23 March / The Spanish Rallycross Championship will host a ‘shakedown’ day on 22 April. The Copa de España de Rallycross (CERX) will gather at the Antonio Vadillo de Miranda de Ebro Circuit where the N5, R2 and Rally4-based categories will share the track with FIA Cross Car machines. Competitors in the CERX will return to Miranda de Ebro for the first round of the championship on 27-28 May and again for the final of the series on 2-3 December. The championship has also confirmed that events will also be televised by RTVE.
23 March / Nils Andersson announces his participation in the FIA RX2e championship. The 23-year-old will drive a KMS entry, running under the Team E banner, for his second full season in the series, the model for which evolves this year with teams now able to run cars (in 2021 and ’22 all cars were run by series operator QEV). Andersson works at KMS in a team management role and is expected to be joined in the RX2e lineup by a second car for a female racer. “Nils is a very talented driver who has repeatedly showcased his potential on the track, and I know he is working hard on developing even further. He has put together an interesting package, and we are happy to be able to draw upon the benefit of our experience to support him in his career,” said KMS boss Tommy Kristoffersson.
26 March / A revised version of the Blyton track is used for the first round of the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship. The new layout removes the jump and some of the tightest turns in favour of a more flowing track. Fred Ling wins the Supermodified Final in his Fiesta. The eight event series also visits Pembrey, Lydden and Knockhill where the final round will take place in October.
27 March / Ovenden Motorsport is field three cars in three different championships within the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship series. Tristan Ovenden will continue to race the Citroen DS3 Supercar he has raced in recent seasons and is boosted having achieved his first event win at Mondello Park last year. His son, Will, is to return in the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross Championship and third car will be run in the Swift Sport Championship. Newcomer Damian Constable is to race the Suzuki Swift at Lydden in round one but a group of different drivers will share the car during the year.
27 March / Former Norwegian champion Ole Henry Steinsholt will race in the FIA RX2e championship. Steinsholt took part in the first RX2e event at Barcelona in 2021, placing second in the final. “I am thrilled to be joining the RX2e grid for season 3,” said Steinsholt. “I had a fantastic experience racing in the inaugural season, and I can’t wait to get back out there and compete against some of the best drivers in the world,” said Steinsholt. The FIA RX2e championship will run alongside the FIA World Rallycross Championship at five event starting at Hell in Norway in mid-June.
28 March / Hansen World RX Team says it has spent the winter preparing to be ‘stronger and faster than before’. Timmy and Kevin Hansen will again drive for the family team, but boss Kenneth Hansen says that was not a forgone conclusion. “This season feels different. We are grateful to have Timmy and Kevin on-board as drivers; many people think this is just how it is because we are family, but it is not granted that they will drive for us, so we are grateful that we have two very strong drivers in the team to try and fight for both titles this season,” said Hansen, adding that the winter has been spent focused on details. “We have tried to be clever, to lift different stones to find small things here and there that can help us move forward in 2023. We have done many things; we don’t know if it will be enough but definitely, we will be stronger and faster than before. For sure our competitors will be stronger also, but we have done our homework as well as we believe we can with the resources we have. It will be really interesting to see what will happen this year.”
This weekend / It’s still a bit quiet on the racing front, but you can now plan what to see, where and when from our big list of the major events of 2023 below. We will also draw your attention to the latest vlog from British Champion Patrick O’Donovan who has already been racing and winning in 2023.
pics: World RX, RX2e, 5 Nations BRX, Kev Hutch
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