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VM-kalender 2020 Rallycross-SM 2020
Plats Land  
Höljes Sverige * + **+***
Loheac Frankrike *+** +***
Bikernieki National Lettland * +**
2-4 okt
Benelux SPA Belgien *
9-11 okt
Montelagre Portugal **+***
16-19 okt
Barcelona-Catalunya Spanien **+***
Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi
Nürburgring Tyskland ***
* = EM
** = Super1600
*** = RX2 International Series
Officiell hemsida
RallyX Nordic SM
26-27/9 Superfinal Tierp
Höljes Finnskoga MK
Officiell hemsida
Supernationella, 2400, JSM 2150, RM 2150
Höljes Finnskoga MK (ej RM)
Västerås Västerås MS
Kalix Kalix MK
Piteå Piteå MS
12-13/9 Kinnekulle Götene MK
26-27/9 Superfinal Tierp
Officiell hemsida
RallyX Nordic 2020 Supercupen i Rallycross2020
Supercar och Supercar Lites
6-7/6 3 & 4 Nysum Danmark  
25-26/7 5 & 6 Finnskogsbanen Norge  
26-27/9 8 Tierp Arena Sverige  
TBA 1 & 2 Höljes 1 & 2 Sverige  
*Date to be confirmed following FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on 5 December
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MK Team Westom Nytt datum letas  
13+14/6 Västerås MS SM deltävling RC  
27+28/6 Bollnäs MK    
1+2/8 Strängnäs AMS    
22+23/8 Finnskoga MK    
12+13/9 Götene SM deltävling RC  
Officiell hemsida
Titans RX 2020 RallyX On ICe 2020
25+26/4 1 & 2 MJP Arena Österrike  
23+24/5 3 & 4 Nyirad Ungern
27+28/6 5 & 6 Montalegre Portugal  
11+12/7 7 & 8 Essay Frankrike  
1+2/8 9 & 10 Trois-Riverres Kanada  
12+13/9 11 & 12 Estering Tyskland  
3+4/10 Final Nyirad Ungern  
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Winner takes it al Luleå Inställt
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20-05-24 Supercupen i Rallycross läggs i malpåse til 2021
Efter telefonmöte med Supercupens arrangörer bestämdes enhälligt att årets tävlingssäsong läggs i malpåse till nästa år.
Osäkerhet med tillstånd, publik, sponsorer och Covid 19 angavs som oklarheter av arrangörerna.
Därför är det bättre att komma väl rustade till 2021.
Vi kan bara beklaga att vi måste ta detta beslut.

Med vänlig hälsning
20-05-21 Fia World RX of France cancelled
In light of continued health concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the organiser of the Bretagne World Rallycross of France at Loheac, scheduled to take place on 5-6 September, has taken the decision to cancel the event, with the health and safety of everyone involved remaining the priority.

A number of options were explored in the hopes of moving forward with this event, but unfortunately it was not logistically possible to do so, and it has not been possible to secure an alternative date later in the year.

20-05-20 World RX announces further Esports
Building on the success of its previous two standalone rallycross esports events, IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, is launching a series of further DiRT Rally 2.0™ events in partnership with esports specialist Motorsport Games, and DiRT video game publisher Codemasters.

The first event will be held on Sunday 31 May using the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, before continuing on to Norway, Sweden and South Africa.

The esports events will feature a mix of World RX drivers and guest drivers from other motor sport disciplines. Esports racers will also feature in the events. The top ten gamers will compete in their own semi-finals and final that will be included in the last hour of the show, alongside the finals for the real-world racers.

Each event will be comprised of 22 races and form a two-and-a-half hour show on World RX Facebook and YouTube, as well as on Motorsport.tv.

“We’re so pleased by the success we’ve had in bringing rallycross excitement to our fans during this time, and are excited to extend the action even further. We’d like to thank our partners, drivers and fans for supporting this new format, and look forward to delivering more options in the future,” said Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG.

“The two previous World RX events have shown there is a real desire and appetite for drivers and fans to compete and watch world-class virtual RX content. It’s great to see the best drivers compete on DiRT Rally 2.0 with the same passion and commitment they show during a race weekend,” said Ross Gowing, DiRT Rally Game Director at Codemasters.

“Motorsport Games is pleased to extend our partnership with the FIA World Rallycross Championship and Codemasters to deliver World RX Esports,” said Motorsport Games CEO, Dmitry Kozko. “The quality of the racing in the previous events, combined with the world-class production have created a real spectacle, showcasing why Motorsport Games is the esports partner of choice for rights holders.”

Drivers confirmed for the first event include FIA World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen, World RX racers and esports regulars Oli Bennett, Timo Scheider and Kevin Hansen along with rising star Rokas Baciuska. Former Ferrari F1 racer Mika Salo returns for his second rallycross outing and Supercars star Shane Van Gisbergen is also back after making the podium in his first World RX Esports event last month. More drivers and to be announced in the next few days.

Confirmed drivers (more to be announced)
1, Timmy Hansen (SWE), Peugeot 208 WRX
4, Mika Salo (FIN), Ford Fiesta
9, Kevin Hansen (SWE), Peugeot 208 WRX
21, “FailRace” (GBR), Audi S1 Quattro
22, Blake "Bilko" Williams (AUS), Audi S1 Quattro
42, Oli Bennett (GBR), BMW Mini
44, Timo Scheider (DEU), Seat Ibiza WRX
97, Shane Van Gisbergen (NZL), Peugeot 208 WRX
114, Rokas Baciuska (LTU), Renault Megane

World RX Esports
31 May, World RX Esports Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit
21 June, World RX Esports Norway, Hell
28 June, World RX Esports Sweden, Holjes
19 July, World RX Esports South Africa, Cape Town
20-04-05 Höljes flyttar fram - nytt datum 20-23 augusti
Finnskoga MK har tvingats flytta fram premiärtävlingen av Fia World RX och nytt datum är 20-23 augusti.
20-05-03 World RX Esports victory for Quentin Dall’olmo
French Esports star Quentin Dall’olmo claimed victory in the World RX Esports Invitational – Montalegre Edition, as Britain’s Jon Armstrong and New Zealand’s Shane Van Gisbergen completed the podium.

The second ever World RX Esports Invitational – run on DiRT Rally 2.0 in partnership with Codemasters and Motorsport Games – attracted another mouth-watering grid of drivers, held in place of the second scheduled round of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal, which has been postponement due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

With a pair of fastest times in Qualifying, driving a Peugeot 208 on the challenging circuit, Dall’olmo took the TQ (top qualifier) position in the Intermediate Classification, won semi-final one from pole position and finished second on track in the final. But, when his younger brother Killian Dall’olmo was handed a 20-second penalty for jumping the start in the final, it was Quentin Dall’olmo who claimed the win.

“I'm really happy with this victory, it was a perfect day for me. Top qualifier, a semi-final win and the win in the final is awesome. I got my revenge after a bad result at Catalunya where I was Top Qualifier too but finished in last position in the semi-final after a crash in the first corner, so I'm really happy. It's a shame about the jump start for my little brother [Killian] in the final because we could have made it a Dall'olmo one-two, but it's still a great day for us. Thanks to everyone that put on this awesome event,” Dall’olmo said.

Rally driver Armstrong delivered a strong performance and came out on top in a number of on-track battles in qualifying to make the semi-finals with fourth in the Intermediate Classification. In the semis he survived a duel with Yellow Squad driver Henrik Krogstad to move into the final and was classified second.

Among the star performers in the event was one of the star guests, Australian Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen. In the thick of the action throughout qualifying, van Gisbergen shone on the loose surfaces as well as the asphalt and made it into the final on his rallycross debut. In the last race of the event, van Gisbergen and Esports Invitational – Catalunya Edition winner Mattias Adielsson, from Sweden, had a race long fight for position, but when penalties were applied to other drivers, it was van Gisbergen who took the last place on the podium.

Reigning DiRT 2.0 Rallycross World Series Champion Killian Dall’olmo set two quickest times in qualifying, but was also slowed by a puncture in Q3. He won semi-final two and led the final from start to finish, but was classified fourth when a 20-second penalty was applied for jumping the start. P5 went to Adielsson, who was given a 10-second penalty for contact during the race.

2019 FIA World Rallycross Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen battled for the lead in turn one of semi-final one but got caught in a battle that cost him time and places, then got overtaken by van Gisbergen during the race and finished fifth with a five-second penalty. Esports star, Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja spun on the final lap and dropped to the back of the field but was classified third, as GC Kompetition’s Lithuanian driver, Rokas Baciuska, made his World RX Esports debut and was also involved the semi-final contest. Like Hansen he picked up a track limits penalty and was fourth.

Sweden’s Kevin Hansen had a battle with Adielsson in semi-final two but was classified fifth behind Krogstad after a five-second penalty. Russia’s Matvey Furahzkin was 11th in the Intermediate Classification and the first driver to miss out on the place in the semi-finals on his World RX Esports debut, followed by Britain’s Oliver Bennett, Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss, Germany’s Timo Scheider, Denmark’s World Endurance Championship driver Nicki Thiim and Britain’s “Fail Race”.

Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, from Finland, joined the World RX Esports Invitational grid for the event in Montalegre, as did Formula E leader, Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa but despite racing in the midst of the competitive field, didn’t make the top 16. America’s Conner Martell also took part but suffered from technical problems and X Games star Blake "Bilko" Williams had connection issues from the outset and was unable to compete aboard Liam Doran’s 2019 Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1.

World RX Esports Invitational - Montalegre Edition, Sunday, May 3
Relive all the action here

1. Quentin Dall'Olmo (FRA)
2. Jon Armstrong (GBR)
3. Shane Van Gisbergen (NZL)
4. Killian Dall'olmo (FRA)
5. Mattias Adielsson (SWE)

Semi-final one
1. Quentin Dall'Olmo (FRA)
2. Shane Van Gisbergen (NZL)
3. Lukas Mateja (CZE)
4. Rokas Baciuska (LIT)
5. Timmy Hansen (SWE)

Semi-final two
1. Killian Dall'Olmo (FRA)
2. Jon Armstrong (GBR)
3. Mattias Adielsson (SWE)
4. Henrik Krogstad (NOR)
5. Kevin Hansen (SWE)
20-04-29 World RX Esports head to Montalegre for round two
Following the resounding success of the inaugural World RX Esports Invitational series event, IMG can confirm today that the second round – the Montalegre Edition – produced in partnership with Motorsport Games and Codemasters, will be streamed live from 14:00 BST (15:00 CET) on Sunday, May 3 on World RX YouTube, Facebook and on Motorsport.tv.

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “The inaugural World RX Esports event was a stunning success. We can now confirm that the second round will take place as the replacement for the World RX of Portugal. We hope our Esports series is bringing some respite from the impacts of COVID-19 for global fans.”

The World RX Esports series, using DiRT Rally 2.0, features professional FIA World Rallycross Championship race drivers and guest drivers from other motorsport categories competing against YouTubers and some of the biggest names from the competitive world of Esports.

The inaugural event, the Catalunya Edition, engaged a cumulative audience of 9.4 million across all platforms, including more than 270,000 live viewers across YouTube, Facebook and partner channels including Motorsport.tv and GameByte.

The Catalunya Edition was won by Swedish rally driver Mattias Adielsson, with two of the world’s fastest rallycross Esports drivers, Lukas Mateja of the Czech Republic and France’s Killian Dall’olmo, the current DiRT Rally 2.0 rallycross world series champion, coming in second and third, respectively.

The best of the World RX drivers was Dutchman Kevin Abbring in fourth place just ahead of the 2019 world champion Timmy Hansen. Timmy has confirmed his participation for the Montalegre Edition along with brother Kevin. World RX regular Oliver Bennett and Aston Martin GT racer Nicki Thiim are also among the field.

All the action will be called by the World RX regular commentary pairing of Andrew Coley and Neil Cole. The full World RX line-up, along with guest drivers and gamers, will be revealed in the coming days.

The World RX Esports series is being held on the dates of selected rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy that have been postponed due to health concerns and government regulations relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
20-04-23 Projekt E development continues
IMG and STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development), partners in the Projekt E electric support series, have reconfirmed their intention for the Projekt E racing programme to proceed in 2020.

While the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar is undergoing change due to government health directives amid COVID-19, the objective is to stage five Projekt E events at selected European rounds of World RX in 2020. Further details on the final calendar of Projekt E events will be released in due course.

Michael Sakowicz, CEO and Founder of STARD, confirmed that a number of powertrain kits have been delivered and that the production of kits and the building of Projekt E racecars is ongoing.

"The absolute priority is that everybody stays healthy in these difficult times. Since the delivery of the first Projekt E Ford Fiesta to Holten Motorsport in November, we have built further cars and continue to do so. We are looking forward to the Projekt E cars competing against each other when circumstances allow," Sakowicz said.

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, added: “We are mindful that the world is a different place to what it was when we first launched the Projekt E racecar in Latvia in September last year.

“Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. We are continuing to plan for Projekt E racing in 2020 but health and well-being is at the forefront of our decision-making at this stage.”

Projekt E is the international series for 450kW fully-electric, four-wheel drive cars that will run at selected rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship using STARD’s “REVelution” EV powertrain systems.

Find more information on Projekt E here.

20-02-22 FIA announces decision to defer World RX electric switch to 2022
The FIA has announced its decision to postpone the electrification implementation plan for 2021 by one year, due to the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision, which was approved today by a World Motor Sport Council e-vote, was taken in consultation with IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, as well as Kreisel Electric, the approved supplier of the electrification kit, and GCK Energy, the approved supplier of energy. All parties remain committed to the original strategy built around independent teams that are currently competing in, or looking to enter the series, which was conceived with sustainability and cost control at its core.

FIA President Jean Todt commented: “While the current situation has made it necessary to defer the switch to electric by one year to allow competitors further time to adapt and to invest, the FIA remains committed to a new horizon for World RX. This will create the most cost effective environment and demonstrate the rapidly developing performance capabilities of electric road cars in this FIA championship."

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “We support the decision to delay the introduction of electric rallycross to the world championship until 2022.

"At this stage, plans for the new FIA eRX Junior championship remain unaffected by this decision and work towards the electrification of this category will continue for 2021, with a complete car supply and championship organisation on an all-inclusive arrive and drive format.

"While together with the FIA, teams and partners we are committed to an electric future for rallycross, we believe it is prudent to focus on health and well-being during these challenging and uncertain times.”

Philipp Kreisel, CEO of Kreisel Electric, commented: "Globally speaking, we are experiencing unprecedented times, and no one dare predict what the future will bring. Most importantly, we need to accept the present situation and protect lives. While this is happening, we need to prepare so that we can be ready when the relaunch button of the "system" is going to be pressed again.

"As we don't know when this will happen, we support the FIA's approach and the postponement of the first World RX electric racing season to 2022. As we have nearly completed the development of the electric race kit, and have put a lot of energy and passion into this project, it is disappointing that we won't be able to see the electrified World RX cars next year. Nevertheless, we are absolutely convinced that by remaining unified we can make the electrification of World RX a huge success when it does happen."

20-04-19 Adielsson takes victory in dramatic opening round of RX Esport invitaional
Swedish rally driver Mattias Adielsson upstaged the FIA World Rallycross Championship regulars, invited stars and professional gamers to claim a dramatic victory in the opening round of the World RX Esports Invitational – the Catalunya Edition.

The inaugural event, run on DiRT Rally 2.0 in partnership with Codemasters and Motorsport Games, attracted a grid of 20 drivers and took place on the virtual Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the venue for the scheduled opening round of the 2020 world championship which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Driving an Audi S1, Adielsson finished second in Semi-final 2 following an incident-filled final lap to advance to the final. In the six-lap finale, Adielsson took the lead after the first turn and held the advantage to the finish, defending his position from two of the world’s fastest rallycross Esports drivers Lukas Mateja of the Czech Republic and France’s Killian Dall’olmo, the current DiRT Rally 2.0 rallycross world series champion.

“I’m super stoked to win, I put a lot of practice in to this together with Jon Armstrong but to win the whole race is just something else. It´s fantastic to have such an event and so many World RX drivers join, that made it super cool. I would like to thank my team WERT Esport for all tips and for believing in me in Esports,” Adielsson said.

In a last lap overtake, SET Esports driver Dall’olmo made it up to second by the finish. The Frenchman had won Semi-final 1 and made a good start in the final but ran wide as Adielsson took the lead.

The 2019 world champion Timmy Hansen and Kevin Abbring were the sole World RX representatives in the final.

GC Kompetition’s Abbring climbed as high as second in the final, but ended up battling for P4 with Sweden’s Hansen, with the Dutchman coming out on top.

Hansen, who had earlier won Semi-final 2, ran third on lap one after some frantic opening corners, but after his joker on lap two he dropped to P5, with Mateja and Dall’olmo already completing their joker laps on lap one.

“It was great fun to take part in the first-ever World RX Esports race,” Hansen said. “It was great to do a race because I have really been missing that adrenaline rush. Obviously it's not the same as racing for real but it's very close in many ways.

“I'm really happy about my result, it went way better than I expected because this was the first online race I have ever done. One qualifying session win and I won my semi so I’m delighted.”

Like in any good World RX weekend, the semi-finals were action-packed. Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud produced a standout performance of the regular drivers and had a thrilling race with Kevin Hansen during qualifying.

He was holding down second place in Semi-final 2 after a neck-and-neck race with first former DiRT Rally 2.0 world champion Jon Armstrong and then Mateja, but after side-by-side contact with Mateja in the last few corners, the Norwegian just missed out on a final start.

Esports driver Quentin Dall’olmo, the fastest from over 8,500 drivers that took part in the pre-event qualifying process, took the TQ (top qualifier) position in the Intermediate Classification, but spun in Semi-final 1 and was then handed a 10-second penalty for reversing into the path of Kevin Hansen.

