16-10-2016 16:00 : 2016 FIA WRX CHAMPION: MATTIAS EKSTROM – P5 at Germany RX is enough to guarantee the points! The first Swedish title winner since Kenneth Hansen in 2008… Congratulations!
02-10-2016 18:19 : WRX Latvia Results: 1. Sébastien LOEB 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Timmy HANSEN 4. Andreas BAKKERUD 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Timur TIMERZYANOV
01-10-2016 18:56 : WRX: Top 12 in Latvia after day one – 1. Andreas BAKKERUD 2. Timmy HANSEN 3. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 4. Sébastien LOEB 5. Timo SCHEIDER 6. Petter SOLBERG 7. Janis BAUMANIS 8. Davy JEANNEY 9. Mattias EKSTRÖM 10. Toomas HEIKKINEN 11. Ken BLOCK 12. Reinis NITISS 34 32 66
19-09-2016 15:13 : World RX of Spain (Barcelona) Results: 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Timmy HANSEN 3. Timur TIMERZYANOV 4. Janis BAUMANIS 5. Robin LARSSON 6. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON
04-09-2016 10:53 : WRX: Top 12 in Loheac – 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 42 4. Ken BLOCK 5. Petter SOLBERG 6. Sébastien LOEB 7. Timmy HANSEN 8. Davy JEANNEY 9. Robin LARSSON 10. Kevin HANSEN 11. Reinis NITISS 12. Andrew SCOTT
08-08-2016 12:02 : WRX: Driver’s Championship standings after Canada RX – 1. Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 4. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 5. Sébastien LOEB 6. Timmy HANSEN
19-07-2016 12:01 : WRX: JRM confirm that they have terminated their 2016 agreement with British driver Liam Doran. It is unclear whether they will seek to replace Doran for the remainder of the season. More to follow. (RS)
03-07-2016 18:13 : (WRX) Höljes Rnd 6 SC Result: 1. Andreas BAKKERUD 2. Sébastien LOEB 3. Timmy HANSEN 4. Anton MARKLUND 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Mattias EKSTRÖM
03-07-2016 18:11 : (ERX) Höljes Rnd 6 SC Result: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Fredrik SALSTEN 3. Tommy RUSTAD 4. Tord LINNERUD 5. Alexander HVAAL 6. Tamás-Pál KISS
03-07-2016 14:57 : (WRX) Top 12 SC in Höljes: 1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 2. Andreas BAKKERUD 3. Petter SOLBERG 4. Sébastien LOEB 5. Mattias EKSTRÖM 6. Robin LARSSON 7. Toomas HEIKKINEN 8. Janis BAUMANIS 9. Timmy HANSEN 10. Niclas GRÖNHOLM 11. Davy JEANNEY 12. Anton MARKLUND
03-07-2016 14:56 : (ERX) Top 12 SC in Höljes: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Fredrik SALSTEN 3. Tamás-Pál KISS 4. Tord LINNERUD 5. Peter HEDSTRÖM 6. Mats ÖHMAN 7. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 8. Andrew SCOTT 9. Alexander HVAAL 10. Tamás KÁRAI 11. Derek TOHILL 12. Tommy RUSTAD
13-06-2016 10:49 : European Rallycross Championship Round 2 SC Result: 1. Kevin Hansen 2. Tord Linnerud 3. Tamas-Pal Kiss
13-06-2016 10:48 : World Rallycross of Norway SC Result: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timmy Hansen 3. Mattias Ekstrom
12-06-2016 14:35 : Top 12 ERX Supercars after Qualification: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Tamas-Pal KISS 3. Tommy RUSTAD 4. Fredrik SALSTEN 5. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 6. Tord LINNERUD 7. Peter HEDSTRÖM 8. Martin KACZMARSKI 9. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 10. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC 11. Oliver O’DONOVAN 12. Mats ÖHMAN
12-06-2016 14:33 : Top 12 WRX Supercars after Qualification: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timur TIMERZYANOV 3. Sébastien LOEB 4. Petter SOLBERG 5. Timmy HANSEN 6. Mattias EKSTRÖM 7. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 8. Janis BAUMANIS 9. Toomas HEIKKINEN 10. Robin LARSSON 11. Reinis NITISS 12. Davy JEANNEY
11-06-2016 14:11 : Rallycross In HELL #WRX Q1 Results:1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timmy Hansen 3. Timur Timerzyanov 4. Petter Solberg 5. Janis Baumanis
10-06-2016 12:30 : WRX NOR SC Entries: 1. Petter SOLBERG 3. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 4. Robin LARSSON 5. Mattias EKSTRÖM 6. Janis BAUMANIS 7. Timur TIMERZYANOV 9. Sébastien LOEB 13. Andreas BAKKERUD 15. Reinis NITISS 17. Davy JEANNEY 21. Timmy HANSEN 33. Liam DORAN 43. Ken BLOCK 57. Toomas HEIKKINEN 68. Niclas GRÖNHOLM 77. René MÜNNICH 92. Anton MARKLUND 96. Kevin ERIKSSON
10-06-2016 12:29 : ERX NOR SC Entries: 2. Oliver O’DONOVAN 8 Peter HEDSTRÖM 11. Fredrik SALSTEN 12. Riku TAHKO 16. Tom Daniel 24. Tommy RUSTAD 26. Andrew SCOTT 30. Ole Kristian 31. Max PUCHER 49. “M.D.K” 53. Alexander HVAAL 54. Mats ÖHMAN 60. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 69. Martin KACZMARSKI 71. Kevin HANSEN 74. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 79. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC 80. Andreas STEFFEN 87. Jean-Baptiste DUBOURG 95. Andri ÕUN 97. Mark FLAHERTY 99. Tord LINNERUD 102. Tamás KÁRAI 111. Derek TOHILL 124. “CSUCSU” 147. Tamás Pál KISS
28-05-2016 17:39 : SC World RX – Lydden Day One: Supercar Day One: 1. @Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 4. Timmy HANSEN 5. Toomas HEIKKINEN 6. Kevin HANSEN 7. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 39 8. Anton MARKLUND
28-05-2016 14:36 : Top Six after Q1: 1. Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Anton MARKLUND 4. Andreas BAKKERUD 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Janis BAUMANIS
28-05-2016 12:30 : Top three after practice: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Mattias Ekstrom 3. Anton Marklund
15-05-2016 13:11 : WRX: (TOP 12 in METTET) 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Petter SOLBERG 3. Sébastien LOEB 4. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 5. Francois DUVAL 6. Timmy HANSEN 7. Janis BAUMANIS 8. Anton MARKLUND 9. Timur TIMERZYANOV 10. Kevin ERIKSSON 11. Davy JEANNEY 12. Reinis NITISS
15-05-2016 13:08 : ERX: (TOP 12 in METTET) 1. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 2. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 3. Tord LINNERUD 4. Kevin HANSEN 5. Tamás KÁRAI 6. Tamas-Pal KISS 7. Tommy RUSTAD 8. CSUCSU 9. Martin KACZMARSKI 10. Alexander HVAAL 11. Derek TOHILL 12. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC
08-05-2016 13:34 : Hockenheim RX Supercar Final Round 2 Results: 1. Mattias Ekström 2. Toomas Topi Heikkinen 3. Ken Block 4. Petter Solberg 5. Liam Doran 6. Robin Larsson
08-05-2016 10:55 : Top 12 in Hockenheimring – After four heats: 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 3. Timmy HANSEN* 5. Janis BAUMANIS 6. Davy JEANNEY 7. Petter SOLBERG 8. Sébastien LOEB 9. Kevin ERIKSSON 10. Robin LARSSON 11. Liam DORAN 12. Andreas BAKKERUD T. Hansen excluded from Q4
