7 May / Former British rallycross Champion Ollie O’Donovan reveals that he has become the owner of the ex-Will Gollop/G-Tech Peugeot 306 for the second time. The London-based Irishman has bought the car back from Andy Scott, to whom he sold it in 2009. The option to buy-back was agreed in the sale to Scott, so O’Donovan’s purchase of the car is somewhat less complex or difficult to explain than when he first bought the car in 2006; see our story on the history of the car. O’Donovan has no firm plans for the car, but expects to use it in sprints, hillclimbs and rallycross events when he can. he won his class at a sprint last weekend. “It was a sad day when I had to sell the Peugeot to Andy Scott, I love that car, it’s very special to me. I always told Andy that I wanted first refusal if he ever sold it, and the opportunity came up a little while ago to bring her home. We’ve only had the car back a short time, but Tony Bardy Motorsport has done a brilliant job to get her back into our colours. It was an amazing car built by Will Gollop, which thanks to Tony remained competitive until relatively recently. We don’t know what events we’re going to do just yet, we have a lot going on, but the plan will be to have some sprints, hillclimbs, rallycross and demos. There will be no pressure to do anything specific, the idea is to have fun, remember some amazing times we had with this car in our history and to continue to have good times with it into the future,” said O’Donovan.
7 May / The Titans Rallycross series posts a short message on its Facebook page to announce that it will not run events in 2021. The statement says: “TitansRX CEO Max Pucher had to cancel the series for 2021. Very sadly we have to say goodbye for this year to the racetracks due to the Covid19 regulations in Austria and the world. We hope that we can see each other next year! We will come back stronger! Till then we show you the best moments from out last Covid19 free season. Test and trackdays are still running in the MJP Racing Arena Fuglau until further regulations!”
8 May / The first rallycross of the year in Britain takes place at Lydden Hill where the BTRDA opens it’s Clubmans Championship with an 80-car entry. There are 23 starters in the Supermodified category in which Slawomir Woloch (BMW M3) is top qualifier, but loses out to Jason Bleasdale (Vauxhall VX220) in the final.
9 May / The Hungarian rallycross Championship gets its delayed season underway with a well supported event of 110 racers at the Kakucsring. “Luigi” wins the event in a Peugeot 208, leading home Tamas Karai (Audi A1) and Mate Benyo (Skoda Fabia). The championship includes 11 classes. The winners in the SuperTouringCar (STC) classes were Tibor Vamosi (BMW E36) over 2000cc, Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) up to 2000cc and Daniel Fekete (Peugeot 206) 1600cc. Balazs Kormoczi (Suzuki Swift) won in Super1600 and Akos Kormoczi (Suzuki Swift) was best of the 12-car Junior entry.
9 May / The second round of the Campionato Italiano Rallycross takes place at the new Castelletto Circuit. Set out within a kart track, the new rallycross is 1350m in length. The championship’s new RX5 category (for rallycross cars based around R5 rally regs) was won by Luigi Ricci (Hyundai i20) who was joined on the podium by Roberto Camporese (Citroen DS3) and Arianna Corallo (VW Polo). Nils Volland (Audi A1) repeated his round one victory in Super1600, Jiri Susta (Skoda Fabia) second from Silvano Ruga (Renaut Clio), Jean Claude Vallino (Opel Astra) made a stunning debut to win the SuperTouringCar category, the teenager beating Mattia Nicolini (Citroen AX) and Franco Fusi (Renault Clio). The Kartcross class again produced plenty of action and was won by Marco Bernigs (Planet Kartcross K3) who led home the Giacomotti brothers Maicol (Planet Kartcross K3) and Nicolas (Kep Evo 2). The series returns to Maggiora for rounds three and four next month.
12 May / A revised calendar is published for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The new schedule retains eight events over seven weekends, the German event at the Nurburgring forming rounds two and three. Norway has dropped off the calendar, a victim of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season will start in Barcelona with a new Friday/Saturday schedule with racing focused in the evening. Portugal regains a place on the calendar, the final round scheduled for Montalegre on 23-24 October. “We are confident we now have the final shape of the 2021 World RX calendar, and we would like to thank the promoter and the organisers for their flexibility and reactivity in these pandemic circumstances. We are pleased to include Montalegre for the finale in a compelling blend of traditional and contemporary venues for 2021,” said Gyarfas Olah, FIA Off-Road Commission President.
12 May / RallyX Nordic adds a ‘Superteam Challenge’ to its schedule in Holjes. The feature will use a pair of the new RX2e cars and feature eight drivers competing in four teams. World Rallycross Champions Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen are joined in the lineup by Marcus Gronholm and Andreas Bakkerud.
Watch / The test ‘mule’ for the 2021 World RX RX1e cars has continued its testing schedule and recently Norwegian WRC driver Andreas Mikkelsen was given the chance to try the machine at Horn-Fuglau in Austria.
This weekend / The season is up and running now, so please check our guide of where to watch rallycross. Most events are still behind closed doors, so if you want to spectate make sure that is permitted before travelling. It’s also a holiday weekend across much of Europe, so if you’re at home and want to watch some racing check out RallyX Nordic which is in action at Holjes from Thursday.« Previous Post Next Post »