15 April / The Finnish ASN’s commercial arm, AKK Sports, announces new TV coverage for the Finnish Rallycross Championship. The Rallicross SM season, which comprises five events, will be broadcast on the CMore channel which is free-to-air across Finland. The deal includes online coverage as well as live and highlight TV shows.
15 April / A five event calendar is published for the 2021 Irish Rallycross Championship. The publication by the championship organisers, host circuit Mondello Park and the Irish ASN Motorsport Ireland details a series taking place between July and December. There are also plans for two test days on 18 and 30 May. The championship organisers have also announced plans to reintroduce a class for autocross cars. This is to start from the second round of the championship with cars starting one at a time from the pitlane and racing over four laps.
19 April / The CEZ, Polish and Czech Championship event schedule to take place at Slomczyn in Poland this weekend is postponed because of travel restrictions in place for COVID-19 controls. Technically this would have been the second round of the CEZ series, but as round one in Hungary was already postponed, the Polish event was in effect the season opener. The event would also have counted for the Czech and Polish national championships. In a statement to postpone the event the Polish ASN, the PZM, said: “The most important reasons for postponing the competition to another date are: high epidemic threat of COVID-19, closed hotels, no confirmation by the nearest hospital of the readiness to admit participants to the competition, and unforeseen difficulties related to entry and exit from Poland that may occur at the state border.”
21 April / Rallycross Promoter GmbH is the new legal entity that will promote the FIA World Rallycross Championship. A statement confirming the name and identity of the new company, also details that it is owned jointly by Red Bull and KW25 – the same model as used for the sister WRC Promoter that promotes the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Jona Siebel will be Managing Director for both companies, with Arne Dirks newly appointed as Executive Director of Rallycross Promoter. Dirks joins from Brose Bamberg, Germany’s most successful top league basketball team in the last decade, where he was managing director and led a major restructure. Prior to that the 43-year-old was managing director of Deutsche Volleyball Sport. “My passion for sport also embraces my professional career and I’m honoured to join Rallycross Promoter at such an important time in the growth of World RX, as we steer towards the introduction of the exciting electric era in 2022,” said Dirks.
21 April / FIA European Rallycross Championship front runner Sondre Evjen will return to EKS JC for this year’s RallyX Nordic Championship. The 23-year-old Norwegian has raced a KMS VW Polo for the last two years, but will switch to an Audi S1 and return to the oversight of Joel Christoffersson with whose JC Raceteknik he raced in Supercar Lites in 2016. “I’ve had two educational years in the European Championship with the Kristoffersson team, where I developed as a driver and was able to improve the pace in the car. The Audi is known for being strong and reliable, but it is also a demanding car to drive. It will be exciting to see if I can get into it straight away and be on the pace immediately in Denmark [The RallyX Nordic opener]”, said Evjen.
This weekend / The Portuguese Rallycross Championship begins this weekend at Lousada where the championship’s new promoter is in control for the first time.
Our guide of where to watch rallycross in 2021 is updated with the new dates for the Irish Rallycross Championship. 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.