06-05-2016 13:36 : Practice Session Fastest: 1. Mattias Ekström 2. Kevin Hansen 3. Timmy Hansen
17-04-2016 17:44 : World RX Montalegre Supercar Final Results: 1) Petter Solberg 2) Robin Larsson 3) Toomas Topi Heikkinen 4) Andreas Bakkerud 5) Sébastien Loeb 6) Johan Kristoffersson
17-04-2016 13:11 : Montalegre RX Supercar Results after Q3: 1) Mattias Ekström 2) Johan Kristoffersson 3) Andreas Bakkerud 4) Petter Solberg 5) Toomas Topi Heikkinen (RS)
16-04-2016 15:51 : Montalegre RX Practice times – 1) K.Eriksson 2) M.Ekstrom 3) A.Bakkerud (RS)
16-04-2016 12:07 : Andreas Bakkerud of Hoonigan Racing Division setting the fastest lap time so far in open practice at round one of World RX at Montalegre (RS)
29-03-2016 17:53 : Dan Rooke takes his maiden British Rallycross Supercar victory at the Championship’s second round held at Lydden Hill over the Easter weekend. (RS)
16-03-2016 12:10 : Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion Tommy Rustad will spearhead Albatec’s Euro RX campaign in 2016. (RS)
29-02-2016 11:38 : LOEB JOINS WORLD RX WITH TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will join Team Peugeot-Hansen to compete in all 12 rounds. (RS)
25-02-2016 15:04 : Reinis Nitišs the Latvian driver from Jēkabpils, & former Super1600 European Rallycross Champion has left Olsbergs MSE. Announcement to follow. (RS)
24-02-2016 13:33 : ‘fiaworldrallycross.com’ have this morning confirmed that Ireland’s Ollie O’Donovan will compete in the Euro RX in 2016, driving a Ford Fiesta Supercar for the second year in succession. More to follow. (RS)
23-02-2016 12:44 : French Rallycross driver JB Dubourg announces plans for new DS3 Supercar to contest 2016 Euro RX title push. More news to follow. (RS)
19-02-2016 10:53 : Two new drivers have been confirmed this morning by fiaworldrallycross.com: “Polish drivers Krzysztof Holowczyc and Martin Kaczmarski will both compete in the 2016 FIA Euro RX. Both drivers will drive a Ford Fiesta RX Supercar built by Swedish team OMSE.” (RS)
19-02-2016 00:11 : American Volkswagen campaigner Tanner Foust has listed the two FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds of Lydden Hill in Great Britain and Buxtehude in Germany in his 2016 ‘to do’ calendar. (EL)
17-02-2016 11:28 : Timur Timerzyanov departs OMSE for World RX Team Austria, to form a new World RX Austria Team to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2016. The team will be headed up by Entrepreneur Max Pucher, who announced plans for his World RX Team Austria during a YouTube Press Release posted this morning. (RS)
05-09-2015 18:45 : After setting the fastest times in both the first and the second qualifying heats Swede Timmy Hansen is leading the overnight standings at Lohéac. Reigning World champ Petter Solberg is in second place, Mattias Ekström in third position. (EL)
05-07-2015 18:18 : Mattias Ekström, who crossed the finish line in second place, has been declared the winner of WorldRX of Sweden at Höljes. Timmy Hansen has been made runner-up and Andreas Bakkerud takes home third place. Hansen first got a 5 seconds penalty (for pushing and driving outside the track) that would have dropped him from first to fourth place. However, the Stewards of the Meeting changed their decision in Hansen’s favour after checking several video clips. (EL)
21-06-2015 18:00 : Davy Jeanney wins the WorldRX of Germany round at the Estering in Buxtehude from Petter Solberg and Timmy Hansen. Tommy Rustad claims the victory of the EuroRX Final while Ulrik Linnemann wins in the Super1600 class and Fredrik Salsten bags the first place of the TouringCar category. (EL)
24-05-2015 17:10 : Reigning World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg has won once again, beating Mattias Ekström and Johan Kristoffersson at Lydden Hill to second and third place in the WorldRX of Great Britain round. Surprise of the day was homeboy MINI 1.6 SuperCar driver Guy Wilks who suffered from a puncture early in the Final to eventually finish sixth overall. (EL)
17-05-2015 16:15 : At the end of Day 2 Finn Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen wins the all decisive Final of the WorldRX of Belgium round at Mettet for the second year back-to-back. Norwegian Petter Solberg, who had to do two Joker Laps for a jump start in his Semi-Final, but nevertheless finished second here, eventually made it to runner-up while Latvian Reinis Nitišs completed the winners podium in third place. (EL)
16-05-2015 18:10 : Day 1 of WorldRX of Belgium in Mettet ended with a tie in SuperCars, Petter Solberg and Mattias Ekström claimed 84 points each. In Heat 1 it was the EKSRX team principal who set the fastest time, in Heat 2 Timmy Hansen was quickest. However, Solberg holds place 1 of the overnight standings now, Ekström is in 2nd position. In Super1600s Dane Ulrik Linnemann tops the order after three heats, in TouringCar it is Norwegian David Nordgård holding the lead after Heat 3. (EL)
03-05-2015 12:30 : Reigning Rallycross World Champion Petter Solberg wins the ‘WorldRX of Hockenheim’ round from Reinis Nitišs and Timmy Hansen. Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen finishes in fourth place while Andreas Bakkerud (1st lap) and Robin Larsson (5th lap) retired. (EL)
26-04-2015 17:07 : The WorldRX weekend at Montalegre in Portugal remained cold, wet and muddy. Day 2 eventually finished with Swede Johan Kristoffersson winning the SuperCars Final from Norwegian Petter Solberg and fellow-Swede Timmy Hansen. (EL)
25-04-2015 18:12 : After Day 1 at Montalegre in Portugal Andreas Bakkerud is leading the Overnight Standings in SuperCars, having claimed a fastest and a second fastest time. Petter Solberg, who set a third fastest and a fastest time, is in second place, Timmy Hansen following in third position. (EL)
09-04-2015 10:01 : Swede Timmy Hansen and Frenchman Davy Jeanney join forces for the 13 rounds of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Both drivers will have all-new Peugeot 208 SuperCars at their disposal. More news to follow. (EL)
08-04-2015 13:00 : Petter Solberg has revealed this morning in Norway that he and Liam Doran join forces under the tag Team SDRX for the 2015 WorldRX series. More information to follow. (EL)
31-03-2015 15:55 : Former Rallycross youngster Finn Teemu Suninen (21) has been chosen by Toyota Motorsport to join its junior driver programme and the test roster for the new Yaris WRC that will debut in the 2017 World Rally Championship. (EL)
24-12-2014 13:00 : Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015 to all of you – from those behind ERC24!
