23 November DA Racing announces its Andros Trophy campaign for the winter of 2018-2019. Three-time Andros champion JB Dubourg will be joined in the team by Emmanuel Moinel in a pair of Renault Capturs. The Andros Trophy will introduce electric cars this year, the new machines racing alongside the existing four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer cars in the same races. “My ambitions are clear, I aim for a fourth title in the Andros Trophy,” said Dubourg. “After having the privilege of winning the first electric race in Val-Thorens in December 2009, I welcome the initiative of Max Mamers and the Andros Trophy to be in tune with the times organising the first race in the world between thermal (internal combustion) and electric cars. I am really looking forward to fighting Andros electric cars with my Renault Captur Silhouette.”
25 November Johan Kristoffersson completes a remarkable season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship by clinching his 11th victory in the 12-event series, confirming his second World RX title and staking a claim to be recognised as one of the greatest rallycross drivers ever. The final round of the year takes place at Killarney on the outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa. The Swede suffers a driveline failure in Q1 that leaves him slowest of the 16 finishers, but fights his way back into contention by winning on every subsequent visit to the track. Mattias Ekstrom and Sebastien Loeb (the only other driver to win an event in 2018) complete the podium.
The RX2 title is won by Oliver Eriksson who seals the title when he wins semi-final one while title rival Guillaume De Ridder fails to finish in semi two. Eriksson then has a non-finish in the final which is won by Ben-Philip Gundersen – the Norwegian having also won the opening round in Belgium in May. Sondre Evjen and Vasily Gryazin compete the Cape Town podium while De Ridder and Henrik Krogstad round out the championship top three.
25 November Mattias Ekstrom says that he does not expect drive a full World RX championship in 2019 and “That was probably the last race for EKS Audi Sport as a factory-supported team in the World Rallycross Championship. After five amazing years it’s a very emotional moment for all of us. But I think we concluded this fantastic chapter with style today.” Ekstrom and team mate Andreas Bakkerud were second and third in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. After racing on Sunday Timo Scheider completes four laps in Bakkerud’s Audi – reputedly lapping within 0.3s of Ekstrom’s best for the weekend…
26 November GC Kompetition runs a test at Cape Town. Liam Doran and Andreas Bakkerud were both slated to drive the team’s Meganes.
27 November Audi Sport names Andreas Bakkerud as one of six drivers who will take part in its DTM new driver test. The test will be run at Jerez in Spain and ranges Bakkerud against circuit racers from a range of series, including Le Mans winner Benoit Treluyer. The test will use Audi RS 5 DTM cars and takes place between 10 and 12 December.
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