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13 Mar 2015

BRX: Coox takes opener

Category: Miscellaneous, News Posted 13.03.15 18:45 by

The first international Rallycross event of the 2015 season was held at Maasmechelen in Belgium and saw homeboy Jochen Coox winning the SuperCars category from compatriot Jos Jansen and Dutchman Marcel Ottink.

 

It was not for the first time that the Duivelsbergcircuit at Maasmechelen started the international Rallycross year with its early March race, but this time the weather gods granted perfect conditions for the season opener. In SuperCars three entrants were eventually missing from the event: Jos Kuijpers (not ready with his new conquest yet?), Johnny Verkuringen (hindered by flu) and Ron Snoeck (out of the game after early technical problems).

2015 WorldRX regular Jos Jansen (Ford Focus Mk3) dominated the event during qualification, but after a poor start from the pole position of the Final and another early driving mistake the printing company owner had eventually to be content with second place overall. Full advantage for Jochen Coox here, the Volkswagen dealership owner drove his Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar to an unchallenged start-to-finish success.

Victory of the Super1600s category was claimed by Davy Van Den Branden and his Citroën DS3, Steve Volders powered his ‘almost as wide as long’ Ford Escort Mk1 to victory in the SuperNationals +2000 class while Steven Stessens made good use of his Vauxhall Corsa B to put himself on top of the winners rostrum in SuperNationals -2000.

 

Ronny Scheveneels and his Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar ploughing through the kitty-litter... © DS/ERC24

Ronny Scheveneels and his Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar ploughing through the kitty-litter… © DS/ERC24

 

Jochen Coox hugging his mechanic Stefan Germain whose help was vital to claim overall victory. © DS/ERC24

Jochen Coox hugging his mechanic Stefan Germain whose help was vital to claim overall victory. © DS/ERC24

 

Jos Jansen leading the field, in the end the Ford Focus Mk3 driver made it to runner-up. © DS/ERC24

Jos Jansen leading the field, in the end the Ford Focus Mk3 driver made it to runner-up. © DS/ERC24

 

Dutchman Marcel Ottink (Škoda Fabia Mk2) took care that the SuperCars podium did not turn into an all-Belgian affair. © DS/ERC24

Dutchman Marcel Ottink (Škoda Fabia Mk2) took care that the SuperCars podium did not turn into an all-Belgian claim. © DS/ERC24

 

Before the action started the competitors gathered for the snappers who took group photos. © DS/ERC24

Before the action started the competitors gathered for the snappers who took group photos. © DS/ERC24

 

Davy Van Den Branden (Citroën DS3) en route to victory of the Super1600s category. © DS/ERC24

Davy Van Den Branden (Citroën DS3) en route to victory of the Super1600s category. © DS/ERC24

 

Dave Van Beers debuted his all-new Renault Clio Mk3 in Super1600s to eventually finish 5th. © DS/ERC24

Dave Van Beers debuted his all-new Renault Clio Mk3 in Super1600s to eventually finish 5th. © DS/ERC24

 

Steve Volders drove his unique XXL Ford Escort Mk1 to victory in SuperNationals over 2000cc. © DS/ERC24

Steve Volders drove his unique XXL Ford Escort Mk1 to victory in SuperNationals over 2000cc. © DS/ERC24

 

Rallycross veteran Ludo Helven raced his impressive SuperNational Marcos Mantis V8 once again. © DS/ERC24

Rallycross veteran Ludo Helven raced his impressive SuperNational Marcos Mantis V8 once again. © DS/ERC24

 

Victory in SuperNationals under 2000cc fell prey to Steven Stessens and his Vauxhall Corsa B. © DS/ERC24

Victory in SuperNationals under 2000cc fell prey to Steven Stessens and his Vauxhall Corsa B. © DS/ERC24

 

  • Round 1 BRX, Duivelsbergcircuit/Maasmechelen (B), 08.03.2015
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERCARS:
  • 1. Jochen Coox (B) VW Scirocco Mk3
  • 2. Jos Jansen (B) Ford Focus Mk3
  • 3. Marcel Ottink (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 4. Ronny Scheveneels (B) VW Scirocco Mk3
  • 5. Wil Teurlings (NL) Volvo S40 Mk1
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPER1600S:
  • 1. Davy Van Den Branden (B) Citroën DS3
  • 2. Dennis Remans (B) Ford Fiesta Mk6
  • 3. Bart Stouten (B) Peugeot 206
  • 4. Thijs Heezen (NL) Ford Fiesta Mk7
  • 5. Dave Van Beers (B) Renault Clio Mk3
  • 6. Joël Strackx (B) Honda Civic EK4
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERNATIONALS +2000:
  • 1. Steve Volders (B) Ford Escort Mk1
  • 2. Kristof Bex (B) Volvo S40 Mk1
  • 3. Luc Maris (B) Volvo 240
  • 4. Bert Bosmans (B) Volvo 240
  • 5. Danny De Beuckelaer (B) Opel Corsa B
  • 6. Henri Vangeneugden (B) Volvo 240
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERNATIONALS -2000:
  • 1. Steven Stessens (B) Vauxhall Corsa B
  • 2. Yves Teelen (B) Citroën Saxo
  • 3. Kurt Lambers (B) Ford Sierra Cosworth 2.0
  • 4. Martijn Vanhove (B) BMW E82 M Coupé
  • 5. Jef Mertens (B) Opel Corsa C
  • 6. Kris Bammens (B) Peugeot 206

 

Top photo: VW campaigner Jochen Coox made good use of his Scirocco Mk3 to claim the BRX season opener. © DS/ERC24