29-11-2014 20:00 : WorldRX of Argentina: While Petter Solberg claimed his 5th overall victory of the now finished 12 rounds season to underline his 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship title win the two Olsbergs MSE teammates Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs saved the FIA World Rallycross Championship title for teams for Ford. (EL)
12-10-2014 15:15 : Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud wins the first ever FIA Rallycross event on Asian and Turkish soil, Round 11 of the all-new WorldRX series. At the former Formula 1 circuit Istanbul Park ‘BabyBlue’ was able to beat Swede Timmy Hansen and Finn Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen to second and third place respectively. (EL)
28-09-2014 16:01 : By finishing in third place behind winner Timmy Hansen and runner-up Richard Göransson it is Petter Solberg who claims the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship title. The 2003 World Rally Champion and 2014 World Rallycross Champion is 60 points ahead of his competitors and, therefore, unbeatable in the two remaining WRX rounds of Turkey and Argentina with currently four overall victories on his tally. (EL)
27-09-2014 17:00 : After claiming a second fastest time in Heat 1 and the fastest time in Heat 2 Johan Kristoffersson is leading the Overnight Standings at the Franciacorta International Circuit. In the same country, where the Swede has previously also been successful in tarmac racing to win the ‘Campionato Italiano Superstars’ title of the year 2012. (EL)
21-09-2014 16:15 : Petter Solberg has won his fourth WorldRX round at Buxtehude in Germany with an advantage of just five one-thousandths of a second over runner-up Mattias Ekström. Robin Larsson, who led the Final for three laps, eventually finished in third place. (EL)
07-09-2014 15:50 : Petter Solberg wins his third 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship round in Lohéac from Reinis Nitišs and Timmy Hansen. Ken Block makes it into fourth, Pontus Tidemand with a puncture into fifth and Timur Timerzyanov retires already in the first lap of the Final to be placed sixth overall. (EL)
17-08-2014 18:30 : Belgian Koen Pauwels (Ford Fiesta Mk7) claimed overall victory of the SuperCars category in Round 5 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) at Valkenswaard in Holland. Czech Stanislav Šusta (Škoda Fabia Mk2) makes the Super1600s class his while fellow-countryman Roman Častoral (Opel Corsa D RWD) wins in TouringCars. (EL)
09-08-2014 02:30 : Norwegian WRX series leader Petter Solberg wins the FIA World Rallycross Championship round of Canada from Swede Anton Marklund and Russian Timur Timerzyanov. (EL)
13-07-2014 15:50 : Finn Toomas Heikkinen (VW Polo Mk5) wins the Final of Round 6 of WorldRX at Mettet in Belgium from Swede Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) and Hansen’s fellow-countryman Johan Kristoffersson (VW Polo Mk5). Norwegian Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3), who finished with broken rear suspension in fourth place, takes over the lead in the championship standings from Latvian Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) who did not make it through the Semi-Finals. (EL)
06-07-2014 16:20 : Höljes: Racing all-rounder Swede Mattias Ekström (Audi S1) wins WorldRX Round 5 on home soil with an advantage of 10 seconds from the two Norwegians Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) and Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3), who both reached the chequered flag with flat tyres. (EL)
29-06-2014 16:40 : American wildcard driver Tanner Foust (VW Polo Mk5) wins Round 4 of WorldRX at Kouvola in Finland from the two OMSE teammates and WRX regulars Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud and Latvian Reinis Nitišs (both Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST). (EL)
22-06-2014 23:20 : Swede Patrik Sandell has won Round 3 of the Global RallyCross series at the RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, from Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. and Finn Joni Wiman, the Fiesta Mk7 ST SuperCar drivers making it a 1–2–3 victory for Ford. (EL)
15-06-2014 18:00 : Latvian 18-year-old Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) wins the WorldRX round of Norway in Hell from homeboy Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3) and American star guest driver Ken Block (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST). (EL)
25-05-2014 18:02 : Norwegian Ford Fiesta Mk7 driver Andreas Bakkerud wins Round 2 of the WorldRX series at Lydden Hill in England from Swede Robin Larsson (Audi A1) and British wildcard guest starter Andrew Jordan (Ford Fiesta Mk7). (EL)
24-05-2014 14:19 : Andreas Bakkerud has won Heat 1 in SuperCars at Lydden Hill from Toomas Heikkinen and Timur Timerzyanov and remains with 2:59.850m the only driver to do 4 laps in under 3 minutes. (EL)
21-05-2014 10:15 : Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. from Brazil has confirmed to participate in one of the 300+bhp strong RX Lites vehicles in Round 2 of WorldRX, to be held this weekend at Lydden Hill in England. (EL)
04-05-2014 16:55 : 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg wins in Portugal the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship round in history from the two OMSE teammates Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs. (EL)
23-04-2014 09:48 : The organisers of the Canadian WorldRX round in Trois-Rivières have yesterday confirmed that the twofold ‘Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières’ winner and five times event winner of the Champ Car series (formerly known as CART) Patrick Carpentier is going to participate in Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship with a VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar of the Swedish team Marklund Motorsport. (EL)
12-02-2014 11:20 : BREAKING NEWS: According to his native Canadian press former Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve is going to announce tomorrow that he will be racing in all 12 rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship. (EL)
04-02-2014 12:00 : Lydden Hill Circuit, the cradle of the motorsport Rallycross, is set to undergo a major facelift, to be modernised before its round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship by the end of May. First of the work: The 50+ years old circuit control tower has already been removed to make space for a new building to host officials, time-keepers and VIPs. (EL)
31-01-2014 22:31 : News from Portugal has it that threefold Portuguese Rallycross Champion Pedro Matos plans to compete in all five rounds of the 2014 EuroRX series. Matos has also announced his aim to participate in the WorldRX rounds at his native Montalegre and at Lohéac in France with a self-prepared Citroën DS3 SuperCar. (EL)
13-01-2014 17:55 : We at ERC24 are very sad to announce that British ex-Rallycrosser John Button, father of Formula One driver Jenson Button, has passed away yesterday, being 70 years of age. Godspeed and Rest In Peace, John!
