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VM-kalender 2021 FIA RX2e Championship *
Datum
Plats Land  
23-24/7 Spanien Barcelona  
31-1/8 Tyskland Nürburgring Uppskjutet
20-22/8 Sverige Höljes  
3-5/9 Frankrike Lohéac  
18-19/9 Lettland Riga  
15-16/10 Belgien Spa  
Officiell hemsida
Datum
Plats Land  
22-23/5
Belgien Spa  
12-13/6 Norge Hell  
3-4/7 Sverige Höljes  
24-25/7 Spanien Barcelona  
31-1/8 Tyskland Nürburgring **
4-5/9 Frankrike Lohéac  
* All dates subject to final agreement with the new World Championship promoter
** Subject to track homologation
Officiell hemsida
RallyX Nordic 2021 Rallycross-SM
1-2/5 Nysum Danmark RallyX Nordic only
13-16/5 Höljes Sverige RallyX Nordic and SM
5-6/6 OuluZone Finland RallyX Nordic only
13-15/8 Arvika Sverige RallyX Nordic and SM
Provisional 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Calendar
Officiell hemsida Reservation för ändringar

14-16/5
Höljes Finnskoga MK 1 & 2
12-13/6
Piteå Piteå MS 3 & 4
24-25/7
Västerås Västerås MS 5 & 6
13-15/8
Arvika MK Team Westom  
I deltävling 1-6 kör Supercar Lites, 2400, 2150, Juniorer samt RM för damer (2150)
I superfinalen kör även RX1 och Supernationell
Officiell hemsida
Norrlandsveckan Nitro 2021
10-11/7
Skellefteå MS    
13-14/7
Piteå MS    
16-17 juli
Kalix MS    
Officiell hemsida
24-25/9
Salt Lake City Utah  
2-3/10
Reno Nevada  
9-10/10
Minneapolis Minnesota  
13-14/11
Phoenix Arizona  
4-5/12
North Florida Florida  
Officiell hemsida
   
 

 




21-08-05 Nils Andersson toppar en framgångsrik säsong med VM i Höljes
Efter en mycket framgångsrik säsong med stora chanser till SM-guld och silver i RallyX Nordic inför finalen i Arvika, kommer Nils starta i RX2e klassen under VM i Höljes.

Redan som liten stod Nils vid sidan av banan i Höljes när VM och EM kördes här. Då var han 5–6 år gammal och med största säkerhet iklädd Kenneth Hansen keps och t-shirt då Västgöten var den största idolen. Nu i årets upplaga av VM i Höljes den 20–22 augusti är han 21 år gammal och byter ut keps och t-shirt mot hjälm och overall.

21-åringen kommer göra ett inhopp i den andra deltävlingen av det första FIA-mästerskapet i rallycross på el i form av RX2e. I och med det blir Nils den fösta svenska föraren att köra Elbil i ett Rallycrossmästerskap. Bilarna drivs av två elmotorer, en bak och en fram, där de tillsammans levererar 250 kW (335 hk) och 510 Nm vridmoment. Serien klassas som den näst högsta klassen efter huvudklassen RX1 (tidigare supercar).

Med konkurrenter som redan kört en tävling i klassen har Nils en utmaning i att skaffa erfarenhet av bilen så snabbt som möjligt.
- ”Det kommer bli en kul utmaning, men jag tror att det kommer passa mig perfekt”, säger Arvika-sonen.

Pere Gonzalez, Projektledare för FIA RX2e:
- ”Att ha Nils som en inhoppare i FIA RX2e mästerskapet är otroligt kul för oss då han anses som en av de mest talangfulla unga förarna i rallycross just nu. Nils har visat sig som en jämn toppåkare i RallyX Nordic och han ger extra krydda till det redan konkurrenskraftiga mästerskapet. Vi ser förväntansfullt fram emot vad han kan åstadkomma i vår nya helt elektriska rallycrossbil”, säger den Spanske Projektledaren.

Innan VM i Höljes har Nils möjligheten att ta hem ett SM-guld och Silver i RallyX Nordic på hemmaplan i Arvika. Den 13–15 augusti körs Superfinalen i Rallycross på Westombanan i Arvika. Där kommer alla rallycrosstitlar i RallyX Nordic samt SM avgöras. I RallyX Nordic har Nils chans att nå andraplatsen i mästerskapet där finländaren Tommi Hallman redan säkrat mästerskapstiteln innan den sista deltävlingen. Med 11 poäng ner till trean Linus Östlund och 12 poäng ner till fyran Simon Olofsson blir det en jämn kamp om pallplatserna i mästerskapet bland de tre värmlänningarna.

I SM-tabellen leder Nils med 20 poäng före tvåan Martin Enlund och 33 poäng före Trean Casper Jansson. Det innebär att det blir minst ett SM-silver för Andersson under finalen i Arvika. Andersson som tidigare inte har något SM-guld kommer ladda hårt för att ta det på hemmaplan.
21-08-03 RallyX Nordic title decider draws bumper entry list as fans return for finale showdown at Arvika
Championship battles go down to the wire at Arvika
Huge entry lists across every RallyX Nordic category
Tickets on sale as fans back for first time in 2021
Action to be broadcast live and free-to-air on RallyX TV

The 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship will reach its dramatic conclusion with a spectacular weekend of racing at Arvika, Sweden (August 13-15).

Fans will be welcomed back trackside for the first time this season with Round 7 set to produce some truly exhilarating action at the popular Värmland circuit (see ticket information HERE).

A hugely impressive entry list has been lodged prior to the final event of the campaign, with a high-class Supercar field and an unprecedented number of competitors expected in Supercar Lites and the fan-favourite Open 2WD class.

There is also a three-way tussle to decide the CrossCar/Crosskart title and a head-to-head battle in the CrossCar Junior category, meaning there is plenty for supporters to look forward to – both on site and via the live, free-to-air broadcast on RallyX TV.

Supercar
Johan Kristoffersson heads into the final round of the season top of the Supercar standings and set to claim a maiden RallyX Nordic title in his Kristoffersson Motorsport-run VW Polo.

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion is 27 points clear of his nearest rival - fellow World RX ace Niclas Grönholm, who will not be competing at Arvika - and a further two ahead of EKS JC's Sondre Evjen, with the Norwegian the only driver mathematically capable of denying Kristoffersson the title.

Meanwhile, fourth-placed Fraser McConnell will be looking to add to his first Supercar victory secured in the season-opener at Nysum but the Olsbergs MSE star is just one of several other potential race-winning contenders on the entry list.

Hedströms Motorsport are fielding a formidable squad at Arvika, with Anders Michalak and Peter Hedström joined by World RX regular Anton Marklund and Swede Dan Öberg – who recently stepped up to the top tier after impressing in RallyX Nordic and Euro RX last year. Elsewhere, Philip Gehrman will be behind the wheel of an Audi S1 for the first time and Kevin Eriksson is making a guest appearance for Olsbergs MSE in a Honda Civic.

One-off outings for Patrick Guillerme, Daniel Thorén and Stene Johansen further bolster the Supercar category while regulars Enzo Ide and Andreas Carlsson complete a fiercely competitive line-up in the flame-spitting headline class.

Supercar Lites
Tommi Hallman holds an unassailable lead in Supercar Lites, having won four out of six events so far during his stunning debut season in the category. The Finn also claimed third in his other two appearances this term, and is all-but-certain to secure the title – notwithstanding any unforeseen dramas.

But that doesn't dilute what promises to be a thrilling weekend of action, with series frontrunners Nils Andersson, Linus Östlund and Simon Olofsson set to go all-out for the minor honours in the overall standings.

They will be joined by the usual cast of Supercar Lites regulars, including the rapidly improving Isak Sjökvist and the impressively consistent pair of Martin Enlund and Martin Jonsson, while a host of new faces are hoping to make their mark at Arvika.

Mikael Ringström, Emil Persson, Tony Sormbroen and George Megennis are all entering the fray for the season finale while Lars Erik Haug is also on the grid alongside the returning Ida Törnhult, Grégory Fosse, Mats Oskarsson and Nathalie Petersson.

Gustav Bergström, Mattis Janssom, Casper Jansson, Lane Vacala and Niklas Aneklev complete the bumper line-up, which arguably looks set to produce the most competitive Supercar Lites meeting of the season.

Supporting Cast
The CrossCar/Crosskart championship battle is on a knife-edge heading to Arvika, with Patrik Hallberg, Isak Reiersen and Jimmie Österberg level on points after each driver's worst scores are dropped.

The trio have set the pace throughout the campaign and are now preparing for a winner-takes-all shootout at the final round of the season.

The title fight is almost as close in CrossCar Junior, with Lukas Andersson holding a slim five-point advantage over reigning champion Alex Gustafsson, while Simon Tiger is the overwhelming favourite to claim Open 2WD honours.

The Swede is 29 points clear of Mathias Jansson but faces his toughest test of the campaign so far with a staggering 20 entries lodged for the season finale – including series returnee Mats Öhman – aided in part by the Swedish National Championship concurrently running at Arvika alongside the RallyX Nordic programme.

Where to Watch
The high-octane action across all five classes will be broadcast live, free and in high-definition at tv.rallyx.se, with the racing set to get underway on Friday, 13 August and concluding on Sunday, 15 August.

Official Entry Lists
Supercar
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport VW Polo
7 Anders Michalak SWE Hedströms Motorsport VW Polo
8 Peter Hedström SWE Hedströms Motorsport Hyundai i20
17 Dan Öberg SWE Hedströms Motorsport VW Polo WRX
33 Enzo Ide BEL EKS JC Audi S1
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta MK8
44 Stene Johansen NOR Stene Johansen Ford Fiesta
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE ACRX Renault Clio RS
69 Sondre Evjen NOR EKS JC Audi S1
83 Patrick Guillerme FRA PGRX Hyundai i20
88 Daniel Thorén SWE TiKRX VW Polo
92 Anton Marklund SWE Hedströms Motorsport VW Polo
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Team First Stop Sweden Audi S1
96 Kevin Eriksson SWE Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic

Supercar Lites
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
4 Ida Törnhult SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
9 Grégory Fosse FRA Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
10 Martin Jonsson SWE Alfta Racing Team Supercar Lites
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE MORX Supercar Lites
14 Nils Andersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
17 Gustav Bergström SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
22 Mattis Janssom SWE KJ.S RX Supercar Lites
23 Mikael Ringström SWE Team Bernt Gundersen Graveservice Supercar Lites
28 Emil Persson SWE Emil Persson RX Supercar Lites
29 Eirik H. Berget NOR EHB Motorsport Supercar Lites
36 Casper Jansson SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
43 Tony Sormbroen NOR Team Bernt Gundersen Graveservice Supercar Lites
52 Simon Olofsson SWE STS RX Supercar Lites
55 Lane Vacala USA STS RX Supercar Lites
60 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
80 George Megennis USA TBA Supercar Lites
82 Isak Sjökvist SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
87 Tommi Hallman FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Team Ramudden / Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites

CrossCar/Crosskart
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Tommie Svärd SWE Tommie Svärd Motorsport Casmat
2 Timo Laapotti FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
5 Riku Huuhka FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
8 Pasi Penttinen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
10 Per Goodison SWE Per Goodison Speedcar
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Power RX Speedcar
30 Erik Andersson SWE Power RX Speedcar
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
77 Timmy Sakariassen SWE Team Sakariassen Edge Extreme 04
80 Tomi Rakkolainen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Baco Racing 81 Speedcar
84 Jarkko Aronen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
85 Petter Hane SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
88 André Bendixen SWE Bendixen Motorsport Kamikaz
161 Patrik Hallberg SWE Max RPM EDGE
170 Isak Reiersen SWE EKS JC Speedcar
183 Oskar Andersson SWE Enlunds Motorsport EDGE

Open 2WD
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
0 Joakim Evertsson SWE Joakim Evertsson BMW M3
1 Simon Tiger SWE TeamTigerRX BMW E30 M3
2 Marcus Norman SWE Odin Target Mazda RX8
5 Lars Englund SWE Lars Englund Porsche 911
7 Emil Öhman SWE Emil Öhman Volvo S40
8 Linus Westman SWE LIWE RX BMW E82
10 Rami Kauttio FIN Rami Kauttio Ford Escort
11 Roland Larsamo SWE Roland Larsamo BMW M3
16 Crazy Mike FIN Crazy Mike Stunt Team Toyota Yaris Mini WRC
17 Mats Öhman SWE Mats Öhman Lexus
46 Mathias Jansson SWE Mathias Jansson Volvo S40
60 Thomas Öhman SWE Thomas Öhman BMW E82
68 Urban Bergström SWE Öhmans Motorsport Volvo V40
78 Michael Janson SWE Michael Janson BMW E30
114 Stefan Åeng NOR Stefan Åeng Toyota Corolla
122 Joacim Rollving SWE Sweway Racing Ford Fiesta
123 Fredrik Tiger SWE Fredrik Tiger Porsche
313 Stefan Kristensson SWE TEAM SKÅAB Ford
323 Mikael Persson SWE Mikael Persson VW Golf 4
327 Morten B. Bertelsen SWE Bertelsen-Motorsport Skoda Fabia

CrossCar Junior
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
10 Joakim Lund Olander SWE Joakim Lund Olander Speedcar
11 Pontus Oskarsson SWE MORX Speedcar
21 Rasmus Persson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
32 Josefin Holmkvist SWE Katalysatoråtervinning Speedcar
34 Erik Nilsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
57 Lauri Halonen FIN Lauri RX Ydrefalk
99 Lukas Andersson SWE LACK 99 Speedcar
111 Isak Hatanmaa FIN Isak Hatanmaa Casmat
128 Oliwer Lidman SWE Vissboda Allservice Speedcar
150 Joonatan Ylilammi FIN Team Ylilammi Speedcar
184 Elias Kalliokoski FIN Kallikoski Racing Speedcar Xtreme
199 Alex Gustafsson SWE EKS JC Speedcar
21-07-27 Red Bull Hansen NRX Team returns to defend its American crown
ed Bull Hansen NRX Team, the winner of the last two editions of Nitro Rallycross, is coming back to the newly revamped series with Kevin Hansen and Timmy Hansen to defend its status as reigning champions.

Hansen has scored back-to-back Nitro wins in 2018 and 2019 at Utah Motorsports Campus, with Timmy Hansen taking victory before Kevin Hansen scored top honours a year later in the standalone event.

After a one year hiatus due to COVID-19, Nitro Rallycross is back and bigger than ever, expanding from a one-off winner-takes-all event to a five-round series.

Kevin Hansen, who currently leads the FIA World Rallycross Championship thanks to a victory at the opening round last weekend, will defend his status as the reigning champion in NRX with a full campaign to take the top spot.

Timmy Hansen will also return for the opening round at Salt Lake City, driving a second Peugeot 208 WRX at the same track he took victory three years earlier.

Nitro Rallycross features some of the most extreme and adrenaline-fuelled rallycross tracks on the planet, with high-banked corners and 30-metre (100 feet) jumps the norm.

Utah Motorsports Campus in Salt Lake City, USA, previously hosted standalone Nitro Rallycross events but has been joined by four new purpose-built tracks for the expanded 2021 calendar: ERX Motor Park in Minneapolis, MN; Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ; Glen Helen, CA; and The Firm, FL.

The five-stop US tour compliments Hansen’s activities in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, where it currently leads both the drivers’ and teams’ championships.

Kevin Hansen
“Now there’s going to be five of these insane tracks! How could I not come back and try to win it again?”

“Coming back to the US to take on Nitro Rallycross again is going to be mega. Utah Motorsports Campus is a circuit unlike anything I’ve driven elsewhere in the world – and now there’s going to be five of these insane tracks! How could I not come back and try to win it again? Travis Pastrana has done a super job with the original Nitro track, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us at the other locations.

“I want to win NRX again this year, of course, but it’ll be more difficult than ever before. There are some quality teams and drivers in this series so it will be a big ask to finish on top. But we are relishing the challenge; we’ve got a slightly different spec of car for NRX compared to the world championship, so all the hard work the team has been putting in to perfect my US 208 will hopefully put me in a great position to compete at the top.”

Timmy Hansen
“Going over the jump in Utah was unlike anything I’d experienced before...and to be in history as the first ever winner of an NRX event is a really cool achievement.”

“I am so happy to be coming back – I have such great memories of Nitro Rallycross from 2018 and 2019. Going over the jump in Utah was unlike anything I’d experienced before; this track is a rollercoaster with its big air and banked turns. And to be in history as the first ever winner of an NRX event is a really cool achievement. I can’t wait to go back”

“I’d love to do the whole championship but it’s a bit tricky to know if that is possible – between NRX, World RX and Extreme E I have a lot of driving and travelling to do! So I’m going to go to Utah aiming to win, and then hoping I can come back and do some more races. It would be awesome to try out the new tracks.”

The Boss Kenneth Hansen
“We have been hard at work preparing a car that is perfectly suited to the big jumps and slippery gravel the circuits have.”

“I would say there are only two premier categories in rallycross right now – the world championship, of course, and Nitro Rallycross. Since we packed up our container in Utah two years ago, we’ve wanted to come back and race here again, so we’re very happy to have made it back onto the grid.

“We are pushing as a team to bring the best package possible to the US. With the drivers we have the best line-up possible; they are currently the top two drivers in the world championship and the only past winners of NRX after all! But also on the technical side, we have been hard at work preparing a car that is perfectly suited to the big jumps and slippery gravel the US circuits have. We want to give Kevin and Timmy the best tools to go out and win more races here – hopefully we’ll achieve that with this version of the 208.”

Nitro Rallycross
2021 Calendar
1 Utah Motorsports Campus September 24-25, 2021
2 ERX Motor Park October 2-3, 2021
3 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park November 13-14, 2021
4 Glen Helen Raceway November 20-21, 2021
5 The Firm December 4-5, 2021
21-07-25 Klara Andersson i SM-ledning i rallycrossen inför Superfinalen i augusti
Det blev både omkastning och utökning i serietabellerna när den sjätte deltävlingen av rallycrossens SM-serie avgjordes i Västerås under söndagen. Tuffa fighter är att vänta när allt ska avgöras med superfinalen i Arvika 13-15 augusti.

I den klassen med störst startfält, 2150 som i år har SM-status, var det två erfarna herrar i Björn ”Putte” Alvarsson och Erno Antikainen i delad serieledning inför dagens tävling. Men när den värmande solen så sakta började gå ner efter söndagens tävling var det en ny ledare. Både Antikainen och Alvarsson hade en tuff helg i Västerås och ingen av dem lyckades ta sig till final idag. De båda gick ut i samma semifinal och hade redan in i första sväng en häftig kamp, men där slog också Antikaninen på sig en punktering när han gick upp i ledningen. Något som ledde till att han gjorde en halv piruett ut ur målkurvan på första varvet. Då var Alvarsson precis bakom och fick Antikaninen som en plog framför sig innan han lyckades passera. En manöver som renderade i en svart flagga för fjolårsvinnaren Alvarsson.

Men redan innan semifinalerna var det Klara Andersson som gjort mest avtryck i 2150-klassen genom att placera sig överst som kvalvinnare och därefter segrare i sin semifinal.
- Det känns bra med bilen och körningen. Jag försöker vara i min bubbla och köra mina race och minimera misstagen, sa Klara Andersson efter segern i Q3.

Andersson tog sen efter segern i sin semifinal även starten i finalen före David Hjertberg. Men ut mot andra varet missade Andersson lite i startkurvan samtidigt som jagande Hjertberg prickade en optimal linje och kunde ta sig förbi i kurva två, den tighta hårnålen. Andersson försökte jaga ifatt, men kom aldrig tillräckligt nära för att hota Hjertberg. Men med en andra plats och många poäng inkörda leder nu Klara Andersson SM-serien på 152 poäng inför den avslutande finalen i Arvika.

Även dagens segrare, David Hjertberg klättrade uppåt i den totala tabellen och parkerar med segern och totala 148 poäng, som tvåa i mästerskapet bakom Klara Andersson.
- Det här var riktigt roligt. Det har varit lite upp och ner hela helgen men nu slutade det på upp i alla fall. Så nu känns de hundra milen hem lite lättare, säger David Hjertberg och summerar finalen.
- Jag kom i väg bra i starten och kunde lägga mig i rygg på Klara sen såg jag en lucka och fick till ett perfekt spår, som jag inte hittade på något annat varv, och då kunde jag passera, sen lyckades jag hålla undan.

Alla resultat från samtliga klasser i deltävling sex finns här.

Nästa tävling av Rallycrossens SM-serie är Superfinalen i Arvika 13-15 augusti då kampen om SM-medaljerna ska avgöras och där även Rally X Nordic avslutar sin säsong. Allt kommer kunna ses på Svensk Bilsports webb-tv kanal, www.sbfplay,se
21-07-25 Andersson i ledning inför finalen
Trots en strulig helg i Västerås så tar Nils Andersson med sig en ledning på 20 poäng till SM-finalen i Arvika.
- Skaplig poängutdelning ändå, sammanfattar KMS-föraren efter en andra- och en fjärdeplats under helgens dubbeltävling i Supercar Lites.

Rallycross-SM drog vidare till Västmanland under helgen. Nils Andersson åkte dit med en klar ledning i Lites-klassen och kunde i bästa fall i praktiken ha säkrat SM-guldet. Riktigt så bra blev det nu inte utan Andersson fick kämpa för varje poäng i ett adrenalinspäckat startfält.

Lördagens kval blev en kämpig historia och 21-åringen från Arvika fick nöja sig med att stå i andra ledet i semifinalen. Där tog han en tredjeplats och därmed sista rutan i finalen.
- Struligt kval, men stolpe in i finalen, summerar Andersson, som körde upp sig till en andraplats efter kompisen Linus Östlund.

Söndagen började också med en motgång i form av en punktering i första kvalomgången.
- Oturlig Q1, men därefter två bra kvalomgångar och en bra semifinal.

Med två andraplatser i de sista kvalrundorna så startade Nils i pole position i andra semifinalen där det blev seger.

Därmed var det slut på flytet för den här helgen. I finalen tappade han placeringar på grund av tekniska problem.
- Redan när jag släppte upp kopplingen i finalen märkte jag att motorn inte gick som den skulle.

Med sämre effekt än konkurrenterna kunde han inte kämpa om en pallplacering, men tog sig i mål som fyra, trots tuff uppvaktning bakifrån.
- Jag fick en smäll på sista varvet, så vi har en del jobb att göra på bilen nu, förutom motorproblemet.

Tre veckor har Nils och Kristoffersson Motorsport på sig att få Lites-bilen i toppskick igen. Då vankas SM-final hemma på Westom-banan.
- Det är ju en bana jag kan i alla fall, men allting kan hända. Det såg vi inte minst den här helgen.

20 poängs ledning är en rejäl marginal med bara en tävling kvar, men Martin Enlund har chans att ta sig förbi om Andersson skulle få stora problem.
- Minst silver är säkrat, men teamet har gjort ett så bra jobb hittills, så jag tycker vi är värda att få ta hem en guldmedalj till Arvika, avslutar Nils Andersson.
21-07-25 Kevin Hansen leads home one-two victory for Hansen World RX Team in Spain
Kevin Hansen scored his first ever win on the road in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with victory at the World RX of Catalunya, leading home team-mate Timmy Hansen in a 1-2 finish for Hansen World RX Team.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has proven a happy hunting ground for Hansen World RX Team in years past, with Timmy Hansen taking wins here for the last two years running.

A steely performance from Kevin ensured he held off Johan Kristoffersson to win his semi-final while under immense pressure, giving him a front row start for the final alongside Timmy.

An early joker for the 2019 World Rallycross Champion in the final ensured Timmy stayed ahead of Kristoffersson, but a later joker lap from Kevin allowed him to run side-by-side with his brother through the long, sweeping turn six on the fourth lap, going on to take the lead around the outside at the next turn.

From there, Kevin and Timmy held firm in first and second, crossing the line to secure a second 1-2 finish for the team at the track, following on from its 2019 success where Timmy had led Kevin home.

It was also the first win for Kevin on the road at world championship level, as his first official race victory had come via a post-finish stewards’ decision at the 2019 World RX of Abu Dhabi.

Semi-final wins for both drivers, and Timmy topping qualifying ahead of Kevin in second, means that Hansen has also accrued a perfect score in the teams’ championship in Barcelona.

Kevin’s round one win means he leads the drivers’ championship with 29 points, two points ahead of Timmy on 27.

Following the postponement of World RX of Germany earlier this week, the next round of World RX will be the team’s home event in Höljes, Sweden, next month.

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KEVIN HANSEN
Timmy Hansen, Driver, Hansen World RX Team
“I saw the opportunity and took it, knowing that between myself and Timmy we always race fair.”

“Myself and Timmy managed a brilliant run to turn one in the final, the strategy was perfect. After that we just kept our heads down, I kept on Timmy's bumper and felt I had some great pace. Once Timmy jokered and I picked up clean air, I had a good feeling with Graham [Rodemark, spotter] on the team radio that we had something good going. He did say the joker exit would be tight – and it was! But I saw the opportunity and took it, knowing that between myself and Timmy we always race fair and think of the team.

“I've worked so hard in the off-season, working on a new approach, and I'm really pumped to have this validation that it's working. We have to keep working stay at the top though; we saw how competitive Johan is, and we have to improve further. But at the end of the day we're leading both championships, so we're on the right track.”

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TIMMY HANSEN
Timmy Hansen, Driver, Hansen World RX Team
“We had to focus on ensuring we finished 1-2, and the plan worked perfectly. We definitely made the right choice”

“Maybe with a different strategy I could have won the race today. I had some issues with understeer on Friday but we kept working on the set-up, making changes, and eventually dialled it out. And on the new tyres at the end our car felt the fastest it had been all weekend. So the speed was there towards the end, but we had to focus on ensuring we finished 1-2, and the plan worked perfectly. We definitely made the right choice.

“We have to play the team game – sometimes you get to be the one taking, and sometimes you have to be the one giving. The margins were so small today that spending a lap behind Krisztián Szabó, who hadn't jokered, changed the race from my side. But the overall strategy worked, Kevin got the space he needed and it was super even between us after the strategy played out. The important thing is that I knew we as a team would win; getting a maximum score at the start of the year is a huge boost. ”

THE BOSS KENNETH HANSEN
Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal, Hansen World RX Team
“We had decided to put our eggs in a single basket strategy-wise early on, taking a gamble aimed squarely at winning the later races.”

“We didn't quite have the ultimate pace during the whole weekend – Kristoffersson was extremely quick in the Saturday qualifying sessions. But we had good tyres for the semi-finals and very good tyres for the finals – we had decided to put our eggs in a single basket strategy-wise early on, taking a gamble aimed squarely at winning the later races.

“We had to take additional risks to win those races too, especially with the joker lap. We did a really good job in that area today, it couldn't have gone better. The situation we faced in the opening laps of the final was Kevin potentially dropping to third, but we were able to read the race and ensure we took a 1-2 and maximum points for the championship.

“Our technical team has done a fantastic job all weekend, and we especially need to thank ORCEA for their hard work on engine upgrades. Our starts were consistently strong this week, which is a great reward for all the work that's been put in since last year's season finale.

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Timmy Hansen
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Kevin Hansen
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Final
21-07-25 De Ridder completes Catalunya clean sweep as sparks fly in first-ever FIA RX2e event
De Ridder claims victory in Round 1 of inaugural RX2e Championship
Belgian wins every session in Catalunya as McConnell and Kallio collide
Teenagers Steinsholt and O'Donovan complete maiden podium
All-electric series continues in Höljes, Sweden (August 20-22)

Guillaume De Ridder produced a masterful display to dominate the maiden FIA RX2e event at the Circuit de Catalunya, becoming the first-ever winner in the all-electric championship.

The Belgian was fastest in all four qualifying sessions and battled to victory in his semi-final before taking advantage of an incident involving his main rivals Fraser McConnell and Jesse Kallio in the showpiece race.

That left the way clear for Ole Henry Steinsholt to claim second, with the Norwegian bouncing back after two significant crashes earlier in the day, while fellow teenager Patrick O'Donovan completed the rostrum.

The 17-year-old enjoyed a redemption story of his own after a disappointing DNF in Q2 left him playing catch up on Saturday, and the youngster showed his potential with a mature performance on the debut race weekend for the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialists QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse OMSE, has the honour of being the leading support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship this season.

And the brand new category, based on an 'arrive-and-drive' concept with the intention of creating an accessible pathway to the top of the sport, certainly delivered plenty of action.

De Ridder was quickest out of the blocks on Friday, setting the pace in practice before going on to post the fastest times in both Q1 and Q2 with a couple of superb drives.

However, the 28-year-old was pushed all the way by McConnell and Kallio as the pair of former RX2 sparring partners picked up a second and third each to leave them level in the overnight standings.

Steinsholt and Frenchman Damien Meunier, who also boasts RX2 experience, were four and fifth midway through qualifying while local driver Pablo Suárez sat sixth after securing a very popular victory in his Q2 race.

As for O'Donovan, the youngest driver in the 10-car field started positively on his 4WD debut with sixth in Q1 but contact at the start of Q2 resulted in retirement and left him with a mountain to climb on Saturday.

The second day in Barcelona started with drama as heavy watering of the track caused treacherous practice conditions and resulted in a number of accidents - most notably a heavy shunt for Steinsholt while Suárez, Meunier and José Luis García also picked up damage.

The RX2e crew of engineers and mechanics went to work on the stricken machine, in full view of the live cameras belonging to the new RX+ broadcast platform, and pulled off a heroic repair job in time for Q3.

That gave Steinsholt a chance to line up in the quicker qualifying race, but the Norwegian soon found himself in trouble again - clipping the tyre barrier on the way into the final complex while chasing De Ridder.

The Norwegian rebounded into the centre of the track and collected Kallio, who in turn was hit by McConnell. The Jamaican was fastest to get going again, finishing a distant second while Kallio came home third and Steinsholt dragged his car around for fourth, with Meunier having come unstuck at the first corner after an ambitious move around the outside.

Suárez won the other race in Q3 comfortably while O'Donovan caught the eye, jumping from fifth to third in turn one before later pulling a tidy move on García to secure second and lift him up the intermediate standings.

De Ridder had his toughest challenge yet in Q4, going doorhandle-to-doorhandle with McConnell into turn one while Kallio and O'Donovan were hung out wide and opted to take early jokers. The Belgian was unruffled by the close attention though, and kept his cool to notch his fourth session win of the weekend.

In the other Q4 race, Steinsholt finally enjoyed a trouble-free run and showed his true pace to take the chequered flag while the unfortunate Meunier suffered mechanical issues, leaving the way open for Garcia to seal second ahead of Oscar Ortfeldt - a late replacement for Spanish ace Pepe Arqué - and British veteran Mark Flaherty.

The first semi-final was a showdown between De Ridder and Kallio, with the Finn noticeably more aggressive in his driving style as he looked to hustle is rival into a mistake, but De Ridder did not put a wheel wrong and claimed yet another victory while Steinsholt finished third.

McConnell was untroubled out in front of the second semi-final, although the action was fast and furious behind as O'Donovan passed Meunier thanks to an alternative joker strategy before the RX150 star also found a way past Suárez when the Spaniard got out of shape exiting the hairpin.

Those results teed up a mouthwatering final involving De Ridder, McConnell, Kallio, Steinsholt, Suarez and O'Donovan, set to play out under the setting sun as the live crowd took advantage of cooler temperatures thanks to the unusual evening format.

However, the contest was effectively over before it began with McConnell losing out to De Ridder in turn one and suffering contact in the pack which turned the nose of his car into Kallio's.

McConnell hit the barriers and was out on the spot while Kallio limped around for a lap before parking up, opening the way for Steinsholt and O'Donovan to profit.

Oblivious to the carnage behind, De Ridder cruised around to complete a historic clean sweep and lay down a marker for the rest of the season. Steinsholt was a comfortable second while O'Donovan displayed excellent race craft to resist the attentions of Suárez and claim an unexpected podium.

Guillaume De Ridder said: "I'm speechless - I can't describe the weekend. There are so many great drivers in RX2e, so to take the first win and make history is just an amazing feeling.

"It has been a perfect weekend, winning every session and getting a clean sweep. This is a new series with a lot of fast guys so I didn't exactly know what to expect, but we were obviously aiming to fight for the win. It couldn't have gone better.

"The RX2e car has been even better than I could have expected. It is brand new technology, so you could expect some small failures, but it was absolutely flawless all weekend. The guys at QEV and OMSE have made a great product, it is a great piece of engineering and nice to drive so I have really enjoyed it."

Ole Henry Steinsholt said: "It is amazing to stand on the podium at the end of such an up-and-down day. Yesterday our pace was okay but today I struggled a lot so I have to say a big thank you to the team and mechanics who made the car ready for both qualifying sessions today.

"It has been a lot of fun. I'm really happy. In the final, everything happened in front of me and suddenly I was second. I went to the inside to follow Guillaume, and then when I got to the gravel section I saw cars flying in front of me!"

Patrick O'Donovan said: "This is crazy. I had a really bad start to the weekend, and was really unlucky. I got held up in my first heat and never got to show my pace then I had a DNF at turn one in the second qualifying race, which really set us back.

"Today was a redemption day. I started every race but one on the outside and in last! Before the final I made a plan, with my spotters David Mansfield and Kevin Eriksson, that we were going to brake early and get the cut back in turn one. It worked as I got up into P4, then I saw Fraser and Jesse coming together… I kept my foot in through the dust and it was a sensational result. I had a lot of pressure from behind in the last two laps but it was really good fun."

The FIA RX2e Championship continues with Round 2 at Höljes, Sweden next month (August 20-22). You can watch every single race live on RX+, the new FIA World Rallycross Championship broadcast platform.

Results
1. Guillaume DE RIDDER (BEL) 6 laps
2. Ole Henry STEINSHOLT (NOR) +4.195
3. Patrick O'DONOVAN (IRL) +6.057
4. Pablo SUÁREZ (ESP) +6.515
5. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) +5 laps
6. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) +6 laps

Championship Standings
1. Guillaume DE RIDDER (BEL) 30pts
2. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 22pts
3. Ole Henry STEINSHOLT (NOR) 21pts
4. Pablo SUÁREZ (ESP) 21pts
5. Jesse KALLIO (FIN) 21pts
6. Patrick O'DONOVAN (IRL) 19pts
7. José Luis GARCÍA MOLINA (ESP) 13pts
8. Damien MEUNIER (FRA) 12pts
9. Mark FLAHERTY (GBR) 10pts
10. Jan Oscar ORTFELDT (SWE) 9pts
21-07-25 Kevin Hansen beats the champions for first victory of 2021 in captivating Catalunya curtain-raiser
Kevin Hansen leads Hansen World RX Team one-two in World RX season-opener
Swede prevails in thrilling battle with team-mate Timmy Hansen and Johan Kristoffersson
Guillaume De Ridder makes history as first-ever winner in FIA RX2e Championship

Kevin Hansen beat the world’s best in Barcelona today (24 July), as the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship got underway in spectacular style in Spain with sensational racing across the board and a breathtaking battle for World RX honours.

Hansen was already a winner in the series arriving at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but his previous success – in Abu Dhabi in 2019 – came as a result of a penalty for the on-track winner. This time, the Swede triumphed entirely on merit after a pulsating performance for the family-run Hansen World RX Team.

For the majority of the weekend, Hansen closely shadowed elder brother Timmy as the two Peugeot 208s topped the intermediate classification at World RX of Catalunya. Behind them, however, a threat was lurking – a threat in the shape of three-time world champion Johan Kristofferson.

Entering the season as the defending title-holder, the KYB EKS JC ace was left on the back foot yesterday as a Q1 disqualification – after his data-logger was found not to have been connected – left him down in an uncharacteristic 15th position.

Proving just why he is the most crowned competitor in World Championship history, however, the Swede went on to win all three subsequent qualifiers to haul himself up to sixth place after Q4 – and back in the hunt.

That set the scene for a dazzling duel in the second semi-final, as Kristoffersson tried every which way to pass the younger of the Hansen brothers over the last two laps in a phenomenal fight, but the Peugeot driver stuck stubbornly to his guns and refused to yield, setting up an all-Hansen front row for the final following Timmy’s victory in the first semi-final.

After gaining a spot to third at the start, Kristoffersson then deployed an early joker tactic to try to get the undercut on the Hansen duo but found himself covered off by Timmy.

The pair both emerged from the joker behind GRX-SET World RX Team’s Krisztián Szabó, though, and the subsequent delay – allied to a rapid turn-of-speed from Kevin Hansen – enabled the latter to sweep around the outside of his two countrymen on lap four to assume a lead he would not subsequently relinquish.

Showing just how much the result meant to him, the winner fought back tears after exiting his car in parc fermé, while Timmy Hansen withstood the pressure of Kristoffersson all the way to the chequered flag to seal a one-two for the Swedish outfit and get Hansen World RX Team’s season off to the perfect start.

Although Kristofferson was disappointed not to win, the pace he showed throughout the weekend proved that the Audi driver will once again be a force to be reckoned with this year, while Szabó’s fourth-place finish brought some consolation to GRX-SET, after team-mate Niclas Grönholm found himself spat off-track at the beginning of the second semi-final.

René Münnich reached the final for the first time in his World RX career and ultimately wound up fifth for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, but there was less fortune for team-mate Timo Scheider, who was fast and feisty during the qualifying stages and sat third in the intermediate standings only to be squeezed into the barriers on the opening lap of his semi-final. At the start of his first full season in World RX, meanwhile, Kevin Abbring showed flashes of real form in UNKORRUPTED’s Renault Mégane on his way to sixth.

Kevin Hansen, Hansen World RX Team (1st), said:
“This means so much to me – my first proper World RX win. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m so, so happy. I knew from pre-season testing that I had a great car underneath me and I’ve worked so hard to up my game, and that has paid off. Johan put up a big challenge this weekend and really made us fight for it, but I got my chance and knew I had to take it. Keeping him behind me in the semi-final was absolutely key.

“When I was standing on the podium, I looked to my left and to my right and thought, ‘these guys have won four world championships between them, and I’ve just beaten them both’ – that was such a cool feeling. What an amazing way to start the season! This isn’t the first time I’ve led the world championship, but this year, I don’t plan to let it go...”

Timmy Hansen, Hansen World RX Team (2nd), said:
“I’m super proud of Kevin – I know how hard he is working and how much he is improving, and he did a fantastic job. Both of us kept our cool through qualifying, and we had a plan for how we wanted to come out of the first corner in the final, which we executed perfectly.

“Johan has been incredibly fast all weekend, and to hold position, we knew we had to cover off his joker strategy. Unfortunately, I then lost some time behind Szabó and it was so close between Kevin and me when he emerged from the joker, but from that point on, I had his back. This is a team victory, and a one-two finish is a fantastic result at the beginning of the season – a big win for our family.”

Johan Kristoffersson, KYB EKS JC (3rd), said:
“If you had offered me a podium after the penalty in Q1, I would definitely have taken it, but with the pace we have shown here, of course we were hoping for a bit more. I didn’t want to risk too much in the semi-final and final, so I tried to drive aggressively while remaining fair, and ultimately, there was no way through.

“The team has done a great job and the car has been fantastic, which is obviously encouraging looking forward, so we just need to keep our heads up and make sure we stay on our toes, because this weekend has proven once again that anything can happen in rallycross. The fightback begins at Höljes!”

DOMINANT DE RIDDER MAKES HISTORY IN RX2e
Guillaume De Ridder was the dominant force in the all-new FIA RX2e Championship, as the Belgian – three times a top three championship finisher in the series’ RX2 predecessor – won every race he started in Barcelona.

After completing a clean sweep through the qualifiers, De Ridder fended off Jesse Kallio in the first semi-final and then simply drove away from his pursuers in the final, aided by an opening lap tangle that delayed Kallio and took out fellow front-runner Fraser McConnell. Ole Henry Steinsholt secured the runner-up spoils, with Patrick O’Donovan an elated third from the back of the grid, just ahead of local hero Pablo Suárez.

PRE-SEASON FAVOURITE PREVAILS IN RX3
Yury Belevskiy picked up from where he left off in Barcelona nine months ago, as he took the opening honours in the FIA European Rallycross Championship’s RX3 category. Last year’s highest scorer registered maximum points from the weekend to get his title bid off to the perfect start, but he was pushed hard by hugely impressive newcomer Kobe Pauwels in another Volland Racing Audi A1, as the Belgian excelled on his international debut in top-flight rallycross.

Pauwels found himself out-of-luck in the final, however, after a first corner tag sent him sideways and dropped him to the tail of the field. Timur Shigabutdinov gratefully picked up second place having battled back from an accident on the first day, with Zsolt Szíjj ‘Jolly’ rounding out the rostrum in third – by some margin the finest result of the Hungarian’s career – following a penalty for Marat Knyazev for the early contact with Pauwels.

The 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign next moves on to the iconic Höljes circuit for World RX of Sweden on 20-22 August, which will feature a bumper bill of action with all four series – World RX, RX2e, Euro RX3 and the seasonal debut of Euro RX1.

FINAL RESULT
1. Kevin HANSEN (SWE) Hansen World RX Team 6 laps
2. Timmy HANSEN (SWE) Hansen World RX Team + 1.141s
3. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) KYB EKS JC + 2.394s
4. Krisztián SZABÓ (HUN) GRX-SET World RX Team + 3.499s
5. René MÜNNICH (DEU) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport + 7.259s
6. Kevin ABBRING (NLD) Unkorrupted + 9.782s
21-07-24 Pallplats för EKS JC och Johan Kristoffersson under VM-premiären i Barcelona
World RX inleddes med en spektakulär upphämtning för KYB EKS JCs Johan Kristoffersson, som trots första omgångens missöde slutade trea i tävlingen. Samtidigt visade teamkompisen Enzo Ide högt tempo.

Den inledande deltävlingen av FIA World Rallycross Championship har precis avslutats i spanska Barcelona. Regerande teammästarna KYB EKS JC representeras i år av värmländske Johan Kristoffersson och belgiske Enzo Ide.

För trefaldiga världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson är det första tävlingen tillsammans med teamet, och han visade direkt sitt tempo med snabbast tider genom i hela grundomgången. Men ett problem med en kabel till dataloggsystemet gjorde att Kristoffersson i efterhand diskvalificerades från Q1 och han rasade till sista plats efter Q2. Men högt tempo gjorde att han kunde avancera till sjätteplats i grundomgången, och avsluta tvåa i semifinalen. Efter en actionfylld final avslutade han trea i tävlingen och ligger även trea i mästerskapet, nio poäng bakom ledaren.

Enzo Ide, som gör sin första fullständiga säsong i World RX, hade ingen problemfri tävling. Han höll ett högt tempo och tog även en heatseger. Dessvärre blev en krasch i Q4 väldigt kostsam för hans del, och trots att bilen kunde komma till start i semifinalen tvingades han bryta på grund av skadorna. Efter helgen ligger belgaren på tionde plats i mästerskapet.

Nästa deltävling körs i svenska Höljes 20-22 augusti. Fullständigt resultat för VM finns här.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”En tredjeplats var ingenting vi hade hoppats på med tanke på farten vi haft hela helgen. Men efter det som hände i Q1 igår så får vi vara jättenöjda. Vi blev av med femtio poäng i grundomgången, men kämpade oss från femtonde plats till tredje plats i tävlingen. Johan har varit ostoppbar på banan i grundomgången och det känns väldigt tråkigt att inte kunna fightas om segern. Även om det inte var någonting vi kunde styra över så är vi såklart ansvariga för vad som hände och får ta konsekvenserna. Det känns riktigt bra att ha visat farten såhär i inledningen och Johan känner sig mer och mer hemma i bilen. Nu har vi lite grejer att slipa på, och kommer vara redo att kämpa vidare i Höljes.

Enzo har haft bra fart och satt flera snabba tider. Han hade en jättekrasch i Q4, och mekanikerna gjorde ett kanonjobb och lyckades laga bilen till nästa race. Men tyvärr så gick någonting sönder i semifinalen på grund av skadorna efter kraschen, så han kunde inte fullfölja semin. Men semifinal var hans mål i helgen, så vi får såklart vara nöjda med det. Både Johan och Enzo har visat att de är snabba, och hela teamet längtar verkligen till Höljes.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Supercar:
”Det här var första tävlingen för mig med KYB EKS JC, och vi avslutade precis tävlingen på tredje plats. Jag hade en stor fight tillbaka efter gårdagens straff, men vi var snabbast i alla omgångar och satte snabbaste varvtiden i finalen. Teamet har jobbat riktigt hårt och bilen har varit en dröm att köra. Tyvärr kunde vi inte avsluta på topp den här gången, men vi hade hög fart och jag njöt verkligen av att köra Audin.

Nu måste vi bara fortsätta att pusha. Även om du är snabb på banan så är det mycket som kan hända i rallycross, vilket vi såg idag. Det här var första tävlingen och även om vi var väldigt snabba nu så gäller det att fortsätta jobba på varje detalj och alltid utvecklas. Saker ändras fort, och jag kommer behöva mer tid i bilen för att tillsammans med teamet kunna hitta exakt rätt inställningar för alla förutsättningar på banan. Men jag märker redan nu att bilens prestanda är väldigt, väldigt bra och vi ser fram emot Höljes.”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Det har inte varit en enkel tävling för mig. Jag hade en del tekniska problem under Q1 och Q2, som teamet fixade till Q3. I Q4 kraschade jag hårt. Jag körde lite för aggressivt, laddade för hårt över hoppet och någonting i bilen gick sönder. Grabbarna gjorde ett otroligt jobb med att fixa de stora skadorna i fronten och jag kunde starta i semifinalen. Men i semifinalen tappade bilen effekt efter några varv, troligen på grund av skadorna från Q4, och jag var tvungen att bryta.

I det stora hela är jag nöjd med farten, men jag kämpar fortfarande med att få ihop alla bitarna. Det är svårt att jämföra sig med Johan, han är enligt mig den bästa rallycrossföraren vi någonsin haft och får alla detaljerna att sitta – alltid. Så att ha honom som teamkompis är en dröm som slagit in. Trots att det var hans första tävling i bilen är han ofattbart snabb, och han hjälper mig att utvecklas och känna mig mer bekväm i bilen.”

21-07-24 Jansson behåller SM-ledningen i Rallycross
Idag avgjordes den femte av sju deltävlingar av rallycrossens SM-serie i Västerås. I 2400-klassen behåller Jim Jansson fortsatt greppet om serieledningen även om den första dagen i Västerås inte blev lika lyckosam som de senaste tävlingarna varit för värmlänningen Jansson. Idag blev det en femte plats i finalen efter att ha placerat sig som sexa i kvalkörningen. Men viktiga mästerskapspoäng plockades och Jim Jansson leder fortsatt tabellen, nu på 172 poäng före tvåan Rasmus Olsson på 148. Simon Claesson är trea på 137 poäng. Klättrade i den totala tabellen från sjunde till fjärde plats gjorde dagens segrare, fjolårets SM-guldmedaljör i klassen, Per Berglund.

Berglund som hade det motigt under dagen och fick bryta i andra kvalheatet kom ut i det tredje där han satte en kanontid som räckte till nästbästa i omgången bakom Simon Claesson. En tid för Berglund som visade både för honom och konkurrenterna att det var något på gång. I en stentuff semifinal besegrade till sist Per Berglund Andreas Israelsson och skaffade sig med det en plats längst fram i finalen. En final där Leo Ivarsson tog starten, men Ivarsson gasade på sig i första sväng och hamnade av banan. En bjudning som Per Berglund inte tackade nej till. Och från första hårnålen och in i mål var det Per Berglund-show.
- Det har gått lite tungt men vi kämpar alla som är med och kör och nu var det min tur att vinna.
Det var tufft i första sväng, men det löste sig bra för mig, så det känns skönt med en seger, sa 2400-vinnaren Per Berglund efter dagen seger.
- Vi har lite plast att byta nu men annars är nog allt okej inför morgondagens tävling.

Samtliga resultat från den femte deltävlingen av SM i rallycross finns här: https://www.motorsport-events.se/camp/index.php?dir=resultsmw%2F09+results+2021%2F02+Rallycross%2F02+Rallycross+SM%2F

I morgon fortsätter SM-serien i rallycross med deltävling sex. Samtliga heat kan ses på Svensk Bilsports webb-TV kanal, www.sbfplay.se

Morgondagens sändningar Västerås startar 9:20
21-07-23 Medlemserbjudande - se SM i Rallycross från Västerås live på sbfplay.se
Han har vunnit tre av de fyra körda deltävlingarna och leder mästerskapet i 2400 med sjutton poäng före närmaste konkurrent. I helgen blir Jim Jansson den jagade när deltävling fem och sex av SM-serien i Rallycross körs i Västerås.

Med dubbla segrar från Piteå reste Jim Jansson hem till Värmland med utökad serieledning i totala mästerskapstabellen som han leder på 143 poäng, före Rasmus Olsson på 126. Simon Claesson är trea på 117 inför kommande dubbelhelg som körs nu 24-25 juli i Västerås
- Det är skönt, känns bra att vara kvar i topp, sa Jim Jansson efter Piteå och blickade fram mot Västerås.

Nu är Västerås här och det återstår att se om någon kan rå på nykomlingen som verkligen håller på att göra sin egen klassresa när han slagit in på vägen som fram till nu varit nästintill spikrak.

I Västerås kör även övriga SM-klasser, 2150 där Björn ”Putte” Andersson leder, JSM, där Oskar Hellström leder samt Supercar Lites där Nils Andersson är i mästerskapsledning.

Helas helgens tävlingar ses live på sbfplay.se för,
129:- per dag, eller medlemspris med all access för 179 :-

I all access ingår även avslutningen av Folkracetävlingen från Gotland, Guta Festivalen.

Du hittar medlemserbjudandet här: https://solidsport.com/login
21-07-22 World RX of Germany postponed as Nürburgring assists disaster relief effort
Rallycross Promoter GmbH today confirms that World RX of Germany at the Nürburgring – scheduled to be the second and third rounds of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship – will be postponed to the end of the season due to the ongoing effects of the widespread recent flooding in the region.

The World Championship campaign will get underway in Barcelona this weekend, and the Nürburgring – a new addition to the series’ calendar – had been due to welcome the headlining World RX battle and all-electric FIA RX2e Championship a week later, on 31 July - 1 August.

The wide-ranging recent floods in Germany have forced the postponement of the event, with the Nürburgring having become a focal point of the rescue and recovery efforts as a collection and distribution centre. The rescheduled double-header will now act as the 2021 season finale over the weekend of 27-28 November. Existing tickets will remain valid for the new date.

This means World RX of Sweden at Höljes will now become round two of the current campaign on 20-22 August.

Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“Everybody has seen the pictures of the devastating recent flooding in Germany, and whilst the Nürburgring itself has thankfully been largely spared by this natural disaster, the same cannot unfortunately be said for the surrounding area. It is important to remember that there are far more important matters at stake here than rallycross, and we must pay immense tribute to the event organisers, who have worked night and day to help the humanitarian efforts.

“At the same time, they have collaborated very closely with us as the World Championship promoter and the FIA to find a solution to reschedule the event, and we are very much looking forward to going to this legendary venue later in the year for what promises to be a pulsating season finale – with the World Rallycross Champion set to be crowned at one of motorsport’s most iconic venues.”
21-07-21 Hansen targets trophies in Spanish World RX season opener
Hansen World RX Team’s quest to win the FIA World Rallycross Championship title begins this Friday in Barcelona, as drivers Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen contest the season-opening World RX of Catalunya.

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has proven a happy hunting ground for Hansen World RX Team in years past, with Timmy Hansen taking wins here for the last two years running.

Timmy’s 2019 performance was especially dominant, winning every session on his way to victory ahead of younger brother Kevin, who secured a historic 1-2 finish for the team.

Having ended the curtailed 2020 season at this same circuit with a victory, Hansen World RX Team is confident it will be similarly competitive at the beginning of the 2021 season.

