The only event to have been run was the Race of Austrian Champions. The now traditional season-closer for the PS Racing Center at Greinbach, the event takes a sprint format and mixes rally, rallycross and autocross cars (see video below). Among the rallycross cars, the four-wheel drive category was won by Karl Schagerl with a VW Golf which ran-out ahead of champion Alois Holler. There was a home victory in the event for Christian Petrakovits (VW Polo) who topped the two-wheel drive rallycross category, beating Karl Schadenhofer’s Golf in the process. The ‘national’ rallycross class was won by Sven Forster (Polo) ahead of Manfred Beck (Citroen Saxo).
Patrik Sandell has launched a winter rallycross school and plans to run courses in January, February and March next year. The school is based at Kall Auto Lodge, near Kallsjon. In announcing the school, Sandell said “The best driving habits are built on an ice track”. The courses will use Supercar Lites and are priced at €6450, more information at FlatoutSweden.com
The final round of the Irish championship takes place this weekend with the overall Irish title up for grabs. The championship has not run Superfinals this year, but will add a Superfinal to this last round, the winner of that race being crowned champion.
The last UK rallycross event of the year takes place this weekend with the BTRDA 75th anniversary meeting at Croft. An important event in terms of efforts to re-establish ‘clubmans’ rallycross in Britain, the meeting has a full entry of 70, including a few drivers who have begged and borrowed two-wheel drive cars for the event and some returning names, notable among them Des Wheatley who is making his second comeback in rallycross and wheels out the Judd-powered Metro in which he was a Supernational front runner a decade ago. Supercars are not eligible for this weekend’s event, but as a bit of a warm-up, and so you can see the Croft track, below are a couple of onboard videos from Crofte’s recent BRC/GP double-header weekend. For contrast you have the view from Andy Scott’s Peugeot 208 and then from his Marc Scott’s Peugeot 306.
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