18-12-2013 12:35 : Quote of the week: Stefan Moser, Head of Communications at Volkswagen Motorsport, to the Swiss website Speedweek.com: “There are no plans to bring us into Formula One. At VW we focus on the issues World Rally Championship and RallyCross with Volkswagen of America.” (EL)
03-12-2013 15:45 : Italian press claims today that there will be a 2014 RallycrossRX World/European round on September 27 and 28 at the Franciacorta International Circuit near Brescia in Italy. (EL)
03-12-2013 12:26 : 17 years old Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby and 24 years old Swede Johan Kristoffersson forming a two-car team for the 2014 Swedish Rallycross Championship. They are going to drive a Volkswagen backed VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar each. (EL)
29-11-2013 09:43 : According to sources in Canada the 2014 WRXC round of Québec will be officially confirmed by the organisers of the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières (GP3R) today and shall take place on August 8, using parts of the temporary street course as well as of the adjacent all-gravel hippodrome. (EL)
22-11-2013 16:44 : Norwegian Alexander Hvaal today to his local press: “Just to get to the start of the World Rallycross Championship series of next year I need more than half a Million Euros, but it is hard to get sponsors who are willing to invest in motorsport. Currently I am far behind where I hoped to be, considering the results I had at the end of this season. Right now it feels like I need a few miracles to get up the WRXC stage.” (EL)
20-11-2013 14:45 : Today it has been revealed that Norwegian Tommy Rustad is set to drive the ex-Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo C30/4 SuperCar in a minimum of six and as many as possible RallycrossRX rounds of 2014. (EL)
20-11-2013 11:10 : Timmy Hansen (21) has been awarded ‘Rallycross Driver of the Year 2013’ by the Swedish magazine BILSPORT. “I’m very happy and grateful for the recognition,” Hansen says. “It has been an amazing year. RallycrossRX is a challenge in so many levels and I have been able to race some of the best drivers in the World. The BILSPORT award is the most prestigeous award in Swedish motorsport and, therefore, it is an honour to be elected.” While Timmy Hansen was elected as senior-Rallycrosser it was 2013 ERC TouringCar runner-up Robin Larsson (21) who was declared to be ‘Junior Rallycross Driver of the Year’. Congratulations from the crew of ERC24 to both!
18-11-2013 14:42 : It has been confirmed by the Ministry of Russian Emergencies that Irek Minnikhanov, son of Tatarstan President and former ERC competitor Rustam Minnikhanov, was among the passengers killed in yesterday’s Kazan plane crash. The 24-year-old had married a French woman just three months ago. ERC24 would like to express our deepest sympathy with the family and friends. (EL)
16-11-2013 12:35 : According to the US website RALLYCROSS360 American skateboard legend Danny Way is keen to join the 2014 Global RallyCross series in a second Prodrive MINI SuperCar, presumably alongside his compatriot Dave Mirra. Way did some test driving with a Prodrive MINI early this year and was expected to show up in the 2013 GRC already. (EL)
08-11-2013 08:37 : ‘Hoonigan in Chief’ Ken Block claimed overall victory in the final round of the Global RallyCross Championship series in Las Vegas last night. Tanner Foust made it to runner-up, while Travis Pastrana took third place. 2013 GRC title winner Toomas Heikkinen reached the chequered flag in fourth place, threefold European champion Sverre Isachsen finished in fifth position. (EL)
06-11-2013 18:21 : The original plan was that Sverre Isachsen would be driving his brand-new Subaru Imprezza GR SuperCar in the final GRC round in Las Vegas, but the team has chosen to use the old car instead. “We want to test the new car sufficently before we start competing with it, so it will not happen before next year. We’ve already had some good test days, but we will develop the car even more over the winter. Therefore, we race the older car here in Las Vegas, but I think it should be possible to win with it too,” said the hattrick European Rallycross Champion prior to the event. (EL)
05-11-2013 17:28 : Global RallyCross has announced a multi-year agreement with Red Bull as the series’ title sponsor and official energy drink. The partnership will mark the first primary sponsorship for the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series since its inception in 2011. (Source: PR Newswire)
05-11-2013 11:51 : After having participated in just three of the eight 2013 Global RallyCross Championship rounds so far Brazilian ex-F1 and current NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will be back in action at Las Vegas this Wednesday and Thursday. Therefore his Mitsubishi Lancer E10 has been heavily revised and will be at least 80bhp stronger than before. “The engine was completely dismantled and has been equipped with a new bigger turbocharger. With the other transformations of the car this should be sufficient to achieve better results now,” said a spokesman of the team to the Brazilian press. (EL)
04-11-2013 15:15 : Dave Mirra will be driving the MINI RX in Thursday’s final round of the Global RallyCross Championship in Las Vegas. Mirra drove the MINI for the first time at Charlotte in the previous GRC round and was very fast, but ultimately very unlucky not to reach the final. Hopefully he can go all the way this time. (Source: Prodrive)
04-11-2013 12:30 : During the penultimate round of the World Touring Car Championship series in China last weekend Münnich Motorsport has announced that it will take a sabbatical year from the WTCC to concentrate on the 2014 World Rallycross Championship instead. The all-new almost 600bhp strong Audi S3 SuperCar of the German team from Friedersdorf in Saxony is ready for action, after it was legalized for Rallycross use by the FIA in October 2010, and shall be seen in WRXC events next year. (EL)
02-11-2013 02:36 : Five times in a row [2009–2013] Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie is considering to drive Rallycross in the future. After a recent test drive with the same Albatec Peugeot 208 SuperCar that was used by Ulsterman Kris Meeke in the French RallycrossRX round at Lohéac the 26 years old Scotsman from Dumfries is currently evaluating his full switch of motorsports. (EL)
13-10-2013 23:52 : Former Rallycross driver Andrew Jordan today claimed the 2013 British Touring Car Championship title. CONGRATS FROM ERC24!
05-10-2013 17:10 : Peter Hedström (Škoda Fabia Mk2) defended his 2012 Swedish Rallycross Championship title in SuperCars today by winning the 2013 SRC Finale at the Kinnekulle Ring near Götene from Mats Öhman (Volvo S40 Mk2) and Anton Marklund (VW Polo Mk5). Pole setter [fastest driver in Heat 2 and Heat 3] Johan Kristoffersson was dog-hounding leader Hedström, but lost out with two flat tyres on his VW Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar. (EL)
04-10-2013 10:15 : Quote of the week: Volkswagen’s Jost Capito said during the ‘Rallye de France – Alsace’ to members of the press: “The new Rallycross World Championship offers manufacturers a really good alternative to the World Rally Championship. Manufacturers will go where they get the best value for their money. It seems as if Rallycross could offer that. If the WRC promoter fails, we have a great alternative. It’s a very clever idea by the FIA [to pave the way for a World Rallycross Championship]. I think it’s good to have alternatives for the sport.”
03-10-2013 19:12 : ERC24 learned from the USA today that ESPN has announced to drop its X Games events in Europe (Tignes, Barcelona and Munich) as well as in Brazil (Foz do Iguaçu) to concentrate on the events in the United States. A statement of ESPN reads: “We are proud to have run world-class competitions for both the athletes and spectators; however, the overall economics of these events do not provide a sustainable future path. The company remains fully committed to the X Games brand and its full-scale competitions in Aspen, Colorado and Austin, Texas – its newest host city – and we will continue to distribute these premier events around the world.”
