paul, headlines on Saturday evening with support from the electro-dance sound of Faithless and the beatboxing of Duke.

DJ BBQ will be serve up his unique brand of bass-heavy beats as host on both nights.

SpeedMachine has something for everyone – from world-class rallycross, on-track demonstrations, radio control car racing, go-karting, the Monster drift show, supercar exhibits and DiRT 2.0 eSports simulators and much more.

19-04-03 World RX of Abu Dhabi - A floodlit duel in the desert
Now that the talking and the testing is done, the focus for the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy switches to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the opening round of the 2019 season.

Since its inception in 2014, World RX has visited Europe, Asia, North and South America. We can now add the Middle East to that list as the championship prepares for a duel in the desert in the United Arab Emirates.

The World RX of Abu Dhabi will also be the first time a round has been held at night with the semi-finals and final on Saturday evening run under floodlights.

As a debutant track, the Yas Marina Rallycross Circuit, presents a level playing field for the 2019 combatants.

There are plenty of challenges in the purpose-built 1.2 kilometre rallycross layout featuring 63 per cent asphalt and 37 per cent gravel, a series of wide tarmac areas, tight turns including a hairpin and a formidable jump, all within the circuit’s famous Formula One circuit stadium section.

The quality, depth and multi-national mix of the competitors suggests a fierce battle from the moment the lights go green at Yas Marina.

The 2019 entry lists features 16 permanent drivers in six teams and four individual entries representing eight automotive brands with drivers from 11 countries.

Facing the starter in Abu Dhabi are names synonymous with rallycross and a posse of rookies, some first-year graduates from Euro RX, eager to make their presence felt on the world stage.

None of the permanent drivers in World RX 2019 have won an FIA World Championship title, meaning we will crown a new FIA World RX drivers’ champion this year.

Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud looms as a championship favourite. Third in the overall standings in 2018, Bakkerud starts as the highest-placed finisher from last season. Alongside the Norwegian in the Audi S1 will be Britain’s Liam Doran.

The Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin, run a pair of Peugeot 208 WRXs for Team Hansen MJP, the first time the Swedish brothers have competed in equal machinery. Timmy, 26 and 20-year-old Kevin, may be one of the youngest line-ups on the grid, but they have both been competing in high-level rallycross for the last six years, and Timmy has started in every World RX race ever – all 61 of them.

Austria’s Team STARD will campaign the all-new Ford Fiesta RXS for Latvia’s Janis Baumanis. He will be partnered by Norwegian Pal Try, who will feature in at least three rounds during 2019. The team also recently announced a new title sponsor in Ferratum Group, the digital banking service.

GC Kompetition’s Anton Marklund makes a full-time return to World RX after focussing on European racing for the past two years. The Swede will partner team owner Guerlain Chicherit in Renault Meganes.

In the build up to the opening round, Marklund has been helping with the development of the Megane and the Renault Clios to be shared by GCK Academy young guns Cyril Raymond of France and Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder.

Marcus Gronholm’s GRX Taneco squad comprises three Hyundai i20s for Russian Timur Timerzyanov and Niclas Gronholm. Abu Dhabi will be the first of a number of selected appearances for Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss of GRX Set. All three drivers completed final pre-season test in Germany recently.

Britain’s Oliver Bennett returns to build on 2018’s programme of selected World RX events. His Xite Racing Mini Cooper has been subject to a programme of development and testing over the winter.

Timo Scheider begins his full-season campaign in the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport Seat Ibiza. The German squad has been quietly going about pre-season testing and could be one to watch in the opening round.

Hungarian Krisztian Szabo chose ice driving as his preparation for Abu Dhabi last week. The EKS Sport driver, twice the European Super1600 Rallycross Champion, joined Bakkerud and the 2016 World RX Champion Mattias Ekstrom on the frozen wastelands of Scandinavia.

Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska is the least experienced of this season’s rookies. The reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion for Super1600, Baciuska will be at the wheel of ESmotorsport’s Skoda Fabia, which has completed well over 1,000 kilometres of testing this winter. It will be seen in public for the first time in Abu Dhabi.

Along with the World RX track action, Yas Marina Circuit will be transformed into a three-day festival featuring an Adrenaline Zone, food trucks and international artists performing at an after-race concert. American hip hop group Migos are the headline act – off-track at least.
19-04-02 IMG announces projekt E - A pioneering electric intiative for World RX Weekend
IMG Motorsports today launches a ground-breaking initiative with the planned introduction of a dynamic electric racing element to the FIA World Rallycross Championship weekend.

The concept, titled Projekt E, will see electric-powered cars compete on the same weekend as traditional Supercars.

This new-look race weekend format will allow rallycross fans to enjoy the traditional internal combustion engines – and be given a glimpse of the future for production-based cars.

IMG is introducing electric racing to its event weekend as an acknowledgement of a future that embraces sustainability, responsibility and advanced technologies.

By taking this bold decision, Torben Olsen, the Managing Director of World RX for IMG, the series promoter, said IMG will become a pioneer in the introduction of EV technologies to a production-based motorsport series.

“IMG has pledged as far back as 2017 that electrification would be part of the World RX weekend. Today we can confirm our intention to deliver on that objective,” said Olsen.

“Our aim is to showcase, by 2021 at the latest, future mobility and relevant technologies in the tough, competitive environment of rallycross with production-based vehicles that consumers can relate to.

“In terms of the strategy for introduction of electrification to rallycross, we have been in discussions for nearly two years with a number of manufacturers. Ultimately it emerged that the manufacturers were not yet ready to commit in sufficient numbers to make a fully-electric World Championship a reality. However, we believe that Projekt E is a positive step forward to deliver on our 2017 pledge.”

Over the coming months, the FIA and IMG will be revealing more about the format for Projekt E and the electrified cars which will line up on the grid in the future.

Olsen added: “Projekt E enables us to embrace emerging technologies, remain relevant, and show that electric cars are fast and fun.”

19-03-23 Eriksson takes the title as history is made at RallyX on Ice
Two victories out of three secure Sebastian Eriksson second title in as many months
• Final day heroics vault Ben-Philip Gundersen into championship top three
• International appeal with three nationalities on Saturday’s Supercar Lites podium
• CrossCar ace Linda Johansson becomes first female winner in RallyX on Ice history

Sebastian Eriksson is the 2019 RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires Champion after dominating the final day of competition today (23 March), but it was arguably CrossCar driver Linda Johansson who drew the biggest plaudits as she made history in becoming the first female winner in the series’ history.

All three rounds of RallyX on Ice – the ultimate winter motorsport festival – were won by a driver bearing the surname Eriksson, with Sebastian triumphing on Monday (18 March) before Oliver hit back on Wednesday (20 March), defeating older brother Kevin by less than five hundredths-of-a-second in a breathtaking photo-finish.

That left the trio – all competing for Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE – separated by just two points heading into today’s final day decider, setting the scene for a spectacular scrap for supremacy on Sweden’s frozen Lake Åre. When they were all drawn in the same race for Q2 – quite literally side-by-side – it was clear it was going to be a no-holds-barred battle.

Reigning RX2 International Series Champion Oliver Eriksson was the first to falter. Hung out to dry on the outside line at the start of Q1 and carrying damage, the 20-year-old then did well to hold onto a tank-slapper slide later on. With both of his title rivals comfortably winning their respective races, the youngest Eriksson found himself facing an uphill battle – doubly so when Q3 was cancelled due to deteriorating conditions. His challenge was ultimately curtailed when he went off during a bruising semi-final.

Kevin Eriksson kept pace-setting namesake Sebastian Eriksson honest throughout the qualifiers, placing third in the intermediate rankings to join his countryman on the front row of the grid for the first semi-final. There, however, his bid for glory ended, coming off second-best in a duel with fellow FIA World Rallycross Championship race-winner Andreas Bakkerud as the pair disputed the last final spot.

Nonetheless, his results over the course of the week – third on Monday and second on Wednesday – were sufficient to secure Kevin the runner-up laurels in the overall standings, behind Sebastian Eriksson and ahead of Ben-Philip Gundersen.

The Norwegian got stronger with every passing race for JC Raceteknik, displaying sensational form today to win both of his qualifiers and semi-final before grabbing the lead at the start of the final from second on the grid. Whilst ultimately forced to submit to Sebastian Eriksson’s irresistible attack, Gundersen was pleased to reach the rostrum and snatch third position in the points table from defending champion Oliver Eriksson right at the end.

Nobody, however, could ultimately hold a candle to Sebastian Eriksson, with the Swede’s disagreement with a snow bank in Wednesday’s final the only real blot on an almost impeccable copybook. The 26-year-old – RallyX on Ice Champion in 2015 – similarly won the SM Veckan Swedish Winter Championship last month, making him the indisputable king of the ice right now.

There were several other starring performances in Åre. New Monster Energy RX Cartel recruit Bakkerud quickly found his feet in Team Färén’s ‘guest’ entry. Thrilling fans with his trademark super-sideways approach, the World RX front-runner pipped Kevin Eriksson to make today’s final in the same car campaigned earlier in the week by Oliver Bennett (a semi-finalist on Monday) and multiple Swedish Rallycross Champion and current FIA European Rallycross contender Peter Hedström (a top three finisher on Wednesday).

OMSE’s Cole Keatts completed Saturday’s Supercar Lites podium with an excellent third-place finish. The American teenager had demonstrated his raw speed from the outset – confidently leading his semi-final on Monday until he struck a snow bank in the limited visibility – and he converted his stellar starts into a well-deserved rostrum result on the last day, despite driving most of the final with a bent rear wheel following first corner contact.

Gundersen’s JC Raceteknik team-mate and compatriot Sondre Evjen raced to the runner-up laurels on Monday, but struggled on Wednesday and a nightmare Saturday saw him uncharacteristically fail to reach the semi-final stage as he found himself unable to settle into a rhythm.

Fellow Norwegian Petter Leirhol faced similar disappointment, winning both of his qualifiers on Monday but not starting the final after a technical issue. He then helplessly ploughed into the side of a sliding Gundersen on Wednesday and ended up in a snow bank today.

Former Junior WRC and WRC2 Champion Pontus Tidemand – who contested a part-season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014 – was on fine form on Monday, setting a startling pace in Q2 to top the timesheets despite having to serve two joker laps for a jump-start. For every chequered flag, however, there also seemed to be a snow bank, as well as a notable wheel-banging clash with Oliver Eriksson on the run to the finish line on Wednesday. Fifth place would prove to be the Swede’s best result.

Martin Jonsson saved his best until last with a superb effort to reach the final for the first time in his fledgling rallycross career on Saturday, the inexperienced racer pressuring Gundersen and outperforming Bakkerud along the way. He ultimately wound up fourth – just three seconds shy of the podium – matching the result achieved by Ole Henry Steinsholt on Monday.

