17 December The results of the 2020 Portuguese Rallycross Championship are declared final after plans to run the final round in late December or January are abandoned. The cancellation forces a tie-break to decide the title at Rogerio Sousa and Joaquim Machado end the year with 158 points each. The series counted the best four results from five events completed, so the dropped score came back into play to decide the tie, Sousa getting the title as his drop score was 36 points to Machado’s 32. Third place was taken by Jorge Machado.
17 December Following last week’s announcement of a provisional calendar for the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the schedule for the new FIA RX2e Championship is published. It reveals a six-event programme with events in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Germany and France.
18 December The FIA’s annual prize-giving gala takes place as a hybrid event with a few award winners present in person in Geneva while the majority joined virtually from locations around the world. The FIA World Rallycross Championship winners were honoured in the ceremony with Johan Kristoffersson collecting the World Championship for the third time and flanked by Mattias Ekstrom and Timmy Hansen; all three joined from Spain where they drove in the Extreme E test. Teams Champion KYB Team JC was represented by Team Principal Joel Christoffersson, the youngest ever winner of the title.
19 December The new Extreme E series completes its first group test at Motorland in Spain. The first time that cars have been run at full power, the test runs over two different courses at the venue. Rallycross drivers are prominent in the new series with current World Champion Johan Kristoffersson and former title holders Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekstrom all set to drive. Oliver Bennett also takes part in the test in the Hispano Suiza Xite Energy team entry. The series is scheduled to start in Saudi Arabia in March.
20 December The CARX season closes at Concepcion in Uruguay where Augusto D’Agostini and Juan Cruz Yacopini emerged as the champions. Agostini took the RC2 crown in style, winning the final round in his VW . For Yacopini, third place in the RC2N final was sufficient to secure the class title in his Toyota. The RC2N final was won by Santiago Baldo (Ford) with Cesar Folledo third in his Mitsubishi.
20 December The first weekend of Trophee Andros racing is complete in Andorra where Aurelien Panis and Yann Ehrlacher take a win each. JB Dubourg has a best finish of second place in Sunday’s round two, his teammate Gerard Fontanel winning the Elite class on the same day. The first day’s Elite final is won by Margot Laffite. The series recommences at Isola 2000 on 8-9 January.
22 December RallyX Nordic announces a four-event calendar and confirms its closer links with the Swedish National Championship. The series will run from May to August, the finish of the season being established to allow Supercar and Supercar Lites drivers to cross the Atlantic and have cars available for Nitro Rallycross in the US next autumn. RallyX Nordic will also introduce an ‘Open 2WD’ class open to Supernational racers from all NEZ countries. RallyX Nordic will also publish all of its 2020 TV material free of charge at tv.rallyx.se on Christmas Eve. 1-2 May Nysum (DNK); 13-16 May Holjes; 5-6 June TBC; 13-15 August Arvika.
This weekend The Irish Rallycross Championship event scheduled for 28 December has been cancelled, so we think that’s the end of the 2020 rallycross season – except for the outstanding British Championship event expected at Lydden in mid-January…« Previous Post Next Post »