27-09-2013 17:12 : From today’s FIA WMSC meeting at Dubrovnik in Croatia: “Following the proposal by the Promoter of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, the WMSC has approved the creation of a new FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2014, on the condition the calendar is based on a total of 11 or 12 events, with nine or 10 European events plus one event in Asia or Africa and one event on the American continent. The formats of the FIA European Rallycross Championships for the support categories, TouringCar and Super1600, are maintained, with the calendar comprising the European events in the World Championship. The format of the European Championship for the flagship category, SuperCar, will be adapted and concentrated over five of the 10 European events in the World Championship. This will also have a specific classification for non-permanent drivers not entered in the entirety of the World Championship.”
25-09-2013 17:16 : In Sweden it was decided that next year the STCC series has Rallycross events running alongside its Touring Car races. The new championship will carry the name ‘Rallycross SuperCar Scandinavia’ and will consist of a total of six events, of which four run under STCC auspices. Three STCC Rallycross events will be run at Ring Knutstorp, Mantorp Park and Tierp Arena, while the fourth venue is not decided yet. Kristoffersson Motorsport (KMS) and OlsbergsMSE (OMSE) have already agreed to take part.
25-09-2013 13:01 : Swedish former Rally and current Rallycross ace Stig-Olov Walfridsson has decided to pull the plug on racing. After having done Rallying and Rallycross over a period of 32 years “Stecka” is simply tired. “I possibly will do the SRC Finale at the Kinnekulle Ring [on October 5] as my last event. But this is still uncertain, because the car is not in good shape after Germany, and the entry for Götene is also pretty thin so far. If not, it’s over now, this is carved in stone,” said the five times Swedish Rallycross Champion [1996, 1997, 1998, 2009, 2010] to his local newspaper ‘Värmlands Folkblad’ today.
22-09-2013 16:38 : After Petter Solberg crashed out soon after the start and the car of Stig-Olov Walfridsson was on fire the SuperCars Final at Buxtehude was red-flagged. As there was no re-start needed after four of the six laps Alexander Hvaal was declared overall winner, ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and Liam Doran.
22-09-2013 13:30 : Since scoring an additional 15 championship points in the qualifying runs of the ERC Finale at Buxtehude the old  European Rallycross Champion in SuperCars, Russian Timur Timerzyanov, is also the new Euro Champ! CONGRATULATIONS FROM US AT ERC24!
21-09-2013 18:29 : After it had been claimed in different European countries that the TouringCars would be living on borrowed time ERC promoter IMG has made a clear statement in favour of the RWD class today. Both categories, TouringCars as well as Super1600s will have full FIA European championships in 2014 again, but each may run with less rounds to reduce travel costs and to make the series more attractive to a wider group of competitors.
21-09-2013 16:31 : At the end of Day 1 at Buxtehude and having set twice the fastest times Petter Solberg is leading the SuperCars class with 2 points, ahead of Timur Timerzyanov with 6 points and Peter Hedström with 8 points. In Super1600s Reinis Nitišs was also fastest in both heats, and same situation with Robin Larsson in TouringCars.
21-09-2013 15:23 : ERC Finale Buxtehude: After Timmy Hansen was fastest in practice, Petter Solberg set the fastest time in Heat 1, being three seconds faster than runner-up Timur Timerzyanov. Davy Jeanney forgot his Joker Lap, to get a 30 seconds penalty and finishing in 22nd place…
19-09-2013 02:54 : Oscar Solberg, the 16 years old son of Henning Solberg, is set to drive a JRX vehicle in the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Buxtehude the coming weekend. It is going to be the same ‘Veidec Racing by US Capital’ sponsored car that Norwegian girl Ada Marie Hvaal used in Hell and Höljes. Solberg Jr. has successfully driven Crosskart and Folkrace/Bilcross events so far.
18-09-2013 15:03 : Irishman Derek Tohill, who won the European Rallycross titles of D2 in 2010 and last weekend at Greinbach in TouringCars, has announced his plans to move up into the SuperCars category. The Dubliner is keen to participate in a possible World Rallycross Championship, but has not yet revealed with what own car or if he is going to join another existing team.
15-09-2013 17:48 : Norwegian Alexander Hvaal claimed the SuperCars overall victory of the Austrian RallycrossRX round at Greinbach, after his compatriot Petter Solberg stalled his car at the starting grid and the car of the Final leading Briton Liam Doran caught fire. In Super1600s both the event victory and championship title fell prey to Latvian Reinis Nitišs, while in TouringCars Irishman Derek Tohill also bagged the race as well as the championship win.
15-09-2013 12:34 : After qualification has come to end Briton Liam Doran (in SuperCars), Latvian Reinis Nitišs (in Super1600s) and Irishman Derek Tohill (in TouringCars) are ahead of the Intermediate Classifications in Austria.
14-09-2013 17:18 : After the first two qualifying heats at Greinbach Liam Doran is leading Saturday’s intermediate standings with 6 points, followed by Timur Timerzyanov and Anton Marklund, both having 8 points each. Reinis Nitišs is ahead in Super1600s, Derek Tohill tops the TouringCars following order.
01-09-2013 15:53 : Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud won Round 7 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Lohéac in France from his compatriot Petter Solberg and Frenchman Davy Jeanney. As 9-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb became fourth in the first Semi-Final he did not qualify for the Final. The Super1600s Final was won by Latvian Reinis Nitišs, while Irishman Derek Tohill made the TouringCars Final his.
31-08-2013 18:20 : After Day 1 and the first two qualifying heats at Lohéac it is Fabien Pailler, the son of 1993 European Rallycross Champion Jean-Luc Pailler, who is leading the Intermediate Standings in SuperCars together with Timmy Hansen, the son of 14-times ERC winner Kenneth Hansen. The Frenchman and the Swede having 3 points each, after both claimed one first and one second place. In Super1600s Latvian Reinis Nitišs scored two wins to grab the lead with 2 points, while Irishman Derek Tohill is on top of the TouringCars order with 4 points from a win and a third place.
31-08-2013 16:10 : Timmy Hansen has marked the fastest time in Heat 1, followed by Fabien Pailler and Petter Solberg. Sébastien Loeb finished in 16th place here. Reinis Nitišs was the fastest in Super1600s, Koen Pauwels set the fastest time in TouringCars.
23-08-2013 10:28 : Norwegian Frode Holte has released the news that he is going to participate in the two last 2013 European Rallycross Championship events, at Greinbach in Austria and Buxtehude in Germany. Holte is set to drive “Donna” again, his wellknown Volvo C30/4 SuperCar. As known for quite some time already for his 2014 RallycrossRX attempt the Norwegian is currently building an all-new Hyundai i20 SuperCar.
18-08-2013 20:04 : Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen has won the SuperCars class of Round 5 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) series at Valkenswaard in Holland today. Czech Pavel Koutný finished as runner-up, Dutchman Marcel Ottink made it to the chequered flag in third place. While Czech Stanislav Šusta claimed victory in Super1600s it was Dane Jakob Teil Hansen who made the win in TouringCars his.