CrossCar: Three Races, Three Winners
Steinsholt uniquely contested both the headlining Supercar Lites category and supporting CrossCar class in Åre, taking two podiums in the latter, as did Linda Johansson, whose commanding victory on Wednesday was the first for a female competitor in RallyX on Ice history. The 29-year-old Swede continued to show her pursuers a clean pair of wheels today, only to hit a puddle in the semi-final and aquaplane off from the lead, ruling her out of the final – and title contention. Her breakthrough performance had nonetheless not gone unnoticed.

The other winners in the CrossCar category were Max Rundberg in round one and Julle Ljungdahl in round three. The latter – competing for the Hansen brothers’ new Yellow Squad – proved unbeatable in Monday’s qualifying races but could only manage fourth place in the final. He then found himself squeezed into a snow bank in Wednesday’s semi-final, but came out fighting on Saturday and – with a dominant display – duly won both the battle and the war.

Rundberg and Johansson ultimately wound up second and third in the outright classification, with others to shine including Isac Egonsson and former FIA World Rallycross Championship star Lukács ‘Csucsu’ Kornél, the Hungarian denied a rostrum result in round one by a last lap mechanical issue but making up for it by speeding to the runner-up spoils in round two.

Quote, Unquote
Sebastian Eriksson (Champion, Supercar Lites):
“It’s been a perfect day for me – to take a clean sweep from the first qualifying race through to the final is fantastic. After winning on Monday, Wednesday didn’t go so well; I lost too much ground in the semi-final, and you really need to start towards the front in the final in these conditions. Other than that, I really can’t complain. I’ve loved every moment of RallyX on Ice – I think every week should be like this! Two titles in as many months – this year really couldn’t have started any better.”

Kevin Eriksson (2nd, Supercar Lites):
“It’s been a great week of racing, despite the fact that it didn’t end the way I wanted it to today, and to go home with second place in the championship is of course a good result. I would have loved to have been able to push Seb all the way to the chequered flag, but on this occasion it wasn’t to be. Huge congratulations to him – he’s driven brilliantly all week – and big thanks to everybody involved for making sure we all had a great time despite the less-than-ideal weather!”

Ben-Philip Gundersen (3rd, Supercar Lites):
“It feels great! I really didn’t expect to finish third in the championship after our slow start to the week. It took me a while to settle into the groove on Monday, but things began to improve on Wednesday and then today, it all just clicked and I was properly ‘in the zone’. They were probably the craziest conditions I’ve ever raced in, and being out in front really helped. I led every race I started today, and the only one I didn’t win was the final – but Sebastian [Eriksson] was just too quick for any of us here. I could feel him pushing me and knew it would be extremely difficult to keep him behind. Still, I’m very happy with second place – and a top three championship finish is the icing on the cake.”

Julle Ljungdahl (Champion, CrossCar):
“What a week! It’s been amazing. I had a few problems over the course of the first two rounds, but today has just been perfect. I was playing catch-up in the championship coming into the day, but you always have to believe it’s possible and it’s not in my nature to give up. I actually struggled a little to find my rhythm during the warm-up, but from the moment the lights went out in Q1, everything just came together. This is the best possible way to start the year – now we need to carry on working hard to keep the momentum going into the summer season.”

Final Championship Standings
Supercar Lites
1. Sebastian Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE 91
2. Kevin Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE 71
3. Ben-Philip Gundersen NOR JC Raceteknik 69
4. Oliver Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE 64
5. Pontus Tidemand SWE JC Raceteknik 53
6. Petter Leirhol NOR Petter Leirhol 49
7. Cole Keatts USA Olsbergs MSE 46
8. Alexander Westlund SWE Alexander Westlund 43
9. Sondre Evjen NOR JC Raceteknik 41 points
10. Martin Jonsson SWE Martin Jonsson 35 points

CrossCar
1. Julle Ljungdahl SWE 84
2. Max Rundberg SWE 74
3. Linda Johansson SWE 71
4. Ole Henry Steinsholt NOR 64
5. Isac Egonsson SWE 52
6. Timmy Enlund SWE 44
7. ‘Csucsu’ HUN 42
8. Micke Göthesson SWE 39
9. Finn Erik Løberg NOR 38
10. Petter Hane SWE 32

For full results, click here https://mwraceconsulting.com/results/index.php?dir=07+results+2019%2F01+Rallycross%2F01+Rallycross+on+Ice%2F

19-03-23 JC Raceteknik tog bronsmedalj i RallyX on Ice – Ben-Philip Gundersen tvåa i Åre
För JC Racetekniks Ben-Philip Gundersen blev det en mästerskapsmedalj i RallyX on Ice. Samtidigt fick teamkollegan Sondre Evjen och gästföraren Pontus Tidemand ett tråkigare avslut på en inledningsvis bra tävlingsvecka.
– Idag gjorde Ben-Philip ett fantastiskt insats, med hög fart och smart körning som gav bra resultat både i tävlingen och mästerskapet, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Under veckan har vintermästerskapet RallyX on Ice körts på Åresjön på tre olika banor. Vädret visade sig inte från sin bästa sida, och Åre bjöd på både blåst och nederbörd, som gjorde att en omgång under både måndagen och lördagen fick strykas. För JC Racetekniks del slutade det med en tredjeplats i mästerskapet, samt två andraplatser i deltävlingarna.

För Ben-Philip Gundersen blev det ingen kanonstart på tävlingsveckan och måndagen avslutade han i en snövall under semifinalen. På onsdagen höjdes tempot och norrmannen knep en fjärdeplats i tävlingen, men det var först under lördagen som allt stämde fullt ut. Han segrade i samtliga omgångar och även i semifinalen. Väl i final resulterade det i en andraplats, och tack vare de bra poängen som plockades kunde han klättra från sjunde till tredje plats i mästerskapet.

Sondre Evjen har under hela veckan haft stora problem med ögonen och ljuskänslighet. Trots det inledde han helgen riktigt starkt, och knep en andraplats under den första deltävlingen. Men under onsdagen blev det kämpigare och trots en heatseger slutade det med en femteplats i semifinalen för norrmannens del. Lördagen gav två femteplatser i omgångarna, och eftersom den tredje omgången ströks missade han finalen.

Rallytalangen Pontus Tidemand imponerade stort under sin Supercar Lites-debut. Redan från första start visade han ett högt tempo, och 28-åringen lyckades bland annat vinna en omgång trots dubbla jokervarv. Dessvärre ödelades måndagens pallchans efter att han fått stora problem med imma på vindrutan, och på onsdagen blev han förste förare utanför final. Under lördagens tävling slutade Tidemand femma i semifinalen, efter att en raceincident gjort att han fastnat i en snövall.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef:
”Det blev verkligen ett bra avslut på mästerskapet för vår och Ben-Philips del. Han hade en tung start på tävlingen, men förbättrade körningen under onsdagen. Idag gjorde han en fantastiskt insats, med hög fart och smart körning som gav bra resultat både i tävlingen och mästerskapet. Sondre gjorde en kanonmåndag. Tyvärr har han slitit väldigt under veckan med sjukdom och synen, så han har gjort ett bra jobb utefter sina förutsättningar den här veckan.

Under veckan har vi haft Pontus Tidemand som gästförare och han visade vilken bra förare han är. Redan på måndagen tog han sig till final, och hade vi inte haft problem med vindrutan hade han tagit en pallplats. Det har varit jättekul att ha med Pontus i teamet. Överlag är jag positiv efter RallyX on Ice-veckan. Det är verkligen rätt koncept att köra rallycross även på vintern och om vi bortser från vädret, som ingen kan göra någonting åt, så är det ett bra arrangemang.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen:
”Det här känns jättebra. Jag hade aldrig någonsin kunnat tro att det skulle räcka till en tredjeplats i mästerskapet, inte efter hur mörkt det såg ut i måndags. Det säger lite om hur veckan varit för alla förare. Inför tävlingen idag låg jag sjua, så att kunna klättra till en tredjeplats visar att man ska fortsätta kämpa in i det sista och aldrig ge upp. Överlag har det varit en lite vansklig vecka för mig. Måndagen var värst och jag hade inget flyt, under onsdag blev körningen lite bättre. Sen fick jag avsluta så här, med bästa resultatet. Så tack till JC Racetekniks duktiga mekaniker som gör att allt fungerar, Jag vill också passa på att tacka alla som stöttar och hejar fram oss, det betyder mycket.”

Pontus Tidemand:
”Min målsättning i RallyX on Ice var att ha roligt, och det har jag haft. Bilen har fungerat perfekt och med tanke på att jag gjort både snabbaste och näst snabbaste tiderna på träningarna så har farten funnits. Under måndag tog jag mig till final, men framrutan immade igen och jag såg ingenting. I onsdags var det lite tuffare tag med några incidenter och idag fastnade jag i en snövall under semifinalen, men så kan det gå i rallycross. Jag är jätteglad över att JC Raceteknik och Helmia gjorde den här körningen möjlig för mig. Joel har ett fantastiskt team, med bra ordning på bil och grejerna. Så jag hoppas verkligen att jag kan få chansen att vara med nästa år, det vore kul.”

Sondre Evjen:
”Veckan började bra för mig. Jag hade högt tempo och tog en andraplats. Men sen gick det inte lika bra. Under den andra dagen räckte det till semifinal, men inte längre. Efter det kändes det som att mästerskapet ödelades för min del, och jag fick motivationsbrist. Så idag var det tyvärr inte heller min dag, jag hade inte det som krävdes på den här banan helt enkelt. Jag brukar vara en stark förare under vintern, så det känns såklart tråkigt att det inte blev ett bättre resultat i mästerskapet. Jag tar med mig en andraplats i första deltävlingen, lär av misstagen jag gjorde och kommer tillbaka starkare nästa vintersäsong.

Men nu lägger vi fokus på sommarsäsongen. Stort tack till hela JC Raceteknik och mina mekaniker Johan och Henrik som gjort ett bra jobb med bilen hela veckan. Också tack till alla sponsorer som gör det här möjligt."

RallyX on Ice (topp tio)
1. Sebastian Eriksson 91 p
2. Kevin Eriksson 71 p
3. Ben-Philip Gundersen 69 p
4. Oliver Eriksson 64 p
5. Pontus Tidemand 53 p
6. Petter Leirhol 49 p
7. Cole Keatts 46 p
8. Alexander Westlund 43 p
9. Sondre Evjen 41 p
10. Martin Johnsson 35 p

19-03-21 VOLVO följer SWECON till Höljes
Swecon Anläggningsmaskiner AB fortsätter samarbetet med Höljes Rallycross och World Rallycross of Sweden som titelsponsor även 2019. Swecon gick in som sponsor redan 2017 och väljer nu att förnya avtalet med Höljes Rallycross som huvudsponsor.
Nu har dessutom Volvo visat intresse för Höljes och ansluter som sponsorpartner till Rallycrossen i Norra Värmland.

