21 September ESmotorsport – BRGroup releases first details and images of iits first full test session. The Lithunanian team declared itself pleased with the session at Bikernieki in Riga where Kavin Abring and Nasser Al-Attiyah shared the driving.
24 September Julian Godfrey takes his third British Rallycross Championship victory of the season at Pembrey in South Wales, overcoming pole starter Mark Higgins in the run to the first corner of the final. Higgins spins at turn one after a clash with Ollie O’Donovan, the Irishman finishing the race second to Godfrey and leads the Championship points after dropped scores are taken into account ahead of the final round at Silverstone. Higgins completes the podium, with Tony Bardy fourth on his return to racing a Supercar. Tristan Ovenden wins the Supernational category, Luke Constantine inherits the win in the Junior class when brother Tom runs into mechanical problems and David Bell wins in BMW Mini. Second to Simon Ovenden in the Swift Sport final enough for Morgan Bailey to take the Swift title, while Roger Thomas wins the Retro Rallycross final in a recently restored MG Metro 6R4, formally raced to British RX title success by Lawrence Gibson.
24 September Antoine Masse takes a decisive step towards the French championship title when the series resumes at Mayenne after its summer break. In a dry-wet eighth round of the championship, Masse (Peugeot 208) is only ever challenged by Samuel Peu (208) who is fastest in Q4 where Masse slipped to 11th having topped the order in the first three Qs. Masse beats Peu in semi one, Fabien Chanoine (Renault Clio) takes the second semi. Masse then takes the final, again leading home Peu with Fabien Pailler (208) third and David Olivier taking a notable fourth in his Dacia Logan. Masse’s main rival in the series, Guerlain Chicherit, is fifth in the second semi-final two and doesn’t make it to the final. Yvonnick Jagu (Skoda Fabia) wins in Super1600 and Emmanuel Danveau extends his Twingo Cup points lead with another win.
24 September Alex Wurz wins the Austrian Championship event at the MJP Racing Arena at Horn-Fuglau. Driving for circuit owner Max Pucher’s MJP Racing Team Austria, Wurz gains his first rallycross victory ahead of CEZ points leader Alois Holler (Focus) and Czech racer Lukas Marek (VW Golf). The third qualifier at the event is notable in having no classified finishers. Of the six competitors three don’t not start, two don’t finish after a first lap incident and Wurz is black flagged for pushing. Tomas Krejick (Skoda Fabia) wins Super1600 ahead of Jan Ratajsky (Fabia) and Werner Panhauser (Citroen C2). Czech veteran Roman Castoral (Opel Astra OPC) takes the TouringCar category.
24 September The rallycross element of Nitro World Games at Utah Motorsport Campus is won by Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208). Having topped the standings after the opening day Hansen then wins his semi-final to qualify on pole position for the eight-car final, alongside Americas Rallycross points leader Scott Speed. Hansen loses the lead at the first corner, Speed edging ahead while Hansen, Tanner Foust, Chris Atkinson and Mattias Ekstrom run four-wide at the turn one exit. Speed retires at the next corner after being spun by the chasing pack behind. Ekstrom leads the final from the front until taking his joker on the final tour, where Hansen takes the lead having taken a lap three joker. Ekstrom is second while Foust completes the podium.
26 September RallyX Nordic releases its 2019 calendar, which includes a double-header season opening event at Holjes in May and a trip to Latvia, to compete at the Riga World Rallycross venue. The series will be run over seven rounds, running from May until September, and includes visits to Nysum (Denmark), Kouvola (Finland), Tierp (Sweden) and a yet-to-be-announced circuit in Norway. Full calendar here.
28 September Danish Euro RX Supercar driver Ulrik Linnemann announces that he will race an OlsbergsMSE Honda Civic Supercar in the final round of RallyX Nordic at Tierp for what will be the car’s first competition start in Europe.
The tenth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place this weekend in Austin, Texas for the Championship’s first ever visit to the USA. Check out a preview video:
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