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13 May 2015

RX: Weekend 19 summary

Category: Miscellaneous, News Posted 13.05.15 16:30 by

The 19th weekend of the running year saw Rallycross events in Sweden, Italy, Norway and The Netherlands. ERC24 collected the final results and a couple of images.

 

 

RallyX: For the 2015 Swedish RallyX Championship kick-off the organiser had chosen for a venue that had never hosted a Rallycross event before, the airport of the town of Skövde, halfway between the two big lakes Vänern and Vättern. Reigning Swedish SuperCar Champion Sebastian Eriksson ruled the event and produced also the best start in the Final. However, during the second lap the Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST campaigner ruined the tyre of his right rear wheel. The OlsbergsMSE team member fought hard to stay ahead of his opponents, but was subsequently overtaken by teammate Kevin Eriksson in a similar SuperCar as well as by Lukas Walfridsson in the Renault Clio Mk3 that was formerly driven by his uncle Stig-Olov ‘Stecka’ Walfridsson. Eriksson and Walfridsson were fighting hard for victory, but in the end it was the son of OMSE team principal Andréas Eriksson who made the first RallyX victory of the season his. Nevertheless, while Kevin and Lukas claimed a total of 24 championship points each it was Sebastian who put 26 on his tally to take the lead of the series.

In the SuperCar Lites category it looked as if Kevin Hansen would be able to win the Skövde event, but when the son of Kenneth Hansen knocked off a wheel of his ‘Peugeot 208’ the game was over. Now it was Simon Olofsson who reached the chequered flag in first place and scored a total of 29 championship points, just missing 1 to the maximum of 30. Tobias Brink became the runner-up, while Olofsson’s sister Sandra Hultgren completed the winners podium as third overall. Former Alpine Skiing ace Hultgren proved at Skövde to be on par with the boys when setting the fastest qualifying time of all nine starters in Heat 2.

 

  • Round 1, Swedish RallyX Championship, Skövde Flygplats, Skövde (S), May 8 and 9
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERCARS:
  • 1. Kevin Eriksson (S) Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST
  • 2. Lukas Walfridsson (S) Renault Clio Mk3
  • 3. Sebastian Eriksson (S) Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST
  • 4. Erik Färén (S) Peugeot 208
  • 5. Linus Westman (S) Saab 9-3
  • 6. Peter Hedström (S) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERCAR LITES:
  • 1. Simon Olofsson (S) ‘Ford Fiesta Mk7’
  • 2. Tobias Brink (S) ‘Ford Fiesta Mk7’
  • 3. Sandra Hultgren ♀ (S) ‘Ford Fiesta Mk7’
  • 4. Viktor Johansson (S) ‘Ford Fiesta Mk7’
  • 5. Thomas Holmen (N) ‘Ford Fiesta Mk7’
  • 6. Kevin Hansen (S) ‘Peugeot 208’
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERNATIONALS CLASS 2:
  • 1. Mattias Ohlsson (S) BMW M3
  • 2. Michael Olander (S) Saab 9-3
  • 3. Per Engstrand (S) Lexus IS200
  • 4. Rikard Gustavsson (S) Škoda Fabia
  • 5. Rasmus Olsson (S) BMW E36
  • 6. Emil Lennartsson (S) Volvo 240

 

 

A proud father: OlsbergsMSE team principal Andréas Eriksson was happy about his son winning the Skövde Final. © OMSE/ERC24

Proud father: OlsbergsMSE team principal Andréas Eriksson was happy about his son’s victory in the Skövde Final. © OMSE/ERC24

 

Reigning Swedish Champion Sebastian Eriksson did not win the Final, but claimed the most championship points in Skövde. © OMSE/ERC24

Reigning Swedish Champion Sebastian Eriksson did not win the Final, but claimed the most championship points in Skövde. © OMSE/ERC24

 

The Skövde SuperCar podium with (from left) Lukas Walfridsson, Kevin Eriksson and Sebastian Eriksson. © OMSE/ERC24

The Skövde SuperCar podium with (from left) Lukas Walfridsson, Kevin Eriksson and Sebastian Eriksson. © OMSE/ERC24

 

Niclas Grönholm, son of Marcus Grönholm, was two times third fastest in the qualifying runs, but had to give up early. © OMSE/ERC24

Niclas Grönholm, son of Marcus Grönholm, was two times third fastest in the qualifying runs, but had to give up early. © OMSE/ERC24

 

Simon Olofsson (55) made the SuperCar Lites Final his and claimed a total amount of 29 championship points. © OMSE/ERC24

Simon Olofsson (55) made the Lites Final his and claimed an almost perfect total amount of 29 championship points. © OMSE/ERC24

 

Sandra Hultgren set a fastest time in qualification and eventually made it to third overall of the Lites class. © OMSE/ERC24