"Swecon med alla sina maskiner är en mycket viktig pusselbit för oss i Höljes. Vi har ständigt markarbeten att göra på området och även Rallycrossbanan behöver underhållas. Att nu också få Volvo med oss också är såklart jättekul, två viktiga partners säger tävlingsgeneralen Morgan Östlund.

"Swecon ser samarbetet med World RX of Sweden i Höljes som ett mycket bra sätt att nå ut till vår målgrupp. Som återförsäljare för Volvo anläggningsmaskiner finns det dessutom en naturlig koppling till rallycrossen genom det behov som finns av våra maskiner för drift och byggnation under ett motorevent. Det är tredje året vi är på plats som partner i Höljes och vi ser återigen fram mot att träffa besökare, kunder och anställda i en miljö som vi alla trivs i", -säger Fredrik Rigö chef för Swecons marknadskommunikation.

"Volvo Lastvagnar är mycket glada för vårt samarbete kring Magic Weekend och Höljes Rallycross. Det är en fantastisk folkfest som utgör en mycket bra plattform för att träffa våra kunder och motorentusiaster, säger Christina Eriksson, ansvarig för marknadskommunikation på Volvo Lastvagnar Sverige.

VM deltävlingen i Höljes behåller namnet, "Swecon World Rallycross of Sweden". Tävlingen i Höljes genomförs den 5-7 juli och är den sjätte deltävlingen i Rallycross VM som inleds i Abu Dabi 5-6 april
19-03-17 Final day action to be live-streamed on Motorsport.com and SBF Play
Fans able to follow RallyX on Ice finale live on Motorsport.tv and SBF Play
•‘Impossible to call a winner at this stage’, says commentator Toby Moody
•Andreas Bakkerud, Timmy Hansen and Kevin Eriksson amongst star names

The final day of this week’s RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival (18-23 March) will be broadcast live and free-to-view on Motorsport.com’s online channel Motorsport.tv and SBF Play in Sweden – with both feeds to be voiced by popular commentator Toby Moody.

Building upon the success of last year’s coverage, RallyX on Ice – the ultimate winter motorsport challenge, pitting some of the world’s very best rallycross drivers against one another on Sweden’s frozen Lake Åre – will once again enjoy high-profile exposure on two major sporting platforms.

All of Saturday’s action – which will decide the destiny of the titles in the headlining Supercar Lites and supporting CrossCar categories – will be livestreamed on both Motorsport.tv and SBF Play, complemented by highlights from Monday and Wednesday’s racing.

The Supercar Lites entry is led by reigning RallyX on Ice and RX2 International Series Champion Oliver Eriksson, but the young Swede is likely to face stiff competition from a number of fronts – not least his older brother Kevin Eriksson, a race-winner in the fiercely-contested FIA World Rallycross Championship and the 2016 RallyX on Ice Champion.

Another World RX superstar entering the fray is Andreas Bakkerud, who is sure to enjoy plenty of support, with Åre situated just over the border from his native Norway. The new Monster Energy RX Cartel recruit will take to the track on the final day, in a Team Färén-run car that will be driven on Monday by fellow World RX full-timer Oliver Bennett, who contested RallyX on Ice in the supporting RX Academy last year.

Sebastian Eriksson – winner of last month’s SM Veckan Swedish Winter Championship – and RX2 front-runners Ben-Philip Gundersen and Sondre Evjen are other leading candidates for glory with impressive career CVs. Former Junior WRC Champion and WRC2 title-winner Pontus Tidemand, meanwhile, has a similarly strong record in rallycross, with three final appearances from seven starts in World RX and third place in the 2014 Euro RX standings.

Alexander Westlund fought for the RallyX on Ice title at Åre three years ago and came close to winning the final round in 2018, while American teenager Cole Keatts, highly-rated young gun Ole Henry Steinsholt and Norway’s Petter Leirhol are all capable of springing a surprise.

In CrossCar, 2014 World Rallycross Championship runner-up Timmy Hansen and fan favourite Lukács ‘Csucsu’ Kornél will be amongst the key contenders, and Moody – widely renowned as one of the world’s finest motorsport commentators – predicts a feast of sensational sideways entertainment across both classes.

“I’m really looking forward to heading back out to Sweden for RallyX on Ice,” he enthused. “As a concept – with some of the sport’s most spectacular cars in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable – it works brilliantly, and it never fails to deliver sensational racing.

“This year, we have a fantastic base in Åre, three new purpose-built tracks on a frozen lake – making it a level playing field for all involved – and some great names on the high-quality entry list. It really is a bit of a ‘who’s who’ of the rallycross world, with front-runners from virtually every major championship you can think of. Calling a winner at this stage is pretty much impossible – I can’t wait to see how all the action unfolds.”

The 2019 RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival will comprise three events held over six days. Each round will feature a different track layout – including a high-speed oval – with fans encouraged to enjoy the high-quality racing amongst the excellent local facilities on offer.

Key Timings
Monday, 18 March
13:45 – 15:40 Qualifying Rounds 1, 2 & 3
16:00 – 17:30 Semi-Finals & Final

Wednesday, 20 March
11:00 – 12:30 Qualifying Rounds 1 & 2
14:00 – 16:00 Qualifying Round 3, Semi-Finals & Final

Saturday, 23 March
10:25 – 12:30 Qualifying Rounds 1, 2 & 3
13:30 – 15:00 Semi-Finals & Final

Entry Lists
Supercar Lites
Car No. Driver Nationality Race day(s)
2 Ben-Philip GUNDERSEN NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
6 Martin ENLUND SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
7 Pontus TIDEMAND SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
10 Martin JONSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
13 Andreas BAKKERUD NOR Sat
16 Oliver ERIKSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
27 Petter LEIRHOL NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
33 Lars Erik HAUG NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
42 Oliver BENNETT GBR Mon
50 Fredrik Damm LARSEN NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
53 Cole KEATTS USA Mon, Weds, Sat
55 Alexander WESTLUND SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
69 Sondre EVJEN NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
88 Ole Henry STEINSHOLT NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
93 Sebastian ERIKSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
96 Kevin ERIKSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat

CrossCar
Car No. Driver Nationality Race day(s)
10 ‘CSUCSU’ HUN Mon, Weds, Sat
20 Julie LJUNGDAHL SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
21 Timmy HANSEN SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
22 Isac EGONSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
51 Linda JOHANSSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
66 Max RUNDBERG SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
85 Petter HANE SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
88 Ole Henry STEINSHOLT NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
135 Finn Erik LØBERG NOR Mon, Weds, Sat
175 Timmy ENLUND SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
934 Micke GÖTHESSON SWE Mon, Weds, Sat
19-03-15 Guess who’s Bakk...
World Championship superstar joins Supercar Lites entry for RallyX on Ice
Norwegian hero to do battle on Lake Åre for Team Färén
27-year-old hoping his legion of fans will come along to support
Fellow World RX ace Oliver Bennett similarly set to take to the wheel

Rallycross superstar Andreas Bakkerud will compete in the final round of next week’s RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival on Sweden’s frozen Lake Åre (18-23 March), and the FIA World Rallycross Championship hero is encouraging his loyal band of fans to come and watch.

Bakkerud has earned cult status in rallycross circles, with a legion of supporters – the #BakkerudBlue army – routinely following him around the world. The 27-year-old regularly rewards them with spectacular performances and first-rate results – yielding six race wins and 24 podium finishes in World RX over the past five years – and he will contest the 2019 campaign with the newly-formed Monster Energy RX Cartel team.

Before that, however, Bakkerud is set to return to the ice next Saturday (23 March) with crack Swedish outfit Team Färén. The Norwegian has form on frozen surfaces, having previously participated in RallyX on Ice in 2015 and more recently teamed up with circuit racing ace Nicolas Prost in France’s Andros Trophy.

“First and foremost, I love racing!” he enthused. “There hasn’t been much driving for me since the final round of the 2018 World Championship in Cape Town last November, so I see this as a chance to get some good practice in ahead of the upcoming season!

“Also, Lake Åre is very close to the Norwegian boarder with Trondheim, Stjørdal and the Norwegian RX track in Hell – so hopefully I’ll get to meet up with some Norwegian fans at the same time.

“Racing on ice isn’t that different to normal rallycross – you have to perfect your reaction times, sliding and rotations, all of which are crucial in a long RX season. Finally, it will be fun to race against the new generation of young talents, so I’m sure I will have a hard time if I want to end up on top – but I will do my very best and of course, I will enjoy it.”

Before Bakkerud’s arrival, the Team Färén entry will be piloted by fellow World RX full-timer Oliver Bennett in Monday’s curtain-raiser, with Wednesday’s driver still to be announced. Bennett competed in the Östersund and Höljes rounds of RallyX on Ice in the RX Academy class last year, reaching the final on both occasions, and the 26-year-old Briton is now eager to test his mettle in the headlining Supercar Lites category.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” XITE Racing ace Bennett enthused. “I’ve never driven the Supercar Lites car before, so that will be a good experience and it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like on the ice with four wheel-drive.

“It looks pretty comparable to a Supercar in those conditions from what I’ve seen, and it will be great to get some seat time before World RX kicks off next month. The atmosphere in Åre looks set to be brilliant, so hopefully we can go out there and have some fun – and I’ll try not to break anything before Andreas gets in the car…”

The 2019 RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival will comprise three events held over six days. Each round will feature a different track layout – including a high-speed oval – with fans encouraged to enjoy the high-quality racing amongst the excellent local facilities on offer.
19-03-08 Chicherit: RX2 'a great stepping-stone' to the highest level
GCK founder full of praise for official World RX feeder series
Raymond and De Ridder first RX2 graduates to step up to highest level
Frenchman and Belgian will join forces at GCK Academy in 2019

GC Kompetition founder Guerlain Chicherit has hailed the role played by the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in training drivers for the highest level, after recruiting Cyril Raymond and Guillaume De Ridder to drive for the new GCK Academy in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

It was announced earlier this week that 2017 RX2 champion Raymond and 2018 championship runner-up De Ridder would graduate to the pinnacle of the sport behind the wheel of a brace of Renault Clio R.S. RX Supercars, prepared by French engineering specialist FORS Performance.

Having witnessed the growth of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Chicherit has created the GCK Academy team as part of the GCK family with the aim of providing an opportunity for junior drivers to develop at Supercar level.

The French athlete – four times a world champion in freeriding and a multiple stage-winner on the Dakar Rally prior to making the switch to rallycross – has personal experience of the RX2 car from competitive outings in Canada and South Africa in 2017. He explains that he has always maintained a keen interest in the official World RX feeder series.