11-08-2013 02:15 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen claims his fifth Global RallyCross Championship round victory in a row at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia. American Tanner Foust made it to runner-up, while Norwegian Sverre Isachsen took the third place.
08-08-2013 15:16 : News from France tells that Jean-Philippe Dayraut, the multiple Andros Trophy ice-racing champion and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competitor, is set to return to the FIA European Rallycross Championship. Like in 2009 Dayraut is said to drive a Peugeot 207 SuperCar at Lohéac on August 31 and September 1.
08-08-2013 00:06 : Henning Solberg is set to replace Bryce Menzies in the second Dodge Dart SuperCar (#99) the coming weekend for the GRC round at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia, while Timur Timerzyanov is once again replacing Travis Pastrana.
05-08-2013 01:14 : Finn Toomas Heikkinen has won the gold medal in the RallyCross competition of the Los Angeles X Games from American Tanner Foust (silver medal) and Norwegian Sverre Isachsen (bronze medal).
21-07-2013 00:24 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen claims his third consecutive GRC round victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, ahead of the two Americans Ken Block and Brian Deegan. With nine of the ten Final laps completed Norwegian Sverre Isachsen and Swede Patrik Sandell make it to fourth and fifth place respectively. Victory of the ‘GRC Lites’ category was claimed by Finn Joni Wiman.
18-07-2013 12:06 : Briton Andy Scott will be unable to take part in Round 5 of the British Rallycross Championship at Maasmechelen this weekend after suffering a double fracture of the left collarbone in testing at Lohéac yesterday. During testing for Round 7 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship next month, Scott went off the track and hit the barrier, sustaining the injury and causing damage to the team’s Peugeot 208 SuperCar.
17-07-2013 12:30 : Rally ace Kris Meeke from Northern Ireland is set to drive an Albatec Peugeot 208 SuperCar in RallycrossRX Round 7 at Lohéac in France by the end of August.
13-07-2013 10:53 : Russian Timur Timerzyanov is going to replace American Travis Pastrana once again in the Dodge Dart SuperCar for Round 5 of the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) on July 20 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Pastrana, meanwhile, is set to race in the Chicago NASCAR event.
12-07-2013 01:36 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen wins the Final of GRC Round 4 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, NH) from Swede Patrik Sandell and American Brian Deegan. Tanner Foust, who was leading the main race for nine of the ten laps, throws the victory away under pressure in sight of the chequered flag to finish fourth overall. Young Finn Joni Wiman wins the first ever ‘GRC Lites’ event from the two Swedes Sebastian Eriksson and Kevin Eriksson.
07-07-2013 15:50 : The Final of the Swedish RallycrossRX round at Höljes was won by Andreas Bakkerud from Mattias Ekström and Timmy Hansen. Fourth place went to Henning Solberg and fifth to Daniel Holten. Petter Solberg retired from second place with an exploded gearbox after just two laps to become sixth overall.
07-07-2013 15:05 : In Race 5 of Heat 4 Swede Johan Kristoffersson cracked the new track record of his compatriot Mattias Ekström, set by the Audi DTM star in Heat 3 today. But Ekström fought back in Race 7 and bettered Kristoffersson’s time again. The new track record of the Höljesbanan stands at 3:02.703 minutes for 4 laps now.
07-07-2013 10:29 : The fastest three drivers of the 60 minutes long Sunday morning warm-up session are Johan Kristoffersson, Mattias Ekström and Timmy Hansen. Petter Solberg, whose team changed the engine of his Citroën DS3 last night, had another powerhouse troubles.
06-07-2013 18:15 : Tommy Rustad strikes back! After being a poor 29th in Heat 1 the Norwegian in the ex-Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo C30/4 SuperCar with 3:06.742m set the fastest time in Heat 2. Second fastest was his compatriot Andreas Bakkerud, third fastest Frenchman Davy Jeanney. The latter is leading the point standings after Day 1, followed up by Bakkerud in second and Petter Solberg in third place.
06-07-2013 16:07 : Norwegian Petter “Hollywood” Solberg (3:04.502m) was the fastest of all SuperCar drivers in Heat 1. Second fastest was Frenchman Davy Jeanney (3:05.535m) and third fastest was Swede Timmy Hansen (3:05.653m).
06-07-2013 13:27 : The 120 minutes long Free Practice session at Höljes ended with Petter Solberg setting the fastest time, ahead of the three Hansen Motorsport teammates Timmy Hansen, Timur Timerzyanov and Alexander Hvaal.
06-07-2013 12:03 : For live timings and results of RallycrossRX Round 6 at Höljes in Sweden please find the necessary links via our ‘Shortcuts’ section below at the right.
30-06-2013 19:50 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) has won the second Munich X Games RallyCross Gold Medal on Sunday evening with a four seconds advantage from Briton Liam Doran, followed up by American Tanner Foust. Swede Mattias Ekström finished in fourth place, American Ken Block made it to fifth and Canadian Steve Arpin to sixth overall.
29-06-2013 17:41 : Pole sitter Briton Liam Doran (MINI Countryman JCW 1.6) has claimed the first of the two Munich X Games RallyCross gold medals by winning the eight laps final, hampered for the last three laps by a flat left rear tyre. American Ken Block made it to runner-up, Finn Toomas Heikkinen finished in third place. The two Swedes Anton Marklund and Mattias Ekström claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.
26-06-2013 23:45 : Townsend Bell, a 7-times Indy 500 competitor and current American Le Mans Series driver, will make his Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) debut at the Munich X Games this weekend. Bell is set to drive the ‘Star Car’ Ford Fiesta Mk7 of the OMSE2 team.
25-06-2013 21:32 : Pastrana Racing has announced that reigning European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov will drive Pastrana’s Dodge Dart SuperCar in the Global RallyCross Championship event of the Munich X Games on June 29 and 30. The Russian will replace the American, who is unable to participate due to other commitments. Pastrana’s return to the GRC will be at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
25-06-2013 17:30 : On June 11 ERC24 revealed on its Facebook that Swede Mattias Ekström is going to drive the second Marklund Motorsport VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar in the Munich X Games. Today it was released that the son of ex-Rallycrosser Bengt Ekström will also participate in the Swedish RallycrossRX round at Höljes. Ekström has not driven in a true Rallycross competition yet, but has claimed four overall victories in as many ‘Race of Champion’ (ROC) events between 2005 and 2009.
16-06-2013 15:55 : Round 5 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway was claimed by Liam Doran ahead of Timur Timerzyanov, Davy Jeanney and Alexander Hvaal. Pole sitter Andreas Bakkerud lost the lead after about half the distance with a flat tyre while Peter Hedström did not finish due to engine failure.
15-06-2013 16:43 : The Saturday in Hell was clearly dominated by home soil defender Petter Solberg who set the fastest times in practice as well as in both, the first and the second qualifying heats. Second position in the overnight standings has been claimed by his compatriot Andreas Bakkerud, while reigning European champion Timur Timerzyanov from Russia is currently third.