Sandra Hultgren set a fastest time in qualification and eventually made it to third overall of the Lites class. © OMSE/ERC24

 

The airport at Skövde and its all-new mixed-surface track was unknown territory for the Rallycross drivers. © OMSE/ERC24

The airport at Skövde and its all-new mixed-surface track was unknown territory for the Rallycross drivers. © OMSE/ERC24

 

 

 

CEZ: The small Italian town of Maggiora, about 80kms nort-west of Milano, hosted for many a year rounds counting for the FIA European Autocross Championships. Last weekend the so-called Autodromo Pragiarolo witnessed its first ever true Rallycross event, as the third round of the 2015 FIA Central European Zone Rallycross Championship. After two days of action it was Belgian 2014 WorldRX regular Jos Jansen who drove his Ford Focus Mk3 to overall victory in SuperCars, thereby beating Dutchman Marcel Ottink and Austrian Alois Höller to second and third place respectively.

 

  • Round 3, FIA CEZ Rallycross Championship 2015, Autodromo Pragiarolo, Maggiora (I), May 9 and 10
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERCARS:
  • 1. Jos Jansen (B) Ford Focus Mk3
  • 2. Marcel Ottink (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • 3. Alois Höller (A) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 4. Jürgen Weiß (A) Ford Focus Mk1
  • 5. Ron Snoeck (NL) Seat Leon Mk2
  • 6. Werner Gurschler (I) Mitsubishi Lancer E8
  • 7. Jankó Wiestz (H) Seat Leon Mk2
  • 8. Erwin Untersalmberger (I) Ford Fiesta Mk6
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPER1600S:
  • 1. Zsolt Szíjj (H) Suzuki Swift Sport RS
  • 2. Mirko Zanni (I) Citroën C2
  • 3. Fabio Poletta (I) Peugeot 106
  • 4. Pasquale Delfino (I) Citroën Saxo
  • 5. Davide Medici (I) Renault Clio Mk3 (DNS)
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERTOURINGCARS -2000:
  • 1. Roman Častoral (CZ) Opel Astra G
  • 2. Devis Rango (I) Peugeot 205 (DNS)
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERTOURINGCARS +2000:
  • 1. Attila Tóth (H) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 2. Karl Schadenhofer (A) VW Golf Mk4
  • 3. Oliver Gruber (A) Ford Sierra
  • 4. Zsolt Csendes (H) Opel Ascona B
  • 5. Michael Stoklassa (A) BMW E36 Coupé

 

 

So far Maggiora in Italy was well-known for its Autocross event, now the venue is open to Rallycross also. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

So far Maggiora was well-known for its Autocross events, now the venue is open to Rallycross also. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

 

Dutchman Marcel Ottink drove his Škoda Fabia Mk2 SuperCar to second place in Italy. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

Dutchman Marcel Ottink drove his Škoda Fabia Mk2 SuperCar to second place in Italy. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

 

Ron Snoek from Holland making his Seat Leon Mk2 SuperCar go airborne at the Autodromo Pragiarolo. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

Ron Snoek making his Seat Leon Mk2 SuperCar go airborne at the Autodromo Pragiarolo. © Marijke Ottink-Wiessenberg/ERC24

 

 

 

  • Round 1, Norwegian Rallycross Championship 2015, Grenland Motorsport Senter, Skien (N), May 9 and 10
  • FINAL RESULTS CLASS 1:
  • 1. Thomas Hårberg (N) Citroën Saxo
  • 2. Preben Myklebust (N) Opel Corsa C
  • 3. Espen Isaksætre (N) Citroën Saxo
  • 4. Asgeir Taraldsen (N) Renault Clio
  • 5. Åsmund Holten (N) Citroën Saxo
  • 6. Svein Guttorm Nielsen (N) Peugeot 106
  • FINAL RESULTS CLASS 2:
  • 1. Steinar Stokke (N) Mazda RX-7
  • 2. Kenneth Johansen (N) Ford Puma
  • 3. Ben-Philip Gundersen (N) Ford Fiesta Mk6
  • 4. Ståle Hagadokken (N) Ford Escort Mk7
  • 5. Jonas Dalseth Jacobsen (N) BMW
  • 6. Johannes Holten Leifsen (N) Ford Fiesta Mk7
  • FINAL RESULTS CLASS 3:
  • 1. Hans Jøran Østreng (N) BMW E30 Coupé
  • 2. Stian Haugan (N) Citroën Xsara
  • 3. Rune Engesvoll (N) Lexus IS 200
  • 4. Herbjørn Haug (N) Mercedes C203
  • 5. Ola Frøshaug (N) Volvo S40
  • 6. Thomas Bryntesson (N) BMW
  • FINAL RESULTS CLASS 4:
  • 1. Stein Egil Jenssen (N) Ford Focus Mk2
  • 2. Morten Bermingrud (N) Ford Focus Mk2
  • 3. Ole Kristian Temte (N) Citroën C4
  • 4. Morten Stensrud (N) Subaru Impreza
  • 5. Pål Tønsberg (N) Toyota Celica GT4