A new season also brings a new timetable format, as World RX takes on a new Friday–Saturday schedule instead of the traditional Saturday–Sunday format for the season-opening round. For the first time in a European-based round, World RX is also racing into the evening, with the all-important Finals session taking place at 7pm local time.

The circuit is highly familiar to all the top drivers in the championship, as Barcelona has been a permanent fixture on the World RX calendar since 2015. For Hansen World RX Team’s drivers, the cars are familiar too, as the team will run its current Peugeot 208 WRX for one last season before the shift to electric vehicles in 2022.

Barcelona is now one of nine rounds on the World Championship calendar, as World RX of Riga-Latvia was upgraded to a double-header event on Monday.

9 Kevin Hansen
“We have had a very positive off-season and I've been counting down the days to this event.”

“My goal at the first round is simple – to win! We have had a very positive off-season and I've been counting down the days to this event.

“Barcelona has historically been a track that suits our car really well. It's a track that changes character during the weekend – it always beings quite green and slippery, then builds up during the weekend, so you need to be on your toes constantly with car set-up.

“Most of the corners are pretty much medium to low-speed corners, and it's very much about hitting your marks around the tyre barriers. There are no kerbs anywhere, so you have to be really precise and get your lines right.

“Generally, it's quite slippery but the grip builds up over the weekend, which should suit our 208 well. Our car has been improved over the winter in these types of corners so we're really proud of our effort and excited to show what it can do.”

21 Timmy Hansen
“Our preparations for this season have gone really well and I'm confident we should have some good pace straight out of the box.”

“It's been a really long break leading up to this round of the championship, so I hope I can get up to speed quickly now that we're back! But our preparations for this season have gone really well and I'm confident we should have some good pace straight out of the box.

“Barcelona is a high-grip circuit, which has always worked well for us and our car. There's one exception to that though – the last corner, which is my favourite. It's usually super slippery on entry and all the grip is on the exit, so the driving style through there is really different. You end up almost backing the car into the final corner and wait for the grip to arrive on the exit. Anyone who's played DiRT Rally will know this style very well!

“The joker lap on this track – where the exit speed is so high – introduces some unusual strategy and makes it very open, so while our car is fast, we will need to be clever and make sure we are getting everything right to perform well.”

The track:
Circut de Barcelona-Catalunya
Kevin Hansen, 2019 World RX of Catalunya

World RX of Catalunya joined the calendar in 2015 as one of the new generation of rallycross tracks based on permanent racing circuits

Utilising the final sector of the Formula 1 circuit, sections of high-grip asphalt are punctuated by two dirt sections, the first of which features a spectacular jump.

The big numbers
21
Timmy Hansen has reverted to his old number for World RX – can he reclaim #1 for the 2022 season?

278
The number of days between the last two visits to Barcelona – one at the end of last season and another to start the 2021 campaign. It's been a long wait, but we're finally racing again!

What to look out for
Joker exit. Common wisdom in rallycross usually suggests an overcut strategy is best for gaining position using the joker lap. Spain's a bit different – cars exiting the joker are much faster than those on the regular lap but the merge is on the racing line, so an early joker can often lead to a position gained or a better race time in qualifying by avoiding jostling for position late on.

The final hairpin. A last lap, last corner lunge is never off the table in Barcelona. The circuit ends with a slow hairpin that has slippery gravel on entry and grippy asphalt on exit. The fastest line through the corner leaves the door wide open, while going defensive costs precious time. Expect plenty of action here.

World RX of Catalunya:
When and where
Timmy Hansen, Pre-Season Testing, 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship
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Event Timetable
All times CEST
Friday, July 23rd
Free Practice 10:10
Qualifying 1 17:00
Qualifying 2 19:00

Saturday, July 24th
Warm-up 09:45
Qualifying 3 15:30
Qualifying 4 17:00
Red Bull TV Pre-Show 18:45
Semi-Final
Final
21-07-19 2021 World RX of Riga-Latvia becomes double-header event
Riga to host double bill of World Championship competition in September
Bikernieki circuit a firm favourite amongst drivers and fans alike
Decision taken to protect the calendar in light of ongoing Covid pandemic

FIA World Rallycross Championship competitors and fans can look forward to a double dose of high-speed action in Riga later this year (18-19 September), with the confirmation that the popular Latvian event will become a double-header on the 2021 calendar, increasing the overall number of rounds to nine.

Located on the outskirts of the country’s capital city, the Bikernieki track has been a fixture on the World RX schedule since 2016, with a long gravel section through the wooded infield and no fewer than three jumps making it an instant favourite amongst both drivers and fans.

In evidence of the circuit’s challenging nature, the six rounds held there to-date have all been won by true legends of the sport – World Rallycross Champions Johan Kristoffersson, Mattias Ekström and Timmy Hansen, and nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb.

September’s double-header will now offer drivers two chances to add their names to that illustrious list, with the headlining World RX battle to be complemented by the third outing in the 2021 FIA European Rallycross Championship Euro RX1 title fight.

Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“We are delighted to confirm that Riga will now play host to two rounds on the 2021 World RX calendar. The Latvian organisers proved last year that they are more than capable of successfully staging a double-header event, and it means fans can look forward to even more exciting action this season around the Bikernieki circuit, which has invariably generated spectacular racing since joining the World Championship in 2016. We have no doubt that September’s event will deliver more of the same.”

Raimonds Strokšs, Director, World RX of Riga-Latvia, said:
“This is fantastic news for rallycross fans. For two days, spectators at our race weekend in Latvia will have the opportunity to follow twice as many races and twice as many intriguing semi-finals and finals. The 2021 World Championship title will be won in a car running an internal combustion engine, and spectators have been given a unique opportunity to enjoy these cars for the final time before World RX moves forward and switches to electric vehicles in 2022.

“There is much greater responsibility when organising a double-header event – an increased number of races accordingly increases the amount of work required for everything to run smoothly – but I believe that we, our partners and all our service providers are more than ready to bring their best and maintain the high-quality standard set by the events hosted in Latvia.”

While Rallycross Promoter GmbH has full confidence in the organisers and venues on the schedule, the decision to add an extra round to the Riga race weekend was taken in order to protect the calendar should any circumstances change against the backdrop of the ongoing global pandemic.
21-07-18 Catalunya calling: The countdown is on to 2021 World RX curtain-raiser
Champions, race-winners and exciting dark horses set for sunset showdown in Spain
New FIA RX2e Championship to shine a spotlight on rallycross’ electric future
RX+ broadcast platform offers fans unprecedented access to entertainment throughout
The wait is almost over. In less than seven days’ time, the FIA World Rallycross Championship will fire into life in Barcelona for its eagerly-anticipated 2021 curtain-raiser – World RX of Catalunya (23-24 July) – as battle begins for the honour of being crowned the series’ final petrol-powered champion.

Following a long off-season, excitement levels are now approaching fever pitch, with liveries revealed, testing completed and 17 of the finest dual-surface specialists on the planet headed for Spain to get World RX’s ever-spectacular show on the road.

Not only are there new faces in new places, but the track itself is set to pose drivers a fresh challenge, with the notoriously tight Turn One left-hander replaced by a wider, sweeping first corner that borrows a section of the famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Formula 1 layout.

The format, too, has undergone a shake-up, with the competitive action due to kick off in the afternoon and continue into the evening on both days in the Spanish city.

Defending world champion Johan Kristoffersson leads the line-up, but the Swede – three times a title-winner at the international pinnacle of the discipline – has switched cars over the off-season. He is preparing to fight for his fourth Drivers’ crown behind the wheel of an Audi S1, fielded by Mattias Ekström and Joel Christoffersson’s KYB EKS JC outfit, which claimed the Teams’ trophy in 2020 at its first attempt.

Kristoffersson will be partnered by ever-improving sportscar convert Enzo Ide, while siblings Timmy and Kevin Hansen similarly have their eyes fixed solidly on the main prize for family-run squad Hansen World RX Team.

The elder of the two Swedes lifted the laurels in dramatic fashion in Cape Town two years ago and – like Kristoffersson – was a winner in Barcelona back in October, so is sure to be a threat from the outset. Younger brother Kevin, meanwhile, has reached the rostrum on seven occasions over the past two campaigns and is bullish about his prospects for success behind the wheel of the team’s proven Peugeot 208.

Niclas Grönholm might not be a world champion – yet – but the Finn came extremely close in 2019, when an early-season bout of appendicitis almost certainly cost him a shot at overall glory, and in GRX-SET World RX Team’s Hyundai i20, he has a potent package at his disposal. The same can be said for team-mate Krisztián Szabó, as the Hungarian returns for his second full season at the highest level.

After impressing in a number of one-off appearances – even leading the final on his debut in Norway two years ago – former rally driver Kevin Abbring at last gets his big break in rallycross this season in an Unkorrupted Renault Mégane, while two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider achieved his maiden World RX podium in Barcelona in 2017 and is fired-up to produce a repeat performance in his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport SEAT Ibiza.

If you are looking for a dark horse, however, you would do well to consider Juha Rytkönen, who on his World RX bow at Kouvola last summer, duelled with Kristoffersson before going on to finish an excellent second. The flying Finn is back for another crack in 2021, rejoining the fray in a Betomik Racing Ford Fiesta and determined to show that his scene-stealing debut was no flash in the pan.

In the supporting FIA RX2e Championship, fans will get a glimpse of the sport’s new era as an intriguing mixture of young guns and experienced hands go doorhandle-to-doorhandle in the quest to secure the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship title, before the World Championship follows suit with the advent of RX1e from 2022.

Incorporating a motor on each axle that together deliver 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, the RX2e ‘pocket rocket’ – jointly developed by Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE – is certain to produce some superb racing as it puts driver skill firmly at the forefront.

The ever-popular FIA European Rallycross Championship’s rebaptised Euro RX3 (formerly Super1600) series will also get its season underway in Spain. Having been a fertile breeding ground for numerous heroes of the discipline – including the likes of Szabó, Andreas Bakkerud and Timur Timerzyanov – it will be fascinating to see who emerges on top this year and stakes their own claim to future rallycross superstardom.

Racing is set to begin at 1545 CET on Friday (23 July), with all of the action across the board to be livestreamed in glorious HD quality via the cutting-edge new RX+ broadcast platform. This premium production will grant subscribers unparalleled and unprecedented access anytime, anywhere and on any device, offering a choice of viewing angles, in-depth expert analysis, special behind-the-scenes features and exclusive interviews.

The Full Season Pass is currently on sale for the special launch price of €29,99, representing a 40% discount on the regular price of €49,99 and guaranteeing access until the end of the year. The Event Pass for World RX of Catalunya is currently available for €4,79 (using promo code RXPLUS40), again representing a 40% saving on the regular price of €7,99.

For more information or to subscribe, visit www.fiaworldrallycross.com

Tickets to World RX of Catalunya can still be purchased here, starting from as little as €19,95.

For the full Catalunya World RX entry list, click here: https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/world-rx/championship/calendar/world-rx-of-catalunya/rx1-entry-list/
For the full Catalunya RX2e entry list, click here: https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/world-rx/championship/calendar/world-rx-of-catalunya/rx2e-entry-list/
For the full Catalunya Euro RX3 entry list, click here: https://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/world-rx/championship/calendar/world-rx-of-catalunya/euro-rx3-entry-list/
21-07-18 FIA RX2e Championship set to launch new electric rallycross era at World RX of Catalunya
Inaugural FIA RX2e Championship surges into life in Barcelona
FIA World RX support series to showcase advanced technologies
Stellar line-up of drivers ready for electrifying wheel-to-wheel battles

The FIA RX2e Championship will make its bow in Spain next week (July 23/24) when Round 1 of the pioneering new series gets underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship is the leading support category to the FIA World Rallycross Championship and will add another level of excitement to what already promises to be a sensational weekend's racing.

RX2e will see an exciting line-up of talent go head-to-head in identical, cutting-edge machinery capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque – putting the emphasis firmly on driver skill.

The joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE is already seen by many to be the future of the sport ahead of World RX's progression to electrification, with a number of promising young stars signing up for the debut campaign.

The driver roster is headlined by ex-World RX star Guillaume De Ridder while Fraser McConnell, Jesse Kallio and Damien Meunier - all former RX2 competitors - are back on the international scene once more.

There is a Spanish flavour to the Round 1 line-up with Pablo Suárez, Pepe Arqué and José Luis García all signed up for their home event. Veteran British racer Mark Flaherty is also on board while teenage prospects Patrick O'Donovan and Ole Henry Steinsholt complete the grid.

There promises to be non-stop action once the lights go green in Barcelona, with the curtain-raising meeting taking on a unique evening format that will provide added excitement to fans in attendance and those watching at home.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya joined the World RX calendar in 2015 and has been a staple ever since, with the stadium section of the famous Formula 1 and MotoGP venue offering unparalleled views of the action.

The rallycross track itself is a 1,125m challenge comprised of asphalt and dirt sections, and has produced some spectacular action during past visits.

As well as the highly-anticipated first-ever RX2e round, there will be a bumper World RX grid, an ultra-competitive Euro RX3 field and also a visiting CrossCar series in action over the two days.

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "It has been a long time in the planning, but the FIA RX2e Championship is finally here and we cannot wait to get started.

"Bringing together this series has required a huge effort from QEV Technologies, Olsbergs MSE and all of our partners but it is gratifying to see all of that hard work pay off.

"The new car is a fantastic piece of engineering set to revolutionise rallycross, while our driver line-up is packed full of promising young talent - and a few more experienced heads! It is a privilege to be part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship program, and we are all looking forward to a truly spectacular debut season."

Gyarfas Olah, FIA Off-Road Commission President, said: “We are delighted that after months of preparation, the first-ever FIA electric rallycross series – the FIA RX2e Championship – will make its much-anticipated debut at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on July 23-24. This is an important step in the FIA’s mission to provide a cost-effective entry point for younger drivers to become part of rallycross’s electric future.”

Where to Watch
All of the high-octane action from FIA World RX, FIA RX2e, Euro RX1, Euro RX3 and visiting CrossCar series will be broadcast live and on-demand across the new RX+ platform throughout the 2021 season.

Every race in every category at every event will be shown live in HD - from the very first qualifying contest right the way through to the showpiece finals - while there will also be hours of exclusive content, analysis and interviews for subscribers to enjoy.

RX2e Official Entry List - World RX of Catalunya
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT
5 Pablo Suárez ESP Ruben Fernandez Gil
12 Pepe Arqué ESP Escuderia Mollerussa
13 Patrick O’Donovan GBR Patrick O’Donovan
21 Damien Meunier FRA Damien Meunier
35 Fraser McConnell SWE Fraser McConnell
47 Jesse Kallio FIN Jesse Kallio
55 José Luis García ESP G4 Motors SA
77 Mark Flaherty GBR Mark Flaherty
88 Ole Henry Steinsholt NOR Ole Henry Steinsholt
96 Guillaume De Ridder BEL Guillaume De Ridder
21-07-14 Hansen unveils its final combustion-engined World RX car
Hansen World RX Team has unveiled its livery for the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship season, marking its final chapter in the combustion-engined era of rallycross’ highest level.

The team’s pair of Peugeot 208 WRX machines will challenge for the World RX title with a petrol-powered engine for the last time, ahead of a switch to fully electric powertrains in 2022.

Ahead of a significant chapter in rallycross history coming to a close, Hansen World RX Team has revealed its colours for the 2021 season, updating the team’s trademark livery with a refreshed look.

Key partners Red Bull, the leading energy drinks brand, and broad energy company TotalEnergies continue their long-running association with Hansen World RX Team in 2021, and a new partner joins the fold in PrimeKey, a leading open-source identity and digital signing solutions company.

Both 2019 World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen and 2019 Nitro Rallycross Champion Kevin Hansen return to pilot the two vehicles, with Timmy once again sporting light blue stripes on his 208 and Kevin retaining his iconic splashes of yellow.

The 2021 season begins where 2020 ended, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the first round taking place on July 22-24. Timmy Hansen took one of the two victories in last season’s double-header event, his second in a row after winning there on his way to the 2019 title.

After ended the previous season strongly, Hansen World RX Team is hoping to continue its momentum into 2021, targeting more victories and competing for both the drivers’ and teams’ world championship titles.

9 Kevin Hansen
“We've been the most successful team in rallycross history so far and we plan to close this chapter by winning both titles.”

“The past few months for me has been quite calm. I've been able to focus a lot on myself and our company – to see what I can do better – because we're coming into the last season of the petrol era and I really want to take the world championship title.

“This year's championship is going to be really exciting with the promoter coming in and there's going to be a lot of good action to follow – and lots of good drivers too. Timmy is always strong, and Johan coming back this year is going to be really exciting to see, and how he does in a different car. Also Niclas Grönholm of course is a strong contender. It's going to be a really big challenge this year but I wouldn't want to have it any other way.

“Going into this season we didn't want to repeat any of our mistakes from last year. We want to enter the season well prepared, and I think that's what we're doing this year. We're testing a lot more and we're thinking about small details all the time, leaving no stone unturned. With this team behind us, we can aim for 1-2 in the championship.

“Moving to electric will be amazing. It suits our sport so well. You see other categories running long distances and hybrid cars but we can run a full electric car extracting more power than in the petrol car, which is just amazing. To incorporate this kit into the current cars will be a challenge for everybody, but I believe Hansen World RX Team is not an inexperienced company. We know what we need to do, we'll get our heads down and figure it out quickly.

“I'm really excited about this season. I'm so ready to get out there and battle and fight for the wins. We have a strong package, we have strong drivers, and I also feel very strong this year. We've been the most successful team in rallycross history so far and we plan to close this chapter by winning both titles.”

21 Timmy Hansen
“It’s going to be a very tough season; everyone’s working very hard and no one is leaving anything to chance.”

“I’m super excited to start this season. I hope now the work we are putting in will pay off, that in the beginning we can be there and fight for wins right from the start, and if we keep doing that through the season hopefully we’re thereabouts to fight for the championship.

“We’ve got a short season again. It’s very different to 2020 because then it was all very unexpected. Now for 2021 we know we’re coming into this very compact calendar, with a lot of races in a short time.

“It’s going to be a very tough season; everyone’s working very hard and no one is leaving anything to chance. Kevin is strong, he’s growing year by year. Johan Kristoffersson is strong – he was the champion last year. I know Niclas Grönholm is super fast and his car is a weapon. I really hope this car will be competitive against both of them – they have really strong cars, and we need to be at our best to beat them.

“For World Rallycross, this is the last season they’ll be running old combustion engines. In 2022 we’re moving to electric rallycross, going to faster cars, more technically advanced cars, and stepping into the future. It’s massively exciting to be part of something new like that. Firstly, let’s enjoy this last season with the cars we’ve been loving and enjoying for a lot of years now, and after that I’m super ready to tackle the electric era.

“We have a new promoter this year, which is fantastic for rallycross. That’s exactly what we need – fresh energy going into the electric era. I love what they did to rallying and I’m super excited to see how they’ll take rallycross and package it. There’s so much to rallycross, it’s the best sport in the world, it’s as easy as that: it’s got all the action, the adrenaline, fast cars, gravel, tarmac, jumps; all the best drivers up against each other. It’s everything that I love and I’m sure if you get into rallycross, you’ll love it too.”

The Boss Kenneth Hansen
“If we want to beat the guys like Johan Kristoffersson or Niclas Grönholm, it will come down to who is capable of maximising the smallest details.”

“This is a transitional year for our sport, the last with petrol engines and the first with a new promoter. But this does not mean taking our foot off the throttle with development – we have been working very hard during the off-season, testing to refine the developments we made last season and also trying some new ideas.

“The revolution in rallycross is coming next year with all-electric cars, while this year we are more focused on evolution. We know that our base package is strong again, and in Timmy and Kevin we have two of the best rallycross drivers in the world to lead our charge in World RX. So the important ingredients are there and we just need to evolve what we already have.

“Our task once the season is underway will be to make sure we get the fine details right, the ones that make the half-a-tenth difference here and there. Because this is the level of competitiveness at the top of our sport – if we want to beat the guys like Johan Kristoffersson or Niclas Grönholm, it will come down to who is capable of maximising the smallest details.

2021 Calendar
1 World RX of Catalunya July 23-24, 2021
2-3 World RX of Germany July 31 – August 01, 2021
4 World RX of Sweden August 20-22, 2021
5 Bretagne World RX of Lohéac September 3-5, 2021
6 World RX of Riga-Latvia September 18-19, 2021
7 Spa World RX of Benelux October 9-10, 2021
8 World RX of Portugal October 23-24, 2021
21-07 -09 Peter klar för VM i Höljes
- Får drömchans för Grönholms GRX-SET World RX Team.
Peter Hedström stod utan bil till Höljes för en vecka sedan. Nu har han tillsammans med sina sponsorer skapat sin livs möjlighet i vår VM-deltävling på hemmaplan i augusti. Hedström tar klivet in i hetluften i VM tillsammans med Marcus Grönholms team.

Planerna på att utöka teamet med ännu en bil har funnits en tid hos teamet, men när allt ställdes på sin spets så fanns det inte så värst många VW Polos som höll måttet utan att uppdateras. Peter började tillsammans med sina sponsorer att kolla i ett bredare perspektiv, sen gick det kvickt med inköpsplanerna.
- Jag lovade Michalak min EM-plats i Höljes i min bil, så jag stod utan och sen kom den här diskussionen med en sponsor som tyckte vi skulle skaffa en extra bil till Höljes, jag kontaktade Marcus, sen gick allt snabbt, berättar Peter Hedström.

Peter sticker inte under stolen med att det alltid varit en dröm att sitta i en grym värstingbil på hemmaplan. Nu blir drömmen sann tack vare fint samarbete med sponsorer och finansiärer. Tillsammans med GRX-teamet och Hedströms egna tekniker, kommer Peter till start i en värsta sortens Hyundai i20, en bil som förra året kördes av Timur Timerzyanov i VM.
- Vi förhandlade in att GRX-teamet ska hjälpa till med bilen i Höljes och kommande tävlingar, vi kommer väl förberedda och jag är med för att fightas i toppen, menar Hedström.

Hedström är klar för minst två VM-deltävlingar i Hyundai och sponsorjakt pågår för att även få till en uppvärmning inför Höljes.
- Jag försöker få till en start i Arvika på SM och RallyX-finalen, det blir ett fint test inför Höljes, menar Peter.

På sätt och vis sluts nu cirkeln, Marcus Grönholm hoppade in och vann med Ford i Höljes för 13 år sedan, då med Peter och Andreas Eriksson som teamkollegor. Nu är det Peter som sadlar upp i Marcus team, tillsammans med Marcus son Niclas och Kristian Szabo.
-Peter känner ju banan väl, trivs han bara med bilen och får till starterna kommer han kunna överraska, han har alltid varit snabb, säger Marcus Grönholm.

Några teamorder då om Hedström visar sig snabb?
-Neej då, alla i teamet får åka så bra de kan så får den bäste vinna, skrattar Grönholm.

Hedström själv rankar denna enskilda satsning som sin bästa i karriären.
- Det är den största och bästa chansen man kan få, menar Peter Hedström.
21-07-07 Super Six: All-star presenting line-up revealed for RX+
Lead commentators Martin Haven and Nick Fellows boast more than six decades’ combined experience
Expert commentator Hal Ridge brings the benefit of his knowledge of exciting dual-surface discipline
Familiar faces Neil Cole, Molly Pettit and Ben Constanduros to share studio and paddock reporting roles
Hot on the heels of the introduction of RX+ – the all-new, all-encompassing broadcast platform that is a genuine game-changer in the discipline – the FIA World Rallycross Championship is excited to confirm the all-star presenting team that will tell the story of the season to fans throughout 2021.

In addition to showing every single race live, RX+ will take viewers behind-the-scenes and immerse them right in the heart of the action in a way that has never previously been done in rallycross, led by a six-strong line-up of presenting talent drawn from across the sporting spectrum.

Martin Haven and Nick Fellows will share lead commentary duties over the seven events, bringing a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the role.

Haven is well-known in motorsport circles, with a career spanning more than three decades in the industry. He has worked for high-profile television and radio broadcasters including Eurosport, Channel 4 and NBC, and is no stranger to the explosive world of rallycross, having previously been the voice of the British Rallycross Championship and covered FIA Euro RX over the years.

Fellows turned his hand to commentary and reporting with Eurosport and Sky Sports after a successful stint as an international Alpine ski racer was halted by injury – having represented Great Britain from 1982 to 1989. Specialising in sports, lifestyle and entertainment, he has covered the Olympic Games as well as World Cup Skiing, the Red Bull Air Race, boxing and beach volleyball.

Haven and Fellows will be complemented across the course of the season by Hal Ridge, whose experience of rallycross began behind the steering wheel in 2005. He has competed internationally and outperformed six-time British Champion, Julian Godfrey, on his Supercar debut last December. He has also acted as a mechanic, spotter and photographer but is best-known for his writing as a rallycross specialist and in recent years, has successfully transferred that knowledge into the commentary box.

Haven, Fellows and Ridge will be accompanied by a three-strong, alternating team of studio hosts and paddock reporters, all of whom are well-versed in the art of sniffing out stories, eliciting exclusive interviews and really delving into the detail both on and off-track.

Neil Cole has been the live reporter for World RX since its inception back in 2014. An award-winning actor with a thirst for adventure and adrenaline sports, he has presented for Sony Pictures Television, National Geographic and Eurosport and for an array of high-profile international series and events, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), FIFA World Cup and Le Mans 24 Hours.

Molly Pettit is similarly a familiar face. A former circuit racing driver in her native Scandinavia, she has carved out a burgeoning media career and since 2016, has been a key member of the official WRC broadcast team. Simultaneously establishing herself in the rallycross world, she reported live for World RX in 2014 and 2015 and has demonstrated her versatility as a studio host, commentator and paddock reporter for RallyX Nordic.

Ben Constanduros is another well-known name in the motorsport sphere, with experience in commentary, voiceover and hosting roles from the Dakar Rally to World Touring Cars and Formula 1. He recently took up residence at WRC stage ends, making him an expert at extracting drivers’ thoughts immediately after the heat of battle. His naturally inquisitive nature will ensure no stone is left unturned.

But enough of us talking about them. They are, after all, the pros when it comes to talking. So here’s what they have to say, in their own words…

Martin Haven, Lead Commentator, said:
“My first car led me directly into motorsport, as the guys who helped me to fix it competed in club rallies. Before long, I was servicing or spectating on events and heading to racetracks on most of my free weekends, and I started talking about racing in 1988.

“More than 30 years on, commentary remains my overwhelming passion and whether it’s in front of the camera or behind the microphone, my overriding priority is to try and convey my love of the sport and draw viewers into the highly competitive but friendly world that I am privileged to experience. My high-octane style perfectly suits the lightning-fast, all-action combat of rallycross and I can’t wait to immerse myself in World RX. It should be quite the ride!”

Nick Fellows, Lead Commentator, said:
“After 31 years of commentary, 15 Summer and Winter Olympic Games and 12 years covering ‘motorsport in the sky’, it is a real honour and fantastic challenge to join the World RX commentary team this season. The future of World Rallycross is clearly very bright, and I look forward to developing with the sport on a long and exciting journey.”

Hal Ridge, Expert Commentator, said:
“I simply love rallycross, from the spectacle and drama of the amazing cars and drivers on-track to the atmosphere and personalities in the paddock. As a discipline, rallycross has such a rich history, which is something I’m hugely passionate about, but of course I’m excited about the future too.

“Making live rallycross television is immensely rewarding, and I’m very much looking forward to working as part of the broadcast team to tell the story and give an insight from behind-the-scenes at each World RX event this year. Being in a rallycross paddock feels like my second home and after a very long break for everyone, I can’t wait for the 2021 season to get underway later this month.”

Neil Cole, Paddock Reporter & Studio Host, said:
“The World RX paddock feels very much like my natural habitat. Having worked there since 2014, I feel a connection with the teams and drivers, so it is a huge pleasure to sustain that as the sport enters a new era. My lifelong love of off-road racing and extreme sports means that rallycross is my happy place – the adrenaline I feel as I open the car door at the end of a race, live on TV, to get that pumped-up response from the driver is a massive buzz.”

Molly Pettit, Paddock Reporter & Studio Host, said:
“World RX marked my step onto the international motorsport scene back in 2014 and also my first taste of a global TV broadcast. This intense, passionate and crazy environment had me hooked from day one, and my life has been dedicated to the world of rallying and rallycross ever since. I am extremely excited to be part of the World RX broadcast team, and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds at all of these epic locations. Let’s go!”

Ben Constanduros, Paddock Reporter & Studio Host, said:
“World RX has been a championship I have enjoyed watching over the last few years, and the forthcoming innovations in electric technology particularly excite me. I love the technicalities and skill that World RX requires of the drivers, and the series’ fast-paced nature is ideally matched to my energetic commentary delivery. I hope to portray my genuine enthusiasm to the viewer and can’t wait to work with Rallycross Promoter as we endeavour to present this championship like never before...”

The Full Season RX+ Pass is currently on sale for the special launch price of €29,99, representing a 40% discount on the regular price of €49,99 and offering access until the end of the year. The Event Pass for World RX of Catalunya – which will kick off the 2021 action on 23/24 July – is currently available for €4,79 (using promo code RXPLUS40), again representing a 40% saving on the regular price of €7,99.

For more information or to subscribe, please visit www.fiaworldrallycross.com

21-07-07 Steinsholt commits to FIA RX2e curtain-raiser as rising rallycross star eyes Catalunya success
Steinsholt signs up for inaugural RX2e event
Norwegian ace bolsters FIA World RX support series
Teenage talent excited by the 'future of rallycross'

Ole Henry Steinsholt will be gunning for glory in Spain after the 18-year-old became the latest driver to sign up for the FIA RX2e season-opener at the Circuit de Catalunya later this month (July 23/24).

Steinsholt, a Norwegian and North European champion in both Crosscar and rallycross, is looking to add to his impressive CV when the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship gets underway in Barcelona.

Hailing from Larvik in Norway, the youngster has experience racing in European Super 1600 while he has forged a formidable reputation in Crosscar - winning two national championships and a further pair of North European titles in 2016 and 2017.

Steinsholt went on to secure a Norwegian championship in Junior Rallycross and another North European title in Rallycross TouringCar during 2018 but his attention now turns to RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE.

RX2e is the leading support series on the FIA World Rallycross Championship program and will see competitors face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

Steinsholt is one of several drivers to have gained valuable experience behind the wheel of the new RX2e car, taking part in an installation test at Calafat during the development process, but the teenager still faces a steep learning curve if he is to fight at the front of a highly-competitive field this season.

Ole Henry Steinsholt said: "I'm really looking forward to taking part in the new RX2e category. The future of rallycross is electric and I think it’s important to be a part of the journey from the beginning.

"For me it is important that all the cars are identical, so it’s only up to the driver to make the difference. This is sure to create some exciting racing.

"I have had a fair amount of success in Crosscar throughout my career already, so I am hopeful that I can transfer this rallycross experience into RX2e."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "We are pleased to announce that Ole Henry will be racing in Barcelona, further bolstering our hugely-talented grid for the first-ever FIA RX2e event.

"Ole Henry is an incredibly quick driver, proven by his multiple Crosscar titles, and we were impressed by his feedback during our test session at Calafat.

"Our driver line-up is looking incredibly strong, and we can't wait for the lights to go out at the Circuit de Catalunya."
21-07-07 New RX+ broadcast platform to take fans behind-the-scenes and right to the heart of the action
The FIA World Rallycross Championship is delighted to announce the introduction of the new RX+ broadcast platform, which will take fans behind-the-scenes of the popular dual-surface discipline and right to the very heart of the action.

The 2021 World RX season is approaching apace, and promises to deliver an irresistible blend of doorhandle-to-doorhandle duels, lightning-quick cars, talented drivers, intriguing plot twists and drama by the bucketload. It’s going to be an unmissable rollercoaster ride – and all of it can be experienced in glorious HD quality through RX+.

Every race will be shown live – from the very first Qualifying contest right the way through to the Final in the World Championship, the new FIA RX2e Championship, Euro RX1, Euro RX3 and visiting CrossCar series – but that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Boasting hundreds of hours of content available to watch live or on-demand, the premium production will offer subscribers exclusive access, from a choice of viewing angles to in-depth expert analysis, special features and interviews with the stars of the show, allowing them to truly get to know the personalities behind the helmets.

In addition to enjoying the very best moments, highlights, previews and replays, on-board cameras will enable fans to experience the full adrenaline rush like never before by putting themselves in the driving seat, while a high-profile presenting team – to be revealed later today – will bring the on-track action and off-track stories to life like never before.

What’s more, with no geographical restrictions and full access anytime, anywhere and on any device, subscribers can watch and re-watch at will and need never miss a second of what is sure to be a show-stopping season ahead.

Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“Rallycross was designed to be an engaging broadcast product when it was invented more than 50 years ago, and that premise still rings true today, with short, sharp races and non-stop entertainment. But we wanted to really push the envelope and give our fans even more, and RX+ gives us the opportunity to do just that.

“We have worked very hard to put together a package offering unprecedented access to this wonderful sport, that will not only enable subscribers to watch all of the races whenever, wherever and however they wish, but will also allow them to delve deeper and feel like they are right there in the paddock, rubbing shoulders with their heroes and soaking up rallycross’ unique and unmistakeable atmosphere.

“Moreover, we are delighted to be able to reward our passionate and loyal fans with a special introductory offer to RX+, and we will continue to innovate and shift the goalposts over the course of the campaign, to ensure we are consistently delivering the very best broadcast experience possible.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Three-Time FIA World Rallycross Champion, added:
“This is a big day for rallycross fans. For me – and I think for many people – rallycross is the most exciting form of motorsport around. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s unpredictable and it’s hugely entertaining. I get such a buzz from driving, and I know fans get such a buzz from watching it.

“RX+ really is a game-changer in terms of what viewers can look forward to now. Growing up and watching my father race, I really wanted to learn more about the discipline and get to know all the drivers, but this kind of exposure was always a bit of a pipe dream. Now it is a reality, and rallycross finally has the kind of coverage and platform that it deserves. It’s the start of a bright new era for our sport, and it’s going to be awesome!”

The Full Season Pass is currently on sale for the special launch price of €29,99, representing a 40% discount on the regular price of €49,99 and offering access until the end of the year. The Event Pass for World RX of Catalunya – which will kick off the 2021 action on 23/24 July – is currently available for €4,79 (using promo code RXPLUS40), again representing a 40% saving on the regular price of €7,99.

For more information or to subscribe, please visit www.fiaworldrallycross.com

Further coverage of the 2021 World RX campaign will be announced in due course.
21-07-06 Arqué the latest arrival on FIA RX2e grid as Crosscar ace signs up for inaugural all-electric event
Arqué joins FIA RX2e roster prior to Catalunya RX
Spanish youngster a multiple title-winner at junior level
RX Academy experience a bonus ahead of 'new era' in rallycross

Pepe Arqué has promised to put pedal to the metal when he lines up on the grid for the opening round of the inaugural FIA RX2e Championship at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona later this month (July 23/24).

The Spanish driver has already established an impressive motorsport CV with several championship wins as a junior, and he now heads into the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship with high hopes.

RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, is the leading support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship and will see competitors face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

The pioneering technology presents a new challenge for the talented field of drivers, although the fundamental skills Arqué has developed throughout his short career to date will serve him well in the new RX2e car.

Arqué comes from a karting background, having made his debut at the age of eight in the 2009 Catalan and Spanish Karting Championship before finishing runner-up in the Open OJP Catalonia Karting series a year later.

This was a taste of things to come, with the Spaniard claiming the Open OJP Catalonia Karting title in 2011 and 2012. Arqué also secured second in the Micro-Rotax Spain in 2011 and came fifth in the same competition the following two years, while he reached the final in the 2012 World Rotax Portugal.

More honours followed with Arqué crowned 2013 Aragon Karting Champion and winner of the 2014 Junior Winter Cup before a switch to rallycross in 2016.

Arqué was a revelation in the Spanish Crosscar Junior Championship, finishing second in his maiden campaign before claiming the 2017 title. This prompted a step up to the top tier, where the rookie flourished with a win at Carballo on his way to third in the overall standings while driving for Speedcar.

Several podiums were achieved in 2019, while Arqué also balanced his Crosscar commitments with RX Academy appearances in Kouvola, Finland and Tierp, Sweden - bagging sixth and fourth respectively.

Last year Arqué finished fourth in the Spanish Crosscar Championship, having also notched second in the Catalonian Crosscar Championship, and the Spanish ace has also been one of several drivers to briefly get behind the wheel of the RX2e car ahead of the 2021 campaign.

Pepe Arqué said: "Being in Barcelona for the start of this new era and the launch of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship is a dream come true.

"We’ve been working so hard to be at this event so now it's time to put the pedal to the metal and enjoy the weekend!

"I’ve tested the car and I have to admit it is mega! QEV Technologies and Olsbergs MSE have done a great job and I'm really looking forward to jumping back in again.

"I believe my experience in Crosscar championships and appearances in RX Academy will help me to race against the best drivers in the category."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "We are delighted to welcome Pepe to the FIA RX2e Championship. He is a proven winner and a strong addition to our highly talented grid.

"Pepe has already shown he has the ability to put together title-winning campaigns, while his dedication and professionalism will be vital if he is to make the transition onto the international stage. We wish him the best of luck in Barcelona and beyond."
21-07-05 O'Donovan turns dream into reality with FIA RX2e entry as rallycross starlet announced for Barcelona
O'Donovan books place on FIA World RX program with RX2e entry
Future star takes next step in promising rallycross career
17-year-old to test new car before Catalunya curtain-raiser

Patrick O'Donovan will fulfil his dream of featuring in the FIA World Rallycross Championship paddock when he makes his FIA RX2e debut at the Circuit de Catalunya later this month (July 23/24).

O'Donovan is a rising star in the sport and the Motorsport UK Academy member will be looking to adapt quickly to a brand-new challenge when he makes his bow in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

The 17-year-old has already tasted success in the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship and the RX150 Rallycross Championship, but RX2e will be a completely different proposition for the teenager and the 2021 season will be a steep learning curve.

FIA RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, is the leading support series to the World RX program and will see competitors face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

The new RX2e car will be unlike anything O'Donovan has ever driven before, although he is confident he can get up to speed quickly by watching and learning from his more experienced peers on the grid.

The son of former British Rallycross Champion and Euro RX Supercar podium-finisher Ollie O’Donovan, Patrick certainly has the pedigree to impress behind the wheel in Barcelona.

He made his rallycross debut in 2018 – aged just 14 – racing a single-make 1300cc Suzuki Swift. After just a year in the category, the starlet went on to become a title contender in 2019 and eventually finished second in the overall standings.

O'Donovan then graduated to the single-make RX150 Rallycross Championship for RX150 buggies within the British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy, joining mid-way through 2020. In four starts to date, he is unbeaten and currently leads the 2021 standings – while he has made it clear he will continue to race in RX150 alongside his RX2e commitments this year

O'Donovan has previous experience in RX2 (RX2e's predecessor) machinery, having conducted a test at Lohéac in Oliver Eriksson's 2019 title-winning car, while he will get his hands on the all-electric technology with a session lined up before the season-opener in Barcelona.

Patrick O’Donovan said: “Ever since I was a young child my dream has been to be in the World RX paddock as a driver, so I’m so excited that the dream will become reality this year.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and one I plan to work hard to make the most of. I feel ready, although I know I am much less experienced than all of the other drivers on the grid.

"I want to get the best results I can, but my main aim is to work hard on learning as much as possible from the experience and everyone in the team. This is a big step towards the top level in rallycross, which is the target for my rallycross career.

"It’s clear that electric cars are going to have a big part to play in the future of rallycross and I’m excited to be part of that journey. I’ve tested an RX2 car before, and I’m looking forward to testing the RX2e car for the first time this week.”

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "The purpose of RX2e, beyond providing thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing and a platform for technological innovation, is to serve as a direct pathway into the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

"Patrick is one of several young drivers who see this series as an excellent opportunity to state their case for a spot in the elite category, and we wish him all the best in Barcelona.

"He has already shown excellent racecraft throughout his short career to date and it is clear he has bags of potential, so we are delighted to have him aboard."

21-07-05 Suárez excited to start FIA RX2e adventure on home soil with Spaniard all set for Catalunya contest
Suárez added to growing FIA RX2e driver line-up
Rallying regular facing biggest challenge of his career
28-year-old hoping to learn fast during season-opener

Pablo Suárez has revealed that competing in FIA RX2e will be the toughest test of his career so far after the Spaniard became the latest driver to sign up for the series' Barcelona curtain-raiser next month (July 23/24).

The Spanish ace, who comes from a rallying background, is looking forward to competing in front of fans once more when the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya.

RX2e is a pioneering new discipline, founded as a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, and is the leading category on the FIA World Rallycross Championship support package.

Competitors will face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, showcasing the potential of sustainable technology in motorsport.

Suárez has plenty of the attributes needed to be successful on the rallycross stage, having started his off-road career competing in gravel rally sprints at the age of 16 before branching out to take part in hill climbs, autocross and even ice racing.

The Gran Canaria native completed the full 2010 season in the Andorra Ice Racing Series (G-Series), but soon turned his attention to more traditional surfaces and was crowned the 2014 Canary Island FWD Tarmac Rally Champion.

Appearances in a number of other categories followed, including the mono-brand challenge of the 2016 Spanish Rally Championship, before Suárez secured a second-place finish in the 2018 Catalonia 'RACC Rally Challenge'.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted preparations for a transition to rallycross, although a Supercar Lites test at Nysum in 2020 rekindled Suárez's aspirations in the discipline, and the 28-year-old – who is one of several drivers to have experienced time behind the wheel of the new RX2e car – has now challenged himself to learn quickly in unfamiliar surroundings.

Pablo Suárez said: "RX2e will be the biggest challenge of my career so far. I'm not as experienced in rallycross as some of the drivers I will be up against, but it is a category that has always caught my attention because of its all-out action.

"The RX2e car's performance is all about what the drivers want; instant torque, while being easy to drive on the limit. It is also possible to easily adjust the car to different driving styles, meaning we should see some epic racing.

"I believe the championship is going to be a real show for fans, and it will prove that sustainable racing is possible - and fun. My target is to learn as much as I can, as quickly as possible.

"I'm looking forward to starting in Barcelona, at the Circuit de Catalunya in front of Spanish fans. It will be very special to begin this adventure at my home race."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "Pablo is a driver with heaps of potential, and we could not be happier that he will be on the grid when we get underway in Barcelona.

"He has already proved his versatility with impressive performances across a host of different disciplines throughout his career, and we are confident he has the ability to fight at the front in RX2e.

"The line-up for our inaugural event is an intriguing blend of promising young talent and more experienced drivers, and it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top in Round 1."
21-07-04 García delighted to be part of 'important moment in motorsport' as FIA RX2e gears up for debut campaign
García latest driver to join ever-growing FIA RX2e grid
Spaniard brings wealth of experience to new series
Catalunya curtain-raiser a key milestone in electric racing

José Luis García will be hoping to convert rallying expertise into rallycross success with the Spaniard the latest driver announced for the opening round of the FIA RX2e Championship.

The first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona later this month (July 23/24), and García is counting on years of motorsport experience to power him to the front on home soil.

FIA RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, is the leading support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship program and will see competitors face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

García has experience across a wide array of motorsport disciplines and is confident he can adapt to the cutting-edge technology being utilised in the pioneering series.

Having ridden motorcycles since the age of seven, the first half of García's sporting career was firmly focused on two wheels with victory in the 1982 80cc Senior National Enduro Trophy and a top 10-finish in the 1987 Baja Aragón particular highlights.

Competing was put on hold while García and his wife Pilar Espinar founded Al Kamel Systems, a company specialising in sports timing and television graphics which currently provides services to international competitions such as FIA Formula E, FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But back on the track, a switch to sportscar racing in 2007 unlocked García's four-wheel potential and he went on to alternate appearances between the Seat León Super Cup and various Spanish Endurance and GT Championships, picking up a number of race victories and podiums.

García once again challenged himself in a new discipline when he made his off-road debut in 2017, contesting his first full All Terrain Rally Championship in Spain. In 2019 he won the national YXZ1000R Cup title and the European Final of the Yamaha Cup in Baja Portalegre, while a career highlight was victory in the 2019 Ral.li Osona.

García currently races in the SCER (Spanish Super Rally Championship) and is leading the N5 class classification, but now the veteran has turned his attention to rallycross and expects to be in the thick of the action in Catalunya.

José Luis Garcia said: "I am absolutely delighted to join the FIA RX2e Championship and be part of a very important moment in motorsport.

"I am looking forward to driving the new vehicle, as it has already been widely praised during testing, and I am sure we will have a lot of fun in Barcelona.

"The technology used in the car is truly staggering. The racing we will be able to produce should be really entertaining."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "The addition of José Luis to our expanding grid is the latest exciting step in the build-up to our inaugural season.

"The FIA RX2e Championship is blessed with a diverse driver line-up from a range of different backgrounds, and José Luis' experience across a wide variety of motorsport disciplines make him a valuable asset as we continue to fine-tune the car and maximise performance."
21-07-02 Meunier joins burgeoning FIA RX2e field as French prodigy prepares for Spanish season-opener
20-year-old returns to FIA World Rallycross undercard
Frenchman targets ‘fight at the front’ after 22-month hiatus
RX2e grid adds yet another world-class driver to the field

Damien Meunier is now the fourth driver to sign up to the RX2e curtain-raiser at Circuit de Catalunya as entries continue to flood in for the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

The Frenchman is looking to expand on his promising guest outings during the 2019 season, when he competed in RX2e’s predecessor, the single-make RX2 category.

Rebranded as FIA RX2e for 2021, the series tops the FIA World Rallycross Championship support bill and will see drivers go head-to-head in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars with the potential to generate 250kW (335bhp) and 510Nm torque.

The joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE provides a platform for up-and-coming drivers to compete in equal machinery whilst also furthering the development of electric technology in motorsport.

Meunier kick-started his motorsport career at 16 years old. His entry into the 2017 French rallycross championship made him the youngest driver ever to complete a full campaign in the Super1600 category.

Behind the wheel of his Citroen C2, he made it to the all-important final seven times from nine attempts, capped off with a maiden podium at the Lavaré track. Having finished fifth in the overall standings that season, Meunier progressed to the headlining class of the French championship the following year, this time driving a Citroen DS3 Supercar.

In a fiercely competitive 30 car field, he battled his way to the final at half of the ten events on the calendar, highlighted by a season-best fourth-place finish in Châteauroux and fifth place in Lavaré.

The 2019 season saw Meunier make his debut on the World Rallycross Championship package, entering three events at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Circuit de Lohéac and the season-opener in Barcelona where he qualified for the final against a grid of international superstars.

Now, in 2021, Meunier is back to test his mettle in the all-electric, single-make category and has his sights firmly set on strong results from the outset.

Damien Meunier said: “It’s really exciting to be competing once again on the same stage as all of the World Rallycross Championship drivers. I obviously enjoyed racing in RX2 a huge amount in 2019 so it seemed only natural to come back for more this season and hopefully fight at the front.

“Electric-powered cars are clearly the future in motorsport, so I think it’s a huge opportunity to get in on the ground floor and really learn the intricacies of such a different way of delivering power to what everyone is used to.

“It’s obviously going to be a hugely competitive grid so I’m looking forward to proving myself against some of the best rallycross drivers from around the globe. I’m not worried – I see it as a huge opportunity to prove myself!”

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: “Damien is obviously a huge talent and we’re excited to have him onboard. The RX2e grid is filling up fast and with every driver announced, our anticipation builds for the opening round of the season which is sure to provide plenty of action.

“His results in the French rallycross championships speak for themselves, while his outings in RX2 during the 2019 season certainly caught everyone’s attention – making the final on your debut is no mean feat so we can’t wait to see what he can do in RX2e!”

21-07-01 Kallio promises flat-out performances as flying Finn latest rising star added to FIA RX2e grid in Barcelona
Kallio confirmed for inaugural RX2e event in Barcelona
Finnish ace to rekindle RX2 rivalry with Fraser McConnell
RX Academy champion determined to make his mark in electric series

Jesse Kallio has promised to leave everything out on the track when he makes his FIA RX2e debut in the opening round of the 2021 season at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona later this month (July 23/24).

The Finnish youngster is the latest driver to be announced on the grid for the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship, a pioneering new series that will see some of the sport's brightest talents compete in identical, cutting-edge machinery capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

Kallio is a former RX Academy champion and was a leading protagonist in the 2019 RX2 title race, marking him out as a star of the future.

And with FIA RX2e - a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE - already labelled as the future of rallycross ahead of the FIA World Rallycross Championship's progression to electrification, Kallio is keen to get behind the wheel and test out the latest technology.

The 22-year-old honed his skills on the Finnish rallycross scene before stepping up to RX Academy, securing the 2017 crown with SET Promotion and also picking up the RX Academy on Ice trophy.

These successes landed Kallio a drive in the Super1600 class of the 2018 FIA European Rallycross Championship, and he made the most of the opportunity with victory in Norway and another podium visit in Germany on his way to sixth in the overall standings.

The Finn stepped up to RX2 with Olsbergs MSE in 2019, banking five consecutive podium finishes on his way to third place in the championship - one spot ahead of OMSE team-mate Fraser McConnell, who will also be on the RX2e grid in Barcelona.

Jesse Kallio said: "I’m really looking forward to being in Barcelona for the start of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship! Being back on the FIA World Championship program is super nice!

"The car will be fast, I'm certain. I haven’t had the chance to test it yet but everyone that has done has been really impressed. I want to say a really big thank you to QEV, OMSE and my partners for this opportunity.

"I know there will be tough competition and I will be going up against super-fast drivers, but when I’m racing I always want to win. Of course, racing an electric car is completely new to me but I will go flat-out!"

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Jesse to the FIA RX2e grid ahead of our debut event in Barcelona. He is a driver of the highest calibre and proved his talent with a title-challenging campaign in RX2.

“It is fantastic to see how enthusiastic Jesse is about testing our new car to the limits, and we hope he will reproduce his customarily spectacular on-track performances when the championship gets underway later this month.”
21-06-30 Fraser McConnell targeting all-electric glory as Jamaican joins FIA RX2e for Barcelona curtain-raiser
McConnell signs up for inaugural FIA RX2e Championship event
RX2 frontrunner returns to FIA World Rallycross Championship program
Jamaican hunting more success after RallyX Nordic breakthrough
Fraser McConnell is the latest rising star confirmed to be on the grid when the inaugural FIA RX2e Championship gets underway at Barcelona in July (23/24).

The Jamaican driver will be targeting the top step when the lights go green on the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship, with the pioneering series already earmarked as the future of the sport.

FIA RX2e, a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, is the leading support series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship program and will see competitors face off in identical four wheel-drive, all-electric cars capable of generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

McConnell, who has been catching the eye at the wheel of an OMSE-run Ford Fiesta MK8 in RallyX Nordic this campaign, will be one of the men to beat when the cutting-edge series debuts at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Having made his rallycross bow in the North American ARX2 series back in 2018, McConnell stepped up to the international stage in 2019 and finished fourth in the FIA World Rallycross Championship-supporting RX2 - most notably completing a spectacular round-the-outside pass on OMSE team-mate Jesse Kallio at the Barcelona curtain-raiser.

McConnell won the ARX2 title during the same season and progressed to the RallyX Nordic Supercar class a year later, running at the sharp end alongside eventual champion Oliver Eriksson and World RX star Johan Kristoffersson on his way to securing a second-place finish in the overall standings.

The Jamaican ace built on this by taking his first-ever RallyX Nordic Supercar victory in Nysum at the start of 2021, and the 22-year-old currently sits third in the table ahead of the series finale.

McConnell is undoubtedly one of the most highly-rated upcoming drivers currently competing in rallycross, and he is ready to make his mark on the international stage once again.

Fraser McConnell said: "I'm so excited to announce that I will be competing in RX2e, and I can't wait to get behind the wheel in Barcelona.

"This championship is really pushing the boundaries of electric technology in sport, and we have already seen that these machines can produce quality racing. This is the future of rallycross, so I want to get a head-start!