15-06-2013 10:52 : This weekend’s European Rallycross Championship round at Hell in Norway marks the 400th ERC round in motorsports history. Scotsman John Taylor won the first ever ERC round, on May 13 1973 at Melk in Austria, as well as the inaugural ERC series with a 170+bhp strong BDA engine in his Ford Escort (Mk1) RS1600.
09-06-2013 15:30 : American Tanner Foust wins the Finnish FIA European Rallycross Championship round at Kouvola after Petter Solberg, who was leading the all decisive Final with at least 5 seconds by then, broke the steering of his 560+bhp Citroën DS3 SuperCar during a hard jump landing. Russian Timur Timerzyanov made it to runner-up while his Swedish teammate Timmy Hansen claimed third place. Latvian Reinis Nitišs made victory in Super1600s his, Czech Roman Častoral won in TouringCars.
09-06-2013 08:55 : Albatec, the team of Briton Andy Scott, studied data last night and after discussion with its partner Oreca, agreed that to continue running this weekend could result in a terminal engine problem. The team therefore withdraw from this weekend to concentrate on continuing its development of the Peugeot 208 SuperCar ahead of the next round in Norway.
08-06-2013 16:20 : Kouvola: Petter Solberg marked the fastest time in Heat 2 of the SuperCars, followed by Topi Heikkinen, Liam Doran, Tanner Foust, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud. In Super1600s it was Ildar Rakhmatullin who set the fastest time and fastest in TouringCars was again Derek Tohill.
08-06-2013 14:51 : Kouvola: Heat 1 in SuperCars was claimed by Briton Liam Doran, ahead of American Tanner Foust, Russian Timur Timerzyanov, Frenchman Davy Jeanney, Norwegian Petter Solberg, and fellow-Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud. Swede Anton Marklund produced a jump start, therefore had to do two Joker Laps instead of one, but nevertheless claimed 9th fastest time. Fastest in Super1600s was Swede Eric Färén while Irishman Derek Tohill was fastest in TouringCars.
28-05-2013 10:40 : From Norway it was confirmed today that Tommy Rustad (winner of the Irish 1992 ERC round at Mondello Park in Martin Schanche’s 650+bhp Ford RS200 E2) is set to drive both the RallycrossRX rounds at his native Hell, on June 15 and 16, and at Swedish Höljes, on July 6 and 7. The car he is going to drive is the Volvo C30/4 SuperCar that has previously been used by his compatriot Ludvig Hunsbedt.
26-05-2013 15:57 : Timmy Hansen won the Hungarian round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship series from his teammate Timur Timerzyanov and Davy Jeanney. Knut Ove Børseth made it to fourth, his teammate Peter Hedström to fifth and Alexander Hvaal finished as sixth in the final race.
26-05-2013 15:27 : Timmy Hansen, Davy Jeanney, Knut Ove Børseth, Timur Timerzyanov, Alexander Hvaal and Peter Hedström are the six drivers who have made it through the semi-finals to the final.
25-05-2013 17:31 : The fastest time of the 2nd qualifying heats put Frenchman Davy Jeanney on top of the SuperCars following order after Day 1. Currently on second place are Norwegian Alexander Hvaal and Briton Liam Doran, both having 7 points each. In Super1600s Latvian Reinis Nitišs is leading the field, and in TouringCars it is Irishman Derek Tohill who tops the order.
25-05-2013 15:54 : Liam Doran scored the fastest time in the 1st qualifying heats, being over one second quicker than runner-up Davy Jeanney and over two seconds faster than Alexander Hvaal, who made it to third. Austrian Klaus Freudenthaler was the best driver in Super1600s, Irishman Derek Tohill was quickest in TouringCars.
25-05-2013 13:45 : The two and a half hours long practice sessions at Nyirád ended with Petter Solberg setting the fastest time in SuperCars, ahead of Timmy Hansen and Mats Lysen. Fastest in Super1600s was Latvian Reinis Nitišs while Swede Robin Larsson drove the fastest time in TouringCars.
22-05-2013 10:53 : Peter Hedström: “I have contacted the Global RallyCross Championship organisers for to start in the Munich X Games. I’m even open for to do a GRC event in the USA.”
21-05-2013 09:47 : Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO: “Due to heavy rain and the resulting adverse course conditions, the Global Rallycross competition at X Games Barcelona was cancelled. Global Rallycross will announce the addition of another race as a makeup race on the calendar shortly.”
19-05-2013 21:17 : After continuous rainfalls and several delays the RallyCross event of the Spanish Global X Games in Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium was eventually cancelled due to an unusable all loose surface track.
19-05-2013 18:52 : SuperCars victory in Round 2 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) series at Essay in France has been claimed by Belgian Koen Pauwels (Ford Focus Mk2) from his compatriot Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) and Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin (Renault Clio Mk3). Super1600s was won by Frenchman Dorian Launay (Renault Clio Mk2) while in TouringCars Czech Roman Častoral (Opel Astra G RWD) made overall victory his.
18-05-2013 20:01 : Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) won the 1st Heat of the French RCE round at Essay from his compatriot Koen Pauwels (Ford Focus Mk2). Fastest French driver was Alain Heu (Citroën C4) on 3rd place, French 1993 ERC winner Jean-Luc Pailler bagged 4th place, and Briton Kevin Procter (Ford Focus Mk2) finished 5th.
18-05-2013 18:12 : The SuperCars class of the 2013 Finnish Rallycross Championship opener at the Kemoran Moottorirata in Veteli was won today by Ari Perkiömäki in his Ford Fiesta Mk6 from Janne Kanerva (Citroën C4) and Joni-Pekka Rajala (Mitsubishi Lancer E6). Victory of the SRC category was bagged by Peter Helenius in the VW Scirocco Mk3.
18-05-2013 10:55 : RIP: We at ERC24 are very sad to learn about the death of Klaus Stich who died yesterday at the age of 72, while being ill and under treatment in a hospital of his hometown of Siegburg. The former top-ranking army officer of the German Bundeswehr was for almost 25 years a keen Rallycross official, for both the German ASN (DMSB) as well as the FIA Off-Road Commission.
14-05-2013 23:59 : As revealed on our ERC24 Facebook already on May 10 and officially confirmed today double World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz is set to race the second VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar of the Swedish Marklund Motorsport Team in the Global X Games of his native Spain, to be held in Barcelona on Whit Sunday, May 19.
11-05-2013 20:39 : Johan Kristoffersson drove his 560+bhp VW Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar to victory over Mats Öhman (Volvo S40 Mk2) and Tomas Andersson (BMW 1 E81) in the Support Race during Round 1 of the 2013 Swedish Rallycross Championship at the Strängnäs Motorstadion. Daniel Wall (Volvo V40) won in SuperNationals, “Fidde” [aka Fredrik Rosengren] (BMW E30 Coupé) in SuperNationals 2400 and Tommy Johansson (BMW E36) in the Junior Category.
