Pastrana again in Nitro. GCK chooses an icon for World RX return.

Seven days in rallycross 24 November

by Rallycross World |

21 November / Nitro RX moved to California’s Glen Helen Raceway for its fourth weekend of action where Travis Pastrana (Subaru Impreza) backed up his round three win and took the points lead in the series with one event to run. Pastrana was joined on the podium by Subaru teammates Scott Speed and Andreas Bakkerud, the latter back in the squad driving the car used by Kyle Busch in round three. Speed also moved ahead of erstwhile points leader Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) to hold second in the series. The NRX Next category ran a double-header schedule as usual with Casper Jansson (Enlunds Motorsport) winning on both days. Sage Karam (Dreyer Reinbold Racing) had a good weekend, third on Saturday and second on Sunday and holds third in the points standings – behind Martin Enlund who placed third on Sunday. George Megennis (#YellowSquad) was second on the first day but fourth on Sunday.

Rallycross World | Travis Pastrana, Subaru Impreza, Nitro Rallycross, Glen Helen Raceway
Rallycross World | Casper Jansson, NRX Next, Nitro Rallycross, Glen Helen Raceway

21 November / Following the cancellation of the December event planned for Spa-Francorchamps, the Belgian Rallycross Championship concludes with a double-header forming rounds five and six at Mettet. The over 2000cc Supernational class is the senior category in the absence of any Supercars, although numerically Crosskart is the largest class in the event. Class Champion Kristof Bex (Volvo S40) takes the Supernational win on both days. On Saturday Glenn Cools (S40) is second with German visitor Bjorn Barkhoff (VW Polo) taking third. On Sunday Ludo Hermans (S40) leads the chase of Bex and Thoms Haels (BMW 1) places third. The upto 2000cc category present Martijn Vanhove (BMW 1) with double victory over the weekend. On Saturday Kurt Lambers (BMW M3) and Joel Strackx (Honda Civic) complete the podium while on Sunday Jens Barkhoff (VW Polo) and Pim Garvelink (Honda Civic) flank the winner. Nils Volland (Audi A1) takes the Super1600 win on Saturday when Clement Picard (Renault Twingo) retires from the final. On Sunday Picard goes the full distance and takes the win ahead of Volland and class champion Davy Van Den Branden (Citroen DS3). Steve Volders drove a rented Renault in the class having sold the Fiesta in which he had already secured the up to 2000cc Supernational title. Over the weekend Kobe Pauwels (LifeLive TN5) was best of the Crosskart racers. The winner of Sunday’s final, Pauwels was second on Saturday when Dany Born (Peeters) took the win. Born went out in the semi-finals on Sunday when Pauwels was chased home by Jan Keller (Peeters) and Victor Vranckx (Kamikaz). Fourth place went to Estonian Karl Martin Volver who had been third on Saturday. Romauld Demelenne (LifeLive) was best of the six Junior starters on both days. Robin De Bolle took a pair of RST victories and Bjorn Versluys (Trackline) was victorious both days in the autocross Superbuggy class.

Rallycross World | Davy Van Den Branden
Rallycross World | Martijn Vanhove

21 November / The Portuguese Cup competition closed out the season at Castelo Branco where Adao Pinto became the only driver to add a Cup title to their class win in the Portuguese Championship. Pinto (Opel Astra) saw off the challenge of Celmo Guicho (Renault Clio) to win the 2WD class. Jorge Machado (Citroen C2) won the Super1600 final, Goncalo Novo (Toyota Starlet) won the Junior Cup, Rafael Rocha was best of the 1.6 National class and Daniel Pachecho (Mitsubishi) was the only survivor of the two Supercar starters. Ivan Pina (Semog) won the Kartcross final but was later disqualified for removing his car from parc ferme so the win and cup title passed on to Alexandre Borges (Semog Bravo).

Rallycross World | Portuguese Cup, Adao Pinto, Castelo Branco
Rallycross World | Goncalo Novo, Junior, Rallycross Cup, Castelo Branco

23 November / GCK Motorsport reveals its plans for the 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship and details an entry based on a re-imagined Lancia Delta Integrale. The French team will design, build and run the bespoke Lancia Delta Evo-e, based upon the previously announced GCK Exclusiv-e retrofit of the Lancia Delta Integrale. “I’m super excited for GCK to be returning to the FIA World Rallycross Championship under its new electric banner. The race format lends itself perfectly to delivering one of the most thrilling sporting spectacles with electric cars so far, and we chose the Lancia Delta Integrale because it is a vehicle that made us all dream,” said Green Corp Konnection boss Guerlain Chicherit.

Rallycross World | GCK Motorsport Lancia Delta Integrale
Rallycross World | GCK Motorsport Lancia Delta Integrale

24 November / NASCAR star Chase Elliott will drive in the last event of the Nitro Rallycross season in Florida next month. Elliott will drive the Subaru used by fellow NASCAR racer Kyle Busch in round three of the series. “I enjoy the challenge of trying out other forms of racing and have recently taken up dirt racing, so getting in a rallycross car is really appealing. Nitro RX is thrilling to watch and from what Travis Pastrana and some of the other drivers have told me, it is just as thrilling to be behind the wheel,” said Elliott.

Rallycross World | Chase Elliott

This weekend / The FIA World Rallycross Championship wraps up its 2021 season with a duble-header event at the Nurburgring. Timmy Hansen leads entering the event but there is everything to play for.

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.

Pics: Nitro RX, RX Portugal, Johan Dingenen, World RX

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