"I am super excited to find out what I can do in the car, and I hope to be competitive right from the off. QEV and OMSE have done a great job bringing the championship together, and I'm looking forward to getting started."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, said: "The addition of Fraser to our driver line-up is a strong indication of how highly the FIA RX2e Championship is regarded.

"He is a competitor at the top of his game right now, and his performances in RallyX Nordic this season have seen him go wheel-to-wheel with World RX regulars Johan Kristoffersson and Niclas Grönholm among a host of other elite rallycross talent. That level of experience will be great asset to our series, and we can't wait to see what Fraser can achieve on track."
21-06-30 Dan Öberg kör VM i Spanien
- Öberg blir en av fyra svenskar till start i Barcelona.
Det började som en ett skoj infall från Peter Hedström och slutar med semesterresa mot Spanien och Barcelona. Dan Öberg värmer upp inför SM och och RallyX Nordic-finalen på hemmabanan. Han gör det storstilat med en av teamets VW Supercar i Barcelona mot värsta motståndet.

Peter Hedström frågade Dan på rallycrosstest dagen innan midsommarafton.
- Du kan väl prova bilen mer på VM i Barcelona, vi behöver väl lite semester båda två, anmälan går ut i morgon vid midnatt!

En halvtimme innan midnatt på midsommarafton anmälde sig Dan Öberg och det bär till Barcelona och VM med Hedströms Motorsport mitt i semestertider.
- Det är gött med Tortillas och jag gillar ju siesta, sen är det ju klart att man tar alla chanser att träna inför finalen på min hemmabana Westombanan, skrattar Dan Öberg.

Vid testet före midsommar som triggade VM-start, fick Öberg prova på en annan sorts transmission med en så kallad releasekoppling i stället för traditionell mellandiff. Han gillade denna lösning direkt och känner att han kan prestera ännu bättre.
- Den blir startsnabbare och bilen kändes mer stabil vid inbromsning, det kändes jättebra, menar Dan.

Det blir för Dan att kasta sig rakt in i hetluften, som motståndare bland annat klubbkollegan och regerande mästaren Johan Kristoffersson. Dan blir en av fyra svenskar i årets VM-premiär, med är också bröderna Timmy och Kevin Hansen.
- Jag kommer köra så hårt jag bara kan, sen får vi se hur långt det räcker, säger Dan Öberg.

Tävlingen körs den 23-24 Juli på Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya och det är sjutton förare till start i VM för Supercar.
- Det kommer bli ett kul sommaräventyr, intygar Peter Hedström.
21-06-30 Catalunya entry lists unveiled – featuring 17-strong grids in World RX and Euro RX3
The entry lists for the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship curtain-raiser in Catalunya next month (23/24 July) have today been revealed, with 17-car grids in both World RX and Euro RX3 setting the scene for a sensational weekend’s racing in Spain.

Bearing witness to the series’ enduring and burgeoning international appeal, there are no fewer than 16 nationalities represented across the two lists, as well as nine automotive brands – including giants of the industry such as Ford, Volkswagen and Renault – and 12 different models of car.

On the driving front, the star-studded entries feature two World Rallycross Champions, three European Rallycross Champions and multiple national champions, as well as esteemed title-winners from a whole host of other disciplines.

The World RX line-up is headlined by defending champion Johan Kristoffersson, who is chasing a fourth World Championship crown this year after switching to Audi machinery for the first time with KYB EKS JC.

The Swede will face a stiff challenge, however, from a number of corners, with 2019 title-holder Timmy Hansen and younger brother Kevin armed with the potent Peugeot 208 and Niclas Grönholm (GRX-SET) hungry to put his Hyundai at the front of the field. Nor should Kevin Abbring be discounted in the Unkorrupted Renault Mégane, particularly after his scene-stealing World RX debut in Norway two years ago.

A number of interesting ‘wild cards’, meanwhile, have the potential to spring a surprise, including two-time Euro RX Supercar (now RX1) Champion Timur Timerzyanov – an 11th-hour addition to the field with GRX-SET – ‘Flying Finn’ Juha Rytkönen, who made such an impression on his World RX bow on home soil at Kouvola last summer and double DTM king Timo Scheider, who spearheads a three-strong ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport assault.

Five of last season’s top ten finishers in Euro RX3 (formerly Super1600) are back in action, with highest scorer Yury Belevskiy targeting the trophy denied to him in 2020, when cancellation of events due to COVID meant no title was ultimately awarded. He will need to fight off the threats, however, of Volland Racing stablemates Gergely Marton and Marat Knyazev, who have their sights similarly set on the spoils.

Series stalwarts Janno Ligur and Espen Isaksaetre both rejoin the fray following a year’s absence from the grid, while ex-Super1600 front-runner Kasparas Navickas returns for the first time since 2017. Jan Cerný reignited his rallycross career last season after more than a decade away in rallying – tasting success in the FIA European Rally Championship along the way – and he is back for more in 2021.

There are also, intriguingly, seven rookies in the field, including Jirí Šusta – whose elder brothers Stanislav and Josef were both accomplished racers in their own right, and who will become the youngest driver in RX3/Super1600 history when he makes his debut in Catalunya – and Kobe Pauwels, who arrives with an impressive pedigree from international karting and CrossCar circles.

The entry list for the FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – will be released at a later date, with a number of big names having already signed up to compete.
21-06-22 ‘New challenge’ for Kristoffersson as defending Champion joins Teams’ title-holder EKS JC in pursuit of fourth crown
Defending FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson has joined forces with reigning Teams’ title-holder EKS JC as he bids to claim a fourth Drivers’ crown in 2021 behind the wheel of a latest-generation Audi S1 EKS RX quattro.

Kristoffersson is the most successful driver in the history of the World Championship, with titles to his credit in 2017, 2018 and 2020 and 24 victories from 61 starts at the pinnacle of the discipline – making him very much the modern-day benchmark.

All of those results have been achieved behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo up to this point, but for the coming season, the 32-year-old Swede has switched to Audi machinery with EKS JC, a team formed over the winter months out of a merger between two World Championship winners – Joel Christoffersson’s JC Raceteknik outfit and Mattias Ekström’s EKS operation.

Kristoffersson – who has similarly conquered the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and Superstars International Series during the course of his glittering career in the sport, and currently leads the Extreme E standings alongside Rosberg X Racing stablemate Molly Taylor following two wins out of two – will partner the already announced Enzo Ide under the KYB EKS JC banner this year.

The new World RX campaign will get underway with a Friday/Saturday evening showdown at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-24 July, before subsequent race weekends in Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal complete an eight-round schedule.

Johan Kristoffersson, 2017, 2018 and 2020 FIA World Rallycross Champion, said:
“First of all, I’m very pleased that I can contest a full World RX season, and to do so with a new team is like a new challenge for me. EKS JC know how to win races and championships, and after our first two test days we saw that we could learn and gain from each other. Joel Christoffersson and the whole team are very passionate and motivated to achieve the goal of defending my Drivers’ title and, together with Enzo, also the Teams’ title.

“The target when you enter a championship as the reigning champion is always to win it again, but that’s certainly no easy task. It’s a position I’ve been in twice already, and we will do whatever it takes to fight for the crown this year.

“The competition will always be there and – because rallycross is rallycross – there will always be a lot of action. We fully expect to have to fight hard, but we are ready for that and I really, really can’t wait to get to the first event with my new car and see where we are at.”

Mattias Ekström, Team Owner, EKS JC, said:
“If you can’t beat him, join him – it’s as simple as that! I have had many great battles with Johan and I think everyone can agree he has a unique skillset, so for me, he is a perfect fit for EKS JC’s 2021 campaign to once again challenge the rest of the field for both the Teams’ and Drivers’ titles.”

Joel Christoffersson, Team Manager, EKS JC, said:
“Johan is the most successful World RX driver to-date, and I am very happy that – with the support of Red Bull, Ravenol, KYB and Blåkläder – we can have him in our team next to Enzo. His experience and knowledge will help us to develop further, and also for Enzo this will be a great opportunity to learn from the very best. We will continue testing before the season and I am sure we will give a hard time to our competitors.”
21-06-22 Johan Kristoffersson ansluter EKS JC – kör full VM-säsong
Regerande mästarna slår sig samman. Fjolårets vinnare i team-VM och trefaldige rallycrossvärldsmästeren Johan Kristoffersson satsar på två gemensamma guld under årets rallycross-VM.

EKS JC, som är en sammanslagning av teamen JC och EKS, har många VM-guld i bagaget. Nu är det klart att den regerande världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson ansluter till teamet, för att tillsammans med Enzo Ide köra full säsong i FIA World Rallycross Championship (rallycross-VM).

32-årige Johan Kristoffersson har 36 World RX-pallplatser på meritlistan, varav 24 av dessa är vinster. Kristoffersson har inte bara tagit tre VM-guld (2017, 2018, 2020), utan även tre titlar i Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, två Scandinavian Touring Car Championship titlar och en Superstars International Series titel. Nu siktar han på ytterligare två guldmedaljer i rallycross – både i förar-VM och team-VM.

Johan Kristofferson kommer tillsammans med Enzo Ide utgöra EKS JC i kampen om titeln i team-VM, där båda kommer köra den nyaste generationen av Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Årets säsong planeras bestå av sju deltävlingar, med start 23 juli i Spanien.

Johan Kristoffersson, World RX för EKS JC:
”Till och börja med, jag är väldigt glad över att kunna göra en full säsong i rallycross-VM, och att göra det med ett nytt team blir en ny utmaning för mig. EKS JC vet hur man vinner tävlingar och mästerskap, och efter de två första testdagarna har vi sett att vi kan lära och utvecklas av varandra. Joel Christoffersson och hela teamet är väldigt passionerade och motiverade att jag ska försvara VM-guldet och även, tillsammans med Enzo, ta team-guldet.”

Mattias Ekström, teamägare EKS JC:
”Om du inte kan slå honom, slå dig samman med honom – så enkelt är det. Jag har haft många bra fighter med Johan och tror att alla håller med om att han har en unik talang. Så för mig är han en perfekt match för EKS JCs VM-satsning 2021, för att återigen kunna utmana resten av startfältet om titlar i både förar-VM och teammästerskapet."

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Johan är den mest framgångsrika VM-föraren någonsin och jag är väldigt glad att vi, med stöd från Red Bull, Ravenol, KYB och Blåkläder, kan ha honom i teamet tillsammans med Enzo. Hans erfarenhet och kunskap kommer hjälpa oss att utvecklas ytterligare, och för Enzo blir det en perfekt möjlighet att lära från den allra bästa. Vi kommer fortsätta testa inför säsongen och jag är säkert att vi kommer ge våra konkurrenter en tuff utmaning. 2021 kommer vara ett väldigt speciellt år för EKS JC, med tanke på att vi kommer ha våra bilar i tre mästerskap – FIA World RX, Nitro Rallycross och RallyX Nordic.”
21-06-18 DA Racing prepares for sport’s electric future with full Euro RX1 campaign and selected World RX outings in 2021
DA Racing will enter the full FIA European Rallycross Championship and selected FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds in 2021 with two Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars for brothers Jean-Baptiste and Andréa Dubourg, as the team ramps up its preparations for the sport’s new electric era.

Jean-Baptiste ‘JB’ Dubourg joined Euro RX’s headlining Supercar (now RX1) category in 2015 in a Citroën C4, with a rostrum finish in the Italian season finale propelling the Frenchman to fifth in the points table at the end of his maiden campaign in the series. He dovetailed that with sporadic starts in World RX, notably taking the chequered flag third in France.

After focussing his efforts on the World Championship in 2017 – scoring points in half of the events he contested – Dubourg returned to Euro RX in 2018, piloting a G-FORS Renault Clio to the podium in Barcelona and fifth place in the championship again.

Another switch – to Peugeot machinery this time – yielded five rostrum results from six rounds in 2019, including his breakthrough victory in Latvia, as well as another podium finish in 2020 as the five-time Andros Trophy ice-racing champion scooped the runner-up spoils in the Euro RX standings in both seasons.

The 33-year-old’s younger brother, Andréa, first appeared in Euro RX in 2014, ascending the podium on his debut on home soil at Lohéac in the Super1600 (now RX3) category. A full campaign the following year yielded four further rostrum visits – amongst which was a maiden triumph in Barcelona – and fifth in the overall rankings.

In 2017, the Frenchman stepped up to Supercar level in a DA Racing Citroën DS3, scoring points in three of his five starts. Moving to his current Peugeot 208 in 2018 vaulted him from 22nd up to 12th in the Drivers’ classification, before he improved again to finish fourth in 2019, advancing to the final on four occasions and reaching the rostrum in Latvia. Another podium finish in 2020 secured 28-year-old Dubourg fifth in the championship.

This year, the two drivers – whose father is 1992 European Autocross Champion Dominique Dubourg – return with a dual focus and high expectations, targeting the Euro RX1 crown while doing their homework ahead of a planned World Championship assault in the new RX1e category in 2022.

The French outfit is one of the undisputed benchmarks in the development of electric technologies, most recently showcasing its experience and expertise in the domain en route to title glory in the Andros E-Trophy earlier this year for ‘JB’ in a Renault Zoe.

Jean-Baptiste Dubourg said:
“We are excited to be able to contest another full season in Euro RX1, as we aim to complete the job that we have begun in recent years with the clear objective of becoming European Champions. We have made good use of the long off-season caused by the global pandemic to take a big step forward with the 208 WRX, introducing a number of technical updates to ensure we are 100 per cent ready to tackle the different types of terrain we will encounter in Euro RX.

“DA Racing will also participate in the World Championship rounds at the Nürburgring. Being a new event, this will allow us to gauge the relative performance of our 208 WRX while continuing to prepare for the future as we work seriously on a World Championship entry for 2022. The team already has experience of electric technology having won the Andros E-Trophy with the support of Renault last winter, and we strongly believe this is the future for the sport.”

Andréa Dubourg said:
“I’ve always enjoyed competing in the FIA European Rallycross Championship. The circuits on the calendar and the high calibre of competition mean drivers need to be absolutely on top of their game and teams must fine-tune their cars to the nth degree. In 2020, we were able to race consistently at the sharp end, and it was great to finish on the podium at Höljes.

“We are simultaneously planning to join the grid for the World RX rounds at the Nürburgring, which will allow us to settle back into the groove before the Euro RX1 season begins and work through a range of race and start strategies. All of the drivers will be learning this track for the first time, which makes it the ideal place to try out the various evolutions we have brought to the 208 WRX over the winter. My goal is to become European Champion this year, and our appearances in World RX will enable us to prepare for that challenge in the best way possible.”

Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“We are delighted that DA Racing has committed to the FIA European Rallycross Championship this season with two Peugeot 208 WRX Supercars, and I have no doubt that both ‘JB’ and Andréa will be leading protagonists for the Euro RX1 title.

“Even more significantly, the team’s focus on the future is a real vote of confidence and belief in World Rallycross’ new electric era, which is continuing to pick up pace. We have had a number of very positive and constructive conversations in recent weeks with manufacturers, teams and drivers all interested in coming on-board next season, and we very much hope to see DA Racing on the World Championship grid in 2022.”
21-06-15 Rallycross-NM: Klart for NM-åpning på Gardermoen
Kommende helg er det klart for åpning av årets NM-sesong i rallycross. Det skal kjøres fem runder i mesterskapet, og første arena er Gardermoen Motorpark.

Det er fortsatt restriksjoner i forhold til Covid-19, så dessverre vil ikke løpet på Gardermoen være åpent for publikum. Men det vil bli TV-sending på direktesport.no fra NM-runden.

De fem NM-rundene i rallycross som er planlagt i år kjøres på Gardermoen, Grenland, Gol, Momarken og Finnskogen. Arrangørene har fortsatt store utfordringer med avviklingen på grunn av pandemien, og NMK Gardermoen har valgt å dele arrangementet til helgen, slik at fire klasser kjører på lørdag og tre klasser på søndag.

I NM-klassen for bilene med de minste motorene, til og med 1600 ccm, var det Espen Isaksætre fra KNA Solør Motorsport som ble mester med sin Peugeot 208 i fjor. Han kommer til start også til helgen på Gardermoen.
Fjorårets sølvvinner, og mester i klassen i 2019, var Asgeir Taraldsen fra NMK Melhus i Renault Clio. Bronsevinner i fjor var unge Ole Henry Steinsholt fra NMK Grenland i Skoda Fabia. Ole Henry, som er med på juniorlandslaget til Bilsportforbundet, stiller også i år.
Det kommer hvert år opp førere til denne klassen via juniorklassen og en interessant deltager i klassen i år er Andrine Rafoss fra NMK Konsmo. Hun endte på andreplass i norgescupen for junior i fjor og stiller med en Renault i supernasjonal inntil 1600 ccm til helgen. Andrine er en del av juniorlandslaget til Bilsportforbundet.
Andre utfordrere i klassen er Per Magne Svardal fra NMK Konsmo og Marius Solberg Hansen fra Asker & Bærum Motorsport som begge var inne blant topp fem i fjorårets NM.

I klassen for biler til og med 2000 ccm var det Emil Sivesind fra NMK Krabyskogen som ble mester med sin Audi i fjor. Han tar i år steget videre til klassen over 2400 ccm. Sølvvinner fra i fjor, Christian Hobæk fra NMK Larvik og bronsevinner Sivert Svardal fra NMK Konsmo stiller heller ikke i denne klassen i år. Sivert Svardal kommer til start i Supercars/åpen klasse med sin VW Polo.
Men en god gammel kjenning i norsk bilsport, Guttorm Lindefjell fra NMK Kvinesdal, deltar i klassen inntil 200 ccm med en Mazda RX8. Hans klubbkamerat Per Magne Røyrås, også han i Mazda RX8, er også med blant favorittene.

I klassen til og med 2400 ccm stiller de to siste års mester, Jørgen Syversen fra NMK Aremark, med sin Ford Fiesta. Fjorårets sølvvinner, Sander Engsvik fra NMK Trøgstad stiller også til helgen med sin BMW. Bronsevinner i fjor, Andreas Aarhaug fra NMK Støren, stiller også i år med sin Audi S1.

I supernasjonal-klassen med de største motorene, over 2400 ccm, stiller fjorårets mester Jonas Dalseth Jacobsen fra NMK Hålogaland som klar favoritt i sin VW Polo. Sølvet i fjor gikk til Kim Åvar Meland fra NMK Konsmo. Fjorårets bronsevinner var Bjørn-Terje Heggeli fra NMK Alta, og han stiller igjen i sin Ford Fiesta.

I denne klassen er det mange rutinerte førere som vil være med i tetkampen, som Herbjørn Haug fra KNA Solør Motorsport, Terje Morstad fra NMK Gardermoen og Robin Slåttekjær fra NMK Grenland for å nevne noen. Spennende blir det også å se hva Emil Sivesind fra NMK Krabyskogen kan prestere når han tar steget opp fra klassen inntil 2000 ccm der han ble mester i fjor. Emil er med på juniorlandslaget til Bilsportforbundet.

I Supercars/åpen klasse er det fire førere påmeldt til helgen. Blant disse er fjorårets bronsevinner, Stein Egil Jenssen fra NMK Tønsberg i Ford Fiesta. Spennende vil det også bli å se Sivert Svardal fra NMK Konsmo i VW Polo. Sivert er en del av satsingslandslaget til Bilsportforbundet.

I tillegg til NM-klassene kjøres også første runde av junior cup for førere fra 16 til 21 år på Gardermoen. Her er 16 unge lovende førere påmeldt, og i spissen for dem fjorårets cupvinner, Sindre Madsen Moe fra NMK Trøgstad i Peugeot 206.

Nytt av året er at Historisk klasse har fått status som Norgescup. Her er fire førere påmeldt til helgen.

NM-runden på Gardermoen kjøres over to dager og på lørdag kjøres klassene Junior Cup, Supernasjonal inntil 1600 ccm, Supernasjonal over 2400 ccm og Supercars/åpen klasse.

På søndag kjøres klassene Historisk Cup, Supernasjonal inntil 2000 ccm og Supernasjonal inntil 2400 ccm.
Det blir TV-sending fra løpet på www.direktesport.no

1.NM-RUNDE RALLYCROSS Gardermoen Motorpark 19. –20. juni 2021
19. –20. juni 2021
Vi oversender informasjon og pressemelding om årets første NM-runde i rallycross som kjøres førstkommende lørdag og søndag på Gardermoen Motorpark. Arrangør er NMK Gardermoen.
Dessverre vil ikke løpene være åpne for publikum slik Covid-19 forskriften er per i dag. Det blir TV-sending fra løpet på www.direktesport.no

Mesterskapet omfatter de fire supernasjonal-klassene, t.o.m 1600 ccm, t.o.m. 2000 ccm, t.o.m. 2400 ccm og over 2400 ccm samt Supercar.
Løpet teller også i Norgescup for Junior og den nye norgescupen for historisk klasse.

På Gardermoen har arrangøren valgt å dele arrangementet i to, slik at tre klasser kjøres på lørdag og tre på søndag. Dette er for å tilfredsstille myndighetenes krav til maksimalt antall personer som kan samles.

På lørdag kjøres følgende klasser:
Junior Cup
Supernasjonal inntil 1600 ccm
Supercars/åpen klasse
Supernasjonal over 2400 ccm

På søndag kjøres følgende klasser:
Historisk Cup
Supernasjonal 2000-2400 ccm
Supernasjonal 1600-2000 ccm
Begge dager starter 1. innledende omgang kl. 10.00

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Poengstillingen NM Rallycross 2020: https://bilsport.no/poengstilling/poengstilling-2020/
Arrangøren har egen Internettside med startlister etc. som finnes her: http://www.nmkgardermoen.no/
NM-reglement for rallycross: https://bilsportboka.no/kapittel/rallycross/nm-rallycross-reglement/

Arrangør:
NMK Gardermoen

Banen:
Gardermoen Motorpark er 820 meter lang. Banedekket er 45 % asfalt og 55 % grus.
21- 06- 13 Tredje raka segern för Jim Jansson
Jim Jansson tog klivet upp till 2400-klassen inför årets säsong. När fyra av sju deltävlingar är körda leder han mästerskapet efter tre raka deltävlingssegrar, sjutton poäng före närmast jagande konkurrent.

På lördagens blöta underlag fick inte Jansson starterna att stämma. Under söndagen var det helt andra förutsättningar med sol, torr bana och bra grepp på startplattans asfalt. Men det ville sig ändå inte för Jim Jansson, som efter en mindre lyckad start i första kvalet ändå kunde ta sig upp i ledning i kurva tre och sedan vinna sitt kvalheat. Men det på femte tid i omgången. I stället var det Simon Claesson som satte högsta fart under förmiddagen och vann första kvalomgången.
- Det kändes bra. Det klart det finns att jobba på, både på bil och mig. Vi såg igår att även om man startar bra så kan det ändra sig under dagen så det är bara att ladda om och ge allt, sa Simon Claesson som efter samtliga körda kval var den som samlat mest kvalpoäng.

Sämre såg det ett tag ut för Jim Jansson som i andra omgången placerade sig på en tolfte plats. Först i tredje och sista kvalomgången vände det när Jim Jansson från yttersta startrutan kunde ta starten och sen från ledning sätta sista kvalrundans snabbaste tid.
- Det var dags för en bra start nu. Det är ganska rent där ute från ytterspår i starten så det fungerade bra, sa Jim Jansson efter samtliga körda kvalheat.

Jim Jansson vann sen sin semifinal och fick starta i första par på utsidan av Simon Claesson i finalen.
Det blev en stentuff kamp mellan de båda in genom första sväng där Jansson gick på ytterspår och som sen in i mot kurva två hade innerspåret. Med en bra utgång på rakan upp mot kurva tre skaffade sig Jim Jansson någon meter till jagande Simon Claesson. Claesson gick in i jokerspåret på andra varvet och tappade ner till tredje plats bakom Daniel Loggert. Jansson svarade upp Claessons taktik direkt med att ta jokern på nästa varv och kunde behålla ledningen före Claesson som missade lite i utgången av kurvan när han försökt svara upp mot Jansson. Men närmare en så kom sen inte Simon Claesson. Jim Jansson kunde säkra tredje raka segern i 2400-klassen.
- Det blir lite lättare väg hem nu, konstaterade Jim Jansson efter tävlingen.
- Det har varit kämpigt idag med starterna men vi gjorde om lite så det ordande upp sig lite mer på slutet. Och det gav resultat.

Efter målgång i finalen fick sen Simon Claesson svart flagg vilket gjorde att Robin Starö blev tvåa och Viktor Johansson tog tredjeplatsen. Med dubbla segrar i Piteå reser Jim Jansson hem till Värmland med utökad serieledning i totala mästerskapstabellen som han leder på 143 poäng, före Rasmus Olsson på 126. Simon Claesson är trea på 117 inför nästa dubbelhelg som körs 24-25 juli i Västerås
- Det är skönt, känns bra att vara kvar i topp, säger Jansson och blickar fram mot Västerås.
- Där har jag kört en del och det kan vara en bana som tar mycket på materialet, så det gäller att få grejerna att hålla.

I Supercar Lites vann Nils Andersson och kopplar med det ett stadigare grepp om serieledningen. I klassen 2150 segrade Max Forsman och i JSM var det åter Oskar Hellström som vann.

Samtliga resultat från deltävling fyra av SM i Rallycross finns här: https://www.motorsport-events.se/camp/index.php?dir=resultsmw%2F09+results+2021%2F02+Rallycross%2F02+Rallycross+SM%2F04+Pitea+Round+4%2F
21- 06- 13 Andersson ökar i SM- täten
SM- ledande Nils Andersson avslutade dubbeltävlingen i Piteå med seger i Lites- klassen. Därmed ökade han ledningen i mästerskapet, trots en mindre lyckad tävling under lördagen.
- En jättebra helg, trots allt. Man börjar lära sig att det är ups and downs i rallycross, säger Kristoffersson Motorsport- föraren.

Nils Andersson hade en ledning på fjorton poäng när han gav sig in i dubbeltävlingen i Norrbotten. Första dagens tävling i ett regnigt Piteå blev dock inte alls vad Andersson hade hoppats på. I kvalet drabbades han av såväl punktering som trasig hjulupphängning. Trots det tog han sig som fyra till semifinalen och ledde där när han blev påkörd och fick bryta.
- Tror jag tog ut problem för hela säsongen under den tävlingen. Alla marginaler på fel sida.

Det var bara att bryta ihop och komma igen för KMS- föraren – och som han gjorde det! På ett torrare underlag stod han efter söndagens kvalomgångar i pole position i semifinal 1.
- Jag kunde starta ifrån dem och sedan kontrollera.

Det receptet var gångbart även i semifinalen, där han ledde han från start till mål. Det gick fort, men inte med maximal satsning.
- Det gällde att spela smart, en ständig riskanalys för att undvika punkteringar. Curbsen var riktigt vassa.

Finalen blev också en kontrollerad historia, även om Andersson blev ordentligt utmanad av Casper Jansson. Nils tog joker- spåret redan på fjärde varvet från ledning.
- Det var också en säkerhetsgardering, ifall man skulle råka ut för en punktering.

När Jansson tog jokern på sista varvet övertog Andersson täten. I mål var segermarginalen en halv sekund för 21- åringen från Arvika. Därmed trillade maximala 30 poäng in på kontot, att lägga till de 15 poäng han ändå plockade under lördagen.
- Det gäller att göra de dåliga dagarna på rätt sätt också.

Inför nästa race, dubbeltävling i Västerås 24- 25 juli, leder Nils Andersson SM för Lites- bilar med hela 28 poäng – ett riktigt bra läge.
- Absolut, men det är mycket kvar än.

21-06-12 Jansson drygade ut ledningen i Rallycross-SM
Regn, regn och regn. Det blev riktigt svåra förhållanden när den tredje deltävlingen av årets SM-serie i Rallycross avgjordes i Piteå under lördagen.
- Kommer vi bara i väg i starterna så ska det nog gå bra. Det sa serieledaren i 2400-klassen, Jim Jansson inför helgens dubbeltävling i Piteå. Med facit i hand så var det väl just det som inte satt perfekt.

Jim Jansson var inte först i väg i någon av kvalheatens starter och kunde efter kvalkörningen summera den med placeringarna 3,7 och 7. Det var inte direkt en dans fram till semifinalen för Jansson. Inte blev det bättre i väg från startplattan i semifinalen. In mot första kurvan var det trångt och det såg ett tag ut som om Jansson skulle gå med bredsidan in i svängen men han kund dra nytta av den kalabalik som det blev in i första sväng och gå förbi på innern. Väl i ledningen var finalplatsen säkrad.
Finalen var lite av en repris för Jansson.

Tuff start från pole. En Leo Ivarsson som från bakersta startruta formligen blåste förbi hela fältet och var först in i kurva ett. Jim Jansson kunde igen glida förbi på innern när resten av konkurrenterna tampades något spårval längre ut. Redan i andra kurvan var Jansson sen ifatt Ivarsson och passerade honom på innern och hittade på raksträckan upp mot kurva tre perfekt fäste. Och med det var finalen i 2400 klar. Från täten kunde sen Jim Jansson utöka sitt avstånd till de bakom jagande och säkra årets andra seger.
- Det är underbart. När man kommer upp hit trodde jag att det skulle bli tufft att hålla kvar mästerskapsledningen, men det gick bra så vi är riktigt nöjda. Ett bra facit på att ombyggnaden av bilen fungerar. Det är bara starterna som vi sliter med när det är blött. På torrt fungerar det bra, så vi får hoppas på sol i morgon, sa serieledaren i 2400-klassen, Jim Jansson efter tävlingen.

Bakom Jim Jansson i finalen kämpade Leo Ivarsson och Simon Claesson om pallplatserna. Den striden vann Leo Ivarsson som var tvåa bakom Jansson i mål. Med segern drygar nu Jim Jansson ut ledingen i tabellen och har inför söndagen 104 poäng. Tvåa är Rasmus Olsson på 94 poäng. Trea idag och trea i totala SM-tabellen för 2400 är Simon Claesson.

I Supercar Lites-klassen vann hemmaföraren Martin Ekspjuth och i 2150-klassen segrade Björn ”Putte” Alvarsson. Snabbast i JSM var Oskar Hellström.

Alla resultat från SM i Rallycross samtliga klasser finns här,
https://www.motorsport-events.se/camp/index.php?dir=resultsmw%2F09+results+2021%2F02+Rallycross%2F02+Rallycross+SM%2F03+Pitea+Round+3%2F
21-06-11 Timmy Hansen returns to World RX as Swede seeks to reconquer his crown
2019 world champion confirms his participation at pinnacle of the discipline
29-year-old eager to pick up from where he left off at end of last season
Swede is one of only three drivers to have started every World RX event so far

Former world champion Timmy Hansen has confirmed his return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship with the family-run Hansen World RX Team this year, as he sets his sights on reclaiming the coveted Drivers’ crown.

The eldest son of Kenneth Hansen – the most successful rallycross driver in history, with 14 European Championship titles to his name – the 29-year-old has been a stalwart of World RX since the series’ inception back in 2014 and indeed is one of only three competitors to have entered every round to-date, achieving ten triumphs and 32 rostrum finishes behind the wheel of a Peugeot 208.

Victory in Italy and three further podium appearances propelled him to fourth in the points table in his maiden campaign at the pinnacle of the discipline, with three more wins following in 2015, elevating Hansen to the runner-up spot in the standings.

The Swede prevailed in Canada in 2016 and reached the rostrum in half of the events that season, going on to add another four podiums to his tally in 2017 and two more in 2018.

His 2019 campaign was his most accomplished to-date, recording four victories from ten starts to secure both the Drivers’ laurels as well as the Teams’ trophy for Team Hansen MJP alongside his younger brother and team-mate, Kevin, clinching the crown in dramatic style in the South African finale.

Last season resulted in another four visits to the rostrum en route to third in the final classification, and after signing off with his tenth career success and a second-place finish in Catalunya, Hansen is eager to maintain that burgeoning momentum when the 2021 campaign gets underway at the same circuit on 23/24 July. Subsequent race weekends in Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal complete an eight-round schedule.

Timmy Hansen, Driver, Hansen World RX Team, said:
“In the last few years since we’ve become a fully independent family team, being on the grid each season has never been a given. I’m very grateful I have the opportunity to come back and race again this year. I love rallycross – it’s always been part of my life, and it still is in a very big way. We run the family team every day and our involvement with rallycross goes back decades. It’s been in my blood since I was born, so I’ll always want to compete here.

“Even though this will be my eighth season in World RX, I’m as motivated as ever to write a new story: will we fight for the title, who will be fast this year, and how will we stack up? We’ve been working really hard and the car feels much better now than it did in 2020. All the great ideas and talented people working with us have made a big difference, even as a small team that’s improving step-by-step. We might have a good shot at competing for the title this year, but let’s see how it goes!”

Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal, Hansen World RX Team, added:
“Timmy is a world-class driver – and a world champion in rallycross, of course – so we are very happy to be in a position to keep him with us again in 2021. Having him alongside Kevin to continue the strongest driver pairing in World RX was always our target.

“He is giving himself new experiences and new challenges with his Extreme E campaign, and we know this new adventure is very important to him. We are lucky that he is able to do both that and World Rallycross, as he makes such a big difference to our team. It’s also great that we have two drivers who know our car inside-out, and that Timmy can maintain the momentum he had in the second half of last season.”
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Helgens schema för SM i Piteå.
Preliminärt tidsschema lördag
09:50 Uppsnack och studio
10:00 Q1
11:40 Studio, summering och intervjuer
12:00 Q2
13:40 Studio, summering och intervjuer
13:50 Lunch - banner i bild "åter 14:30"
14:30 Q3
16:10 Studio, summering och intervjuer
16:30 Semi / finaler

Preliminärt tidsschema söndag
09:20 Uppsnack och studio
09:30 Q1
11:05 Studio, summering och intervjuer
11:20 Q2
12:55 Studio, summering och intervjuer
13:05 Lunch - banner i bild "åter 13:40"
13:40 Q3
15:15 Studio, summering och intervjuer
15:30 Semi / finaler
21-06-09 Grönholm and Szabó set to mount World RX title tilt with GRX in 2021
Niclas Grönholm entering new season with one focus – the Drivers’ title
Krisztián Szabó aiming to build upon progress made in previous campaigns
Finnish outfit’s Hyundai i20 has already proven itself as a potent package

Niclas Grönholm and Krisztián Szabó will join forces for GRX-SET WORLD RX TEAM in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year, as the Finnish outfit plots an all-out assault on Drivers’ and Teams’ glory.

Grönholm – the son of two-time FIA World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm – has risen rapidly up the ranks since making his World RX debut at Höljes in 2015. The Finn committed full-time to the series in 2016, switching to the family-run GRX outfit in 2017 and securing his maiden final appearance with fifth position in Germany.

2018 then marked a significant step forward, as four visits to the final behind the wheel of the new Hyundai i20 yielded seventh place in the overall classification – comfortably the top independent entrant.

That paved the way for a full-on title tilt the next season, with a brace of victories and two further podium finishes seeing Grönholm wind up just 25 points shy of the Drivers’ crown, despite missing two rounds due to appendicitis. His points-per-event tally was the highest in the field. Another race win in 2020 cemented fourth spot in the standings for the second consecutive campaign – and now the 25-year-old is fired-up to fight for the biggest prize in international rallycross.

A successful skier in his teenage years, Szabó clinched his first car racing title at the age of just 16 in the Hungarian Autocross Championship in 2008. He banked back-to-back FIA Junior Buggy honours in the discipline in 2009 and 2010, before stepping up to the Buggy1600 category, where he collected his third European Championship trophy in 2013.

In 2014, the Hungarian reached the rostrum on his debut in the FIA European Rallycross Championship’s Super1600 division. A full season in the series with Volland Racing the following year culminated in third in the final standings, setting the scene for consecutive Euro RX Super1600 crowns in 2016 and 2017.

In 2018, Szabó entered two Euro RX rounds in the headlining Supercar class – placing second at Lohéac for Mattias Esktröm’s EKS Audi Sport outfit – before stepping up again to World RX in 2019, advancing to the final first time out with EKS Sport and going on to finish tenth in the championship. After competing for GRX-SET in Sweden and Latvia in 2020, the 29-year-old returns for his second full campaign in the World Championship with the team in 2021.

Niclas Grönholm, Driver, GRX-SET WORLD RX TEAM, said:
“My hopes for this season are quite simple – to fight for the championship. Last year was difficult, but I think we learned a lot and we are going in the right direction at the moment. We have done a lot of experiments with the car and found some good things, as well as some areas to work on.

“I expect the competition to be similar to the 2019 and 2020 seasons – nothing will be won easily. We will need to be ready to fight and put in the work required at every round to have a chance to win. The events I’m most looking forward to are Sweden and Portugal – the tracks there are so nice – but also the Nürburgring because it’s new for everybody and nobody knows what to expect, which always makes things interesting.”

Krisztián Szabó, Driver, GRX-SET WORLD RX TEAM, said:
“I’m very happy that I can continue with this great team, especially under [Team Principal] Jussi Pinomäki, and I’m even more pumped that I can finally play a part in fighting for the Teams’ championship. The Hyundai is very good – I love it – and it’s really great to work with Niclas; I can learn a lot from him and everyone in the team.

“It’s hard to know where we will be, but I’m pretty optimistic that we will be fast this year. My personal aim for the season is to have strong and stable results and to be in the final as much as possible. After the first few rounds, we will know better where we are compared to the others and what we can aim for overall, but I believe we can be very strong contenders this year.”

Jussi Pinomäki, Team Principal, GRX-SET WORLD RX TEAM, added:
“We have worked hard to be able to return this year, and it’s brilliant to do that with Niclas and Krisztián. I think together they can help us to deliver our potential at every event. As Niclas says, nothing comes easy, especially at this level, but I’m very proud of our hard-working team and we will be doing everything we can to achieve the best results possible.

“Niclas continues to improve with every season, and I have to say I am pleased with the progress that Krisztián has made even from last year. It has been a long gap since Barcelona last October so we can’t wait to be back there again in July, and hopefully sooner rather than later we can be racing in front of passionate rallycross fans once again too.”
21-06-08 ‘Faster’ Abbring to tackle first full World RX season with UNKORRUPTED in 2021
World Championship grid grows with addition of UNKORRUPTED Renault Mégane
Dutchman boasts more than a decade’s experience in rallying and rallycross
32-year-old to combine bid with focus on green motorsport development projects

Following sporadic FIA World Rallycross Championship appearances over the past two years, Kevin Abbring will contest his first full campaign at the pinnacle of the dual-surface discipline in 2021 behind the wheel of an UNKORRUPTED Renault Mégane R.S. RX – and he has warned his rivals that he feels ‘faster than ever’.

Abbring began his motorsport career in rallycross – winning the Dutch and Belgian titles three times by the age of 16 – before switching to rallying in 2007, achieving success on the international stage in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and making history as the youngest driver ever to win a JWRC round.

The 32-year-old has simultaneously been involved in motorsport projects dedicated to greener technology and alternative fuels. The first Dutch driver ever to enter and win a rally in a car run on bio-methanol in 2010, he scored a podium finish later that same year with a bio-methanol fuelled car at Ken Block’s inaugural Gymkhana GRiD event in the USA. Another milestone followed in 2012, when – as an official Volkswagen Motorsport driver – Abbring introduced a VW race car on bio-gas (GCN) technology in his home country.

Victory in France’s Peugeot 208 Rally Cup in 2013 prompted a step up to the FIA European Rally Championship – yielding two rostrum finishes despite myriad technical issues – while Abbring went on to play a key role behind-the-scenes in the development of Hyundai Motorsport’s ultra-successful i20 WRC challenger.

He returned to rallycross in 2019, participating in the Norwegian and Swedish rounds of the World RX campaign in an ES Motorsport-run Škoda Fabia, impressing by finishing fourth on both occasions and leading the final on his debut in Hell. After joining GCK Motorsport last year as development driver for the French outfit’s rallycross and cross-country programmes, he made a further competitive outing in Finland in a Renault Clio entered under the GCK UNKORRUPTED banner.

With GCK taking a sabbatical from the series ahead of a planned return in the sport’s new electric era, Abbring has partnered with French engineering company FORS Technologies for his forthcoming World Championship assault, and he will dovetail his full-season effort this year with his ongoing work on green motorsport development initiatives.

The new World RX campaign will get underway with a Friday/Saturday evening showdown at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-24 July, before subsequent race weekends in Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal complete an eight-round schedule.

Kevin Abbring, Driver, UNKORRUPTED, said:
“I’ve been working on some incredible projects, and I’m really excited about the future of motorsport. To get the chance to contest an entire championship at world level in parallel this season is something I’ve been working on for such a long time now.

“Thanks to the latest projects and test activities I have been involved in, I feel faster than I’ve ever been. I’ve worked with every team member closely before and I’m starting to understand the Mégane better and better. I can’t wait to push for victories together!”
21-06-08 Medlemserbjudande - Se SM i Rallycross live på sbfplay.se
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21-06-07 ‘It’s my time to shine’, says Kevin Hansen, as Swede bids to step out of big brother’s shadow
Younger Hansen brother ready to grab his share of the spotlight in 2021
Swede targeting FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ crown
23-year-old eager to showcase recent progress brought to Peugeot 208
Team-mate of Hansen World RX Team star to be revealed later this week

Kevin Hansen is ready to step out of the shadow of his FIA World Rallycross Championship-winning brother Timmy and 14-time European Championship-winning father Kenneth in 2021, after confirming his return to the pinnacle of the discipline with the family-run Hansen World RX Team and declaring: “It’s my time to shine!”

A title-winner in both RX Lites and the JRX Junior Rallycross Cup, Hansen has similarly been a leading protagonist in World RX since debuting in the series in Argentina in 2015, making history as the youngest driver ever to contest an event at the highest level at the age of just 17 years and six months. Not only that, but the Swede impressively reached the final at his very first attempt.

A switch to the FIA European Rallycross Championship in 2016 yielded four victories from five starts en route to the coveted Drivers’ crown, dovetailed with selected outings in World RX – advancing to the final in Britain and Germany – to earn the FIA ‘Rookie of the Year’ accolade at the end of the campaign.

Since then, Hansen has been a World RX regular, with six final appearances in 2018 paving the way to his first title challenge the following year. A breakthrough victory in the Abu Dhabi curtain-raiser and four further podium finishes saw him enter the South African finale still in with a shout of overall honours, ultimately winding up a close third while playing a vital role in Team Hansen MJP’s successful acquisition of the Teams’ crown.

After two more rostrum results in 2020 propelled the 23-year-old to fifth in the Drivers’ classification, he now has his sights resolutely fixed on the only major international rallycross crown he has yet to claim – the biggest one of all – as he returns to the track in his Hansen World RX Team Peugeot 208 for a fifth consecutive full-season assault. His team-mate at the Swedish squad will be announced later this week.

The new World RX campaign will get underway with a Friday/Saturday evening showdown at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-24 July, before subsequent race weekends in Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal complete an eight-round schedule.

Kevin Hansen, Driver, Hansen World RX Team, said:
“I’ve been looking at all areas of my development in order to put myself in a better position ahead of the season. I know where I’ve been weak and where I’ve been strong, and it’s time to put it all together in the final year of the combustion-engined era.

“I’m capable of winning championships – I think my junior career showed that! This is no different and I hope the changes around me will showcase the progress we’ve made together. Our car development has moved towards a direction I feel more comfortable with, and the Peugeot did fit me much better last season than in 2019. I believe since then we've progressed even more in that direction, and I can’t wait to extract all of it on-track.

“To close World RX’s combustion chapter with the Hansen name on top would be a beautiful story, given the team’s rich history and the upcoming shift to full electric rallycross. It’s my time to shine!”

Kenneth Hansen, Team Principal, Hansen World RX Team, added:
“Kevin has shown himself to be a world-class rallycross driver over the last decade. It has always been the case over the years that our boys have had to earn their seats with the team, and if they were not quick enough, they wouldn’t get to drive – but Kevin has proved himself time and time again, so we’re excited to see what he is capable of doing in this final chapter of World RX before the new electric era begins.

“We had some difficult moments in the first half of last season, but I saw a big step from Kevin towards the end – he felt at one with the car again and it showed. If myself and the rest of the team can give him a fast car, I am sure he can continue to fight at the front of the pack for more victories and the championship.”
21-06-07 Kevin Hansen aiming for the top with Hansen World RX Team
Hansen World RX Team will participate in the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship, with Nitro Rallycross and European Rallycross champion Kevin Hansen returning to pilot one of the team's two Peugeot 208 WRX cars.

Despite turning only 23 years of age at the end of last month, Kevin Hansen is already an established force in World Rallycross, entering his sixth consecutive season with his family team at the top level of rallycross this year.

Kevin challenged for the world championship until the last race in 2019 and scored multiple podiums in the shortened 2020 season, and is ready to compete for the ultimate prize in rallycross once more.

Hansen World RX Team's second driver for the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship will be announced at a later date.

9 Kevin Hansen
“I'm capable of winning championships – I think my junior career showed that!”
“I’ve been looking at all areas of my development in order to put myself in a better position ahead of the season. I know where I’ve been weak, and where I’ve been strong, and it’s time to put it all together in the final year of the petrol era.

“I’m capable of winning championships – I think my junior career showed that! This is no different and I hope the changes around me will showcase the progress we've made together.

“Our car development has moved towards a direction I feel more comfortable with, and the car did fit me much better last season than in 2019. I believe since then we've progressed even more in that direction and I can’t wait to extract all of it on track.

“To close World RX's petrol chapter with the Hansen name on top would be a beautiful story, given the team's rich history and the upcoming shift to full electric rallycross.

“It's my time to shine!”
The Boss Kenneth Hansen
“It has always been the case over the years that our boys have had to earn their seats with the team, and if they were not fast enough, they wouldn't get to drive. But Kevin has proved himself time and time again.”

“Kevin has proven himself to be a world-class rallycross driver over the last decade. It has always been the case over the years that our boys have had to earn their seats with the team, and if they were not fast enough, they wouldn't get to drive. But Kevin has proved himself time and time again, so we're excited to see what he is capable of doing in this final chapter of World RX before the new electric era begins.

“We had some difficult moments in the first half of last season but I saw a big step from Kevin towards the end of last season – he felt at one with the car again and it showed. If myself and the rest of the team can give him a fast car I am sure he can continue to fight at the front of the pack for more victories, and maybe even the championship. Let's see what happens!”
21-06-06 Grönholm strikes back to beat Kristoffersson and Rytkönen in Round 6 as OuluZone delivers epic drama
Grönholm seals third RallyX Nordic win of the season
Supercar Lites leader Hallman doubles up
Support classes produce stunning afternoon of action
Campaign concludes at Arvika, Sweden (August 13-15)

Niclas Grönholm gained his revenge over Johan Kristoffersson with victory in Round 6 of the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship at OuluZone, Finland (June 6).

Grönholm looked set to win the first leg of this weekend’s double-header before suffering a puncture in the Round 5 final – allowing Kristoffersson to inherit first place – but there was no such misfortune this time around as the Finn took the spoils on home soil.

Tommi Hallman headed a SET Promotion 1-2 in Supercar Lites as the category points leader picked up his fourth win of the season, while Tomi Rakkolainen took advantage of the championship contenders running into trouble to secure a surprise success in an all-action CrossCar/Crosskart final.

Marcus Norman came out on top in Open 2WD after pace-setters Simon Tiger and Tuomas Venäläinen were both excluded while reigning CrossCar Junior champion Alex Gustafsson landed his third win of the campaign to close the gap on Lukas Andersson in the overall table.

With all drivers across every class having to drop their lowest-scoring round of points ahead of the season finale, there is everything to play for when the RallyX Nordic championship concludes at Arvika, Sweden (August 13-15).

Supercar
Niclas Grönholm showed his class with a dominant performance in the Supercar category at OuluZone, putting aside a frustrating Saturday to stamp his mark on Round 6.

The Finnish ace, who was leading the Round 5 final before suffering a puncture, looked like a man on a mission when he set the fastest time of the weekend so far in Q1 – beating Johan Kristoffersson on track in the process.

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion responded by claiming Q2 at the wheel of his Kristoffersson Motorsport-run Volkswagen Polo, but the pair reversed positions once more in an epic Q3 dual run in dramatically changing conditions.

Both drivers won their respective semi-finals, setting up yet another high-profile clash in the showpiece event, but Grönholm didn’t put a wheel wrong and withstood intense pressure from Kristoffersson to prevail.

Juha Rytkönen, who made an instant impression on the World RX stage with a podium finish on his debut at Kouvola last year, secured third on his return to RallyX Nordic with the Betomik Racing Team, having shown brilliant pace throughout the weekend in his Ford Fiesta.

Enzo Ide came home fourth for EKS JC ahead of Jere Kalliokoski, while Sondre Evjen failed to finish the final due to broken steering. However, the Norwegian remains ahead of Fraser McConnell in the points standings after the Olsbergs MSE driver’s steering also collapsed in his semi-final – capping a frustrating couple of rounds for the Jamaican.

Grönholm is now second in the championship despite skipping the curtain-raiser at Nysum, having won three times in four appearances, but the ultra-competitive Supercar field will be looking to get their own back at the final event of the season.

Niclas Grönholm said: “This was revenge for yesterday – that sucked. It all seemed to go my way yesterday until the puncture so very happy to get the win here today. I was a bit nervous all day to be honest, we haven’t had good launches and starting on the inside has been really tricky – I think it’s the worst spot on the grid! I had a decent launch in the final though, the car was stalling a bit and I couldn’t hold it any more and Q3’s launch was a bit worse than that, three of our starts we struggled with stalling.

“Johan [Kristoffersson] took me after turn one for the first few meters over the bump but then I got him on the gears. Johan was close on the first lap, that’s been the same all weekend. For me, the second or third lap has been the best once the tires get up to temperature. The first lap I’ve generally been quite cautious, I was trying to avoid any mistakes and obviously go carefully over the bump after yesterday.

“We came here to get more racing under our belts and to compete against Johan and the other guys in this series so we're very happy to get the win and get more time in this car. We learned a lot this weekend, what works and what doesn’t and there’s obviously a lot of tarmac here so it's useful to know these things for when conditions are similar to this.”

Supercar Lites
Tommi Hallman made it two wins from two at his home track this weekend, securing a second consecutive maximum points haul by claiming victory in Supercar Lites.

The SET Promotion ace has now won four rounds in his debut campaign in the category and is yet to finish outside of the podium places this season, consistently demonstrating superb racecraft and blistering pace when needed.

Hallman was only third fastest in Q1 behind team-mate Jonne Ollikainen and STS RX driver Simon Olofsson but then proceeded to head the timesheets in both Q2 and Q3 to secure top qualifier status.

The Finn won his semi-final by over four seconds, pulling off an excellent pass on Martin Ekspjuth in the process, and carried that form over into the final to comfortably take the chequered flag from Ollikainen – who was running an alternative joker strategy to cover off the rest of the pack – and Martin Enlund.

Isak Sjökvist finished a commendable fourth, having shown promise all weekend at OuluZone, while Casper Jansson was fifth and Simon Olofsson rounded out the top six.

Hallman’s main championship rival Nils Andersson endured a frustrating day, qualifying seventh but exiting at the semi-final stage after failing to find a way past Sjökvist. Meanwhile, Linus Östlund’s title hopes faded due to ongoing mechanical issues hampering his performance throughout the event.

Tommi Hallman said: “This is quite the result, once again! A big thank you to my team and my partners. It has been an amazing season so far, and we’ve only got one more race to go so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m over the moon, as a home race is always most important for a driver. Winning both races here is more than I expected but I’m really happy.”

Supporting cast
The CrossCar/Crosskart category produced a hugely dramatic final as all three of the main championship contenders were involved in contentious incidents, leaving the way clear for Tomi Rakkolainen to secure his first win of the campaign.

