Corallo is RX Italia champ. Staniszewski Polish and CEZ winner. Stars for RX2e in Catalunya.
Seven days in rallycross 27 October
by Rallycross World |
23 October / In the final round of the RX Italia season Rosario Corallo (Subaru Impreza) completed the defence of his title to become the Italian Rallycross Champion for the second year running. Supercars and RX5 headline in the Italian Championship and while Werner Gurschler (Skoda Fabia) took the event win, GianMaria Gabbiani emerged as the champion despite being sidelined after Q3 when an incident with Werner put his Fabia out for the day. Kartcross again mustered the largest class in the event and Marcello Gallo (LifeLive TN5) once again led the charge. Beaten only once in the event, Gallo was fastest except for Q3 in which he slipped to fourth before regaining his stride and going on to win the event and secure a fourth Italian crown. The SuperTouringCar classes were a little less well supported than usual and the +2000 group mustered the largest entry with six starters. UK-based Pole Slawomir Woloch (BMW E92) leading the way and taking victory in the final ahead of Zoltan Held and “Halk” (both E36). Woloch secured the CEZ class title, as did Roman Castoral (Opel Astra) who made light work of a slim -2000 class and Marco Valsesia (Citroen Saxo) gave home fans something to cheer by winning the -1600 group. Marco Valazza (Ford Fiesta) put his name to the RX Italia Super1600 crown but was roundly beaten in the three-car class by Czech visitor Jiri Susta who confirmed his CEZ title.
23 October / Tor Poznan was the scene for the final round of the Polish Rallycross Championship, where Latvian Edijs Oss dominated the proceedings on a weekend of mixed weather and some very wet races. Champion-elect Zbigniew Staniszewski was not present but also far enough ahead in the points that he could not be challenged (he also sat-out the Maggiora CEZ final in which he also claimed the title). Oss was unbeaten in the event, second place taken by Lukasz Tyskiewicz (Ford Fiesta) who secured both the Supercar Light class title and second overall to Staniszewski. The Supernational +2000 class lost a couple of starters to the CEZ event at Maggiora, and Daniel Krzysiak (BMW E46) bounced back from a difficult run in qualifying during which he non-finished in Q2, to win the final ahead of Lukasz Zoll (Volvo S40) and local racer Piotr Budzynski (Honda Civic). Zoll became the overall Supernational Championship. Jakub Kowalczyk (Honda Civic) won the -2000 section and Ugis Traubergs was best of the -1600 runners in his new Lada Super1600. The BMW-based RWD Cup had 20 starters. Top qualifier and series champion Kamil Pietraszko non-finished in semi-final one while second qualifier Mariusz Szczepanski won SF2 and then collected victory in the final. There were 26 starters for the SC Cup in which Julian Smiechowski was top qualifier but lost out in the final to Alan Czyz. The title was already the property of Bartlomiej Mirecki who did not start in the event.
25 October / Carlos Checa and Nick Heidfeld are named as drivers in the final round of the FIA RX2e Championship at Barcelona. The former MotoGP and F1 stars will line up against the brightest young rallycross talents in the FIA World Rallycross Championship’s first 100% electric event at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
26 October / OMSE makes its Mk8 Ford Fiesta Supercars available to customer drivers. Introduced in 2018, the latest iteration of the Fiesta from OMSE has only been used by what it describes as its ‘works’ drivers so far. Now the Swedish team is making the cars available on an arrive and drive basis in championships across Europe.
This weekend / The destiny of the 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship is likely to be decided in Barcelona where World RX rejoins for a double-header that forms rounds eight and nine of the championship. In the US, Nitro Rallycross moves to Glen Helen Raceway near Los Angeles for its fourth event and after a break of four months, the Irish Rallycross Championship returns to Mondello Park for the first of three events between now and December that will wrap up the season there.
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