RX Italia starts. Eesti Rallikross at Kehala. Norwegian, Finnish and more.

Seven days in rallycross, 16 September

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12 September    The BTRDA Championship gets it delayed season underway at Lydden where Tristan Ovenden wheels out his trusty Renault Clio V6 Supernational car and collects the overall event victory. Guy Corner places second in his Lotus Exige with Fred Ling (Ford Fiesta) third. Tony Lynch (Ford Ka) is fourth in the Supefinal, the top four four-wheel drives ahead of the best four-wheel drive cars, Bradley Sampson (Mitsubishi Lancer E6) and Paul Davis (Subaru Impreza). In a good day out for the Ovenden family, Tom Ovenden is best of a ten-car Junior field, taking the win ahead Luke Constantine.

Rallycross World | BTRDA Clubmans rallycross, Lydden, Tristan Ovenden

12 September    Kehala is the scene for the fourth round of the Estonian Rallycross Championship.  The concurrent Baltic Championship is canceled from the event after the Latvian government tightens controls on travel between countries meaning that Latvians returning from Estonia would have to isolate for 14 days. The Baltic series qualifier is moved to 3 October, but the Est Rallikross event continues without the visitors and is won by Arvo Kask (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6). Andri Oun (Ford Fiesta 7) places second head of Ainar Arula (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6). Janno Ligur (Skoda Fabia) beats Siim Saluri (Citroen C2) in the Super1600 Final, where Janno Ois (Honda Civic) places third.

Rallycross World | Est Rallikross, Kehala, Roomets

Raini Roomets rolled his Skoda Fabia Supercar”

Watch the white crosskart in the clip below.

12 September    RX Italia gets underway at Maggiora where Luciano Cobbe takes the wheel of Gigi Galli’s Kia Rio and wins on his rallycross debut. 2017 Italian Champion Ivan Carmellino (Fiat Grande Punto) takes second place and Davide Negri (Subaru Impreza) in third place. Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) is best of the Super1600 field in his Volland Racing car. Valentin Comte (Renault Twingo) second ahead of Jiri Susta (Skoda Fabia) in third. Roman Castoral (Opel Astra OPC) win the SuperTouring category and Maicol Giacomotti (Planet Kartcross K3) wins the Kartcross final.

rallycross World | RX Italia, Belevskiy, Volland racing, Audi

13 September     The second round of the Campionato Italiano Rallycross ACI Sport takes place at Maggiora where Swede Oscar Ortfeldt (Ford Fiesta) takes victory ahead of Luciano Cobbe (Kia Ria) and Ivan Carmellino (Fiat Grande Punto). Yuri Belevskiy (Audi A1) repeats his day one success in Super1600 and adds a second victory. Second place is taken by Nils Volland  who enjoyed a remarkable weekend in his first ever events. The 20-year-old son of team owner Rolf Volland, the ink was barely dry on Volland’s licence when he started the event. Jiri Susta placed third in his Skoda Fabia. Roman Castoral (Opel Astra OPC) repeats his Saturday SuperTouring victory, this time leading home Italian brothers Marco and Mattia Nicolini. The Kartcross final is won by Simone Firenze who gets his new Semog Bravo working well and beats Marcello Gallo (LifeLive TN5) to the win.

Rallycross World | RX Italia Ortfeldt

13 September     The second NM Rallycross weekend of the year took place at Grenland as the Norwegian Rallycross Championship moved south. Local racer David Nordgaard (Ford Fiesta) took the eventy win, beating round one winner and defending champion Kjetil Larsen (Audi A1) and Stein Egil Jenssen (Ford Fiesta). Larsen continues to lead the series. Jonas Dalseth Jacobsen (VW Polo) is the winner of the over 2400cc Supernational cars, in which category legend Terje Morstad (Citroen) made a welcome return and placed third behind Bjorn-Terje Heggell. Sivert Svardal (Mazda) returned to the two-litre category and took a class win, Espen Isaksaetre (Peugeot) won in Super1600, beating youngsters Ole Henry Steinsholt (Skoda Fabia) and Sebastian Hoidalen (Ford Fiesta). Roar Presthus was best of the Junior field and Sander Engsvik (BMW E30) was the Class Three (2000-2400cc) winner, the only driver to win in both rounds one and two. Shortcar was also on the bill, Stian Fjukstad winning the Bandit class and Stian Frydenlund taking the Extreme victory. The series moves to Momarken on 3-4 October for its final.

Rallycross World | NM Rallycross, Grenland, Jonas Dalseth Jacobsen

10 September    Janis Baumanis, out of a World RX drive in 2020, is set to race in Projekt E at World RX of Riga-Latvia. The local driver is among those to have tested the Projekt E prototype in 2019 and is looking forward to racing the developed car. “I’m very thankful to Ferratum and STARD for trusting me with the Fiesta ERX for the race in Riga. STARD has developed the car a lot from when I was driving it in Riga one year ago, I’m sure there are a lot of things that have been improved and I can’t wait to get into it. Obviously it’s a bit sad that I can’t do the full World RX Championship in Supercar like it was planned, but that’s life and hopefully everybody understands the situation that’s happening in the world right now is not the easiest for anyone, but I’m really looking forward to do the Projekt E race in Riga,” said Baumanis.

Rallycross World | Janis Baumanis

13 September    Finland lost its national championship this year, the five-round series cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been some lower level events and last weekend at Hyvinkaa there was a standalone event “RX Challenge Finland” that attracted a strong entry including 16 Supercars. Mikko Ikonen (Ford Fiesta) wins the Supercar final ahead of the similar cars of Henri Haapamaki and Mike Liimatainen. The ‘Open’ category – basically Finland’s ‘supernational’ – is won by Ville Mikonen (BMW E46) from Joni-Pekka Rajala (Ford Escort) and Jari Koivistoinen (Escort Mexico).

15 September    The Municipality of Montalegre announces that the Portuguese round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship schedule for 10-11 October will be cancelled. The statement from the local authority says: “In light of continued global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the current evolution of the pandemic in Portugal, the new State of Contingency enforced by the Portuguese authorities starting September 15th, which brings new freedom of travel limitations and stricter public gathering rules, the World Rallycross of Portugal 2020, scheduled to be hosted at Montalegre International Circuit on 10-11 October, will unfortunately not take place this year. The health and safety of everyone involved remains the priority as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.
We very much look forward to welcoming the drivers, teams, and fans to the Montalegre International Circuit for this world-class event in 2021.”

Rallycross World | World RX of Portugal, Montalegre

This weekend     World Championship action resumes in Riga where rounds five and six takes place. Round two of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar is also on the schedule and Projekt E is due to have its second event, the field up to four cars with the Cyril Raymond due to debut the new Citroen C3 ERX.  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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