FIA European Rallycross Super1600 Championship driver Marius Bermingrud was also one of the star performers in the 20-car field, where YouTube sensations Jimmy Broadbent and FailRace also took part and mixed with the more experienced rallycross drivers from the real and virtual worlds.

Xite Racing’s Oliver Bennett, Yellow Squad’s Henrik Krogstad and Olsbergs MSE’s Oliver Eriksson were also in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals, along with World Endurance Championship racer Nicki Thiim.

Spanish rally driver Cohete Suarez, Americas Rallycross podium finisher Cabot Bigham and double World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson had their events cut short by technical problems. Also plagued by technical gremlins was two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider.

World RX Esports Invitational - Catalunya Edition, Sunday, April 19

Relive all the action on World RX YouTube here
A Video News Release of the event is available here

1. Mattias Adielsson (Swe)
2. Killian Dall'Olmo (Fra)
3. Lukas Mateja (Czech Rep)
4. Kevin Abbring (Neth)
5. Timmy Hansen (Swe)

Semi-final 1
1. Killian Dall'Olmo
2. Kevin Abbring
3. Kevin Hansen (Swe)
4. Marius Bermingrud (Nor)
5. Quentin Dall'Olmo (Fra)

Semi-final 2
1. Timmy Hansen
2. Mattias Adielsson
3. Lukas Mateja
4. Jon Armstrong (GB)
5. Andreas Bakkerud (Nor)
20-04-17 All-star cast for inaugrual World RX Esports invitational
The inaugural World RX Esports Invitational event will take place this Sunday (April 19), at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the venue scheduled to host the opening round of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship prior to postponement due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

However, in collaboration with Codemasters and Motorsport Games, using DiRT Rally 2.0, the World RX promoter IMG will stage the World RX Esports Invitational Catalunya Edition featuring an all-star line-up including World Champions, GT and WRC racers, Youtubers and some of the biggest names from the field of Esports.

The World RX Esports Invitational has also partnered with GameByte, the No.1 gaming publisher on Facebook to bring all the action to gamers around the globe.

The 2019 World RX Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen was quick to commit his support to the initiative, but the four-time 2019 World RX event winner has modest expectations for his Esports debut. “I’m looking forward to the event a lot, and I’m looking forward to that focus and excitement I feel when racing,” the Swede said.

“I’ve done no sim racing before this and I haven't played much at all so this will be a big challenge for me. I have no idea how competitive I will be. I'll try to get some practice before the race, but I know a lot of guys have a lot more sim racing experience than I do. I hope I can qualify for the semi-finals. It will be fun to be racing against fans, but I think the sim racers will most likely be too fast for me.”

Hansen also had a message for World RX fans amid these challenging times. “Let's all do our best to follow government instructions and stay inside,” he said. “If we all do our part we can stay safe and when things return to normal, the racing season can start again.”

Timmy will be joined by younger brother Kevin from the Team Hansen squad. They will race Peugeot 208s in the event, which will run to a similar format to real World RX, with four qualifiers, semi-finals and final format on Sunday. The top 10 drivers at the Intermediate Classification will progress to the semi-finals.

The Peugeot 208 is the car of choice for many participants, with two-time World RX Drivers’ Champion Johan Kristoffersson, of Sweden, making his return to the sport in a similar car for his DiRT debut.

Super1600 ace Marius Bermingrud, from Norway, will also line up in a 208, along with former Esports World Champion and real-world rally driver, Jon Armstrong, and Americas Rallycross podium finisher in 2019, Cabot Bigham will also take the wheel of a 208.

Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, a seven-time World RX race winner will compete in the Audi S1 he tied on points at the top of the World RX Drivers’ Championship with last season. One of his 2020 GC Kompetition team-mates, Dutchman Kevin Abbring, will compete in a Renault Clio.

Oliver Bennett from the UK will appear in his regular Xite Racing BMW Mini and RX2 International Series double champion Oliver Eriksson will race an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta MK8. His former RX2 rival, Henrik Krogstad, who will race for Yellow Squad in 2020, will drive a Renault Megane.

Germany’s Timo Scheider has reason to be confident ahead of the inaugural World RX Esports Invitational, he made his World RX debut at the Catalunya circuit in 2015, and took the TQ (top qualifier) position in 2017 on his way to a first World RX podium, in P2.

The former DTM champion is new to sim racing however. “I never did sim racing before I started with one event recently. I am looking forward to some competition even though I am not an expert at this kind of racing.

“In such a difficult time we have around the globe at the moment this is a good option. Nurburgring gave me a dynamic Esport setup, with Fanatec steering wheel and pedals which is super cool, but if you don’t know how to use it it’s anyway difficult,” he said.

“Most important beside all the fun though is that we all need to understand at this difficult time that nothing in life is guaranteed. So, stay safe, stay home and we all will manage to get back to real racing ASAP.”

Outside of the World RX contingent, Spanish rally driver Cohete Suarez will race a Renault Megane, and World Endurance Championship driver Nicki Thiim, from Denmark, will drive an Audi S1. Swedish rally driver Mattias Adielsson will also make his first rallycross start, also in an Audi.

Joining the professional drivers will be YouTube celebrity Jimmy Broadbent, who will race a Ford Fiesta MK8. He will be accompanied on the grid by fellow YouTube sensation, FailRace.

Pre-event qualifying was also held to find the three fastest rallycross Esports racers to join the field. From over 8,500 entries, the Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja was third and will race a Peugeot 208, just like France's Dall’olmo brothers Killian, the DiRT Rally 2.0 rallycross world series champion who has recently signed for SET Esports, and Quentin, who topped the time sheets in the qualifying session.

“I'm super excited to join this event it's amazing to race with all these famous drivers who have a real experience in motorsports,” said 20-year-old Quentin.

“It's an amazing opportunity to race with the World RX drivers and the other professionals. These are the drivers that we follow each weekend when they race so to drive with them is awesome.

“I think I will be competitive enough to race for the win but like we know, it is rallycross so it isn't always the fastest who wins.”

Paul Bellamy, the Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “With the tough times we are all experiencing at present due to COVID-19, we are delighted to play our small part in bringing some joy back in to people’s lives by staging the World RX Esports Invitational.

“We are thankful for the support of our partners, the teams and drivers in making this happen at such short notice and we really hope it brightens up everyone’s Sunday.”

The event will be streamed live from 14:00 BST on Sunday April 19, and will be shown on World RX YouTube, Facebook and on Motorsport.tv.

World RX Esports Invitational - Catalunya Edition
EVENT SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 19
Time Event
14:00 Live show starts
14:05 Qualifiers Round 1
14:25 Qualifiers Round 2
14:45 Qualifiers Round 3
15:05 Qualifiers Round 4
15:25 Semi Finals
15:35 Final
15:45 Interviews
16:00 Show Ends

All times in BST (UTC+1)
20-04-17 Hansen brothers 2020 World RX season begins online
Reigning FIA World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen and his brother, World RX bronze medallist Kevin Hansen, begin their rallycross season this Sunday in an unusual manner. As much of the world remains on lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Timmy and Kevin will instead line up with their Peugeot 208 WRX machines in the virtual world with Dirt Rally 2.0, competing in the first ever World RX Esports Invitational.

April 19 was scheduled to be the second day of the 2020 World RX season opener at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but with the event postponed, Team Hansen's world championship-winning driver pairing will take on a field of familiar rivals, esports champions and YouTube stars instead.

The Esports Invitational won't count for the upcoming FIA World Rallycross Championship, but is a way to keep spirits high and connect with motorsport fans around the world.

Both Timmy and Kevin have been putting in hours of practice on their recently acquired Sparco Gaming rigs in anticipation of their rallycross esports debut. They've been hard at work perfecting their technique on the game by practicing alongside reigning DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Rallycross champion Killian Dall'olmo, who will also be participating in the invitational event.

Team Hansen's shift to the virtual world has been accelerated by the founding of a Twitch account by its junior operation #YellowSquad, which has been streaming live practice sessions by Timmy and Kevin ahead of the inaugural World RX esports event.

Sunday might be Timmy's esports debut but Kevin already has a head start, having competed in The Race All-Stars Cup last weekend. His mammoth schedule includes another two esports events between now and Sunday, taking part in the iRacing RX Invitational on Friday night and then another round of The Race All-Stars on Saturday ahead of his World RX Eports debut.

While the on-track action may have been put on pause, Team Hansen is now charging ahead in the virtual world!
Track The track:
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track map in Dirt Rally 2.0

Barcelona's rallycross track has hosted an FIA World RX round five times in the past, making it familiar ground for many of the drivers competing in Sunday's esports event.

The real Catalunya circuit and its virtual equivalent are not one and the same, though: there are slight variations in both the circuit and car models which means reference points in the real world will need adjusting for esports.

The big numbers
The number of days in a row that Team Hansen will have been streaming virtual rallycross on its newly established Twitch channel come Sunday's World RX Esports Invitational.

The number of times that siblings have finished 1-2 in FIA World Rallycross. That was last year, with Timmy and Kevin first and second in Spain!

What to look out for
As has been the case in other motorsport esports events recently, the professional esports drivers are very likely to be out front, while the FIA World RX pros will be battling for best of the rest status.

Overtaking is a bit easier in the virtual world than the real one. In dry conditions the fastest way around the track is to go full send, at times even yanking the handbrake to go into corners backwards. That opens up opportunities for overtaking, and equally a chance for the midfield pack to close up quickly if the leader goes defensive.
20-04-17 RallyX Nordicpremiären i Höljes framflyttad!
RallyX Nordic meddelar att man pga Coronapandemin skjuter upp premiären i Höljes som skulle kört 23-24 maj.

Finnskoga MK och SBF arbetar med att hitta ett nytt datum så snart som möljigt.
- Det är verkligen tråkigt att behöva skjuta upp Höljestävlingen, med hälsan måste komma i första hand och vi måste vänta tills det är säkert att tävla innan vi återvänder till banan säger Jan-Erik Steen VD för RallyX Nordic.

Framflyttningen av tävlingen i Höljes innebär att premiären istället blir 6-7 juni på Nysumbanan i Danmark. Det här var även SM-premiären för. Även den är framflyttad och Västerås 13-14 juni blir ny premiärtävling.

Anmälningstiden för hela serien förlängs till torsdagen 7 ma
20-04-16 Ready to race: Krogstad and Eriksson revving up for virtual curtain-raiser in Catalunya
Two-time champ and series returnee to compete in inaugural RX Esports event
Livestreamed showpiece to offer fans racing action during pre-season delay
High-calibre field set to scrap wheel-to-wheel in Spain from 15h00 CET on Sunday

The start of the 2020 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires might have been delayed by the developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, but fans will still be able to enjoy their fix of high-octane entertainment this weekend, as Henrik Krogstad and Oliver Eriksson go wheel-to-wheel with some of the biggest names in the sport in the inaugural World RX ESports Invitational Series event.

A joint initiative between World Rallycross Championship promoter IMG, racing game developer Codemasters and ESports specialist Motorsport Games, the one-off World RX ESports Invitational Series is set to rev into life this Sunday (19 April) using DiRT Rally 2.0 on PC via Steam and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in lieu of the season-curtain raiser that had been due to take place at the Spanish track.

In addition to two-time RX2 Champion Eriksson and series returnee Krogstad, the ‘Catalunya Edition’ will pit World RX superstars Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy and Kevin Hansen, Andreas Bakkerud and Timo Scheider against high-profile guest entries from other motorsport disciplines – including current FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Pro pace-setter and former Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner Nicki Thiim – as well as leading online racers, chief amongst whom will be reigning DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Champion, Killian Dall’Olmo.

Eriksson proved himself to be the class of the field in RX2 over the past two seasons, tallying eight victories and ten podium finishes from 14 starts for Olsbergs MSE on his way to back-to-back title successes – but the Swede is well aware that this weekend will throw up an altogether different kind of challenge.

“It’ll be good to go racing again, and whilst it’s obviously not in real life, this is definitely the next best thing!” the 21-year-old enthused. “I’m lacking a bit of seat time in the sim because I’ve been so busy working, but when I get the opportunity, I do as much as I can for training or just for fun. I certainly won’t be the most experienced sim racer on the grid on Sunday, but I’ll do my best and I’m sure it’ll be a blast!

“Saying that, we’re all naturally competitive people and we’re all going to want to win – at the end of the day, a race is still a race – and there’s no question that it’s a really tough field. I’ll try to get some more practice in before the weekend so I’m as prepared as I can be...”

Krogstad stunned during his maiden full campaign in the official World RX feeder series in 2018 as he reached the rostrum on three separate occasions and placed third in the final standings. He has also demonstrated his skills in the virtual sphere, recently ranking as high as second in the world in iRacing RX.

“I only bought my simulator a few months ago, which turned out to be perfect timing given the delay to the season!” joked the Norwegian, who will return to the track with #YellowSquad in 2020 following a year away from the cockpit.

“I’ve done a lot of iRacing since then, but DiRT is very different so I will need to adapt to that and I’ve been practising as much as I can. I’ve also obviously not driven the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for real so I’m on the back foot slightly there compared to some of the other guys – although overall, I think the regular sim racers will be the ones we all need to beat.

“I’m not going into the event with any set goals or expectations, so we’ll see where we sit after Q1. What I do anticipate is a lot of sideways action and entertainment, and one thing is for sure – having waited so long to compete again, I am so ready to go racing right now!”

The inaugural World RX ESports Invitational Series ‘Catalunya Edition’ showpiece will be livestreamed on both the RX2 and World RX Facebook pages as well as on Motorsport.TV this Sunday (19 March), beginning at 15h00 CET.
20-04-08 FIA World RX of Norway postponed
Due to the decision by the Norwegian Minister of Sport and Culture to suspend all sporting events until June 15 in light of the global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), this year’s World RX of Norway, scheduled for June 13-14, has been postponed.

This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the FIA, the Norwegian ASN and the local event organizer, as the health and safety of everyone involved remains our priority. We are studying a viable alternative date for the event in conjunction with the local event organizer. We will provide further updates as soon as we have them.
20-04-07 Fia World RX of Benelux re-scheduled
Due to directives issued by the National Security Council of Belgium, which include the suspension of all outdoor events in the country in light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), this year’s World RX of Benelux at Spa-Francorchamps on May 16-17 has been re-scheduled.

This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the FIA, the Belgian ASN and the local event organizer, as the health and safety of everyone involved remains our priority. The event has been provisionally re-scheduled for October 3-4*. Further information about the event is available here. *Subject to FIA approval.

20-04-07 Asklund set for RallyX Nordic debut in Höljes curtain-raiser
Another contender joins Supercar Lites grid for Swedish double-header
Norwegian aiming to build upon experience gained in RX2 last year
38-year-old excited to test his mettle against RallyX Nordic pace-setters

Morten Asklund will make his RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires debut in the 2020 curtain-raiser at Höljes, as the Supercar Lites class entry grid continues to grow.

Asklund first competed in Supercar Lites machinery last year, contesting the Hell and Höljes rounds of RX2. In an ultra-competitive field, the Norwegian reached the semi-final on home soil, impressing by posting the seventh-fastest time in Q2 and following up with another top ten effort in Q4.

He is now set to return to the track at Höljes as he bids to build upon the experience he gained last year, and is excited to climb back into the cockpit and test his mettle after the long winter break.

“I can’t wait to join the RallyX Nordic field,” enthused the 38-year, old, who competed in Bilcross in his native Norway before stepping up to Supercar Lites. “It’s a series I’ve followed for some time, and I have no doubt that it’s going to be a really tough challenge – a lot of fast drivers have already confirmed their entry – but that’s exactly the kind of environment and competition I need to be able to learn and improve.

“Höljes is obviously a legendary track in the rallycross world, and with it being a double-header event, there will be plenty of opportunity to get more mileage under my belt. Hopefully we can get faster and faster over the course of the weekend, and then let’s see where we end up...”
20-03-31 Supercupen i rallycross i Arvika är inställd - Jobbar för nytt datum
MK Team Westom skulle kört premiären i Supercupen i rallycross 2-3 maj. Tävlingsledningen har nu tagit beslutet att ställa in tävlingen.
– Vi jobbar på ett nytt datum och kommer igen, säger tävlingsledningen för MK Team Westom.

20-03-30 Johansson announces Supercar Lites entry with VGracing and support from Team Färén
Swedish ace joins RallyX Nordic’s growing 2020 Supercar Lites field
2017 Swedish championship runner-up ‘ready for the challenge’
23-year-old enlists help of Team Färén for his debut in Scandinavian series

Gustav Johansson will join the ever-growing line-up of Supercar Lites entrants in RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires this year, under his own private VGracing banner with technical support from rallycross heavy-hitter Team Färén.

Dovetailing his racing commitments with his role as a mechanic for RX2 Series outfit #YellowSquad, the Swede will rent a car from Team Färén for the full RallyX Nordic campaign, while making a guest entry in RX2 on home soil at Höljes in the summer.

Johansson has spent the past four seasons competing in Sweden’s national rallycross championship, notably placing second in the standings in 2017 in a VGracing BMW 3 Series.

Now, in 2020, he takes aim at the RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites category, preparing for the campaign ahead with a high-end simulator set-up that he hopes will enable him to gain an initial feel for the circuits he has not previously visited.
“I can’t wait to get going in RallyX Nordic!” enthused Johansson. “The level of competition in this series is notoriously high, so it’s going to be a challenge to get up-to-speed with the really fast guys, especially on the tracks I haven’t been to before. My simulator should help with this, though, as I can learn the new circuits from home.

“I think my experience in the Swedish championship will prove useful this season – there are some very quick drivers there too, so I’m ready for the challenge!”

20-03-27 IMG launches RX Esports invitational events
Online racers will have the chance to test their skills against professional FIA World Rallycross Championship race drivers with the creation of the first-ever RX Esports series.

IMG, the promoters of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, has partnered with Motorsport Games, the racing game developer and Esports specialist, and Codemasters to launch the RX Esports Invitational.