The Team Speedweekend driver kept his nose clean as sparks flew when Isak Reiersen and Jimmie Österberg were involved in a collision with Jarko Aronen at turn one. The red flag came out and the trio were not permitted to take the restart, leaving pole-sitter Patrik Hallberg primed to capitalise and claim the overall standings lead.

However, the Max RPM ace was then collected by Isac Egonsson when the race got back underway, resulting in an exclusion for the latter. Hallberg limped around for several laps with broken suspension, securing him second in the classification, but Rakkolainen was the only driver to escape unscathed and was duly rewarded with a welcome – if unexpected – victory. The drama leaves Hallberg, Reiersen and Österberg all tied at the top of the overall points standings (after lowest scoring round dropped) with just one event of the season remaining.

There was also fireworks in the Open 2WD class as championship leader Simon Tiger and local talent Tuomas Venäläinen were both disqualified from the final, having come together just seconds after the lights went out.

Tiger, chasing a sixth consecutive win this season, was pushed hard all day by his Finnish rival and the pair made contact on the run to turn one in the showpiece event. Tiger recovered to win on the road as Venäläinen dropped to the back of the pack, but the stewards later excluded both – handing Marcus Norman a surprise victory ahead of Rami Kauttio and Mathias Jansson.

Finally, Alex Gustafsson kept his CrossCar Junior title hopes alive with a spectacular victory over Lukas Andersson. The reigning champion was top qualifier following a Q3 session win and converted that pace into his third victory of the season, holding off the current points standings leader Andersson and the impressive Rasmus Persson with an expert display of defensive driving.

The RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship reaches its dramatic conclusion with Round 7 at Arvika in Sweden (August 13-15). Remember to catch all the action live and for free on the RallyX TV YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHsDF27AUJnAa_3AhhfHZLQ

Results
Supercar
1. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) GRX 5 laps
2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport +1.379s
3. Juha RYTKÖNEN (FIN) Betomik Racing Team +2.216s
4. Enzo IDE (BEL) EKS JC +6.103s
5. Jere KALLIOKOSKI (FIN) Kalliokoski Motorsport +6.770s
6. Sondre EVJEN (SWE) EKS JC +1 lap

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) SET Promotion 5 laps
2. Jonne OLLIKAINEN (FIN) SET Promotion +2.489s
3. Martin ENLUND (SWE) Enlunds Motorsport +3.059s
4. Isak SJÖKVIST (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +3.793s
5. Casper JANSSON (SWE) Enlunds Motorsport +4.199s
6. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) STS RX +5.768s

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Tomi RAKKOLAINEN (FIN) Team Speedweekend 5 laps
2. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) Max RPM +1 lap
3. Jarkko ARONEN (FIN) Team Speedweekend
4. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Power RX
5. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) Carcontrol EXC
6. Isac REIERSEN (SWE) EKS JC EXC

Open 2WD
1. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) Marcus Norman 5 laps
2. Rami KAUTTIO (FIN) RK RX +0.987s
3. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) Mathias Jansson +1.256s
4. Antti VÄRE (FIN) Anti Väre +1 lap
5. Simon TIGER (SWE) TeamTigerRX EXC
6. Tuomas VENÄLÄINEN (FIN) Tuomas Venäläinen RX EXC

CrossCar Junior
1. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) EKS JC 5 laps
2. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) Lukas Andersson +0.466s
3. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +2.377s
4. Elias KALLIOKOSKI (FIN) Kalliokoski Racing +6.617s
5. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) Lauri RX +8.658s
6. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) Team Ylilammi +5 laps

Championship Standings
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) 137 points
2. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) 110 points
3. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) 108 points
4. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 102 points
5. Enzo IDE (BEL) 76 points
6. Andreas CARLSSON (SWE) 71 points

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) 141 points
2. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) 109 points
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 98 points
4. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 97 points
5. Martin ENLUND (SWE) 91 points
6. Martin JONSSON (SWE) 86 points

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) 117 points
2. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) 117 points
3. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) 117 points
4. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) 81 points
5. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) 74 points
6. Reinis NITISS (LVA) 71 points

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) 131 points
2. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) 102 points
3. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) 72 points
4. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) 69 points
5. Lars ENGLUND (SWE) 66 points
6. Mikael PERSSON (SWE) 55 points

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) 130 points
2. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 125 points
3. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) 103 points
4. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) 99 points
5. Erik NILSSON (SWE) 99 points
6. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) 90 points
21-06-06 Seger för Alex Gustafsson i Finland – tre pallplatser för EKS JC
En seger och två pallplatser rikare lämnar EKS JC RallyX Nordic i finska Oulu. Samtidigt har teamets förare topp tre-placeringar i alla tre klassernas mästerskap.
– I Crosscar Junior var Alex outstanding hela dagen, det ger en bra känsla för alla att ha i ryggen, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Femte och sjätte deltävlingen av RallyX Nordic har precis körts på den finska banan OuluZone. För EKS JC resulterade helgen i tre medaljer, samtidigt som de har tre förare i topp tre av mästerskapet.

I Crosscar Junior avslutade Alex Gustafsson på topp och kunde efter vinst i både grundomgången och semifinalen knipa sin tredje seger för säsongen under söndagen. Det, i kombination med lördagens fjärdeplats, gör att han knappar in i mästerskapet och ligger tvåa med åtta poäng till ledningen.

I Supercar knep Sondre Evjen under lördagen en tredjeplats, samtidigt som han under söndagen tvingades bryta finalen efter att en bärarm brustit. Teamkollegan Enzo Ide missade lördagens final, men fick revansch under söndagen och slutade där fyra. Efter helgen ligger de trea respektive femma i mästerskapet. I Crosscar inledde Isak Reiersen med en andraplats, men under söndagen tog det stopp i finalen efter att en incident på banan resulterade i en svartflagg. Efter söndagen tappar han mästerskapsledningen till en tredjeplats, med endast tre poäng upp till ledaren.

Den sjunde och sista deltävlingen av RallyX Nordic körs i Arvika 14-15 juli.
Fullständigt resultat finns här: https://www.rallyx.se/poang/

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Vi kom hit med bra förhoppningar och en bra känsla, och lämnar med tre medaljer och bra poäng i mästerskapet. Under lördagen fick vi till en början inte riktigt farten dit vi ville, både med bilarna och förarmässigt. Men vi krigade oss igenom dagen. Enzo hade problem med kopplingen och kunde tyvärr inte slåss om en finalplats, medan Sondre hade mer tur och kunde avsluta tävlingen på en tredjeplats. Även i Crosscar slet vi hårt på banan, och trots att det förbättrades blev vi inte helt nöjda. Men Isak och Alex lyckades sluta tvåa och fyra i sina klasser, och det kändes bra.

Idag var vi med mycket bättre direkt från början tycker jag, och även om vi saknade lite gentemot Johan [Kristoffersson] och Niclas [Grönholm] så var vi där uppe och krigade. Att ha båda bilarna i final var en skön känsla. Enzo gjorde det bra som tog en fjärdeplats, medan Sondre tyvärr körde sönder i det berömda hålet. I Crosscar Junior var Alex outstanding hela dagen. Efter lördagens final fick mekanikerna göra ett motorbyte. De kämpade ända till halv fyra på natten och gjorde ett helt fantastiskt jobb. Så att kunna gå igenom tävlingen med bara ettor är en bra känsla för alla att ha i ryggen. Isak krigade på riktigt bra idag, men en crash i finalen satte stopp för det. Det är tight i toppen av tabellen nu, och kommer bli spännande i Arvika. Nu laddar vi upp inför finalen där, hela teamet är riktigt taggade.”

Alex Gustafsson, Crosscar Junior:
”Segern känns riktigt gött, det behövdes verkligen. Under lördagen var det inte riktigt vår dag, och vi kämpade med att sätta topp tre-tider som vi ville. Jag lyckades ändå ta mig till final, och även om vi nådde pallen så satte jag snabbaste varvtiden i finalen och fick med mig bra poäng. Idag vaknade vi på rätt sida och det känns riktigt skönt med en såhär bra dag. Vi har slitit med starterna i två år nu, så att äntligen kunna sätta de perfekt känns riktigt bra. Jag var bäst i grundomgången, vann semin och ledde sen finalen från start till mål. Det var en gudomligt bra känsla.

Det känns skönt att tagit in poäng i mästerskapet, det ger en bra känsla inför Arvika. Jag ser fram emot att avsluta säsongen på min hemmabana och kommer göra allt jag kan för att plocka maximala poäng. Målet är att ha kul där, och jag är nöjd med min säsong hittills. Jag vill såklart tacka mina mekaniker för det otroligt bra jobbet de gjorde med att byta min motor mitt i natten. Och såklart tack till mina samarbetspartners och alla runt mig som gör det här möjligt.”

Isak Reiersen, Crosscar:
”Igår hade jag en bra dag. Vi hade svårt att få till rätt setup på banan, men redde ut det till sist och fick till både starterna och farten. En andraplats i tävlingen är alltid bra och det blev viktiga poäng i totalen. Det var en svår bana, men jag är nöjd med farten jag har haft i helgen. Även idag slet vi under morgonen, men fick sen upp farten. Det skiftande vädret ställde till det lite i semifinalen, men jag kom vidare till final. Målet inför tävlingen var att ligga i fortsatt mästerskapsledning, men en incident i finalen gjorde att jag diskades och tappade ledningen. Det känns synd att det slutade som det gjorde, men det är tätt i toppen och en tävling kvar. Såklart, tack till EKS JC, mina sponsorer och alla som hjälpt mig i helgen.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar:
”OuluZone är en svår banan att lära sig, och det har bitvis varit en ganska vansklig helg, så att lämna med en pallplats känns bra. Under lördagen slet vi lite med bland annat min VBox, som gjorde att jag inte kunde analysera vad jag gjorde fel. Sen skulle jag säga att vi hade en del flyt genom racen igår och lyckades slippa trubbel och till sist ta tredjeplatsen. Idag ökade vi tempot ytterligare och fick till många bra starter, men de lokala förarna har varit väldigt snabba och vi har fått kämpa hårt för att hänga på dem. I final träffade jag ett hål i gruset som slog sönder bärarmen fram. Jag är ändå nöjd med helgen och resultaten. Det blev två lärorika tävlingar, och jag tar med mig mycket till finalen i Arvika”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Det var en ny bana för de flesta av oss, det är alltid kul att tävla på nya platser och upptäcka nya banor. Jag hade mina med- och motgångar i helgen, med några tekniska problem och sen två tidsstraff för att ha kört på banmarkeringar. Jag är nöjd att sluta på en fjärdeplats idag, även om jag såklart hade siktat på pallen. Även i helgen har jag lärt mig mycket och utvecklats.

Varvtiderna var generellt bra, samtidigt som jag måste jobba på staterna och min jokerstrategi. De strategierna är alltid ett utmanande spel för alla, och just här kunde du tappa mycket tid om du tvekade. Nästa tävling blir VM i Spanien, och lite test innan dess. Jag ser fram emot att tävla mot de bästa i världen och fortsätta pusha mig själv. Som alltid vill jag tacka EKS JC som har gjort ett fantastiskt jobb i helgen. Jag hade en del närkontakter på banan, så de har fått jobbat hårt mellan omgångarna.”

21- 06- 06 Johan har greppet om titeln
Johan Kristoffersson har ett stadigt grepp om titeln i RallyX Nordic efter en seger och en andraplats under dubbeltävlingen i Finland.
- Bra poäng för mästerskapet, summerar Kristoffersson.

Att det skulle bli en tvekamp mellan den trefaldige världsmästaren och VM- föraren Niclas Grönholm på Oulu Zone utanför Uleåborg var det inte många som tvivlade på. Under lördagen gick Kristoffersson segrande ur den striden.

Johan fick en jobbig start på dagen på grund av en krånglande turboslang, men han vände underläge till seger. I finalen ledde visserligen Grönholm, men jagad av värmlänningen drog han på sig en punktering, vilken öppnade vägen till seger för Johan.
- Det är inte slut förrän det är slut, konstaterar teamchefen i Volkwagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS, Tommy Kristoffersson.

Trots segern blev det en lång jobbnatt för teamets mekaniker.
- De gick inte och la sig förrän halv fem på morgonen, berättar Tommy.

Ett bra jobb gjorde de, för Johan hade en ganska bekymmersfri söndag.
- Inga större problem. Det är gott att få en dag när det bara flyter på, säger Johan.

I kvalet slutade han tvåa efter Niclas Grönholm och via seger i semifinalen hade han ytterspår i främsta ledet med finländaren innanför. Grönholm satte en perfekt start, där bilen kom lite i rullning, men inte nog mycket för att bli bestraffad.
- Jag hade behövt innerspåret för att kunna göra något åt Niclas, konstaterar Kristoffersson, som kontrollerade sin andraplats och blev den förare som plockade flest poäng under helgen.
- Kan inte göra mer än jag gjorde idag. Jag körde allt som gick.

Tommy Kristoffersson instämmer:
- Vi får vara nöjda med helgen. Det är inte bara bara att åka till Finland och köra ifrån finländarna.

Med bara en tävling kvar, på Westombanan i Arvika i augusti, leder Kristoffersson mästerskapet med 27 poäng före Grönholm (osäkert om denne kommer att delta då) och 29 ner till Sondre Evjen.
- Kul att få komma till hemmabanan och förhoppningsvis avgöra, menar Johan.

Men innan dess väntar några veckors ledighet efter en intensiv vår och försommar med rallycross och Extreme E.

21-06-06 Andersson nöjd med helgen
Det blev en helg med blandade resultat för Nils Andersson i RallyX Nordic i Finland. En stark andraplats på lördagen, men under söndagen tog det stopp redan i semifinalen.
-Ändå ganska bra med tanke på att jag inte har kört på den här banan förut, summerar Andersson.

Ännu en intensiv rallycrosshelg bjöds när den tredje dubbeltävlingen avverkades på Oulu Zone utanför Uleåborg i norra Finland. Nils Andersson försvarade ensam Kristoffersson Motorsports färger i Lites-klassen när Gustav Bergström var hemma för skolavslutning och Andersson gjorde det riktigt bra under lördagen.
-Superbra! Nils har definitivt höjt sin lägstanivå, berömmer stallchefen Tommy Kristoffersson.

Nils var förstås också nöjd med ännu en pallplats som tvåa efter Tommi Hallman.
-Det tog ett tag att knäcka koden på banan, men i slutet av finalen hittade jag bra pace, säger Nils.

Under söndagen gick det inte lika smidigt. Andersson fick jobba för sina poäng och kvalade in som femma till semifinalen. Från tredje rutan kom han iväg med häng på en finalplats, men det höll inte.
-Vi hade gjort en del anpassningar till regnet, men bilen blev svårkörd och jag gjorde ett misstag.

Andersson blev i den situationen också påkörd och tappade ett par placeringar. Han hittade farten igen, men fick jaga och öppningarna för omkörning uppenbarade sig helt enkelt inte. I mål var 21-åringen från Arvika fyra, en sekund från sista finalplatsen.
-Det löste sig inte riktigt för Nils idag, men inte mycket han kunde göra något åt, säger Kristoffersson Motorsports stallchef Tommy Kristoffersson.

I RallyX Nordic återstår nu bara finalen hemma på Westombanan. Inför den ligger Nils på andra plats, med ganska stora avstånd åt båda hållen.
-Hallman är nog klar redan, men en andraplats är inte heller dåligt så här långt, tycker Nils.

Innan hemmatävlingen ska han dock iväg på SM-tävlingar där han har ledningen i mästerskapet. I juli väntar Västerås och redan kommande helg Piteå. Det hade ju varit enkelt att stanna kvar i norra Norden, men Andersson tar svängen från Uleåborg till Piteå - via Arvika.
-Jag ska hem till flickvännens student. Det blir några hundra mil för att packa om väskan…
21- 06- 05 Kristoffersson takes spoils in Round 5 at OuluZone after Grönholm puncture
Kristoffersson extends Supercar points lead
Hallman strikes again in Supercar Lites
Österberg, Tiger and Kalliokoski also triumph
Action continues with Round 6 tomorrow (June 6)

Johan Kristoffersson battled back from early mechanical issues to claim victory in Round 5 of the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires championship at OuluZone in Finland today (June 5).

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion came out on top in the Supercar category after Niclas Grönholm picked up a puncture that dashed his hopes of a third consecutive win in the series.

Elsewhere, Tommi Hallman continued his march towards the Supercar Lites title with his third success of the season – and his fifth podium in five starts during his debut campaign in the category - while Jimmie Österberg was the class of the CrossCar/Crosskart field.

Simon Tiger was made to work hard for his fifth straight Open 2WD triumph and local driver Elias Kalliokoski also picked up silverware in CrossCar Junior during a scintillating day of action on RallyX Nordic's first visit to the high-speed circuit.

Supercar
Johan Kristoffersson stretched his lead at the top of the Supercar points standings with a trademark display of precision driving in Finland, picking up his second win of the campaign after misfortune for his closest rival Niclas Grönholm.

The Swede demonstrated his experience by limiting his free practice runs in order to save tyres on the abrasive OuluZone surface, but that foresight looked to have been in vain after mechanical issues left him bottom of the time sheets in Q1.

However, Kristoffersson fired himself back into contention by posting the fastest times in Q2 and Q3 – putting him second in the intermediate standings behind the in-form Grönholm after the latter’s Q1 victory established the Finn as the man to beat.

Grönholm, making his third appearance of the season behind the wheel of his World RX-spec Hyundai i20 following back-to-back wins at Höljes last time out, then held off the attentions of RallyX Nordic returnee Jere Kalliokoski to finish first in his semi-final while Kristoffersson also claimed bragging rights in the second semi-final to set up a mouth-watering clash.

When the lights went out, Kristoffersson pulled alongside Grönholm on the run to turn one and flung his Volkswagen Polo around the outside in an audacious attempt to seize the lead. However, the Grönholm RX star found better traction on the exit of the corner and maintained his early advantage.

That respite proved to be short-lived as Grönholm picked up a puncture when running through a rut on the second lap, robbing viewers of what looked set to be a classic RallyX Nordic battle. That left Kristoffersson alone out front ahead of the hard-charging Juha Rytkönen, who pulled off a sensational pass on Sondre Evjen for third then inherited second place when Kalliokoski also suffered a puncture. Anders Michalak was an impressive fourth while Kalliokoski limped home fifth and Grönholm parked up at the side of the track.

Today’s result leaves Kristoffersson 25 points clear of Evjen with just two rounds of the season remaining, and the 32-year-old will be hoping for more of the same when Round 6 gets underway tomorrow.

Evjen’s third place sees him jump Fraser McConnell in the overall points standing, with the Olsbergs MSE driver having failed to make the final due to time penalties for track limits during a thrilling battle with Rytkönen earlier in the afternoon.

Johan Kristoffersson said: "I wasn't far off making that move stick on Niclas in the final! Halfway through it, I thought I had him but he had great pace on the exit of turn one. I was maybe a couple of kilometres too fast on the way in, but I knew I had to try it - that was my best chance to beat him today. I had a plan and I executed it, but Niclas did a great job.

"After that I didn't give up, because you never know. I tried to apply pressure and not let Niclas drive too safely - especially over the bump in turn two. Unfortunately for him, he picked up a puncture while I managed to avoid it. From then on, it was about controlling the gap back to Rytkönen without taking any risks.

"Huge thanks to the team. We had some technical issues this morning but to be able to fight back with 29 points today was very well done. I tried every trick in the book on this circuit and we keep getting faster all the time, finding small improvements everywhere, and it definitely paid off. The car is better than ever.

"We're back on track soon, and that is perfect for me - I don't like to wait! I'm not good at hanging around without driving fast."

Supercar Lites
Tommi Hallman continued his sensational debut season in Supercar Lites with his third victory of the year, this time getting the better of championship rival Nils Andersson on home turf.

The Finn has adapted to the one-make class superbly and is yet to finish outside of the podium places in all five rounds so far, giving him a commanding 22-point lead as we head towards the climax of the 2021 campaign.

It was Isak Sjökvist who was quickest out of the blocks in Q1, posting the fastest time ahead of Andersson and Hallman’s new team-mate Jonne Ollikainen. Hallman was only sixth-fastest in the opening session, but claimed second in Q2 behind Casper Jansson and was then top of the pile in Q3 as he dialled his car in.

The SET Promotion ace duly led home Andersson and Martin Jonsson in the first semi-final but Linus Östlund, who was joint-second in the championship standings before this weekend, failed to start the second semi-final and left the way open for Ollikainen, Niklas Aneklev and Sjökvist to progress – although the ever-quick Simon Olofsson missed out.

Hallman flew off the line in the final Supercar Lites race of the day and benefited from Ollikainen slotting into second, acting as a buffer to the chasing pack. Andersson reacted immediately and took his joker on the first lap, with the Kristoffersson Motorsport prodigy putting the hammer down and leapfrogging Ollikainen, but the gap to the leader was ultimately too great to bridge. Ollikainen sealed an eye-catching third while Sjökvist, Aneklev and Martin Jonsson completed the top six.

Tommi Hallman said: "This feels amazing. Winning in Finland, at my home race… I'm speechless! I'm looking forward to tomorrow, and the championship is looking really good for us right now. I was quite stressed before this weekend, because it wouldn't be good to make a mistake when the championship is this close, but things are now looking more comfortable. It's a new race tomorrow so let's keep the momentum up."

Supporting cast
Jimmie Österberg timed his challenge to perfection in CrossCar/Crosskart, with the Power RX star emerging victorious on an unpredictable day of racing in the ultra-competitive support category.

Österberg, who has been a perennial championship challenger over the past few seasons, enjoyed a consistent day at OuluZone and topped Q3 before claiming victory in his semi-final and streaking clear in the main event to bag a bumper haul of points.

It was a case of ‘what might have been’ for Ronalds Baldins, who was fastest in Q1 and won his semi-final before retiring from second place in the final with mechanical problems. Title contender Patrik Hallberg had his own hard-luck story, missing out on the final despite being quickest in Q2 and posting second-fastest times in the other two qualifying rounds.

Points leader Isak Reiersen utilised an early joker in the final to create some clear air and finish second, although the EKS JC driver’s advantage over Österberg is now just two points, while Pasi Penttinen claimed third for Team Speedweekend.

Meanwhile, Simon Tiger emerged victorious in the Open 2WD category – making it five wins from five events this season despite a barnstorming challenge from Tuomas Venäläinen.

Venäläinen, making his first RallyX Nordic appearance of the season in a fire-spitting Ford Escort, was quick all day and set the fastest time in Q2. The Finnish wildcard looked most likely to upset Tiger but a jump start in the final triggered a penalty joker and dropped him too far back to challenge for victory. Standings leader Tiger was subsequently left out in front to secure a comfortable win ahead of Open 2WD regulars Marcus Norman and Mathias Jansson.

Finally, Elias Kalliokoski took the spoils in CrossCar Junior after a blistering start in the final to beat Mikael Uitto into turn one. The Finnish youngster then showed a rapid turn of pace to hold off championship leader Lukas Andersson, who himself completed a remarkable comeback and bagged second after a disastrous start to the day – having finished bottom of the times in Q1. Uitto, who was top qualifier after notching quickest times in Q1 and Q3, completed the rostrum.

There is little time for the RallyX Nordic stars to catch their breath with Round 6 at OuluZone getting underway at 10am EEST (CEST+1) on Sunday, June 6. Watch all the action live and for free on the RallyX TV YouTube Channel.

Results
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport 5 laps
2. Juha RYTKÖNEN (FIN) Betomik Racing Team +4.338s
3. Sondre EVJEN (SWE) EKS JC +4.733s
4. Anders MICHALAK (SWE) Hedströms Motorsport +14.019s
5. Jere KALLIOKOSKI (FIN) Kalliokoski Motorsport +6.194s
6. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) GRX +3 laps

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) SET Promotion 5 laps
2. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport +1.079s
3. Jonne OLLIKAINEN (FIN) SET Promotion +1.892s
4. Isak SJÖKVIST (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +4.357s
5. Niklas ANEKLEV (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +4.955s
6. Martin JONSSON (SWE) Alfta Racing Team +7.212s

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Jimmie Österberg +2.240s
2. Isac REIERSEN (SWE) EKS JC 5 laps
3. Pasi PENTTINEN (FIN) Pasi Penttinen +5.351s
4. Reinis NITISS (LVA) RN Kaspersky Racing Team +5.878s
5. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +22.357s
6. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) Ronalds Baldins +3 laps

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) TeamTigerRX 5 laps
2. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) Marcus Norman +4.957s
3. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) Mathias Jansson +3.924s
4. Antti VÄRE (FIN) Anti Väre +6.904s
5. Rami KAUTTIO (FIN) RK RX +9.614s
6. Tuomas VENÄLÄINEN (FIN) Tuomas Venäläinen RX +10.173s

CrossCar Junior
1. Elias KALLIOKOSKI (FIN) Kalliokoski Racing 5 laps
2. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) Lukas Andersson +0.704s
3. Mikael UITTO (FIN) Mikael Uitto +1.104s
4. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) EKS JC +1.995
5. Erik NILSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +4.212s
6. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) Lauri Halonen +6.631s

Championship Standings
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) 129 points
2. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) 104 points
3. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 98 points
4. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) 80 points
5. Enzo IDE (BEL) 71 points
6. Andreas CARLSSON (SWE) 59 points

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) 131 points
2. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) 109 points
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 96 points
4. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 91 points
5. Martin JONSSON (SWE) 86 points
6. Martin ENLUND (SWE) 81 points

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) 117 points
2. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) 115 points
3. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) 111 points
4. Reinis NITISS (LVA) 71 points
5. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) 68 points
6. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) 59 points

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) 131 points
2. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) 102 points
3. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) 69 points
4. Lars ENGLUND (SWE) 66 points
5. Mikael PERSSON (SWE) 55 points
6. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) 52 points

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) 127 points
2. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 112 points
3. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) 99 points
4. Erik NILSSON (SWE) 99 points
5. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) 95 points
6. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) 90 points
21- 06- 05 Kristofferssons andra seger
Johan Kristoffersson inkasserade sin andra seger för säsongen i RallyX Nordic när första delen av dubbeltävlingen i finska Uleåborg kördes.
-Känns riktigt bra! Och vi öppnade upp ett bra gap i mästerskapet också, säger Kristoffersson.

Det blev en något krokig väg till finalen för den trefaldige världsmästaren denna lördag i norra Finland. Första kvalomgången slutade med en sällsynt sistaplats efter att en turboslang gett upp.
-Tråkigt. Man vill alltid prestera på topp, men vi får ta på oss den. Det går inte att ha ogjort.

“Operation fightback” drog igång och Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren levererade toppstyrningar i de två följande kvalomgångarna och var klart snabbast.
-Jag var tvungen att ha mina 50-poängare där och det gick ju.

Det innebar att han klättrade upp till andra plats i kvalet och fick pole position i andra semifinalen. Där körde han hem en komfortabel seger.
-Vi tog det säkra före det osäkra och satte på fyra nya däck, lite grann också för att säkra poäng i mästerskapet.

De däckproblem man hade förväntat sig på en sommarhet bana av racingkaraktär blev nu ändå inte så påtagliga.
-Det slet mindre än vi trodde faktiskt.

I finalen försökte Johan en riktigt avancerad manöver från ytterspåret för att försöka ta sig förbi Niclas Grönholm som hade innern. Det gick - nästan…
-Det var min bästa chans att rå på Niclas och det hade kunnat gå. Jag hade behövt få ner farten några kilometer till för att inte glida ut så långt, men det är så oerhört små marginaler.

Värmlänningen tog istället upp jakten från andraplatsen och låg på hårt bakom Grönholm, som slog i en asfaltkant och drog på sig en punktering. Vägen låg därmed öppen för Kristofferssons seger och ett jobbigt läge hade vänts till framgång för Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.
-Det är inte slut förrän det är slut, konstaterar teamchefen Tommy Kristoffersson och fortsätter med berömmande ord om sin förare:
-Johan får visa sina kvalitéer i trafik. Han har verkligen använt sig av alla trick i världen.

Världsmästaren å sin sida hyllar teamets arbete med den KMS-byggda Volkswagen Polon:
-Bilen har aldrig varit så bra på den här typen av bana, men vi har också använt precis all den kunskap vi besitter för att göra den så bra som möjligt.

Inför söndagens tävling på Oulu Zone leder nu Kristoffersson mästerskapet på 129 poäng, 25 före tvåan Sondre Evjen.
21- 06- 05 Ännu en pallplats för Nils
Nils Andersson levererade ännu en stabil körning när han slutade tvåa i femte omgången av RallyX Nordic. Lites- föraren från Arvika är nu även ensam tvåa i mästerskapstabellen.
- Superbra! Nils har definitivt höjt sin lägstanivå, berömmer KMS- bossen Tommy Kristoffersson.

Andersson var stabil genom kvalet på Oulu Zone i finska Uleåborg med en tredje- och en andraplats. Undantaget var omgång två där han gjorde ett besök ute i terrängen och slutade nia.
- Banan var vattnad och dammig. När jag tryckte på bromsen hände absolut ingenting. Då fick det bli full gas istället och det löste sig, berättar Andersson.

KMS- föraren tog sig upp på banan igen och slutade kvalet som femma. Från tredje rutan i semifinalen grävde han fram en andraplats och därmed en plats i andra ledet i finalen. Efter en bra start gick han direkt in i jokern och jobbade sig sedan upp till en slutlig andraplats efter mästerskapsledaren Tommi Hallman.
- Det tog ett tag att knäcka koden på banan, men i slutet av finalen hittade jag bra pace, kommenterar Nils.

Och inför söndagens tävling har han förhoppningar om att kunna matcha även finländaren Hallman.
- Jag hade snabbaste varvet i finalen, så det ska kunna gå.

I mästerskapstabellen är nu Andersson ensam tvåa, på sina 109 poäng, 22 mindre än ledande Hallman.
21-06-04 Michalak laddad inför Finland!
- Anton Marklund coachar Anders Michalak mot final i RallyX i Finska OuluZone.

Det är dags igen att varva upp motorerna. Hedströms motorsport drar tillsammans med RallyX Nordic norrut mot Uleåborg och banan OuluZone. Det har varit hektiska veckor i teamet och Peter Hedström pustar ut när äntligen trailern är på rull mot Finland.

Motorproblem med den nya Custom-motorn har gäckat teamet i de första fyra deltävlingarna. Kent Karlsson och Motordesign har nu gått till botten med problemet, funnit orsaken under förra veckan och satt ihop en motor som nu verkligen levererar.
- Jag gjorde en liten shakedown igår med bilen, det var det värsta jag någonsin kört motormässigt, avslöjar Peter Hedström.
Under fyra deltävlingar i RallyX Nordic har det i stort sett handlat om att överleva med de oljetrycksproblem som funnits i motorn.
- Givetvis mycket tråkigt med de problem vi haft, men det känns skönt att Kent varit mycket tillmötesgående och lösningsfokuserad, fortsätter Peter.

Det blir endast Anders Michalak som kör i Finland, Lars Andersson står över efter den brutala Höljesrullningen.
- Lars Anderssons bil är nu i stort sett klar, hade Lars velat åka så hade den varit helt klar, men Lars väljer att hoppa över Finland. Då han just börjat köra bil själv i trafiken efter smällen, så avvaktar han ytterligare en stund med comebacken, berättar Peter.

Michalak är däremot laddad till tänderna och sugen på att visa vad han själv och VW Polon går för. Till sin hjälp får han ingen mindre än rutinerade forne flerfaldige EM-guldmedaljören Anton Marklund.
- Bilen har ett fint chassi och nu med motorn tiptop känns det bra, berättar Anders Michalak.
Peter Hedström såg att Anders och Anton funkade bra tillsammans i Höljes.
- Känns skönt att Anton kan hjälpa oss och vara coacha Anders till framgångar i Finland.

Fastän att en stor del av teamet är på rull till Finland så är det inte bara ”bananer och glass” hemma på högkvarteret.
- Det är full makaron för teamets rallyförare Mattias Olsson, som nu ligger trea i AsfaltSprint-SM efter första deltävlingen i Uddevalla, berättar Peter.
Mattias fick blodad tand. Ett helt nytt asfalt-set till Skoda Fabian är inhandlat och monteras i skrivande stund på verkstaden i Fensbol. Orust entreprenadraket flög fram i Uddevalla med enbart grus-setup och en bil som såg helt okörbar ut.
- Jag är övertygad om att Mattias kommer ligga i topp med riktiga asfaltprylar, avslutar Peter.

Deltävling nummer 5 och 6 på Finska OuluZone direktsänd fritt över webben på http://tv.rallyx.se/. Bänka er för en helg fylld av action!
21-06-03 RallyX Nordic kör i Finland
I år besöker RallyX Nordic den finska banan Oulu Zone. Tävlingen börjar på lördag 5/6 och slutar på söndag 6/6. Hela helgens sändningar från Finland kan ses med svenska kommentatorer via Solidsport och www.sbfplay.se

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21-06-01 Jagad Kristoffersson när Rally X Nordic reser till Finland – Se det live på sbfplay.se
Från en serieledning till en annan. Johan Kristoffersson leder Rally X Nordic inför helgens tävling. Men han är jagad.

Johan Kristoffersson tog i helgen, tillsammans med Molly Taylor, teamets andra seger i Extrem E och befäste med det sin serieledning där. Till helgen ska han försvara sin ledning i RallyX Nordic när serien för första gången gästar den finska banan Oulu Zone.

Oulu Zone är för de flesta förarna i Rally X Nordic en ny bana. Hela helgens sändningar från Finland kan ses med svenska kommentatorer på SBFplay.se
- En ny bana för mig. Utifrån filmer jag har sett är det ett väldigt racingliknande stuk. Kanske inte det vår bil gillar mest, men vi får göra en del justeringar och se vad vi kan trolla fram. Framför allt måste vi få ordning på starterna, säger Johan Kristoffersson, som utökade sin mästerskapsledning i Höljes, trots att han inte vann någon av deltävlingarna.

I stället var det säsongsdebuterande Niclas Grönholm som tog en dubbelseger i den värmländska rallycrossmetropolen.
- Det ska bli roligt att än en gång få se hur vi står oss emot deras VM-bil, säger 32-åringen från Arvika.

Den taktiske trefaldige världsmästaren är naturligtvis sugen på att ta kampen med Grönholm, men glömmer ändå inte bort att poängsamlandet i mästerskapstabellen är viktigast.
- Det måste man väga in. Det ser ju skapligt ut nu med en ledning på tretton poäng, avslutar Johan Kristoffersson som till helgen får byta den afrikanska värmen mot mer nordisk försommartemperatur.

Mer information om Rally X Nordic finns på www.rallyx.se
Hela helgens sändningar från Rally X i Finland kan du se med svenska kommentatorer här på www.sbfplay.se
21-05-31 Big guns ready to face off in Finland as RallyX Nordic title battles heat up
Kristoffersson, McConnell and Evjen go head-to-head
World RX stars Grönholm and Rytkönen bolster Supercar class at OuluZone
Supercar Lites leader Hallman challenged by Andersson and Östlund on home turf
Action to be broadcast live and free-to-air on RallyX TV

The 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season will roar back into life at OuluZone this weekend (5-6 June), with the Finnish double-header set to have a huge impact on the ongoing title fights across all five categories.

Coming off the back of a hugely successful weekend at the iconic Höljes circuit in Sweden, RallyX Nordic now heads to a new venue and once again welcomes a bumper roster of world class drivers and teams for Rounds 5 and 6 of the campaign - which will be broadcast live and free-to-air on RallyX TV.

Supercar
Johan Kristoffersson currently sits top of the Supercar standings after a victory and two second-place results from the opening four rounds of the RallyX Nordic season, and the three-time FIA World Rallycross champion will be looking to consolidate the top spot when he arrives in Finland.

But the Swedish star is just 13 points ahead of Olsbergs MSE ace Fraser McConnell after the Jamaican backed up his Round 1 win in Denmark with consistent displays at Höljes, while EKS JC’s Sondre Evjen is only four points further back and will be confident of closing the gap.

The top three in the championship fight must also contend with World RX regular Niclas Grönholm, who is back for more RallyX Nordic action after securing consecutive wins on his season debut in Sweden last time out. The Grönholm RX driver is joint-fourth in the standings despite missing the opening double-header at Nysum, and the Finn will hope to get the better of the Supercar stars in his Hyundai i20 when the lights go out in Oulu.

And there is even more top-class talent on show in the form of Juha Rytkönen, with the World RX podium finisher joining the Supercar field on what promises to be a stellar weekend of racing. The Finnish national rallycross champion took a surprise second place on his debut in the premier series at Kouvola last year and is an exciting addition to the headlining RallyX Nordic class.

Supercar Lites
Tommi Hallman remains the man to beat in Supercar Lites, with the SET Promotion star 14 points clear of the chasing pack ahead of his home race. The Finn is yet to finish outside the podium places this season, demonstrating impressive consistency during his debut campaign in the category.

However, Kristoffersson Motorsport’s Nils Andersson is fired up following his first Supercar Lites win last time out at Höljes and is joint-second in the standings alongside pre-season favourite Linus Östlund.

The pair are 12 points ahead of Simon Olofsson, who has endured more than his fair share of bad luck since a clean sweep in Round 1 at Nysum. The STS RX driver will be hoping his fortunes turn around in Finland as he looks to close the gap to the trio ahead.

The competitive field has been further bolstered by the arrival of RX Academy graduate and esports ace Jonne Ollikainen, who will make his Supercar Lites bow driving alongside Hallman for SET Promotion.

Supporting Cast
The CrossCar/Crosskart category continues to be a closely-fought affair, with Isak Reiersen top of the standings following his Round 4 win at Höljes. The EKS JC ace holds a slender four-point advantage over Patrik Hallberg while Jimmie Österberg is also in the mix just six points further back – setting up a fantastic showdown in Finland.

The trio have pulled out a clear advantage over the trailing pack. However, the entry list is stacked with talent and features the likes of Round 3 winner Isac Egonsson and Latvian speedster Reinis Nitišs among a host of other prospective challengers.

Simon Tiger continues to lead the Open 2WD class following consecutive victories at Höljes but the Swede was made to work hard by an impressive Mathias Jansson and another close battle should be on the cards in Finland.

Finally, a number of local entries have supplemented the CrossCar Junior category prior to RallyX Nordic’s visit to OuluZone although all eyes will be on Alex Gustafsson and his attempt to reel in runaway points leader leader Lukas Andersson. The reigning champion secured back-to-back wins in Sweden last time out but still has it all to do if he is going to bridge a 12-point gap this weekend.

Where to Watch
The high-octane action across all five classes will be broadcast live, free and in high-definition at tv.rallyx.se, with the racing set to get underway on Saturday, 5 June and concluding on Sunday, 6 June.

Official Entry Lists
Supercar
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
3 Jere Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Motorsport Ford Fiesta
7 Anders Michalak SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
18 Juha Rytkönen FIN Betomik Racing Team Ford Fiesta
33 Enzo Ide BEL EKS JC Audi S1
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta MK8
42 Henri Haapamäki FIN SweepBank Team Ford Fiesta MK8
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE ACRX Renault Clio RS
68 Niclas Grönholm FIN GRX Hyundai i20
69 Sondre Evjen NOR EKS JC Audi S1
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Team First Stop Sweden Volkswagen Polo
TBC Jari Tuuri FIN Jari Tuuri Skoda Fabia

Supercar Lites
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
4 Ida Törnhult SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
9 Grégory Fosse FRA Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
10 Martin Jonsson SWE Alfta Racing Team Supercar Lites
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE MORX Supercar Lites
14 Nils Andersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
17 Gustav Bergström SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
22 Mattis Janssom SWE KJ.S RX Supercar Lites
36 Casper Jansson SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
44 Jonne Ollikainen FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
52 Simon Olofsson SWE STS RX Supercar Lites
55 Lane Vacala USA STS RX Supercar Lites
60 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
82 Isak Sjökvist SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
87 Tommi Hallman FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Team Ramudden / Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
166 Martin Ekspjuth SWE Ekspjuth Motorsport Supercar Lites

CrossCar/Crosskart
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
2 Timo Laapotti FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
5 Riku Huuhka FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
8 Pasi Penttinen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Power RX Speedcar
15 Reinis Nitišs LVA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
30 Erik Andersson SWE Power RX Speedcar
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
80 Tomi Rakkolainen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Baco 81 Speedcar
84 Jarkko Aronen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
85 Petter Hane SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
161 Patrik Hallberg SWE Max RPM EDGE
170 Isak Reiersen SWE EKS JC Speedcar
183 Oskar Andersson SWE Enlunds Motorsport EDGE

Open 4WD
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Simon Tiger SWE TeamTigerRX BMW E30 M3
2 Marcus Norman SWE Odin Target Mazda RX8
5 Lars Englund SWE Lars Englund Porsche 911
11 Roland Larsamo SWE Roland Larsamo BMW M3
46 Mathias Jansson SWE Mathias Jansson Volvo S40
TBC Rami Kauttio FIN RK RX Ford Escort
TBC Antti Väre FIN Antti Väre Ford Fiesta
TBC Tuomas Venäläinen FIN Tuomas Venäläinen Datsun Finn

CrossCar Junior
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
10 Joakim Lund Olander SWE Joakim Lund Olander Speedcar
11 Pontus Oskarsson SWE MORX Speedcar
21 Rasmus Persson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
30 Mikael Uitto FIN Mikael Uitto Speedcar
34 Erik Nilsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
57 Lauri Halonen FIN Lauri RX Ydrefalk
74 Maiju Niemi FIN Peat Racing Team Speedcar
86 Tinka Perämäki FIN Tinka Perämäki Speedcar
95 Aleksi Suono FIN Suono Motorsport Speedcar Xtreme
99 Lukas Andersson SWE LACK 99 Speedcar
111 Isak Hatanmaa FIN Isak Hatanmaa Casmat
138 Joni Turpeinen FIN Joni Turpeinen Ydrefalk
150 Joonatan Ylilammi FIN Team Ylilammi Speedcar
184 Elias Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Racing Speedcar
199 Alex Gustafsson SWE EKS JC Speedcar
21-05-26 Timmy Hansen praises performance of FIA RX2e car after Höljes exhibition
The new RX2e car earned yet another admirer in the form of rallycross star Timmy Hansen following his debut drive in the pioneering machine set to be used in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

The 2019 FIA World Rallycross Champion was one of several top-class off-road talents to get behind the wheel of the electric vehicle during the one-off Superteam Challenge at Höljes.

The demonstration competition saw Hansen team up with Johan Kristoffersson and Sebastian Eriksson to race one of three RX2e cars against a host of all-star rivals at the iconic Värmland track.

And it was Hansen and his squad who emerged victorious after six frenetic heats, getting the better of Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin Eriksson and Anton Marklund in one car and Kevin Hansen, Oliver Eriksson and two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm in the other.

Speaking about the RX2e car, which generates 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, Timmy Hansen said: "I've had a great time in the RX2e car. It suits rallycross really well, and the way it handles on the exit of corners is absolutely incredible. You can work differently with the front and rear engines separated and it gives incredible traction.

"Although I have done a little bit of driving in electric cars, there are a lot of new things for me to take in. Driving around Höljes without pulling gears is strange! I was searching in the air with my hand for where the gear lever was meant to be.

"It was a good run and I was very impressed with the car. I don't know the lap times but from the way it felt, it was definitely faster than the old RX2 car.

"Electric is the future of motorsport, and the technology that is available with electric cars has so much more potential than what we can get with conventional engines.

"I'm all for driving fast cars in whatever way, and this is new technology with so much promise in it. There is so much power and acceleration, while there is instant torque.

"I am very excited, and it was a big day for me - my first race in electric rallycross!”

Meanwhile, Kevin Hansen was also in awe of the performance supplied by the RX2e car and was quick to defend the technology against potential critics.

Kevin Hansen said: "It is amazing to race these cars. Oliver [Eriksson] had a massive moment heading into turn one and the joker, but he held on to it brilliantly. He's been the test driver of this car and I think he's done an amazing job.

"The RX2e car is really nice. For sure, it is a challenge and you can do a lot of different things with the set-up even though it is the same car.

“This is the future, and I feel really happy that it is finally here and we can try it out. The action in these races has been brilliant so for everyone saying that electric racing will be boring… they are so wrong.

"I have been spotting for Oliver in Swedish, which is a bit different, but we have been friends for so long - since we were small kids running around Höljes - so to do a race together like this is really nice. It's makes our friendship even closer.

“For us, it's a fun weekend. We're always competing against each other but it's nice to relax a bit while also showing the future of rallycross."

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager of the FIA RX2e Championship, said: “It has been fantastic to see the leading names in rallycross embracing electric technology with such enthusiasm. The Superteam Challenge proved a hugely popular event and showcased the potential of the RX2e car in a racing environment.

“The world class line-up of drivers did not hold back on track, and we have already received a wealth of useful feedback as we look to maximise the performance of the car ahead of the 2021 season.”
21-05-26 Kristoffersson och Grönholm i ny duell
Det blir fortsatt kamp mellan Johan Kristoffersson och Niclas Grönholm i RallyX Nordic.
-Kul! Jag tävlar gärna mot så hårt motstånd som möjligt, säger Kristoffersson, som leder mästerskapet inför nästa helgs tävlingar i Finland.

Det bär iväg i nordostlig riktning för Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS när rond 5 och 6 av RallyX Nordic ska avgöras på Oulu Zone i närheten av Uleåborg i norra Finland, helgen 5-6 juni.
-En ny bana för mig. Utifrån filmer jag har sett är det ett väldigt racingliknande stuk. Kanske inte det vår bil gillar mest, men vi får göra en del justeringar och se vad vi kan trolla fram. Framför allt måste vi få ordning på starterna, säger Johan Kristoffersson, som utökade sin mästerskapsledning i Höljes, trots att han inte vann någon av deltävlingarna.

Istället var det säsongsdebuterande Niclas Grönholm som tog en dubbelseger i den värmländska rallycrossmetropolen.
-En möjlighet till revansch nu! Det ska bli roligt att än en gång få se hur vi står oss emot deras VM-bil, säger 32-åringen från Arvika, som även denna gång kommer att ratta den KMS-byggda Volkswagen Polon.

Den taktiske trefaldige världsmästaren är naturligtvis sugen på att ta kampen med Grönholm, men glömmer ändå inte bort att poängsamlandet i mästerskapstabellen är viktigast.
-Det måste man väga in. Det ser ju skapligt ut nu med en ledning på tretton poäng.

Fraser McConnell, Sondre Evjen och Enzo Ide jagar bakom Johan inför helgen i Finland.
-Det gäller som vanligt att fortsätta samla poäng utan att ta alltför stora risker.

Teamchefen i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS, Tommy Kristoffersson, känner inspirationen flöda, ställd inför fortsatt tufft motstånd.
-Vi åker till lejonets kula och tar oss an Grönholm på hans hemmaplan. Vi gör det med ett öga på honom och det andra på mästerskapet.

Johan Kristoffersson å sin sida tar den något udda omvägen via Afrika. Först väntar nämligen den andra deltävlingen i Extreme E kommande helg. Efter första omgångens ökenäventyr i Saudiarabien är det en havsnära bana i Senegal som serveras.
-Svårt att veta vad som väntar. Det är ju så olika miljöer vi kör och hela tiden nya förutsättningar. Men jag tror att det passar mig och Molly att ta det lite på volley.

Kristoffersson och stallkompisen Taylor vann första tävlingen och har därmed en ledning att försvara.
-Där blir det ännu större fokus på att plocka poäng och inte riskera för mycket. Hoppas det blir lite mindre med damm på vägen den här gången i alla fall.

Rosberg X Racing, med den svensk-australiensiska duon i föraroverallerna, leder mästerskapet med fem poängs marginal inför helgens Ocean X Prix.

21-05-21 Norrlandsveckan ställs in i år igen
För andra året i rad ställs Norrlandveckan in och arrangörerna Skellefteå MS, Piteå MS och Kalix MK tar sikte mot 2022.

Norrlandsveckan lockar årligen människor från hela Sverige och även Norge och Finland till en stor rallycrossfest med över hundra startande och upp till 4000 personer i publiken. Men detta år kommer det inte bli någon sådan. Att restriktionerna i samhället i stort och för idrotten lättas något inom kort räcker inte.
- Hur gärna vi än vill går det inte. Trots nya restriktioner så underlättar det inte för ett arrangemang som Norrlandsveckan, säger Lars Nilsson från en av de arrangerande klubbarna. Årets upplaga skulle bli en motorfest med tävlingar i Skellefteå 10–11 juli, Piteå 13–14 juli och finalen i Kalix 16–17 juli.

Arrangörerna har varit tydliga med att samhället måste återgå till det normala utan restriktioner för tävlingarna ska kunna genomföras. Att arrangera tävlingarna på något annat sätt, till exempel i en mindre omfattning, har inte varit ett alternativ.
- Det blir inte samma produkt och vi är mån om att upplägget ska behållas i sin nuvarande form och vara den rallycrossfest som vi har lyckats skapa de sista åtta åren. Vi säger att det är ”Sveriges häftigaste rallycross”-vecka och då fungerar det inte att köra utan publik. Publiken är en så stor del av Norrlandsveckan och gör tävlingarna till det dom ska vara, förklarar Lars.

Det här är givetvis en stor förlust för arrangerande klubbar då det är för andra året Norrlandsveckans ställs in.

Vi tar nu sikte framåt genom att växla upp och göra något bra av detta till kommande år.

Norrlandsveckan välkomnar tävlande, publik och sponsorer sommaren 2022.

www.norrlandsveckan.
21-05-19 FIA RX2e Championship car impresses rallycross elite as Superteam Challenge at Höljes demonstrates electric potential
FIA RX2e cars take part in hugely popular Superteam Challenge
Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Sebastian Eriksson win demo event
First-ever FIA electric rallycross Championship machine turns heads
Testing day concludes successful trip to Höljes

The FIA RX2e Championship car earned praise from some of the world’s best drivers during the innovative Superteam Challenge at Höljes last weekend, with a stellar line-up of rallycross elite getting behind the wheel of the innovative machine for the very first time.

The demonstration competition saw nine of the best off-road talents team up to race three of the cars that will be used in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship next year.

Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Sebastian Eriksson emerged as the victorious team after six frenetic heats, getting the better of Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin Eriksson and Anton Marklund in one car and Kevin Hansen, Oliver Eriksson and two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm in the other.

The Superteam Challenge, which was slotted into the RallyX Nordic Round 3 and Round 4 schedules at Höljes, proved a huge hit in the paddock as the RX2e cars were pushed to the limit in a racing situation for the first time.

The innovative event also provided extra entertainment with drivers acting as spotters for their illustrious team-mates as they got to grips with the pioneering technology.

The RX2e cars, which generate 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, subsequently underwent a rigorous testing programme on Monday with Pepe Arque and Pablo Suárez sharing the driving duties with Supercar Lites competitors Nils Andersson and Linus Östlund.

FIA World Rallycross Championship frontrunner Andreas Bakkerud, who made history at Höljes by reaching a RallyX Nordic Supercar final in an electric car for the first time ever, is excited about the direction rallycross is heading and was positive about his first run in the RX2e machinery.

Andreas Bakkerud said: "It was difficult jumping from one electric car to another, but each car is always uniquely different. Electric racing is just beginning so we need research and development, just the same as we have done with fossil fuel cars for many years. It takes time to perfect everything.

"I've won two heats in an electric Supercar this weekend, and it is very competitive. Unfortunately I lost to Timmy [Hansen] and Marcus [Grönholm] in my first RX2e demonstration race, but it was very cool being on the radio with Kevin Eriksson. I've known him for many years and I was singing down the radio at him! We've had a bit of a laugh on this event.

"As a racing driver you have to always be open whenever you have an opportunity to race or test something new. If you get a possibility, you can only become a better driver by saying yes. I'm open for anything.”

Sebastian Eriksson: "The RX2e car is really fun. I had the opportunity to test a prototype a little bit last year, and it is a good car to drive. It is also easy to drive, and easy to get used to.

"You can drive it more aggressively than an RX2 car. It has full power all the time, so it is easier to save a mistake with all the torque. It's quite forgiving so you can really push the limits."