“I’ve been following Cyril and Guillaume closely over the last couple of years,” Chicherit acknowledged. “I met Guillaume when I raced in RX2, which was an incredible eye-opener for me and a great stepping-stone on the road to World Rallycross, and I’m really impressed with his continued improvement and development.

“Cyril’s path has been just as impressive. He absolutely dominated a strong RX2 field in 2017 and showed everyone that he was ready for the jump into Supercars then, so I’m really excited to see him take the GCK Clio R.S. RX to the start-line this season.

“2019 is a really big year for GCK. To enter the World Championship with four cars is a big step, and it allows me to support two super-talented junior drivers to develop on the biggest stage. I can’t wait to see what the season will bring!”

From a rallying background, De Ridder immediately stood out in RX2 when he made his debut two years ago. After finishing third and top rookie in the 2017 standings, the 26-year-old Belgian went on to challenge eventual champion Oliver Eriksson all the way in 2018, ultimately winding up second in the Drivers’ classification. From 14 career starts, he achieved two victories and seven podium finishes.

“This is like a dream!” enthused De Ridder, who has been closely monitored by Chicherit since the pair raced against each other in 2017. “It’s been my goal for the past 16 years to compete at the highest level in motorsport, so to now be offered such a fantastic opportunity to graduate to the pinnacle of international rallycross is simply incredible. Being selected as one of the two junior drivers representing the team is an awesome recognition.

“I want to thank Guerlain and the entire GCK crew from the bottom of my heart. What they are doing to help promote young drivers in the discipline is unique and serves as an excellent example. Yes, investing in youth can sometimes be a risk, but I strongly believe it is the right strategy for the sport long-term.

“There’s no question that I would not be where I am today if it hadn’t been for RX2, which has played such a major role in my journey to World RX. The series organisers have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the championship and all of the drivers in it, and my two years there gave me a thorough schooling in the discipline of rallycross. As a single-make series, it offers the perfect opportunity to learn and hone your ability on a completely level playing field.

“RX2 has rapidly established itself as the natural proving ground for the World Championship and in my opinion, is a vital step on the ladder up to the highest level. The visibility that the series enjoys both within and beyond the rallycross sphere is a major asset when it comes to showcasing your skills to the World RX teams – not to mention potential sponsors. In other words, it’s a fantastic launch pad for anybody targeting a career in World RX.”

Following his dominant title-winning campaign in RX2 in 2017, Raymond continued to turn heads last year. Contesting four rounds of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, he topped the intermediate rankings on his debut at Mettet, popularly won on home soil at Lohéac and went on to finish third in the overall points table.

“Honestly, it’s a dream come true for me to be able to participate in a full FIA World Rallycross Championship season,” the 25-year-old Frenchman enthused. “I owe special thanks to Guerlain for his visionary approach and initiative in creating this ‘Junior’ team. This is a really important moment in my career, and one I’ll never forget.

“For me, RX2 is the best school in international rallycross, and the Supercar Lites machinery is ideal for preparing drivers for Supercar graduation. It’s a lot of fun to drive – a bit like a four-wheel-drive version of a go-kart – and very easy to get to grips with and fine-tune. In a single-make series in which everybody has the same car at their disposal, the driver and set-up really make the difference.

“The calibre of the competition is extremely high, and I loved the two-and-a-half seasons I spent in the category. As an official support series to World RX, RX2 puts drivers right in the shop window and is an ideal opportunity to learn the discipline’s major tracks. For me, there’s no question that it’s the best series around for young drivers looking to step up to Supercar level.”

19-03-06 Quality 2019 Entry list underlines strength of World RX
The list of permanent competitors for the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy released today, suggests intense competition across the 10 rounds for series honours.

The quality, depth and multicultural mix of the competitors underlines the strength of World RX now in its fifth year.

A total of 16 permanent drivers in six teams and four individual entries representing eight automotive brands will battle for World RX bragging rights. Drivers from 11 countries bring a multi-national flavour to the series.

The list features some familiar names among teams and drivers and offers the chance for a number of young guns to make their mark in a championship that will be the most closely fought for some time.

Likely to have strong claims on the title, is the eye-catching pairing of flamboyant Briton Liam Doran and World RX front-runner Andreas Bakkerud of Norway who join forces in Audi S1s for the newly-formed Monster Energy RX Cartel team.

The Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin, sons of Kenneth, the most successful rallycross driver to date with 14 FIA European Rallycross titles, will campaign a pair of Peugeot 208s under the Team Hansen MJP banner.

In 2018, Timmy, 26, finished a solid sixth in the 2018 world championship, while Kevin, six years younger than his Swedish brother, was highly impressive en route to eighth place last year.

Marcus Gronholm’s GRX Taneco team will field a pair of Hyundai i20s for the highly-experienced Russian Timur Timerzyanov who is joined on the regular team roster by Niclas Gronholm, son of two-time World Rally Champion Marcus.

At 22, Niclas, a former Finnish Rallycross Champion, will seek to build on his impressive 2018 season in which he made the final four times and was clearly best of the non-factory drivers.

Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss will combine development driver duties for GRX Taneco with appearances at selected rounds – the first of which is likely to be the World RX of Abu Dhabi next month.

Building on their successful debut season in 2018, the French outfit GC Kompetition will field four permanent drivers in 2019.

Team owner Guerlain Chicherit, a professional skier and the first man in history to complete an unassisted backflip in a car, is joined by former European Rallycross Champion Anton Marklund of Sweden in Renault Meganes.

As part of an initiative to create a pathway for promising junior rallycross talent, in the sister GCK Academy team - RX2 graduates Cyril Raymond of France and Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder - will be at the wheel of Renault Clios.

As first revealed in January, Latvia’s Janis Baumanis will represent Austrian team STARD in a Ford Fiesta, supported by Ford Performance. He will be joined in a second STARD car with a driver yet to be named.

The four individual entries will compete for the drivers’ title but do not claim team points.

Britain’s Oliver Bennett, who competed in selected World RX and ARX events in 2018, will pilot the Xite Racing Mini Cooper in his first full world championship season.

Former DTM champion Timo Scheider, who made a series of World RX outings in 2018 for ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport, carries the German team’s hopes for the entire season in an all-new Seat Ibiza. He will be joined by team owner Rene Munnich at selected events.

Krisztian Szabo competes for Mattias Ekstrom’s EKS Sport team, winners of both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2016. The Hungarian will run an Audi S1.

Flying the flag for younger generation, 19-year-old Lithuanian Rokas Bacisuka, the current FIA European Rallycross Champion in Super 1600, campaigns the Skoda Fabia for ESmotorsport – Labas Gas.

According to Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of IMG Motorsports, the series promoter, the strength of the entry list is testament to the healthy state of the championship.

“What we have put together is a high quality entry list which features names synonymous with world rallycross, and a number of young guns aiming for the world championship crown. This underlines the robust nature of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“The entry list illustrates the lure of World RX for both teams and drivers. We have all the ingredients for a fierce battle among privateer teams seeking the kudos of a world championship in one of motorsports’ most demanding environments.

“To have 11 nationalities of drivers and eight automotive brands going head-to-head adds further spice and intrigue.”

The 2019 season will also see increased connectivity with fans. “We will continue to innovate in 2019 by extending our live streaming offer as we seek to broaden our fan appeal,” Bellamy added.

“Last season we attracted over 400,000 views per race weekend on live streaming and our social media presence continues to grow. The nature of World RX, short, all-action races, the longest of which is just over five minutes, is very enticing for younger fans in this time-poor world we live in.”

The FIA World Rallycross Championship, launched in 2014, continues its expansion in 2019 with visits to Abu Dhabi for the season opener at Yas Marina Circuit on April 5-6 and the tantalising prospect of World Rallycross Supercars taking on the famed Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps.

The festival nature of a World RX weekend will be brought to life at a number of venues none more so than the SpeedMachine weekend at Silverstone on May 25-26.
19-03-06 Hansen family beats the clock to return to World RX as Team HANSEN MJP
Swedish superteam cements emotional return to World RX grid
Dynamic driver line-up behind the wheel of potent Peugeot 208 WRX
Team’s toughest winter makes way for exciting new chapter

Hansen Motorsport is happy and proud to finally present the new Team HANSEN MJP which will participate in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, following what Team Principal Kenneth Hansen has described as ‘the most challenging period ever’ in the Scandinavian squad’s history.

Team HANSEN MJP will field a brace of potent Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars for the Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin. The joy and excitement on their faces cannot be mistaken, as they now will contest full programmes in both World RX and GRC Europe.

This confirmation comes just over four months on from arguably Hansen Motorsport’s darkest day, when the team’s future appeared very uncertain following Peugeot Sport’s World RX withdrawal. For an organisation that many people might consider synonymous with rallycross success – with a record 14 FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to his credit, founder Kenneth Hansen is one of the most crowned drivers in the history of the discipline – these have been bleak times indeed. But finally, the team has emerged on the other side.

When Hansen Motorsport sealed a deal to enter the new GRC Europe series in December, it gave the energy boost needed to continue the daily strive to similarly secure a place in World RX. An ever-present force in the World Championship since its inception in 2014, Hansen Motorsport has clinched multiple wins and the 2015 Teams’ crown over the past five seasons. Now, the next chapter is set to begin.

Widely regarded as a champion in waiting, Timmy Hansen has concluded every season inside the top six in the World RX standings, racing to five victories and 24 podium finishes as well as the 2015 World Championship runner-up laurels. As he looks ahead to the forthcoming campaign, the 26-year-old is fired-up to fight for the biggest prize in international rallycross.

Despite his age, younger brother Kevin Hansen already has a long career in rallycross under his belt, going all the way back to 2013 and yielding titles in the RX Lites Cup and FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars – the latter earning him the most coveted award of all for newcomers, the FIA Rookie of the Year Award in 2016. Since then, the 20-year-old has consistently impressed on the World Championship stage as he cements his status as one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars.

The 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship will fire into life at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on 4/5 April, going on to visit Canada and some of the most iconic rallycross venues in Europe before concluding in South Africa on 9/10 November.

Quotes
Kenneth Hansen – Team Principal
“The months following Peugeot Sport’s decision to close their RX activity – which saw the Hansen family stranded without a team and programme – have been some of our toughest ever. Since then, with a commitment deeply rooted in our love for rallycross, Hansen Motorsport has used almost every single waking hour to find ways and possibilities to get a team and budget together to be able to return to World RX.”

“It was a real last-minute agreement, but we are here and ready to race with a small yet efficient team. To be able to contest not just one but two major international rallycross series this year is a dream come true. You really can’t wipe the smiles off our faces at the moment!”

“Rallycross has been a big part of our lives for as long as I can remember. After a turbulent winter for the sport, it would be wonderful for me to see both World RX and GRC Europe bloom side-by-side, bringing the best RX races the fans have seen in a long time.”

