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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
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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  
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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
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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  
 
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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    
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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", -sger 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.

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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!

Ni kommer väl alla till folkfesten?
Biljetter hittar du här: http://www.holjesrx.com/blank-bus1k

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