Kevin Hansen: "Electric is the future of rallycross and these cars are amazing. For sure, it is a new challenge and you can do a lot of different things with the set-up, even though we are all driving the same car.

“This is the future. I feel really happy that the car is finally here and we can try it out. The action in these races has been brilliant, so for everyone saying that electric racing will be boring… they are so wrong.”

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager of the FIA RX2e Championship, said: “We are delighted with the feedback we have received from the drivers who participated in the Superteam Challenge, while the thrilling on-track action gave a taste of what to expect when the FIA RX2e Championship gets underway later this year.

“In particular, it has been encouraging to hear how such a high-calibre field of drivers has been impressed with the outright performance of the RX2e car. The future of rallycross is electric, and this event was the latest step on that path.”
21-05-16 Tre segrar för EKS JC i Höljes – succé för Gustafsson och Reiersen
EKS JCs yngsta förare briljerade under helgens rallycross med dubbelseger för Alex Gustafsson i Crosscar Junior och en seger för Isak Reiersen i Crosscar. Samtidigt blev det två tyngre tävlingar för teamets Supercar-förare: Ide och Evjen.
– Hela teamet är jättenöjda med Alex och Isaks prestationer, det känns så kul att ta en dubbelseger med dem här, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Tredje och fjärde deltävlingarna av rallycrossmästerskapet RallyX Nordic har precis avslutats i svenska Höljes. För EKS JC, som är en sammanslagning av teamet JC Raceteknik och EKS, resulterade det i hela tre segrar. Efter tävlingarna har de även en förstaplats, en andraplats och en tredjeplats i mästerskapet.

Regerande mästaren Alex Gustafsson, 14 år, kämpade periodvis i kvalomgångarna men knöt ihop säcken och kunde avsluta högst upp på pallen i båda tävlingarna. Han avancerade under helgen till en andraplats i Crosscar Junior-mästerskapet, med tolv poäng upp till ledaren. Isak Reiersen, 17 år, levererade en enastående sista deltävling, som resulterade i både seger och en fyra poängs mästerskapledning. Under torsdagens deltävling hade han däremot stolpe ut, och tvingades bryta semifinalen i ledning på grund av en punktering.

I Supercar inledde Sondre Evjen starkt och segrade bland annat i semfinalen. Han passerade mållinjen som tvåa i finalen, men fick tre sekunders tidstillägg efter att ha kört på en banmarkering och slutade därmed femma. Under andra deltävlingen kvalificerade han sig till semifinal, men förlorade finalchanserna efter en påkörning. Enzo Ide visade högt tempo under torsdagen, men tvingades bryta på grund av styrningsproblem efter en sammandrabbning. Under den andra deltävlingen kvalificerade han sig till final och där räckte det till en femteplats. Efter helgen ligger Evjen trea i mästerskapet, följt av Ide på en delad fjärdeplats.

Nästa två deltävlingar av RallyX Nordic körs i finska OuluZone 5-6 juni.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Hela teamet är jättenöjda med Alex och Isaks prestationer, det känns så kul att ta en dubbelseger med dem här. Alex hittade inte riktigt farten i kvalomgångarna, men kunde knyta ihop säcken i båda finalerna och visa hur otroligt snabb han är. Isak hade otroligt bra fart under torsdagen, men överladdade lite i semifinalen och punkteringen gjorde att han missade final. Men det är en lärdom och han kom tillbaka stark till andra tävlingen, med riktigt snabba starter. Idag kunde även han knyta ihop säcken och ta säsongens andra vinst. Båda har plockat viktiga poäng i mästerskapet.

I Supercar fick vi inte de resultat vi hoppats på. Under torsdagens tävling är vi väldigt nöjda med Sondres prestation hela dagen och det var synd med tidstillägget i finalen, annars hade han varit på pallen. Under andra tävlingen tog det slut redan i semin, när en förare vände honom. Föraren fick en svartflagg, men hjälper inte oss som kom femma i den semifinalen. Det är synd att han tappat poäng på Johan, som han själv inte kan rå för. Men det är tätt till andraplatsen, nu tar vi nya tag och laddar om inför Finland.

För Enzos del var målen inför Höljes att köra final. Han hade en bra torsdag, förutom semifinalen där han fick bryta efter en krock med en annan förare. Under lördagen blev det en jättekrasch i Q2, men mekanikerna gjorde ett kanonjobb med att få klart bilen till söndagen. Förutom lite otur med vår jokerstrategi i finalen är vi nöjda, och Enzo nådde målet med final i Höljes.”

Alex Gustafsson, Crosscar Junior:
”Två vinster, det känns verkligen helt magiskt. Det har varit två tuffa tävlingar med väldigt mixade resultat i helgen, men jag gillade verkligen tävlingen. Det här visar att hårt jobb ger resultat. Självförtroendet har höjts och jag har en riktigt bra känsla inför Finland. Tack alla samarbetspartners som tror på mig och gör det möjligt för mig att nå resultaten, och tack till teamet för en grym helg. Det var riktigt kul för oss alla i teamet att Isak också vann, det är första gången vi två vinner på samma dag.

På torsdagen började det bra med seger i första kvalomgången, och jag tog mig till semifinal där det blev en andraplats. I finalen fick jag en bra start och kunde kämpa mig till en vinst efter en omkörning. Lördagen så började jag med andratid och fjärdetid i regnet, och idag fick jag inte till alla tiderna. Det var svårt att pusha det där lilla extra och hålla humöret uppe med det tuffa underlaget. Men jag kvalade in som femma till semifinalen och gjorde bra ifrån mig där. I finalen var strategin att ta joker på första varvet, och sen pushade jag så hårt jag bara kunde. Det räckte till en ny vinst, det är jag sjukt nöjd med.”

Isak Reiersen, Crosscar:
”Segern känns så fruktansvärt skön. Torsdagen började jäkligt bra, med hög fart och jag satte snabba tider. Tyvärr fick jag punktering i ledning i semifinalen, så jag kunde inte avancera från semi till final. Därför var det väldigt skönt med comeback idag, att få visa hastighet och köra hem en vinst. Vi har verkligen hittat rätt i helgen med starter, farten och set-up. Under lördagens regn hade vi lite problem först och fick göra mycket ändringar i både set-up och min körning – men tillslut hittade vi rätt.

Det jag framförallt tar med mig till Finland är just startsnabbheten, när du väl fått det att stämma en gång så brukar det hålla i sig. Det känns också fint att ha fått mer erfarenheter både på torrt och blött underlag. Sen är det såklart riktigt skönt att komma till Finland med en mästerskapsledning. Målet där är faktiskt att ha riktigt kul på banan och njuta av körningen, för gillar man det man gör brukar det bli bra. Det känns riktigt kul att Alex fick ta två vinster i helgen, och att vi två kunde ta vår första ‘dubbelvinst’ idag. Så tack till teamet för ett bra jobb, alla samarbetspartners och såklart de som följer och stöttar mig, det är jag tacksam över.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar:
”Jag är såklart inte helt nöjd med helgen, men tar med mig mycket bra från Höljes. På torsdagen var det egentligen en riktigt bra tävling, med högt tempo och en seger i semifinalen. Så det var synd med tidsstraffet i finalen, annars hade det blivit en andraplats. Under lördagen och söndagen handlade det mest om att överleva, det var väldigt tufft före i regnet. Jag kvalade in i semin som femma, men där var det en förare som körde in i mig i jokern och jag satt dessvärre som en passagerare utan möjlighet att göra något. Men det är bara att ladda om inför Finland.

Jag kommer ändå ta med mig mycket positivt från helgen – tempot har varit bra och vi har plockat helt okej mästerskapspoäng. Det är min första säsong i Audin och vi har bara gjort ett test på regn innan, så det var lite tufft på så sätt. Nu har jag fått med mig mer körning och kommer försöka ta igen mästerskapspoäng i Finland. Det blir en bra fight om andraplatsen och så får vi se om vi kan plocka poäng på Johan, även om det såklart blir svårt att ta honom.”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Jag är riktigt nöjd med helgen, även om den såklart hade både med- och motgångar. Jag hade en krasch igår, bilen blev rejält skadad men teamet gjorde ett fantastiskt jobb med den och vi kunde kämpa oss tillbaka idag. Att få vara i final idag kändes riktigt kul. Det blev en femteplats och trots att jag fastnade i trafik, och tycker farten fanns för en bättre placering, är jag riktigt glad över resultatet. Teamet har gjort ett bra jobb hela helgen.

Det var tuffa väderförhållanden i helgen, men det är bra träning. Du kan inte styra vädret, så det är lika bra att lära sig anpassa sig – både sin körning och inställningarna. Det var tufft i början, men varvtiderna förbättrades hela tiden. Så det jag behöver jobba mer på är mitt fokus på vått underlag, så jag inte missar linjerna. Det är viktig träning att få inför VM. Nu ser jag fram emot Finland. Det är en ny bana för oss alla, och jag brukar anpassa mig snabbt. Dessutom är det en dubbeltävling, och jag gillar när jag slipper vänta så länge på nästa race.
21-05-16 Grönholm doubles up after duel with Kristoffersson at Höljes
Grönholm holds off Kristoffersson for Supercar victory
Andersson claims first Supercar Lites win
Reiersen, Tiger and Gustafsson all triumph
Next stop OuluZone, Finland on June 5-6

Niclas Grönholm made it two wins from two in the 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season after doing the double at Höljes.

The Finn claimed the spoils in Round 3 of the Supercar campaign at the iconic Värmland circuit on Thursday and then held off a hard-charging Johan Kristoffersson to win Round 4 today (May 16).

Nils Andersson secured his first victory of the season in Supercar Lites, overcoming an in-form Tommi Hallman, while Isak Reiersen moved ahead in the CrossCar/Crosskart championship with his second success of the year.

Elsewhere, Simon Tiger was once again on top in Open 2WD and Alex Gustafsson showed his class in CrossCar Junior.

Supercar
Niclas Grönholm was in imperious form to secure back-to-back Supercar wins at Höljes this week, following up his battling Thursday victory with a classy success on Sunday.

Level on points with Fraser McConnell after Q1 and Q2 on Saturday, the Finn picked up where he left off by setting the fastest time in Q3 – having been pushed hard by a recovering Johan Kristoffersson after the three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion was forced into an early joker.

Anton Marklund sprang a surprise in Q4 by claiming top spot at the wheel of his Hedströms Motorsport VW Polo but Grönholm kept his nose clean during his final qualifying race and followed Grönholm RX team-mate Krisztian Szabo home to bag third in the session and clinch Top Qualifier honours.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a trouble-free run through his semi-final, with second-placed McConnell instead catching the eye thanks to a charge up the field after a slow start. Meanwhile, Kristoffersson demonstrated a rapid turn of pace to overhaul Szabo and book his spot on the front row for the showpiece event.

The Swede was left with more work to do in the final after being forced into a lap one joker by the fast-starting McConnell, but there were no such concerns for Grönholm who shot into an early lead and proceeded to build a significant margin.

Kristoffersson pulled off an audacious pass on Andreas Bakkerud to keep the pressure on Grönholm and the Swede then picked off McConnell as the Olsbergs MSE driver took his joker lap, but his efforts to catch the Hyundai i20 out front were ultimately in vain as Grönholm confidently managed the gap.

McConnell claimed third to keep his title hopes alive, Szabo was fourth and EKS JC’s Enzo Ide finished fifth ahead of Bakkerud – with the World RX frontrunner making history by reaching the final in his STARD-run electric Ford Fiesta.

Kristoffersson’s second place means he retains the lead in the Supercar standings, 13 points ahead of McConnell and a further five clear of Sondre Evjen while Grönholm sits joint-fourth with Ide following his two appearances at Höljes.

Niclas Grönholm said: “I’m definitely more satisfied with this win than on Thursday! To be honest, the first laps I didn’t know what the gap was behind, they didn’t tell me but it got to the stage where Jussi [Pinomäki] said we need a bit more, luckily I found it and managed to push without making any silly mistakes so that’s something to be satisfied with.

“It’s always nice to compete, that’s why we entered RallyX Nordic this weekend. We can create similar conditions in testing but we wouldn’t know what the pace is around us but here we had an indication of what that is so I think it’s a win-win situation. For sure it feels nice to get these two victories so I’m happy but as always, the hard work continues.”

Supercar Lites
Nils Andersson overcame championship leader Tommi Hallman and local hero Linus Östlund to claim his first Supercar Lites victory in an enthralling final, with the young Swede earning redemption following a second-place finish on Thursday.

The Kristoffersson Motorsport ace demonstrated consistent pace all weekend, registering a second and trio of third-placed finishes in the four qualifying sessions before stepping up another level at the business end of the meeting.

Andersson, who has progressed dramatically from his debut season in the category last year, comfortably won his semi-final by almost four seconds ahead of Casper Jansson and made the most of a front-row spot in the final to beat Hallman into turn one.

Championship leader Hallman had finished TQ after posting the fastest time in three sessions, but soon found himself leapfrogged by Östlund after the Olsbergs MSE driver took an early joker. Östlund, who boasts vast experience at Höljes, also posed a threat to Andersson with a series of quick laps but was ultimately unable to overhaul his rival and had to settle for second.

Third place for Hallman means he has now notched up four consecutive podiums – including two wins – since making his debut in Supercar Lites while Martin Jonsson finished fourth ahead of Jansson and Mats Oskarsson.

Meanwhile, Simon Olofsson’s run of bad luck continued as the Q4 winner missed Sunday’s final after being handed a nine-second penalty for exceeding track limits in his semi-final.

Nils Andersson said: “Yes! Finally! This is amazing. I finally got to drive in my own rhythm because in the last race Linus [Östlund] was hunting me like mad. There’s a big difference between having someone who is close behind and someone going for the gap. This time I could go at my own pace and luckily it was enough. Johan [Kristoffersson] told me to go out and get as many points as possible and I said ‘OK but I still want to win’ so I did both!

“Of course, Tommi [Hallman] has done a great job in the first four races but there is still some more to go so I would like to finish off the season in the best way possible at my home town at Arvika. I’ve never been to OuluZone where the next race is but it looks more like a racing style of track which I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to that!”

Supporting cast
Isak Reiersen came out on top after a scintillating day of action in the CrossCar/Crosskart category, producing an imperious performance to claim his second win of the year.

Jimmie Österberg headed the intermediate standings after three fastest times from four qualifying sessions and the Power RX driver looked the man to beat after victory in the first semi-final, but Reiersen and Patrik Hallberg both logged quicker times on a drying track to set up a mouth-watering final.

And it was the EKS JC driver who emerged victorious, flying off the line to take control of the race before settling into a rhythm and pulling out half a second on his penultimate tour to ensure a comfortable final-lap joker. Österberg finished two seconds back while Jarkko Aronen got the better of Hallberg for the final podium position.

Reiersen, who also dominated Round 3 at Höljes on Thursday before retiring with a puncture at the semi-final stage, now leads the Championship with 96 points from Hallberg (92 points) and Österberg (86 points).

Simon Tiger made it four victories from four in the Open 2WD class, but he had to work for his win after an impressive display from Mathias Jansson. Jansson, who was also driving his Volvo S40 in the Swedish Championship concurrently running at Höljes this weekend, won the first three qualifying sessions to claim TQ but was unable to stick with Tiger in the final while Morten B Bertelsen finished third.

Reigning CrossCar Junior champion Alex Gustafsson matched Supercar star Grönholm by also completing a Höljes double. The EKS JC racer looked to have his work cut out after Erik Nilsson won three out of four qualifying sessions and his semi-final, but Gustafsson showed excellent racecraft to battle his way to the front and hold off a hard-charging Mikael Uitto – who had earlier stolen the show with a semi-final victory despite a false start and two joker laps – while Nilsson finished third.

Finally, this week saw RallyX Nordic play host to a one-off Superteam Challenge where an all-star line-up of rallycross talent teamed up to compete in the new FIA RX2e Championship cars. Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Sebastian Eriksson claimed bragging rights in the demonstration competition, getting the better of Bakkerud, Kevin Eriksson and Marklund in one team and Oliver Eriksson, Kevin Hansen and World Rally Championship legend Marcus Grönholm in the other.

The RallyX Nordic action continues at OuluZone in Finland on June 5-6, before concluding at Arvika in Sweden on August 13-15.

Results
Supercar
1. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) Niclas Grönholm 5 laps
2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport +0.400s
3. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +2.101s
4. Krisztian SZABO (HUN) Krisztian Szabo +5.692s
5. Enzo IDE (BEL) EKS JC +6.194s
6. Andreas BAKKERUD (NOR) STARD +8.615s

Supercar Lites
1. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport 5 laps
2. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE +0.594s
3. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) SET Promotion +0.976s
4. Martin JONSSON (SWE) Alfta Racing Team +2.973s
5. Casper JANSSON (SWE) Casper Jansson +3.333s
6. Mats OSKARSSON (SWE) Mats Oskarsson +6.597s

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Isac REIERSEN (SWE) EKS JC 5 laps
2. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Jimmie Österberg +2.240s
3. Jarkko ARONEN (FIN) Jarkko Aronen +6.761s
4. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) Patrik Hallberg +9.071s
5. Tomi RAKKOLAINEN (FIN) Tomi Rakkolainen +12.497s
6. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) Ronalds Baldins EXC

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) TeamTigerRX 5 laps
2. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) Mathias Jansson +3.924s
3. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) Morten B Bertelsen +11.108s
4. Roland LARSAMO (SWE) Roland Larsamo DNS

CrossCar Junior
1. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) EKS JC 5 laps
2. Mikael UITTO (FIN) Mikael Uitto+0.520s
3. Erik NILSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +1.061s
4. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) Lukas Andersson +1.407s
5. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +6.699s
6. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) Lauri Halonen +7.692s

Championship Standings
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) 100 points
2. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 87 points
3. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) 83 points
4. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) 57 points
5. Enzo IDE (BEL) 57 points
6. Krisztian SZABO (HUN) 45 points

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) 101 points
2. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) 87 points
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 87 points
4. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 75 points
5. Martin JONSSON (SWE) 73 points
6. Martin ENLUND (SWE) 68 points

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) 96 points
2. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) 92 points
3. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) 86 points
4. Reinis NITISS (LVA) 56 points
5. Sebastian ENHOLM (SWE) 55 points
6. Jarkko ARONEN (FIN) 50 points

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) 107 points
2. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) 85 points
3. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) 69 points
4. Lars ENGLUND (SWE) 56 points
5. Mikael PERSSON (SWE) 55 points
6. Roland Larsamo (SWE) 47 points

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) 107 points
2. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 95 points
3. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) 81 points
4. Erik NILSSON (SWE) 80 points
5. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) 80 points
6. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) 71 points
21-05-16 Kristoffersson utökar ledningen
Johan Kristoffersson bjöd på stor underhållning när han kämpade sig fram till en andraplats i fjärde rundan av RallyX Nordic. Kristoffersson ökar också ledningen i mästerskapstabellen.
-Det är ju jättebra. Så sett kan jag inte önska mer, summerar Kristoffersson, som kämpade mot en del tekniska problem.

Efter punkteringen i torsdagstävlingen, där han blev utslagen i semifinalen, var det förstås en revanschsugen Kristoffersson som rullade fram till start i lördagens kvalheat. Trots regnigt favoritväder blev det inte riktigt den framgång som han hade hoppats på. Starterna fungerade inte och Johan summerade två tredjeplatser, vilket också innebar tredjeplats totalt inför söndagens körning.
-Starterna var alldeles för dåliga och i rallycross är det den viktigaste detaljen, konstaterar Kristoffersson krasst.

Det fortsatte lite i samma stil i tredje och fjärde kvalrundan. Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren hade problem med starterna, men han bjöd på effektiv joker-taktik och snygga omkörningar. Efter kvalet hade Johan ändå lyckats säkra en plats längst fram i andra semifinalen.
-Vi hade inga riktigt stora problem, men alldeles för många för att vi skulle kunna utmana VM-bilarna

Även i semifinalen fick han släppa ledningen till det VM-satsande Grönholm-teamets Krisztian Szabo, men på ett mästerligt sätt manövrerade sig den trefaldige världsmästaren fram till seger och en plats bredvid Niclas Grönholm i finalen.
-Jag har kört på mitt absolut yttersta och fått vrida ur allt jag kan.

Kristoffersson halkade efter en aning även i finalstarten, men gav sig – tvärtemot sina planer – direkt in i jokern.
-Jag ville inte det egentligen, men hade inget val när jag hamnade i det läge som jag gjorde.

Därifrån började han jakten på toppen med sin Volkswagen Polo GTI RX KMS. Omkörningen på Andreas Bakkerud hörde till de mer originella.
-Ja, den var annorlunda. Jag fick ”ta den på volley” kan man säga, men det löste sig, konstaterar 32-åringen från Arvika.

Väl förbi norrmannen fick Johan ett par varv på sig att jaga ikapp Niclas Grönholm, men det räckte inte riktigt hela vägen fram.

Kristofferssons andraplats betydde ändå ett ryck i mästerskapstabellen. Tidigare tvåan Sondre Evjen missade finalen, så Johan har nu en ledning på tretton poäng, 100 mot 87 för nye tvåan Fraser McConnell. Det var något som gladde Tommy Kristoffersson.
-Det får vi ta med som det positiva från den här helgen. Vi visste att vi skulle få det tufft mot VM-bilarna, men vi ska inte sticka under stolen med att vi har brottats med en del tekniska utmaningar, summerar stallchefen i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.

RallyX Nordic fortsätter i norra Finland om tre veckor, på en bana som är ny för de allra flesta i startfältet.

21-05-16 Anderssons första seger!
Det var nära redan i torsdags för Nils Andersson, men i den andra deltävlingen i Höljes höll han för trycket och tog hem sin första seger i RallyX Nordic Lites.
-Nu kunde jag bara åka, utan press, säger en lättad och glad KMS-förare.

Den fjärde rundan av RallyX Nordic gick över två dagar med två kvalomgångar under lördagen. Nils Andersson visade stabilitet i det blöta underlaget och fixade en tredje- och en andraplats.
-Jag hade bra tempo hela helgen, summerar Nils.

Två ytterligare tredjeplatser under söndagens kvalheat säkrade en plats i pole position i andra semifinalen. Kristoffersson Motorsport-föraren satte en fin start och kunde ta hem segern i bekväm stil.
-Jag var väldigt nöjd när det torkade upp. Då blev det mindre chansartat.

Från andraspåret i finalen tog han starten igen.
-Starterna har fungerat väldigt bra. Jag har väl gjort några små ändringar, men mest handlar det om att göra rätt saker, säger Nils som drog iväg till en betryggande ledning.

I samma läge i torsdags blev Andersson lite stressad och fick släppa finländaren Tommi Hallman förbi sig. Visserligen krympte ledningen den här gången också, men jagande Linus Östlund kom aldrig nog nära för att kunna sätta in en stöt.

21-åringen från Arvika tog sig över mållinjen som segrare, den första triumfen i Lites-klassen för den tidigare crosscar-mästaren. Den här helgen fattade han många kloka beslut på banan och tackade förstås mentorn Johan Kristoffersson för goda råd.
-Johan har gett mig mycket att tänka på, så jag har väl blivit lite visare. Tidigare har jag inte heller haft rätt tempo och då agerar man med större risk. Nu kan jag mer väga risk mot vad jag kan vinna på det.

En andraplats och en seger betyder att Andersson klättrar upp till andraplats i Nordic-mästerskapet. Tommi Hallman leder på 101 poäng mot 87 för Nils.
-Det är jättebra, men det är långt kvar än.

Mästerskapet fortsätter i Finland om tre veckor och dit åker förstås en Nils Andersson fullproppad med självförtroende.
-Det ska bli kul att se hur snabbt alla kan hitta farten där, på en bana som de flesta inte känner till.

Stallchefen i Kristoffersson Motorsport kunde inte annat än vara stolt med sin adept.
-Jättekul för Nils! Nu fick han sätta ihop alla delar till en klockren dag. Han har fattat rätt beslut hela tiden och varit bestämd i körningen, säger Tommy Kristoffersson och fortsätter:
-Kul också att vi får kvitto på att allt arbete vi har lagt ner på bilen har varit rätt.

Teamets andre Lites-förare, Gustav Bergström, slutade på fjortonde plats.
-Gustav har höjt sin högstanivå. Nästa steg blir att höja lägstanivån. Det pendlar fortfarande en del, men här var det helt nytt för honom att ställa om mellan torrt och blött, dessutom på en bana han aldrig tidigare har kört, så jag tycker han gör det bra.
21-05-16 Nykomlingen Jansson i mästerskapsledning efter första dubbelhelgen
Det blev en helg över all förväntan för Jim Jansson i 2400-klassen när SM i Rallycross inleddes med en dubbeltävling i Höljes. Jansson reser hem som mästerskapsledare. Och det som ny i klassen.

Det såg ljust ut inför den avgörande dagen för Jim Jansson som i kvalkörningstabellen var tvåa bakom Simon Claesson efter tre körda kval. Men söndagen började allt annat än bra. Jim Jansson fick stora problem efter första sväng i sitt sista kvalheat där han efter närkontakt med flera bilar fick linka runt med bilen och framhjulen pekande åt helt fel håll. Något som gjorde att han tappade värdefulla kvalpoäng. Trots det misslyckade resultatet i Q4 kunde han behålla en tredjeplats i kvaltabellen och landade in en plats i första led bredvid Simon Claesson i semifinal ett.

Men inte heller den skulle gå enligt plan. Simon Claesson i första led bredvid Jim Jansson missade sin start medan Mathias Jansson från bakre led fick på en kanonstart som sen ledde till seger. Men bakom var det stentufft där Jim Jansson efter en mindre bra start jagade täten efter sitt tidiga jokervarv. Länge såg det ut att inte lyckas, men när Simon Claesson och Robin Starö i sin duell om sista platsen till finalen tog ut varandra och körde rakt fram i kurvan innan det klassiska hoppet på Höljesbanan kunde Jim Jansson glida förbi och plocka åt sig sista platsen till finalen bakom vinnande Mathias Jansson och tvåan Rasmus Carlsson.
- I finalen skulle vi mest ut och testa. Jag trodde det var färdigt efter semifinalen. Vi trodde att kopplingen hade rasat, det var så mycket vibrationer, men vi åkte ut och testade och det fungerade, sa Jim Jansson efter tävlingen.

Det gjorde det verkligen. Och om det var lite stolpe ut i början av dagen var det mer åt andra hållet i första svängen av finalen. Final i SM deltävling två i 2400-klassen. Och ingen av de som kom i väg bäst i starten ville vika ner sig. Det resulterade i en hel del konfrontationer där Jim Jansson från bakre led kunde smyga förbi och ta sitt jokervarv direkt. Där efter var han snart i kapp de framförvarande och kunde passera dem när de gick in för sina jokervarv. Med seger i dag och en tredjeplats i premiärtävlingen i fredags leder nu Jim Jansson som nykomling i klassen den totala mästerskapstabellen.
- Det är helt otroligt. Trea i fredag och nu seger. Ofattbart, summerar Jim Jansson sin helg.

Regerande mästaren i 2400 från 2020, Per Berglund, hade en tuff helg och drog på sig två jokervarv efter tjuvstart i sin semifinal. Berglund lade i högsta växeln och var så nära att lösa uppgiften och vinna semifinalen. Endast ett räcke stod i vägen för en succé. Nu blev det rullgardin ner när bakändan tog i räcket i utgången av jokervaret och en snurrning satte stopp för alla finalplaner. Efter två körda deltävlingar är nu den regerande mästaren trea i den totala tabellen. Där Rasmus Olsson klämt in sig som tvåa bakom Jim Jansson.

I 2150-klassen vann Max Forsman och i JSM var det fjolårets totalvinnare, Filip Martinsson som tog hem segern.

Samtliga resultat finns här, https://www.mwraceconsulting.com/html/resultservice.html

Nästa SM-tävling körs i Piteå helgen 12-13 juni.

Hela SM-serien i Rallycross kan ses live på www.sbfplay.se
21-05-14 Tuffa fighter när SM i Rallycross hade premiär i Höljes
Det blev en tuff premiärhelg för SM i Rallycross när den startade på VM-banan i Höljes. Regerande mästaren i 2150, Björn Alvarsson visade fjolårsformen och i 2400 var det rutinerade Niclas Härdevik Norström som tog hem segern.

Regn sol och regn. Förhållandena var svåra. Att få tävla var efterlängtat och jakten på ett SM-guld stor när den första av totalt sju deltävlingar i SM-serien kördes under fredagen. Tufft blev det.

Fjolårssegraren i klassen 2400, Per Berglund med nummer 1 på bilen var ett riktmärke att slå. I andra kvalrundan blev det hett mellan Per Berglund och nykomlingen i klassen, Jim Jansson som gick ihop när Jansson kom ut ur jokern. Svartflagg utdelades till Jansson och tidstillägg på Berglund. Kostsamt poängtapp i kvaltabellen.
Men det var inget som skulle förstöra finaldrömmen för de båda kombattanterna som gick ut i olika heat i den tredje kvalrundan. Där tog Per Berglund starten i sitt heat och körde sen ifrån allt och alla både på banan och i tid när han var kvalsnabbast. Jim Jansson missade sin start något men kunde med en mycket snygg manöver smita förbi Leo Ivarsson på insidan i velodromkurvan redan på första varvet och sen sätta andra snabbaste tid och säkra semifinalplatsen och därifrån tog sig båda till final.

Men till final tog sig även Niclas Härdevik Norström. Han gjorde det efter en tung dag och var bara på 12:e plats när de tre kvalkörningarna summerades. Med det fick han stå i sista paret i sin semifinal. Men från bakre led lyckades Norström ta sig upp i täten och var först i fältet efter kurva två. Jim Jansson och Per Berglund valde båda att ta jokervarvet direkt efter starten. En duell som Berglund gick segrande ur.
Målkurvan på första varvet blev riktigt tight och strulig och där kunde Per Berglund smita förbi ett par konkurrenter för att sen efter velodromen ta sig upp till andra plats när han passerade Rasmus Olsson och med et påbörjade jakten mot ledande Norström. Men Norström drygar ut avståndet till fjolårssegraren och kunde behärskat köra hem årets första seger i premiären av rallycross före Per Berglund och Jim Jansson på tredje.
- Det är underbart. Jag fick en bra start och vädret med regn passar både mig och bilen, sa dagens vinnare Niclas Härdevik Norström efter tävlingen.

I den totala tabellen är det ändå Per Berglund som samlat ihop mest poäng efter den första dagen och leder på 26 poäng före Jim Jansson och Rasmus Olsson som delar andra platsen med 20 poäng. Dagen vinnare Niclas Härdevik Norström, är totalfyra på 19 poäng inför söndagens tävling.
- Det är bara att ladda om nu inför i morgon och gå över bilen så den är redo för morgondagen, avslutar Norström.

I 2150-klassen hade fjolårssegraren Björn ”Putte ” Alvarsson en riktigt dålig dag under kvalkörningen där han bara skrapande ihop så mycket poäng så att det räckte till en 17:e plats inför semifinalerna. Från bakersta startrutan lyckades ändå Alvarsson ta sig hela vägen fram till ledning in i andra sväng. Och väl där tycktes den regerande mästaren ha fått koll på både bil och körning. Seger i semifinalen.

Regnet ställde till det mycket för förarna. Särskilt starten visade sig bli avgörande där de bakre platserna tycktes ge ett bättre grepp. I finalen av 2150-klassen var de två snabbaste semifinalvinnarna sist in i första sväng medan bilarna bakom fick betydligt bättre starter. Bäst var Björn ”Putte” Alvarsson som igen tog starten. Kvalvinnaren August Krokström valde jokervarvet direkt och började sen sin jakt på Alvarsson. Men varken Krokström som slutade trea eller tvåan Erno Antikainen kunde nå fram och hota Björn ”Putte” Alvarsson som med det inleder årets säsong som fjolåret slutade, på toppen av prispallen.
- Det känns riktigt bra. Den här dagen har inte spelat mig i mina händer direkt. Första så gick jag ut på regn i första kvalrunda sen torkade det upp så det gick snabbare för alla efterkommande. Och i andra hoppade växelstaget ur så det blev DNF. Men jag tog mig till semi till slut och det räddade upp dagen. Jag chansade på att runda i starten som jag planerat. Jag vet att det är bra grepp på plattan och det gick. Sen vann jag även finalen så det känns skönt. Lite synd att inte få så mycket poäng med från kvalet. Men det här ger mer självförtroende inför kommande tävling och vi kommer satsa fullt i morgon igen, säger dagens segrare i 2150, Björn ”Putte” Alvarsson.

I den totala tabellen är det dagens trea August Krokström som leder på 26 poäng före Erno Antikainen på 25 poäng. Trea i den totala sammanställningen efter första deltävlingen är Erik Magnusson med 21 poäng.
Magnusson som tog sig till finalen med minsta möjliga marginal när han var tre tusendelar före Klara Andersson över mållinjen i sin semifinal.

I juniorklassen var Oskar Hellström snabbast.

Samtliga resultat finns här, https://www.mwraceconsulting.com/html/resultservice.html

21-05-14 Anton imponerar!
- Maximerade första sin körning i teamet och slutar tvåa i Höljes.

Vi blickar tillbaka på en tävlingsdag fylld av spänning, dramatik, motorproblem, rullning och pallplats. En bokstavlig berg- och dalbana under deltävling nummer tre i RallyX Nordic. Teamet har fått slita hårt i Höljes. Belöningen kom till slut med Anton Marklunds andraplats i Supercar.

Anton Marklund fick en bra första dag på jobbet hos Hedströms Motorsport. Efter gårdagens träningspass, så blev det mycket jobb för teamets duktiga mekaniker och Marklund kunde nöjd med resultatet vara en stabil poängplockare i dagens kval.
- Det är synd att klaga, grymt roligt med ett så bra resultat redan första dagen, jag var inte alls nöjd med bilen igår på träningen, men mekanikerna har gjort ett grymt jobb i går kväll och i natt med att bygga om, det lönade sig idag, stort tack till hela teamet för den insatsen, säger Anton Marklund.

All spänning kokade ner till semifinal nummer ett där teamets Anton Marklund och Lars Andersson båda var på startlinjen. Anton kom loss som tvåa efter Johan Kristoffersson. Samtidigt får Lars Andersson, teamets näst bäste poängplockare, ett gyllene läge att backa upp Marklund från sin fjärdeplats. Lars håller både McConnell och Bakkerud bakom sig. Jamaicanen ville dock annat. Han trycker ut Lars efter velodromen och sänder honom mot en brutal fyrvarvsrullning mot jordvallen.
- Lars fick en hård känga av Macconnel, bilen blev skrot, men det viktigaste är att Lars är okej, säger Peter Hedström.
Andersson gick för egen maskin ur bilen, men fick hämtas av ambulans.
- De tog med honom för observation för han hade lite problem med yrsel och högt blodtryck efter rullningen, jag lider med Lars men viktigast var att se att han var vid gott mod när jag träffade honom, berättar Peter.
Marklund kunde till slut vinna semifinalen då Kristoffersson drog på sig en punktering samtidigt som Marklund gjorde en bra jokerstrategi och kunde rulla mål före Niclas Grönholm.

I finalen ledde Evjen från start, men Anton kom loss som ledare under andra varvet och ledde fram till sin joker, som han tog i rätt tid och kunde rulla i mål som trea. Evjen hade slagit i en track marker och fick tidstillägg på tre sekunder så Anton slutar på silverplats i tävlingen.
- Jättekul att få till en andraplats och bringa lite glädje in i temaet inför lördagen, vi har verkligen maximerat vad som går med de här bilarna, vi gjorde allt minutiöst tillsammans, ett stort tack till teamet, avslutar Marklund.

Anders Michalak sinkades under dagen av motorproblem likande de som uppstod i Danmark, men teamet jobbar oförtrutet vidare mot en lösning.
- Vi är på spåret, vi jobbar tillsammans med motorleverantören Motordesign och en underleverantör för att Michalak ska få bästa möjliga förutsättningar inför deltävling fyra, säger Peter Hedström.
Michalak kvalade in som tolva och slutade fyra i sin semifinal nummer två.

Peter själv tog chansen att ratta teamets Ford Fiesta och gav sig in i hetluften direkt.
- Jag låg två och jagade, ingen av oss hade tagit alternativet, så jag tog fel på varv och drog in i jokern samtidigt som han bromsade jag touchade bilen framför, kändes som max en varning, berättar Hedström.
Domarna ville dock annat och svartflaggade Hedström, som dock bara rycker på axlarna och säger.
- Känns om att hälla vatten på en gås, det var ändå kul att rasta Forden och visa lite vad den går för, domarna var väl lite väl hårda, men ni vet, när man väl drar på sig hjälmen så kommer tävlingsinstinkten, avslutar Hedström.

RallyX Nordic tredje tävling är nu till ända och teamet kan slicka såren, fixa bilarna upp i topptrim och ladda om under morgondagen. För redan på lördag smäller det igen. Dags för deltävling nummer fyra i RallyX Nordic på ikoniska Höljesbanan.
21-05-13 Niclas Grönholm keeps his cool to win on opening day at Höljes
Grönholm takes victory on RallyX Nordic return
Finns on top at Höljes as Hallman wins Supercar Lites
Egonsson, Tiger and Gustafsson claim honours
The action continues this weekend (15-16 May)

Niclas Grönholm claimed victory in Round 3 of the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires Championship after an impressive performance at Höljes, holding off Anton Marklund and Grönholm RX team-mate Krisztian Szabo in the Supercar category.

The Finnish ace battled hard all day and took advantage of a semi-final puncture for points leader Johan Kristoffersson to stamp his mark on the first leg of this week’s double-header in Sweden.

Meanwhile, Tommi Hallman showed blistering pace to overhaul Nils Andersson and Linus Östlund in a thrilling Supercar Lites final and bag his second win of the season.

Isac Egonsson emerged as winner of the CrossCar/Crosskart class while there were victories for Simon Tiger and Alex Gustafsson in Open 2WD and CrossCar Junior respectively.

Supercar
Nicolas Grönholm put in a stellar display behind the wheel of his Hyundai i20 to take victory on his first RallyX Nordic appearance of the season, staying level-headed in a frenetic Supercar final at Höljes.

The 24-year-old has previous form at the Värmland circuit, bagging third in the opening race of the 2020 ‘Magic Weekend’ and finishing top qualifier in the second event – only to run into mechanical issues.

There were no such problems this time around as Grönholm worked throughout the day to find a balance with his car, finishing third in Q1 then matching that result in Q2 after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel with Krisztian Szabo and Johan Kristoffersson.

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Championship event winner followed that up with second place in Q3 after a stunning pass on Szabo and took the runner-up spot in his semi-final, recovering well to finish behind Anton Marklund in a fractious affair that saw Lars Andersson involved in a high-speed accident and Kristoffersson bow out with a puncture.

Starting the final from the second row of the grid, Grönholm was forced into a lap one joker due to congestion at turn two but made the most of the clear air and leapfrogged early leader Sondre Evjen when the latter ran wide at turn one and was forced into a joker of his own.

Slight contact between Marklund and Szabo slowed the pair, who took their jokers in unison, leaving the way clear for Grönholm to cruise to the flag. Fraser McConnell was the highest placed of the RallyX Nordic championship contenders in fourth for Olsbergs MSE, securing a solid haul of points to aid his title challenge, while Sondre Evjen was fifth following a three-second time penalty and Philip Gehrman rounded out the top six.

Meanwhile, Andreas Bakkerud and Henri Haapamäki caught the eye as the duo raced electric cars against internal combustion engine rivals in a series-first for RallyX Nordic. Bakkerud, a veteran of World RX with seven wins in the premier series, made further history with victory in his Q2 race and gave a glimpse towards the future of rallycross.

Today’s results leave Kristoffersson top of the standings despite his troubles, with the three-time World RX Champion having finished top qualifier following a clean sweep of fastest times early in the day. The Swede sits four points ahead of Evjen, who is in turn four ahead of McConnell prior to the second leg of the Höljes double-header, set to take place across Saturday and Sunday.

Grönholm said: “It wasn’t the easiest win today - it was nerve-wracking! I had the pace to go a little bit quicker but in the end I knew that those ahead hadn’t taken their jokers so I tried to keep the car in one piece and avoid punctures.

“The result is good, but I’m not completely happy with it. We’ve been struggling all day and we need to sit down and find out why. On the bright side, we got the win but there were some tough competitors who didn’t make the final. I hope they will on Sunday so we can have a rematch with Johan and Enzo [Ide] – if we can match their pace, I will be a bit happier.”

Supercar Lites
Supercar Lites rookie Tommi Hallman continues to enjoy an outstanding start to his first season in the category, with the Finn successfully navigating a frantic day of racing to claim a second win from three starts.

The SET Promotion driver was third on his debut in Round 1 at Nysum then bagged top spot 24 hours later, and his most recent success leaves him comfortably clear at the top of the points standings.

It was Nils Andersson who set the early pace with the Kristofferson Motorsport ace finishing top of all three qualifiers ahead of local hero Linus Östlund, while Simon Olofsson had a day to forget as his luckless season continues. The STS RX driver was squeezed wide at the first corner in Q1 and then suffered technical difficulties but bounced back to win Q3 – only to experience more trouble when he ended his semi-final in the gravel following contact with Östlund.

Hallman had a relatively trouble-free passage to the final, finishing second behind Andersson in his semi-final, although Niklas Aneklev had a scare when his Team Ramudden/Olsbergs MSE-run car was pitched into a roll at turn one in the same race.

In the final, Andersson led off the line but was hounded by Östlund while Hallman ducked out of traffic to take a lap one joker. This move proved decisive, with the Finn pumping in the quick times to first pip Östlund then Andersson as those in front took their respective jokers.

Hallman said: “We were watching the Supercar semi-finals to see when we should go for our joker, and that helped us with our plan – which worked well! I pushed hard in the final, and I really tried my best.

“My Dad was driving competitively when I was a kid so I have a lot of knowledge from then, but I still have a lot to learn. It’s going quite well so far though!”

Supporting cast
Isac Egonsson produced a blinding display in the CrossCar/Crosskart final to pull off a brilliant victory as his rivals ran into trouble.

With championship leader Sebastian Enholm missing this weekend’s event, Round 2 winner Isak Reiersen looked set to capitalise and claimed bragging rights in Q1 and Q2 to finish top qualifier - but a puncture in his semi-final dashed hopes of a repeat victory.

Ronalds Baldins showed a turn of pace to take Q3 and the Latvian followed that up with a semi-final win while the consistent Patrik Hallberg was also top of the pile in his semi, ensuring the pair locked out the front row for the final. However, they had no answer for Egonsson – the third semi-final winner - as the Carcontrol driver produced a near-perfect performance to work his way through the field and secure a thrilling victory.

Egonsson said: “After the first qualifying session I was P2 and felt really good, but my pace dropped and I made a few mistakes. I felt like the speed wasn’t there today but I then won the semi-final, which let me start P3 for the final. I took the joker first and then I just had to keep pushing and pushing!”

Simon Tiger continued his dominance of the Open 2WD category after another clean sweep. The Swede won every single session at the wheel of his BMW E30 M3 before taking a comfortable victory in the final ahead of his nearest challenger Mathias Jansson, and has picked up maximum points from the three rounds so far this season.

In CrossCar Junior, reigning champion Alex Gustafsson bagged his first win of the campaign after a perfectly-timed pass on Erik Nilsson during an entertaining final. The 2020 title-winner was only placed third at the intermediate stage - despite victory in the first qualifying round - but kept tabs on standings leader Lukas Andersson in their semi-final before a daring lunge on Nilsson in the last CrossCar Junior race of the day earned him the spoils. The result vaults Gustafsson up to second in the points table behind Andersson, while Nilsson sits third after his second-place finish at Höljes.

Competitors only have a day to catch their breath before the RallyX Nordic action resumes at Höljes with Round 4 of the 2021 campaign, starting on Saturday (15 May) and concluding on Sunday (16 May).

Results
Supercar
1. Niclas GRÖNHOLM (FIN) Niclas Grönholm 5 laps
2. Anton MARKLUND (SWE) Hedströms Motorsport +2.556s
3. Krisztian SZABO (HUN) Krisztian Szabo +2.702s
4. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +3.000s
5. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) EKS JC +4.355s
6. Philip GEHRMAN (SWE) Bridgestone and first stop Motorsport +2 laps

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) SET Promotion 5 laps
2. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport + 0.850s
3. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) Olsbergs MSE + 1.101s
4. Martin ENLUND (SWE) Enlunds Motorsport +2.677s
5. Martin JONSSON (SWE) Alfta Racing Team +3.796s
6. Casper JANSSON (SWE) Casper Jansson +6.695s

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Isac EGONSSON (SWE) Carcontrol 5 laps
2. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) Ronalds Baldins +1.180s
3. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) Patrik Hallberg +1.659s
4. Reinis NITISS (LVA) RN Kaspersky Racing Team +2.052s
5. Tommie SVÄRD (SWE) Tommie Svärd Motorsport +2.558s
6. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Jimmie Österberg +3.349s

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) TeamTigerRX 4 laps
2. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) Mathias Jansson +5.306s
3. Mikael PERSSON (SWE) Mikael Persson +17.075s
4. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) Morten B Bertelsen +18.084s
5. Lars ENGLUND (SWE) Lars Englund +24.035s
6. Roland LARSAMO (SWE) Roland Larsamo +1 lap

CrossCar Junior
1. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) EKS JC 5 laps
2. Erik NILSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +1.825s
3. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) Lukas Andersson +4.026s
4. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) Lauri Halonen +6.946s
5. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) Joonatan Ylilammi +24.126s
6. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +26.336s

Championship Standings
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) 74 points
2. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) 70 points
3. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 66 points
4. Enzo IDE (BEL) 42 points
5. Andreas CARLSSON (SWE) 40 points
6. Anders MICHALAK (SWE) 32 points

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) 75 points
2. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 63 points
3. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 61 points
4. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) 58 points
5. Martin JONSSON (SWE) 58 points
6. Martin ENLUND (SWE) 53 points

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) 72 points
2. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) 67 points
3. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) 59 points
4. Sebastian ENHOLM (SWE) 55 points
5. Ronalds BALDINS (LVA) 42 points
6. Reinis NITISS (LVA) 39 points

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) 60 points
2. Stefan KRISTENSSON (SWE) 45 points
3. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) 44 points
4. Kenneth KONGE (DNK) 41 points
5. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) 34 points
6. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) 33 points

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) 85 points
2. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 71 points
3. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) 65 points
4. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) 63 points
5. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) 56 points
6. Erik NILSSON (SWE) 54 points

21-05-13 Andersson tvåa i Höljes
Nils Andersson hade en mycket bra första dag i RallyX Nordic i Höljes. Arvika-föraren slutade tvåa efter att ha varit snabbast av alla i kvalet.
-Bra för självförtroendet att kunna ta med sig den här dagen framöver, konstaterar KMS-föraren.

Andersson, femma i Lites-klassen efter första helgens tävlingar i Nysum, fick en mycket bra start på dagen. I de två första kvalomgångarna satte han starterna och körde fram till såväl heatseger som bästatid.
-Tempot fanns där hela dagen. Mycket nöjd med det och med driftsäkerheten.

I den tredje omgången blev det tuffare in i första sväng för Kristoffersson Motorsport-föraren, men han plockade placeringar efter joker-varvet och slutade trea. Det räckte för att ta hem förstaplatsen totalt i kvalet.

I semifinalen fortsatte den fina trenden. Andersson satte ännu en fin start och hade sedan inga problem att hålla undan till segern och pole position i finalen.
-Inte varje dag man står i första ledet i finalen.

Arvika-föraren gjorde ännu en bra start och hade ledningen ända till sista varvet, trots hård uppvaktning från kompisen Linus Östlund.
-Jag var lite stressad av Linus, blev bred på något ställe och tappade lite tid.

Andersson höll undan för Östlund men bakom hade finländaren Tommi Hallman tagit sitt jokervarv tidigt och jagat in en del tid när det var dags för Nils att ta alternativspåret.
-Jag visste att det var jättetajt och jag gjorde en liten miss där.

Finländaren smet förbi med liten marginal och Andersson fick nöja sig med andraplatsen.
-Vi försökte verkligen, men jag tar med mig en jättebra känsla från den här dagen, summerar Nils.

Även stallchefen Tommy Kristoffersson var mycket nöjd med Nils.
-Ett stort steg framåt! Man måste vara i ett par såna här tuffa finaler för att kunna hålla fokus hela vägen och ta nästa steg. Det kommer!

I RallyX Nordic-sammandraget klättrade Nils ett pinnhål upp till fjärde plats. Och på lördag och söndag får han en ny chans att jaga sin första seger i Lites-klassen.

Teamets andre Lites-förare, Gustav Bergström, slutade trettonde.
21-05-13 Kristoffersson behåller ledningen
Johan Kristoffersson toppar fortfarande RallyX Nordic-mästerskapet, trots att han missade finalen i den första av helgens tävlingar i Höljes.
-Jag kan ändå inte vara besviken, summerar den trefaldige världsmästaren.

Kristoffersson visade redan i första kvalomgången att många timmars hårt jobb med justeringar på bilen har gett resultat. Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren var närmare två sekunder före Krisztian Szabo.
-Så bra som bilen är nu har den aldrig varit. Jag vet faktiskt inte om jag kan förbättra något mer utan att bygga om hela bilen.

Tuffare blev det i andra omgången, men Kristoffersson tråcklade sig genom första svängen och höll sedan undan, trots betydligt hårdare uppvaktning från Szabo den gången.
-Jag såg honom hela tiden i backspegeln och fick verkligen köra absolut allt jag hade.

I omgång tre var det Niclas Grönholm som utgjorde största hotet, men än en gång höll Kristoffersson undan trots en liten chansning med sämre däck på teamets Volkswagen Polo GTI RX.
-Seger i Q1, Q2 och Q3 i den konkurrensen. Jag hade inte kunnat önska något mer.

I semifinalen var det ändå ett däckproblem som fällde Johan, men det var på ett nytt däck som punkteringen kom. Det gick enligt planen inledningsvis, med den trefaldige världsmästaren ut i ledning efter en tuff kamp med Niclas Grönholm. Finalplatsen såg säkrad ut, men under fjärde varvet gick luften ur höger framdäck och försprånget försvann snabbt.
-Just höger fram är absolut värsta stället att få punktering, särskilt i Höljes. Jag förlorade massor direkt i velodromkurvan.

Kristoffersson rullade i mål som femma och missade därmed finalen.

Totalt plockade ändå Johan arton poäng och leder fortfarande mästerskapet, fyra före Sondre Evjen.
-Det hade jag inte förväntat mig när det blev som det blev.

Supercar-klassen vanns av Niclas Grönholm.

Kristoffersson får ännu en chans att plocka en seger i Höljes när mästerskapets fjärde deltävling körs under lördag och söndag.
-Det ska bli superkul. Jag hoppas få använda alla trick i boken, även den gången.

Tommy Kristoffersson, stallchef i Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS, summerade Johans och mekanikernas insats.
-Hela teamet har gjort jättemycket jobb sedan Danmark och vi visste att det skulle behövas i konkurrensen mot inte minst Grönholm-teamets VM-bilar. Men vi är med där uppe och Johan hanterar situationen perfekt.
21-05-12 Tvåorna siktar uppåt när SM i Rallycross har premiär
I helgen körs premiären av årets SM i Rallycross. Två av förarna är Klara Andersson som tagit klivet upp till seniorklassen och Simon Claesson som efter fjolårssilvret nu jagar den ädlaste medaljen.

Premiären av SM i Rallycross 2021 körs på VM-banan i Höljes. En banan som ofta höjs som en av världens bästa rallycrossbanor. Och både Andersson och Claesson håller med.
- Höljes är en fantastisk bana så det ska bli kul och är en ära att få köra där, säger Klara Andersson.
- Det är en av världens bästa banor, det är alltid roligt att komma till Höljes och köra. Det är lätt den häftigaste banan som jag har kört på. Det spelar ingen roll var du är på banan, det går alltid fort. Med tanke på att det går så fort överallt så kräver det mer av materialet och att bilen är rätt inställd, berättar Simon Claesson.