Timmy Hansen – Driver
“It feels like it’s been a long winter since our last rallycross race in South Africa in November, so it’s brilliant to confirm that we’ll be back in the World Championship. For a long time, we genuinely weren’t sure if we were going to make it or not so it’s a huge relief to know we will be there and I couldn’t be more excited right now.

“Looking at the drivers and teams confirmed so far, it’s shaping up to be a competitive season with a very level playing field. The addition of a couple of new tracks only adds to the unpredictability, but I have a fantastic team of people around me, the 208 WRX is a great car that I feel very comfortable in. We have an incredibly busy year ahead, but I can’t wait to get out to Abu Dhabi and see how we shape up!

“To everybody that has believed in Hansen Motorsport, believed in rallycross as an amazing sport and believed that together, we have more to give, we cannot thank you all enough. Now we have new goals to focus on, new challenges, new races and – hopefully – new victories to conquer.”

Kevin Hansen – Driver
“It feels amazing to return to World RX as a proper family team! We have worked so hard to make this happen, and to finally be able to say I’m a driver for Team HANSEN MJP is crazy. Wow – what a journey we’ve been on!

“After two full seasons in World RX, I really feel that I’ve found my feet in the series and that I’m capable of taking on the very best drivers in the discipline. The next step is to begin pushing for podium finishes. That’s clearly going to be no easy task with so many quick drivers, teams and cars signed up, but it’s what I need to be aiming for and if I can achieve podiums, why not target a first win..?”

Susann Hansen – Team Manager
“We were mentally and emotionally at rock-bottom for a while, but now, finally, we are back! It’s a big relief. During the hard times, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from our partners, suppliers and fans, and despite what initially looked like an almost impossible task, step-by-step, we chipped away and now here we are.

“We have some amazing partners who have made this announcement possible, and we look forward to rewarding them throughout the year with strong on-track performances and a committed title challenge.”

Max J. Pucher – Owner, MJP Racing
“It was a great moment when Kenneth and I decided to do more together in 2019, as we have an almost similar vision for the future of rallycross. Kenneth worked really hard on this, and I am very glad that Team HANSEN MJP is now a part of World RX. I look forward to more rallycross than ever in 2019.”
19-03-06 Esmotorsport-Labas gas confirm young gun Baciuska
The Lithuanian team ESmotorsport-Labas GAS today announced 19-year-old Rokas Baciuska as their driver for the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, presented by Monster Energy.

Baciuska, the current European Rallycross Champion in Super1600 class, will campaign a Skoda Fabia in the 10 rounds of the new season starting in Abu Dhabi on April 5-6.

ESmotorsport-Labas GAS may be new to World RX but according to team founder and former rallycross driver, Ernestas Staponkus the team has covered over 1,000km of kilometres in testing in 2018 and has prepared well for the challenges ahead.

Staponkus also has confidence that Baciuska can meet the demands of a rookie season in World RX. He said: “We developed our car with the help of many different drivers from different categories, not only rallycross. But at the end we decided to start with young talent from our country.

“Last year, Rokas Baciuska won European Rallycross Championship in the Super1600 class. We are sure that he will be able to fight with the fastest drivers in the world this season.”

Baciuska is looking forward the upcoming season. “From the very first full season in Super1600 class I won the European rallycross championship straight away. Of course, I don’t expect to do the same this season in World RX, but we will fight for the highest places. Not from the very first race maybe but during the season we believe we can go to fight for the podium.”

Staponkus also confirmed that ESmotorsport-Labas GAS team is working on a second car and that Kevin Abbring would fill the seat. He said: “The second car is on the way. We want to introduce it in World RX during the season and to be able to fight for the team championship from the next season.

“To my mind Kevin Abbring is one of the fastest drivers in World Rallycross. He can win World Championship and we are happy that he will try to do it with us.”

19-03-05 GCK launches foir-car assault on 2019 World RX Series
GC KOMPETITION (GCK), founded by French athlete Guerlain Chiche­rit, will compete in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship with two permanent teams.

GCK entered their debut season in 2018 before expanding the team to three cars at the US and German events. GCK will now grow the operation to include four permanent drivers in 2019.

Chicherit will be partnered in the GCK Megane R.S. RX by European Rallycross Champion Anton Marklund of Sweden.

Joining the GCK squad for 2019 as part of the all new GCK Academy team are RX2 Champion Cyril Raymond and RX2 Vice-Champion Guillaume de Ridder who will campaign a 2019 evolution of the successful GCK Renault Clio R.S. RX.

GCK has appointed French engineering company FORS Performance to facilitate all World RX race operations from 2019 for both teams.

Chicherit said he has created the "GCK Academy" team with a vision to provide an opportunity for junior drivers to compete on the world championship stage. Having witnessed the growth of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and with the aim of helping junior drivers develop in World Championship cars, Chicherit has launched the GCK Academy as part of the GCK family.

Chicherit said: “2019 is a really big year for GCK. We debuted the team in the FIA World Rallycross Cham­pionship in 2018 and have been working really hard to further develop the GCK Megane R.S. RX, the first car to have been designed and built from scratch to compete in rallycross.

“To now enter the Championship with four cars is a big step. It allows me to compete in the GCK Megane R.S. RX alongside Anton who I’ve been working with clo­sely over the last few months but also to support two super talented junior drivers in Cyril and Guillaume to develop in a World Championship driving the GCK Clio R.S. RX. I’m really excited to see what the season will bring.”

Returning to the GCK Megane RS RX for 2019 Anton Marklund said: “I’ve been in contact with GCK since July 2018 meaning that we have had a lot of time to work together towards the upcoming season.

“I raced the GCK Megane in the last three races of the 2018 season and worked with Guerlain to further put together a development list for the car. Then FORS Performance offered me to help them develop the GCK Clio during the winter which means I got to spend a lot of time and work closely with the team operating the cars this year.

“With all those opportunities ahead of this season, I already feel very much at home in the team. I’m sure that with the development and preparations we all have done during the winter, we have a good chance to race for top spots in the 2019 season. I want to thank Guerlain and Bilstein for their trust and support and can’t wait to get the season started.”

Following a successful 2018 rookie season in the FIA European Rallycross Championship, Frenchman Raymond is ai­ming to consistently compete for top six positions and work closely with his new team-mate to bring success to the GCK Academy programme.

“My vision for 2019 is to improve my driving in Supercars and to be a good teammate,” he said. “I would like to show my potential behind the wheel but also in the paddock at work. My target is to be in the final of the every race. Joining GCK Academy is a really important moment of my career. I have finally become a race driver of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. It’s a dream come true. I’ll never forget this moment.”

Completing the GCK Academy roster, Belgium’s Guillaume de Ridder was identified by Guerlain Chicherit as a fu­ture World Rallycross star from when they both raced in RX2 during 2017. Throughout 2018 competitions the GCK owner monitored De Ridder closely with the intention of presenting a Supercar opportunity to the Belgian.

Excited by the opportunity, de Ridder said: “Joining the GCK Academy is an incredible opportunity for me. Being selected as one of the two junior drivers representing the team is an awesome recognition. It has been many years now that I have been working so hard and have given everything I had (sometimes even more than that!) in order to reach the highest level in motorsport, so it is finally a dream come true.

“I would like to thank Guerlain Chicherit and all the GCK team for the opportunity they are giving me and I will work even harder to show them they have made the right choice. I am extremely excited and I can’t wait to start working with such a professional and ambitious team.”

19-03-03 Eks Sport signs Krisztian Axabo for full World RX Season
EKS Sport have today announced that Hungarian Krisztian Szabo will compete as a permanent driver in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

Former World Champions EKS Sport finished second in the 2018 Teams’ World Championship standings and will continue with their signature Audi S1 EKS RX Quattro.

After making his European debut at the end of the 2014 season in Italy, Szabo finished a strong third in the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 before sealing the European title twice consecutively in 2016 and 2017.

The Hungarian made an impressive debut for EKS Sport at the Euro RX of France in the Supercar category, racing to second place and subsequently reaching the Final on his second outing with the team in Latvia.

Szabo views 2019 as a “now or never” opportunity. He said: “Since the beginning of my career, I have been dreaming about racing in the World Championship. Mattias Ekstrom announced last year that he will stop racing in 2019, which means he has more time to focus on managing the EKS Sport team.

“It is going to be different in 2019 with a much more balanced championship. Everyone has a bigger chance, including me. I have one of the best teams and cars behind me. I have the right background – a world championship-winning team, the professional support of Mattias and I feel well-prepared.

“I know most of the tracks but Abu Dhabi and Spa are unknown for me too. I can’t wait to take on the legendary Eau Rouge. I am also excited to travel to Canada and South Africa, because I have not raced outside of Europe in the past couple of years. It is a now or never for me in 2019 and I start my first World Championship season with title hopes.”

Mattias Ekstrom added: “I wanted to work together with Krisz this season because his results were quite promising last year and I predict a bright future for him. The World RX field has changed for 2019 and I think Krisz has a big chance to be one of the best and win many races.

“This is why I suggested that he races in the World Championship instead of the European Championship. I will help him as the team leader, I still have vivid memories from last year and I believe it will be useful for the team. I think that Krisztian will surprise many people because they still don’t know what he can do.”
19-03-02 Åre you ready for action? Fun on and off-track at RallyX on Ice
Pristine SkiStar slopes provide picture-perfect backdrop to RallyX on Ice
Snowmobile rides and zipline thrill add to the adrenaline at Camp Åre
Arctic Driving courses offer opportunity to showcase skills behind the wheel

With less than 20 days to go until the 2019 edition of RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires – the ultimate winter motorsport spectacle – roars into life at Åre in Sweden (18-23 March), excitement is building for a week of unrivalled entertainment both on and off-track.

In addition to three days of flat-out racing – which will see some of the sport’s quickest drivers go doorhandle-to-doorhandle across a frozen lake in identical 310bhp Supercar Lites machinery – Scandinavia’s premier winter sports venue has a wide variety of activities to keep fans, guests and competitors at full-throttle whether at the circuit or on the piste.

The resort of Åre is owned and operated by SkiStar – the number one Scandinavian ski operator – whose extensive network of unspoilt, pristine slopes offers the very best in Alpine skiing and snowboarding, complemented by a welcoming village atmosphere, family-friendly restaurants, shopping and après-ski. Named Sweden’s best ski resort for the past six years by the World Ski Awards, Åre successfully staged the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships last month.

Camp Åre adds to the adrenaline rush with a range of customised experiences and adventures in the unique Åre valley, including snowmobile safaris and a high-flying zipline for aerial thrills.

For more fun on four wheels, meanwhile, Arctic Driving offers dynamic ice-driving opportunities with the rear wheel-drive Toyota GT86 sportscar, with expert tuition in the areas of braking, steering and – unquestionably the best part – drifting. Concluding with a timed run against the clock, the activity invariably brings out the competitive side in all participants.