The one-off Esports series will be held on the dates of selected rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy that have been postponed due to health concerns and government regulations relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The first event to be held will be the Barcelona RX Esports Invitational, on Sunday, April 19 using DiRT Rally 2.0 on PC via Steam.

A number of the official World RX drivers will be competing and fans from around the world will have the opportunity to earn a place on the grid against them when the Qualifying event goes live this Saturday, March 28.

The World RX line-up, along with a few guest entries from other motorsport categories, will be revealed in the coming days.

The top non-professional drivers who complete the six-lap race around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the fastest time will be invited to take part in the live-streamed showcase.

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “We hope that by offering fans around the world the chance to engage with World RX via an alternative Esports series, we are providing a small level of enjoyment in these difficult times.”

In order to enter, PC Steam players should go to the ‘My Teams’ section of DiRT Rally 2.0 on Saturday, March 28 March from 10am (GMT) and select the specially-marked promotional RX Esports tile from the Events screen.
20-03-25 JC Raceteknik utökar VM-teamet – blir KYB Team JC med Janis Baumanis och Robin Larsson
Tillsammans med KYB går JC Raceteknik in i en stor satsning i rallycross. VM-teamet, som går under namnet KYB Team JC, kommer tävla i både förar-VM och teammästerskapet. Sedan tidigare är Larsson klar, nu ansluter även Baumanis.
– Jag tror Robin och Janis kommer bli en stark duo på banan. Vi siktar på medalj i både teammästerskapet och förar-VM, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Den 11 mars presenterades alla förare och team i årets säsong av FIA World Rallycross Championship (rallycross-VM). JC Raceteknik kunde då presentera att de tar steget upp till VM med en förare. Två veckor senare är det officiellt att svenska teamet anmäler ytterligare en förare till VM samt kör teammästerskapet under namnet KYB Team JC. Detta efter att samtliga team i World RX godkänt KYB Team JCs efteranmälan.

Teamet kommer tillsammans med EKS och KYB fortsätta utvecklingen av stötdämpare. Det tekniska samarbetet som startade mellan JC och EKS 2019 kommer fortsätta även denna säsong i både VM och EM. Teamet kommer till start med två förare: Robin Larsson och Janis Baumanis.

Larsson, som tillsammans med JC Raceteknik vann både FIA European Rallycross Championship (rallycross-EM) och RallyX Nordic förra säsongen, är sedan tidigare klar för VM-satsningen. Ansluter till teamet gör den lettiske rallycrossföraren Janis Baumanis, som har fyra VM-säsonger i bagaget. Båda förarna kommer köra varsin Audi S1 EKS av senaste spec.

På grund Covid-19 är de första deltävlingarna av World RX framflyttade, det är ännu oklart när premiären kommer kunna köras.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef KYB Team JC / JC Raceteknik:
”Att kunna komma till start med två förare i VM och köra teammästerskapet känns fantastiskt, det har länge varit en dröm för mig. Tack vare KYB kommer vi till start som KYB Team JC, och vi kommer fortsätta ha teknisk support från EKS Den här satsningen med EKS och KYB är en bra möjlighet, som gör att vi kan utvecklas ihop. Det blir en stor morot för teamet, och kommer även gynna våra EM-förare.

Frågan om att driva ytterligare en bil kom till mig efter att anmälan till VM gått ut. Så det blev lite annorlunda. Men tack vare att alla andra VM-team godkände det så fick vi tillåtelse att anmäla både Janis som förare och KYB Team JC i teammästerskapet.

Jag tror Robin Larsson och Janis Baumanis kommer bli en stark duo på banan. Robin har vi haft en väldigt lyckad säsong med tidigare och han kommer med bra erfarenheter i Audi. Janis är ny för oss i teamet, men är en snabb förare med tidigare erfarenheter från VM. Jag tror att båda kommer gynnas av varandra och tillsammans kunna jobba ännu hårdare. Vi siktar på medalj i både teammästerskapet och förar-VM, helt klart.”

Janis Baumanis, World RX:
”Jag känner mig entusiastisk inför en ny säsong med ett helt nytt team. JC och Robin visade i fjol att de hade ett bra tempo i Euro RX, så i år tror jag att vi kommer kunna vara ännu starkare med två bra bilar i VM. Jag längtar efter att få sätta mig i EKS Audi av senaste spec med de mest aktuella stötdämparna från KYB. Robin känner definitivt bilen bättre än mig, men förhoppningsvis kan jag hänga med i hans tempo så snabbt som möjligt.

Jag skulle säga att mina tidigare säsonger i World RX har varit ganska tuffa. Efter 4 år med en Ford så är jag väldigt exalterad över att byta till Audi, det blir ett stort steg som kommer vara ganska utmanande för mig. Under de första tävlingar kommer det såklart vara lite mer fokus på inlärningsprocessen i den nya bilen, men därefter kommer målet vara att starta från första led i semifinalerna. Självklart är drömmen att vinna, och jag vet att det kommer vara svårt. Men med snabba bilar och ett bra team finns alltid möjligheten att få det att hända.

Covid-19 gör det såklart svårare att förbereda sig inför den första tävlingen, den har stor påverkan på allas liv. Jag vill att alla tar väl hand om sig och lyssnar på säkerhetsdirektiven, och hoppas att vi kan tävla så snart som möjligt. Jag ser fram emot att kunna börja testa och jämföra varvtiderna med Robin.”

Robin Larsson, World RX:
”Självklart är det kul för JC att komma till VM med ett tvåbilsteam. Vi kommer fortsätta ha support från EKS, och med två Audi på banan kunna jämföra data – det är positivt för alla. Nu tävlar jag inte bara på individuell nivå, utan det finns ett teammästerskap att slåss för. Vi får snacka ihop oss och se. Det är totalt sex team, men sköter vi oss bara ska vi nog kunna vara med i toppen med chans på medalj. Det ska bli spännande att se hur jag och Janis fungerar som team. Precis som jag har Janis haft det tufft i VM, så vi båda är taggade på att komma till start med varsin riktigt bra bil.

I fjol hade både jag och JC våra bästa säsonger någonsin, så att gå upp till World RX tillsammans med teamet blir extra kul. Självklart kommer det bli tuff konkurrens med många snabba förare, men det är väl därför man håller på med rallycross? Under de första tävlingarna kommer kvittot på hur vi står oss mot de andra teamen. Det vore skönt att sätta bra resultat direkt och kunna vara med i matchen. Det lär bli många härliga fighter.”
20-03-20 VM-deltävlingen i Portugal skjuts upp
Även den andra deltävlingen i årests Rallycross-VM skjuts nu fram. Det sedan den portugisiska regeringen har utlöst en nödsituation pga corona och ställt in alla sportevent.

Deltävlingen i Portugal skulle körts 2-3 maj och skulle bli VM-premiären sedan Barcelona också skjutits fram.

Detta beslut fattades efter noggrant övervägande och samråd med FIA, den spanska ASN och den lokala arrangören, eftersom hälsa och säkerhet för alla inblandade är högsta prioritet.

Fia letar tillsammans med tävlingsorganisationen efter ett alternativt datum för evenemanget i samarbete med den lokala arrangören och återkommer med ytterligar info.
20-03-20 Thorén back for more RallyX Nordic action as TiKRX launches three-car entry
Swedish Supercar star signs up for full campaign this year
New team TiKRX joins RallyX Nordic field in three classes
Supercar Lites and CrossCar announcements forthcoming

Newly-formed Swedish squad TiKRX will join RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires this year, as Daniel Thorén returns to contest the Supercar class, with further announcements still to come regarding the team’s participation in the Supercar Lites and CrossCar/Crosskart categories.

Thorén came to motorsport comparatively late in life as he approached his 40th birthday three years ago. Having caught the bug as a sponsor to Peter Hedström and Ramona Karlsson, the Swede belatedly climbed into the cockpit himself – and quickly proved that he had a talent for rallycross by ascending the podium in only his third start, at Grenland in Norway behind the wheel of a Hedströms Motorsport Volkswagen Polo.

Selected RallyX Nordic outings in 2019 saw Thorén reach the semi-final stage in two of the three events he entered, but now the 43-year-old is planning a full campaign – one in which he will double up as both a driver and team manager for exciting new outfit TiKRX.

“This team has grown from conception to reality in less than a year,” he revealed. “We are committed to running the VW Polo Supercar, a Supercar Lites entry and somebody in the CrossCar/Crosskart class, who we are looking forward to announcing separately.

“Personally speaking, I’ve gone from being a fan to a sponsor, and then I became a driver myself – just for fun mainly, but still obviously aiming for good results. During my time in this sport, I have got to know some really good and dedicated people, many of whom I am lucky to still work with now. Johan Welander and Niklas Hagström in particular are absolute cornerstones of this whole TiKRX project – it’s no exaggeration to say that without them, there would be no team.

“We have rebuilt both the Supercar and Supercar Lites car over the winter, leaving no stone unturned. Everything is set and ready to go, so as soon as we can cross borders again and come together after the current lockdown, testing will start. And then, it’ll be race time!”

TiKRX’s Supercar Lites and CrossCar drivers will be announced in due course.
20-03-18 Linus Westman kör Rallycross EM
Linus Westman med sitt team LiWe RX är anmäld till full säsong i FIA Euro RX i en Ford Fiesta MK8.
– De här har varit mitt stora mål hela min RX karriär och äntligen kan vi presentera detta. Tillsammans med mina två huvudpartners Fuchs lubricantes och Skoogs bränsle så har vi kommit till start. Vi har en del kvar och jobbet pågår hela tiden med att knyta ihop nya partners för att göra det här så bra som möjligt, säger Linus.

Linus målsättningar är höga,men han är ödmjuk inför sin uppgift och ska försöka köra så många finaler som möjligt och försöka toppa det med pallplatser.
– Just nu så byggs bilen för att passa Linus innan de första testerna kommer dra igång i början av maj. Då vi nu är i en tuff tid med coronavirus så vet vi egentligen inte mycket om hur säsongen kommer bli. Tiden får utvisa och vi hoppas de ska lugna ner sig, men de viktigaste är hälsan och få stopp på spridningen, avslutar han.
20-03-17 Tidemand får chansen! - Hedströms motorsport klar med två bilar till EuroRX Rallycross
Strax innan stängning för permanent anmälan till EM-serien blev det klart. Pontus Tidemand gör Peter Hedström sällskap in i årets Euro RX Rallycross, som innehåller fem deltävlingar.
Det mesta inom hela vår värld snurrar just kring den lika tragiska som globala pandemin med Corona-virus. Detta gjorde också att en tilltänkt sydeuropeisk förare till årets EM-laguppställning hos Hedströms, tvingades backa ur i elfte timmen.
- Dom fick helt enkelt problem att få ihop ekonomin i dessa Corona-tider, berättar Peter Hedström.

Timmarna rullade fort mot stängning av anmälan till EuroRX, men Peter tillsammans med teamkollegan Christer Dalmans, som också har ett finger med i spelet, blev snabbt eniga om att ge Pontus chansen.
- Det stora problemet var mest att verkligen FÅ kontakt, Pontus var i Mexico med nio timmars tidsskillnad och mitt uppe i ett VM-rally, men när vi väl kunde prata med varann blev allt klart på en minut, avslöjar Hedström.

Pontus som i Mexico stod överst på pallen, för övrigt för tredje gången i rad i detta svåra rally,
blev mycket glad av Peters samtal mitt under VM-tävlingen. När teamet åter fick tag i flerfaldige Världsmästaren i Rally, så är han i väntan på att kunna flyga hem till Sverige.
- Jag är mycket tacksam över Peters samtal mitt under rallyt, jag vill ju köra så mycket som möjligt och EM blir ett bra komplement, säger Pontus Tidemand.
Teamet anmälde strax innan stängning två bilar till EM, den ena med Pontus som permanent förare. I den andra med icke permanent förare, startar Peter i de inledande tävlingarna.
- Min plan är att köra både RallyX och EM i de första tre tävlingarna, sen får vi se vilken serie jag fullföljer då vi ändå kommer ha med fler bilar i båda serierna, berättar Peter.

Tack vare den tidiga våren är första testerna snart i antågande. Peter vill se till att Pontus får de allra bästa förutsättningarna inför säsongen och laddar upp med ett utförligt testprogram. Fokus är på att båda blir väl förberedda till årets EM-premiär.
- De första testerna är något jag verkligen ser fram emot, jag är laddad och förväntansfull, men också rätt säker på att vi tillsammans kommer att göra något mycket bra av detta samarbete, avslutar Tidemand.

Första deltävlingen i Euro RX är tänkt att gå på anrika SPA Francorchamps i Belgien om ganska precis två månader, i mitten av Maj. I dessa tider präglade av COVID-19 och med bakgrund av att Barcelonas en månad tidigare VM-deltävling redan är framflyttad på grund av pandemin, så kan säkert inget tidigt datum i serien garanteras i detta nu.
- Det är tragiskt allt som nu händer och vi får verkligen, för hela vår världs skull, hoppas att det snart lugnar ner sig, avslutar Hedström.
20-03-17 JC Raceteknik till start i rallycross-EM med ytterligare en förare: Enzo Ide
JC Raceteknik kommer till start med två förare i FIA European Rallycross Championship. Belgiske racingföraren Enzo Ide sadlar om till rallycross och ansluter till teamet för en full Supercar-säsong.
– Enzo vet helt klart hur man kör bil, nu blir utmaningen att anpassa körningen till rallycrossen, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

Värmlandsbaserade teamet JC Raceteknik kunde förra veckan meddela att de debuterar i VM och kör full säsong i FIA World Rallycross Championship tillsammans med Robin Larsson. Tidigare offentliggjordes även att norske Ben-Philip Gundersen skulle ta steget upp i FIA European Rallycross Championship (Supercar-EM). Nu är det även klart att teamet får ytterligare en förare på startlinjen under Euro RX: Enzo Ide.

Enzo Ide har en framgångsrik racingkarriär i bagaget, med både EM-guld i Blancpain Sprint Series och medalj i det belgiska mästerskapet FIA GT3. 2019 debuterade han i rallycross och körde tillsammans med JC Raceteknik VM-deltävlingen på belgiska banan Spa. Kort därefter drabbades Ide av en olycka i hemmet som resulterade i en skallfraktur och kraftig hjärnblödning. Han låg i koma och tillbringade månader på sjukhus. Belgaren var fast besluten att återvända till motorsporten, och ser tillsammans med JC Raceteknik fram emot utmaningarna i Euro RX.

Enzo Ide kommer till start i en Audi S1 Supercar och planerar att köra full säsong i FIA European Rallycross Championship. Mästerskapet består av fem deltävlingar med start i Belgien 16-17 maj, följt av Norge, Sverige, Frankrike och Lettland.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Resan Enzo har gjort senaste halvåret med sin rehabilitering har varit helt otrolig. Att sitta bakom ratten i en tävlingsbil är det bästa han vet, och jag är glad för hans skull. Vi har länge vetat att han haft planer på att köra en hel serie, och i fjol blev det ju tyvärr bara en deltävling. Så vi ser fram emot att kunna göra det här tillsammans i år.

Enzo är en väldigt duktig och framgångsrik racingförare, som helt klart vet hur man kör bil. Nu blir utmaningen att anpassa körningen till rallycrossen med kombinationen asfalt och grus. Vi kommer gå in i säsongen, se vart vi står och jobba vidare därifrån. Han har bra potential och lär sig snabbt, och det kommer vara gynnsamt för honom att ha Robin Larsson i teamet för att kunna analysera data.”

Enzo Ide, Euro RX:
”Jag ser verkligen fram emot att köra igen. Mitt största mål är först och främst att ha roligt, och lära mig rallycross. Allt eftersom jag utvecklas kommer jag kunna utöka målen och sätta upp vad jag vill uppnå på banan. JC Raceteknik är ett team med hårt arbetande personer och mycket erfarenhet, det känns som att vi förstår varandra och jag har en bra känsla inför säsongen.

Jag har tidigare tävlat i racing. Men 2016 lät Mattias Ekström mig testa en rallycrossbil, och jag måste säga att det imponerade på mig. Det var så roligt med mycket adrenalin, jag blev beroende direkt. Sedan körde jag min första rallycrosstävling tillsammans med JC Raceteknik på Spa. Kort därefter hände olyckan. Sedan jag trappade ner från racing 2017 har det inte blivit mycket körning. Men nu är jag glad att vara tillbaka och kunna satsa med fullt fokus på rallycross.

I höstas när jag fick skallskadan och låg på sjukhus i åtta veckor var mitt mål hela tiden att bli frisk och kunna köra igen. För tre veckor sedan gick jag ett ”OK” av mina läkare om att börja tävla, och jag tror verkligen motorsporten kommer vara bra för mitt tillfrisknande. Jag vill verkligen tacka alla som stöttat mig under tävlingar, olyckan och nu under vägen tillbaka. De läkare, sjuksköterskor, sjukgymnaster och andra personer som gjorde allt för mig – de fick mig att leva igen. Från mitt tillstånd för sju månader sen till att köra en första tävling om två månader, det är otroligt.”
20-03-13 World RX i Barcelona skjuts upp
Officiellt uttalande i samband med World RX premiären Catalunya-Barcelona

Katalanska regeringen ställer in alla idrottsevenemang pga COVID-19-situationen (coronaviruset). Det innebär att s World RX i Catalunya-Barcelona den 18-19 april skuts upp.

Detta beslut fattades efter noggrant övervägande och samråd med FIA, den spanska ASN och den lokala arrangören, eftersom hälsa och säkerhet för alla inblandade är högsta prioritet.

