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21 Jun 2013


Category: Miscellaneous, News Posted 21.06.13 10:28 by

Round 2 of the Central European Zone Rallycross Championship was hosted at Greinbach, Round 2 of the Finnish Rallycross Championship at Joensuu, and Round 3 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship at Valkenswaard.


NLRC: Round 3 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship was held on Dutch ‘Vaderdag’ (Father’s Day) and, therefore, the entry to the Eurocircuit was free to all spectators. In SuperCars Dutch-Italian Jos Kuijpers and Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen were dicing all over the day, the new owner of the 2012 Kuijpers Ford Fiesta Mk7 proved again that he had chosen for the right car. After the start of the A final and Kuijpers’ first lap Joker that man Van Mechelen was for two laps in the lead again and it looked already, as if he would claim his third overall win in a row. But due to a problem with the valve of his anti-lag system in lap three the Belgian could not succeed this time, instead it was Jos Kuijpers who took the given chance to win ahead of 2004 and 2005 European champion (Division 1A) Ron Snoeck.

Victory in SuperCars fell prey to Belgian Davy Van Den Branden and his DS3, the Citroën campaigner getting faster and faster with his all-new car. In TouringCars it was Mandy Kasse who claimed the pole position of the A final by driving twice the fastest times in qualification. However, in the last lap of the last race of the day she had to give up with technical problems of her Ford Fiesta Mk7, leaving the overall victory to be scored by Louis de Haas.

Kristof Bex dominated the qualification in SuperNationals +2000, the Belgian set all three best times. In the A final the Volvo driver produced a poor start and had to witness that his compatriots Davy Leysen and Steve Volders run away with gold and silver. In SuperNationals -2000 the top of the Eurocircuit winners podium was conquered by Belgian Seat driver Marc Vandenbergh from Dutch BMW campaigner Johan Kwinten.

  • Round 3, Dutch Rallycross Championship, Valkenswaard (NL), June 16
  • 1. Jos Kuijpers (I) Ford Focus Mk3
  • 2. Ron Snoeck (NL) Seat Leon Mk2
  • 3. Patrick Van Mechelen (B) Ford Fiesta Mk7
  • 1. Davy Van Den Branden (B) Citroën DS3
  • 2. Marcel Snoeijers (NL) Renault Mégane Mk3
  • 3. Gerjo de Brouwer (NL) Suzuki Swift Sport RS
  • 4. Dennis van Rijn (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 5. Willem Veltman (NL) Citroën C2
  • 6. Niels van de Warrenburg (NL) Toyota Yaris Mk2
  • 7. Davy Fiddelaers (B) Renault Clio Mk2
  • 8. Bart Bel (NL) Citroën C2
  • 1. Louis de Haas (NL) Opel Astra G RWD
  • 2. Filip Baelus (B) Volvo C30/4 RWD
  • 3. Ivo Van den Brandt (B) Mitsubishi Colt CZT RWD
  • 4. Willem Slob (NL) VW Golf Mk4 RWD
  • 5. Mandy Kasse ♀ (NL) Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
  • 1. Davy Leysen (B) BMW E36
  • 2. Steve Volders (B) Ford Escort Mk1
  • 3. Kristof Bex (B) Volvo S40 Mk1
  • 4. Frans De Wit (B) BMW E36 Compact
  • 5. Johan Sleeckx (B) BMW 1 E87
  • 6. Ludo Helven (B) Marcos Mantis V8
  • 7. Peter Thijs (B) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 8. Roland Myny (B) Volvo S40 Mk2
  • 1. Marc Vandenbergh (B) Seat Ibiza Mk2
  • 2. Johan Kwinten (NL) BMW E30
  • 3. Marc Vleeschouwers (B) Toyota Corolla
  • 4. Martijn Vanhove (B) Toyota MR2 Mk1
  • 5. Jef Mertens (B) Opel Astra F
  • 6. Hedwig Goris (B) Opel Corsa B
  • 7. Joël Strackx (B) Honda Civic EK4
  • 8. David Van Riet (B) Mitsubishi Colt C50