 

 

Stein Egil Jenssen drove his Ford Focus Mk2 SuperCar to Class 4 overall victory in his native Norway. © Rune Johannesen/ERC24

Stein Egil Jenssen drove his Ford Focus Mk2 SuperCar to Class 4 overall victory in his native Norway. © Rune Johannesen/ERC24

 

Runner-up Morten Bermingrud getting airtime in the ex-Michaël De Keersmaecker Ford Focus Mk2 SuperCar. © Rune Johannesen/ERC24

Runner-up Morten Bermingrud enjoys airtime in the ex-Michaël De Keersmaecker Ford Focus Mk2 SuperCar. © Rune Johannesen/ERC24

 

 

 

NLRX: Under bright sunshine Round 2 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship took place on May 10 at the legendary Eurocircuit near Eindhoven. As it was ‘Mother’s Day’ the entry to the venue was free to all visitors, which resulted in a bigger than usual crowd. Without SuperCar racing Valkenswaard must concentrate on the Super1600 class and the two SuperNational categories this year, and without the regular quite healthy entry from neighbouring Belgium the first ever purpose-built Rallycross circuit (opened in 1971) would be in severe danger. In SuperNationals +2000 there was an all-day competition between Ford Escort Mk1 campaigner Steve Volders and Volvo S40 Mk1 driver Kristof Bex. During the all-decisive Final Bex was trying hard to grab the lead, but eventually it was Volders who kept the door closed to claim yet another overall victory. While Martijn Vanhove had been hampered by technical problems in the April round this time the BMW 1-series driver took overall victory from Toyota Corolla racer Marc Vleeschouwers and Patrick De Decker in his Rover MG. Peter van de Wege made good use of his Toyota Yaris to win the Super1600 Final.

 

  • Round 2, Dutch Rallycross Championship 2015, Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard (NL), May 10
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPER1600S:
  • 1. Peter van de Wege (NL) Toyota Yaris Mk1
  • 2. Willem Veltman (NL) Citroën C2
  • 3. Dennis van Rijn (NL) Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERNATIONALS +2000:
  • 1. Steve Volders (B) Ford Escort Mk1
  • 2. Kristof Bex (B) Volvo S40 Mk1
  • 3. Marc Vandenbergh (B) Mercedes-Benz 190E
  • 4. Davy Leysen (B) BMW E36
  • 5. Stefan Vaesen (B) BMW E36
  • 6. Filip Vanderheyden (B) Volvo S40 Mk2
  • 7. Peter Thijs (B) BMW E36 Coupé
  • 8. Stephanie Van Lingen ♀ (B) BMW E36
  • FINAL RESULTS SUPERNATIONALS -2000:
  • 1. Martijn Vanhove (B) BMW E82 M Coupé
  • 2. Marc Vleeschouwers (B) Toyota Corolla
  • 3. Patrick De Decker (B) Rover MG ZR
  • 4. Bart Coninx (B) Seat Ibiza
  • 5. Johan Grosemans (B) Citroën Saxo
  • 6. Tessa Mentens ♀ (B) Opel Astra
  • 7. Björn Vanvolcksom (B) Opel Astra
  • 8. Joël Strackx (B) Honda Civic EK4

 

 

Peter van de Wege and his Toyota Yaris en route to overall victory in Super1600s. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Peter van de Wege and his Toyota Yaris en route to overall victory in Super1600s. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

 

Steve Volders and his immaculate Ford Escort Mk1 XXL are the duo to beat in SuperNationals +2000. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Steve Volders and his immaculate Ford Escort Mk1 XXL are the duo to beat in SuperNationals +2000. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

 

Kristof Bex and Steve Volders, here coming out of the Joker Lap detour,  were fighting all day. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Kristof Bex and Steve Volders, here coming out of the Joker Lap detour, were fighting all day. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

 

Volders was happy after making yet another overall victory his. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Volders was happy after making yet another overall victory his. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

 

Martijn Vanhove powering his BMW E82 M Coupé to victory in SuperNationals -2000. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Martijn Vanhove powering his BMW E82 M Coupé to victory in SuperNationals -2000. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

 

Since SuperCar drivers have lost their interest in Valkenswaard the organisers concentrate on smaller categories. © Johnny Loix/ERC24

Since SuperCar drivers have lost their interest in Valkenswaard the organisers concentrate on smaller categories. © Johnny Loix/ERC24