From husky dog sledding to ice-carving sculptures and a rare chance to glimpse the dazzling Northern Lights, RallyX on Ice visitors will truly be spoilt for choice, and with regular flights into nearby airports, Åre’s status as a true destination resort is simple to understand.

RallyX on Ice Chief Operating Officer, Ian Davies, said: “Motorsport and winter sports have a lot in common, and will complement each other perfectly at our RallyX on Ice festival in Sweden later this month. Both are exhilarating, fast-paced and adrenaline-fuelled, and after spending a day either on-track or seeing the drivers demonstrate their skills, there is an impressive array of activities to extend the high-octane theme on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s non-race days. It promises to be a fun-filled week from start to finish!”

19-02-25 Norway’s Finnskogbanen completes 2019 RallyX Nordic schedule
Finnskogbanen in Norway to make its debut on the RallyX Nordic schedule
Final piece of the 2019 calendar jigsaw confirms 7 rounds, 6 events and 5 nations
Season begins with Holjes double-header and includes inaugural round in Latvia

The 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires calendar has been finalised with confirmation it will for the first time visit Finnskogbanen for the series’ annual Norwegian round.

Founded in 1990 and located 160km north of Oslo, while Finnskogbanen is a well-established Norwegian rallycross venue this is the first time it will feature on the RallyX Nordic schedule. At 833m, the Finnskogbanen track is compact, fast and renowned for its technical challenge.

Taking place on July 27-28 as part of a back-to-back with Riga, Finnskogbanen’s confirmation officially finalises the 2019 schedule, which for the first time will comprise seven rounds across six venues and five countries.

The season kicks off on May 17-19 with the series’ first-ever double-header event at iconic Holjes, before travelling to Nysum in Denmark for round two, followed by Riga, Finnskogbanen and Kouvola in Finland. The teams will then return to Sweden in September for the Tierp Arena final round showdown.

Ian Davies, RallyX Nordic Chief Operating Officer, commented: “With the confirmation of Finnskogbanen, we have completed a fantastic schedule for 2019, one that serves to emphasise the growth and significance of RallyX Nordic. With two brilliant new venues in Finnskogbanen and Bikernieki, a double-header opener in Holjes and a grandstand finale lined up in Tierp, plus what will no doubt be well-attended rounds in Nysum and Kouvola, we could not have asked for more. Coupled to an itinerary bursting with action from 5 different race classes and a number of high profile teams and drivers committing to RallyX Nordic already, we can’t wait to kick off the new season in May."

Ahead of the RallyX Nordic season, RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires slides into action in March as part of an exciting, new-look festival format with three rounds run over six days at the Åre ski resort in Sweden.

Held across 18 – 23 March, close to the Holiday Club SPA Hotel where a raft of off-track activities will accompany the spectacular racing action, the festival will use a different layout with each round to keep the racing challenging before this year's rallycross snow star is crowned.

2019 RallyX Nordic calendar:
May 17 - 19 Round 1 / 2 Holjes, Sweden
June 1 - 2 Round 3 Nysum, Denmark
July 20 - 21 Round 4 Riga, Latvia
July 27 - 28 Round 5 Finnskogbanen, Norway
August 24 – 25 Round 6 Kouvola, Finland
September 21 - 22 Round 7 TIerp Arena, Swede
19-02-07 RallyX Nordic commits to future with new CrossCar class and refreshed points structure
RallyX Nordic adds CrossCar to official programme alongside Supercars, Supercar Lites, SuperTouring and RX Academy classes
All-new FIA XC Cross Car to form basis of championship alongside Xtreme CrossKart
Inclusive new Nations’ Cup and Teams’ Trophy added to prize count for 2019
Expanded race programme creates unified RallyX Nordic career path and points structure

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires has affirmed its commitment to promoting rallycross talent across all disciplines this season with the introduction of the new RallyX Nordic CrossCar category, plus the formation of two inclusive new championships.

A firm favourite amongst fans, Crosskarts featured in a selection of rounds in 2018 but will for 2019 be officially brought into the RallyX Nordic fold and compete as part of the support package for all seven rounds

Moreover, by placing CrossCar directly alongside RX Academy, Super Touring, Supercar Lites and Supercars, it further emphasises RallyX Nordic’s pledge to establish a formal career path for aspiring rallycross talent, as well as encouraging teams to invest in their future.

Many of rallycross' leading competitors have progressed through the ranks via Crosskarts and RX Academy, with RallyX Nordic’s promise to promote tomorrow’s talent demonstrated by various initiatives, including a fully paid season in Supercar Lites for the RX Academy champion.

The RallyX Nordic CrossCar class will make use of the brand-new FIA-sanctioned XC Cross Car, though Extreme CrossKart machines are also eligible to compete.

The category is regarded as one of the most cost-effective entries into rallycross and has paved the way for several high-profile drivers starting out in the sport, including 2018 RallyX Nordic champion Oliver Solberg, with organisers committed to ensuring entry fees remain competitive.

Introduction of Nations’ Cup and Teams’ Trophy
To emphasise RallyX Nordic’s more inclusive approach between its racing categories, two new championships will be formed this season alongside the more traditional drivers’ and teams’ competitions.

Nations’ Cup
After attracting a number of drivers from outside the Nordic region to compete in RallyX Nordic last season, the series’ growing international appeal has formed the basis of the new Nations’ Cup and is available to Supercar and Supercar Lites categories.

Format: The scores of the leading two drivers representing each competing nation count towards a total at the end of the event. The nation which garners the strongest results over the course of season will come out on top.

This points structure covers Supercars and Supercar Lites classes, meaning if the highest placed Swedish driver at the end of event competes in Supercars with the second highest-placed in Supercar Lites, those drivers will count towards the score. Nationality is determined on the country of licence region.

Teams’ Trophy
The Teams’ Trophy encourages cross-team success by allowing two drivers to score as a unit, but not necessarily from the same class or team. The format encourages experienced drivers to motivate and inspire younger drivers for a collective reward.

Format: Two drivers form their own ‘team’ with their combined points totals going towards a championship table with points awarded to be equal to total points received at the end of the event. The pairing with the highest combined total at the end of the year are crowned champions. In the event of a tie-break the team with the most overall wins, then second places and so forth will decide the title.

Ian Davies, RallyX Nordic Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We feel it is crucial to invest in the future of rallycross as a sport, which is why we are focusing our efforts in ensuring there is a strong foundation from entry-level competition all the way up to Supercars.

"The Crosskarts category has been a fundamental part of rallycross culture for a long time so it is a pleasure to be welcoming it under the RallyX Nordic banner for the first time. As well as offering excellent exposure and live television coverage across five markets, we feel Crosskart and the new XC Cross Car are excellent value options for drivers to demonstrate their abilities in front of the right people, as well as adding even more entertainment value to the RallyX Nordic programme.

"The introduction of the Nations’ Cup and Teams’ Trophy unites the classes like never before and creates a genuine bond between teams and drivers intended to help them progress through the ranks for a collective reward.

"These initiatives are are all part of RallyX Nordic's commitment to establishing a clear career path for drivers and teams by ensuring we offer competitive racing for all at a competitive price."

2019 RallyX Nordic calendar:
May 17 - 19 Round 1 / 2 Holjes, Sweden
June 1 - 2 Round 3 Nysum, Denmark
July 20 - 21 Round 4 Riga, Latvia
July 27 - 28 Round 5 Norway *
August 24 – 25 Round 6 Kouvola, Finland
September 21 - 22 Round 7 TIerp Arena, Sweden
* Norway venue TBA
19-02-07 Robin Larsson och Mats Öhman klara för satsning med JC Raceteknik
Rallycrossteamet går in hårt och siktar på en seger i både FIA European Rallycross Championship och RallyX Nordic 2019.
– Det kommer bli ett spännande år för JC Raceteknik med både nya Audi-bilar och två starka förare, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

JC Raceteknik har redan flera medaljer i både FIA European Rallycross Championship och RallyX Nordic. 2019 satsar det svenska teamet ännu en gång stort. Tidigare i år avslöjades det att JC Raceteknik köpt två stycken Supercar 2017 Audi S1 EKSRX Quattro från Mattias Ekströms team EKS. Nu är det klart vilka serier de startar i, och med vilka förare.

26-årige Robin Larsson kommer representera JC Raceteknik i både Euro RX (rallycross-EM) och RallyX Nordic, där han satsar på seger i båda mästerskapen. Larsson är redan en rutinerad förare. Han rallycrossdebuterade som 17-åring och har sedan dess samlat på sig flera medaljer, bland annat ett EM-guld i Supercar 2015. Totalt har Svenljungasonen gjort tre säsonger i FIA World Rallycross Championship, där han bland annat har med sig en seger under deltävlingen i Argentina 2015.

Mats Öhman är liksom Larsson ett välkänt namn inom rallycrossen. Öhman har flera år samarbetat med JC Raceteknik, men i år kommer han satsa fullt ut med teamet i RallyX Nordic. Norrbottningen har inte bara en gedigen medaljsamling i rallycross-SM, utan också flera SM- och EM-guld i skotercross. Det var under en skotercrosstävling 1998 som Öhman var med om en svår olycka. Han fick en ryggmärgsskada, förlamades till 95 procent och blev rullstolsburen. Sedan olyckan fungerar varken händer eller fingrar, halva armarna saknar känsel och han är helt lam från armhålorna och ner. Men Öhman lät sig inte stoppas och redan tre år senare började han tävla i en specialbyggd rallycrossbil. Det innebär att en av JC Racetekniks Audi-bilar kommer genomgå en rejäl förändring för att anpassas utefter Öhmans förutsättningar, och bilen kommer kunna köras med enbart armarna.

AD Butik & Bilverkstad är en av teamets huvudpartners även 2019. För JC Raceteknik blir årets Supercar-premiär 17 maj när RallyX Nordic inleds i svenska Höljes.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det kommer bli ett spännande år för JC Raceteknik med både nya Audi-bilar och två starka förare. Vi hade både med- och motgångar i fjol, men nu är hela teamet riktigt laddade för en stark säsong. Mats har vi samarbetat med i flera år, så det ska bli kul att kunna fokusera på ett bra resultat tillsammans med honom i RallyX Nordic. Robin är helt ny för teamet, även om han är ett välkänt ansikte i depån. Vi ser fram emot att börja jobba med honom och kommer helt klart kämpa för ett toppresultat i både Euro RX och RallyX Nordic.”

Robin Larsson:
”Det kommer bli jäkligt kul att tävla för JC Raceteknik i år. Jag har haft några tyngre år i VM som gjort att jag tappat lite av den där känslan och glädjen för rallycross. I år siktar jag på att få tillbaka gnistan. Målet kommer vara att slåss om segern i både Euro RX och RallyX Nordic, det tror jag vi har kapaciteten till trots tufft motstånd.

