|FIA European Championship 2023||FIA European Championship (Euro RX3)|
23-01-23 DRR JC scores Top Qualifier result and Podium finish in first Nitro RX Trois-Rivieres ice race
American-Swedish Nitro Rallycross Championship team DRR JC maintained its advantage at the head of the 2022-2023 season standings with a strong performance in the series first-ever ice race weekend in Canada.
Entering the event holding the top three positions in the Drivers standings, the amalgamated Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and JC Raceteknik squad secured the Top Qualifier position amid a top-three lock-out in qualifying during the seventh round of Nitro RXs headline Group E category, then took another podium finish in the final race of the weekend to maintain the lead in both the Drivers and Teams standings.
Drivers Championship leader Robin Larsson finished third in qualifying on Saturday, one place behind Monster Energy RX Cartel DRR JC team mate Andreas Bakkerud in the all-electric FC1-X machines.
Racing under floodlights again on Saturday race day Larsson was second in both his heat race and semi-final, then delivered a strong and mature drive to climb to third position in the final and hold the place to the finish in challenging, changeable conditions where ice dust was a significant factor.
Bakkerud meanwhile had won his semi-final, but while battling in the middle of the field in the all-important, eight-car final, was forced off the track by another competitor. While his rival was disqualified for the move post-race, Bakkerud made it to the finish line in seventh, and remains second in the series standings.
Robin Larsson (SWE), Group E:
This was a hard weekend, but a lot of fun to drive the cars in these conditions. Overall we can be happy about the event, we achieved a strong result in the end and took a lot of good points for the championship. Im really looking forward to the next race in Calgary in two weeks.
In opposite conditions to those of his native Jamaica, Fraser McConnell stunned the Scandinavian stars of Nitro RX by taking the Top Qualifier result on Friday evening, beating far more experienced drivers to win the Battle Brackets section of the event. On day two, McConnell was twice second in the heat and semi-final stages, then battled hard to finish fourth in the final and remains third in the Drivers standings.
Joel Christoffersson, JC Raceteknik Team Principal:
It was not easy for any of us this weekend, but Im very pleased with the job of the whole team. Fraser did a great job to be TQ on day one, then Robin delivered again on Sunday to take another podium. Andreas could have been right up there too, but had a hard time in the final. We learned a lot and we will start with a better base setup on the cars at the next ice race.
23-01-16 JC Raceteknik heads to Canada for Nitro RX ice races with championship lead
The DRR JC squad, created out of Swedish team JC Raceteknik and American collaborators Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, head to Canada this week to compete in the first ever Nitro Rallycross Championship ice race.
On the back of a strong start to the 2022-2023 Nitro RX campaign, DRR JC drivers hold the top three positions in the Drivers standings, with double FIA European Rallycross Champion Robin Larsson leading the charge, ahead of World RX race-winner Andreas Bakkerud and RallyX Nordic race-winner Fraser McConnell.
The first-ever Nitro RX campaign for all-electric FC1-X cars began at the birthplace of rallycross, Lydden Hill (UK) last summer, where Larsson claimed a maiden Nitro RX win. In round two at Strangnas (Sweden), the team made history, securing the top five finishing positions in the final a first for any team in a top-level rallycross event with Bakkerud winning ahead of Larsson, Johan Kristoffersson, McConnell and Ole Christian Veiby.
Nitro RX then headed stateside, where at ERX Motor Park (Minneapolis) Larsson and McConnell continued the podium run after an epic effort by the whole DRR JC team to repair badly damaged cars for McConnell and Bakkerud overnight so they could complete the event.
At Glen Helen (Los Angeles), McConnell secured a first Nitro RX victory ahead of Larsson and Bakkerud in another podium lock-out, while Bakkerud finished third in the first round of a Wild Horse Pass (Phoenix) double-header, Larsson then securing a fourth win of the season for the team the very next day.
Four rounds of the season remain over three events, with two rounds held in the next three weeks running on ice circuits. This weekend, the event takes place at the Trois-Rivieres circuit famous for hosting World RX (albeit in summer) from 2014 to 2019.
DRR JC heads into the weekend with eyes on securing strong results, using experience of racing in ice events in Scandinavia with Supercar Lites machines, and extending its lead at the head of the standings
Joel Christoffersson, JC Raceteknik Team Principal:
We had a very strong 2022 element to this season, and after a huge effort from every single person in our team, based on both sides of the Atlantic, its been great for them to have a break and spend time with their families over Christmas. Now we are fully focused on the job in hand. There are four races to go, but the two ice rounds will be totally new for everyone with the Group E FC1-X. We have raced on ice a lot back home with the Supercar Lites, so hopefully some of that experience will serve us well and we can secure good points. We are in a nice position in the championship, but this is rallycross, anything can still happen so every one of us needs to stay 100% focused on the job in hand right until the end of the season.
23-01-13 Ingen rallycross och crosskart i SM-veckan
Det väder som varit under den senaste tiden gör att anläggningens banan inte kommer hålla för en rättvis tävling för rallycross och crosskart. Rallytävlingen genomförs som planerat.
Det är torsdagens bilsport med rallycross och crosskart som nu tyvärr måste ställas in. Detta utifrån det väder som varit och den ställtid i planeringen som SVT som sändande TV-bolag behöver för att planera om i sin produktion från SM-veckan.
Rallysprinten på söndagen den 5 februari körs som planerat.
Även SM Esport i Touring Car avgörs under veckan på plats i Arena Skövde.