Seven days in rallycross, October 10

by Tim Whittington |

Not a great deal to report this week, World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg has been omni-present in the media, his unique achievement of being the first World Rallycross Champion and the first ever winner of FIA world titles in different categories bringing to the fore in motor sport press across the world. At home in Norway and neighbouring Sweden his achievement and that of his Torsby-based team has been heralded across all media. While Petter was winning the World title, his son Oliver was putting the finishing touches to his own outstanding season in crosskarts, taking his third title of the year. Father and son appeared together on Norwegian TV last week, Petter performing a karaoke version of Norwegian band A-ha’s hit Take me on, which you can view here. And just in case you’re too young to know what it should sound like, you can check out the original and its iconic video here.

Elsewhere, 2011 TouringCar champion Lars Oivind Enerberg was enrolled into the Liam Doran Motorsport Monster Energy World RX squad for Turkey and Argentina.

EKS also has a change in driver lineup for Turkey, PG Andersson joining the team alongside Edward Sandstrom while DTM Zandvoort winner and team boss Mattias Ekstrom will be in Turkey as Team Principal.

Ramona Karlsson, whose first season in rallycross has included outings with Per Eklund and Albatec Racing as well as being the expert commentator in World RX Italy, has this week had a test in Sverre Isachsen’s Ford Focus Supercar.

While the focus will clearly be on World RX in Turkey, one eye will be on France this weekend where the French championship reaches its conclusion at Dreux. Fabien Pailler leads JB Dubourg in the title battle but strolling into town and looking to remind everyone just why he is the current champion, Jerome Grosset-Janin will be on home turf for Chanoine Renault in his first domestic event of the year.

And we should mention that Syria’s first rallycross event was won by Ayham Jaafar. Run more on the lines of a rallysprint, the event (below) was run close to Damascus.




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