FINRC: Round 2 of the Finnish Rallycross Championship went on Saturday June 15 over the Ylämyllyn Moottorirata in Joensuu, while the European championship contenders were competing at Hell in Norway. Joni-Pekka Rajala produced an amazing  stunt by winning the A final of both classes, in SuperCars and in the SRC category too. In SuperCars Rajala held third place when being offered the chance to take second place over from stumbling Aki Karttunen. During the last lap the Mitsubishi campaigner was able to beat reigning champion Atro Määttä also, the 2011 and 2012 SuperNationals champion thereby claimed his first ever victory in the SuperCars division. 

  • Round 2, Finnish Rallycross Championship, Joensuu (FIN), June 15
  • 1. Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN) Mitsubishi Lancer E6
  • 2. Atro Määttä (FIN) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 3. Janne Kanerva (FIN) Citroën C4
  • 4. Ari Perkiömäki (FIN) Ford Fiesta Mk6
  • 5. Aki Karttunen (FIN) Škoda Fabia Mk1
  • 6. Pekka Keski-Korsu (FIN) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 1. Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN) Ford Escort Mk7
  • 2. Vesa Hirvonen (FIN) Volvo S40
  • 3. Peter Helenius (FIN) VW Scirocco Mk3
  • 4. Ville Mikkola (FIN) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 5. Janne Rinta-Kauhajärvi (FIN) Volvo S40
  • 6. Jesse Ylitalo (FIN), BMW E36 Coupé


CEZ/ARC/CZRC/HRC: The PS Racing Center in Austria’s town of Greinbach hosted the second round of the Central European Zone Rallycross Championship, but the event was counting also for the native Austrian championship series as well as for the Czech and the Hungarian Rallycross championships. Austrian Jürgen Weiß’ Ford Focus Mk1 did not survive practice, after a differential gave up the winner of the season opener at Melk was forced to throw in his towel early.

Hungarian Zoltán Harsány dominated the event by setting the fastest times in practice, the first and the second qualifying heats as well as in the A final. Peter Ramler made it to runner-up, while Tamás Kárai claimed third and the last place on the rostrum. Victory in Super1600s was bagged by Christian Petrakovits who defended home soil against compatriot Werner Panhauser and Czech Václav Veverka Jr. Gerald Woldrich powered his turbocharged Mercedes to victory in TouringCars, leaving second and third place to Czech Jakub Bittman and fellow-Austrian Mario Leonhardsberger respectively.

  • Round 2, CEZ Rallycross Championship, Greinbach (A), June 8–9
  • 1. Zoltán Harsányi (H) Mitsubishi Lancer E5
  • 2. Peter Ramler (A) Seat Leon Mk1
  • 3. Tamás Kárai (H) Škoda Fabia Mk1
  • 4. Alois Höller (A) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 5. Zoltán Vass (H) Mitsubishi Lancer E6
  • 6. Attila Mózer (H) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 1. Christian Petrakovits (A) VW Polo Mk4/9N3
  • 2. Werner Panhauser (A) Citroën C2
  • 3. Václav Veverka Jr. (CZ) Peugeot 206
  • 4. Klaus Freudenthaler (A) Škoda Fabia Mk1
  • 5. Gábor Bánkuti Jr. (H) Peugeot 206
  • 6. Erwin Frieszl (A) Peugeot 208
  • 1. Gerald Woldrich (A) Mercedes C230 Turbo
  • 2. Jakub Bittman (CZ) Peugeot 206
  • 3. Mario Leonhardsberger (A) Honda Civic Mk7 Type-R
  • 4. Kristóf Klausz (H) BMW E30
  • 5. Karl Schadenhofer (A) VW Golf Mk4 Turbo
  • 6. “Luigi” (H) Seat Ibiza Mk2