Man letar efter ett alternativt datum för evenemanget i samarbete med den lokala arrangören och återkommer med ytterligar info .
20-03-12 SM-veckan and RallyX on Ice cancelled due to coronavirus
2020 RallyX on Ice festival cancelled due to coronavirus spread
Swedish Government bans gatherings of 500 people or more
‘The health of officials, competitors and spectators must come first’

The global coronavirus outbreak and ever-tightening travel restrictions have led to the difficult decision for RF (Sweden’s National Sports Federation) and SVT, in consultation with the Luleå and Boden municipalities, to cancel the week-long Sm-veckan ‘Winter Olympics’, including RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires which had been due to take place on 28 March.

At the request of the Swedish Public Health Agency, the Swedish Government yesterday (11 March) introduced a temporary suspension on events with more than 500 people, coming into effect today (12 March) with an end-date yet to be specified. Sweden has joined many other countries in banning large-scale gatherings in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We regrettably confirm that RallyX on Ice 2020 has been cancelled,” said Jan-Erik Steen, CEO of event promoter, RX Promotion. “Whilst clearly disappointed, we fully support RF and SVT’s decision. In all circumstances, the health of our officials, competitors and spectators must come first.

“An incredible amount of hard work has gone into preparing for the event, and we would like to extend our thanks to everybody involved in the build-up, especially all the event officials and competitors who had been looking forward to the return to racing after the long winter break.

“Rest assured, RallyX on Ice will return in 2021, and we will all do our utmost to ensure it is bigger and better than ever next year.”

“Cancelling such a big and popular event as the SM Week is a very difficult decision, but we are facing a serious situation where the Swedish Sports Federation obviously has a responsibility to help keep the spread of infection down,” added RF Chairman, Björn Eriksson.

“Of course it feels incredibly sad that we will not be able to invite fans to a big sports party with broadcasts of 20 different sports over seven days, but with the situation as it currently is in Sweden, this was a natural decision to make together with the National Sports Federation and the host cities,” echoed SVT Sports Manager, Åsa Edlund Jönsson.

20-03-11 SM-veckan vinter i Luleå/Boden ställs in
Regeringen har efter hemställan från Folkhälsomyndigheten beslutat att allmänna sammankomster med över 500 personer inte får hållas. Med anledning av regeringens beslut har RF och SVT i samråd med Luleå kommun och Boden kommun därför beslutat att stä

SM-veckan vinter skulle ha genomförts 25–31 mars i Luleå och Boden, med SM-tävlingar i 20 olika idrotter. Med anledning av regeringens beslut gällande coronaviruset, och gårdagens höjda risknivå för spridning av coronavirus i Sverige, ställs SM-veckan vinter alltså in.

Riksidrottsförbundet ser allvarligt på situationen kopplat till smittspridning och följer noggrant utvecklingen både i Sverige och omvärlden.
- Att ställa in ett sådant stort och populärt evenemang som SM-veckan är ett mycket tungt beslut, men vi står inför en allvarlig situation där Riksidrottsförbundet självfallet tar det ansvar vi kan för att bidra till att hålla nere smittspridningen, säger Björn Eriksson, ordförande Riksidrottsförbundet.
- Det känns självklart oerhört tråkigt att vi inte får möjlighet att bjuda vår publik på en stor idrottsfest med sändningar från 20 olika sporter under sju dagar, men som läget är nu i Sverige var detta var ett naturligt beslut att fatta tillsammans med Riksidrottsförbundet och värdstäderna, säger SVT:s sportchef Åsa Edlund Jönsson.

20-03-11 World Champions lock horns while young guns lie in wait as 2020 World RX are revealed
The permanent entry list for the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, released today, offers up the tantalising prospect of a title contest every bit as intense as the season-long skirmish which highlighted the 2019 edition.

The 13 drivers confirmed for all 10 rounds features World Champions, European Champions, legitimate title aspirants and young guns poised to shake up the established order.

Among the roster of permanent competitors, who will be joined by a number of round-by-round entries at each event, there are drivers representing eight nations, supported by world-class teams and six manufacturers keen to win the battle of the brands.

In 2019, after 196 races, including an incident-filled finale, the leading protagonists for the drivers’ title – Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud – were tied on 211 points. The trophy went to the elder Hansen – courtesy of four wins to one.

So, just when you thought it would be hard to surpass a season-long rivalry which went to the wire in South Africa, along comes a double World RX champion intent of adding further silverware to his ample collection. Welcome back Johan Kristoffersson.

Kristoffersson, the title-winner in 2017 and 2018, rejoins the fray at the wheel of a VW Polo GTI RX for Kristoffersson Motorsport. He is supported by the Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS.

As for the Hansens, Timmy, the champion in residence, is joined by younger brother Kevin, the former European champion, in a pair of Team Hansen Peugeot 208s in which they will also defend their teams’ championship.

Norwegian Bakkerud links up again with the flamboyant Briton Liam Doran under the Monster RX Cartel banner – the team is being run this year by the French outfit GC Kompetition. This season they have swapped their Audi S1s for Renault Megane RS RXs.

GC Kompetition founder Guerlain Chicherit partners with Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska in another pair of Renault Clios in the GC Unkorrupted squad. Sweden’s Anton Marklund is in a Renault Megane as the GCK Bilstein entry.

Hyundai is represented by GRX Taneco in the shape of Finland’s Niclas Gronholm and Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov. Gronholm, who recorded two wins in 2019 but missed two rounds due to illness, is expected to challenge strongly for honours as is Timerzyanov, who posted a notable maiden World RX victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

Timo Scheider is joined by team boss Rene Muennich for the German ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport outfit which will field uprated and improved Seat Ibizas.

Sweden’s Robin Larsson, the 2019 FIA European Champion, steps up to World RX full time and will race an Audi S1 with the JC Raceteknik team.

Apart from the permanent drivers, a number of round-by-round entries will be announced over the coming weeks.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the series promoter, said the quality of the permanent entry list highlights the strength and appeal of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, now in its seventh year.

“The 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship permanent entry list underlines the lure of World RX for both teams and drivers. We thought it would be tough to eclipse the drama and excitement of our 2019 season but if you look at the class of 2020, we have all the ingredients for a rivalry every bit as intense,” Bellamy said.

“Our 2020 line-up is bursting with world-class talent – including two world champions, European champions and multiple race winners.”

The 2020 championship will have 10 rounds over four continents, starting in Spain in April, and including a return to Portugal, a first-time visit to the iconic Nurburgring circuit, and finally concluding in South Africa in November.

The championship audience continues to flourish with expanded broadcast partnerships in key territories including western Europe and the Baltic states with coverage in 160 countries. The championship is also poised to announce a distribution partnership with China in the coming weeks.

World RX has built a highly successful live streaming programme which engages millennials in a form of short, adrenalin-filled motorsport which is tailored-made for them.

Last season the championship attracted over 530,000 views per race weekend via live streaming and the digital reach grew by 33%. Live streaming will be expanded again in 2020 to include European Super1600 series.

According to Bellamy, the 2002 season is a pivotal year as the sport of rallycross takes it first steps on the road to electrification.

“Together with the FIA we are committed to an electric future for rallycross,” he said. “This year we will embark on our journey to a phased introduction of an electric world championship in 2021 by introducing the electric series Projekt E as part of that process,” he said.

“There is a huge groundswell of support for electric rallycross from teams and industry stakeholders. There is an inexorable surge towards electrification in the automotive industry and we are excited to be part of it.”

The 2020 season begins with World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona Spain on April 18-19.

The Projekt E calendar will now also include Holjes, Sweden on July 4-5, and the FIA European Championship for Super1600, meanwhile, will also visit Nurburgring on August 1-2.

The full list of Permanent World RX competitors can be viewed here: https://www.fia.com/events/world-rallycross-championship/season-2020/entry-list
20-03-11 Kristoffersson tillbaka i rallycross-VM
Dubble världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson gör comeback i rallycross-VM. När säsongen rullar igång i Barcelona om en dryg månad är värmlänningen redo att ta kampen om titeln. Han kommer att sitta i en Volkswagen Polo GTI RX, identisk med den han körde 2018.
- Mitt mål är att fajtas om guldet, lovar Kristoffersson.

Johan Kristoffersson dominerade FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 då han vann sju deltävlingar och tog hem sin första VM-titel. 2018 var dominansen ännu större med elva segrar på tolv deltävlingar, vilket ledde till en andra VM-titel. Därefter drog sig Volkswagen Motorsport ur VM-serien och Kristoffersson ägnade därför 2019 åt rally och WTCR-racing. Men nu gör alltså Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS-föraren comeback i egen regi och blir en allvarlig utmanare om VM-titeln.
- Det har varit några hektiska månader och absolut inte den enklaste vägen. Många alternativ har funnits i luften, men nu känner jag mig väldigt nöjd. Rallycross är något jag verkligen brinner för.
Beslutet innebär att rally och racing hamnar i bakgrunden under 2020.
- Vi lägger all energi och fokus på rallycross-VM, säger Kristoffersson.

Stallchefen Tommy Kristoffersson förklarar:
- En egen satsning på hela VM-serien är egentligen övermäktig, men tack vare stort stöd från våra två huvudpartner, Volkswagen-återförsäljarna och BAUHAUS, kände vi att det var värt att sätta båten i sjön.

Kristoffersson senior har genomfört många till synes omöjliga uppdrag inom motorsporten. Att få klartecken för årets satsning hörde inte till de lättaste.
- Det har varit ytterligare ett tillfälle när man inte har tagit ett nej som ett nej, utan byggt upp tillräckligt bra underlag för att svaret ska bli ett ja till slut. Det ligger enormt mycket arbete bakom, men vi har samlat poäng under ett långvarigt samarbete och Johans leverans saknar motstycke i svensk motorsport.

Men faktum är att finansieringen för en hel VM-serie inte är i mål än.
- Vi hoppas kunna göra så bra resultat inledningsvis att vi lyckas skaffa oss extra support för att genomföra slutdelen av säsongen. Det ställer förstås stora krav på oss själva, men vi är trygga med att ha ett mycket kompetent team.

Satsningen har också ett framtidsperspektiv - med elbilar i siktet. Tommy Kristoffersson strålar av entusiasm:
- Det har alltid varit en förmån att jobba med Volkswagen och tillsammans med deras utvecklingsavdelning hoppas jag att vi ska kunna vara med och lägga grunden för framtidens motorsport. Rallycross är en perfekt produkt för elektrifiering och det finns inget effektivare sätt att bedriva utvecklingsarbete. Mycket av det som kommer fram genom motorsporten används i förlängningen i våra standardbilar.

Att det nu handlar om Tommys favoritdisciplin är ingen hemlighet. Därför gläds han extra inför säsongen 2020.
- Den uppfattningen har förstärkts de senaste åren. Täta heat, bilar med mycket effekt, publikintresset och engagemanget. Det är en sport som väcker känslor! Här har arrangören dessutom träffat rätt med sitt upplägg.

Och teamchefen siktar förstås högt även han.
- Självklart åker vi ut för att vinna, men alla som är initierade vet att det inte är riktigt så enkelt. Vi gör trots allt en privat satsning med begränsade resurser. Det är en astronomisk skillnad jämfört med 2017 och 2018. Då var dessutom bilarna stationerade i Hannover. Nu kommer den att stå i Arvika, även om vi kommer att köpa tjänster av Volkswagen Motorsport.

I Kristoffersson Motorsports verkstad i Koppsäng läggs strategin för Johans jakt på en tredje VM-titel.
- Jag ser supermycket fram emot den här säsongen och det är extra roligt att få göra det med KMS. När vi började med rallycross 2014 satte vi en treårsplan för att bli världsmästare. Så blev det ju också, fast med PSRX där jag hade två fantastiska år. Men det var några i gänget här hemma som så att säga satt på avbytarbänken de åren. Därför är det himla kul att få genomföra det här tillsammans med dem, säger den 31-årige multitalangen.

Hur påverkar då ett års frånvaro från WRX?
- Jag ska ärligt säga att jag inte följde VM-serien särskilt mycket förra året. Jag är ganska ointresserad av det jag inte är involverad i, utan fokuserar på det jag håller på med. Men på senaste tiden har jag tittat ikapp en hel del och kunnat se att konkurrenterna tog steg framåt under 2019.

Men dominanten från 2018 har inte heller stått still.
- Jag har också tagit mina kliv som chaufför genom det jag har lärt mig inom rally och banracing och det är ju den mixen som blir rallycross.

Kristoffersson längtar förstås tillbaka till bekanta tävlingsbanor som Hell och Höljes, men det blir också en del nya bekantskaper.
- Spa ser häftig ut och Abu Dhabi har jag inte heller varit på.

I hälften av de tio VM-deltävlingarna kommer Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS att bestå av en bil, men i EM-tävlingarna ska Sondre Evjen stå i samma tält med den KMS-byggda Polo GTI RX han körde förra året. Evjens team bidrar också med viktig support inom logistik under hela säsongen.

Tommy Kristoffersson å sin sida tar ånyo plats i spotter-tornet.
- Jag gillar atmosfären där så det ska bli kul att träffa kollegorna igen. Jag har saknat dem, funderar på om de tycker likadant.
20-03-10 JC Raceteknik satsar på rallycross-VM tillsammans med Robin Larsson
JC Raceteknik växlar upp ytterligare under 2020 med en VM-satsning i FIA World Rallycross Championship. Representerar teamet gör den regerande Europamästaren och RallyX Nordic-vinnaren Robin Larsson.
– Sedan jag startade JC Raceteknik har det varit en dröm för mig och teamet att kunna ge oss in i VM. Att ta steget tillsammans med Robin är riktigt kul för oss alla, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

2019 hade JC Raceteknik sin mest framgångsrika rallycrossäsong någonsin. Tillsammans med Robin Larsson säkrade de EM-guldet i FIA European Rallycross Championship med en deltävling kvar, vilket gjorde att de kunde göra ett VM-inhopp under deltävlingen i Riga. Samtidigt segrade Larsson i RallyX Nordic efter en rysare under finalen i Tierp.Teamet gjorde under året också ett inhopp i VM under deltävlingen i Belgiska Spa, med Mattias Ekström och Enzo Ide.

Det blev tidigare i år klart att JC Raceteknik kommer köra full Supercar-säsong i EM med Ben-Philip Gundersen. Nu är det även officiellt att teamet tar steget upp till FIA World Rallycross Championship tillsammans med den regerande Europamästaren Robin Larsson.

Det är tio deltävlingar i årets VM-kalender, med bland annat svenska Höljes, Abu Dhabi, Sydafrika och Frankrike. Hittills är teamets budget klar för de första åtta deltävlingarna, och de kommer under året arbeta för budgeten till de resterande två. Bakom satsningen finns bland annat Br Öhman, Blåkläder samt flera av teamets och Larssons samarbetspartners. JC Raceteknik fortsätter sitt samarbete med teknisk support från EKS. Bilen de kommer till start med är en ny Audi S1 Supercar av senaste spec från EKS, samma bil som Mattias Ekström körde i VM 2018.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Sedan jag startade JC Raceteknik har det varit en dröm för mig och teamet att kunna ge oss in i VM. I fjol hade vi ett kanonår tillsammans med Robin, så att få möjligheten att ta steget till VM tillsammans i år är riktigt kul för oss alla.

Vi vet att det kommer vara extrem tuff konkurrens i VM, samtidigt kommer Robin in med en fantastisk bilkontroll och självförtroendet från EM. När allt funkar har Robin visat att han är riktigt snabb, med varvtider som matchar VM-förarnas. Att säga att vi vill köra finaler och slåss om topplaceringar den här säsongen känns som ett realistiskt mål.

Vi och Robin kommer kunna köra mycket tack vare Br Öhman och alla samarbetspartners. Vi jobbar fortfarande för att få ihop full budget, hittills ser det bra ut och vi arbetar för att få ihop det till se sista två deltävlingarna.”

Robin Larsson, World RX:
”Det känns så roligt att köra VM den här säsongen, med ett starkt team och bra bil. I fjol hade både jag och Joel våra bästa säsonger någonsin, så att fortsätta med JC och göra detta tillsammans med teamet blir extra kul. Självklart kommer det bli tuff konkurrens med många snabba förare, men det är väl därför man håller på med rallycross?

Vi hade högt tempo i fjol med bra tider gentemot VM-förarna, och nu när vi kör samtidigt som dem kommer jag såklart kunna höja tempot ytterligare. Under de första tävlingarna kommer kvittot på hur vi står oss mot de andra teamen. Det vore skönt att sätta bra resultat direkt och kunna vara med i matchen. Det lär bli många härliga fighter skulle jag tro.

JC, farsan [Lars Larsson] och Simpa [Simon Eriksson] har hjälpt till mycket med sponsorbiten och att köra VM i år har hela tiden varit målet vi jobbat mot. När Mats Öhman och Br Öhman kom in och stöttade oss såhär var det helt klart en wow-känsla – det är stort av dem. Också stor eloge till alla våra samarbetspartners som vi har med oss till VM, utan dem hade det här aldrig gått. Nu ska vi såklart jobba för att även få ihop budget till de sista tävlingarna.”
20-03-09 Suárez set to make history as first Spaniard to tackle RallyX on Ice
Rally specialist ready to switch disciplines for SM-veckan contest
Olsbergs MSE driver describes ice as his ‘favourite surface’
Spanish star has sights set on further rallycross outings in the future

Pablo Suárez will break new ground when he takes to the track in Luleå later this month, as the first Spaniard ever to contest RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires (28 March) – an undertaking he describes as being both ‘like a dream’ and ‘one of the biggest challenges of my career’.

Although Suárez has never previously entered RallyX on Ice – which this year will form part of Sweden’s hugely popular SM-veckan ‘Winter Olympics’ on the frozen Lule River in Norrbotten County – he does have some prior ice racing experience, in Andorra in 2010, two years after making his motorsport debut in gravel rallysprints at the age of 16.

Since then, the Gran Canaria-born driver has focussed predominantly on rallying on both gravel and asphalt surfaces, being crowned Group N Tarmac Rally Champion (FWD) in the Canary Islands in 2014 and finishing as Volant RACC runner-up in Spain’s Regional Rally Challenge (Group N) in both 2018 and 2019.

