Kristoffersson and Gronholm take World RX glory in Finland. British RX starts.

Seven days in rallycross 2 September

by Rallycross World |

27 August    The delayed first rounds of the Italian Rallycross Championship – RX Italia, postpones the events due to run on 29 and 30 August. This time the delay is forced by weather forecasts that predict storms in the area of the Maggiora track. “There was a real risk of not being able to ensure adequate safety conditions for drivers and staff, above all due to the difficulties in managing the track under the expected conditions. In agreement with the drivers, we have therefore decided to move the entire racing weekend to 12-13 September,” said president of Sport Club Maggiora, Riccardo Fasola.

Rallycross World | RX Italia, Gigi Galli, Franco Mollo, Maggiora

29 August    The third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place at Kouvola in Finland. Returning to Finland for the first time since 2014, World RX has double-header weekend behind closed doors at Kouvola where there is no supporting category. Championship points leader Johan Kristoffersson takes a clean sweep in round three; winning each of the three qualifiers, his semi-final and the final. 2019 Finnish champion Juha Rytkonen delivers an outstanding performance to capture second place in the GRX SET Hyundai i20 with World Champion Timmy Hansen placing third, his first podium finish of the year.

Rallycross World | World RX, Kouvola, Finland, Johan Kristoffersson

30 August    Niclas Gronholm wins the fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Kouvola in Finland, the third different driver to win in the first two weekends of racing. Johan Kristoffersson was the top qualifier but Gronholm out manouevred the points leader in the first corner and then drove a masterful race to control the pace and the chasing pack from the front. It was close when Gronholm took his joker in the last lap, but the Finn remained in front to take the victory as a last corner shuffle nrought Mattias Ekstrom up to second place and Timur Timerzyanov to third. Kristoffersson finished the race fourth, ahead of Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud.

Rallycross World | World RX, Kouvola, Finland, Niclas Gronholm, Mattias Ekstrom, Timur Timerzyanov
Rallycross World | World RX, Kouvola, Finland, Niclas Gronholm, Johan Kristoffersson

31 August    Mark Donnelly wins the first round of the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy at Lydden. Oliver Bennett wins all four qualifiers withi his Mini but is disqualified from the event before the semi-finals for a ‘fuel irregularity’. Driving an LD Motorsport Citroen DS3, Donnelly wins semi-final two to join defending champion and GB1 number holder Julian Godfrey at the front of the grid, Godfrey having won the first semi. Donelly wins the final by four-seconds aheads of Godfrey who just beats Ollie O’Donovan. Tristan Ovenden is fourth in his Supercar debut and Chris Hoy places fifth driving Pat Doran’s Citroen C4. 

Rallycross World | 5 Nations BRX, Lydden, Mark Donnelly, Steve Hill

Paige Bellerby wins the Supernational final in her Lotus Exige, Latvian teenager Roberts Vitols is best of the Super1600 field in his Peugeot 206 and Tom Ovenden wins the Junior final. Stephen Jones is best of the RX150 field, TT star John McGuinness second on his competitive four-wheel debut. In retro Rallycross there are wins for Steve Cozens (upto 1600cc Citroen AX), Paul Barrett (Escort MkIII) in the Super retro (over 1600cc) section and Pat Doran who wins the Group B and four-wheel drive class in his RS200.
David Bell is unbeaten in the BMW Mini section and James Constantine wins the Swift Sport final.


2 September   The Norwegian ASN, the NBF, confirms a three-event schedule for its national championship that begins this weekend at Gardemoen. To manage the restrictions on the number of people permitted to attend the events will be run without spectators and on the first weekend the five championship classes will be separated, Junior, Supernational 1600-2000 and Supernational over 2400 running on Saturday while Supernational up to 1600, Supernational 2000-2400 and Supercar racing on Sunday. 2019 champion Kjetil Larsen (Audi S1) leads the Supercar entry in which Holten Motorsport will race its STARD-built electric Projekt E car. Further events will take place at Grenland 12-13 September and Momarken 03-04 October.

Rallycross World | NM Rallycross, Gardemoen

This weekend    It’s a busy one with racing in several countries. Rallyx Nordic wraps up it’s three-weekend season at Nysum in Denmark where RX2 is also on the bill. Click here for details of how to watch.
This weekend also has the Latvian Championship at Bauska /MUSA Raceland, the Portuguese series visiting Verde Horizonte, Norwegian Championship at Gardemoen and the CEZ series filling the paddock at Sedlcany. We are doing the best to keep our calendar of events and where you can watch rallycross in 2020 up to date for you. Postponed and cancelled events remain shown but marked as a record of the carnage wrought on the 2020 schedule by Covid-19.

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