31 March / The German Rallycross Championship issues a revised calendar. Remaining at six events, the Deutsche Rallycross Meisterschaft will now begin at Valkenswaard in Holland in August before moving on to Buxtehude, Schluchtern and Grundau in mid-October. “Unfortunately we have to react again due to the coronavirus pandemic and are making changes to the calendar. It also increases the chance that spectators can be admitted to all races,” said series coordinator Jan-Andre Lemme.
4 April / FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and former Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor win the first Extreme E event for Nico Rosberg’s new RXR team. Kristoffersson and Taylor are third after the qualifying runs – which in this opening event at Al Ula in Saudi Arabia are run with one car on the course at a time instead of multi-car races because of dust problems – but then come on strong in the finals to win the event. Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez are the top qualifiers for X44 and place second in the final, third place taken by Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen who fight back magnificently from a Q1 puncture that left them trailing the field in the opening stages.
5 April / The first round of RX Italia takes place at Maggiora where Nils Volland (Audi A1) wins the Super1600 final, Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) is best of the SuperTouringCar (STC) field and Marcello Gallo (LifeLive TN5) wins the Kartcross final. The Campionato Italiano RX opener is run behind closed doors and the organiser streamed the racing on its Facebook page. Newcomer Paolo Diana enjoys a good debut with Tedak Racing’s Alfa Romeo Mito and places second in Super1600, ahead of Silvano Ruga (Renault Clio). Franco Fusi (Clio) and Matteo Valazza (Citroen Saxo) lead the chase of Castoral and place second and third in STC. Kartcross is the best contested class in the event. Marco Berniga (Planet Crosskart) was top qualifier but crashed out of the final. Mauro Vicario (Speedcar) escaped this incident and led the final but was passed late in the race by Gallo. Matteo Grieco (GMN) completed the top three. See the livestream for the semi-finals and finals here. The series moves the new track at Castelletto for round two on 8-9 May.
6 April / The 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship announces that its events will be broadcast on BT Sport in 2021. Alongside the championship’s return to BT Sport, programming will also be available in the UK on FreeSports and the series will offer ‘as live’ highlights on its social media channels.
7 April / Rallycross France boss Jean-Jacques Benezet issues an update on the status of the Championnat et de la Coupe de France de Rallycross. The opening round of the series remains planned for Essay on 21-23 May, but without the ability to run the race behind closed doors the organiser has also registered a ‘reserve’ date of 21-22 August. The June events and Chatearoux and Faleyras also remain in place and are prepared to run behind closed doors if necessary and if the required authorisations for the events to go ahead in that form are forthcoming. Championship organiser AFOR is working on ideas to establish a pay-per-view streaming service for the series. “”It is very important to understand by now that organising an event without an audience or with a number of spectators requires colossal efforts from the organisers. And that will force us all to be more united than ever. We are aware that it was important for the entire economy of motorsport and Rallycross, and in particular the teams and preparers or even all the service providers who revolve around this environment, that races take place again. And we are fighting for it,” Benezet.
8 April / EKS JC announces that Belgian sportscar racer Enzo Ide will undertake a full season in RallyX Nordic in one of its Audi S1 Supercars. Ide made his rallycross debut in 2018 and delivered a handful of impressive performances in a mixed season of events in 2020. “I am pleased that I can continue to drive the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with the EKS JC team. It is important for me to have a good atmosphere in the team, like we always have. It makes me feel comfortable and it helps to improve my result on track, while we still have a good fun in the paddock,” said Ide.
8 April / Following its announcement that electric cars will eligible to race with Supercars, the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship has added a one-make category for the electric Fiat 500e to its roster of classes in 2021. In it’s first year the series will race only at three Lydden Hill rounds of the British Championship, the opening two events in May and the final in November. Elimen Racing which prepares cars for the Electro Rallycross Championship will also take part in the new series and expects to have five cars on track at the opening event, with a further three available to hire.
2021 season / Check out our guide of rallycross events for 2021. We will keep this as up to date as possible and add further dates and events as details become available. We hope that everyone has the chance to get out there and see some rallycross this year.« Previous Post Next Post »