Mamma och pappa har tävlat i rallycross. Även storasyster Magda som körde EM i Supercar. Det finns gott om erfarenheter i den Anderssonska motorsporthistoriken. 2020 var hon tvåa i JSM. Till årets säsong tar Klara Andersson steget upp i seniorklassen i 2150.
- Jag har bra känslor inför helgen och det ska bli jättekul att köra bil igen och en ny
utmaningar när jag ska mäta mig mot seniorerna, säger Klara Andersson som kommer till start med samma bil som tjänstgjorde under förra säsongen.
- Vi har arbetat mycket med den under vintern och har nyligen kört ett par tester som känts bra. Vi har testat ut lite stötdämpare och arbetat med att få bilen rätt inställd till min körning. Jag känner att jag utvecklats och blivit starkare och med det förändrat en del i körningen. Så det gäller som alltid att få ut så mycket vi kan av mig och bilen tillsammans, berättar Andersson.

Att vintern är bilskruvandets årstid för rallycrossförarna är ingen nyhet. Precis som Klara har fjolårstvåan i 2400, Simon Claesson, ägnat mycket tid i garaget för att hitta rätt på sin bil inför SM-premiären i rallycross.
- Vi har försökt få till mer väghållning i bilen. Vi ligger efter lite i effekt så vi får jobba på väghållningen och min körning, säger Claesson som haft en hektisk vinter även arbetsmässigt.
- Ja, det har inte blivit så mycket bilkörning. Men vi har jobbat desto mer med bilen. Det är ny fjädring och sen har vi arbetat med viktbalanseringen, förklarar Claesson som har fokus på totalsegern.
- Det gick bra ifjol samtidigt vet jag att det är några nya förare som kommer. Det kommer bli kul men stenhårt. Men målet är alltid att vinna, säger Simon Claesson.

Två silvermedaljörer som nu står redo för en ny säsong av rallycross. En säsong som i år bjuder på sju deltävlingar med premiärens dubbeltävling i Höljes, därefter väntar nedslag i Piteå och Västerås, även där dubbeltävlingar innan finalen i Arvika. Allt kan ses live på SBFplay.se
- Målsättningen är att alltid ge det yttersta, det gör jag alltid och sen att ha roligt och njuta av att köra bil. Sen siktar jag så klart på att få ge seniorerna en match, avslutar Klara Andersson.

SM i Rallycross avgör deltävling ett under fredagen och kör deltävling tvås tre första kval under lördag med kval fyra, semifinaler och finaler på söndag. Utöver det kör RallyX deltävling tre och fyra, med start redan på torsdagen.

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21-05-12 Premiärdags för SM i Rallycross – live på SBF Play
Från torsdag till söndag gör SM i Rallycross premiär med dubbeltävling i Höljes. Tävlingar som kan ses live via Solidsport på SBFplay.se. Och att intresset för rallycrossen växer syns på det växande startfältet.
- Det är naturligtvis riktigt roligt att se, säger Magnus Krokström från Rallycrossutskottet.

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21-05-12 World class drivers set for electric Superteam Challenge as RallyX Nordic hosts RX2e showdown at Höljes
RallyX Nordic to stage one-off Superteam Challenge at Höljes
Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Marcus Grönholm among stellar line-up going head-to-head in RX2e demo races
World’s best drivers to showcase the future of rallycross during electric showdown
Old rivalries to reignite behind the wheel of pioneering technology

A legendary line-up of rallycross talent will go head-to-head during a one-off RX2e competition at the upcoming RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires meeting at Höljes.

World Rallycross title-winners Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen will be joined by, among others, multiple World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm for the inaugural Superteam Challenge. Oliver Eriksson, 2020 RallyX Nordic Supercar Champion and double RX2 champion, will also be in the mix alongside RX Lites title-winners Kevin Hansen and Kevin Eriksson while World RX race winners Andreas Bakkerud and Sebastian Eriksson complete the star-studded driver pool.

The eight drivers will be split into four teams, with each pair sharing a brand new RX2e car that is set to be used in the 2021 FIA RX2e Championship. The electric vehicles, which generate 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque, will be showcased in four heats and two finals as the world’s best off-road racers do battle at Höljes.

The doorhandle-to-doorhandle action may be familiar to fans but the pioneering electric technology will give a glimpse to the future of rallycross as an evolving sport, while established rivalries between the participating drivers will add plenty of spice to what already promises to be a spectacular event.

Renowned rallycross commentator Andrew Coley will be tasked with drawing out the team pairings, and he is well-aware of the potentially explosive partnerships he could create but is equally excited about the new technology on show.

He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the RX2e cars head-to-head for a number of reasons; first and foremost the driver line up! Who doesn’t want to see a legend like Marcus Gronholm going up against Kristoffersson, the Hansens, Bakkerud, the Erikssons?!

“But aside from that, I’ve been lucky enough to see electric rallycross cars run on several occasions, but we’ve rarely seen them racing in a close pack, so this should be great fun and a proper demonstration of the technology.”

RallyX Nordic have already hosted demo runs from the RX2e car (in the hands of official test driver Oliver Eriksson) during the opening rounds of the season at Nysum, Denmark, and the upcoming Superteam Challenge is another example of the series’ commitment to green technology.

A RallyX Nordic spokesman said: “Last year at Höljes we brought something new in the form of our hugely popular Rally X Nordic Legends’ Race, and this year we are topping that with our Superteam Challenge.

“We have a stunning line-up of rallycross talent set to show their skills at the wheel of the cutting-edge new RX2e car, and the races promise to be fast and furious as old rivalries are renewed on track.

“RallyX Nordic is dedicated to seeking a sustainable future for rallycross as a whole, and we are delighted to be able to provide an exciting platform for fans to see stars of the sport and the cars of tomorrow up close.”

The Superteam Challenge heats and finals will slot into a packed RallyX Nordic schedule, with on-track action at Höljes getting underway on Thursday (13 May) at 9.15am (CET) and continuing on until Sunday (16 May).
21-05-12 Missa inte medlemserbjudande – Rallycross live på SBFplay.se hela långhelgen
helgen öppnar rallycrossen upp sin säsong när VM-banan i Höljes tar emot den svenska eliten för premiären av SM i Rallycross 2021. Det blir en hel helg fullmatad med liverallycross som kan ses på Svensk Bilsports egen kanal www.sbfplay.se

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De nationella klasserna kör dubbeltävling när de avgör deltävling ett under fredagen och kör deltävling tvås tre första kval under lördag med kval fyra och semifinaler och finaler på söndag. Utöver det kör RallyX deltävling tre och fyra, med start redan på torsdagen.

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Repris från SM-tävlingarna kan ses efter avslutad deltävling.

Preliminärt sändningsschema för helgen.
Torsdag 13/5
09:10 Studio inför Q1
09:15 Q1
11:10 Studio summering Q1
11:30 Q2
13:25 Studio summering Q2
13:30 Lunch
14:10 Q3
16:05 Studio summering Q3
16:20 Semi / finaler
18:10 Summering deltävling 3 Rally X

Fredag 14/5
09:10 Studio inför Q1
09:15 Q1
11:00 Studio summering Q1
11:20 Q2
13:10 Studio summering Q2
13:20 Lunch
14:00 Q3
15:50 Studio summering Q3
16:10 Semi / finaler
17:35 Summering deltävling 1 SM

Lördag 15/5
09:25 Studio inför Q1
09:30 Q1 - SM
11:10 Q1 - RallyX
13:00 Summering studio - Q1
13:10 Lunch
13:45 Q2 - SM
15:25 Q2 - RallyX
17:15 Studio summering Q2
17:35 Q3 - SM
17:35 Studio summering Q3 SM

Söndag 16/5
07:55 Studio inför Q3
08:00 Q3 - RallyX
09:50 Q4 - SM
11:30 Summering studio
11:45 Q4 - RallyX
13:35 Summering studio - kvalomgångar
13:40 Lunch
14:15 Semi / finaler SM
15:35 Studio SM
16:00 Semi / finaler RallyX
17:50 Studio summering / avslut
21-05-12 VM Rallycross in hell 2021 er avlyst
Montalegre replaces Hell in Norway, which has unfortunately had to be cancelled this season. Earnest efforts were made by all parties to reach a resolution, but strict border restrictions and the lack of a suitable alternative date made it impossible to hold the event in 2021.
21-05-12 FIA World Rallycross Championship confirms revised 2021 calendar as Montalegre returns
The FIA World Rallycross Championship has today issued a revised schedule for its 2021 campaign, which will now begin in Barcelona and incorporate eight rounds across seven events throughout Europe, concluding at Montalegre in Portugal.

The challenges of the ongoing pandemic have required Rallycross Promoter GmbH to adopt a flexible and agile approach to respond to an ever-changing global situation. Following close consultation with event organisers and the relevant authorities in each of the host countries, an updated calendar has been put together that not only visits some of the best rallycross tracks in the world, but also maximises the likelihood of welcoming fans on-site where possible.

The action will begin in Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-24 July, with a Friday/Saturday evening format for the season curtain-raiser. This will be followed in quick succession by a double-header at Germany’s Nürburgring (31 July – 1 August), nestled in the forests of the Eifel mountains. A new addition to the World RX schedule, the rallycross track will be based around the Müllenbachschleife amphitheatre section of the illustrious circuit.

The racing will then move on to one of the discipline’s most iconic venues – Höljes in Sweden on 20-22 August. Originally slated to take place seven weeks earlier, the event has been delayed in the hope of being able to accommodate a limited number of fans. Two weeks later, the championship will travel to another rallycross favourite – Lohéac in France on 3-5 September.

The next stop will be in Latvia at Riga’s Bikernieki National Sports base on 18-19 September, before drivers and teams go wheel-to-wheel at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 9-10 October. The legendary Ardennes circuit staged its inaugural World RX race weekend in 2019, immediately winning the hearts of competitors and fans alike.

The final round of the campaign will take place on 23-24 October at Portugal’s historic Montalegre track, located high up in the Vila Real mountains. A staple on the World Championship calendar from 2014 to 2018, Montalegre – whose undulating layout and unpredictable weather has produced many breathtaking battles over the years – makes a welcome return this season.

Montalegre replaces Hell in Norway, which has unfortunately had to be cancelled this season. Earnest efforts were made by all parties to reach a resolution, but strict border restrictions and the lack of a suitable alternative date made it impossible to hold the event in 2021.

Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said:
“We all acknowledge the positive trend over the summer of the pandemic in Europe. That’s why, after having liaised closely with our key stakeholders, we have taken the deliberate decision to delay the start of the campaign in the hope of being able to open the gates to fans at as many rounds as is feasible and safe, and have assembled what we believe is an irresistible blend of iconic rallycross tracks and state-of-the-art modern venues. We are confident we now have the best possible World RX calendar for 2021.

“To be able to confirm the return of Montalegre – a circuit that has always been a fan-favourite and never fails to offer World RX a warm welcome – is fantastic news for all concerned, and whilst we are obviously disappointed not to be able to race in Norway this year due to ongoing complications related to the pandemic, we are sure we will see Hell back on the calendar in the future as World RX races into a bright new era.”

Gyarfas Olah, FIA Off-Road Commission President, said:
“We are confident we now have the final shape of the 2021 World RX calendar, and we would like to thank the promoter and the organisers for their flexibility and reactivity in these pandemic circumstances. We are pleased to include Montalegre for the finale in a compelling blend of traditional and contemporary venues for 2021.”

Morgan Östlund, General Manager of Höljes RX, said:
“Höljes is one of the world’s most famous rallycross tracks, and we are delighted that we will once again host some of the world’s very best drivers this summer. With regard to the date change, considering that the fans are such a major part of what makes this event so special, together with Rallycross Promoter, we have decided to move the event back by a few weeks in the hope of being able to welcome at least some of them trackside – although there are obviously no guarantees given the current situation and all the associated unknowns. Either way, we are looking forward to a truly spectacular weekend of world-class rallycross entertainment.”

Orlando Alves, Mayor of Montalegre, said:
“We are delighted and honoured to be in the 2021 World RX calendar. This return to the schedule is recognition of the quality of the Montalegre Circuit, the work and effort of the Municipality and the respect and prestige our organisation, which is among the highest authorities in the rallycross and motorsport world. We look forward to welcoming you all in October!”

The new FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – will join World RX in Spain, Germany, Sweden, France and Belgium, with Euro RX1 featuring on the bill in Sweden, France, Latvia and Belgium. Euro RX3 will contest the events in Spain, Sweden, France, Belgium and Portugal.

The entry closing date for permanent competitors in the World Championship is 14 May. For permanent competitors in RX2e, Euro RX1 and Euro RX3, entries close on 30 May.

23-24 juli: Barcelona, Spanien.
31 juli-1 augusti: Nürburgring, Tyskland.
20-22 augusti: Höljes, Sverige.
3-5 september: Lohéac, Frankrike.
18-19 september: Riga, Lettland.
9-10 oktober: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgien.
23-24 oktober: Montalegre, Portugal.
21-05-11 Växande startfält när SM i Rallycross gör premiär
Till helgen gör SM i Rallycross premiär med dubbeltävling i Höljes. Tävlingar som kan ses live på SBFplay.se. Och att intresset för rallycrossen växer syns på det växande startfältet.

Samtliga SM-klasser har ökat i antalet förare som kommer till start när premiären nu närmar sig med en dubbeltävling, fredag till söndag under Kristihimmelsfärdshelgen. Juniorklassen har ökat med 10% anmälda förare jämfört med fjolårets säsong. I klassen 2400 är det en ökning med 14 %. Mest är det i 2150 som ökat med hela 27% sett till 2020.
- Det är naturligtvis riktigt roligt att se. Det visar att rallycrossen är på väg i rätt riktning och att de satsningar som gjordes förra året och som görs nu är uppskattade, säger Magnus Krokström från Rallycrossutskottet och fortsätter.
- Visst kan vi se att en del av det kan ha med Coronan att göra som stängde ner en del satsningar förra året, men samtidigt var vi en av de sportgrenar som lyckades genomföra SM-serien förra året. Så det är inte en ökning från noll utan, så som vi i utskottet ser det, en verklig ökning av förare, avslutar Krokström.

Premiären av årets SM-serie i Rallycross körs i Höljes med dubbla tävlingar från fredag till söndag. Rallycrossfesten i Värmland börjar redan under torsdagen med RallyX Nordic som under helgen kör sina deltävlingar tre och fyra.

Allt kan ses med svenska kommentatorer på www.sbfplay.se
21-05-10 Legendary Höljes next stop for RallyX Nordic as all-action campaign continues in Sweden
Kristoffersson joined by Grönholm in Supercar class
Hallman and Olofsson to reignite Supercar Lites rivalry
Munnings enters CrossCar/Crosskart category
All of the action to be broadcast live and free-to-air

The 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires season continues at the iconic Höljes circuit this week (13-16 May), with the Swedish double-header set to serve up another dose of top-class on-track action.

RallyX Nordic roared back into life with a thrilling curtain-raising event at Nysum in Denmark earlier this month, and fans will be hoping for more of the same breathtaking racing when the championship arrives at one of the most famous rallycross venues in the world.

Supercar
Fraser McConnell stole the headlines in round one of the Supercar category in Nysum, with the Jamaican putting in a stellar display to get the better of Johan Kristoffersson and secure his maiden RallyX Nordic victory.

The 22-year-old started the final on the back row of the grid but a lightning launch in his Olsbergs MSE-run Ford Fiesta saw him go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with his established rival before the youngster claimed an advantage that he would not relinquish.

However, three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Kristoffersson struck back on Sunday with a peerless display of driving - that at one point included him entering Turn One backwards - and the Swede finished the weekend top of the points standings.

Among others, McConnell and Kristoffersson will be joined in the Supercar class this week by the Grönholm RX pair of World RX event-winner Niclas Grönholm and double Euro RX Super1600 Champion Krisztián Szabó while 2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship winner Anton Marklund will also compete at Höljes. The Hedströms Motorsport ace raced for four years in World RX and brings even more quality to an already star-studded line-up in the premier category.

Supercar Lites
Heading into this season on the back of a title-challenging campaign in 2020, Simon Olofsson had plenty to live up to but the STS RX ace didn't disappoint at Nysum with a clean sweep on Saturday.

The 26-year-old then looked set to pull off another dominant whitewash 24 hours later but mechanical issues scuppered his hopes, opening the way for SET Promotion's Tommi Hallman to bag victory and move within a point of Olofsson in the overall table.

Martin Jonsson put together an impressive weekend for Alfta Racing Team, leaving him third in the standings, while pre-season favourite Linus Östlund finished second on Saturday but ran into trouble in round two and is playing catch-up.

Martin Enlund, Nils Andersson and Gregory Fosse all showed plenty of speed in Denmark but Mats Oskarsson - a Supercar Lites elder statesman at the age of 44 - is also one to watch after a second place at Nysum and a similar result at Höljes last year.

Supporting Cast
The CrossCar/Crosskart category provided plenty of thrills and spills at Nysum, with Isak Reiersen coming out on top in round one before Sebastian Enholm showed the ultra-competitive field a clean pair of heels in round two and won all but one session on Sunday, although the standings leader will not be present this week.

Extreme E ace Catie Munnings is a high-profile addition to the class at Höljes, as the British rally driver links up with Team Hansen and LifeLive Nordic to gain more wheel-to-wheel racing experience, but the 23-year-old is keeping her expectations realistic ahead of what promises to be a fast and furious week of racing.

The CrossCar Junior category has been bolstered by a host of local entries, although the new challengers have it all to do if they're going to take the fight to Lukas Andersson after his back-to-back wins in Denmark.

And in the Open 2WD class, Simon Tiger put in the most comprehensive display of the entire weekend as he topped the times in every single session to score a maximum 60 points - but can he repeat the feat at Höljes?

Where to Watch
The high-octane action across all five classes will be broadcast live and in high-definition at tv.rallyx.se, with the racing set to get underway at 8.15am (UK time) on Thursday, 13 May and continuing through to Sunday, 16 May.

Official Entry Lists
Supercar
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
TBA TBA TBA Manfred Stohl Ford Fiesta ERX
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
5 Lars Andersson SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
7 Anders Michalak SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
8 Peter Hedström SWE Hedströms Motorsport Ford Fiesta
11 Aleš Fucík CZE KRTZ Motorsport S.R.O. Volkswagen Polo
23 Krisztián Szabó HUN GRX Hyundai i20
24 Lukács Csucsu HUN Speedy Motorsport Citroën DS3
33 Enzo Ide BEL EKS JC Audi S1
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta MK8
42 Henri Haapamäki FIN SweepBank Team Ford Fiesta MK8
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE ACRX Renault Clio RS
68 Niclas Grönholm FIN GRX Hyundai i20
69 Sondre Evjen NOR EKS JC Audi S1
92 Anton Marklund SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Team First Stop Sweden Volkswagen Polo

Supercar Lites
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
4 Ida Törnhult SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
9 Grégory Fosse FRA Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
10 Martin Jonsson SWE Alfta Racing Team Supercar Lites
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE MORX Supercar Lites
13 Nathalie Petersson SWE Natha’s Motorsport Supercar Lites
14 Nils Andersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
17 Gustav Bergström SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
22 Mattis Janssom SWE KJ.S RX Supercar Lites
36 Casper Jansson SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
52 Simon Olofsson SWE STS RX Supercar Lites
60 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
82 Isak Sjökvist SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
87 Tommi Hallman FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Team Ramudden / Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
166 Martin Ekspjuth SWE Ekspjuth Motorsport Supercar Lites

CrossCar/Crosskart
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Tommie Svärd SWE Tommie Svärd Motorsport Casmat
2 Timo Laapotti FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
3 Catie Munnings GBR LifeLive Nordic LifeLive TN5
5 Riku Huuhka FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
6 Alain Feller LUX Planet Kart Cross K3
8 Pasi Penttinen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
10 Per Goodison SWE Per Goodison Speedcar
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Power RX Speedcar
15 Reinis Nitišs LVA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
26 David Méat FRA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
30 Erik Andersson SWE Power RX Speedcar
43 Damien Crépeau FRA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
80 Tomi Rakkolainen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Baco 81 Speedcar
84 Jarkko Aronen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
85 Petter Hane SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
88 André Bendixen SWE Bendixen Motorsport Kamikaz
100 Andreas Persson SWE AT Service YMS
161 Patrik Hallberg SWE Max RPM EDGE
170 Isak Reiersen SWE EKS JC Speedcar
183 Oskar Andersson SWE Enlunds Motorsport EDGE
190 Hampus Rådström SWE Hampus Rådström Speedcar

CrossCar Junior
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
5 Thomas Martens BEL LifeLive Nordic LifeLive TN5
10 Joakim Lund Olander SWE Joakim Lund Olander Speedcar
11 Pontus Oskarsson SWE MORX Speedcar
21 Rasmus Persson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
30 Mikael Uitto FIN Mikael Uitto Speedcar
31 Isac Nordbeck SWE Isac Nordbeck RX01
32 Josefin Holmkvist SWE Holmkvist Motorsport Speedcar
34 Erik Nilsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
57 Lauri Halonen FIN Lauri RX Ydrefalk
74 Maiju Niemi FIN Peat Racing Team Speedcar
99 Lukas Andersson SWE LACK 99 Speedcar
111 Isak Hatanmaa FIN Isak Hatanmaa Casmat
128 Oliwer Lidman SWE Vissboda Allservice Speedcar
150 Joonatan Ylilammi FIN Team Ylilammi Speedcar
184 Elias Kalliokoski FIN Kalliokoski Racing Speedcar
199 Alex Gustafsson SWE EKS JC Speedcar

Open 2WD
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Simon Tiger SWE TeamTigerRX BMW E30 M3
2 Marcus Norman SWE Odin Target Mazda RX8
5 Lars Englund SWE Lars Englund Porsche 911
11 Roland Larsamo SWE Roland Larsamo BMW M3
46 Mathias Jansson SWE Mathias Jansson Volvo S40
323 Mikael Persson SWE Mikael Persson Motorsport Volkswagen Golf MKIV
327 Morten Bertelsen DNK Morten B. Bertelsen Skoda Fabia RX
329 Kenneth Konge DNK Konge Motorsport BMW E36
21-05-07 Höljes nästa för Kristoffersson
Johan Kristoffersson kör vidare i RallyX Nordic. Mästerskapsledaren är anmäld till de två kommande deltävlingarna i Höljes nästa helg.
- Höljes är alltid något extra, säger Johan.

Kristoffersson inledde RallyX Nordic på ett imponerande sätt, med en andraplats och en seger i danska Nysum den gångna helgen. Särskilt under söndagen övertygade Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren. Då hade teamet sorterat ut en del tekniska problem och fått bra fart på den KMS-byggda Volkswagen Polo GTI RX som Johan också körde till en deltävlingsseger i fjolårets Nordic-premiär i Höljes.
-Det ska bli spännande att få jobba vidare med utvecklingen av vår egen bil, säger Kristoffersson och fortsätter:
- Och Höljes är ju en av de häftigaste banorna i världen, så där vill man naturligtvis vara med.

Teamchefen Tommy Kristoffersson var delvis nöjd med helgen i Danmark, men tyckte att det blev onödigt mycket jobb för mekaniker-gänget.
-Vi jobbar på att komma väl förberedda till den här tävlingen, säger Tommy, som också hyser mycket varma känslor för den legendariska rallycross-slingan i norra Värmland.
-Det brukar alltid vara bra arrangerat och perfekt preparerat. Banan tror jag dessutom passar oss riktigt bra, med bättre grepp än i Danmark och en lång startraka.

Inför helgen i Höljes, 13-16 maj, leder Johan Kristoffersson Supercar-klassen på 56 poäng, fem före tidigare stallkamraten Sondre Evjen. På tredje plats ligger Fraser McConnell på 47.
- Vi siktar förstås på att hålla oss kvar i toppen och helst utöka ledningen, säger Tommy Kristoffersson.
21-05-04 FIA-approved electric cars invited to compete against ICE Supercars in Open 4WD class
Electric cars to take on ICE Supercars in future RallyX Nordic events
Open 4WD category to provide stability in 2021 and beyond
Renamed class demonstrates increased appetite for electric technology

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires is delighted to announce that FIA-approved electric rallycross cars will be permitted to compete alongside internal combustion-engined Supercars in a re-named ‘Open 4WD’ headlining class in all remaining rounds of 2021.

The new season got off to a spectacular start at Nysum in Denmark last weekend (1-2 May), with entertaining racing across the board. Moving forward, all FIA-approved rallycross EVs will officially be able to compete wheel-to-wheel with their combustion-engined counterparts in RallyX Nordic’s ‘Open 4WD’ category. To preserve the current championship battle, whilst electric entries will be classified in the results, they will not be eligible for points.

An RX Promotion spokesman said: “The concept of running ICE and EVs alongside each other is one that has never been tried before but we have no doubt that RallyX Nordic fans and drivers will greatly enjoy the racing spectacle.

"We are carefully managing the development of rallycross and, being based in the Nordic area of our world, we clearly see the need to adapt our future strategy - an example being our intention to become a 100% fossil-free sport going forward.

"The revolutionary P1 Racing BIO RACING 100% fuel has been approved for use in all RallyX Nordic classes and our aim for the 2022 season is to hold fossil fuel-free events; this is something that is unique in motorsport and is vitally important for future generations. All of our up-and-coming drivers in the Supercar Lites, CrossCar/Crosskart and CrossCar Junior classes will hopefully see a cost-effective future in rallycross - tomorrow's stars are vital to the sustainability of our series and our sport.

"Electric vehicles and fossil fuel-free ICE cars can now compete on a level playing field, helping us retain the dedicated fanbase and amazing atmosphere that RallyX Nordic has become synonymous with while leading the way into a new era of rallycross.

“What’s more, with all of the RallyX Nordic action in 2021 being broadcast live and free-to-air, it offers the perfect platform to introduce viewers to the future of our sport with both electrical and fossil-free fuel options going forward. Our aim is to deliver first-class action and intense on-track battles for all of our fans, old and young. We can guarantee they will not be disappointed."

RallyX Nordic resumes at Sweden’s iconic Höljes circuit on 13-16 May, followed by a new double-header fixture at OuluZone, close to the Arctic Circle in Finland, on 5-6 June. The campaign will conclude and titles will be decided at Arvika in Sweden over the course of a high-stakes single-header weekend on 13-15 Augus
21-05-02 Kristoffersson fights back with battling win on day two in Denmark
World Rallycross Champion shows his class to clinch first victory of 2021
Hallman takes advantage of Olofsson heartbreak in Supercar Lites
Enholm bags CrossCar/Crosskart honours as Andersson and Tiger double up
The high-octane action will resume at Höljes in Sweden later this month

Johan Kristoffersson kept his cool to claim a first RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires win of 2021 at the end of a bruising curtain-raiser at Nysum in Denmark today (2 May).

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion narrowly lost out to Fraser McConnell in the opening round of the season on Saturday, but got his revenge 24 hours later with a commanding performance at the high-speed Nysumbanen.

There was also success for rookie Tommi Hallman in Supercar Lites and Sebastian Enholm in CrossCar/Crosskart, while both Lukas Andersson and Simon Tiger made it two from two in CrossCar Juniors and Open 2WD respectively.

Supercar
Johan Kristoffersson appeared to have a target on his back for much of Saturday, with several drivers making significant contact with the 32-year-old’s Volkswagen Polo as they looked to claim the biggest scalp in the Supercar category, and the Swede had to deal with more of the same on Sunday.

However, the KMS star was unruffled on his way to a maximum points haul and showed just why he is widely considered the best in the business with several dogged drives against an ultra-competitive field.

Kristofferson kicked things off with a sparkling Q1 win, utilising an early joker to overhaul the fast-starting Fraser McConnell on the last lap before safely navigating Q2. He then held his nerve in Q3 – despite entering Turn One backwards and picking up a 3sec time penalty for pushing – in just the type of all-action affair with which RallyX Nordic has become synonymous.

Having finished top of the pile at the intermediate stage, the reigning World Champion staved McConnell off to win the first semi-final before repeating the result with relative ease in a physical final showdown.

After making a clean getaway from pole, Kristoffersson pulled clear at the head of the pack while McConnell and Sondre Evjen rubbed doorhandles into Turn Two.

It was the Jamaican who initially came out on top, but Evjen’s alternate joker strategy and eye-catching pace put him back into second on the last lap, only for the Norwegian to run wide following a tap from his rival. McConnell was subsequently penalised for pushing, earning the Olsbergs MSE ace a 2sec penalty which dropped him to third.

Andreas Carlsson came home fourth for ACRX, while Ulrik Linnemann was left to rue what might have been after the Dane won Q2 but was unable to start the second semi-final due to accident damage incurred towards the end of Q3.

Kristoffersson said: “The mechanics did a fantastic job yesterday, so the car has been working great all day. It’s been a lot of work in-between the qualifying races, but we finally got a win today and the car is feeling very good. Once I’m out in front and can drive as fast as I can, I just try to enjoy my rallycross.

“It’s been nice to come to a new circuit, for sure. I’ve been surprised a couple of times during the weekend, but I’ve also made a couple of mistakes myself. We’re leading the championship and we scored full points today, so I’m happy with that.

“One thing I can say is I’m not finding RallyX Nordic easy! I’m hoping to be at Höljes for more of these battles.”

Supercar Lites
For a rookie in the class, Tommi Hallman was impressively on the leading pace weekend-long in Supercar Lites, and the Finn sped to a superb success at only the second time of asking today.

Like yesterday, Simon Olofsson was the man to beat in the single-make category, dominating the qualifying stages once again and looking well-placed to secure a second consecutive clean sweep until an engine issue forced him out on the opening lap of his semi-final.

The STS RX driver’s misfortune opened the door for Hallman, who had already taken the lead from the outside of the front row courtesy of a lightning launch. From there, he comfortably booked his spot in the final ahead of Niklas Aneklev and the impressive Grégory Fosse.

With Olofsson out, Martin Enlund appeared the biggest danger to Hallman – having outscored the SET Promotion driver at the intermediate stage. The Swede was solidly leading the second semi-final until a late-race suspension breakage cost him positions to Martin Jonsson and Mats Oskarsson, with the Enlunds Motorsport ace fighting valiantly to hold onto third place. Sadly, it would all be in vain, as a first corner clash with Aneklev then precipitated an early exit from the main event.

After a superb weekend, mechanical issues cruelly prevented Jonsson from participating in the final and left Hallman alone on the front row of the grid, but the 20-year-old still had it all to do with Oskarsson and Fosse snapping at his heels from the off. Unflappable throughout, he produced a peerless performance to deservedly take his maiden victory.

The result leaves Hallman at the top of the title standings by a single point ahead of Olofsson, while Oskarsson was delighted with his third podium in RallyX Nordic – having most recently reached the rostrum at Höljes last summer.

Fosse, who is being mentored by former RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites Champion Guillaume De Ridder, turned heads in what was just his second-ever weekend in the class as he outpaced many more experienced adversaries.

By contrast, Linus Östlund – Olofsson’s closest challenger yesterday – struggled to break free of the pack for much of today before a coming-together with Jonsson in the second semi-final spelt an early bath for the OMSE driver.

Hallman said: “I’m feeling very good after that – what a race! It was difficult to even get here to Denmark with the Covid situation, so it’s been the most stressful week of my life but here we are – on the podium twice, so it’s perfect.

“It’s great to be leading the championship. I really hope I’ll be able to challenge in Sweden as well. Thanks to all of my mechanics, partners and of course SET Promotion. See you at Höljes!”

Supporting Cast
It was a weekend to remember for Sebastian Enholm in CrossCar/Crosskart, as the Swede earned redemption for missed opportunities on Saturday with a dominant display 24 hours later.

The 17-year-old finished as Top Qualifier yesterday with two fastest times out of three before events unravelled, but he made no mistake today and backed up another two qualifying victories with success in both his semi-final and the final – although Patrik Hallberg pushed him all the way.

Round one winner Isak Reiersen, who showed great pace to win today’s second semi-final, finished third ahead of Power RX duo Erik Andersson and Jimmie Österberg – the pair reversing their positions from Saturday – with Timo Laapotti taking sixth.

In the CrossCar Junior category, Lukas Andersson made it back-to-back triumphs, with the Swedish youngster winning all bar one of his races on a stellar Sunday. The 13-year-old survived a couple of scares, including a spin in his semi-final and a slow joker in the final, to lead home Rasmus Persson and defending champion Alex Gustafsson.

Simon Tiger similarly completed a dominant weekend in the Open 2WD class, becoming the only driver to score a maximum 60 points as he topped the times in every single session behind the wheel of his BMW E30 M3.

After a frenetic weekend, competitors will have little time to catch their breath before the RallyX Nordic action resumes with rounds three and four of the 2021 campaign at Sweden’s iconic Höljes circuit in just two weeks’ time (13-16 May).

Results
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) Kristoffersson Motorsport 4 laps
2. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) EKS JC +4.551s
3. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) Olsbergs MSE +4.746s
4. Andreas CARLSSON (SWE) ACRX +5.118s

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) SET Promotion 4 laps
2. Mats OSKARSSON (SWE) MORX +2.753s
3. Grégory FOSSE (FRA) Olsbergs MSE +4.243s
4. Martin ENLUND (SWE) Enlunds Motorsport +2 laps
5. Martin JONSSON (SWE) Alfta Racing Team DNS
6. Niklas ANEKLEV (SWE) Olsbergs MSE EXC

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Sebastian ENHOLM (SWE) Enholm Motorsport 4 laps
2. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) Max RPM +0.532s
3. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) EKS JC +2.687s
4. Erik ANDERSSON (SWE) Power RX +3.379s
5. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) Power RX +3.696s
6. Timo LAAPOTTI (FIN) Team Speedweekend +7.623s

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) LACK 99 4 laps
2. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) Carcontrol +2.609s
3. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) EKS JC +7.420s
4. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) Team Ylilammi +7.852s
5. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) Lauri RX +8.312s
6. Kevin DAARBAK (DNK) Daarbak Motorsport +13.456s

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) TeamTigerRX 4 laps
2. Kenneth KONGE (DNK) Konge Motorsport +1.650s
3. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) Mathias Jansson +2.862s
4. Stefan KRISTENSSON (SWE) TEAM SKÅAB +4.973s
5. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) Morten B Bertelsen +11.944s
6. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) Norman Msport +13.670s

Championship Standings
Supercar
1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON (SWE) 56 points
2. Sondre EVJEN (NOR) 51 points
3. Fraser MCCONNELL (JAM) 47 points
4. Andreas CARLSSON (SWE) 40 points
5. Ulrik LINNEMANN (DNK) 31 points
6. Enzo IDE (BEL) 28 points

Supercar Lites
1. Tommi HALLMAN (FIN) 48 points
2. Simon OLOFSSON (SWE) 47 points
3. Martin JONSSON (SWE) 40 points
4. Linus ÖSTLUND (SWE) 38 points
5. Martin ENLUND (SWE) 36 points
6. Nils ANDERSSON (SWE) 31 points

CrossCar/Crosskart
1. Sebastian ENHOLM (SWE) 55 points
2. Isak REIERSEN (SWE) 50 points
3. Patrik HALLBERG (SWE) 47 points
4. Jimmie ÖSTERBERG (SWE) 39 points
5. Erik ANDERSSON (SWE) 32 points
6. Nicklas Lucas JENSEN (DNK) 26 points

CrossCar Junior
1. Lukas ANDERSSON (SWE) 59 points
2. Joonatan YLILAMMI (FIN) 48 points
3. Alex GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 44 points
4. Rasmus PERSSON (SWE) 41 points
5. Lauri HALONEN (FIN) 37 points
6. Erik NILSSON (SWE) 31 points

Open 2WD
1. Simon TIGER (SWE) 60 points
2. Stefan KRISTENSSON (SWE) 45 points
3. Mathias JANSSON (SWE) 44 points
4. Kenneth KONGE (DNK) 41 points
5. Morten B BERTELSEN (DNK) 34 points
6. Marcus NORMAN (SWE) 33 points
21-05-02 Seger och totalt fem pallplatser för EKS JC under RallyX Nordic-premiären
För svenska teamet EKS JC gav rallycrosspremiären i danska Nysum flera pallplatser. Under RallyX Nordics två inledande deltävlingar tog teamets Isak Reiersen en seger samt en tredjeplats, Sondre Evjen en andraplats och en tredjeplats samt Alex Gustafsson en tredjeplats.
– Vi är riktigt nöjda med att direkt ha tre av fyra förare inom topp tre i mästerskapet, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

I helgen var det rallycrosspremiär i danska Nysum där de två inledande deltävlingarna av RallyX Nordic tog plats. För EKS JC, som består av teamen JC Raceteknik och EKS, var det första rallycrosstävlingen med det nya gemensamma teamet. Teamet lämnar Danmark med flera medaljer och topp tre-resultat i mästerskapet i samtliga klasser

I Supercar gjorde Sondre Evjen sin första tävling i teamets Audi S1 EKS quattro. Trots det briljerade han med hög fart direkt, bra starter och flera tider i toppen. Efter en andraplats och en tredjeplats lämnar han Nysum som tvåa i mästerskapet. Teamkollegan Enzo Ide visade även han ett snabbt tempo under helgen, och lyckades bland annat sätta snabbaste tid i en av omgångarna. Tyvärr räckte det inte hela vägen till final, då han under lördagen slutade fyra i semifinalen och sedan diskvalificerades ur söndagens. Efter helgen ligger Ide sexa i mästerskapet.

I Crosscar och Crosscar Junior har teamets yngre förare imponerat. Isak Reiersen kämpade med trafik under lördagens första omgångar, men knöt ihop säcken i Q3 och satte snabbaste tid. Därefter vann han både semifinal och final. Även under söndagen visade han att tempot finns, och körde hem en tredjeplats. Alex Gustafssons helg har gett mixade resultat. Under lördagen slutade han tvåa i semifinalen och sedan femma i tävlingen. På söndagen klaffade allt bättre och han fick kliva upp på pallen. Efter helgen ligger Reiersen tvåa i Crosscar och Gustafsson trea i Crosscar Junior.

Nästa deltävling av RallyX Nordic körs i svenska Höljes, 13-16 maj.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Äntligen har vi fått börja tävla igen, och det känns så skönt att komma igång igen. Målet inför helgen var pallen i alla klasser och det lyckades vi med. Vi har bitvis haft stolpe ut under helgen och det har varit endel hård körning på banan. Men vi tar med oss det och hoppas på ännu bättre körning i Höljes. Vi är riktigt nöjda med att direkt ha tre av fyra förare inom topp tre i mästerskapet och ser fram emot säsongen.

I Supercar är jag riktigt, riktigt nöjd med Sondres fart. Han har bara gjort ett test på regn tidigare i år, men kunde hänga med och sätta kanonstarter hela helgen. Vi har lite saker att slipa på, men Sondre kommer bli farlig i år. Precis som vi vet så visade Enzo direkt hur snabb han är, och jag är väldigt imponerad över hans seger i Q3. Sedan behöver han såklart få lite mer rallycrossträning, och det är just därför han gör RallyX Nordic för att fortsätta utvecklas ännu mer.

Våra Crosscar-förare har gjort ett bra jobb i helgen. Det var en bra känsla att Isak kunde gå in i tävlingen direkt och visa vad han går för. Att farten räckte till seger blir ett bra kvitto för honom, för det är en otroligt jämn klass. Även i Alex klass är det supertight med många bra förare. Alex är snabb, och det gäller att jobba vidare på vissa detaljer. Vi är väldigt nöjda över hans pallplats, och vet att säsongen kommer bli spännande för alla.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar:
”Två pallplatser i Nysum är alltid bra, och idag kändes det riktigt fint att kunna ta andraplatsen. Jag är väldigt nöjd med mina starter i helgen och kände mig allt mer bekväm i den nya bilen. Däremot har jag slitit lite med att få första och andra kurvan att sitta perfekt, och gled ut för mycket flera gånger. Ofta körde jag mot Johan [Kristoffersson] och det är inte alltid lätt att komma förbi honom med tanke på hans rutin, men vi gav honom ändå en bra match.

Igår gick det väldigt bra fram till finalen, där jag missade lite i starten och sen beslutade jag att ta jokern för tidigt. Därför blev det en tredjeplats. Idag i finalen gjorde jag det jag kunde och pushade så mycket som jag vågade i dammet, och blev tillslut tvåa. EKS JC har gjort ett väldigt bra jobb i depån och fått till bilen inför varje heat. Det glädjer mig att ligga tvåa i mästerskapet, och jag vet att vi alla ser fram emot Höljes. Det är en bana jag är bekväm på och vi kommer dit med en snabb bil, starkt team och bra inställningar. Fortsätter vi såhär kommer vi bli svåra slå i Höljes.”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Jag har just börjat med rallycross, men farten finns redan där och som jag sagt förut så kör jag RallyX Nordic för att samla erfarenhet inför VM. Även om jag inte kört så många tävlingar än har jag testat mycket. Därför visste vi att farten skulle finnas i helgen, även om det är en helt annan upplevelse att köra mot andra förare. Jag är inte helt nöjd med helgen och det var en del incidenter och tuff körning på banan, men jag kommer ändå ta med mig mycket positivt härifrån.

Min fart var hög i helgen, men jag gjorde också några riktigt stora misstag. Teamet är väldigt nöjda med mina varvtider och jag anpassar mig snabbt, trots att det var första gången på den här banan. EKS JC gjorde ett fantastiskt jobb hela helgen, bilen fungerade perfekt och jag är väldigt nöjd med det. Tyvärr blev det ingen final och jag vet att teamet är lite besvikna över min svartflagg i semifinalen idag, men det var samtidigt mitt fel och inte deras. Nu ser jag fram emot Höljes, det är min favoritbana.

Isak Reiersen, Crosscar:
”Jag har haft en riktigt bra helg, det känns kul att få bevisa att jag hänger med i toppen direkt med seger och en tredjeplats. När jag får fritt spår är jag absolut med bland de snabbaste, och jämfört med i fjol klaffade nästan alla starter. Det är så sjukt tight i Crosscar-klassen i år. Vi är mer eller mindre nere och fightas om hundradelarna och gör du ett litet misstag är du borta. Det är riktigt roligt och gör att du måste vara på topp varje kurva. Jag har kämpat med lite trafik i de första omgångarna, och eftersom det är så tight är det svårt att kriga sig upp. Nysum är en tekniskt krävande bana med mycket utmaningar, och det gillar jag. Jag ligger tvåa i mästerskapet efter helgen och tar med många viktiga poäng, men den här säsongen kommer bli riktigt spännande. Tack till EKS JC för en bra helg, och tack till alla sponsorer som gör satsningen möjlig. Det är kul att vara tillbaka på banan igen och jag ser fram emot Höljes.”

Alex Gustafsson, Crosscar Junior:
”Det känns riktigt gött att säsongen är igång och att jag fick avsluta helgen på pallen. Jag kan sammanfatta det som en upp-och-ner-helg. Överlag var den bra och vi har lärt oss mycket, men nådde inte resultaten vi ville och kämpade en del med inställningarna. Första dagen hade vi inte riktigt flytet med oss, men fick några bra resultat och var snabbast i Q2. Andra dagen tog jag bland annat två heatvinster och en pallplats. Det har varit tufft motstånd och jag fick verkligen jobba för resultaten, så det var väldigt kul. Jag ligger trea i mästerskapet inför Höljes och det är en lång säsong kvar, så nu ska jag göra allt jag kan för att försöka ta dem i Höljes och plocka ännu mer poäng. Också tack alla samarbetspartners för stödet under 2021. Och tack EKS JC för helgen, det känns kul att vi tog så många pallplatser och såklart grattis till Isak som vann igår.”
21-05-02 Se hit ni som tävlat i Nysum - eller ni som vill nå ut efter nån tävling!
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21-05-02 Seger och totalledning för Johan
Johan Kristoffersson har tagit grepp om RallyX Nordic- mästerskapet efter första tävlingshelgen i Danmark. Den trefaldige världsmästaren följde upp lördagens andraplats med en seger under söndagen.
- Mycket nöjd i det stora hela. Vi tog oss genom hela helgen och plockade många poäng, sammanfattar Johan.

Premiärtävlingen under lördagen medförde en del tekniska problem för Kristoffersson och hans team, men det blev ändå en andraplats efter Fraser McConnell. Eftersom Johan var bäst i kvalet, så plockade han ändå flest poäng redan första dagen.

Någon lång nattvila blev det inte för mekanikergänget. Det skruvades frenetiskt ända fram till småtimmarna hos Kristoffersson Motorsport. Och resultatet av detta idoga arbete syntes under söndagen, där Johan hämtade hem maximal poäng som kvalbäst och med segrar i såväl semi- som final.
- En mekanikerseger! Ett superjobb av mekarna. Inga problem med någonting idag, säger Johan efter söndagstävlingen, där han vann före tidigare stallkompisen Sondre Evjen.

Helt problemfritt var det nu ändå inte för Johan. Han fick utstå en hel del omild behandling av konkurrenterna och bjöd på spektakulär körning med sin Volkswagen Polo GTI RX KMS, inte minst i andra kvalomgången där han åkte baklänges genom andra kurvan.
- Det var rått! Man får ta seden dit man kommer helt enkelt.

En avvägning handlade om att spara däck till kommande tävlingar. Kristoffersson gick därför inte för fullt hela tiden.
- Det är lite tuffare däckreglemente här än i VM, så man får försöka göra avvägningar för att spara på däcken.

Det gjorde att Kristoffersson tappade segern i en av kvalomgångarna, men totalt sett var han i bra kontroll.
- Det kändes ändå tryggt hela vägen, säger Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS- chefen Tommy Kristoffersson, som också ville hylla sin personal.
- Vi fick plåstra om bilen och ge den rejält med kärlek till långt ut på natten efter första tävlingen. Det var inga normala arbetspass som mekanikerna la ner, säger den tacksamme teamchefen.

Belöningen syns i totalställningen av RallyX Nordic Supercar efter första tävlingshelgen. Kristoffersson leder på 56 poäng, sex före tvåan Sondre Evjen och åtta före trean Fraser McConnell.

För Johan innebar det en extra glädje att få styra hemåt från Nysum, för att få träffa familjen, med en nyfödd dotter.
- Hon var bara en och en halv dag när jag åkte.

När han kommer hem är hon redan mer än dubbelt så gammal
21-05-02 Frustrerande premiär för Nils
Det var en frustrerad Nils Andersson som lämnade Danmark efter de två första deltävlingarna i RX Nordic Lites.
- Känns som jag inte har kommit i närheten av det jag skulle ha kunnat åstadkomma.

Trots det ligger Andersson sexa efter premiärhelgen.
Fjolårets tolva i Lites- klassen kom till Nysum med förhoppningar om att få kliva upp på prispallen. Det slutade med två semifinalplatser för Kristoffersson Motorsport- föraren.
- Tempot fanns där, men vi hade verkligen inte marginalerna med oss, sammanfattar Nils, som slutade femma i lördagens semifinal och därmed missade finalen, men räknade in totalt 16 poäng på kontot.

Andersson hade under helgen bra tempo på träningen och fick även till några starter riktigt bra, men i de avgörande momenten strulade det. En del problem med servostyrningen gjorde inte saken bättre.
- Tur jag har kört en del gokart på sistone så jag kunde hantera det. Men det felet har vi hittat nu.

Söndagens tävling slutade med en fjärdeplats i semifinalen och totalt 15 poäng. Det innebär att Andersson ligger sexa totalt i Lites- klassen inför nästa omgång i Höljes.
- Det var väl till min fördel att det kastade om en hel del i resultatlistan mellan lördag och söndag, så jag tappade inte så mycket på täten ändå.

Stallchefen i Kristoffersson Motorsport summerade också Anderssons insats med blandade känslor.
- Nils hade stolpe ut. Absolut fanns det ljusglimtar, men han fick dåligt betalt för den körningen han levererade, säger Tommy Kristoffersson.

Tommys andra adept i Lites- klassen, nybörjaren Gustav Bergström, slutade trettonde i söndagstävlingen, precis utanför en plats i semifinalen.
- Han har hanterat det fantastiskt bra, tog starten i ett av heaten och slutade där tvåa. Det är klart att det går lite upp och ner, men absolut godkänt av Gurra.

Totalt ligger Bergström på fjortonde plats inför helgen i Höljes om två veckor.
- Dit åker vi med helt andra förutsättningar, säger Tommy. Förhoppningsvis blir det stolpe in för Nils där istället och Gustav kommer att ha ett par tävlingar under bältet.
21-05-02 BIG UP! McConnell defeats world champ for breakthrough victory in Nysum thriller
Jamaican ace races to superb maiden success as 2021 campaign blasts into life
Breathtaking battles in every category around Denmark’s high-speed Nysumbanen
Olofsson peerless in Supercar Lites as Reiersen, Andersson and Tiger also win
All of Sunday’s round two action to be streamed live and free-to-air at tv.rallyx.se

Fraser McConnell got the better of three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson for his maiden RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires victory at Nysum today (1 May), as the series’ 2021 season got underway in sensational ‘send it’ style.

The international rallycross campaign revved into life with a feast of epic doorhandle-to-doorhandle action in Denmark, featuring hard-fought battles in every class. Extraordinarily, McConnell’s breakthrough triumph was achieved from the back row of the grid – just one of many spectacular stories on a spectacular day...

Supercar
McConnell’s bid did not get off to the best of starts when the Olsbergs MSE ace was forced wide at the beginning of Q1, but he responded magnificently in Q2 to run Kristoffersson to within just seven tenths-of-a-second of the top spot.

At the scene of his first Supercar podium, the Jamaican progressed comfortably through to the final once again, and a lightning launch – allied to no shortage of bravery through the opening corners – saw him emerge from a chaotic Turn Two in the lead. It was an advantage that he would not relinquish.

At Arvika last summer, McConnell had threatened to defeat Kristoffersson before ultimately having to give best. This time, he would not be denied.

“Big up – this is unreal!” the 22-year-old enthused. “The quality of these drivers is incredible, but the level of Olsbergs MSE is unbelievable. We never give up, and whilst our pace was up-and-down all day, I gave it everything I had. I’m with the best team in the world, and I’m racing for the best country in the world. Big up everybody!

“I was telling myself on the start-line for the final, even though you’re only in fifth, you can still do this. It’s rallycross – anything can happen. I kept it neat and knew there would be a little drama at the first corner. Like Andreas [Eriksson – OMSE CEO] told me, I had to take advantage of the other guys’ mistakes and that’s exactly what I did. I’m already looking forward to tomorrow, but right now I’m just so made-up!

“I need to FaceTime everybody at home and see what they’re saying, but I’m sure my mum is crying and my dad is ecstatic. The rest of the people in the country have supported me and I’m so proud to represent them and do what I do.

“The support that I get... I can’t tell you how much it means to me, and how far it can take you in the sport. Every sponsor, no matter how small, is worth every penny. I’m trying to make them proud and I hope they will be happy with this result. This is the perfect start to the season!”

On his debut at Nysum, Kristoffersson wound up second on a day when the Swede – the most dominant driver of the current rallycross generation – frequently found himself on the receiving end of contact. A tardy getaway held him back in Q1, but he returned to his peerless best in Q2 and duly secured Top Qualifier (TQ) honours.

A lively start to his semi-final saw the 32-year-old lose out to home hero Ulrik Linnemann, and it was a position he would not subsequently recover. That restricted him to the second row of the grid for the final, and his efforts to overhaul McConnell were hampered by traffic – although he still unleashed some characteristic Kristoffersson magic to pass Sondre Evjen and Linnemann in quick succession.

Evjen completed the podium in third on his RallyX Nordic comeback, and the Norwegian was on the pace all day. After topping the times in Q1, the EKS JC ace secured second spot in the intermediate classification and won his semi-final with comparative ease. Another to concede ground in the Turn Two fracas early on in the final, he refocussed well to ultimately take the chequered flag an excellent third.