Att ha Mats som teamkompis och kunna dela information med honom kommer vara en motivation för mig. När man ser hur han kör på banan med sina förutsättningar… det är grymt imponerande och får nästan oss andra att se lite dåliga ut. Han är en väldigt bra förare och jag tror vi kommer bli ett starkt team. Dessutom är Joel en gammal polare till mig så att tävla i hans team, lite mer på hemmaplan, är såklart speciellt. JC Raceteknik är ett bra team med duktiga mekaniker och konkurrenskraftiga bilar.”

Mats Öhman:
”Det här kommer bli ett riktigt toppenteam. Planen är först och främst att komma in i bilen och se hur den fungerar innan jag sätter upp mål. Samtidigt är jag en tävlingsmänniska, så fungerar allt som det ska kommer jag sikta på att slåss längst upp. Redan nu har vi börjat anpassa bilen till mig, och vi jobbar också på att utveckla det ännu mer. Det är bra bilar vi har, så resultaten kommer inte sitta i materialet utan i det som finns mellan ratt och ryggstöd.

Jag har samarbetat med Joel och JC Raceteknik i flera år, och du behöver bara titta på framgångarna teamet haft så förstår man. De är seriösa på alla punkter, och har ordning och reda vilket passar mig. Att få köra i team med Robin kommer bli roligt. Han är verkligen en stor talang, och med en såhär bra bil kommer han bli stark under säsongen. Robin har mycket erfarenhet av rallycross i både EM och VM, samtidigt som jag också har flera års erfarenhet. Så jag tror vi kommer ha jäkligt bra nytta av varandra.”
19-02-07 Kallio joins reigning champions Olsbergs MSE for RX2 debut
Fast-climbing Finnish hotshot set to join RX2 grid in 2019
Flying Finn Academy member agrees two-year deal with OMSE
19-year-old fully focussed on preparing for sport’s electric era

Highly-rated young Finn Jesse Kallio is set to make his debut in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires this season, after agreeing a two-year deal with reigning drivers’ and teams’ champions Olsbergs MSE.

Over the past five years, Kallio has increasingly made a name for himself in the rallycross world, progressing from domestic series’ to the RX Academy – in which he claimed the 2017 crown with SET Promotion, following that up with title glory in the 2018 RX Academy on Ice – and most recently the Super1600 class of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, as a prize for his RX Academy success.

Victory in Norway and a further podium finish in Germany secured the 19-year-old sixth place in the final Super1600 standings – results that brought him to the attention of Swedish powerhouse OMSE. Now, Kallio is ready to step up once again, as he prepares to join the grid in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.

“I think RX2 is the best option for the next two years to develop myself as a driver,” explained the man from Tuusula, who is also a member of the Flying Finn Academy, Finland’s national junior motorsport squad. “I know that I have the talent to compete at the very top, but at the same time I recognise that I’m not yet ready to go up against the best drivers in the world.

“My other target is to earn opportunities to test at Supercar level to prepare myself for the future. Rallycross’ forthcoming electric era looks really interesting, and my plan is that when the electric cars arrive, I will be ready to jump into the big class.”

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa. Official entries are scheduled to open soon.

19-02-03 Finnskoga MK utsedd till bästa arrangör i Rallycross-VM
Under lördagkvällen utsågs Finnskoga Motorklubb till Årets arrangör i rallycross VM för 2018. Priset togs emot under FIA:s officiella prisutdelning i Budabest, Ungern. Representanter på plats var Morgan Östlund –General manager och Christer Jönsson – tävlingsledare.

Finnskoga vann med knappt 2% marginal till 2:an Riga som för övrigt tagit hem priset både 2016 och 2017. På tredje plats kom arrangörerna från Franska Loheac.
- Vi har nu ett 5-årigt VM avtal framför oss, där vi ska fortsätta att utveckla både banan och arrangemanget. Inför årets tävling kommer vi främst att arbeta med kringarrangemang, underhållning och faciliterer för publiken. Vi har även vissa punkter att förbättra på banan, så vi vet att vi har saker att pyssla med innan The magic weekend, säger Finnskoga MK.
19-02-02 Americas Rallycross unveils expanded 2019 Calendar
Americas Rallycross (ARX) announced today an expanded 2019 ARX and ARX2 schedule, including two new events in the Midwest at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Gateway Motorsports Park, marking the championship’s first visit to America’s heartland.

The calendar includes six ARX Supercar events and nine ARX2 events from June through October.

The season begins at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, June 8-9. The 10-turn, 0.7-mile circuit will be located in the legendary “keyhole” section of the circuit, providing fans with a view of the entire course.

The series will then travel southwest to Gateway Motorsports Park in July. The 1.25-mile oval, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri in nearby Madison, Illinois, will house the ARX of Gateway and will mark Gateway’s first-ever rallycross event.

In August, the streets of Trois-Rivieres in Canada will once again host the ARX and ARX2 series alongside the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. After a dominating performance at the popular venue last season, DirtFish Motorsports driver and 2018 ARX2 Champion, Conner Martell is looking forward to returning to the street circuit.

ARX also returns to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on September 28 before concluding the season with a second trip to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, October 5-6.

“We are delighted to reveal our 2019 schedule which includes events in America’s heartland,” said Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of IMG Motorsports, the series promoter.

“Our new multi-year partners at Mid-Ohio and Gateway Motorsports Park are great additions to our ongoing partnerships with Circuit of The Americas in Austin and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada as we expand our presence in North America.

“Cooper Tires has been an amazing partner to work with over the years and we are delighted to have them become a title sponsor of their ‘home’ event, the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio.”

Scott Speed, the 2018 ARX Supercar Champion, viewed the expanded calendar for 2019 as a critical step in the growth of world-class rallycross in North America.
“It’s super important to get these tracks off the ground and to get grass roots rallycross racing off the ground and going,” he said. “I think it speaks well for the future of the sport and I feel like the timing is right for this sport to really take off in our country.”
19-02-01 JC Raceteknik på pallen under SM-veckan – Pelle Wilén tvåa i rallycrossprinten
Det blev blandad kompott för JC Raceteknik under SM-veckan i Sundsvall. Samtidigt som Pelle Wilén tog ett efterlängtat SM-silver blev det kämpigare för teamkollegorna Gundersen, Evjen och Walfridson.
– Det känns jättekul för hela teamet att Pelle fick ta ett silver i SM-sprinten. Han plockade verkligen fram farten i semifinalen, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Fredagen under SM-veckan gick i bilsportens tecken och det var på travbanan i Bergsåker som rallycrossförarna gjorde upp om SM-medaljerna i vinterns rallycrossprint. För teamet JC Raceteknik slutade det med en silvermedalj. Det var teamets isförare Pelle Wilén, Eskilstuna, som gasade hem andraplatsen. Wilén kämpade lite med starterna men hade överlag en jämn tävling. Det var först i semifinalen som han visade sig riktigt på hugget och kammade hem första heatsegern.

Sondre Evjen briljerade under de första omgångarna, där har gasade sig till dubbla heatsegrar. I semifinalen blev det stolpe ut, och norrmannen blev förste förare utanför final efter en punktering.

För Ben-Philip Gundersen och Jimmie Walfridson blev det en tung helg, med stolpe ut. Trots högt tempo gjorde dåliga starter och problem att de kom på en delad åttondeplats. Förarna särskildes utefter resultatet i kvalet och Gundersen knep därmed sista semifinalplatsen. Väl i semin gjorde norrmannen ytterligare en sämre start, och trängseln i första sväng gjorde att han gled ut i djupsnön och förlorade finalchansen.

För JC Raceteknik är inte vintersäsongen över än – 18, 20 och 23 mars körs nämligen serien RallyX on Ice i Åre.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det känns jättekul för hela teamet att Pelle fick ta ett silver i SM-sprinten. Han plockade verkligen fram farten i semifinalen, men i final hade han inte riktigt rätt fart för att nå hela vägen. Trots det är vi verkligen nöjda med resultatet. Sondre har haft ett högt tempo genom hela tävlingen, så att en punktering ödelade semifinalen för honom känns trist. Ben-Philip och Jimmie har också haft bra fart på banan, men gjorde båda dåliga starter som straffade sig i det stora hela. Vi åker hem från Sundsvall med inställningen att ladda upp till max inför RallyX on Ice i Åre. Vi vet vad vi behöver jobba på och siktar på ett toppresultat.”

Pelle Wilén:
”Det här var riktigt kul! Jag har haft en del oflyt förut, men äntligen stämde det. Det var lite sladdigt för mig i finalen och de andra åkte lite fortare, men jag är jättenöjd över att sluta tvåa. Sen är jag jäkligt stolt över segern i semifinalen. Grabbarna jag möter har kört på absolut högsta nivån internationellt i de här bilarna, samtidigt som jag bara har gjort sju tävlingar i Lites. Det är inget lätt motstånd, så ett SM-silver känns väldigt bra.”

Sondre Evjen:
”Helgen började fint för mig med segrar i Q1 och Q2. Det klaffade i alla starter och jag var snabb iväg, och hade överlag ett bra bra tempo på banan. Men i semifinalen var jag inte snabb nog, samtidigt som jag fick en punktering. Så jag slutade trea där och det känns oavsett tråkigt att inte fått köra final, men så är det ibland i rallycross.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen:
”För min del har det varit en bra helg om man ser till farten på banan. Däremot har jag haft det väldigt kämpigt med starterna. Eftersom banan varit snabb och tight var det svårt att kunna köra om, så starterna var extra viktiga. Men jag har fått mycket körning nu, och vet vad jag ska träna på till framtida vintertävlingar.”

Jimmie Walfridson:
”Min tävlingshelg skulle jag kunna sammanfatta som katastrofal. På banan har jag haft helt okej fart, men starterna har varit riktigt dåliga. Det är alltid viktigt att göra bra starter i rallycross, men så här under vintern är det extra viktigt med tanke på snörök och att omkörningar är svåra att göra. Så kort sagt var det inte min helg, helt enkelt. Men jag har haft en rolig tävling och kommer tillbaka med nya tag till RallyX Nordic.”

Resultat SM-sprinten 2019
1. Sebastian Eriksson (Hagfors MK)
2. Pelle Willén (Strängnäs AMS)
3. Oliver Eriksson (MK Speed)
4. Kevin Eriksson (MK Speed)
5. Adam Westlund (Gestrike RT)
6. Sondre Evjen (NMK Gol)
7. Kevin Hansen (Götene MK)
8. Ben-Philip Gundersen (NMK Solör)
9. Jimmie Walfridson (MK Ratten)
10. Martin Jonsson (Woxnadalens MK)
19-01-29 JC Raceteknik duo set for 2019 RX2 return
• Ben-Philip Gundersen and Sondre Evjen reveal their intentions for 2019
• Top three championship finish the target for Norwegian stars
• Both drivers expect ‘tough fight’ in official FIA World RX feeder series

JC Raceteknik’s Ben-Philip Gundersen and Sondre Evjen have announced their intention to return to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, with both drivers setting their sights on a top three championship finish.

