Kiss and tell

by Tim Whittington |

Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss has turned his back on circuits and is focusing his career on rallycross. The 23-year-old single-seater driver has progressed through the classic career path of karting, Formula Renault and GP3, racing in the Auto GP World Series. After assessing all options for his future, Kiss has decided to switch to rallycross. “I’m really happy that I will continue my career in rallycross. In my situation it looks like a more promising route than staying in single-seaters,” said Kiss who will drive a Skoda Fabia Supercar in the Hungarian national championship,  “This will be a brand new experience for me and I know I will have to learn a lot this year, but I also want to fight for the wins from the beginning. The increasingly competitive Hungarian championship will provide a perfect place for the learning process. It’s not a secret that I want to do international events as well and this year we are planning one or two appearances in the World Championship, and in the near future I would like to do a full season there.” Kiss will begin his Hungarian season at the Slovakiaring this weekend.

Volkswagen Sweden revealed the line-up for its assault on the FIA World Rallycross Championship at a busy press conference in Stockholm. The VW effort encompasses both Marklund Motorsport and World RX newcomers Kristoffersson Motorsport, Toomas Heikkinen and PG Andersson lining up for the former while Johan Kristoffersson and Tord Linnerud head the driving team at KMS. Both teams will also add cars in the European Championship Supercar events, Marklund fielding Tommy Rustad while Ole Christian Veiby will drive at KMS. Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jos Capito said, “The World Rallycross Championship enjoys increasing popularity: the races are compact, spectacular and varied. The line-up and the calendar promise an exciting World RX season and we are confident that the Volkswagen drivers will be up there battling for races and the championship.”

The British Rallycross Championship commenced at Croft last weekend with Andy Scott taking a resounding win on his return to the series. Scott was fastest in two heats and won the final comfortably, but with a a large Supercar entry the day was not easy. Ollie O’Donovan (Focus) placed second ahead of Kevin Procter, Pat Doran and Julian Godfrey, the defending champion having a tough day and fighting through to fifth from the back of the B final. gary Simpson (BMW E30) claimed Supernational honours while Dave Bellerby was best of the remodelled RX150 field and Swift champion Tristan Ovenden began his year with a win. James Harrold took Retro Rallycross honours with his mighty Beetle turbo.

Motorsport News, the must-read weekly publication for all motor sport fans that has always featured rallycross, will be the title sponsor of the British round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden. The newspaper is celebrating its diamond anniversary having first been published in 1955.

The Finnish Rallycross Championship will retain its familiar five-round season with events running between May and September.

  • May 16 Kouvola
  • June 7 Hyvinkaa
  • July 18 Kauhajoki
  • August 22 Oulu
  • September 19 Honkajoki

Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin will drive ex-OMSE Fiestas run by Chip Ganassi Racing in this year’s GRC.

Albatec Racing has announced a restructuring ahead of the 2015 season with French engineer Stephane Orre has assumed responsibility for technical matters through his M-technologies company while Atte Varsta will take over commercial and branding for the team alongside his continuing driver management role at V&V Sport Management. Albatec is expected to announce it s second Euro RX driver (to partner Jerome Grosset-Janin) soon.






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