Now, he is set to do battle in snowy Sweden, after joining forces with rallycross powerhouse Olsbergs MSE to enter RallyX on Ice’s Supercar Lites category. Whilst recognising that he faces a steep learning curve, he is champing at the bit to get going.

“This will be one of the biggest challenges of my career,” acknowledged Suárez, who grew up in a world of ‘amateur’ racing, with a father who has been rallying for 37 years. “With limited time to get used to the car and surface, my main target will be to find a good feeling and enjoy the event. I really feel comfortable driving on ice – it’s my favourite surface, despite not being very common in Spain!

“The rallycross format is almost completely new to me, but I’m working hard to understand it all and having OMSE as my team will help me a lot. I have to thank [OMSE Team Principal] Andreas Eriksson for all of his assistance – it’s like a dream for me and I hope this will be the start of a strong alliance.

“For now, we have an agreement for just this one event, but we are working hard to try to enter more races this year. I want to really get to grips with this discipline and hope to be able to contest a full rallycross season in the near future.”

Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, RallyX on Ice will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions – for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
20-03-08 Det er ikke bare på Lånkebanen det blir fart, stemning og adrenalin under årets VM
Rallycross in Hell. Onsdag 10. juni arrangerer Hell RX i samarbeid med Hell-senteret årets møkkaløp.
El-porselen HellRX gjennomføres på lukket bane, hvor to og to konkurrerer med hverandre på elektrifiserte toalett, iført hjelm med toalettbørste påmontert. Hvor stor fart det blir, er jo opp til hver enkelt utøver - men stemning skal speaker Thor Mostue og Gunnar Fridlund stå for. De er lang erfaring med å kommentere i rallycross-sammenheng, og er kjent for å lage meget god stemning. De som melder seg på møkkaløpet kan vinne flotte premier fra butikkene på Hellstenteret. Informasjon om påmelding kommer på Hellsenterets- og Rallycross in Hell- sine facebooksider i mai/juni.
“Hellsenteret stiller opp med grillmat til publikum, og etter løpet kan publikum finne gode RX tilbud inne på Hellsenteret”, sier Tonje Høyem som er senterleder for Hellsentert. “Det er naturlig med redusert pris på toalettpapir på et slik møkkaløp - i tillegg til tilbud på Monster Energidrikk fra Rema 1000, bilspill fra Power, og toalettbørster fra Bademiljø. De andre butikkene på Hellsenteret stiller også opp med gode VM tilbud, så her er det bare å følge med i lokalavisene og facebook når dagen nærmer seg”.
“Jeg gleder meg stort over samarbeidet med Hell-senteret, spesielt siden mange av våre gjester på Lånkebanen benytter seg av butikkene her”, sier Annette Tollefsen Jensen, daglig leder av HellRX AS. “Hellsentert ligger rett ved Scandic Hell Hotell,som er vårt offisielle VM hotell, og vi håper at hotellgjestene som er på plass allerede fra denne onsdagen, vi ta turen bortom for å få en kickstart på VM Rallycross in Hell 2020.”

Uten sammenligning for øvrig er det verd å nevne at det blir en egen el-klasse under årets VM Rallycross in Hell. El-klassen eller PROJECT E er en stor drøm som Fia World Rallycross har jobbet lenge med for å få på plass. Nå skal det endelig gjennomføres, og den lokale arrangøren er meget spent på hvordan dette vil fungere i praksis. Til neste års Rallycross VM er tanken å ha ordinære supercars og el-biler i samme klasse.

Dersom noen er usikker på hvor moro og spennende det kan være med el-kjøretøy i VM sammenheng, kan få en smakebit av dette vi kjører i gang årets møkkaløp på Hellsenteret. Arrangementet er åpent for alle.
20-03-06 VM Rallycross in Hell trenger frivillige
VM Rallycross in Hell er årets råeste motorsports-opplevelse i Norge - og vi trenger masse god hjelp fra frivillige! Som frivillig på Lånkebanen kan vi garanterer en heftig og actionfyllt helg - tett på utøvere og hvert enkelt team! Her blir man kjent med mange av de andre frivillige og få mange gode opplevelser underveis. I tillegg får man oppleve et gigantisk arrangement fra innsiden. Når de frivillige ikke er på vakt, kan de nyte heatene fullt ut.

Det er et utrolig stort behov for frivillige under VM Rallycross in Hell, og vi ønsker folk med forskjellige fagkompetanse fra hele Norge. Vi har oppgaver i alle kategorier fra løpsgjennomføring på indre bane til servering av mat til VIP. Fra Rigging og nedrigging av gjerder, telt, skilter, utstyr til publikumsvakt, nattevakt, adgangskontroll osv. Her er det bare å ønske seg oppgaver ut fra interesser og ut fra hver enkelt sine kvalifikasjoner.

Til de som stiller som frivillige for VM arrangøren, spanderer vi plass på egen crew-camp, i tillegg får våre frivillige t-skjorte og drikkeflaske. Vi har en del andre overraskelser på lur, men det vil vi ikke avsløre riktig ennå.
- Det å stille som frivillig kan gi god effekt også på lengre sikt, forteller May Bente Fossen, som er årets funksjonærsjef. Hun var også funksjonæransvarlig for VM Rallycross in Hell 2018. -Vi har fått tilbakemelding om at Rekrutteringsfirma melder at det vektlegges positivt når de ser på CV til kandidater/jobbsøkere at de har vært frivillig. Frivillighetsarbeid kan derfor være døråpner karrieremessig, fortsetter May Bente.

- Vi trenger ca 1300 frivillige inkludert alle idrettslag som stiller med egne frivillige, sier Annette Tollefsen Jensen, daglig leder for HellRX AS. Vi har så langt; avtale om samarbeid med 7 idrettslag, som hver for seg tar ansvaret for deler av arrangementet, herunder camping, toalettvask, parkering, kiosksalg, billettering, restauranttelt og vakthold.Det er et meget stort apparat som skal i gang når VM avvikles på lånkebanen, og vi har fokus på at publikum og team som besøker lånkebanen skal møte et smilende og hyggelig personale, som yter god service hele veien.

Videre oppfordrer både May Bente og Annette, alle interesserte til å sende inn søknad om å få bli funksjonær. Går inn på hellrx.com. Under "Frivillige" kan man lese om de ulike oppgavene, og man kan sende inn søknad herfra.

Vi bruker Arcon, som er en verktøykasse for oss som arrangør, for å ha oversikt over alle våre frivillige. Gjennom Arcon har vi full oversikt, blant annet over hvor mange t-skjorter vi trenger i hver størrelse, kvalifikasjoner, og hva hver enkelt ønsker å gjøre. Arcon er nå åpnet, slik at alle som ønsker å gjøre en frivillig innsats, kan melde seg. Her må alle registrere seg, både de som har vært frivillig før og nye funksjonærer. Alle frivillige må være over 18 år.

VM Rallycross in Hell arrangeres for 7. året på rad 12. - 14. juni 2020, på Lånkebanen i Stjørdal kommune.
I 2019 hadde vi et publikumstall på 15.000,-
I 2019 ble VM Rallycross in Hell rangert som 4. beste arrangement av alle 11 arrangementene i FIA World Rallycross.
I 2019 startet 17 World RX Supercars, 22 Euro RX Supercars og 15 RX2 Series. I 2020 har vi de samme klassene + en egen E-klasse.
I2019 hadde vi 103 media akkrediterte fra Norge og flere andre land, på Lånkebanen.
20-03-05 World RX star De Ridder to make ice racing debut with OMSE
Former Supercar Lites star to return to the class at SM-veckan
Belgian World RX ace excited to do battle in the snow
27-year-old looking forward to rejoining Olsbergs MSE ‘family’

FIA World Rallycross Championship star Guillaume De Ridder will make a return to Supercar Lites machinery later this month, as he rejoins Olsbergs MSE for his maiden appearance in RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires at Luleå in Sweden on 28 March.

De Ridder has been one of the most successful drivers at Supercar Lites level in recent years. Despite only switching from rallying to rallycross in 2017, the Belgian made an immediate impact, tallying three rostrum finishes en route to third in the overall standings in the RX2 International Series that season with OMSE.

In 2018, he added two victories and two further podiums to his RX2 tally as he pushed eventual champion Oliver Eriksson all the way to the crown, while simultaneously triumphing three times from six starts in RallyX Nordic – enough to pip the ‘local specialists’ to the Supercar Lites title in the predominantly Scandinavian series.

Last year, De Ridder stepped up to Supercars in World RX with the newly-formed GCK Academy, only to be plagued by ill-fortune and mechanical unreliability throughout. Nonetheless, that did not prevent him from twice progressing through to the semi-final stage and posting the third-quickest time in Q2 in the Cape Town finale.

Now, the 27-year-old is preparing to embark upon a new challenge, and is aiming to use his forthcoming RallyX on Ice outing to further hone his skillset as he continues to work on his full-season plans.

“I’m super excited to race on ice for the first time!” De Ridder enthused. “It will be a chance for me to discover a surface on which I have no prior experience and will enable me to refine my car control as well as my feeling in slippery conditions.

“I’m obviously not expecting to go out there and win first time, as I know it will be extremely difficult to take the fight to the Scandinavians, but I’m aiming to accumulate as much information as I can over the course of the event.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the Supercar Lites car, in which I have a lot of very good memories, and it will be a pleasure to be back with my old OMSE family, with whom I’ve always maintained a close relationship. I must thank Andreas [Eriksson – Team Principal] for giving me this opportunity.

“Competing in RallyX on Ice will also allow me to get some laps under my belt and be as sharp as I can for the start of the main summer season, which is always beneficial. Although I’m not yet at a stage where I can confirm my plans for 2020, I still need to ensure I am as well-prepared as possible for whatever the coming months may hold. RallyX on Ice ties in perfectly with this approach, so let’s get out there and have some fun in the snow!”

Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, RallyX on Ice will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions – for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
20-03-03 Niklas Hagström to race TiKRX car at RallyX on Ice
35-year-old makes racing return in winter warm-up
TiKRX confirms entry to SM-veckan contest
Swede looking forward to his return to the track

Niklas Hagström will pilot TiKRX’s Supercar Lites entry in RallyX on Ice later this month (28 March), as the Swede prepares to reignite his racing career at the single-day SM-veckan event in Luleå.

Hagström began competing in 2000 in Folkrace, before winning the Swedish Rallycross Championship in both 2006 and 2007. Behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R, he also topped the Division 2 class podium in the Swedish round of the European Rallycross Championship at Höljes for three consecutive years from 2005 to 2007.

More recently, the 35-year-old has worked as a mechanic for a variety of leading rallycross teams, currently acting as chief mechanic for TiKRX alongside his ‘day job’ for tool manufacturer Thoréns i Kil. This ever-strengthening partnership will now extend to a racing return at RallyX on Ice.

“It’s going to be really fun to climb back into the cockpit again,” he enthused, “especially with four wheel-drive, which will be relatively new to me. I’m really excited to get going!

“I haven’t raced competitively in quite some time, so it will be interesting to see what the pace is like. I know the guys I’m going to be up against are really fast, so I’ll need to be on top of my game.”

Thoréns i Kil founder and TiKRX team manager Daniel Thorén put Hagström forward for RallyX on Ice, arguing that it is only right that he should be the first person to drive the car after putting in so much hard work over the winter.

“It was a very easy choice to let Niklas drive the car,” commented Thorén. “He’s a fantastic driver and has a lot of experience. As he built the car, it seems fair that he is the first one to get behind the wheel at RallyX on Ice.”

Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, RallyX on Ice will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions – for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
20-02-26 Krogstad back to RX2 with #YellowSquad and vows: Now it’s my time...
Former star RX2 rookie rejoins the fray in 2020 with #YellowSquad
Norwegian returns a more experienced and complete competitor
21-year-old talks of ‘unfinished business’ in World RX feeder series

Two years ago, Henrik Krogstad took the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires by storm as he sped to a trio of podium finishes and third place in the overall classification as a rookie – but the season took its toll. Following a year on the sidelines, the talented Norwegian will return in 2020 with #YellowSquad, fighting fit – and ready to do battle for glory.

After winning the Norwegian ‘Auto Sport Talent’ contest in 2015, Krogstad made his rallycross debut in RX2’s predecessor RX Lites on home turf at Hell the following summer – stunning observers by making it into the final en route to a fourth-place finish.

In light of that, his outstanding form in 2018 was perhaps little surprise, and after reaching the rostrum in Belgium, Norway and Sweden, he came within a couple of corners of claiming his maiden series victory in France, only for a spin exiting the joker on the very last lap to cost him dearly.

The 21-year-old nonetheless did enough to secure third place in the season-end standings, behind only Oliver Eriksson – a multiple champion in single-make Supercar Lites machinery – and future FIA World Rallycross Championship driver Guillaume De Ridder.

After sitting out the 2019 campaign as he focussed on evaluating his career path and establishing his own rental company, Krogstad is now back and ready to fight again. A test with #YellowSquad at Kalvholmen Motorstadion in Sweden last November immediately showed that the fire was still very much alive – and he is eager to put into practice all the lessons he learned two years ago.

“It has taken a lot of hard work to get back here,” he revealed. “I put myself under a huge amount of pressure in 2018, and that inevitably took a lot out of me. I was sick for a long time after the end of the season – it was three or four months before I felt right again. I decided to take a year away from racing to reassess everything, which really helped me to understand exactly what it is I want from life – and that’s rallycross.

“Sometimes, it’s good to step away from things, because it gives you a sense of perspective. The break has left me feeling extremely hungry for success, and heading towards the new season, I feel much better prepared for what’s to come – I know what I’m going into this time.

“The test last November was my first time back in a rallycross car since South Africa in 2018 – but it felt like I had never been away. I quickly felt at home inside the team and forged a good relationship with all the guys at #YellowSquad, and the speed was there pretty much straightaway. From that moment on, there was no question in my mind about what I needed to do – work flat-out to put a deal together to return.

“I really believe in #YellowSquad’s vision and concept – we share a very similar approach to the way we go racing. Eric [Färén] has always run an excellent team, which will only be enhanced by the input from Kevin and Timmy [Hansen]. There are a lot of experienced, hard-working guys there and everybody has a lot of respect for each other – the vibe is extremely positive and I feel I fit in perfectly.

“I’ve definitely got some unfinished business in RX2. What happened at Lohéac preyed on my mind a lot last year, and that serves as additional motivation for the coming season – although obviously, I want to take my first win well before we get to France...

“I followed the series closely in 2019 – it’s not easy to watch when you want to be out there racing, but I forced myself to do it – so I have an idea about some of the competition and there look like being a lot of potential winners this year. I won’t underestimate anybody, but I’m feeling ready. Consistency will be a big factor, as will driving smart, but my primary focus will be on getting the most out of myself at every opportunity and improving throughout the season.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to Barcelona in April. It really feels like now it’s my time...”

The former Norwegian karting champion will partner Supercar Lites newcomer Dan Skocdopole at #YellowSquad – a collaboration between FIA World Rallycross champions Hansen Motorsport and experienced RX2 outfit Team Färén.

Already taking advantage of the Swedish squad’s comprehensive driver development programme that works on physical fitness, simulator practice, media training and driver coaching, Krogstad participated in a training camp last week alongside Skocdopole and the Hansen brothers. Team Principal Kevin Hansen clearly has high hopes for his new protégé.

“It’s awesome to have a guy as talented as Henrik join the #YellowSquad programme,” enthused the Swede, who finished third in the World Championship standings last year. “He’s shown his speed in a Lites car before and we want to take him to the next level.

“Henrik has already integrated very well into the team; he wants to succeed and is working really hard to achieve that success, which is super important. We have the tools here at #YellowSquad to help him improve even more, so now the hard work begins!”
20-02-26 RallyX Nordic sänker kostnaden för tävlande med förändrad startavgift 2020
2020 år anmälan öppnar nästa vecka
RallyX Nordic gör justeringar av startavgiften
Sju tävlingar i 2020 års RallyX Nordic

RallyX Nordic presenterad av Cooper Tires presenterar idag sänkta startavgifter över alla klasser för 2020 års RallyX Nordic serie, startavgiften för en full säsong för huvudklasserna Supercar Lites och Supercar är 40,000 sek – upp till 50% sänkning i vissa startavgifter jämfört med 2019.

Efter succén från förra årets första deltävling kommer RallyX Nordic även detta år starta säsongen med en dubbeltävling i Höljes den 23/24 maj. Med ökat intresse och växande antal startande i alla kategorier – främst i de väldigt tajta klasserna Supercar Lites och Crosscar. Supercar Lites har redan lockat närmare 15 bilar för full säsong innan anmälan officiellt öppnat.

Nytt i år är att även svenska mästerskapet är med denna helg. Det är också deras första deltävling så helgen blir fullspäckad.

Efter Höljes – som i år även arrangerar VM´s `Magic Weekend `i sommar – tar sig RallyX Nordic vidare till Nysum i Danmark för nästa dubbeltävling, omgång 3 och 4 den 6/7 juni. Deltävling 5 och 6 blir även den en fullspäckad helg med dubbeltävling i Norge på Finnskogabanan 25/26 juli.

Tierp Arena som ligger beläget nära Stockholm avslutar RallyX Nordic säsongen 27 september – evenemanget inkluderar även en `Superlördag` med svenska mästerskapets avgörande den 26 september. Det planeras som final för samtliga Rallycross klasser i Svensk Rallycross, Den tidigare aviserade finska deltävlingen 29/30 Aug utgår tyvärr efter problem med evenemangs kollisioner, så 2020 års kalender kommer att stanna på 7 deltävlingar.