Andreas Carlsson drove well for fourth in his first RallyX Nordic appearance since his car was dramatically engulfed in flames at Höljes last July, with Linnemann taking fifth and Anders Michalak placing sixth on his debut for Hedströms Motorsport.

An honourable mention, meanwhile, should go to EKS JC’s Enzo Ide, who pulled a tremendous time out of the bag in Q3 to knock Kristoffersson off the top spot and add to the fastest lap he had set in Q1. The Belgian narrowly missed out on making the final after finishing fourth in the first semi-final, but he will be back to fight again tomorrow.

Supercar Lites
Simon Olofsson was untouchable in the Supercar Lites category, taking a clean sweep of fastest times and a maximum points haul with a hugely impressive performance. At Nysum last September, the Swede headed the intermediate order on the opening day only for his title bid to subsequently unravel. This time, there would be no mistakes.

Entering this season, the 26-year-old was hopeful his newfound, more relaxed approach would reap dividends and today, it paid off richly. Olofsson was flawless throughout, and has well-and-truly thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals as he endeavours to reclaim his 2016 crown.

“I’m really happy with that,” he acknowledged. “We have been quite fast every year we’ve raced here, but this weekend I have an amazing set-up. The car is so easy to drive, and that isn’t simple to achieve here in Denmark. I have struggled a little bit with corners at Nysum in the past, but today we had a really good feeling and it just flowed. It was amazing.”

Linus Östlund – another title protagonist from 2020 – was Olofsson’s closest competitor throughout and shadowed his countryman for most of the day. At the scene of the biggest accident of his career last summer, the former championship runner-up took the flag less than two seconds adrift in the final to get his campaign off to a thoroughly positive start.

Tommi Hallman was an impressive third in his maiden Supercar Lites outing after featuring up towards the sharp end throughout. Consistently quick, the Finn has marked himself out as a surefire contender in the fiercely-disputed single-make class.

Martin Jonsson produced his finest rallycross performance to-date in fourth, under half-a-second shy of the rostrum. The Swede – less experienced than the majority of his adversaries – posted the third-fastest time in Q3 and won the second semi-final prior to being penalised for Turn One contact. That nonetheless did not take the shine off an otherwise excellent day.

Mats Oskarsson – the oldest driver in the Supercar Lites field at 44 – once again proved that age shall not weary by fighting his way to fifth, with Martin Enlund taking sixth after dazzling with a demon semi-final getaway from the rear of the grid.

Nils Andersson was unlucky not to reach the final after being forced wide early on in his semi-final, but a rapid run through the qualifying stages first time out with Kristoffersson Motorsport hinted at a much more competitive season in prospect for the highly-rated Swede.

America’s Lane Vacala also showed well on his RallyX Nordic debut with STS RX, and Grégory Fosse – the first Frenchman ever to embark upon a full campaign in the championship – displayed greatly improved form compared to his series bow at Nysum eight months ago.

Supporting Cast
Despite fighting tooth-and-nail for the title season-long, regular CrossCar/Crosskart front-runner Isak Reiersen did not win a round in 2020, but the Swede swiftly rectified that today. After flying somewhat under the radar in Q1 and Q2, the EKS JC teenager blasted to the fastest time in Q3, in so doing leaping up the order into third in the intermediate standings.

From there, he dominated his semi-final and took advantage of a sluggish getaway by pole-sitter Nicklas Lucas Jensen in the final to assume the lead. Thereafter, he simply checked out.

“I struggled a lot with traffic in the first qualifying races, but I got a good start in Q3 and things got a lot better after that,” Reiersen reflected. “Our speed has been good, but there has been so much work done to get to this point. It feels so good to wrap this up.”

Patrik Hallberg ultimately ran his compatriot closest to get his own championship assault off to a strong start, with Sebastian Enholm winding up third. The Swede comfortably set the qualifying pace, but was pipped by inspired rookie Erik Andersson in his semi-final and then lost time after being hit by Jensen in the final – an indiscretion for which the latter was later excluded.

Last year’s runner-up Jimmie Österberg and the impressive Andersson secured fourth and fifth for new team Power RX, with the younger Swede ruing a last lap error that cost him a place on the podium.

RallyX Nordic new boy Joonatan Ylilammi was on fire in the CrossCar Junior qualifiers, but he was unable to rebound from a poor start in the final that promoted Lukas Andersson to the top spot. Lauri Halonen turned heads first time out in the series with a rapid run to third.

Simon Tiger travelled 2,000km from his home in Luleå in northern Sweden to contest the season curtain-raiser, and he will travel home again tomorrow with at least one trophy in his possession after making history as the championship’s first-ever Open 2WD round-winner. The BMW driver was pushed hard by Mathias Jansson – whose day was eventful to say the least – but a penalty for pushing ultimately elevated Stefan Kristensson to the runner-up spoils.

Tomorrow (Sunday, 2 May), the RallyX Nordic competitors will do it all over again, with the live, free-to-air broadcast at tv.rallyx.se due to start at 10h00 CET.
21-05-01 Johan i mästerskapsledning
Det blev en tuff öppning på rallycrossåret för Johan Kristoffersson. Efter flera hårda dueller och en del tekniska problem blev det en andraplats i RallyX Nordic-premiären.
-Men att vi ändå leder mästerskapet är förstås positivt, summerar Kristoffersson.

Den trefaldige världsmästaren kom till Nysum i Danmark som den store favoriten till segern, men det blev en envis kamp om varje poäng. Inte minst berodde det på dåliga starter inledningsvis.
-I första omgången fick jag för mycket hjulspinn, men hade tur att heatet var snabbt, så det blev ändå ganska bra.

Även den andra starten lämnade mycket mer att önska, men då lyckades Kristoffersson manövrera sig fram till ledning och snabbaste tid med sin Volkswagen Polo GTI RX KMS.
-En skänk från ovan när det öppnade sig på innern för mig.

I Q3 var starten bättre, även om tempot inte var det rätta ute på banan.
-Det kändes ändå bra inför semi och final att starten satt där.

I semifinalen blev det mycket närkamper i de första svängarna och Johan fick kämpa sig fram till en andraplats och därmed andra led i finalen.

Slutuppgörelsen blev också till en strid om utrymmet under första varvet.
-Det var en äkta rallycrossfinal. Jag är glad att bilen fortfarande var hel efter kurva två, berättar Johan.

Från ett besvärligt läge jobbade sig Kristoffersson uppåt i fältet, men rådde inte på jamaicanen Fraser McConnell.
-Vi hade inte kunnat göra så mycket mer den här dagen, konstaterar värmlänningen som ändå plockade mest poäng under dagen genom att vara snabbast i kvalet och därefter ta två andraplatser i semi och final.

Totalt leder Kristoffersson med 26 poäng före Sondre Evjen 25 och McConnell 24.
-Vi är jättenöjda att kunna leda mästerskapet efter en så utmanande dag, konstaterar Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-chefen Tommy Kristoffersson, som hade fullt upp under sin födelsedag.
-Stor cred till alla i teamet. Det har varit riktigt kämpigt. Med facit i hand efter första dagen kan vi konstatera att det kanske var övermodigt att ge oss in i det här med de förutsättningar vi har.

RallyX Nordic fortsätter med deltävling nummer två under söndagen.

21-04-30 Rallycrossen drar igång - se sändningen på SBFplay.se
I helgen är det premiär för rallycrossen när RallyX Nordic startar i danska Nysum. Med i startlistan finns världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson.
– Ta starterna och hålla sig borta från problem så mycket som möjligt. Startfältet ser ut att bli bra, så inget är givet, säger rallycrossföraren Kristoffersson.

Hela sändningen kan följas med svenska kommentatorer på SBFplay.se

21-04-29 OMSE targets Nitro Rallycross title as team commits to six-car attack
Rallycross heavyweight to field six cars in inaugural Nitro Rallycross season
US-based series will feature epic tracks and the biggest jumps ever seen
‘We truly believe NRX is the future for rallycross’, says OMSE CEO Eriksson

Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE will enter the first full season of Nitro Rallycross (NRX) with a six-car line-up, as the team targets title glory in the eagerly-anticipated US-based series when it races into life later this year.

OMSE is a name synonymous with rallycross success, having firmly established itself as one of the discipline’s true ‘grandees’. The Nynäshamn-based outfit secured consecutive Global Rallycross Championship crowns between 2011 and 2014 with Tanner Foust, Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen and Joni Wiman, adding the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship Teams’ trophy to its résumé in the last of those seasons in partnership with automotive giant Ford.

The squad has similarly secured multiple titles in RallyX Nordic and junior series’ GRC Lites, RX2 and RX Lites, and now OMSE is set to return to stateside competition for the first time since 2017.

The brainchild of multiple X Games gold medallist, five-time Rally America Champion and stunt driving specialist Travis Pastrana, Nitro Rallycross is an offshoot of the hugely popular Nitro Circus series and has previously featured as a standalone competition during the Nitro World Games action sports extravaganza.

The championship’s maiden full campaign will begin in September and will include five rounds at epic purpose-built tracks across North America, travelling from Utah to Nevada, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.

OMSE will join battle with four Supercars – two Ford Fiestas and two Honda Civic Coupés – for World RX and Global Rallycross event-winners Sebastian and Kevin Eriksson, 2019 ARX2 Champion Fraser McConnell and Oliver Eriksson, a title-winner in RallyX Nordic, GRC Lites and RX2. The team will additionally field a brace of Supercar Lites entries in the re-baptised NRX NEXT class.

“We have been involved in the Nitro Rallycross concept from the outset, and truly believe this is the future for ‘Rallycross 2.0’,” said OMSE CEO and Team Principal, Andreas Eriksson. “Travis’ dynamism and energy is a breath of fresh air, and we are hugely excited to see his plans come to fruition together with the NRX crew. For us, this is only the first stage of a much longer-term strategy.

“Aside from our operational role with QEV Technologies in FIA RX2e, and racing Supercars in a couple of RallyX Nordic events later in the year alongside our full-season Supercar Lites entries and Fraser’s hunt for the Supercar crown, we have taken the very deliberate decision to limit our European activities for the OMSE factory drivers in 2021.

“That will allow us to concentrate fully on preparing for NRX, because we very much intend to hit the ground running come September. Having won GRC in its first year and the World Championship in its first year, we are chasing the hat-trick. It’s going to be awesome – bring it on!”

Following its inaugural campaign, NRX will expand to become a ten-round international series in 2022, adding events in Europe and the Middle East to the calendar. A new electric class is due to be introduced next year, focussed around the ground-breaking new FC1-X all-electric SUV being jointly developed by OMSE and QEV.

Further details on the FC1-X project will be released in due course.

21-04-29 Ex-World RX star De Ridder signs up to RX2e in bid to become first FIA electric rallycross champion
Belgian ace joins FIA RX2e Championship grid for inaugural campaign
28-year-old eager to be ‘ready’ as he targets World RX return in 2022
Nivelles native tipped to be ‘a leading contender’ for honours this season

Former FIA World Rallycross Championship star Guillaume De Ridder has officially thrown his hat into the ring for FIA RX2e Championship glory this year – as he aims to become the very first FIA electric rallycross champion.

FIA RX2e is set to electrify the international motorsport scene in 2021 when it races into life as the leading support series to World RX, with six European events on the schedule for its maiden campaign.

Publicly launched last summer, RX2e is a joint project between Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE. The four wheel-drive, all-electric car that forms the basis for championship – with motors generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque – has been wowing a whole host drivers in testing in recent months, De Ridder amongst them.

The Belgian is one of the most highly-rated upcoming prospects in the discipline. After switching from rallying to rallycross in 2017, he went on to secure a hat-trick of rostrum finishes in the RX2 International Series en route to third position in the end-of-season standings.

The following year, De Ridder improved to second overall, running current RX2e test-driver and ambassador Oliver Eriksson close for the coveted crown as he tallied a brace of victories and four podiums from seven starts. That proved to be the catalyst for a step-up to World RX in 2019, although it was a troubled campaign, married by unreliability and bad luck.

After sitting out the majority of 2020 against the backdrop of the global pandemic, the 28-year-old – whose daily job is as a Power Unit Performance Engineer for the Alpine F1 Team – returned to action in the single-weekend RX2 showdown at Nysum in Denmark last September, dominating the opening day before missing out on the title by the tiniest of margins. With his competitive fire well and truly re-lit, he is now ready to do battle in RX2e.

Guillaume De Ridder said:
“I’m massively excited to confirm my participation in RX2e this year. As an engineer by trade, new technology has always fascinated me and there is absolutely no question that electric is the future for rallycross and motorsport in general.

“I’ve been following the development of the discipline’s transition towards electric power for the past few years, and I’m tremendously proud to now officially be involved from the start in the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

“When I tested the car in Spain back in February, I was immediately impressed. I felt very comfortable very quickly and it was all extremely natural. It drives very much like a combustion-engined car, just with extra power and torque, and its excellent stability and balance allows you to attack very easily, which is what every driver wants – to be able to push right to the limit. Ever since then, I have been working night and day to find the budget I need to compete.

“QEV and OMSE have honestly done a fantastic job with this car, and I love all the driver-adjustable parameters that will make the difference between winning and losing. Of course it requires a slight adaptation in driving style, but with the World Championship going electric in 2022, that will be necessary anyway.

“I want to make sure I’m as ready as I can be to try to get back to the top level when the manufacturers hopefully return. If I can gain more experience of cutting-edge electric technology this year to lessen the learning curve, that is a no-brainer to me.

“The relationship with OMSE and QEV is also very important. I have known [OMSE CEO] Andreas Eriksson since I started out in rallycross four years ago and he has been a great supporter of my career, and QEV have a similarly pioneering approach, a first-rate track record of success and a deep-seated passion for motorsport. They are firmly committed to creating something very special here. We share a common vision and are very much working in the same direction, and that gave me the confidence to sign up to RX2e.

“For me, this is all about the bigger picture. In the current climate, brands want to be associated with something that is ethically and environmentally responsible, as well as having a high public profile. Right now, RX2e is the only major rallycross series that ticks all of those boxes and I’m excited to be offering this opportunity to like-minded current and future partners. I’m looking forward to sharing this electrifying high-speed journey with them, and ultimately, I have just one objective – I want to be the first FIA electric rallycross champion.”

Pere Gonzalez, Project Manager, FIA RX2e Championship, added:
“We are delighted to welcome Guillaume to RX2e for the first season of this exciting new rallycross championship. It was clear when he tested the car earlier this year not only that he was keen to compete, but that he would be a great asset as we grow and develop.

“Guillaume’s reputation precedes him. He more than proved his potential in RX2 in 2017 and 2018, and to then return to the series almost two years on and come within a whisker of winning the title last autumn was testament to his ability and skill behind the wheel.

“Not just that, but his attitude and work ethic are absolutely impeccable and equip him for a very bright future in the sport. I have absolutely no doubt that Guillaume will be a leading contender for RX2e honours over the coming months.”

21-04-29 Medlemserbjudande – se RallyX Nordicpremiären live på SBFplay
I helgen är det premiär för rallycrossen när RallyX Nordic startar i danska Nysum. Med i startlistan finns trefaldige världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson. Hela sändningen kan följas med svenska kommentatorer på SBFplay.se

Med detta nyhetsbrev får du som bilsportare möjligheten att se premiären av Rally X Nordic från Danmark till ett rabatterat All access-erbjudande. Ordinarie pris är 219 kronor. Du kan se hela helgens sändningar på SBFPlay.se för 179 kronor.
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Johan Kristoffersson som förra året körde hem sitt tredje VM-guld inleder årets säsong i rallycross med att komma till start i Danmark där premiären av RallyX Nordic körs i helgen.

Hela tävlingen kommer att produceras av VM-rallycrossens produktionsbolag och det utlovas en fullmatad TV-produktion som kan ses med svenska kommentatorer på SBFplay.se, där bröderna Christian och Johan Holmudd kommer lotsa tittarna genom hela helgen.

Att Johan Kristofferssons namn kommer förekomma en del kan nog utlovas då han får ses som en favorit till segern i Supercar-klassen.
- Bilen har hög kapacitet efter fjolårets uppdateringar. Vi gjorde bra resultat i EM med Sondre 2020, säger Johan Kristoffersson som kommer köra samma bil som han vann finalen med förra året. Men med ålderns rätt kan inte Polon fullt ut mäta sig med fjolårets VM-bil, men världens bäste rallycrossförare siktar förstås högt ändå, med sin sedvanliga taktik.
-Ta starterna och hålla sig borta från problem så mycket som möjligt. Startfältet ser ut att bli bra, så inget är givet, säger trefaldige världsmästaren Kristoffersson.

Men det är ett digert motstånd Johan Kristoffersson får i Supercar-klassen där han bland annat ställs mot danske Ulrik Linnemann, Fraser McConell från Jamaica och norrmannen Sondre Evjen som i år kör för team EKS JC.
Förutom Supercar kommer även klasserna Supercar Lites, CrossCar/Crosskart, CrossCar junior och Supernationell att köra.

Sändningarna från RallyX Nordic startar klockan 11:15 lördag 1 maj och 09:55 på söndag 2 maj.
Ordinarie pris är 219 kronor. Du kan se hela helgens sändningar på SBFPlay.se för 179 kronor.
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Helgens tablå i rubriker.
Lördag
11:15 – Sändningsstart studio
11:20 – Q1
12:40 – Studio summering Q1
12:45 - Lunch
13:20 – Q2
14:40 – Studio summering Q2
14:55 – Q3
16:30 – Semifinaler
17:25 – Finaler
18:00 – Studio summering av dagen

Söndag
09:55 – Sändningsstart studio
10:00 – Q1
11:20 – Studio summering Q1
11:40 – Q2
13:00 – Studio summering Q2
13:05 – Lunch
13:50 – Q3
15:10 – Studio summering Q3
15:30 – Semifinaler
16:25 – Finaler
17:00 – Studio summering av dagen

Här är hela helgens startfält.
Supercar
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
2 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Linnemann Promotion Ford Fiesta
5 Lars Andersson SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
7 Anders Michalak SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
11 Aleš Fu?ík CZE KRTZ Motorsport S.R.O. Volkswagen Polo
12 Magnus Dall DNK Dall Racing Renault Clio
30 Morten Schnack DNK Schnack Ford Focus
33 Enzo Ide BEL EKS JC Audi S1
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta MK8
46 Dennis Rømer DNK TEAM RØMER MOTORSPORT Volkswagen Polo
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE ACRX Renault Clio RS
69 Sondre Evjen NOR EKS JC Audi S1
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Team First Stop Sweden Volkswagen Polo

Supercar Lites
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
4 Ida Törnhult SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
9 Grégory Fosse FRA Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
10 Martin Jonsson SWE Alfta Racing Team Supercar Lites
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE MORX Supercar Lites
14 Nils Andersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
17 Gustav Bergström SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
22 Mattis Janssom SWE KJ.S RX Supercar Lites
36 Casper Jansson SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
52 Simon Olofsson SWE STS RX Supercar Lites
55 Lane Vacala USA STS RX Supercar Lites
60 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
82 Isak Sjökvist SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
87 Tommi Hallman FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Team Ramudden / Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
166 Martin Ekspjuth SWE Ekspjuth Motorsport Supercar Lites

CrossCar/Crosskart
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
2 Timo Laapotti FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
5 Riku Huuhka FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
8 Pasi Penttinen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
10 Per Goodison SWE Per Goodison Speedcar
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Power RX Speedcar
15 Reinis Nitišs LVA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
30 Erik Andersson SWE Power RX Speedcar
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
80 Tomi Rakkolainen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Baco 81 Speedcar
84 Jarkko Aronen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
85 Petter Hane SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
88 André Bendixen SWE Bendixen Motorsport Kamikaz
161 Patrik Hallberg SWE Max RPM EDGE
170 Isak Reiersen SWE EKS JC Speedcar
183 Oskar Andersson SWE Enlunds Motorsport EDGE
908 Noah Jørgensen DNK Kokkens Motorsport Semog
921 Lasse Storgaard DNK Storgaard Motorsport Speedcar
926 Kasper Nordstrand DNK Kasper Nordstrand Speedcar
946 Peter Olesen DNK Team Rømer Motorsport Speedcar
993 Tobias Daarbak DNK Daarbak Motorsport Semog
996 Nicklas Jensen DNK Lucas Motorsport Speedcar

CrossCar Junior
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
10 Joakim Lund Olander SWE Joakim Lund Olander Speedcar
11 Pontus Oskarsson SWE MORX Speedcar
21 Rasmus Persson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
34 Erik Nilsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
46 Kevin Daarbak DNK Daarbak Motorsport Semog
57 Lauri Halonen FIN Lauri RX Ydrefalk
96 Oliver Jensen DNK Lucas Motorsport Speedcar
99 Lukas Andersson SWE LACK 99 Speedcar
111 Isak Hatanmaa FIN Isak Hatanmaa Casmat
150 Joonatan Ylilammi FIN Team Ylilammi Speedcar
199 Alex Gustafsson SWE EKS JC Speedcar

Supernationell
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Simon Tiger SWE TeamTigerRX BMW E30 M3
2 Marcus Norman SWE Odin Target Mazda RX8
5 Lars Englund SWE Lars Englund Porsche 911
11 Roland Larsamo SWE Roland Larsamo BMW M3
46 Mathias Jansson SWE Mathias Jansson Volvo S40
204 Peter Jensen DNK Morgan Racing Renault Megane
313 Stefan Kristensson SWE TEAM SKÅAB Ford Escort MKIII
323 Mikael Persson SWE Team Mikael Persson Motorsport Volkswagen Golf MKIV
327 Morten Bertelsen DNK Morten B. Bertelsen Skoda Fabia RX
329 Kenneth Konge DNK Konge Motorsport BMW E36

21-04-29 Marklund tillbaka i VW - Kör för Hedströms Motorsport med sikte på EM-seger i Rallycross
Anton Marklund är nästa förare att kliva in hos Hedströms Motorsport. Han tar plats bakom ratten i den VW Polo han själv varit med och utvecklat hos Marklund Motorsport. Anton gör nydebut i Polon redan under deltävling 3 och 4 av RallyX Nordic i Höljes och kör sedan även EM för teamet.

Det har varit en hektisk försäsong hos Hedströms Motorsport. Nu kan äntligen årets EM-lineup i teamet avslöjas till fullo. Anton Marklund förstärker med start redan vid RallyX Nordic:s deltävlingar i Höljes.
- Planen var från början att köra de två inledande VM-deltävlingarna i Norge och Sverige, men efter en del fundering så blev siktet i stället inställt på att försöka gå för EM-seger i Höljes. Anton har mycket erfarenhet och data från bilarna, vi har haft kontakt under en längre tid för att hitta på något tillsammans, säger Peter Hedström.
Förutom Anton Marklund så blir det Dan Öberg och Peter Hedström som kör EM-öppnande Höljes Magic Weekend i början av Juli.

Anton kommer från dubbla VM-säsonger i Renault Mégane Supercar med GCK Motorsport och känner sig inspirerad inför möjligheten att få köra Rallycross även i år. Tillbaks i bilarna han tog EM-guld och EM-silver med. Att trots tuffa tider få möjligheten att köra Rallycross igen känns kul efter två år i VM med flera pallplatser.
- Man blir nästan lite nostalgisk, det känns som att komma hem igen, jag har ju lagt så enormt mycket testvarv i de här bilarna när vi utvecklade dom, berättar Anton Marklund.

Bilarna har gåtts igenom minutiöst och är nu uppdaterade och redo inför de premiärtävlingar som väntar. Anton har redan hunnit avverka ett endagstest med dessa VW Polo Supercars på Höljesbanan förra helgen.
- De har ett chassi som är väldigt förlåtande och lättkört, det ger föraren förtroende, vilket gör att man vågar gå för fullt redan efter ett halvt varv, menar Marklund.

Peter Hedström själv känner sig full av tillförsikt inför säsongen, där uppladdningen varit hektisk.
- Det ska bli riktigt kul med så bra teampersonal och våra förare, Lars Andersson, Anders Michalak, Dan Öberg och nu till sist också pricken över i:et med Anton Marklund som förare, det känns verkligen inspirerande att vi nu till sist även fått med föraren ur Marklundsteamet, resten har vi ju i stort sett redan, säger Hedström med glimten i ögat.

RallyX Nordic två inledande tävlingar på Nordjylländska Nysumbanen körs nu i helgen den 1:a och 2:a Maj. Dock utan Anton Marklund på startlinjen. Där är det i stället Anders Michalak och Lars Andersson bakom spakarna på teamets VW Polos. Anton väljer att i stället köra att antal testdagar inför RallyX Nordic i Höljes sant EM-premiären i Höljes.
21-04-28 Oliver Eriksson to demo FIA RX2e car in Denmark this weekend
Official championship test-driver to showcase car at Nysum
Full power demo for all-electric, four wheel-drive ‘pocket rocket’
RallyX Nordic competitors to benefit from up-close access

Oliver Eriksson will demonstrate the new FIA RX2e Championship car during this weekend’s RallyX Nordic season curtain-raiser at Nysum in Denmark (1-2 May), as momentum continues to build ahead of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship’s inaugural campaign.

As official test-driver and ambassador, Eriksson has played a leading role in the development of the RX2e car in recent months. Regular test sessions in both Spain and Sweden – home respectively to RX2e’s founding partners QEV Technologies and Olsbergs MSE – have consistently refined the four wheel-drive ‘pocket rocket’, built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporating two independent powertrains alongside a 30kWh battery, with the motors generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

Eriksson is one of the most highly-rated upcoming drivers on the current rallycross scene, as a two-time RX2 Series Champion and former GRC Lites title-winner. What’s more, the Swede knows Nysum like the back of his hand, having clinched the 2020 RallyX Nordic Supercar class crown at the ultra-fast Danish circuit last September.

That means he is perfectly-placed to exploit the RX2e car around Nysum’s high-speed layout – in full view of the 74 RallyX Nordic competitors – having previously debuted it on limited power (200kW) at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the FIA World Rallycross Championship event back in October.

The key difference this time is that Eriksson will be able to unleash the all-electric car’s full potential, from its instant torque and power delivery and lightning-quick acceleration to its excellent balance and stability through corners.

“Even though I won’t be racing, I’m super excited for this weekend and to get the chance to show just what this baby is capable of,” enthused the 22-year-old. “The demo run in Barcelona was a big moment as it was the first time the RX2e car had run in public, but we weren’t operating at full power – this time we will be!

“I can’t wait to put it through its paces flat-out around Nysum and showcase its full performance in front of all the RallyX Nordic regulars. It’s been an absolute blast testing this car over the past few months, and now it’s nearly time for it to go racing. We’ve had a lot of drivers interested in competing in the championship from recent test sessions – maybe we’ll have some more after this weekend...”

The entire RallyX Nordic event in Denmark will be livestreamed free-to-air at tv.rallyx.se. Eriksson’s demo runs are due to take place during the lunch break on each race day.
21-04-27 FIA RX2e Championship car receives seal of approval from motorsport big-hitters
‘This car is a beast!’ enthuses former F1 tester Dani Clos
Christine GZ has ‘a blast’ behind wheel of ‘insanely fast’ car
Cyril Raymond ‘truly believes in rallycross’ electric future’

Between them, Dani Clos, Christine Giampaoli Zonca and Cyril Raymond have achieved international success in rallycross, single-seaters and cross-country competition, endowing them with a wealth of experience in the sport – and all three were left waxing lyrical after sampling the FIA RX2e Championship car for the first time.

Jointly founded by Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, FIA RX2e – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – is set to electrify the motorsport landscape in 2021 as it makes its debut on the undercard to the hugely popular FIA World Rallycross Championship.

In the weeks and months leading up to the opening race weekend, many drivers have sampled the potent four wheel-drive ‘pocket rocket’, built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporating two independent powertrains alongside a 30kWh battery, with the motors generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

Feedback has consistently focussed on the all-electric car’s instant torque and power delivery, lightning-quick acceleration, excellent balance and stability and cutting-edge on-board features.

Recent tests at Châteauroux in France and Spain’s Circuit Calafat offered ex-Formula 1 test-driver and GP2 Series race-winner Clos, current Extreme E racer Giampaoli Zonca and former World RX star Raymond the opportunity to get to grips with it, and the experience left all of them wanting more.

Dani Clos said:
“This car is a beast! I really enjoyed driving it – it’s so versatile, with a lot of modifiable parameters to best adjust it to your requirements. There’s an amazing team of people at QEV, who have done a great job with the RX2e car and I really hope I get the chance to drive it again soon.

“For me, there is no better choice than the FIA RX2e Championship – it’s not just the future of motorsport but indeed the present. It is a wonderful project and will be very attractive for all kinds of national and international companies, as a sustainable championship that offers a way of competing while supporting the environment. It will have great visibility and global impact, and it would be a dream to contest the first season.”

Christine Giampaoli Zonca said:
“I had a blast testing the new RX2e rallycross car! It’s insanely fast and light, with impressive acceleration. Another key quality to point out is the braking performance with the [energy] regen system, meaning you can adjust the balance based on each driver’s style. That’s really cool!”

Cyril Raymond said:
“I was very pleasantly surprised by the feeling of the RX2e car. I found it to be very agile, particularly through the faster corners, which allows you to adjust your driving to suit and you can balance the car really easily.

“I truly believe in rallycross’ electric future. For me, this type of car was made for this discipline, whose format is perfectly suited to showcasing and developing electric technology. Aside from the lack of noise at the start, the races will be every bit as exciting as they are currently – perhaps even more so.

“If I got the opportunity to race in this championship, I would of course strongly consider it. I certainly wouldn’t regard it as a backwards step in any way. The cars are enjoyable and exciting to drive and it is sure to attract a high calibre of competitors, so it definitely appeals to me.”

Peter Thul, Director Sport at Rallycross Promoter GmbH, added:
“We were delighted to note the overwhelmingly positive reception at recent FIA RX2e tests. I personally attended the Calafat test, and seeing the smiles on drivers’ faces after climbing out of the car just goes to underline what a superb job both QEV and OMSE have done in its development. It is also testament to the potential of rallycross’ exciting electric future.

“We congratulate all involved on the progress that has been achieved so far since the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship was officially launched last summer, and we look forward to seeing these all-electric cars going wheel-to-wheel in racing conditions once the season gets underway.”
21-04-27 Tjejer se hit! – Riksmästerskap för tjejer i rallycross
I samband med årets SM-serie i Rallycross är en nyhet Riksmästerskap för tjejer (Tjej-RM). Vid 10 anmälda tjejer körs egen klass och vid fem anmälda blir det egen final.

Årets SM körs över fyra helger med totalt sju tävlingar. Premiären är 14-16 maj i Höljes och Superfinalen i Arvika. Mellan dessa tävlingar körs det i Piteå och Västerås.

Sista anmälan till premiären i Höljes är 2 maj.

Mer information om SM finns att läsa här, https://www.sbf.se/Nyheter/SvenskBilsport/historisksatsningpasmirallycross/

Inbjudan och anmälan hittar du här, https://www.datapolen.se/anmalan/default.asp?what=oversikt&open=yes

21-04-24 Covid -19 info inför Höljes
Antal teammedlemmar per bil blir 6 istället för 5 och det blir möjligt att testa sig på plats, men det måste bokas.

Arrangören Finnskoga MK låter meddela att antalet teammedlemmar ökas från 5 till 6, inklusive föraren. Detta för att göra det möjligt att sköta alla tävlingsbilar med allt vad det innebär.

Vidare har man beslutat erbjuda ett antigentest (snabbtest) för de som inte har möjlighet att ta ett pcrtest. Detta kommer att göras vid infarten till depån och kostnaden är 150:-/test. (Det betalas med kort eller swish.) Tänk på att det är många som ska in. Försök lösa detta själva innan ni åker.

Vill man använda sig av denna möjligheten måste man boka det hos christer@finnskogamk.se senast söndag den 2/5.

Finns det tjejer som vill anmäla sig till tävlingen så har ni tidsfrist fram till 2/5 utan förhöjd avgift. Vi fick tekniska problem med ett utskick och det gick inte iväg i tid. Därav den förlängda anmälningstiden för er. (För alla andra gäller det som står i inbjudan.)

www.sbf.se/Sportgrenar/Rallycross/NYHETER/infoc19holjes/
21-04-23 Blistering battles in prospect as Danish double-header kick-starts RallyX Nordic campaign
World Champion headlines stellar entry list for 2021 curtain-raiser
Home hero Ulrik Linnemann amongst 15 local favourites
Entertaining title battles anticipated in every class
All of the action to be broadcast live and free-to-air at tv.rallyx.se

The 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign will once again kick-start the international rallycross season when it races into life at Nysum next weekend (1-2 May), with the eagerly-anticipated Danish double-header curtain-raiser already shaping up to be an unmissable action-packed thriller.

Notwithstanding the many and varied challenges posed by the global pandemic, RallyX Nordic enjoyed arguably its finest season to-date in 2020, with a state-of-the-art live broadcast package, a whole host of superstar entries, dramatic doorhandle-to-doorhandle racing and pulsating title fights in every class. And all the signs point to 2021 being even better.

World Champion Tops the Bill
In the flame-spitting, headlining Supercar category, three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson tops the bill behind the wheel of his Kristoffersson Motorsport-run Volkswagen Polo.

The most successful rallycross driver of the current generation, the Swede is a class act and won two of the three RallyX Nordic rounds he contested last season – but he has never raced around the high-speed Nysumbanen circuit before and is up against a whole host of similarly rapid rivals.

Ulrik Linnemann is one of four local specialists in the 13-strong Supercar field, and the Dane finished on the podium on home soil last September in his Ford Fiesta so is sure to be a leading threat next weekend.

Fraser McConnell is the highest-placed returning driver from 2020, having secured the runner-up spoils at the end of his rookie campaign in the category with Olsbergs MSE. The Jamaican is back for a second crack this year – and he has only one goal on his mind.

Sondre Evjen rejoins the RallyX Nordic fray with EKS JC, as the former Supercar Lites front-runner bids to build upon two encouraging seasons in the FIA European Rallycross Championship, while Philip Gehrman is another returnee to the grid in his Volkswagen Polo and has been a consistent contender in the past.

The Next Generation
Last year witnessed one of the closest and most compelling Supercar Lites championship battles in recent memory, and two of its four protagonists – Simon Olofsson (STS RX) and Linus Östlund (Olsbergs MSE) – are back for seconds-out, round two in 2021. Both will assuredly be right in the mix once more, but if they think they are going to have it all their own way, they will need to think again.

Fellow Swede Martin Enlund showed flashes of real speed last season, and is hoping his winter switch from OMSE to family-run outfit Enlunds Motorsport will prove to be the catalyst for an all-out title push. ‘Flying Finn’ Tommi Hallman (SET Promotion) is another highly-rated young gun tipped to shine, and Nils Andersson has joined Kristoffersson Motorsport as he continues to work his way up the order.

Martin Ekspjuth is making the move from Supernational competition and it will be fascinating to see how quickly he can adapt to the single-make Supercar Lites car, while Frenchman Grégory Fosse (OMSE) has signed up for a full campaign after dipping his toe into the water in Denmark last year, and can count upon the support and advice of former World RX driver and RallyX Nordic Champion, Guillaume De Ridder. America’s Lane Vacala in the second STS RX entry adds another international dimension to a truly competitive class.

Mats Oskarsson, finally, may be Supercar Lites’ elder statesman at the age of 44, but the Swede proved that he can still teach his younger adversaries a few tricks when he sped to second place at Höljes last season. Life in the old dog indeed...

Supporting Cast
The ever-popular CrossCar/Crosskart class is sure to be a fiercely-fought affair, with the 22-strong entry list featuring a tantalising mix of experienced contenders and promising newcomers.

Last year’s runner-up Jimmie Österberg is back with a new team in Power RX and a steely determination to finally add the coveted crown to his career CV, having finished as runner-up for the past two seasons. He will be partnered by talented teenager Erik Andersson, who came within a whisker of lifting the CrossCar Junior laurels in his maiden campaign on the RallyX Nordic package.

EKS JC’s Isak Reiersen and Carcontrol ace Isac Egonsson – third and fourth last year respectively – are similarly likely to be front-runners, while countryman Patrik Hallberg is the dark horse in the field, after posting the fastest time in eight of the 11 qualifiers he contested in 2020 and winning at Arvika. The Swede was not ultimately a title protagonist due to missing the Nysum finale – but he undoubtedly will be this year.

Reinis Nitišs – the youngest winner in World RX history and the 2018 European Rallycross Champion – will be one to keep an eye on, while six Danish drivers on the list are headlined by Nicklas Jensen, who topped the intermediate standings on the opening day of the event last September.

Building upon the momentum established in its inaugural campaign, CrossCar Junior returns with 11 eager young guns aged between 12 and 16 – and four of last year’s top five are back to battle for honours again, including defending champion Alex Gustafsson. Given the entertaining and unpredictable nature of the 2020 title tussle, expectations are high for another sensational season-long scrap.

Fans will be treated to a new full-time class in RallyX Nordic this year, too, with the addition of the Open 2WD category bringing together a spectacular array of cars spanning several decades, from BMW M3s to a Mazda RX-8, a Porsche 911, a Ford Escort MkIII and a Volvo S40. Such an eclectic mix of classic and more modern-day machinery is sure to produce a captivating show.

Where to Watch
All of the high-octane action across all five classes will be broadcast live and in high-definition at tv.rallyx.se, with the racing set to get underway at 11:20 CET on Saturday, 1 May and 10:00 CET on Sunday, 2 May.

Meanwhile, registration for rounds three and four of the season at Höljes (13-16 May) closes at midnight on Thursday, 29 April and entries have already been flooding in, setting the scene for a mouth-watering Swedish double-header around the iconic Värmland circuit next month.

Official Entry Lists
Supercar
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Johan Kristoffersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
2 Ulrik Linnemann DNK Linnemann Promotion Ford Fiesta
5 Lars Andersson SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
7 Anders Michalak SWE Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo
11 Aleš Fucík CZE KRTZ Motorsport S.R.O. Volkswagen Polo
12 Magnus Dall DNK Dall Racing Renault Clio
30 Morten Schnack DNK Schnack Ford Focus
33 Enzo Ide BEL EKS JC Audi S1
35 Fraser McConnell JAM Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta MK8
46 Dennis Rømer DNK TEAM RØMER MOTORSPORT Volkswagen Polo
61 Andreas Carlsson SWE ACRX Renault Clio RS
69 Sondre Evjen NOR EKS JC Audi S1
95 Philip Gehrman SWE Team First Stop Sweden Volkswagen Polo

Supercar Lites
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
4 Ida Törnhult SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
9 Grégory Fosse FRA Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
10 Martin Jonsson SWE Alfta Racing Team Supercar Lites
11 Mats Oskarsson SWE MORX Supercar Lites
14 Nils Andersson SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
17 Gustav Bergström SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport Supercar Lites
18 Linus Östlund SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
22 Mattis Janssom SWE KJ.S RX Supercar Lites
36 Casper Jansson SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
52 Simon Olofsson SWE STS RX Supercar Lites
55 Lane Vacala USA STS RX Supercar Lites
60 Martin Enlund SWE Enlunds Motorsport Supercar Lites
82 Isak Sjökvist SWE Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
87 Tommi Hallman FIN SET Promotion Supercar Lites
91 Niklas Aneklev SWE Team Ramudden / Olsbergs MSE Supercar Lites
166 Martin Ekspjuth SWE Ekspjuth Motorsport Supercar Lites

CrossCar/Crosskart
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
2 Timo Laapotti FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
5 Riku Huuhka FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
8 Pasi Penttinen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
10 Per Goodison SWE Per Goodison Speedcar
11 Jimmie Österberg SWE Power RX Speedcar
15 Reinis Nitišs LVA Planet Kart Cross Kamikaz
30 Erik Andersson SWE Power RX Speedcar
67 Isac Egonsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
80 Tomi Rakkolainen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
81 Ronalds Baldins LVA Baco 81 Speedcar
84 Jarkko Aronen FIN Team Speedweekend Speedcar
85 Petter Hane SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
88 André Bendixen SWE Bendixen Motorsport Kamikaz
161 Patrik Hallberg SWE Max RPM EDGE
170 Isak Reiersen SWE EKS JC Speedcar
183 Oskar Andersson SWE Enlunds Motorsport EDGE
908 Noah Jørgensen DNK Kokkens Motorsport Semog
921 Lasse Storgaard DNK Storgaard Motorsport Speedcar
926 Kasper Nordstrand DNK Kasper Nordstrand Speedcar
946 Peter Olesen DNK Team Rømer Motorsport Speedcar
993 Tobias Daarbak DNK Daarbak Motorsport Semog
996 Nicklas Jensen DNK Lucas Motorsport Speedcar

CrossCar Junior
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
10 Joakim Lund Olander SWE Joakim Lund Olander Speedcar
11 Pontus Oskarsson SWE MORX Speedcar
21 Rasmus Persson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
34 Erik Nilsson SWE Carcontrol Speedcar
46 Kevin Daarbak DNK Daarbak Motorsport Semog
57 Lauri Halonen FIN Lauri RX Ydrefalk
96 Oliver Jensen DNK Lucas Motorsport Speedcar
99 Lukas Andersson SWE LACK 99 Speedcar
111 Isak Hatanmaa FIN Isak Hatanmaa Casmat
150 Joonatan Ylilammi FIN Team Ylilammi Speedcar
199 Alex Gustafsson SWE EKS JC Speedcar

Open 2WD
NO. DRIVER NAT. ENTRANT CAR
1 Simon Tiger SWE TeamTigerRX BMW E30 M3
2 Marcus Norman SWE Odin Target Mazda RX8
5 Lars Englund SWE Lars Englund Porsche 911
11 Roland Larsamo SWE Roland Larsamo BMW M3
46 Mathias Jansson SWE Mathias Jansson Volvo S40
204 Peter Jensen DNK Morgan Racing Renault Megane
313 Stefan Kristensson SWE TEAM SKÅAB Ford Escort MKIII
323 Mikael Persson SWE Team Mikael Persson Motorsport Volkswagen Golf MKIV
327 Morten Bertelsen DNK Morten B. Bertelsen Skoda Fabia RX
329 Kenneth Konge DNK Konge Motorsport BMW E36
21-04-22 Johan kör Nordic-premiären
Det blir mästarklass på RallyX Nordic-premiären i danska Nysum. Trefaldige världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson kommer att stå på startlinjen helgen 1-2 maj.
- Bra att få hålla igång lite och roligt att komma till en bana jag aldrig har kört tidigare, säger Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren.

Förra veckan meddelade Kristoffersson Motorsport att man kommer att köra två Lites-bilar i RallyX Nordic, med Nils Andersson och Gustav Bergström vid spakarna. Nu är det klart att det Arvika-baserade teamet också kommer att starta i Supercar-klassen med Johan Kristoffersson i den Volkswagen Polo GTI RX KMS han rattade i förra årets Nordic-tävlingar i Höljes och Arvika, med två segrar som följd. Sondre Evjen körde sedan bilen under den avbrutna EM-säsongen.
- Bilen har hög kapacitet efter fjolårets uppdateringar. Vi gjorde bra resultat i EM med Sondre, menar Johan, som hoppas kunna rulla ut för ett test hemma på Westombanan den här veckan.

Med ålderns rätt kan inte KMS-Polon fullt ut mäta sig med fjolårets VM-bil från Volkswagen Motorsport, men världens bäste rallycrossförare siktar förstås högt ändå, med sin sedvanliga taktik.
- Ta starterna och hålla sig borta från problem så mycket som möjligt. Startfältet ser ut att bli bra, så inget är givet.

Kristoffersson är än så länge anmäld till den inledande dubbeltävlingen i Nysum, men vill den här gången kunna fullfölja hela Nordic-säsongen.
- Det hoppas jag. Vi har det som målsättning i alla fall.

Möjligheten att få försvara VM-guldet verkar avlägsen, men en full RallyX Nordic-säsong ger fyra tävlingshelger och totalt sju race.
- Bra att få hålla igång. Vi väntar ju på elektriskt inom rallycrossen, så det här blir bra körträning för det, och även för kommande tävlingar i Extreme E, påpekar 32-åringen, som går i väntans tider även på annat sätt.

Han och sambon Zandra Björkholtz väntar tillökning i dagarna. När sonen Colin föddes befann sig Johan på VM-tävling i England. Den här gången räknar han med att kunna närvara vid den stora händelsen – och ändå hinna till premiären i Danmark.
- Det är väl planerat så, säger Johan med ett leende.

Farfar och morfar Tommy Kristoffersson kan därmed snart räkna in sitt fjärde barnbarn. Han får räkna ännu längre för att få ihop till teamets personalstyrka som åker söderut. Trots covid-restriktioner blir det en stor stab som ska serva totalt tre bilar.
- Det har varit lugnt ett tag nu sedan vi körde rally i Finland så det här ska bli riktigt kul! Vi körde i Nordic förra året och det gav mersmak. Även om vi inte kan göra en satsning på fabriksnivå, så är vi taggade till max och åker ner med ett gôtt gäng och friskt mod.

Förutsättningarna för de tre förarna är förstås totalt olika.
- Det är lite tripp-trapp-trull över dem. Gustav är absolut nybörjare inom motorsport, Nils är redo för nästa kliv och så har vi då Johan med all sin erfarenhet.

Även för Tommy Kristoffersson är Nysumbanen okänd mark, men med sitt danska påbrå har ändå teamkocken en sak helt klar för sig:
- Högst på önskelistan den här helgen står danske smörrebröd!
21-04-21 Rallycross Promoter GmbH builds team for World RX future
· Arne Dirks appointed executive director of Munich-based company
· Other key roles filled ahead of 2021 FIA World Rallycross season
· Rallycross builds towards sustainable new electric era in 2022
– A newly-formed company, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, has been established to manage the promotion and commercial aspects of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX).

Based in Munich, the company sits alongside WRC Promoter, which owns similar long-term commercial rights to the FIA World Rally Championship. WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel will fulfil the same role for Rallycross Promoter.

Rallycross Promoter was founded by Red Bull and KW25 after the group was given the green light in February by the FIA, motorsport’s governing body, to take on the management of World RX as it builds towards a ground-breaking electric future.

Peter Bayer, FIA Secretary General for Motorsport, welcomed the birth of Rallycross Promoter.

“This is wonderful news for the development of the sport,” he said. “The FIA World Rallycross Championship is fast approaching a new and exciting electric era and I look forward to sharing ideas and working together with Rallycross Promoter to drive the championship’s growth and foster a bright and more sustainable future.”

Arne Dirks has been appointed executive director of Rallycross Promoter and brings a wealth of experience in Germany’s sports industry dating back almost 20 years.

He joins the company from Brose Bamberg, the country’s most successful top league basketball team in the last decade, where he was managing director and led a major restructure.

Prior to that 43-year-old Dirks was managing director of Deutsche Volleyball Sport, the commercial arm of the German Volleyball Federation.
“My passion for sport also embraces my professional career and I’m honoured to join Rallycross Promoter at such an important time in the growth of World RX, as we steer towards the introduction of the exciting electric era in 2022,” said Dirks.

“World RX is on the cusp of a sustainable future focused on e-mobility and transforming the way society views these issues globally. It’s an innovative and pioneering future, but first I can’t wait to lead our fledging team into what I’m sure will be an action-packed 2021 season.”

The highly-experienced Tim Whittington has been appointed championship co-ordinator while Russell Atkins joins as PR and communications manager. Further major roles, including those of operations director and operations manager have also been confirmed.
21-04-21 Sondre Evjen kör RallyX Nordic för EKS JC
Norske rallycrosstalangen ansluter till EKS JCs satsning i RallyX Nordic 2021. Teamets Enzo Ide får nu sällskap i Supercar av Sondre Evjen.
– Sondre är en snabb förare som har utvecklats enormt under sina två år i klassen, så vi kommer helt klart att försöka kämpa om topp tre-placeringar, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Sondre Evjen började sin rallycrosskarriär i Supercar Lites 2016 tillsammans med JC, med stora framgångar. 2018 gjorde han sin debut i Supercar och körde hem en femteplats för teamet under EM i Riga. De senaste två säsongerna satsade han helhjärtat på Supercar-EM, då hos teamet KMS. Nu är 23-åringen tillbaka hos EKS JC för en satsning i RallyX Nordic.

Bilen Evjen kommer tävla i är Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Han har hunnit med några tester bakom ratten, men i Nysum blir det tävlingsdebut i bilen. Den unge norrmannen har visat sig konkurrenskraftig även i den högsta klassen, och teamets målsättning är att kunna fightas om en mästerskapstitel.

EKS JC har tidigare presenterat tre förare i RallyX Nordic: Enzo Ide i Supercar, Isak Reiersen i Crosscar och Alex Gustafsson i Crosscar Junior. Årets mästerskap består av sju deltävlingar, Nysum (Danmark), OuluZone (Finland) samt Höljes och Arvika (Sverige). Säsongspremiären körs i Danmark 1-2 maj.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Det känns riktigt bra att stärka teamet med ytterligare en förare och vi har en bra line-up och är taggade inför premiären. Sondre har varit på en liten utflykt hos KMS under ett par år, så vi ser fram emot att ha honom i teamet igen. Vi känner redan Sondre och han känner oss, så det ska bli kul att jobba tillsammans igen och för första gången göra en riktig Supercar-satsning. Han är en snabb förare som har utvecklats enormt under sina två år i klassen, så vi kommer helt klart att försöka kämpa om topp tre-placeringar.”

Sondre Evjen, Supercar:
”Det känns väldigt bra att vara tillbaka hos teamet. Det var hos Joel jag startade min rallycrosskarriär, och vi har alltid haft en god dialog inför alla säsonger. Jag har haft två lärorika år i Supercar-EM tillsammans med Kristoffersson, där jag utvecklats som förare och kunnat höja tempot i bilen. Förutom några test blir det min premiär i Audin. Bilen är känd för att vara både pålitlig och tåla mycket, men den är också lite krävande att köra. Så det blir spännande att se om jag klarar av att komma in i den direkt och få till tempo på en gång så vi kan hänga med i Nysum.

Jag går in med målsättningen om en pallplats i mästerskapet. Jag ska försöka hålla en hög lägstanivå för att plocka viktiga poäng och såklart kämpa om seger i varje tävling. Jag har kört på de flesta banorna förr, så är jag bara bra med i starterna borde vi kunna hålla ett högt tempo och vara konkurrenskraftiga. Vi får se vilka konkurrenter som dyker upp, men jag tror att det kommer bli tufft motstånd. Jag är glad att samarbeta med EKS JC den här säsongen, det är ett team med bra folk och jag ser mycket fram emot det.”
21-04-19 Enzo Ide klar för rallycross-VM – kör för svenska EKS JC
EKS JC kommer till start i FIA World Rallycross Championship, där belgiske Enzo Ide satsar på full säsong i en av teamets Audi S1 EKS RX quattro-bilar.
– Enzo visade en stark utvecklingskurva i fjol och har absolut farten för att köra semifinaler, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

JC hade en framgångsrik VM-säsong 2020 och knep bland annat team-guldet med sitt KYB Team JC. Nu är det klart att teamet återvänder till VM. Med det nya motorsportteamet EKS JC, som är en sammanslagning av teamen JC och EKS, kommer Enzo Ide att köra full säsong av FIA World Rallycross Championship (rallycross-VM).

Förra veckan blev det offentligt att belgaren kommer köra full Supercar-säsong i RallyX Nordic. Nu utökas tävlingskalendern med en VM-satsning. Ide har en framgångsrik racingkarriär i bagaget, med bland annat ett guld i Blancpain Sprint Series och en tredjeplats FIA GT3. 2018 sadlade han om till rallycross och har sedan dess kört utvalda deltävlingar av World RX, RallyX Nordic och brittiska mästerskapet. Ide avslutade 2020 års säsong med dubbla andraplatser under deltävlingarna på brittiska Lydden Hill, och kvalificerade sig även till semifinal i två VM-deltävlingar.

