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17 Jul 2013


Category: Miscellaneous, News Posted 17.07.13 10:27 by

Round 4 of the Finnish Rallycross Championship took place at Honkajoki, Round 5 of the French Rallycross Championship at Lessay, and Round 4 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship at Valkenswaard.


The fourth and final round of the Dutch Rallycross Championship (aka Dutch RallyRacing Championship) was run over the in April 1971 opened Eurocircuit at Valkenswaard near Eindhoven, the first ever purpose built Rallycross circuit in the world. The next event will be held on August 17 and 18 there, but will count for the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) only.

Without the strong competition of Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen it was Dutch-Italian Jos Kuijpers who had the saying at his home circuit this time. In the A final the Ford Focus Mk3 driver took another victory, ahead of his two compatriots Ron Snoeck and Marcel Ottink, while Belgian Ronny Scheveneels finished in fourth place. Among the Super1600 contenders the winners podium was an all Dutch affair, Marcel Snoeijers claiming victory from Peter van de Wege and Dennis Rijn.

In the TouringCars category Belgian Filip Baelus made good use of the ex-Pedro Bonnet Volvo C30/4 RWD to win the event from Dutch Rallycross lass Mandy Kasse and his fellow-countryman Ivo Van den Brandt. While victory in SuperNationals +2000 was claimed by Belgian Luc Maris it was his compatriot Marc Vandenbergh who made the top of the SuperNationals -2000 rostrum his.

  • Round 4, Dutch Rallycross Championship, Valkenswaard (NL), July 14
  • 1. Jos Kuijpers (I) Ford Focus Mk3
  • 2. Ron Snoeck (NL) Seat Leon Mk2
  • 3. Marcel Ottink (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 4. Ronny Scheveneels (B) VW Scirocco Mk3
  • 1. Marcel Snoeijers (NL) Renault Mégane Mk3
  • 2. Peter van de Wege (NL) Toyota Yaris Mk1
  • 3. Dennis van Rijn (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 4. Niels van de Warrenburg (NL) Opel Corsa B
  • 5. Willem Veltman (NL) Citroën C2
  • 6. Thijs Heezen (NL) Ford Fiesta Mk7
  • 7. Gerjo de Brouwer (NL) Suzuki Swift Sport RS
  • 8. Davy Fiddelaers (B) Renault Clio Mk2
  • 1. Filip Baelus (B) Volvo C30/4 RWD
  • 2. Mandy Kasse ♀ (NL) Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
  • 3. Ivo Van den Brandt (B) Mitsubishi Colt CZT RWD
  • 1. Luc Maris (B) Volvo 240
  • 2. Steve Volders (B) Ford Escort Mk1
  • 3. Danny De Beuckelaer (B) Opel Corsa B
  • 4. Frans De Wit (B) BMW E36 Compact
  • 5. Roland Myny (B) Volvo S40 Mk2
  • 6. Johan Sleeckx (B) BMW 1 E87
  • 7. Peter Thijs (B) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 8. Herman Van Thielen (B) BMW E46 Coupé
  • 1. Marc Vandenbergh (B) Seat Ibiza Mk2
  • 2. Johnny Christiaensen (B) Opel Astra
  • 3. Joël Strackx (B) Honda Civic EK4
  • 4. Marc Vleeschouwers (B) Toyota Corolla
  • 5. Hedwig Goris (B) Opel Corsa B
  • 6. Luc Slachmuylders (B) Rover MG ZR
  • 7. Johan Kwinten (NL) BMW E30 Coupé
  • 8. Martijn Vanhove (B) Toyota MR2 Mk1


Round 5 of the French Rallycross Championship was hosted last weekend at the Circuit de Lessay in the centre of the Cotentin Peninsula in the Normandy. Jérôme Grosset-Janin claimed his fourth victory in as many rounds of the running season, almost making the SuperCars category to a one man show this year. Fabien Pailler, offspring of 1993 ERC winner Jean-Luc Pailler, became the runner-up while Rallycross veteran Hervé “Knapick” finished third to complete the Lessay podium. It seems that 9-times Rally World Champion Sébastien Loeb will get a competitive car for the European round at Lohéac, where he is going to compete in the “Kapick” Citroën DS3 by the end of August.

In the Super1600s class it was Jean-Baptiste Dubourg who bagged his third win in a row to increase his lead in the point standings over Adeline Sangnier. The Rallycross lady made it to third place here, beaten by runner-up David Olivier. Former Autocrosser Marc Morize won the D3 A final, Kevin Jacquinet made the last race of the Division 4 his, and Cyril Raymond won the Coupe Twingo R1 main event for the second consecutive time.

