Seven days in rallycross, November 13

by Tim Whittington |

The calendar for the 2015 FIA World and European Rallycross Championships reveals a 12-event schedule for WorldRX with the three different European championships running over shorter calendars covering the nine events that take place within europe. The European Supercar Championship has five events, as it did in 2014, while Super1600 and TouringCar now also have shorter series of six and five rounds respectively. The RX Lites series will appear at seven WorldRX events. The big change to the calendar comes with the already announced addition of Spain in the F1 circuit at Barcelona, but the order of the races has also been subject to a shuffle to create an improved flow of events. Notably, Norway moves to a new date in August, while Belgium and Germany move forward to May and June.

The final GRC event of the year was won by Ken Block with Joni Wiman placing second and taking the series title. Bucky Lasek placed third in the final. The supporting Lites event was won by Mitchel De Jong ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and Austin Cindric third. the event was run alomgside the SEMA show in Las Vegas, among the many exhibits was the new Tanner Foust Racing Eneos RAUH-Welt Begriff VW Beetle. A collaboration between Foust and VW/Porsche tuner RAUH-Welt Begriff the new car is dramatically widened and lowered and rides on bespoke 18-inch Motegi wheels. Videos from Ford and Subaru of the event are below.

A strong entry of 65 cars will start this weekend’s clubmans rallycross event at Croft and the organising Darlington & District MC promoted the event in the local town centre last weekend. Although the championship action is focused on the two-wheel drive classes, there will be Supercars present with locally-based racers Kevin Procter and “Mad Mark” leading the entry.

Retiring World Rally Championship driver Mikko Hirvonen did nothing to quell rumours that he may be heading for a future in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with some evasiveĀ  and ‘never say never’ type responses.

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