1 July / Nitro RX reveals images of the bodywork to be used on the FC1-X it will use in 2022. In it’s launch messaging
Travis Pastrana said: “With the FC1-X, our goal was to create the toughest and fastest rallycross car ever built for competition. Group B cars were the baddest cars ever rally’d (sic). With that in mind, we are proud to name this new era of car, Group E. With more torque, acceleration and top speed than any current Rallycross Supercar, you have to see it to believe it.” The design released reflects the baseline NRX bodywork concept. Going forward, keep an eye out as manufacturers release their own crossover SUV-based designs in the future.
1 – 7 July / The new FIA RX2e series continued to reveal the identity of its first group of drivers over the course of the week. The new all-electric series announced eight drivers this week, those added to Guillaume De Ridder and Fraser McConnell who had already been named. This week’s additions feature a wide range of drivers that includes RX Academy Champion Jesse Kallio, French race Damien Meunier, British veteran Mark Flaherty and Spanish rally driver Jose Luis Garcia. British teenager Patrick O’Donovan is one of two graduates of the UK junior rallycross series to be included, the other Norwegian Ole Henry Steinsholt. A further two Spanish drivers complete the initial group of ten that will be on the grid for round one in Barcelona, rally man Pablo Suarez and crosskart racer Pepe Arque. It’s worth noting that when RX2e’s predecessor RX Lites/RX2 joined the World RX package in 2014 the first event drew nine cars.
4 July / CARX, the Argentine and South American Rallycross Championship stages it’s second event of the year at the Autodromo de Buenos Aires Oscar y Juan Galvez in the Argentine capital. Gaston Gonzalez made good tactical use of the Joker lap to win the RC2 final, Federico Villagra ran Gonzalez close at the finish, the lead duo ahead of Hernan Kim in third place on the road. Kim was, however, later penalised for contact with Jose Ciantini which elevated Martin Suriani to third. Uruguyan racer Mauricio Lambiris claimed a debit win in the RC2N section, taking the win ahead of championship regulars Diego Levy and Santiago Baldo. In RC5 Augustin Miranda took the win ahead of Carlos Murrone and Ezequiel Castanon.
4 July / RX Portugal moved on top Sever do Vouga for the third round of its 2021 season. Jose Lameiro (Citroen DS3 R5) took the Supercar win ahead of Joaquim Santos. The class lost Victor Ortfeldt’s Fiesta in a big crash on Saturday.
Joao Ribeiro (Skoda Fabia) won the Super1600final after outplaying Mario Teixeira in the Joker Lap. Andre Ferreira (Peugeot 106) claimed another victory in the National 1.6 class and Adao Pinto bagged victory in the 2WD category after top qualifier Celmo Guicho non-started in the final. Junior championship leader Jorge Rego (Citroen Saxo) won three of the four qualifying races and then won the final.
In Kartcross it was defending champion Jorge Gonzaga who recovered from a shaky start to the year to take victory. Gonzaga took a clean sweep in the event to collect the victory ahead of Rui Nunes and Luis Almeida.
6 July / The RACB confirms dates for the rescheduled Belgian Rallycross Championship. Because of the parlous state of the sport in Belgium, the series has already been granted a dispensation by FIA to run more events outside of its borders. The series will start at Valkenswaard on 14-15 August with a further visit to the Dutch venue to be confirmed.
7 July / World RX launches its new RX+ broadcast platform for coverage of the FIA World Rallycross Championship events. The subscription service will cover all of the racing in all categories at World RX events, as well as bringing behind-the-scenes detail not previously available. World Champion Johan Kristoffersson embraced the new service warmly: “This is a big day for rallycross fans. For me – and I think for many people – rallycross is the most exciting form of motorsport around. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s unpredictable and it’s hugely entertaining. I get such a buzz from driving, and I know fans get such a buzz from watching it. RX+ really is a game-changer in terms of what viewers can look forward to now. Growing up and watching my father race, I really wanted to learn more about the discipline and get to know all the drivers, but this kind of exposure was always a bit of a pipe dream. Now it is a reality, and rallycross finally has the kind of coverage and platform that it deserves. It’s the start of a bright new era for our sport, and it’s going to be awesome!” A launch offer means you can subscribe for the full year for just €29.99 by using the promotional code RXPLUS40.
7 July / A commentary and presentation team of six is announced by the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Nick Fellows and Martin Haven are to share lead commentary across the championship’s seven weekend and eight rounds. They will be joined in the commentary box by journalist and racer Hal Ridge. The reporting lineup will include World RX regular, Neil Cole, the return of Molly Pettit and the versatile Ben Constanduros.
This weekend / Worthy of note is the return to action of rallycross in Ireland. Mondello Park hosts the Irish Championship on Sunday. It should have been joined by British RX, but the 5 Nations series has been denied by travel restrictions. Still the Irish have mustered a bumper entry of race-starved and will have fans present too.
For our full guide of where to watch rallycross this year see the link below. This is updated regularly but remember to check with event organisers before travelling, even if events are on there may be restrictions on public access.« Previous Post Next Post »