  • Round 5, French Rallycross Championship, Lessay (F), July 13–14
  • 1. Jérôme Grosset-Janin (F) Renault Clio Mk3
  • 2. Fabien Pailler (F) Peugeot 208
  • 3. Hervé “Knapick” (F) Citroën DS3
  • 4. Christophe Wilt (F) Citroën C4
  • 5. Alain Heu (F) Citroën C4
  • 6. Yves Gallais (F) Citroën Saxo
  • 7. Jean Juin (F) Peugeot 207
  • 8. Christophe Jouet (F) Peugeot 207
  • 1. Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (F) Renault Clio Mk2
  • 2. David Olivier (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 3. Adeline Sangnier ♀ (F) Citroën C2
  • 4. Laurent Chartrain (F) Citroën C2
  • 5. Fabien Chanoine (F) Dacia Sandero
  • 6. Dorian Launay (F) Renault Clio Mk2
  • 7. Maximilien Eveno (F) Citroën C2
  • 8. Julien Fébreau (F) Citroën Saxo
  • 1. Marc Morize (F) Peugeot 207
  • 2. Christophe Saunois (F) Toyota Corolla
  • 3. Florent Béduneau (F) MINI Cooper
  • 4. Xavier Briffaud (F) Renault Clio Mk3
  • 5. Stéphane Drean (F) Renault Clio Mk3
  • 6. Mathieu Trévian (F) Citroën Saxo
  • 7. Jonathan Pailler (F) Peugeot 206
  • 8. Patrick Guillerme (F) Peugeot 307
  • 1. Kévin Jacquinet (F) Peugeot 207
  • 2. Jimmy Terpereau (F) Audi A3
  • 3. Steven Lefrançois (F) Peugeot 206
  • 4. Sébastien Guillemaud (F) Peugeot 306 S16
  • 5. Nicolas Bothorel (F) Citroën C4
  • 6. Stéphane Hameau (F) Citroën Xsara
  • 7. Jessica Tarrière ♀ (F) Renault Clio Mk2
  • 8. Sébastien Le Ferrand (F) Peugeot 306 S16
  • 1. Cyril Raymond (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 2. Julien Anodeau (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 3. Fabien Grosset-Janin (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 4. Pascal Huteau (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 5. Aurélien Crochard (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 6. Enzo Libner (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 7. Firmin Cadeddu (F) Renault Twingo Mk2
  • 8. Andréa Dubourg (F) Renault Twingo Mk2


FINRC: Round 4 of the Finnish Rallycross Championship was hosted last Saturday at the Pesämäen Moottoriurheilukeskus at Honkajoki, a municipality in the province of Western Finland, part of the Satakunta region. The weather was fine and the cheerful spectators enjoyed a day at the races in bright sunshine.

At the end of the event the A final looked as if becoming the prey of Janne Kanerva, the Citroën C4 driver after the GO producing a good start. However, Škoda Fabia Mk1 campaigner Aki Karttunen made up lost ground and the two started to fight for victory. With the result that Kanerva went off the track and Karttunen also dropped back. Full advantage for Joni-Pekka Rajala who took over the lead and subsequently drove his Mitsubishi Lancer E6 to his third consecutive series win. Reigning champion Atro Määttä in his Ford Focus Mk1 tried to catch Rajala, but failed and had to agree of being the runner-up. Same situation in the SRC category, like in SuperCars Rajala won his third event in a row to strengthen his lead in the point standings of the smaller class too.

  • Round 4, Finnish Rallycross Championship, Honkajoki (FIN), July 13
  • 1. Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN) Mitsubishi Lancer E6
  • 2. Atro Määttä (FIN) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 3. Kari Irri (FIN) Peugeot 206
  • 4. Janne Kanerva (FIN) Citroën C4
  • 5. Aki Karttunen (FIN) Škoda Fabia Mk1
  • 6. Mika Liinamaa (FIN) Subaru Impreza GD
  • 1. Joni-Pekka Rajala (FIN) Ford Escort Mk7
  • 2. Peter Helenius (FIN) VW Scirocco Mk3
  • 3. Vesa Hirvonen (FIN) Volvo S40
  • 4. Niklas Ehrnsten (FIN) Volvo 940
  • 5. Ville Mikkola (FIN) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 6. Sami Kiskola (FIN) Ford Fiesta Mk6