28 September / The day after the new China Rallycross Championship is launched, an inaugural event is run at Beijing where Deng Xiaowen takes victory to win the first official national rallycross championship event to be run in China. A group of identical cars from the Geely Group are used in the event. Newly approved by the Chinese ASN, the event is the beginning of a coordinated move to establish a national series in China.
30 September / The non-championship Raassilla Grand Prix rounds out the season for Estonian racers. Run on the new track at Raassilla, the event is won by Arvo Kask (Mitsubishi Lancer) who is one of just three Supercar racers to tsrat. The Crosskart field is the biggest of the day with 15 drivers. Armin Raag leads home Kristo Kutt and Lucas Orav to take the win. Toms Bumbiers is best of the Toyota Yaris Junior class, George Steve Supper takes the 125 honours and Keven Serbin wins in 650. Ranno Metsaveer is the TouringCar winner and Albert Ako Kokk, as the only starter, wins the Junior 1600 final.
30 September / Daniel Wall returned to the top of the class in the NGK Master Folkrace event. Taking his sixth win in the end-of-season classic, Wall was unbeaten in the event. Ladies champion Frida Borjesson had a harder path to glory, winning the B final before racing to the front of the main event. Lukas Andersson was also unbeaten as he swept to the Junior win.
1 October / Sever do Vouga hosted its 50th ever rallycross event as the Portuguese championship returned for the second time in 2023. In the absence of any Supercars the strong Super1600 field assumed the position of leading category and provided drama. Andre Sousa was first-last-first in the heats and then disqualified from the event which left Rogerio Sousa (Fiesta) and Antonio Sousa (Peugeot 208) at the top of the qualifying order. Rogerio Sousa went on to win the final in which fifth qualifier Sergio Dias was disqualified. Jorge Machado and Joaquim Machado completed the top three. With serial winner Adao Pinto a non-starter in the final, Duarte Camelo (Peugeot 106) emerged as the winner of the 2WD final and was joined on the podium by Manuel Tavares (Peugeot 106) and Mario Texeira (Renault Clio). Alexandre Borges (Planet Kartcross) was top qualifier and the winner of the final in Crosskart. Mario Rato (Semog Bravo) was a close second with Gustavo Henriques (LBS) climbing up to third place. Yesica Lorenzo (LBS) was the winner of the Junior Crosskart class and Gustavo Santos the only starter in the Junior saloon section.
This weekend / World RX moves onto Cape Town and the first event at the Killarney circuit since 2019’s title showdown. The Slovakiaring hosts its national series as well as the visiting CEZ, Polish and Czech racers. At the Eurocircuit its the end of the season for Dutch racers, and the NM Rallycross season in Norway closes as the rescheduled Finnskog event.
Rewind / Just to illustrate how bad the conditions were at Nyirad two weeks ago.
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