Klara Andersson wins in Extreme E. Norway rewards rallycrossers.

Seven days in rallycross 30 November

by Rallycross World |

26 November / At the annual prize-giving of the Norwegian ASN, Even Hvaal is awarded the “Arets Drivaksel” (Driveaxle of the Year) awarded. The prestigious award recognises the importance of the voluntary driving force in motorsport. It is awarded each year to one or more people who, by virtue of volunteering, have made an extraordinary contribution to the sport. There were 24 nominees for the award this year. Best known as a rallycross driver and father to Ada-Marie and Jens – both of whom have raced successfully – Hvaal is a board member of NMK Grenland and key in the club’s development and management. “All sports are totally dependent on the many thousands of volunteers who come forward to organise and run clubs. Some put in an effort beyond what can be expected, and Even is one of these. There has been an impressive development in NMK Grenland in recent years. The track facility, Grenland Motorsenter, is constantly being developed and improved. At the same time, there is a very good environment in the club which has meant that they are constantly recruiting young athletes in several of our branches. Much of the credit should go to Even Hvaal,” said NBF president Finn Eirik Eilertsen.

Rallycross World | Andreas Bakkerud, Even Hvaal, NBF Arets Drivaksel

26 November / Among the other winners awarded by the NBF, Andrine Rafoss won the Petter Solberg Scholarship. Established by former World champion Solberg on his retirement, the scholarship carries a prize of NOK 150,000 (Euro 14,000). “Recruiting is important in all sports, and I am happy to be able to contribute to helping Norwegian talent. The fact that we also bring out girls like Andrine, who show the way and in that way can motivate even more girls to bet on motorsport is incredibly important,” said Petter Solberg. This year Rafoss won national championship events in rallycross and racing and finished in the top three in Super1600 (rallycross) and GT4 (racing) championships. She plans to step up the European Rallycross Championship in 2023. “Andrine’s versatility is impressive, and I think it is important to try out in several branches, in order to get varied driving training that way. One of the intentions of the scholarship is to help Norwegian drivers who are planning an international future. In this sense, Andrine’s plans were certainly essential when we chose her,” said Solberg.

Rallycross World | Hallgeir Raknerud, Andribe Rafoss, Norsk Bilsport

27 November / Klara Andersson claimed her first win in Extreme E. The rallycross driver is paired with Nasser Al-Attiyah in the ABT Cupra XE team and the final round of the series was her first full event as a team member after she was drafted into the squad during the penultimate round in Chile
The series was won by Sebastien Loeb and Christina Gutierrez in the X44 team who placed third in the final behind Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour for the McLaren team. Third, fourth and fifth placed teams all received penalties in the final.

Rallycross World | Nasser Al-Attiyah, Klara Andersson, ABT Cupra XE
Rallycross World | Extreme E

This weekend / RX Portugal runs its Portuguese Cup event this weekend. The season-closer has been switched from Baltar to Sever do Vouga.

pics: Extreme E, NBF

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