21 August / Rallycross Promoter launches the first app for the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Available on iOS and Android devices (both mobile phones and tablets), and will provide access to all the latest premium content from World RX, the new RX2e series and European championships Euro RX1 and Euro RX3.
Registered RX+ subscribers can sign in with their account details to watch hundreds of hours of exclusive rallycross action, live or on-demand and in glorious HD quality. This premium production includes all races live as well as highlights, previews and replays, plus in-depth expert analysis, special features and interviews with the stars of the show – not to mention an unprecedented choice of viewing angles via on-board cameras that put viewers right in the driving seat.
With simple navigation, users can read all the latest news, follow race results live, check the championship standings and enjoy free video clips. Fans can find out all about their favourite drivers and teams thanks to detailed career information, while delving into the discipline’s rich history and check out upcoming events.
The free World RX app can be downloaded for iOS devices, and Android devices.
22 August / Timmy Hansen wins the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Holjes in Sweden. Hansen duelled with current champion Johan Kristoffersson throughout qualifyng, pipping his rival to the Top Qualifier spot with fastest time in Q2 and second fatest in each of the other three rounds. Kristoffersson was fastest in Q1 and Q4 to be second at the Intermediate Classification, ahead of Kevin Abbring who was fastest in Q3 in the Unkorrupted Renault Megane. Hansen won semi-final one, but Kristoffersson ended his day after misjudging the jump after T2, landing on the kerb and puncturing both right side tyres. Kevin Hansen won SF2 to lockout the front of the final for Hansen World RX Team. the brothers then ran out first and second in the final with Abbring third. Enzo Ide achieved a personal best fourth to give EKS JC some solace, Krisztian Szabo fifth ahead of Juha Rytkonen.
Jesse Kallio trumped Fraser McConnell to take the victory in the second round of the FIA RX2e Championship. McConnell was top qualifier but Kallio, fastest in both of Sunday’s qualifiers, led from the start of the final. Isak Sjokvist had a good debut in the series and placed third.
The opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for RX1 delivered a feast of action. Anton Marklund was fastest in the first three qualifiers but rolled out of the event while challenging JB Dubourg in Q4. Thomas Bryntesson won the fourth quaifier to be TQ and then added the SF1 win before winning again in the final, in both races pushed hard by Dubourg. Andreas Bakkerud eventually made it to third in the final, a tough qualifying followed by fourth in SF1. A penalty for Andrea Dubourg gave Bakkerud his chance in the final in which he progressed from the back of the grid to the podium.
In RX3 Yury Belevskiy took his second maximum points haul in as many events, this time with a clean sweep in the event. Kobe Pauwels recovered from engine failure in Q4 and battled through his semi to make it to the final where he placed second ahead of Marat Knyazev who, with Timur Timerzyanov in his corner, had his best event for some time.
22 August / The Austrian and Hungarian championships shared a weekend at the PS Racing Center in Greinbach Austria. The Supercar category was dominated by visiting Hungarian races and marked a breakthrough for Mate Benyo’s new Ford Focus which was fastest in all thre qualifiers and won the final. Zoltan Harsanyi (Mitsubishi Lancer E10) placed second ahead of Csaba Vass (Skoda Fabia). Zoltan Vass (Audi A1) was fourth ahead of “Luigi” who focused here and skipped his planned Euro RX1 start in Holjes. Austrian veteran Alois Holler was sixth in his Fiesta.
Combining two national series, the event had 13 classes in action. Among the winners, Morix Csermely won the Junior final and Lehal Laczko (Opel Astra) was best of the Super1600 runners. The three SuperTouring classes delivered wins for Austrian Daniel Karlovits (Honda Civic) in the up to 1600cc section, Czech visitor Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) in the 2000cc split and Karl Schadenhofer (VW Golf) in the over 2000cc class.
This weekend / The British Championship is in action on its traditional holiday weekend date, but is heading west to play at Pembrey. The German Championship plays host to its Belgian neighbours at Buxtehude and there’s more national action in Poland, Russia and Norway.
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.
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