Hansen strikes back in World RX. Nuriev wins Euro S1600. Eriksson’s winning start to RX2 defence. Tohill leads British RX. More…

Seven days in rallycross 2 May

by Rallycross World |

22 April Derek Tohill takes the lead of the British Rallycross Championship by winning round two at Lydden Hill. Tohill beats Ollie O’Donovan in a closely fought final. Five-time champion Julian Godfrey reverts to his own Ford Fiesta for this event and dominates qualifying to start from pole but is not able to do better than third in the final. Tristan Ovenden (Renault Clio V6) takes his second Supernational win of the year while there is again less than a second between winner Luke Constantine and Patrick O’Donovan in the Junior Championship. World RX racer Liam Doran wins the Retro Rallycross section win an impressive performance in his father’s Ford RS200 Group B car.

24 April Rally X Nordic announces that it will livestream racing from all event on its Facebook page this year. The seven-round series start at Holjes in mid-May

28 April World RX of Catalunya, round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is won by Timmy Hansen. The Swede dominates the event, winning all four qualifiers to be top at the Intermediate Classification and then adding victories in the semi-final and final. Kevin Hansen shadows his older brother for most of the weekend and places second in the final, ahead of Andreas Bakkerud. Fastest in practice by just 0.004s Bakkerud is the only driver to lead Timmy Hansen over the two days. Niclas Gronholm is fourth in the final, ahead of Cyril Raymond and Janis Baumanis. Olympic gold medal cyclist Sir Chris Hoy takes part in the event at the wheel of Xite Racing’s Fiesta and is classified 15th, scoring two World Championship points.

The opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 is also on the card in Barcelona. Volland Racing takes the top five places with its quintet of Audi A1s. Fastest in Q2 and Q3, Aydar Nuriev wins semi-final and final to lead the rout. Artur Egorov, Gergely Marton and Timur Shigabutdinov follow with owner/driver Janno Ligur placing fifth on the road in his Skoda Fabia. However, post race scrutineering disqualifies Ligur, so Yuri Belevskiy (who goes off in the final after a last lap clash with Shigabutdinov) is classified fifth.

The Barcelona bill is completed by RX2 which begins its season with victory for defending champion Oliver Eriksson. Jamaican Fraser McConnel is fastest in Q3, the only time in the weekend that Eriksson does not top the order. In the final McConnel places second ahead of Jesse Kallio. Ben-Philip Gundersen, one of the pre-season favourites, does not make the semi-finals after being disqualified from Q3, he is third fastest in each of the other qualifying races.

29 April Irish rally driver Craig Breen will race in the Titans RX series. The 2012 WRC2 champion tried his hand in Derek Tohill’s Supercar in February of this year and after a test in one of the Titans’ series Pantera cars has agreed to take part in the six-weekend/12-event series.

1 MaySpeedMachine launches a teaser video for its second edition which include the British round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

2 May Former European Ladies rally Champion Tamara Molinaro will race in the Titans RX.  “I am of course not used to rallycross, but for me it’s a big new challenge, and I can’t wait to learn. I am probably the least experienced driver in the series, but I will give my everything to fight these crazy boys,” said Molinaro.

2 May DA Racing announces that Julien Febreau will drive in three rounds of the French championship this year. The programme starts at Chateauroux this weekend with Febreau slated to return at Faleyras and Essay later in the year. 

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