Gundersen made his full-time debut in RX2 last year, immediately turning heads by winning the opening round of the campaign at Mettet in Belgium. A second victory in the Cape Town finale at the end of November was enough to secure the 24-year-old fourth place in the overall classification – a result he is determined to improve upon this season.

“We established an excellent relationship with JC Raceteknik in 2018, so I am pleased to be able to continue with them in 2019 and am really looking forward to the coming season,” enthused the 2016 European Rallycross TouringCar Champion. “Last year was a good one for me, but I know the level of competition will be as high if not higher again. My goal is definitely a top three championship finish.”

While Gundersen adapted quickly last year to the 310bhp Supercar Lites machinery used in RX2 – reaching at least the semi-final stage in every round – fellow Norwegian Evjen is something of an ‘old hand’ in the class.

Although still only 21, he has three full campaigns under his belt in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series, during which time he has achieved five podium finishes – including victory in Latvia in 2016. Three of those rostrum results came last year, when a likely title bid was derailed by a run of mid-season misfortune that restricted Evjen to sixth in the final standings.

“I feel very comfortable with JC Raceteknik, and together we plan to push for victory in the RX2 International Series,” he asserted. “I had a couple of bad weekends in 2018, which unfortunately ruled us out of the championship battle so this year we are aiming higher. I am looking forward to some tough fights, and am really fired-up for the season ahead.”

“It’s great that Sondre and Ben-Philip are ready for a new year with us in RX2,” added JC Raceteknik Team Principal, Joel Christoffersson. “Sondre has been a member of the team for several years now, and it feels good to continue this co-operation, while last year was Ben-Philip’s debut season in Supercar Lites – it was a strong year and he showed a lot of potential.

“Our aim is to conclude the season on the top step of the podium. We know we have the drivers, resources and expertise to accomplish that, but at the same time, this championship is very tough, so we will work hard and see where we end up.”

The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa. Official entries are scheduled to open soon.
19-01-29 Evjen, Gundersen och Walfridson klara för full säsong med JC Raceteknik – teamet går även för guld under SM-veckan
JC Raceteknik siktar högt under 2019. Med tre förare klara för teamet är målsättningen seger i både RX2 International Series samt RallyX Nordic. Teamet kommer även till start i SM-veckan till helgen med fyra förare, och satsar även där på vinst.

Förra veckan släppte det svenska teamet JC Raceteknik nyheten att de köpt två stycken Supercars, 2017 Audi S1 EKSRX Quattro, från Mattias Ekströms team EKS. Vilka förare och serier som är aktuella är ännu inte offentligt. Nu släpper JC Raceteknik en annan nyhet, gällande tävlandet i Supercar Lites: Ben-Philip Gundersen, Sondre Evjen och Jimmie Walfridson är klara för ytterligare en säsong.

I RX2 International Series kommer Gundersen och Evjen tävla under teamets flagg. Gundersen slutade under sin debutsäsong i fjol på fjärdeplats medan Evjen, efter ett par motgångar, kom på sjätteplats. De båda norrmännen kommer även köra RallyX Nordic, där de även får sällskap av Walfridson. Under fjolårssäsongen hade JC Raceteknik stor framgång i den nordiska serien, där de slutade på andra, tredje, fjärde och femte plats. De tog även full pott i SM med guld, silver samt brons.

Redan på fredag smygstartar rallycrossäsongen. Det är under SM-veckan i Sundsvall som teamet gör årets första tävling. Dit kommer JC Raceteknik till start med fyra förare: Gundersen, Evjen, Walfridson samt Pelle Wilén. Wilén, som tidigare tävlat för teamet under vintersäsongen, är ett känt namn inom rally där har vunnit flera SM-guld. Han har även tävlat framgångsrikt i folkrace.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Det är jättekul att Evjen, Gundersen och Walfridson är klara för ett nytt år med JC Raceteknik i båda mästerskapen. Evjen har vi haft i teamet under flera år och det känns bra att kunna fortsätta samarbetet där. För Gundersen var förra året hans debutsäsong i Supercar Lites, det blev ett bra år och han visade fruktansvärt stor potential. Walfridson, som kommer köra RallyX Nordic, hade egentligen ett läroår i fjol. Trots det slutade han trea i SM. Vi kommer fortsätta jobba vidare på det för att nå ett ännu bättre resultat 2019.

I RX2 International Series har vi som mål att stå högst upp på pallen efter säsongens slut. Vi har bra förare och materialet till det, det vet vi. Målet i RallyX Nordic är densamma. I fjol var vi tvåa och trea, så självklart hoppas vi kunna avsluta året med guld, silver och brons i mästerskapet. Båda är riktigt tuffa mästerskap, men vi kommer jobba hårt och se vart det landar.

SM-veckan kommer bli en spännande och rolig tävling. Det är en helt ny bana, så det kommer vara lika förutsättningar för alla. JC Raceteknik kommer dit för att försöka ta hem ett SM-guld och medaljer. Förutom Evjen, Gundersen och Walfridson kommer även Pelle Wilén köra för oss där. Pelle är vår isförare som har kört med oss i flera år, så det är kul att ha med honom i år igen. Han är en riktig glädjespridare, och vi siktar på att uppnå bra resultat.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen:
”Vi hade ett väldigt bra samarbete med JC Raceteknik under 2018, så att kunna köra med dem även under 2019 glädjer mig och jag ser verkligen fram emot den kommande säsongen. I fjol var en bra säsong för mig och jag vet att konkurrensen kommer vara minst lika hög som då. Mitt mål kommer vara pallplats i både RX2 och RallyX Nordic.

Inför SM-veckan har jag inte några jättestora förhoppningar, jag har nämligen inte kört på snö en enda gång den här vintern. Men det ska bli väldigt kul att få börja tävla igen efter uppehållet och iskörning är alltid roligt.”

Sondre Evjen:
”JC Raceteknik är ett team som jag känner mig trygg med och tillsammans ska vi ska kämpa om en seger i båda mästerskapen. Jag hade ett par tävlingar som gick dåligt under 2018, vilket tyvärr gjorde att vi inte kunde vara med och slåss i toppen av mästerskapstabellerna. Det blev en sjätteplats i RX2 i fjol, plus en tredjeplats i RallyX Nordic – i år siktar jag högre. Gällande SM-veckan åker jag dit mycket för att ha roligt, och få bra träning inför resten av säsongen. Jag ser fram emot några hårda fighter, men hoppas såklart på ett bra resultat.”

Jimmie Walfridson:
”Det känns bra att kunna göra för en ny säsong för JC Raceteknik. Förra året var min debutsäsong, den skulle jag sammanfatta som helt okej. Jag hade några ups and downs, där bilen gick sönder samt några raceincidenter, men överlag var det en lärorik säsong som slutade med en tredjeplats i SM. I år är mitt mål för RallyX Nordic att avancera jämfört med i fjol och komma på pallen. Då kommer också ett bra SM-resultat på köpet.

Med SM-veckan ska det bli riktigt roligt att komma igång, även om det bara är för en tävling. Att sätta upp ett mål är alltid svårt, och jag vet att när hjälmen väl är på finns det bara en sak som gäller: seger. Förhoppningsvis går det bättre än ifjol och jag siktar på en pallplats.”

Pelle Wilén:
”Just vinterns SM-vecka har jag goda minnen från. I fjol körde jag för första gången rallycross under SM-veckan och det gick ju över förväntan. Tyvärr gick hjulupphängningen bak sönder efter en startsmäll i finalen. Men bortsett från det var ju allt så jäkla kul, så jag måste prova i år igen. Att sätta upp ett mål är svårt, för det är rallycross och allt kan hända. Att möta förare från världseliten är något jag gör med respekt och är jag i final är jag nöjd. Men... samtidigt så finns det ingen i det här startfältet som vill bli tvåa. Oavsett kommer det bli riktigt kul."
19-01-15 RallyX Nordic confirms venue for 2019 season finale
The countdown to the 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season is underway with official confirmation the Tierp Arena in Sweden will once more play host to the final round of the year.

To be held on 21 - 22 September, the Tierp Arena is scheduled to conclude the biggest and most international RallyX Nordic season in its history.

The venue, located 120km outside Stockholm, made its debut on the RallyX Nordic schedule in 2018 where 7,700 spectators watched Oliver Solberg crowned champion in a dramatic three-way title showdown.

Characterised by its unique ‘drag strip’ style straights hinged by a tight and tricky hairpin, Tierp Arena is upgrading its purpose-built gravel rallycross track to improve the consistency and quality of the surface without compromising its challenging nature.

Ian Davies, RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Series Manager, said: “Designing and building an entirely new rallycross track from scratch brings its challenges and indeed we encountered issues that needed to be addressed for this year. However, there is a lot to be said for the way problems are tackled and the response from Tierp Arena has been professional and thorough. Together with its excellent facilities, unique viewing points and convenient location, then the Tierp Arena is the ideal venue to conclude what is shaping up to be a standout season.”

Urban Axelsson, Tierp Arena CEO, added: “It was an honour to host such a thrilling finale on our RallyX Nordic debut and we are doubly as excited to be doing so again this year. We have taken the feedback from teams and drivers into account and we are putting it to action to ensure the track is better quality and much more suitable for the drivers. In addition, new fences and other decorative elements will be placed along the track in order to give it a sharper silhouette, we’ll introduce a VIP facility and the popularity of the camping area means we’ll open it up for the Friday as well. We’re also looking into providing seating closer to the starting area to ensure the event is as spectator friendly as it can possibly be.”

The 2019 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season will comprise seven rounds held over six events across five countries, including for the first time Latvia and a visit to the Bikernieki circuit in central Riga.

The season kicks off on May 17-19 with the series’ first-ever double-header event at iconic Holjes, before travelling to Nysum in Denmark for round two, followed by Riga, Norway (venue TBC) and Kouvola in Finland. The teams will then return to Sweden in September for the Tierp Arena final round showdown.

Prior to that, the 2019 RallyX on Ice slides into action in March in an exciting, new-look festival format with three rounds run over six days at the Åre ski resort in Sweden.

Held across 18 – 23 March close to the Holiday Club SPA Hotel where a raft of off-track activities with accompany the spectacular racing action, the festival will use a different layout with each round to keep the racing challenging before this year's rallycross snow star is crowned.
19-01-02 Nyårslöfte - hjälpa Höljes RX till nytt publikrekord!
Ett av mina nyårslöften är att hjälpa Finnskoga MK och Höljes RX till nytt publikrekord.
Det har varit tublulent med avhopp inför årets rallycross-VM, men Höljes var en folkfest sedan 1967!

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