2021 års rallycross-VM planeras bestå av sju deltävlingar i olika länder, med start i norska Hell 12-13 juni.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Det är jättekul att vi kan gå in i en full VM-säsong med Enzo, och få vara med redan från början av ett VM med honom. Det blir två mästerskap för hans del och jag känner att vi kommer vara väl förberedda för båda. RallyX Nordic är ju ändå en träning för att vara så snabba som möjligt i VM. Enzo visade en stark utvecklingskurva i fjol och avslutade med två riktigt bra resultat. Han har absolut farten för att köra semifinaler och det kommer vara målet för hela säsongen.”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Jag är väldigt glad att kunna offentliggöra mitt andra mästerskap för 2021, World RX. Redan förra året drömde jag om att köra två hela mästerskap, men på grund av olika omständigheter var det inte möjligt för mig. Så jag är väldigt glad att kunna köra en full säsong i både VM och RallyX Nordic tillsammans med EKS JC i år i min Audi S1 EKS RX. Jag förstår att det kommer bli väldigt tufft, eftersom det bara är toppförare som kör det här mästerskapet. Men för mig handlar det bara om att samla erfarenhet och att lära genom att tävla mot dessa professionella förare.

Vi har börjat testa och jag ser väldigt mycket fram emot att vara tillbaka i rallycrossbilen. Jag vill passa på att tacka både Joel (Christoffersson) och Mattias (Ekström) för att de tror på mig. Utan de två hade det här aldrigt varit möjligt. För mig är det en dröm som blir sann och jag kommer njuta till hundra procent. Jag hoppas jag kan få många år tillsammans med dem och fortsätta skapa minnen med det här starka teamet och alla fantastiska människor.”
21-04-16 Två förare klara för Danmark! - Peter Hedström laddar teamet för ny säsong i RallyX Nordic
Det är två veckor kvar till RallyX Nordic premiär i Danska Nysum på Jylland och teamet kan nu presentera två förare till start. Två entreprenörer som dessutom känner varandra väl från yrkeslivet. Men det har hänt mycket under vintern bakom kulisserna också….

Hedströms motorsport har trots vinteridé ut mot media, jobbat desto mer bakom kulisserna. Bland annat har en helt ny motor från den för teamet nya motorleverantören Motordesign monterats i en av teamets VW Polo Supercars. Bilarna har fått grundliga genomgångar. Kommande vecka ska bilen med nyaste motorn även få drivlina och fjädring enligt senaste spec., den som testades fram av teamet under fjolåret.
- Motorn känns som ett steg i rätt riktning och tillsammans med nya diffar och dämpare kommer det bli något riktigt bra, säger Peter Hedström.

Först ut bland årets förare blir teamets fjolårsrookie Lars Andersson, som kom från ingenstans och tog ifjol för sig bland förare med mångårig erfarenhet i RallyX Nordic. Som bäst noterade Torsbysonen ifjol en åttonde plats i just Nysum, dit teamet snart återvänder.
- Han hoppade rakt in i elden, hade inte kört något inom motorsport förut. Lars putsade bort juniormissarna snabbt allt eftersom varvkontot ökades på, berättar Peter.

Lars ”partner in crime” hos Hedströms i premiären blir den i Supercar Lites välkände Anders Michalak, som ifjol tog steget upp och körde Supercar. Michalak från Almunge i Uppland har ett mångårigt motorsportande på två hjul bakom sig, med bland annat sex SM-guld på motorcykel i olika dicipliner. Via Crosskart 650 kom han sedan in i rallycrossen. Hans motto är att aldrig ge upp.
- Jag hade alltid velat prova någon annan Supercar och jämföra, så jag är tacksam att Peter gav mig den här möjligheten, berättar Michalak.
Michalak var med i final bland annat i Arvika ifjol och han spänner bågen lika högt inför Nysum.
- Finalplats är målsättningen, sen får vi se hur det går, i en final kan allt hända, avslutar Anders.
Två förare klara, men en tredje knackar på inför Danmark….
- Jag ska inte köra i alla fall, både jag och Dan Öberg står över och siktar på säsongsdebut vid EM i Höljes. Vi låter istället dörren stå öppen i tredje bilen, fastslår Hedström.
Dock förtegen över vilken förare som knackar på.
- Jag vill inte säga nåt mer ännu, men går allt i lås kan vår laguppställning bli riktigt bra i Danmark, men även i Höljes-EM där vi har tre förare klara, avslutar Peter Hedström kryptiskt.

RallyX Nordic två inledande tävlingar på Nordjylländska Nysumbanen körs helgen 1:a och 2:a maj.
21-04-14 Nils Andersson klar för KMS
Nils Andersson är redo för sin andra säsong i rallycrossens Supercar Lites. I år kommer han att jaga segrar för Kristoffersson Motorsport.
- Jag vill ta nästa steg i karriären. Och hur gör man för att vinna? Jo, man kör för teamet som är bäst på att vinna, säger 21-åringen från Arvika.

För Nils Andersson är det som att komma ”hem”. KMS är teamet där han mer eller mindre har växt upp, men hittills aldrig har kört för. Pappa Per jobbade under några år för det Arvika-baserade teamet och Nils har under hela sin uppväxt varit en flitig besökare i verkstaden i Koppsäng.
- Och de senaste åren har Johan varit min mentor. Nu får jag chansen att jobba ännu närmare honom och ta hjälp av teamets fantastiska mekaniker.

Andersson har dessutom gjort en del mediejobb åt trefaldige världsmästaren Kristoffersson, så visst känns det naturligt att han nu även kommer att representera teamet i sin egen karriär. Satsningen 2021 har han tagit till en helt ny nivå.
- Den största med marginal. Vi har gjort en jätteinsats på sponsorsidan, trots pandemin.

För Kristoffersson Motorsport är det debut i Lites-klassen och Tommy Kristoffersson har dessutom tagit en andra förare under sina erfarna vingar: 18-årige stockholmaren Gustav Bergström, nybörjare som kommer att göra sin debut för Sveriges mest meriterade team. Bergström är för övrigt son till Ronnie Bergström, ingenjör hos KMS under många succéår i STCC.
- För oss är det lite av ett mellanår, men vi har ändå en hög personalstyrka, så det här ligger rätt i tiden för oss. Vi ska ge våra två förare bästa möjliga förutsättningar, lovar Tommy.

Teamchefen har förstås olika förväntningar på sina adepter.
- Gustav har givetvis allt att lära, men vid det enda testet vi har kört så här långt såg det lovande ut. Det ska bli spännande att följa hans utveckling. Kan vi ta oss till några finaler i år vore det toppen.
- Nils däremot är mogen att ta nästa steg. Ser vi bara till att han har en bra bil kommer han att slåss om segrar, säger Tommy, som låter Adam Trzonkowski få huvudansvaret för de båda Lites-bilarna.
- Adam är superseriös och längtar efter att få ta sig an det här uppdraget.

Nils Andersson kommer också att ha kvar Christian Claesson som sin racemekaniker. Andersson har köpt loss fjolårsbilen från sitt tidigare team, Daniel Thoréns TiK RX, och han uppskattar verkligen sin tidigare teamchefs samarbetsvilja.
- Thorén har varit jättebra för mig i min karriär och nu är det dags för att mig att ta ytterligare ett kliv.

Det kommer att bli full säsong i RallyX Nordic och SM, vilket innebär totalt nio deltävlingar fördelat på sex helger. I Nordic väntar premiär i Nysum, Danmark, 1-2 maj. Därefter bär det till Höljes, 13-16 maj, och sedan till Uleåborg i norra Finland 5-6 juni, samtliga dessa dubbeltävlingar.
- Doubleheader-formatet är intressant. Det ställer stora krav på förare och team, säger Andersson, som därefter ska köra två separata SM-tävlingar i Piteå och Västerås.

Särskilt ser han fram emot Nordic-avslutningen hemma på Westombanan i Arvika i mitten av augusti.
- Det är ju ändå något speciellt att få rulla i mål och ta hem mästerskapsguldet på hemmabanan, säger Nils med ett leende.

Riktigt så offensivt är nu inte målet satt för den tidigare crosskart-mästaren som slutade tolva under debutsäsongen i Lites-klassen.
- Förra säsongen var något av en berg- och dalbana. Tempot fanns där, men inte rutinen.

Nu hoppas den ingenjörsstuderande värmlänningen vända över marginalerna på sin sida med en jämnare prestation som följd.
- Ett race i taget och sikta på pallen i varje. Om det målet uppfylls kan jag vara med och slåss om mästerskapsguldet, men det kan förstås hända många saker längs vägen.

Att representera ett så framgångsrikt team som KMS ställer förstås också vissa krav, men Andersson är förberedd på den pressen:
- Ingen har högre förväntningar är jag själv har. Jag har aldrig tränat så hårt som i år, allt för att bli uthållig och orka prestera i svåra situationer.
21-04-09 RallyX Nordic to be broadcast live and free-to-air in 2021
Entire RallyX Nordic campaign to be free for fans to tune into in 2021
Live coverage of all races in all classes on Facebook and YouTube
Global English-language feed to be accompanied by native broadcasts

After raising the bar in terms of what a rallycross event can deliver from a broadcast perspective last year, series organisers are delighted to reveal that the full RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign will be shown live and free-to-air throughout 2021.

RallyX Nordic’s comprehensive broadcast package in 2020 set new standards with its spectacular drone footage, cutting-edge content and live studio interviews – all of which will continue to feature prominently in the forthcoming campaign, which will get underway at Nysum in Denmark on 1-2 May. Only this time, it will all be available for fans to view absolutely free of charge wherever they are in the world, with live feeds of all races in all classes on Facebook and YouTube.

The global live feed will be accompanied by English-language commentary to tell the story of the on-track action and the major talking points behind-the-scenes, plus pre-race build-up and post-show highlights. Negotiations are also ongoing with a range of mainstream national broadcasters to air the races, voiced by native-language speakers.

“There is a saying ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and we have applied that logic to the RallyX Nordic broadcast package,” explained RallyX Head of Media and Broadcast, Peter Lundgren. “The fans made it clear that they loved what they saw last year, so there was no need to change a winning formula – just improve it. To achieve that, we are committed to going the extra mile and redefining what a modern-day motorsport broadcast should look like – and most important of all, viewers won’t have to pay a penny.

“We worked extremely hard to ensure there would be no pay wall, and are thrilled to confirm that every single race in every single class – Supercar, Supercar Lites, CrossCar/Crosskart, CrossCar Junior and Open 2WD – will be shown live and in superb definition in 2021 across multiple platforms.

“This in turn opens up unrivalled sponsorship and promotional opportunities for forward-thinking brands keen to enhance their exposure in front of tens of thousands of loyal, passionate and knowledgeable spectators, whilst we are simultaneously engaged in positive discussions with a number of major channels to complement this coverage with native-language broadcasts.

“Building upon the success of 2020, it’s clearly going to be a hugely exciting season ahead – and quite simply, we want as many people to be able to enjoy it as possible.”

Following next month’s Danish double-header curtain-raiser at Nysum, RallyX Nordic will travel to Sweden for another double-header at the iconic Höljes circuit on 13-16 May. A new double-header fixture follows at OuluZone, close to the Arctic Circle in Finland, on 5-6 June before the action concludes and titles are decided at Arvika in Sweden over the course of a high-stakes single-header weekend on 13-15 August.
21-04-08 Enzo Ide kör RallyX Nordic med EKS JC
Belgiske racing- och rallycrossföraren Enzo Ide är klar för full Supercarsäsong i rallycrossmästerskapet RallyX Nordic. Han tävlar för det nya svenska teamet EKS JC.

Under vintern grundades ett helt nytt motorsportteam: EKS JC. Teamet är en sammanslagning av Joel Christofferssons JC och Mattias Ekströms EKS. Nu presenterar EKS JC sin första förare: Enzo Ide.

Ide har en framgångsrik racingkarriär med bland annat ett guld i Blancpain Sprint Series och en tredjeplats FIA GT3. 2018 sadlade han om till rallycross och den högsta klassen Supercar. Han har sedan dess kört utvalda deltävlingar av FIA World Rallycross Championship (VM), RallyX Nordic och Brittiska Mästerskapet. Ide avslutade 2020 års säsong med dubbla andraplatser under deltävlingarna på brittiska Lydden Hill, och kvalificerade sig även till semifinal i två VM-deltävlingar.

Nu är det klart att han ska köra en full säsong av RallyX Nordic i en Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. Årets mästerskaps körs i danska Nysum, finska OuluZone samt svenska Höljes och Arvika. Säsongen inleds i Danmark 1-2 maj och består av totalt sju deltävlingar.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Vi ser fram emot ett spännande år med Enzo. Han fick en bra avslutning på Lydden Hill i fjol med två pallplatser, så vi ser fram emot att kunna börja testa nu och förbereda oss så mycket som möjligt inför Danmark. Huvudmålet med RallyX Nordic för Enzos del är att försök få så mycket fart som möjligt i kroppen och kriga om finalplatser hela året. Kan han ta med farten som han visade i Lydden och jobba vidare på den redan nu kommer vi kunna vara med och slåss om finalplatserna utan problem.”

Enzo Ide, Supercar:
”Jag är väldigt glad att kunna köra hela säsongen av RallyX Nordic i år. Jag hade riktigt roligt förra året i Höljes, men det var också väldigt tufft för mig. Jag hade en helt ny bil, utan att testat något i den, så allt var helt nytt då. Nu har jag kunnat tillbringa mer tid i bilen och den passar mig väldigt bra. Jag ser verkligen fram emot att komma igång igen och vara tillbaka i rallycrossbilen. RallyX Nordic-mästerskapet är ett riktigt bra mästerskap, med många bra banor. Jag är väldigt glad att kunna fortsätta samarbetet med JC även i år, och köra min Audi S1 för EKS JC. De människorna som jobbar kring mig är trevliga och lätta att ha att göra med, något som är väldigt viktigt för att jag ska känna mig bekväm. När jag är bekväm förbättras min prestation automatiskt. Därför är det är viktigt att omge sig av ett bra team, så du kan ha roligt både i depån och på banan.”
21-03-31 RallyX Nordic introduces new BIO RACING 100% fuel in first step towards fossil-free future
Much of the RallyX Nordic grid to be powered by cutting-edge new fuel in 2021
Renewable P1 Racing biofuel outperforms fossil-fuel alternatives at no extra cost
Series working to reduce carbon footprint as it targets fully fossil-free paddock

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires will debut a new, sustainably-produced, high-performing biofuel this season courtesy of an innovative partnership with P1 Racing Fuels, as the championship aims to lead the way in going 100% fossil-free by 2022.

With the global climate crisis the planet’s most pressing current issue and alternative technologies increasingly prevalent in motorsport, RallyX Nordic has been working hard to assess the best manner to care for the environment without compromising on either performance or spectacle.

In collaborating with market leader P1 – a company that has been liaising closely with championship organisers and world motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, to pioneer renewable fuels since 2018 – the series is once again raising the bar.

Following extensive development and thorough safety testing, the revolutionary P1 Racing BIO RACING 100% fuel has now been approved for use in all classes, and not only will it significantly reduce RallyX Nordic’s carbon footprint, but it will also lead to increased power – without costing any more than the current fossil fuel.

In a world-first for rallycross, this new P1 biofuel will be mandatory in the Supercar Lites category in 2021 – and optional in all others. In 2022, it will be compulsory across the board as RallyX Nordic aims to make all of its events completely fossil-free.

Jan-Erik Steen, CEO of RallyX Nordic Promoter, RX Promotion, said:
“At RallyX Nordic, we’ve always tried to stay ahead of the curve, and we are hugely proud to confirm the introduction of this sustainably-produced, high-performance biofuel in conjunction with P1 Racing Fuels. A huge amount of development and refinement has gone into getting this new fuel ready to race, and we are delighted that it can be rolled out in time for the start of the coming season.

“Whilst we have only made BIO RACING 100% mandatory in one class for the moment, we are very confident that the performance gains are such that all competitors will soon elect to use it. This is just the first step in a longer-term plan that will see all RallyX Nordic cars running on fossil-free biofuel and – ultimately – an entirely fossil-free paddock.”

Martin Popilka, Chief Executive Officer, P1 Racing Fuels, added:
“Here at P1, we are passionate about working towards a more sustainable future for motorsport and have been focussing for some time on developing a completely fossil-free racing fuel for use in competitive environments.

“There is a stigma around biofuels that they don’t perform as well as fossil fuels, but the data proves that is completely untrue. What we have produced for RallyX Nordic is the world’s first fully renewable fuel that doesn’t feature any fossil-based components, without having to make any sacrifices on the performance front – indeed, recent dyno testing has shown that BIO RACING 100% actually generates more power, making it a win-win for everybody.”

The forthcoming RallyX Nordic campaign will rev into life with a Danish double-header at Nysum on 1-2 May, before travelling to Sweden for another double-header at the iconic Höljes circuit on 13-16 May. A new double-header fixture follows at OuluZone, close to the Arctic Circle in Finland, on 5-6 June before the action concludes and titles are decided at Arvika in Sweden over the course of a high-stakes single-header weekend on 13-15 August.

21-03-26 FIA World Rallycross Championship adjusts 2021 calendar
Amended fixture list confirmed for World RX and European RX series
· Headline World RX category features eight rounds at seven venues
· Germany’s Nürburgring hosts action-packed double-header
· Inaugural RX2e electric championship to star at six race weekends

Munich, 26 March 2021 – An amended 2021 calendar for the FIA World Rallycross Championship has been revealed today by WRC Promoter.

Eight World RX rounds for spectacular Supercars will be held at seven classic venues in Europe – Norway, Sweden, Spain, Germany, France, Latvia* and Belgium – between mid-June and mid-October.

The headline category will be supported at six of the seven race weekends by the first ever RX2e championship for electric cars.

The FIA European Rallycross Championship for RX1 and RX3 cars (formerly Supercar and Super1600) will be held at a mix of circuits within the main calendar.

This season marks the last of the Supercar era in World RX which will switch to new all-electric RX1e cars in 2022. The 500kW cars are set to become the fastest electric racers in the world and will showcase the performance possibilities of electric vehicles.

The continued challenges of the pandemic required pragmatic and strategic decisions regarding the calendar structure. It has been condensed and territorially contained to comply with health protocols and travel restrictions.

A return to a more global fixture list containing a greater number of rounds will be the aim for 2022.

WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel predicted an exciting season for both competitors and World RX fans.

“The calendar has been revised with the support of the World RX teams to ensure a fitting finale for the Supercars ahead of the start of the exciting electric era in 2022. We want maximum participation, whilst retaining a mouth-watering array of the best circuits,” he explained.

“We’ve made a strategic decision to start midway through the year to give organisers every possible opportunity to open their doors to fans in these challenging Covid-19 times.

“World RX fans are renowned for creating an exceptional atmosphere during race weekends and, along with individual country organisers, we’re doing all we can to provide the best chance of welcoming them.”

The 2021 championship in detail
The season kicks-off at Norway’s sweeping Hell circuit for the first time on 12 - 13 June and crosses the border into Sweden for the second round at the iconic Höljes track three weeks later.

The series moves south to the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in late July for Spain’s fixture, which will run to a new Friday / Saturday evening format.

Germany’s Nürburgring, nestled in the forests of the Eifel mountains, makes its World RX debut the following weekend. Based around the Müllenbachsleife amphitheatre section of the illustrious circuit, the track stages two rounds on consecutive days in the World RX category.

Early September takes competitors to Lohéac in west France, ahead of a planned return to the ever-popular Riga track in Latvia* for the penultimate fixture a fortnight later. Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit hosts the season finale in October.

The full calendar is:
Round Date Country Circuit Category
12-13 June Norway Hell 1, 2, 4
2-4 July Sweden Höljes 1, 2, 3, 4
23-24 July Spain Barcelona 1, 2, 4
31 July-1 August Germany Nürburgring 1**, 2
3-5 September France Lohéac 1, 2, 3, 4
18-19 September Latvia* Riga 1, 3
9-10 October Belgium Spa 1, 2, 3, 4

Category key: 1= World RX1, 2= RX2e, 3= Euro RX1, 4= Euro RX3
* Subject to promoter agreement ** Double-header in World RX1

Entries for the RX2e and the European Championships open on Monday 29 March at 12.00 CET.
21-03-16 Supercar Lites on-track for record-breaking RallyX Nordic grid
Unprecedented early interest in popular single-make class
100,000 SEK in prize money vouchers for Open 2WD competitors
‘Show-stopping’ 2021 campaign in prospect across the board

In evidence of the growing momentum surrounding RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires, the series appears to be on-course for a record-breaking Supercar Lites / RX2 class grid in 2021 – as prize money vouchers have been confirmed for the new Open 2WD category.

Supercar Lites has always been a popular feature of the RallyX Nordic package, with last year’s pulsating four-way title fight keeping the intrigue and excitement sky-high season-long and grabbing headlines at every turn.

Off the back of that, entries have been coming in thick and fast in recent weeks in all classes, and with just over a fortnight now remaining until full-season registration closes, indications suggest that the Supercar Lites / RX2 field in 2021 could be the biggest to-date.

“We have been overwhelmed by the interest in RallyX Nordic so far this year,” acknowledged Jan-Erik Steen, CEO of championship promoter, RX Promotion. “Last season for us was a huge success in spite of the complications caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and that certainly seems to have set us up for a show-stopping 2021 campaign.

“Entries are looking high across the board, but particularly so in Supercar Lites / RX2, which as a single-make category always generates spectacular racing while playing a key role in uncovering the Supercar stars of the future.”

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 SEK (c. €10.000) in prize money vouchers has been confirmed for final podiums and special achievements in Open 2WD – a class whose addition to the RallyX Nordic bill has already generated significant hype – following key partnership agreements with Motordesign Sweden AB, Gunnarsson Motorsport AB and Sellholm Tuning AB.

“We are delighted to be able to offer an even greater incentive to competitors in the new Open 2WD category,” added Steen. “We are grateful to Motordesign Sweden AB, Gunnarsson Motorsport AB and Sellholm Tuning AB for their support, and continue to seek more partners to further boost the prize fund for a category whose profile looks set to grow and grow.”

The forthcoming RallyX Nordic campaign will rev into life with a Danish double-header at Nysum on 1-2 May, before travelling to Sweden for another double-header at the iconic Höljes circuit on 13-16 May. A new double-header fixture follows at OuluZone, close to the Arctic Circle in Finland, on 5-6 June before the action concludes and titles are decided at Arvika in Sweden over the course of a high-stakes single-header weekend on 13-15 August.

Further details about the broadcast arrangement will be released in due course, with the full entry list to be revealed after the closing date of 1 April. Registrations can be filed here.

2021 RallyX Nordic Calendar
May 1-2 Rounds 1/2 Nysum, Denmark RallyX Nordic only
May 13-16 Rounds 3/4 Höljes, Sweden RallyX Nordic and Swedish Championship
June 5-6 Rounds 5/6 OuluZone, Finland RallyX Nordic only
August 13-15 Round 7 Arvika, Sweden RallyX Nordic and Swedish Championship
21-03-09 FIA RX2e to star at 2022 Race Of Champions
Motorsport legends to go head-to-head in FIA RX2e Championship car Electrifying power and performance to be unleashed on frozen Baltic Sea World RX stars effusive in their praise after sampling the car on the ice

The FIA RX2e Championship car is set to be put through its paces by some of the biggest names in global motorsport at the beginning of next year, after being announced as the first electric addition to the legendary Race Of Champions’ inaugural snow and ice event.

Since debuting in 1988, the Race Of Champions has been held in some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the world, from China’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing to Paris’ Stade de France, as well as London’s iconic Wembley and Olympic Stadiums. It has captivated fans in Mexico City and Miami, Barbados and Bangkok – but 2022 will mark its first venture into Scandinavia, with the Nordic region having bred 12 of its previous winners (seven individual, five as part of teams in the ROC Nations’ Cup).

As announced earlier this year, Pite Havsbad in Sweden will play host to the multi-discipline event for the next five years on a specially-designed circuit built on the frozen Baltic Sea, just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle – and FIA RX2e will be a major element of the show.

Set to race into life in just two-and-a-half months’ time, the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship has already been making waves on the international motorsport scene. During testing, the Olsbergs MSE and QEV Technologies-developed car has routinely wowed drivers with its instant torque and power, lightning-quick acceleration, excellent balance and stability and cutting-edge on-board features.

After testing it late last year, three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion and 2019 Race Of Champions Nations’ Cup winner Johan Kristoffersson – who will return in an effort to reclaim his ROC crown in 2022 – described the RX2e car as ‘impressive’, ‘a real step in the right direction’ and ‘a great springboard to World Championship level’.

What’s more, the Swede – the most successful rallycross driver of recent times – is far from the only one to have been won over by the four wheel-drive ‘pocket rocket’, built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporating two independent powertrains alongside a 30kWh battery, with the motors generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and up to 510Nm torque.

Fellow World RX race-winner Kevin Eriksson and countryman Anton Marklund – a multiple podium-finisher at the pinnacle of the sport – similarly tried out the RX2e car on the ice last week, and both were full of praise for its performance.

Kevin Eriksson said:
“This was a completely new world for me and I didn’t really know what to expect – I had never been in an electric race car before and had only been in an electric road car once – but I have to say, the RX2e car lived up to all my expectations and then some.

“The driveability is the biggest thing. In a Supercar, although you have a lot of power, you can find yourself in the wrong gear sometimes or the revs might be too low which causes a slight delay, but in this car, the torque and power are always right there. That was the major surprise for me. It was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it again!”

Anton Marklund echoed:
“It was my first time in a rallycross car with an electric powertrain, and my first impression was how easy the RX2e car was to drive, which was a very positive surprise. It handles very nicely, and I didn’t miss the gearbox at all – the electric motors give you the power you need from low revs to high revs, and you can really exploit that. Overall, it was a real pleasure to drive and I’m already looking forward to having the opportunity to try it again.”

Whether Eriksson or Marklund will be amongst the Race Of Champions contenders in 2022 remains to be seen, but the event has established a reputation for attracting superstars from all areas of the sport, with previous participants including Michael Schumacher, Tom Kristensen, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Petter Solberg, Sébastien Loeb, Travis Pastrana, Jimmie Johnson, Juan-Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon.

Whoever ultimately contests the event, it promises to be the ultimate test of speed, skill and control, with the RX2e car set to play a headlining role in what is sure to be a sensational show – while simultaneously exhibiting the extraordinary potential of EV technology. Race Of Champions was the first major international motorsport event to introduce electric race cars back in 2010, and is aiming to be fully sustainable and carbon-neutral next year.

Fredrik Johnsson, President and Co-Founder, Race Of Champions, commented:
“We are very happy to announce the stunning FIA RX2e car as the first electric car amongst the vehicles for the Race Of Champions Snow & Ice event at Pite Havsbad in Sweden, and we look forward to building a mutually successful long-term partnership together.

“From what we have seen during the first tests, this brand new electric rallycross car has very impressive torque and overall performance. I’m confident that the RX2e car will be a spectacular addition to the event and that the many star drivers at Race Of Champions will love pushing this electric car to its limits as they compete head-to-head to prove that they are the fastest!”

???Andreas Eriksson, CEO, Olsbergs MSE, said:
“We are thrilled to see the FIA RX2e car confirmed as part of the first-ever Race Of Champions to be held on the ice, and would like to thank Fredrik and his team for including us in what is always one of the highlights on the annual motorsport calendar.

“Race Of Champions invariably attracts the very crème de la crème of international superstars, and seeing them take to the track in the RX2e car will be an awesome sight. Rallycross is renowned for producing some of the most breathtaking action in the sport, and with this car’s eye-watering acceleration and ‘send-it-sideways’ style, I have no doubt that fans will enjoy every single moment – as, of course, will the drivers behind the wheel...”

Joan Orús, CEO, QEV Technologies, added:
“A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into getting the new FIA RX2e project off the ground, and the current interest in the championship is just reward for everybody’s incredible efforts – but to be added to the 2022 Race Of Champions bill really is the icing on the cake and something very special indeed. It promises to give drivers from across the motorsport spectrum and fans in every corner of the globe an insight into rallycross’ exciting electric future.

“This is an event that brings together the very best racers in the world, and putting them on the ice will drag the vast majority right out of their comfort zone, so it will be fascinating to see who gets to grips with that challenge the quickest. It will also be very interesting and useful to gauge their feedback about the RX2e car, which they will clearly need to master if they want to win. We look forward to finding out who those drivers will be.”
21-02-24 Rallycross' next generation get to grips with FIA RX2e car
Prospective competitors enjoy their first taste of electric rallycross in Spain
World RX ace De Ridder hails ‘hugely impressive’ instant power and torque
Young gun Steinsholt ‘working hard’ to join the grid for inaugural campaign

Seven drivers got a glimpse of the future when they tried out the new FIA RX2e Championship car around Spain’s Circuit Calafat earlier this month, with the test drawing unanimous praise ahead of the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship’s inaugural season.

FIA RX2e will join the undercard to the high-profile FIA World Rallycross Championship at six European events in 2021, beginning at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 22/23 May.

In anticipation of what is expected to be a full 20-car grid for the championship’s maiden campaign, testing has been proceeding at a rapid rate, with official test-driver Oliver Eriksson and namesake and countryman Sebastian Eriksson both putting the car through its paces in recent months.

The test days at Calafat – in Spain’s northern Catalunya region – marked the first opportunity for prospective competitors to climb into the cockpit themselves and experience the FIA RX2e car’s cutting-edge on-board technology. Guillaume De Ridder, Ole Henry Steinsholt, Damien Meunier, Iván Ares, Pepe Arqué, Pablo Suárez and Guillaume Meura all took turns behind the wheel, and all were unquestionably impressed (see individual feedback below).

Jointly designed and developed by Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, the bespoke, lightweight, four wheel-drive RX2e car is built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporates two independent powertrains alongside a final-spec 30kWh battery, with the motor generating 250kW (335bhp) of power and – following recent upgrades – up to 510Nm torque.

The battery is mounted next to the driver in the centre of the car to ensure optimum, 50/50 weight distribution, while power is supplied evenly to the front and rear wheels by a pair of motors and inverters, all of which benefit from a cooling system to prevent excessive temperatures.

From inside the cockpit, competitors can manually adjust the amount of torque produced by the front and rear motors, the total torque deployed by all four wheels during the launch and the degree of regenerative braking on the front and rear axles.

Driver Quotes
Guillaume De Ridder
Former FIA World RX driver and RX2 International Series runner-up
“This was my first time in an electric car, and I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised. Although there was some initial adaptation required, right from the opening laps, the RX2e car instilled me with a lot of confidence thanks to its excellent balance. Placing the battery in the middle gives it a lower centre of gravity and greatly improves stability through corners and under braking, enabling the driver to brake later. It also means you don’t really notice the extra weight.

“To be honest, it drives very much like a combustion-engined car, but with several key advantages. The instant torque and power are hugely impressive, and not having to shift gears allows you to focus 100 per cent on your driving and all the details around that so you can improve your precision and efficiency.

“Although there is obviously less noise, it certainly isn’t silent and the flipside is that you experience an added feeling of speed from inside the car, plus you can now hear additional feedback such as the wheels spinning or sliding, which helps you to react faster when you’re on the limit. Overall, I was really impressed by the performance of the RX2e car, and I’m already looking forward to getting behind the wheel again.”

Ole Henry Steinsholt
FIA Euro RX Super1600 driver, former European and Norwegian Crosskart champion
“I’ve competed in a lot of different classes, but this represented my first experience of driving an electric race car, and it was a very positive one. The handling and stability of the RX2e car is very good, and it’s faster than the existing Supercar Lites model – it was incredible to feel the power and very engaging to drive.

“Overall, the test was really encouraging, and I am working hard to make it onto the starting grid for what is sure to be a very exciting first season in RX2e. Whether you like it or not, electric is definitely the future of motorsport. If and when the manufacturers return to rallycross, I believe this is the only way.”

Damien Meunier
Former RX2 International Series and French Rallycross Championship driver
“Although I’ve driven electric cars on the road, this was my first time in an electric race car and I have to say, the RX2e car is really enjoyable to drive. The on-board technology is incredible. There are a lot of parameters involved and I was very surprised by the acceleration – it actually felt like being back in a combustion-engined Supercar.

“QEV and OMSE have done an outstanding job in developing this car, and I was able to make tweaks and changes every time I went out. Over the course of just one day behind the wheel, I felt like I took a tremendous step forward.

“As a championship, RX2e definitely has a lot of potential. Yes, we lose the engine noise which is a shame, but if rallycross is to attract the manufacturers back again and secure its future, electric is the only way to go.”

Iván Ares
FIA European Rally Championship podium-finisher; former Spanish Rally Champion
“The test was an amazing experience. The RX2e car’s behaviour was great – better than I had anticipated, for sure. At the beginning, the feeling was a little bit strange because there isn’t a gearbox as I am accustomed to, but I soon got used to that and thanks to the incredible support of the technical crew, it was an awesome day!

“With the equality between all the cars, I think that the FIA RX2e Championship is a very attractive proposition, so I hope to get another chance to drive in it – perhaps in a real race next time...”

Pepe Arqué
Rallycross and Crosskart driver, ex-RX Academy driver
“The test was a bit of a ‘first’ for me – my first time driving an electric car and first time with four wheel-drive – and it was an amazing day. It definitely created a strong impression. The RX2e car is very easy to drive, well-balanced and predictable, and there are lots of little set-up aspects you can adjust. I was surprised by how much power was available, too – the instant reaction when it launches was particularly impressive. I’d never experienced acceleration like that before.

“I’m very thankful to QEV Technologies and FIA RX2e for giving me the opportunity to test this car. It’s clearly going to be a very interesting, competitive and close championship, and for me, there’s no question that electric cars are the future for motorsport and that rallycross is the best discipline for them. The short, sharp races mean their performance can be exploited to the maximum.”

Pablo Suárez
Rally driver, test and development driver; 2nd in class on 2017 WRC Rally Catalunya
“I really enjoyed the experience of driving the RX2e car. It was a huge privilege to share a test track with Oliver Eriksson and receive help and advice from him and other great drivers.

“The car is awesome – it’s easy to drive close to the limit, it reacts quickly to driver input and it has a really well-balanced chassis. Instant torque is what every driver wants in a car, and you just have to modulate the throttle to manage the power. Also, without having gears to shift, you can focus on being smooth and finding the best line.

“I’m working hard to get the budget together to enter the championship. I really believe in this project and that environmentally-friendly and sustainable rallycross races are not only possible, but will also be a lot of fun.”

Guillaume Meura
Cross-country rally and electric touring car / GT driver
“My first experience of both rallycross and RX2e was fantastic. The car was very easy to learn, super agile and great fun to drive, and I was really impressed by its overall sensations – as well, obviously, as its power and speed. At the same time, everything felt very stable and well-controlled, and it has excellent traction on both gravel and asphalt. There is also a pretty big jump at Calafat that the suspension handled perfectly.

“There is a common misconception that because electric cars are generally heavier than internal combustion cars, they must be slower, but the reality is totally the opposite, as the RX2e car goes to show. That wasn’t a surprise to me, as I have several years’ experience of driving electric cars. There’s no question that electric is the future for motorsport, and this championship is certain to attract a very high calibre of competitors. I would love the chance to be amongst them.”

Following the opening round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the 2021 FIA RX2e Championship will visit Hell in Norway (12/13 June), Höljes in Sweden (3/4 July), Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain (24/25 July) and the Nürburgring in Germany (31 July / 1 August) before concluding at Lohéac in France (4/5 September).
21-02-19 JC Raceteknik och EKS förenas – bildar teamet EKS JC
De två framgångsrika teamen EKS och JC Raceteknik slår sig samman under 2021 och framåt. Med samlad kraft bildar det gemensamma teamet EKS JC, och ambitionerna är höga.

JC Raceteknik och EKS är två team som båda tagit varsitt team-guld i rallycross-VM (FIA World Rallycross Championship). Nu står det klart att de under 2021 kommer slå sig samman för flera framtida motorsportprojekt.

Det nyligen bildade teamet kommer gå under namnet EKS JC, med JC Racetekniks grundare Joel Christoffersson som teamchef. EKS JCs första tävling blir rally-VM (FIA World Rally Championship) i Finland redan i slutet av februari, där Mattias Ekström kommer till start i klassen WRC3 tillsammans med kartläsare Emil Bergqvist.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef EKS JC:
”Jag och Mattias delar samma tankesätt och inställning för sporten. Det är en av huvudanledningarna till att våra samarbeten har varit så framgångsrika, och ger oss också en stabil grund att bygga vidare på. För 2021 kommer vi helt klart att fokusera på rallycross-VM, med målet att inte bara vinna team-VM utan även förarmästerskapet. Vi kollar också närmare på flera andra projekt för att kunna bredda oss inom fler sporter än bara rallycross.”

Mattias Ekström, EKS grundare:
”Jag bildade teamet EKS under 2014 med ambitionen att vinna tävlingar och mästerskap, och kunde uppnå det 2016 genom att vinna både förar-VM och team-VM i rallycross. Under 2019 och 2020 tog JC Raceteknik våra bilar till toppen av tre stora mästerskap: RallyX Nordic, EM och VM. Från och med nu kommer Joel att ta hand om alla EKS och JC Racetekniks gemensamma projekt – rallycross, rally, crosskart och allt annat som kommer upp. Vi kollar också närmare på framtiden inom elektrisk motorsport, och förr än senare kommer det finnas en helt eldriven bil i vårt garage.”
21-02-16 Rosenqvist: Rallycross is tailor-made for electric technology – and QEV are masters of it
NTT INDYCAR SERIES star tips FIA RX2e to light up the international rallycross scene
Swede recalls QEV’s ‘passion’ and ‘professionalism’ from Formula E partnership
29-year-old says drivers and fans can expect spectacular racing and ‘crazy acceleration’

FIA Formula E and NTT INDYCAR SERIES race-winner Felix Rosenqvist has high hopes for the new FIA RX2e Championship – the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship – describing the discipline as ‘the perfect format’ for electrification and QEV Technologies as masters of the electro-mobility game.

Even before the age of 30, Rosenqvist has already forged a deserved reputation as one of Scandinavia’s most successful – and versatile – motorsport stars. Having conquered both the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and iconic Macau Grand Prix – twice, in the case of the latter – the Swede stepped up to Formula E for the 2016/17 campaign with Mahindra Racing, a team run in large part by QEV.

From two seasons in the all-electric single-seater series, Rosenqvist achieved three race wins, four further podium finishes and an impressive third place in the overall championship standings. The 29-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as a front-running competitor in North America’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Arrow McLaren SP, after securing ‘Rookie of the Year’ honours in 2019, but he retains fond memories of his time spent working with QEV in Formula E.

“That was a really special period in my career,” he reflects. “We had a lot of fun together. As an electric series, software is the biggest factor in Formula E, and that is unquestionably QEV’s strength. There are a million different things you can do to a car from a software point-of-view – within the parameters of the regulations, of course – and as somebody that grew up as part of the computer generation, that really appealed to me.

“All the guys at QEV are ultra-professional, and what really struck me was just how passionate they are about the technology. For every problem we encountered, they rapidly found a solution and they would spend countless hours working to extract every last thousandth-of-a-second.

“Since then, they have turned from a comparatively small operation into a much bigger one, with experience and success in a range of disciplines and on both the racing and road car side – and I have no doubt that they will make a similar success out of RX2e. Rallycross is obviously something new for them, but at the end of the day, like any other type of motorsport, it’s still about going fast and doing so in an efficient manner.”

Indeed, with its succession of short, sharp bouts, rallycross is in many respects the ideal arena for electric technology, and Rosenqvist is swift to point out the benefits not only from an environmental standpoint but on the performance side too, predicting faster races and eye-watering acceleration from the new FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.

“Electric technology has progressed hugely over the past seven years – just look at how much quicker Formula E cars are now compared to back then – and all of that progress can be filtered into RX2e,” he explains.

“Weight has been the biggest limiting factor, but electric motors are getting lighter all the time and in any case, you can get away with carrying a little bit more weight in rallycross because the races are shorter and you have a lot of power available. Rallycross could almost have been tailor-made for electric technology – it has the perfect format.

“I think the RX2e car will definitely represent a step forward in performance terms. People always talk about the acceleration in an electric road car – well guess what, it’s exactly the same thing in a race car. You get crazy acceleration out of an electric motor – you can exit every corner flat-out, which is incredible.

“A few years ago, everybody was dead-set against electric technology, but the world is changing fast and the fact of the matter is that whoever doesn’t get on-board with it now is going to be left behind. This is the future, and I’m really excited to see the RX2e car in action...”
21-02-16 Hansen becomes first rallycross team to join UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
Hansen Motorsport has joined the race against climate change as the first rallycross team to become a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s ‘Sports for Climate Action’ initiative, affirming its push towards building a more sustainable future for motorsport and wider society.

As multiple top-level rallycross championships prepare to adopt all-electric formulas in 2022, Hansen has recognised its responsibility to play an active role improving the sustainability of motorsport and encouraging the wider motorsport community to work towards a sustainable, low-carbon future.

This commitment is based on five key principles laid out in the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action Framework:

Promote greater environmental responsibility
Reduce the overall climate impact from sports
Use our platform to educate for climate action
Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
Advocate for climate action through our communications

These principles will inform the way Hansen operates in future, working to reduce its own impact on the environment along with utilising our sport’s reach strive towards collective action for achieving climate neutrality.

Susann Hansen, Team Manager for Hansen Motorsport, will oversee our team’s implementation of its new environmental strategy and push the team forwards to meet its sustainability goals.

By addressing environmental and sustainability issues through the medium of rallycross, a discipline that reaches millions of people across the globe, Hansen plans to lead by example and inspire motorsport fans to embrace the challenge of tackling climate change together.

Susann Hansen, Team Manager, Hansen Motorsport:
“Our family has always been passionate about environmental issues. Taking the next step and formally committing Hansen Motorsport to playing a bigger role in taking responsibility for a sustainable future was a natural progression of that passion.

“Since our earliest years as a racing team we have been actively supporting charities like the World Wildlife Fund in their quest to tackle marine pollution, for example, but in the long term this on its own is not enough. We must not only support others, but take action as individuals. And that message is central to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, which was a key factor in making this commitment.

“We are creating new systems and new policies in our team to reduce our carbon footprint, and to lower consumption of energy and materials. But most importantly we want to show we are taking the race against climate change seriously, and we will only reach the finish line victorious if each and every one of us is working towards that goal.”
21-02-12 New era begins as World RX promoter confirmed
The FIA World Rallycross Championship – the top level of rallycross in which Team Hansen has won two manufacturers' titles and one drivers' title with Timmy Hansen – announced a new championship promoter, WRC Promoter, yesterday.

WRC Promoter has taken over responsibility for managing World RX from 2021, replacing outgoing promoter IMG, and is set to oversee the championship's switch to electric vehicles in 2022.

Team Hansen welcomes WRC Promoter to the championship and is looking forward to working together as rallycross moves into an ambitious new era.

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Boss Kenneth Hansen
“From our initial conversations, we are encouraged they will take the series in a positive direction”

We are happy that WRC Promoter has been chosen as the new promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Having seen the work WRC Promoter has done since taking over the World Rally Championship, we are confident the championship has a good future ahead of it.

“They are planning a long-term commitment to our sport and, from our initial conversations, we are encouraged they will take the series in a positive direction.

“By remaining on track introduce to electric vehicles in 2022, we believe the championship is going in the right direction to become bigger and more successful in the future. Motorsport has always been closely aligned with the car industry, and by adopting an electric formula, World RX will remain relevant for years to come.”

Kevin Hansen, Driver, Team Hansen
“I’m really looking forward to the electric revolution coming in our championship”

WRC Promoter has created huge value for rallying the last few years, so having them onboard is the best news for rallycross in a long time.

“I’m young, eager and hungry to win a world championship, and going for the title now with WRC Promoter in charge should give myself and my rivals the opportunity to become stars worldwide while trying to win it.

“I’m really looking forward to the electric revolution coming in our championship and what the future holds.”
21-02-11 FIA and WRC Promoter will join forces for FIA World Rallycross Championship
The FIA has today announced that it has paved the way to a promising co-operation with the World Rally Championship Promoter Group for the promotion of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

The FIA and WRC Promoter will work together to implement the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship and look forward to concluding a multi-year promoter agreement for the German-based company to be entrusted with commercial and media rights for the series.

As part of the collaboration with WRC Promoter, the company has committed to investment in the world championship and in particular the development of the future electrification of rallycross.

From 2021, rallycross will launch the entry-level FIA RX2e Championship, the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

The 2021 FIA World RX (RX1) season is scheduled to start at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 22 - 23 May. The event will be supported by FIA RX2e. The FIA European RX1 and European RX3 Championships will also form part of the 2021 calendar.

The new RX1e electric FIA World Rallycross Championship will debut in 2022, featuring four-wheel drive 600+ hp/500 kW Touring Cars, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100kph in less than 2 seconds with performance levels that are capable of exceeding the current ICE Supercars.

Last month the FIA launched a request for proposal for the promotion of the FIA European Rallycross Championship from 2022-2025. Submissions for that tender are now under consideration.

Peter Bayer, Secretary General for Sport, FIA said: “We are pleased to be aligning with WRC Promoter as we build towards a ground-breaking electric future for the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“The FIA and WRC Promoter have reached a common vision on how to work together for the benefit and the growth of rallycross. Our respective teams are working on a long-form agreement, look forward to commencing work on the 2021 championship and to the move of the sport towards a bright, more sustainable and greener future.

“We have worked extensively with the company as the promoter of the FIA World Rally Championship for a number of years and we anticipate they will bring the same energy and dynamism to the promotion of rallycross.”

WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel said: “World Rallycross sits on the verge of an innovative and pioneering future. We see strong growth potential in all areas and WRC Promoter is delighted to be at the forefront of a series focused on sustainable technology and e-mobility.

“Rallycross provides breathtaking thrills and spills and we will build new foundations to create an engaging and progressive platform for our global audience and partners.”
21-02-09 Finland completes 2021 RallyX Nordic calendar as entries open
Interest already high as series bids to build upon successful 2020 campaign
State-of-the-art broadcast package promises unrivalled return on investment
Finland returns to RallyX Nordic calendar with OuluZone fixture in June
Three double-headers and a super Swedish showdown to decide title fights

Entries have today (9 February) officially opened for the 2021 RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires campaign, as Finland rejoins the schedule with a double-header weekend at OuluZone.

Despite the disruption of the global pandemic, RallyX Nordic very much bucked the trend in 2020 with a tremendously successful season. Not only did the series stage the first major international rallycross event of the year last summer – Höljes’ high-profile ‘All-Star Magic Weekend’, attracting the likes of Johan Kristoffersson, Niclas Grönholm, Timmy Hansen, Oliver Solberg and Thierry Neuville – but it comprehensively shifted the goalposts in terms of what the discipline can deliver from a broadcast perspective.

Over the course of the campaign, NEP Sweden produced more than 43 hours of cutting-edge, live high-octane action, state-of-the-art drone footage and privileged behind-the-scenes insights (all of which can now be viewed for free here), taking viewers right to the very heart of the events during a period when trackside attendance was strictly off-limits.

In addition to keeping fans royally entertained – with pulsating title fights in every class rooting them to their seats season-long – it also ensured competitors enjoyed unprecedented levels of exposure and their sponsors benefitted from unparalleled return on investment, at a time when value for money was arguably more important than ever.

Far from content to rest upon their laurels, however, RallyX Nordic organisers and the creative brains at NEP have spent the off-season hard at work to ensure the broadcast package for the forthcoming campaign raises the bar even further, with details to be revealed in due course.

With five classes on the agenda – the pre-existing Supercar, Supercar Lites, CrossCar/Crosskart and CrossCar Junior categories joined by Open 2WD in 2021 – and interest already running at record levels, everything is set for another spectacular season of RallyX Nordic competition as bumper grids are anticipated across the board.

The campaign will rev into life with a Danish double-header at Nysum – scene of last year’s title-decider – on 1-2 May, while Sweden’s iconic Höljes circuit plays host to rounds three and four a fortnight later (13-16 May). Finland makes a welcome return to the calendar on 5-6 June with the double-header contest at OuluZone in the north of the country, before Arvika in southern Sweden brings the curtain down on proceedings with a single-header showdown on 13-15 August.

“We are delighted to confirm Finland’s return,” commented Jan-Erik Steen, CEO of RallyX Nordic promoter, RX Promotion. “We have always maintained a good relationship with the Finnish event organisers, and it was a shame we were not able to go there last year due to scheduling difficulties.

“As we said at the time, it was very much our intention to reinstate Finland to its rightful place on the RallyX Nordic calendar, and to have reached an agreement to race at OuluZone is fantastic news for all concerned. Together with Nysum, Höljes and Arvika, we are confident we now have all the ingredients for an exciting, varied and thrillingly unpredictable season ahead.”

Full-season entries will close on Thursday, 1 April. Registrations can be filed here

2021 RallyX Nordic Calendar
May 1-2 Rounds 1/2 Nysum, Denmark RallyX Nordic only
May 13-16 Rounds 3/4 Höljes, Sweden RallyX Nordic and Swedish Championship
June 5-6 Rounds 5/6 OuluZone, Finland RallyX Nordic only
August 13-15 Round 7 Arvika, Sweden RallyX Nordic and Swedish Championship

21-01-23 Registrations open for new FIA RX2e Championship
20 places available in first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship
Cars to be allocated on a first come, first served basis
Competitors will benefit from pre-season testing opportunities
Registration forms can be downloaded from new fia-rx2e.com website

Driver registration is officially open for the 2021 FIA RX2e Championship, with competitors encouraged to signal their interest quickly as excitement builds around the first-ever FIA electric rallycross championship.

RX2e is set to electrify the international rallycross landscape in 2021, as it joins the undercard to the high-profile FIA World Rallycross Championship at six major European events – Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (22/23 May), Hell in Norway (12/13 June), Höljes in Sweden (3/4 July), Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain (24/25 July), the Nürburgring in Germany (31 July / 1 August) and Lohéac in France (4/5 September).

Jointly developed by Spanish electro-mobility specialist QEV Technologies and Swedish rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE, the bespoke, lightweight, four wheel-drive RX2e car is built around a spaceframe chassis and incorporates two independent powertrains alongside a 32kWh battery, with the motor generating up to 250kW (335bhp) of power and 460Nm torque. As an overall rpm range average value, this represents respectively a 24% and 14% increase over the existing Supercar Lites car, narrowing the gap to rallycross’ headlining Supercar class.

What’s more, the emphasis will be placed firmly on ability behind the wheel as – in a first for rallycross – drivers will have three key parameters to play with before and between races, injecting an extra element of skill into the equation.

From inside the cockpit, competitors will be able to manually adjust the amount of torque produced by the front and rear motors, the total torque deployed by all four wheels during the launch and the degree of regenerative braking on the front and rear axles.

The car has been tested and refined extensively in recent months by two-time RX2 International Series title-winner and reigning RallyX Nordic Champion Oliver Eriksson, as well as namesake and FIA World RX event-winner Sebastian Eriksson. The former has high hopes for the pioneering new championship.

“It’s like an electric rollercoaster – you step on the throttle, and the car simply takes off and then keeps on accelerating,” enthused Eriksson, RX2e’s official test-driver and ambassador. “That’s the advantage of electric, and it’s all about learning how to handle and harness that power.

“As a driver, that’s really exciting and it will generate very close, competitive racing. The great thing about RX2e is that it will be entirely new for everybody – nobody will go into it with a prior advantage. That means that ultimately, it will be the driver that makes the difference, not the size of somebody’s wallet. I genuinely believe it will be the most talented and hardest-working driver that wins the championship.”

Cars will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, with full-season registration set to close five weeks ahead of the first event. Round-by-round registration will open on 5 April and will similarly close five weeks before each race weekend. Once this process has been successfully completed, entries must be formally registered with the FIA.

The initial registration form – as well as the official Championship Manual and accompanying Appendices – can be found in the ‘Regulations’ and ‘How to Register’ sections of the new FIA RX2e Championship website: fia-rx2e.com

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