Anmälan öppnar för samtliga klasser nästa vecka, RallyX Nordic organisationen arbetar även med ytterligare sänkningar av kostnader för att delta, men samtidigt ökar vi arbetet med tekniska kontroller för att får en bra balans. Förhandlingar för RallyX Nordics TV sändningar är också under slutfasen.

Kostnader samtliga klasser 2020:
Klass Tävling Startavgift
Supercar / Supercar Lites Full säsong 40,000 SEK
CrossCar / Crosskart Full säsong 28,000 SEK
CrossCar Junior Full säsong 15,000 SEK
Supercar / Supercar Lites Höljes, Nysum, Finnskogbanen (dubbel tävling) 12,000 SEK
CrossCar / Crosskart Höljes, Nysum, Finnskogbanen (dubbel tävling) 8,000 SEK
CrossCar Junior Höljes, Nysum, Finnskogbanen (dubbel tävling) 5,000 SEK
Supercar / Supercar Lites Tierp (dags event) 7,000 SEK
CrossCar / Crosskart Tierp (dage event) 5,000 SEK
CrossCar Junior Tierp (dags event) 3,000 SEK

”Vi har lyssnat väldigt noga på feedback från tävlande, sänka kostnaderna för att delat samt tävla har varit viktiga i planeringen” förklarar Jan-Erik Steen, CEO av RallyX Nordic promotor RX Promotion.

”Det var det viktigaste pusselbiten för vårt arbete in vinter och vi är mycket nöjda med att presentera detta totala prisvärda paket för alla tävlande med sänkta startavgifter samt effektiv drift för teamen, vi är dock inte färdiga än och vi hoppas på fler positiva nyheter”.

”Det är även detta arbete som gjorde att vi tog beslutet att inte ersätta Finland i årets kalender, allt för att ge mer valuta för pengarna och göra RallyX Nordic så attraktiv som för tävlande”.

”Vi har försökt att arbeta med Finlands organisation så mycket vi kunnat och deras problem med kalenderkollisioner. I slutändan var det tyvärr inte möjligt att få till detta utan att det skapade andra kollisioner i kalendern. Det har alltid varit framgångsrika tävlingar i Finland för RallyX Nordic och vi hoppas verkligen att vi kan komma tillbaka till Finland 2021”.

”Vi har en otroligt bra och spännande säsong framför oss med an blandning av ikoniska banor, otroligt snabba förare och runt omkring aktiviteter. Vi är även i mitt i djupa diskussioner för att ge alla fans där ute ett mycket bra TV paket som ger fans och sponsorer det där extra, mer information om detta kommer snart.

Vi på RallyX Nordic tycker säsongen 2019 var bra, målsättning att 2020 och framåt blir ännu bättre, men det är vi alla tillsammans som gör skillnaden.

2020 RallyX Nordic Kalender*

Maj 23/24 Omgång 1/2 Höljes, Sverige
Juni 06/07 Omgång 3/4 Nysum, Danmark
Juli 25/26 Omgång 5/6 Finnskogbanen, Norge
September 26/27 Omgång 7 Tierp Arena, Sverige

*Alla datum beror på FIA / NEZ godkännande
20-02-25 World RX expands broadcast coverage in agreements with Sport1 and A1NOW
The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will be broadcast live and in full on the SPORT1 platform throughout the 2020 season.

The multi-year agreement will provide World RX with access to over 33 million households throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Coverage will also appear on the Sport1.de digital channel.

“By extending our exclusive rights to the FIA World Rallycross Championship until 2022, we are strengthening our portfolio as the 'Home of Motorsport' in the long term,” Daniel von Busse, COO TV and member of the board of Sport1 GmbH, said.

“SPORT1 will also accompany World RX on its promising path to an electric series. A special highlight for the German fans this year is the event at the Nurburgring, for which we offer the appropriate free-TV stage.”

In a separate agreement, highlights of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will also feature on the Austrian OTT platform A1now.

Nina Nawara, the Head of Communications for A1now, said that World RX would be an invaluable addition to the channel’s motorsport package.

“We recognize a great need for high quality motorsports content in Austria and thus have decided to place a big emphasis on the topic in 2020,” Nawara said.

“We are very proud to co-operate with the FIA World Rallycross Championship, a format that has steadily gained momentum since its beginnings in 2014. We are sure that the World RX will attract many viewers and be an outstanding addition to our program.”

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of motorsports events at IMG, said: “The agreements with Sport1 and A1now strengthen our presence across Germany, Austria and Switzerland and underline World RX’s increasing appeal among broadcasters.

“We expect heightened interest from German fans in 2020 with the seventh round of World RX taking place at the iconic Nurburgring – a brand new venue for the championship.”

The agreements with Sport1 and A1now extend a World RX broadcast audience which had a global reach of 650 million in 160 territories in 2019 spanning Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas and Europe.

In addition, the appeal of World RX among digital audiences continues to grow – bolstered by live streaming which drew 530,000 viewers on average over a race weekend – a rise of 30% on 2018.

20-02-24 ‘Super 8’: OMSE’s 2020 octet ready for action on all fronts
Swedish rallycross powerhouse unveils its ‘Super 8’ for 2020
Östlund, Aneklev and Enlund form potent RallyX Nordic line-up
RX2 returnees Kallio and McConnell joined by new boy Enlund
Eriksson trio’s programmes to be announced in due course

Olsbergs MSE has today (24 February) officially unveiled its full driver line-up for the 2020 rallycross season, as the Swedish powerhouse goes in search of title glory across the board in Cooper Tires-backed series’ RallyX on Ice, RallyX Nordic and RX2 at the start of the new decade.

Taking place as part of Sweden’s SM-veckan ‘Winter Olympics’ this year, RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires will see the forthcoming campaign rev into life on Sweden’s frozen Lule River on 28 March, as Jesse Kallio, Martin Enlund, Niklas Aneklev and Oliver Eriksson prepare to vie for honours at the single-day winter contest in Luleå.

RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires, meanwhile, is primed for another season of close-fought competition. Linus Östlund and Aneklev will be joined by newly-recruited CrossCar expert Enlund, who makes the step up this year to the ultra-popular Supercar Lites class – unquestionably one of the most competitive grids in rallycross. Kallio will join the trio for a one-off outing in the Höljes curtain-raiser in May.

The Finn will similarly return to the fold in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires alongside Fraser McConnell, after their respective third and fourth-place finishes in last year’s standings. They will be joined in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series by Enlund, who has a full schedule of rallycross commitments in 2020.

Kevin Eriksson and namesake Sebastian Eriksson will be looking to build upon their successes in RallyX Nordic and World RX last year, with their respective programmes – like that of Oliver Eriksson – to be confirmed in due course.

Linus Östlund
RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites runner-up in 2019, Linus is eager to go one better this season as the 20-year-old has his sights set on more victories and podiums. The Swede will also return for a guest round of RX2 at Höljes as he evaluates further opportunities in the series, with his second place at the ‘Magic Weekend’ in 2019 clearly leaving him hungry for more.
“We didn’t expect to finish where we did in RallyX Nordic last year. The victories were very special, and it was great to fight with guys who have so much knowledge and experience. This year, I’m aiming for the top spot, but all the guys in Supercar Lites are really quick with lots of new names to watch out for, so we’ll see what happens.”

Niklas Aneklev
Following his maiden season of four-wheeled competition in 2019, Niklas is increasing his rallycross commitments this year to include an inaugural foray into RallyX on Ice, the full Nordic calendar and two guest rounds of RX2 at Hell and Höljes. The ex-motorcycle racer has big ambitions for 2020, with racing at the sharp end in each category set as a firm priority.

“I gained a lot of experience last year racing with some really fast guys and on tracks that were all completely new to me. We had good pace in Latvia (Nordic) and South Africa (RX2), but I’m definitely aiming for podiums this season in Nordic, Ice and maybe even RX2!”

Jesse Kallio
RX2’s own ‘Flying Finn’ will return for a second season in the official World RX feeder series, having finished third in his rookie campaign in 2019 – collecting five podiums along the way. This year, Jesse has his gaze already fixed on title glory as well as a guest appearance in the Nordic season-opener at Höljes and RallyX on Ice in March.
“The experience and skill on the RX2 grid is amazing, and to finish on the podium in my first five events was testament to the amazing team at OMSE. We had a tough end to the season but that has got me even more fired-up for this year. The calibre of drivers is really high as always, so we’re going to have to work really hard to win the title.”

Fraser McConnell
The architect of an equally eye-catching first season of RX2 – including a number of crowd-pleasing overtakes and a scintillating turn of raw speed – as he returns to the series this year, Fraser has outlined his clear desire to fight for the championship.
“Last year, I didn’t know any of the tracks so I think the time I spent playing catch-up denied me the chance to challenge for victories. This year, there are only two tracks I need to learn and that will be the same for everyone. With the help of OMSE – who are the reference point in this class – I think we can fight for the title in 2020!”

Martin Enlund
Martin might be the least experienced driver in Olsbergs MSE’s 2020 line-up, but his standout performance in RX2 at Höljes last summer proved that he is a very quick learner indeed. The reigning Swedish CrossCar champion has the busiest schedule of the OMSE drivers this year as he prepares to compete in RallyX on Ice as well as full-season campaigns in RallyX Nordic and RX2, maximising his time in the car to gain as much experience as possible.
“Track time is going to be crucial for me this year. It will be great for my career and will develop my driving massively, so I’m looking forward to making the step-up. The drivers in Supercar Lites are really fast, so I don’t want to set any goals but I think we’ll be competitive. OMSE has a huge amount of knowledge and expertise, which will be a great help.”

Oliver Eriksson
Reigning RX2 champion and RallyX Nordic runner-up, Oliver will compete in the single-day RallyX on Ice event at Luleå, with the aim of emulating his 2018 success. The Swede’s unparalleled Supercar Lites experience should prove invaluable as he bids to sign off his stint in the class in style.
“Luck wasn’t on our side in RallyX on Ice last year, but I’ve won it before in 2018 so I’m ready for the fight! Having won the RX2 championship twice now as well as finishing second in Nordic twice at Supercar level, it feels like the natural time to take the next step in my career and I am hugely excited to see what lies ahead…”

Kevin Eriksson
With a 100 per cent win rate from his 2019 RallyX Nordic entries, Kevin is looking forward to climbing back into the cockpit this season, with his schedule set to be announced in due course.
“For me, RallyX Nordic last year went really well. I had two guest rounds and won them both, so I can’t ask for more than that. I’d love to do more of the same, but we’ll have to wait and see what we can arrange for the year ahead.”

Sebastian Eriksson
An eye-catching 2019 for Sebastian has left many asking questions about his 2020 schedule, with noteworthy wins in both RallyX on Ice and Höljes’ Magic Weekend serving as timely reminders of the Swede’s talent and abilities. Like with namesake Kevin, his plans for the forthcoming campaign are still being finalised as he weighs up his options.

“Last year was a great year for me – winning RallyX on Ice and at Höljes was really special. I showed what I can do on the world stage, so I’d like to do more of that. Let’s wait and see what 2020 brings for me!”
20-02-21 RX2 entries officially open ahead of eagerly-anticipated 2020 campaign
Just under one month to register for World RX feeder series
Observers predicting most competitive season to-date
Exciting new package of prizes to be announced shortly
Entries to the 2020 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires are officially open, with a deadline of Thursday, 19 March to sign up to what is already promising to be the most competitive campaign in the championship’s history.

Over the past three seasons, no fewer than 54 drivers have taken to the track in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series – representing some 12 different nationalities, from European heartlands such as France, Sweden and Norway to as far afield as the USA, Jamaica and South Africa, bearing witness to RX2’s truly international appeal.

Underscoring the series’ level playing field and equal opportunities – with all competitors piloting identical, 310bhp, four wheel-drive Supercar Lites machinery – 18 drivers have finished on the podium to-date, while its credentials as a proving ground for future Supercar superstars is well-established. Cyril Raymond and Guillaume De Ridder both stepped up to the highest level last year, while World RX title protagonist Kevin Hansen is a former champion in RX2’s predecessor, RX Lites.

The forthcoming season is shaping up to be fiercely-disputed, with several of last year’s key contenders signalling their intent to return, a raft of new talent stepping up and an enticing calendar of events spanning Europe and South Africa – including a new addition in the shape of Germany’s Nürburgring and the return of an old favourite with Portugal’s popular Montalegre circuit.

Various packages are available for prospective competitors, with cars available to purchase or hire for full-season entries or single-event arrive-and-drive options. An exciting new range of prizes will also be announced shortly.

The cost for full-season entry is £9,650 (GBP), which additionally includes awning space (outside of Europe), driver workshops and all pre-event promotional activities, a full on and off-event media service, shipping levy for South Africa and Facebook livestream contribution. Individual event entry is £1,400 (GBP) per round. In 2020, all seven rounds will be livestreamed on both the RX2 and World RX Facebook pages, offering unrivalled exposure for competitors and sponsors alike.

The full-season entry fee also includes access to an on-event spare parts operation and a Mountune engine control technician, who is in charge of overseeing all cars and can assist or advise where necessary.
20-02-21 Östlund returns with sights set on 2020 Supercar Lites crown
Last year’s runner-up gunning for title glory this season
Swedish star anticipates ‘unpredictable’ campaign
20-year-old aiming to build upon impressive 2019 results
Last year’s Supercar Lites class runner-up Linus Östlund has his sights set firmly on title glory in 2020, after confirming his return to RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires with Olsbergs MSE.

Östlund’s 2019 season – his first full year at Supercar Lites level – saw him finish second in the overall standings. Two victories and a further three podiums from seven starts represented a superb achievement given his comparative lack of experience in the category.

Two guest outings in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires confirmed the 20-year-old’s Nordic pace, as he finished second at his home round of Höljes during the always fiercely-contested ‘Magic Weekend’. The OMSE driver also made it into the final in South Africa en route to fifth place.

In 2020, the Swede is back for more, with the clear objective of becoming RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites champion. With the continuity of a second consecutive campaign with OMSE and improved track knowledge, he is bullish about his prospects.

“The whole Nordic season last year was better than we had hoped for,” enthused Östlund. “It was our first full campaign in Supercar Lites and we didn’t expect to finish where we did, so we were very happy with the results. The victories were very special, Tierp more so because we didn’t really have the speed that weekend, but we were there when it counted and were able to win.

“To fight with the other guys who have a lot of knowledge was great experience. I had wanted more at Höljes, but we had some problems on the first day. On the second day I was hoping for a win, but of course we were happy to come away with a podium.

“We had some struggles on the first two days of the RX2 event at Höljes, but we kept the pace on Sunday and had a really good semi-final which put us on pole for the final. It was an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend with my home crowd there, and my best event of the year – some childhood dreams were definitely achieved that day. We’ll be back this year for the ‘Magic Weekend’ and we’re working on more events in RX2.

“I’m aiming for the top spot in the Nordic championship. Of course it’s not a bad result if we finish second or third but I think we have the pace and the tools to do the job. There is lots to watch out for with the new guys coming in this season. Martin Enlund was quick at Höljes and Nils Andersson knows how to drive a car – I’ve known him since we were kids. Everybody is really fast and it is quite unpredictable right now, so I’m looking forward to it.”
20-02-19 Oskarsson reveals full season of RallyX plans for 2020
One of Nordic’s elder statesmen prepares for 2020 season
Finnskogbanen podium still fresh in the Swede’s mind
43-year-old looks ahead to first RallyX on Ice appearance
Mats Oskarsson is the latest driver to throw his hat into the ring for RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires this year, as the Swede prepares for another season in the Supercar Lites category.

The 43-year-old enjoyed an encouraging 2019 campaign, recording his best Nordic weekend to-date – an excellent second place in the final – at Finnskogbanen, Norway en route to ninth in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, a guest round in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires at Höljes saw Oskarsson finish fourth in his semi-final, narrowly missing out on a spot in the final in a fiercely competitive field of 21 drivers.

RallyX on Ice is also on the Swede’s agenda this year as he is signed up to compete in the single-day winter contest in Luleå as part of SM-veckan.
“We had some great results last year,” commented Oskarsson. “Standing alongside Linus [Östlund] and Anders [Michalak] on the podium at Finnskogbanen was of course the highlight for me – that was the result of a lot of hard work paying off.

“We’re back in 2020 for another season in Supercar Lites, which I’m really looking forward to, as well as my first outing at RallyX on Ice which is going to be really exciting and very different to what I’m used to.

“The Supercar Lites class is always hugely competitive, so I’m expecting a real challenge from the other drivers on the grid, both at RallyX on Ice and in RallyX Nordic. I can’t wait to get started!”
20-02-18 Support class in 2020: ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup
TitansRX and ALL-INKL.COM have teamed up to create a brand-new rallycross competition - The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup - which will form the support class for the 2020 season.

The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup will hold 10 rounds as double header weekends across five events. A winner will be crowned at the end of each round and the season-closing Grand Finale will have double points.

TitansRX CEO Max Pucher expressed his excitement at teaming up with ALL-INKL.COM to bring Supercars to TitansRX: “We welcome our brand partner ALL-INKL.COM for the TitansRX Supercar Cup 2020. I am so pleased to come true on our promise to offer more racing for FIA Supercars as well. We had two very exciting rounds of Supercar Racing at TitansRX as support class in 2019 and the fans enjoyed the combination of seeing both racing series on both race days immensely.”

Pucher added: “The Supercar racing will be very affordable due to the support of ALL-INKL.COM."
ALL-INKL.COM will give a Hoosier tire package of ten tyres to the first ten cars signing up for the whole season. The remaining Hoosier rallycross tyres will be supplied at affordable prices.

“I’m happy to support this new competition," affirmed René Münnich, ALL-INKL.COM CEO and Supercar driver.

"I believe that with the new ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup, we can provide a real valuable asset to the 2020 international Rallycross calendar. The ALL-INKL.COM TitansRX Supercar Cup offers a cost-effective championship on very interesting pure Rallycross tracks in Europe within the frame of the TitansRX race weekend. I’m looking forward to an interesting season and I wish all participants best of luck and fun for 2020."

