12 June / Czech racer Ales Fucik achieved perhaps his greatest success since switching codes from autocross to rallycross by winning at Sedlcany. The event comprised qualifying rounds of the Czech, Austrian, Polish and Slovakian national championships as well as the CEZ series and Fucik (VW Polo) dominated the weekend. Polish star Zbigniew Staniszewski (Ford Fiesta) was fastest in Q1 but after that it was Fucik all the way, three fastest times preceding victory in the final. Austrian veteran Alois Holler (Fiesta) qualified third behind Staniszewski but progressed to second in the final, ahead of the Pole. Damian Litwinowicz (Audi A1) collected another CEZ Super1600 win, the Polish racer beaten only in Q1 in which Jan Ratajsky was fastest in his Skoda Fabia. In the final Litwinowicz was chased home by Nils Volland (Audi A1) and Vaclav Tuma (Skoda Fabia). Jiri Susta was in the mix for the top places but suffered a roll at the start of Q4. The three SuperTouringCar classes provided a large quantity of the entry for the event, the over 2000cc class won by Hungarian Tibor Vamosi (BMW E36) who beat the similarly equipped Polish rival “Halk” with Karl Schadenhofer third in his VW Golf IV. Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) was best of the 2000cc class once again, the Czech joined on the podium by Polish racer Jakub Kowalczyk (Honda Civic) and Robert Dabrowski (VW Polo). The 1600cc class was won by Austrian Lukas Dirnberger (Skoda Fabia) who had qualified third but won the final ahead of Michal Sklenar (Honda CRX) and Konrad Gryz (Peugeot 106). Josef Svorc was best of the 15 kartcross starters having won every phase of the event. The Czech championship’s three class historic series also appeared, Pavel Koutny (Skoda 130 LR) winning the up to 1600cc class, Michal Gregor (Peugeot 306) best of the over 1600cc runners and Lubos Cizek (Audi S2) taking the four-wheel drive class. The National 1600cc final was won by Lukas Pech (Renault Twingo) while Poland’s SC Cup and RWD Cup were won by Bartlomiej Mirecki and Kamil Pietraszko respectively.
15 June / In a flurry of announcements, JC Raceteknik has drivers engaged in FIA Euro RX and Nitro RX. Sondre Evjen and Ole Christian Veiby are to race a brace of Audi S1 at Holjes in the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, the event has drawn a full 25-car entry. Veiby is also to drive in the DRR JC outfit in the Nitro opener at Lydden this weekend. And Alex Gustavsson who has progressed from junior ranks with JC is to drive in the invitation Kartcross group at Lydden.
This weekend / Nitro Rallycross begins its 2022-2023 season at Lydden Hill. the new all-electric FC1-X one-make car is the feature of the top ‘Group E’ class. The event also includes internal combustion Supercars, the Supercar Lites-based NRX Next and Crosskarts. Also this weekend, the Estonian Championship moves on to Misso and the Swedish National series finally kicks into life at Vasteras.
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