15 October Irish Rallycross Championship organisers announce that Mondello Park Circuit has cancelled the penultimate round of the championship which was to have run on 19 & 20 October. The statement said: “The decision to cancel the championship double header, which has been taken reluctantly by the circuits’ management, was brought about by continuing low levels of entries for Rallycross events, despite exhaustive efforts to breathe new life into the championship by Mondello Park, Motorsport Ireland and a number of other parties. In recent times, entry numbers had fallen below the threshold to make Irish Rallycross events financially viable, but the circuit had stuck with the championship in an effort to see it return to its glory days. This weekend’s entry however, was just too low for the championship event to go ahead. The Motorsport Ireland Rallycross Commission will meet next week to make a decision on the final event of the season, which is due to take place in late November.”
19 October The penultimate round of Titans RX takes place at Estering where a bruising final results in just two cars making it to the finish line and Jerome Grosset-Janin taking his first win in the series, the fourth driver to win in 11 events. Kevin Eriksson and “CSUCSU” were eliminated in a first lap accident that caused a red flag. Of the remaining four cars, Timmy Hansen was out early in the restart after first lap contact in and Toomas Heikkinen was forced to surrender the lead when the left front suspension on his car failed. Grosset-Janin then outpaced Kevin Hansen to secure the win.
19 October The virtual series moved on to Sonoma where Yohann Harth (Subaru Winter Experience) became the third winner in as many events. The Frenchman took the win ahead of Garrett Lowe (Loenbro Motorsports) and Subaru team-mate Jon Robertson in third. Points leader after two event Mitchell DeJong missed the event and slipped down the series order. Round one winner Sami-Matti Trogen (SET Esports) was third on the road but dropped to seventh after getting a penalty. Harth leads the series from Trogen.
20 October The final round of Titans RX brings a victory and the series title for Kevin Hansen who managed to finish on the podium in all 12 events. Hansen led from the first corner of the final and took the win ahead of Kevin Eriksson who recovered to place second after losing places in the first lap. Day one winner Jerome Grosset-Janin completed the podium finishers on a day when Toomas Heikkinen and Timmy Hansen both ran into problems in the final.
20 October At Maggiora the fifth round of the Italian Championship is abandoned after the qualifying rounds have been completed as heavy rain makes the track conditions too bad to continue. Results are declared on qualifying positions and points awarded accordingly. Gigi Galli (Kia Rio) leads the way in the Supercar category and takes the win, guaranteeing the Italian Championship title with a round still left to run. The event also forms the final round of the CEZ series but with little race for the entry from championship regulars is poor. Austrian veteran Alois Holler (Fiesta) is already the Supercar champion. Tomas Krejcik (Skoda Citigo) is the winner in Super1600 finishing ahead of Josef Susta (Fabia) and Lukas Dirnberger (Fabia), the latter his only remaining rival in the CEZ series. Richard Forster (VW Polo) wins the SuperTouring 1600 class on the day, Karl Wagner (Renault Megane) and Karl Schadenhofer (VW Golf) winning the up to and over two-litre sections respectively. Simone Firenze is best of the Kart cross field.
20 October The fifth round of the Russian Rallycross Championship takes place at Grozny in Chechnya. European Super1600 racer Egor Sanin wins his class and secures the Russian Championship for 2019. Maxim Simonov won the Super1600 category and Rustam Fathutdinov won the Junior category.
20 October Junior Rallycross racer Luke Constantine completes his successful defence of the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship. An unusual mistake dropped Constantine to fourth place in the final, but he did enough in his race to end off the challenge from Production class racer Dale Ford and secure the crown for the successive year. The event at Knockhill marked the return of rallycross to Scotland for the first time since 2014.
Obituary We are sad to note the death on 15 October of Andrew Cowan (82). While best known as rally driver with particular success in long-distance events, he was also a successful driver in rallycross. Driving for the Rootes Group he appeared in rallycross events at the wheel fo works Hillman Imps in the earliest years of the sport. He later became the boss of Mitsubish Ralliart, guiding the team through its most successful years and World Championship successes of the late 1990s.« Previous Post Next Post »