Each Supercar Cup round will have three qualifying sessions. Position Points are awarded for each race result and Time Points are given for the fastest overall time - together they add up to the overall qualifying result. This way drivers have to overtake more if they want better points, and weather and track conditions become less important. The best 12 drivers will compete in two semi-finals, and the top six will battle it out in the final.

Similar to TitansRX, drivers get cup points at the end of each round based on their overall standing after the final.

Qualifying sessions will comprise of five laps, semi-finals have six laps and finals have seven laps. Supercars have to take one joker lap. Penalties are enforced with an extra joker lap (a penalty lap). Screens on track will inform drivers if they need to take a penalty lap.

The TitansRX support class will feature at five events during the 2020 TitansRX calendar.

Supercar Cup:
Round 1 & 2 - MJP Arena - April 25 / 26
Round 3 & 4 - Nyirád - May 23 / 24
Round 5 & 6 - Circuit de Ducs - July 11 / 12
Round 7 & 8 - Estering - Sept 12 / 13
Round 9 & 10 - Grand Finale - Nyirád - October 3 / 4
20-02-17Aneklev targeting podiums with Olsbergs MSE in 2020
Swedish star prepares for expanded rallycross schedule
28-year-old aiming to build on first season of four-wheeled racing
Olsbergs MSE ace primed to make RallyX on Ice debut

Yet another name has been added to RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires’ bumper crop of Supercar Lites stars in 2020, with Niklas Aneklev confirming his return to the series following a promising maiden campaign of four-wheeled competition last year.

Having previously raced motorcycles, Aneklev switched to cars in 2019 and made an immediate impression on the RallyX Nordic paddock, reaching the final in only the fourth round of the championship in Latvia before an unfortunate roll three corners shy of the chequered flag took him out of contention.

The 28-year-old went on to announce his presence on the world stage later in the year during the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires finale in South Africa, impressively posting the fifth-fastest time in Q4 – quite an achievement given the calibre of drivers in the field.

Now, Aneklev is expanding his schedule in 2020 to include RallyX on Ice – his first appearance at the spectacular winter event – a full season of RallyX Nordic and two rounds of RX2 at Hell and Höljes in the summer.

“Last season was really good for me,” enthused the Swede. “It was my first time at every track, so hopefully I will be stronger in 2020 for the experience I gained on those circuits. It was great to be part of such an amazing team as well – OMSE is like a big family and they gave me loads of advice, so I’m really happy to be back with them again this year. I learned a lot in 2019, but I still need to work on driving smoothly to get faster and produce more consistent lap times.

“It was fantastic to race with the RX2 guys in South Africa, competing alongside world-class drivers. We had some great results in the qualifying races – particularly in Q4 – but unfortunately, the driveshaft failed in the semi-final which was a big shame for us.

“I’m excited to be involved in RallyX on Ice this season. It’s a great event. I’ll be pushing for a podium there but it’ll be a strong field of drivers, so I’ll do what I can and push all the way for my sponsors.

“I’m working hard to be on the podium in RallyX Nordic this season, too. We’re hoping to be stronger at all of the tracks. The grid is looking really competitive so we’ve been putting a lot of hard work in over the winter, and now I can’t wait to be back racing again!
20-02-14 Flying Finn Kallio 'fired-up' for second season of RX2
Last season’s star rookie returns for 2020 with title in his sights
Flying Finn ready to bounce back from luckless 2019 finale
OMSE ace predicts ‘exceptionally high’ calibre of competition

Jesse Kallio – one of the undisputed revelations of the 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires – will return for a second season in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series this year with title glory firmly on his agenda.

Fresh off the back of a race-winning campaign in FIA Euro RX’s Super1600 class, Kallio shot out-of-the-blocks in RX2 last year, racing to five consecutive podium finishes with Olsbergs MSE and very nearly winning round three at Spa-Francorchamps, with only a slightly hesitant start in the final denying the Finn victory.

Kallio looked set to finish second in the standings behind OMSE team-mate Oliver Eriksson, until cruel misfortune in the South African season finale – in the shape of electrical issues that ruled him out of two of the four qualifying races – dropped him to third. As he looks back, however, he does so with justifiable pride in his achievements.

“My rookie season in RX2 was amazing,” he affirmed. “The series, car and team were all completely new to me and it was my first time running with four wheel-drive – and I finished on the podium first time out! That was incredible, particularly given how competitive the series is and how many fast drivers there were in the field with much more experience than me in Supercar Lites machinery – it was really rewarding to be able to take the fight to them.

“By the time we got to Spa, I was challenging for victory, which was way more than I had been hoping for. I hadn’t expected to be pushing for the podium until later in the season, but we were up there right from the start.

“It was obviously a difficult end to the year. We were well on-course to clinch second in the championship, but that was taken away from us through no fault of our own. That gives me a lot of motivation for the new season, and I’m feeling really fired-up and hungrier than ever to come out fighting for victory.”

Kallio will unquestionably head into the forthcoming campaign as one of the title favourites, and he hopes his prior experience of competing at Montalegre – a track that will be new to many of his rivals – allied to his ‘dry run’ at Höljes during the RallyX Nordic curtain-raiser in May and his ongoing partnership with OMSE will pay dividends in what he predicts to be a fiercely competitive season.

“The calibre of the competition looks set to be exceptionally high again – perhaps even more so than last year – and that means consistency will be key in the championship battle,” the 20-year-old asserted. “The continuity with OMSE is definitely an advantage in that respect. They have so much experience in the sport, and we established a very strong relationship last year so I’m really excited to work with all the guys again.

“Montalegre is a tricky circuit to get to grips with, so it’s good to have some prior knowledge of it – that will hopefully play in my favour – and I’m looking forward to going to the Nürburgring, too. We don’t yet know what the rallycross track will look like, but it’s always fun to discover new venues – especially one with so much history behind it.

“In a single-spec series like RX2, the racing is always extremely close but my goal for this year is clearly to win the title – and I’m confident that with OMSE, I have everything I need to mount a very solid challenge.”
20-02-13 Supercar Lites grid continues to grow as Haug joins list of entrants
Norwegian set for full campaign of Supercar Lites competition
Haug hoping prior track knowledge will be a boost in 2020
34-year-old adds brace of RX2 outings to his season schedule

Lars Erik Haug has become the latest driver to sign up for RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires’ Supercar Lites category in 2020, as the Norwegian joins a fast-growing grid in the ultra-popular single-make class.

Having raced in RallyX on Ice, RallyX Nordic and the RX2 International Series last season, Haug is no stranger to Supercar Lites machinery. Reaching the semi-final three times from five starts in 2019, he concluded the campaign placed 15th in the championship standings and added to that with a one-off appearance in RX2 at Höljes in the summer, highlighted by the 14th-fastest time in Q3 amongst the 21 high-calibre competitors.

This year, Haug will return for a full season in RallyX Nordic, as well as two guest rounds of in RX2 in Norway and Sweden. With the 2020 Nordic calendar largely visiting the same venues as last year, the 34-year-old hopes his ever-increasing track knowledge will be of immense benefit as he goes toe-to-toe with the sport’s rising stars.

“I’m really excited to be coming back for another season of RallyX Nordic,” enthused Haug, who first began competing in the discipline in 2005. “I had a great time last season meeting lots of new people and going to new tracks – and of course, the racing was seriously competitive!

“I learned a lot in 2019 and we’re going to many of the same circuits this year, so we should be really well-prepared. The drivers who have already announced they’re entering the Supercar Lites class are all really quick, so it will be challenging but I’m sure it will be another great season!”
20-02-11 RallyX on Ice to mark Oliver Eriksson's Supercar Lites swansong
Ultra-successful Swede to bring curtain down on Lites career
21-year-old targeting Sm-veckan glory in final class appearance
Kallio and Enlund to partner Eriksson in Olsbergs MSE line-up
Reigning RX2 Champion set to announce 2020 plans shortly

Oliver Eriksson will make his final start in Supercar Lites machinery in next month’s RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires festival (28 March), as the most successful driver in Lites history prepares for pastures new in 2020.

Over the past four years, Eriksson has rewritten the record books in rallycross’ most popular single-make class and delivered on every surface, racing to two championship crowns and eight victories from 14 outings in the RX2 International Series and five wins, 14 podiums and another title in GRC Lites. The Swede has form in RallyX on Ice, too, powering to the drivers’ trophy courtesy of a brace of triumphs in 2018 and adding another win to his tally last year.

This year, RallyX on Ice will form part of SM-veckan – Sweden’s multi-sport ‘Winter Olympics’ – on a purpose-built track on the frozen Lule River, right in the heart of Luleå, the capital of Norrbotten County on Sweden’s northern coast. As he revs up for his Supercar Lites swansong, the 21-year-old is fired-up to sign off in style.

“I’m super pumped for RallyX on Ice,” said Eriksson. “It’s always a great event to kick-start the rallycross season, and being part of SM-veckan guarantees a sky-high profile and a big crowd. Driving on ice requires a different approach, but it’s a challenge I relish and after things didn’t quite go to plan last year, I’m determined to regain my crown!

“It’s strange to think this will be my last appearance in Supercar Lites. I have to say, it’s been a hell of a ride – and far more than I could ever have expected! I’ve learned so much along the way, and in terms of preparing drivers to step up to Supercar level, you honestly couldn’t ask for anything better. As a single-spec category, the racing is always extremely close and that really teaches you to focus on the finer margins and the last few hundredths and thousandths-of-a-second that make all the difference in rallycross.

“You only have to look at the names of some of the drivers that have used it as a springboard to Supercars – Kevin Hansen, Cyril Raymond and my brother Kevin Eriksson to name just a few – to appreciate Supercar Lites’ success, and now it’s time for me to step up and move on as well. We came within a point of winning the Supercar title in RallyX Nordic last year, and I’m looking forward to announcing my 2020 plans shortly. Watch this space...”

Eriksson will contest the annual winter warm-up with Olsbergs MSE, where he will be joined by new boy Martin Enlund and Jesse Kallio, who won the RallyX on Ice title in the RX Academy class on a tie-break in 2018. The Finn pushed Eriksson hard throughout his maiden campaign in Supercar Lites in RX2 last year, and he is palpably excited for his first competitive outing of 2020.

“It’s been a long winter with not so much driving, so it will be good to get back behind the wheel and dust off the cobwebs on the ice!” he acknowledged. “Being a single-day event, there’s no need to play the percentages or play it safe – it will be flat-out from start to finish and I can promise there will be no prisoners taken. It’s always fun to perform in front of big crowds, which I’m sure will be the case at SM-veckan. Have no doubt – we’re going to put on one hell of a show!”

Kallio will similarly return to the track in RallyX Nordic this year, as he aims to maintain his 100 per cent winning record in the Scandinavian series. The 20-year-old has only entered one Nordic event to-date, and he will be targeting a repeat of his scene-stealing victory at Kouvola last summer in 2020’s curtain-raising double-header at Höljes on 22-24 May.

“I had a great debut in RallyX Nordic on home soil last year, so I’m looking forward to returning to the series this season – and where better than at Höljes,” he enthused. “It’s a classic rallycross track – one of the truly legendary circuits in the sport – and one of my favourites on the calendar. It’s just a fantastic place to race!

“The field is already shaping up to be ultra-competitive with a lot of very fast drivers and Scandinavian specialists, so I’ll need to ensure I’m absolutely on top of my game – but I’m more than ready for the fight!”

Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, RallyX on Ice will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions – for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.
20-02-07 Olofsson back for another bite at Supercar Lites cherry
Popular Supercar Lites class grid continues to grow
Multiple podiums the target for speedy Swede
Former series runner-up predicts ultra-competitive field

Simon Olofsson will return to the RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires paddock in 2020, as he bids to build upon a promising 2019 campaign in the series’ Supercar Lites class that yielded fourth place in the overall standings.

Olofsson’s raw speed was very much in evidence in RallyX Nordic last year, highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes at Höljes and Kouvola with STS RX and three other final appearances – but there were frustrations, too, as the 24-year-old failed to reach the last six in consecutive rounds in Latvia and Norway.

This season, the Swede is aiming to accentuate the positives and is targeting plenty more silverware and champagne – although he is under no illusions that the calibre of the competition in the popular Supercar Lites category is likely to be tougher than ever.

“I’m really looking forward to the new season of RallyX Nordic,” enthused the 2016 Swedish Supercar Lites Champion and RallyX Nordic championship runner-up. “We had some great racing last year, so I’m sure 2020 will be no different.

“The team and I had good pace all season in 2019. We had some good races and some bad races. Obviously the two podiums were amazing, so we’re aiming for more of the same and to build upon the experience we gained last year.

“The calendar is looking great this season, and the Supercar Lites class is always super-competitive. I’m expecting it to be even more so this year so we’ll need to be fast, but of course we always want to have fun as well!”

20-02-04 Jonsson returns for full-season of Supercar Lites and RallyX on Ice
Jonsson announces eight-round campaign
“We are more experienced and ready for the challenge.”
RallyX on Ice also part of 2020 schedule with Alfta Racing Team

After two guest rounds of RallyX Nordic presented by Cooper Tires in 2019, Martin Jonsson will be returning to the championship for a full campaign of racing alongside a RallyX on Ice entry.

Jonsson utilised his time in the Supercar Lites class wisely during the Höljes and Tierp weekends of 2019, acclimatising himself to the series and its ultra-competitive line-up of drivers.

The Swede has firmly set his sights on the sharp end of the grid with the goal of breaking into the top ten by the end of the season.

Nordanå Trä AB, Sandres Åkeri AB, Portgången Fastighets AB and Driver Trafikskoleutbildningar AB join him for his 2020 campaign as key sponsors adorning the side of the naturally aspirated 2400cc, 320bhp machine.

“We debuted in the Supercar Lites class back in 2018 during SM-Veckan in Skellefteå,” Jonsson reflected. “Now two years later in 2020, we are more experienced and ready for the challenge.

“Alfta Racing Team and I are really excited to be back in ‘the office’ again and compete against the very best drivers in rallycross and Supercar Lites. There are some new challenges for the team with many new tracks in Denmark, Norway and Finland. Luckily, we can adapt quickly to new tracks.

“There will also be tracks where we have raced in 2018/19, for example the legendary Höljes and Tierp circuits. Last year we made it to the semi-finals in both races against really hard competition so hopefully we can make a bit further this year and get to the finals! My main goal for this season will be a top 10 result by the last race at Tierp Arena.”
20-01-29 Enlund steps up to RX2 as Swedish sensation joins forces with OMSE
•Swedish star signs up for full RX2 season with Olsbergs MSE
•18-year-old stunned on series debut at Höljes last summer
•OMSE Team Principal Eriksson has high hopes for young protégé

Martin Enlund will contest the full RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires campaign in 2020 with defending champions Olsbergs MSE, and following his standout debut at Höljes last summer, there are high hopes indeed for the talented teenage prodigy.

Belying his minimal experience in Supercar Lites machinery, Enlund stunned observers with his pace and poise on his first appearance in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series last July, in what was the biggest field of the year with 21 cars. Third-quickest in FP2, the Swede – who hails from Västerås, around an hour west of Stockholm – replicated that result in Q1 before adding another top six time in Q3 and then going fastest of all in Sunday morning warm-up.

The 18-year-old missed out on the final by barely a quarter-of-a-second, but that did not tell the full story. Forced into a spin at the first corner, he was the quickest man on the track in an eye-catching recovery drive that capped a stellar maiden weekend in RX2 [see link to video beneath images below]. He posted the four fastest laps of the race, with his best effort a staggering half-a-second out-of-reach of what any of his rivals could muster.

Enlund’s main focus last year was on RallyX Nordic, tallying a trio of fifth-place finishes in the CrossCar category and adding the Swedish Championship laurels to his impressive career CV. In 2020, he will run dual Supercar Lites campaigns in RX2 and RallyX Nordic. To say he is excited to get out on-track would be quite the understatement.

“It’s definitely going to be a busy season, and it will be so much fun to contest both series!” he enthused. “Driving as much as possible will be great for my career development and progression.

“It was a surprise to be so fast at Höljes last year – that was a really cool feeling, and it made me realise I could genuinely be successful in RX2. It would obviously have been fantastic to make the final on my debut, but I was still very happy with my performance. That weekend, everything just felt right, and since then, I’ve been working hard to put together a full-season programme and make sure I’m as well-prepared as I can possibly be.

“I’ve dreamt about competing on the World RX package since I was a child – RX2 is a series I have looked up to for many years – and now that dream has come true. It will be awesome to benefit from the World Championship spotlight and race in full view of all the Supercar teams. Hopefully that will open up even more doors moving forward.

“The initial aim is to consistently reach the final – though of course, I’m secretly hoping for a bit more than that. I have no doubt that the competition will be extremely tough; everybody is fast and it’s shaping up to be a very strong field with, I’m sure, many more quick drivers still to be announced.

“The one thing I don’t have any prior knowledge of – Höljes aside – is the tracks. The rest of them will be completely new to me. That will obviously give the more experienced drivers a bit of a head-start, but I’ve generally been a quick learner so I’m sure I’ll be able to catch up – and I know OMSE will help me to get to grips with everything as rapidly as possible.

“It’s definitely the right team for me. Their results speak for themselves, with four titles in a row in RX2, and their knowledge and experience is second-to-none. They’re a great bunch of guys, and whatever they do, they tend to succeed. I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun together, and when you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, your driving naturally benefits – so bring it on!”

Olsbergs MSE CEO and Team Principal Andreas Eriksson has similarly high hopes for his new protégé, who he tips to ultimately emulate the success achieved by many of the squad’s former drivers.

“It’s tremendously exciting to add Martin to our RX2 line-up for this year,” he said. “His performance at Höljes last summer really made everybody sit up and take note – the speed he showed in the semi-final in particular was nothing short of breathtaking.

