Duval in France. Gronholm and Baciuska miss Spa World RX. VW Dealer Team for Evjen. More…

Seven days in rallycross 9 May

by Rallycross World |

3 May The entry list for the opening Rally X Nordic event at Holjes on 18-19 May is released and includes World RX star Niclas Gronholm who is taking advantage of the ability to race in a national event to gain track time at the Swedish venue. 16 Supercars feature on the entry list, five of them from Olsbergs MSE which will field Kevin and Oliver Eriksson alongside Ulrik Linneman, Mario Hansen and Sebastien Eriksson. Supercar Lites (RX2) and Cross Cars are also on the bill, but the scheduled TouringCar category has been dropped because of a lack of entries.

4 May The Ecurie Terre du Berry, the mayor of Chateauroux and AFOR announce that the rallycross track at Chateauroux Saint Maur will be extended before the French Rallycross Championship returns in 2020. 

5 May The second round of the French Rallycross Championship takes place at Chateauroux where changeable weather and guest drivers mix the order. At the end of the weekend Belgian Francois Duval wins the final but only after a battle with Julien Febreau who had been fastest in Q1 and Q2 in the rain affected first day. Guesting for Pailler Competition and DA Racing respectively, the pair head a Peugeot 208 podium lockout ahead of Samuel Peu who moves into the championship lead ahead of round one winner Philipe Maloigne (fourth at Chateauroux). The Super1600 win was again taken by defending champion Yvonnick Yagu (Skoda Fabia) ahead of Valentin Comte (Renault Twingo) and David Moulin (Dacia Sandero). Benoit Morel (Ford Fiesta) and Xavier Goubil (Peugeot 306) win in Divisions Three and Four. Matthieu Moreau tops the Renault Twingo order with Alizee Pottier the Ladies winner.

8 May Ecurie du Thymerais, the organiser at Dreux, announces that it will not organise the first two rounds of Titans RX. Dreux had been due to host the events on 29-30 June but the club’s president Steven Lefrancois said: “The Promoter cannot ensure the planned programme at the origin of the contract … we made the decision, in the interest of all, to cancel the european series planned at Dreux.”

8 May Leading into round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, ESmotorsport announces that it has split with driver Rokas Baciuska and plans to have Francois Duval in its Skoda Fabia in Belgium. On the same day news breaks that Niclas Gronholm has had emergency surgery for appendicitis and will not be fit to race at Spa. He is to be replaced by Joni Wiman, originally listed to drive a third GRX Hyundai.

9 MayVolkswagen Dealer Team Bauhaus announces that Norwegian Sondre Evjen will race its VW Polo Supercar in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars. The 21-year-old will build on promising end-of-season Supercar starts in 2018. With Kristoffersson Motorsport busy in racing and rallying, team boss Tommy Kristoffersson has enrolled old rival Per Eklund to manage the European rallycross programme. “I have always had a great admiration for Eklund. That was where my motorsport interest was raised. Late there were hard battles between us, but I want to claim a kind of love-hate with mutual respect. We will also provide staff, Eklund will be ultimately responsible for the car and an integrated part of the Volkswagen Dealer Team Bauhaus,” said Kristoffersson.

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