DeJong seals iRX title. Norway plans racing return. Maasmechelen under threat.

Seven days in ralycross 13 May

by Rallycross World |

8 May    Careful use of the short-cut Joker Lap in the last lap of the final allow Mitchell deJong to pass Sage Karam and take his fourth event win in the iRX series. DeJong produced a determined drive in the final to right back from sixth place after his car was damaged in a first lap incident that also involved Sami-Matti Trogen and Kevin Hansen, the latter out of the race in the collision. Sage had held off Kevin Carlisle and then Scott Speed before being jumped by deJong and finishing second. Trogen completed the podium. The win means that deJong is the champion going into Friday’s final of the six-event series at Hell in Norway.

Rallycross World | iRX, Mitchell deJong

8 May    The Oponeo Polish Rallycross Championship joins the esports move. The Polish series launches a pre-qualifying session ahead of the finals for the event that will take place on 17 May when the event will be shown live on Motowizja TV and the Facebook page of the Polish ASN, the PZM.

Rallyucross World | Oponeo Polish Rallycross Championship

10 May    The French ASN, the FFSA, publishes plans for motor sport activities to begin again. The possibilities do not extend to spectator events, which are prohibited in France until 31 August, but practice and training will be possible. In response to this and FFSA’s move to publish revised championship calendars, Rallycross France says: “Our calendar included only two events between September and the end of the season (Mayenne and Dreux), which does not allow to make a French Championship of Rallycross. That’s why we are still working … to find the best solutions for our organisers, partners, competitors and our audience of Rallycross in France.”

Rallycross World | Rallycross France, FFSA

11 May    The rallycross committee of the Norwegian ASN, the NBF, publishes provisional plans for a shortened championship season. The information provided makes it clear that the plan is dependent on government regulations allowing at 500 people to be present at an event from the beginning of September. Competitors are also being asked to pay an increased entry fee while new tyre regulations due to be introduced in 2020 are suspended until 2021. The proposed calendar of events is: 5-6 September NMK Gardermoen, 12-13 September NMK Grenland, 26-27 September NM Bakkelop NMK Sor-Gudbrandsdal (double-header), 3-4 October Inner Ostfold Motorsport.

Rallycross World | NM rallycross, NBF, Norwegian Rallycross Championship

11 May    The organiser of the World Rallycross of France issues a statement saying it will make a decision at the end of May as to whether it is possible for the event at Loheac to go ahead this year. “The health of our 800 volunteers, our public, our service providers, our partners, our officials and the racing teams is our top priority.Therefore, to allow these participants to be informed in an acceptable time before the event, the organisers will make a final decision on whether to maintain or postpone the Rallycross Loheac-Bretagne by the end of May at the latest,” the statement said.

11 May    Belgian media reports that the Environmental Impact Report for the Duivelsbergcircuit at Maasmechelen has been rejected by the controlling authority. Reports in several outlets state that the submitted report is incomplete and that the only course of action for the venue is to begin the process again. For the time being no events can be organised at the venue.

11 May     In a feature in Motorsport News, Lydden Hill boss Pat Doran says that he hopes that the FIA World Rallycross Championship could return to the venue as result of the improvements and developments that will take place there as part of the recently approved development at the venue. “We lost the World Championship in my view because we didn’t have the facilities to be able to hold it … I understood when IMG took the event away because of that and two be honest it was probably our own fault … but now we’ve got those facilities coming in the next couple of years, hopefully we could hold the World Championship round again,” Doran said.

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