“We have worked very hard to put this deal together and will continue working hard to support his transition. We want to make sure he is as prepared as he can be going into the new season and can hit the ground running in Barcelona. With Martin and Fraser McConnell, we already have an extremely strong line-up for 2020 – and there are more exciting announcements still to come.”
20-01-28 Entries open for 2020 RallyX on Ice winter warm-up
•Just under one month to register for seasonal curtain-raiser
•24 places in Supercar Lites / Supernational;18 in CrossCar/Crosskart
•New venue as part of Sweden’s ‘Winter Olympics’ in Luleå

Registration is officially open for the 2020 edition of RallyX on Ice presented by Cooper Tires in Luleå on 28 March, with 24 places available in the Supercar Lites and Supernational classes, and 18 on offer in the CrossCar/Crosskart category.

In recent years, RallyX on Ice has firmly established itself as the discipline’s must-attend season curtain-raiser, with its ever-growing status seeing it welcome the likes of FIA World Rallycross Championship superstars Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud as well as US racing heroes Josef Newgarden and Hélio Castroneves.

Indeed, RallyX on Ice invariably attracts the crème de la crème of driving talent – all eager to claim pre-season bragging rights – with hundredths if not thousandths-of-a-second determining the results and spectacular sideways slides guaranteed.

In 2020, fans watching trackside will be treated to not only some of the fastest and most fearless rallycross drivers around, but also a raft of other sports within the framework of SM-veckan, Sweden’s high-profile ‘Winter Olympics’, which incorporates everything from biathlon and cross-country skiing to dog-sledding, Alpine slalom, jiu-jitsu and powerlifting.

That means a capacity crowd will be gathered downtown in Luleå on 28 March to watch all of the action on a purpose-built track on the frozen Lule River on Sweden’s northern coast. What’s more, with extensive live coverage of the ‘business end’ of the event on Swedish national television – complemented by a comprehensive livestream on SVT Play – competitors will truly be showcasing their skills to the largest possible audience.

Run in conjunction with the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, Svensk Bilsport, the single-day event will be preceded by official test days and will feature three competitions – for Supercar Lites, Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart. All entrants will be eligible to win the coveted RallyX on Ice titles, while the Swedish Championship crowns will be contested between drivers in possession of a Swedish licence.

Entry fees are 5,000 SEK (c. €470) for Supercar Lites – which includes a place in the paddock tent – or 2,500 SEK (c. €235) for the Supernational and CrossCar/Crosskart classes. All applications must be received by midday Swedish time on Sunday, 23 February, with places to be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Competitors should register at Anmälan Luleå ms City Race. Enquiries can be sent to: luleacityrace@gmail.com
20-01-21 McConnell targeting the title as he returns to RX2 with OMSE
Rookie revelation returns to RX2 grid with Olsbergs MSE
Jamaican ace aiming to build upon impressive 2019 results
21-year-old’s achievements recognised by brace of awards

Fraser McConnell is set to return to the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires with Olsbergs MSE in 2020, and with a successful maiden campaign now under his belt, the popular Jamaican says he will be all guns blazing in pursuit of title glory.

Despite 2019 marking only McConnell’s second season in rallycross and first competing in Europe, he immediately made his mark, with a spectacular round-the-outside pass on OMSE team-mate Jesse Kallio in the Barcelona curtain-raiser resulting in a podium finish on his debut in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series.

The 21-year-old reached the final on all but one occasion and laid down a marker for 2020 with a battling run to second place in Cape Town in November, posting the final fastest lap of the season as he delighted the South African fans with his trademark swashbuckling style behind the wheel. He concluded the campaign fourth in the overall standings, just seven points shy of the runner-up spoils.

The accolades have kept on coming for McConnell over the winter, too. In addition to meeting Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness – with whom he discussed his international rallycross experience and efforts to continue putting the island nation on the global motorsport map – he was celebrated as Senior Sportsman of the Year at the star-studded FIA Americas Awards and Sportsman of the Year for Motorsports by RJR, the largest media house in Jamaica.

Describing 2019 as ‘a life-changing season’, the reigning ARX2 Champion has even loftier ambitions for 2020, when – funding permitting – he hopes to dovetail his RX2 bid with a complementary campaign at Supercar level in Scandinavia’s RallyX Nordic series, to further hone his driving skills and career development.

“I didn’t have any expectations last year,” reflected McConnell. “I didn’t know any of the tracks – the only prior information I had was either from YouTube or video games – so it inevitably took me a little while to get fully up-to-speed, and if you’re playing catch-up in rallycross, you’re not going to be able to fight for the win.

“My team-mates Oliver [Eriksson] and Jesse [Kallio] played a huge part in helping me to get to grips with it all. Their experience was genuinely invaluable, and let’s face it, nobody knows the Supercar Lites car better than Oliver – I learned so much from him.

“OMSE is the undisputed benchmark team in the discipline so I never even considered going anywhere else, and I really want to capitalise upon every opportunity they give me. Plus, there are only two new tracks I need to learn this year, but that will be the same for everybody. That’s the biggest thing for me, I think.

“One of my major personal focuses this season is to make sure I’m more mentally ready for the challenge. Coming from Jamaica, there’s obviously a lot of travel involved, adjusting to different time zones and dealing with the associated jetlag – plus juggling my racing commitments with my college studies. It’s a pretty intense schedule and a big commitment to make, but I’ve devoted a lot of time over the winter to preparing myself.

“It’s shaping up to be another tough season in RX2, with a very high calibre of competition. The level seemed to increase with each round last year, and every indication suggests it will step up again in 2020. Everybody is fast. Everybody is capable of putting down quick lap times. The difference is in the finer details – the hundredths if not thousandths-of-a-second that separate the field. That means it will all come down to consistency and not making mistakes, but I’m confident we have everything we need to fight for the title.

“I’m working hard to maintain the momentum from my podium in South Africa and my ARX2 title win – I’m feeling excited and really looking forward to it all. Not only that, but the level of respect between the drivers in RX2 is pretty remarkable, so I can’t wait to get out there and race with those guys again. It’s going to be a fun year!”
20-01-21 Mästaren växlar upp och satsar på Rallycross 2020
Nils Andersson, mästare i Rally X Nordics Crosskartklass, står nu inför sin största utmaning hittills. Efter att ha segrat i Crosskart både 2018 och 2019, tar nu 20-åriga Andersson steget upp till Rallycross och Supercar Lites.

Värmlänningen som tävlar för Motorklubben Team Westom i Arvika, hade flera alternativ innan valet föll på Rallycross. Efter att ha testat racing i V8 Thunder, Grp N Suzuki i Rally och lite olika Crosskartar föll valet till slut på Rallycross i Supercar Lites.

Det blir en full säsong i prestigefyllda Rally X Nordic, en serie som lockar de bästa förarna i landet att tävla över 8 deltävlingar i 4 länder. Nils kommer att tävla i Supercar Lites, en enhetsklass där alla kör med exakt samma material i identiska bilar och förarens skicklighet är den viktigaste faktorn.
”Det skall bli fantastiskt kul att köra Rallycross, något jag drömt om sedan jag var liten. Det blir en utmaning då jag är ny i Rallycross, medan mina konkurrenter har tävlat i flera år i den här bilen. I en enhetsklass där alla förare har samma material är det viktigt att ha ordning på alla delarna, det är de små detaljerna som avgör. När premiären i Höljes går av stapeln i maj skall jag vara maximalt förberedd”, berättar Nils som till vardags studerar maskinteknik på Karlstads Universitet.

Nils mentor, dubble Världsmästaren i Rallycross, Johan Kristoffersson som är en viktig kugge i Nils utveckling var delaktig i valet av tävlingsklass.
”Efter flera framgångsrika år i Crosskart kommer det att bli en spännande utmaning för Nils att ta steget upp till Supercar Lites i en serie där jag själv började min väg mot VM-Guld i Rallycross”, säger Johan Kristoffersson

Nynäshamnsbaserade företaget RX Promotion står bakom serien och har utvecklat Supercar Lites att vara ett naturligt steg på vägen för att etablera sig i Rallycrosseliten. Klassen har fostrat flera Rallycross stjärnor som t.ex. Kevin Hansen, Sebastian Eriksson, Thomas Bryntesson och bröderna Kevin och Oliver Eriksson.
”Jag har personligen följt Nils karriär sedan han började med motorsport. Det är mycket roligt samt väldigt inspirerande att se unga lovande talanger ta nästa steg i karriären med tydligt mål och focus. Nils är verkligen ett sådant exempel och kommer från Crosskart med ambition och vilja att bli bäst i SupercarLites för vidare utveckling. RallyX Nordic är byggt för att främja just detta och bidra med en platå för dom att utvecklas vidare till nästa framtida storförare”, Jan-Erik Steen, CEO RX promotion AB.
20-01-14 Ben-Philip Gundersen klar för Supercar-EM tillsammans med JC Raceteknik
25-årige rallycrosstalangen Ben-Philip Gundersen tar 2020 steget upp från Supercar Lites till Supercar i mästerskapet FIA European Rallycross Championship.
– Vi har länge jobbat med målet att ha Ben-Philip i Supercar, så att kunna ta steget upp till Euro RX tillsammans är kul. Han har helt klart den rätta farten, säger teamchef Joel Christoffersson.

JC Raceteknik hade under 2019 sin mest framgångsrika säsong någonsin där de bland annat vann både Europamästerskapet och RallyX Nordic tillsammans med Robin Larsson. Ben-Philip Gundersen gjorde också ett bra år med teamet och knep RallyX Nordic-guldet i klassen Supercar Lites samt ett silver i RX2 International Series 2019.

Gundersen har utöver det en stark meritlista med bland annat ett EM-guld i klassen Touringcar 2016 i bagaget. Nu är norrmannen redo växla upp sin motorsportkarriär ytterligare och ta steget in i värstingklassen. Bilen han ska köra är teamets ena Audi S1 Supercar.

Tillsammans med JC Raceteknik kommer Gundersen köra full EM-säsong – FIA European Rallycross Championship. 25-åringens Supercar-debut blir 16 maj då EM inleds i Belgien på den välkända banan Spa – därefter följer ytterligare fyra deltävlingar i bland annat svenska Höljes och norska Hell.

Joel Christoffersson, teamchef JC Raceteknik:
”Vi har länge jobbat med målet att ha Ben-Philip i Supercar under 2020, så att kunna ta steget upp till Euro RX tillsammans är kul. Under de två åren han kört för JC Raceteknik har vi sett hur han utvecklas hela tiden. Så han har helt klart den rätta farten för att ta det här steget från Supercar Lites till Supercar.

Hittills har vi gjort lite tester tillsammans i bilen och jag ser stor potential i honom. Självklart kommer det här först och främst vara ett läroår. Men Ben-Philip är en vinnare, det syns i hans ögon. Så vi kommer jobba för att kriga i toppen och kunna kliva upp på pallen.”

Ben-Philip Gundersen, Euro RX:
”Det här känns riktigt bra att få den här chansen. Sen jag började med folkrace som femtonåring har jag drömt om att köra Supercar på den här nivån, och det är mot det målet jag jobbat sen dess. Nu är jag här, och är väldigt taggad!

Tillsammans med JC Raceteknik har jag gjort bra resultat i Supercar Lites. Vi har haft ett bra samarbete, så nu när den här möjligheten kom att ta steget upp i Supercar tillsammans kändes det helt klart rätt att fortsätta på den här vägen ihop. Att vi har en bra bil har vi kunnat se tidigare, så det kommer bli en spännande säsong.

Gällande målsättning ser vi det framförallt som ett läroår. Även om Supercar Lites är den bästa skolan du kan gå för att förbereda dig för den högsta klassen så är det ändå väldigt stor skillnad mot att köra en Supercar. Dessutom har många av de andra förarna kört Supercar förut, så det kommer vara tuff konkurrens. Jag tror det är smart att under den första tävlingen känna av allt, jämföra sig med de andra EM-förarna och sedan ta det vidare därifrån. Målen lär förändras under säsongens gång.”
20-01-10 #YellowSquad unveils first RX2 driver for 2020
#YellowSquad is delighted to announce Czech teenager Dan Skocdopole as its first driver in RX2, the feeder series for the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
In addition to a full season of RX2, competing at iconic tracks such as Höljes, Hell and Lohéac, Skocdopole will also race in selected rounds of the Scandinavia-based RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites championship in order to optimise seat time in the car during the year.

Skocdopole tested #YellowSquad's RX2 car at Kalvholmen Motorstadion near Karlstad, close to the team’s base in Götene, Sweden. The 16-year-old impressed in tricky weather conditions, showing maturity and speed on his #YellowSquad debut.

The RX2 cars are four-wheel drive, six-speed machines with around 310bhp produced by the 2.4 litre naturally aspirated engine, giving drivers the perfect platform to hone their skills and climb the RX ladder.

Kevin, Dan and the rest of the #YellowSquad team will be undertaking an extensive pre-season programme of preparation before the season begins at Barcelona in mid-April. This will include more time in the car as well as specific fitness and media training ahead of the first round of the year.

“This is incredible for the team! To have our first driver confirmed so early in the season really drives us all at the workshop to prepare as well as we can. We believe that RX2 is a perfect step for Dan at his age, as the car and competition demand hard, detailed work.

“Dan impressed us during his test. Timmy [Hansen], who is Head of Driver Development, and Eric [Färén], our Team Manager, were very happy with the day together and the connection Dan and the team had was great. This is a very important point.

“The test conditions couldn’t have been trickier, with a lot of rain and mud. But Dan really had a lot of skills and this showed he was able to control the car and work with the team to improve every time he was on track. We are looking forward to the preparations we and Dan have planned before the first race in Barcelona.”

"I’m really excited to be joining #YellowSquad in RX2 this season! It’s a dream come true to be working with Kevin and Timmy, who have proven themselves to be two of the best rallycross drivers in the world. It will be a big test for me in RX2 as I know the competition will be very tough, but I feel this is a good step in my career to take and I am ready to get going in Barcelona.

“My first test went really well last year and I think I am starting to get to grips with the RX2 car. It is a very reactive car and it demands a lot from the driver to get the most out of it. There will of course be a lot of lessons to take on board this season but I am looking forward to getting out on track."

”About Dan Skocdopole
An experienced and successful go-karter, Skocdopole made a name for himself by winning the Czech championship title in 2015, before going on to claim the WSK KRS World Series championship crown in 2016.

Skocdopole made his first steps in rallycross in 2018 when he contested the Italian Rallycross Championship, driving a Skoda Super 1600. He continued in the series last year while also making his debut in the German RX championship, taking a victory in his first visit to the Oschersleben circuit in October.

He has tested a variety of GT and RX machinery during his young career to date, from RX2 and Super 1600 cars to Supercars and Electric RX. His aim is to become the youngest-ever World Rallycross Championship entrant and winner.

20-01-04 Evjen och Kristoffersson i fortsatt samarbete
Sondre Evjen fortsätter i rallycross-EM även 2020. Den unge norrmannen har gjort klart med ännu en säsong i en Volkswagen Polo GTI RX.
- Jag har väldigt stor tro på vårt upplägg inför året, säger en förhoppningsfull Sondre Evjen.

Evjen inledde förra säsongen sitt samarbete med Kristoffersson Motorsport från Arvika under teamnamnet Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS. Då blev allt klart i sista stund inför EM-premiären. Nu har såväl förare som team betydligt bättre framförhållning.
- Det har varit mitt mål att ha allt klart till nyår. Totalt sett ska vi komma mycket bättre förberedda i år och förhoppningsvis kunna kämpa om de översta platserna i varje tävling, säger 21-åringen från Ål och fortsätter:
- Vi vill få till en mer stabil bil och som förare behöver jag nå en högre lägstanivå.

Teamchefen Tommy Kristoffersson instämmer i de höga ambitionerna.
- Förra året hann vi inte förbereda oss så som vi skulle ha velat. Nu är det dags att göra det på rätt sätt. Vårt mål är att ge Sondre den bästa bilen i EM-serien, och med rätt förutsättningar vet vi att han är snabb.

Kristoffersson vill ändå inte prata om någon titeljakt.
- I det här läget handlar det inte om att jaga slutplacering utan om att bygga Sondres plattform inför den framtida karriären.

I det paketet ligger en hel del tester under året. Evjen kommer under 2020 att avstå från Lites-serien för att helt fokusera på EM i Supercar. Det innebär endast fem deltävlingar under året, vilket ger gott om tid för tester. I det sammanhanget blir dubble världsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson en betydelsefull faktor.
- Johan har en viktig roll som mentor åt Sondre och han kommer även att vara med vid våra tester för att jobba med finjusteringar.

Rådgivning i världsklass tackar Evjen förstås för.
- Jag hoppas på ett gott samarbete med Johan.

EM-serien inleds på Spa-banan i Belgien 16 maj, följt av norska Hell i juni och därefter Höljes i början på juli. Efter sommaruppehållet avslutas serien med tävlingar i Frankrike och Lettland i september. Det är ett tävlingsprogram som skulle ha kunnat skrivas av Sondre Evjen själv.
- Det är de fem banorna jag vill köra på om jag får välja.

I verkstaden i Koppsäng kommer det att jobbas hårt inför premiären för att optimera teamets Volkswagen Polo GTI RX. Stora förbättringar gjordes under förra året, men det finns mer att hämta, bland annat i form av viktfördelning.
- Vi har vissa saker som vi vet att vi kan förbättra och det finns ett åtgärdsprogram för detta, berättar Tommy Kristoffersson.

EM Supercar 2020:
16-17/5 Spa World RX of Benelux, Spa-Francorchamps
13-14/6 World RX of Norway, Hell
4-5/7 World RX of Sweden, Höljes
5-6/9 World RX of France, Lohéac
19-20/9 Neste World RX of Latvia, Bikernieki
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