11-05-2013 10:57 : There is a Live Stream of the 2013 Swedish Rallycross Championship opener at Strängnäs Motorstadion in Strängnäs available, link to be found via our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section below.
09-05-2013 09:35 : Detroit is one of the four finalists bidding for a three-year contract to replace Los Angeles and host the US round of the Global X Games (including Global RallyCross) beginning in 2014. The other cities still in the running are Austin in Texas, Chicago and Charlotte in North Carolina. The winner is to be announced late this summer.
28-04-2013 13:55 : For live timings and results of the 2nd 2013 ERX round at Montalegre in Portugal check our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section to find the necessary links.
27-04-2013 11:00 : Global RallyCross Championship/Global X Games regular Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen has confirmed his entry for his native round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Kouvola in June. At the Finnish Tykkimäen Moottorirata the Silver Medallist of the recent X Games in Brazil will meet his compatriot Jussi-Petteri “Juspe” Leppihalme, another sporadic RallycrossRX series driver and runner-up to Tanner Foust in the season opener at Lydden Hill.
21-04-2013 21:41 : The first ever Global X Games event in the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu was won by ex-F1 driver American Scott Speed from Finn Topi Heikkinen and Swede Patrik Sandell.
21-04-2013 21:08 : The overall winners of Round 1 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) at the Wachauring near Melk in Austria are master of the house Jürgen Weiß (A) with Ford Focus Mk1 in SuperCars, Klaus Freudenthaler (A) with Škoda Fabia Mk1 in Super1600s and Jos Sterkens (B) with Volvo C30/4 RWD in TouringCars.
21-04-2013 00:23 : Former Formula 1 and current NASCAR driver American Scott Speed during the RallyCross event of the Global X Games in Brazil: “After my first lap I thought I wouldn’t make it around the track. However, by the end of the day I really started feeling comfortable and had the most fun I’ve ever had on four-wheels.”
14-04-2013 20:16 : Round 1 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship, counting also as Round 3 for the Belgian Rallycross Championship, at the Eurocircuit at Valkenswaard saw the following overall winners: Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) in SuperCars, Peter van de Wege (Toyota Yaris Mk1) in Super1600s, Jos Sterkens (Volvo C30/4 RWD) in TouringCars, Kristof Bex (Volvo S40 Mk1) in SuperNationals +2000, and Pedro Cokelaere (Honda Civic EK4) in SuperNationals -2000.
14-04-2013 20:08 : “Mad Mark” Watson (Citroën Xsara) won the SuperCars category in Round 2 of the British Rallycross Championship at Mallory Park. In SuperNationals it was Ashley Simpson who drove his Lotus Exige to victory. In the Junior category it was Swede Kevin Hansen (Suzuki Swift) claiming the 1st place, while guest driver Pat Doran (Suzuki Swift) made the Swift Sport class his.
14-04-2013 19:54 : The overall winners of the different classes in Round 1 of the German Rallycross Championship at the Driving Center at Groß Dölln are René Münnich (Škoda Fabia Mk2) in SuperCars, Mandie August (Škoda Fabia Mk2) in Super1600s, Silva Winterhoff (Volvo PV 544) in SuperNationals, and Jannik Riese (VW Polo Mk3/6N) in the Rallycross Cup category.
12-04-2013 14:53 : ERC24 has just been informed from Maasmechelen in Belgium that Mister André Reul, for many a year the Chairman of the Belgian Rallycross Association BRCV, has suddenly passed away today. May he Rest In Peace!
11-04-2013 12:24 : Swedish youngster Anton Marklund today released the name of his teammate for the Global X Games in Brazil. American racer and 2004 ‘Indy 500’ winner Buddy Rice shall drive the second 560bhp VW Polo Mk5 Rallycross SuperCar of Marklund Motorsport in Foz do Iguaçu, April 18 to 21.
09-04-2013 17:27 : Dodge and SRT Motorsports today announced they’re teaming up with Travis Pastrana again for a second season of competition in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series. Pastrana Racing will now field two Dodge Dart for 2013, Bryce Menzies will drive the second car. The duo is set to drive their Red Bull and Discount Tire sponsored Dodge Dart Rallycross SuperCars in the Global X Games season opener in Brazil.
09-04-2013 10:47 : Canadian former Snowmobile champion, Dirt Track racer and NASCAR driver Steve Arpin has confirmed on his Facebook that he is set to do a full 2013 Global RallyCross Championship/Global X Games season with OlsbergsMSE. Arpin will race a 2012 Ford Fiesta Mk7 SuperCar in OMSE2, a satelite team to the main OMSE squad. The Canadian has been to the Ford testing grounds at Lommel in Belgium recently to test the car prior to the X Games season start in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, April 18 to 21.
08-04-2013 19:15 : Today in São Paulo in Brazil a two-car ‘X Team Mitsubishi Racing’ has been confirmed to race in the Global X Games rounds. The two Brazilian drivers will be ex-F1 pilot and current NASCAR star Nelson Piquet Junior, who is set to compete already at Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, while Rally Raid ace Guilherme “Guiga” Spinelli is going to join “Nelsinho” in Barcelona.
07-04-2013 08:47 : American web-radio man Bill Wood talked to ex-Formula One racer Nelson Piquet Jr. about the RallyCross plans of the Brazilian. Piquet said that the deal was brought to him and he’d only have time to do four or five GRC events including the Global X Games in Brazil, Spain and Los Angeles. He said he possibly could add the non X Games New Hampshire GRC round to that schedule. The current NASCAR driver is set to race a Mitsubishi Lancer E10 prepared for RallyCross by Rhys Millen Racing.
01-04-2013 17:10 : American Tanner Foust wins the 2013 ERX opener at Lydden Hill in England from Finn Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme and Frenchman Davy Jeanney. While victory in Super1600s was claimed by Dane Ulrik Linnemann it was Irishman Derek Tohill who made the TouringCars class his. UPDATE: Jeanney later disqualified and placed 6th overall.
28-03-2013 22:34 : After doubts this week over whether his car would be ready for ERX Round One, Norwegian Mats Lysen confirms that he will not make the event: “The engine builder is not ready with the car, so we will not start at Lydden, I’m really disappointed”, says Lysen.
27-03-2013 20:53 : Henning Solberg is currently with Eklund Motorsport in Arvika to do the final work on the rented Saab 9-3, like displaying his sponsors on the 550bhp Rallycross SuperCar, before leaving for Lydden Hill. We from ERC24 understood that both, Henning and Per Eklund are very happy about the deal, the results of the improvements to the car and the test drives the Norwegian carried out today. According to Solberg the Older the set-up of the 9-3 is perfect and he was very satisfied with his start attempts. The car was used by US-based Swede Samuel Hübinette for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship series in America and was overhauled in Sweden during the winter.
26-03-2013 15:52 : Helmia Motorsport will now race against time to try to get Mats Lysen’s car ready for round one next weekend. Mats Lysen: “We will drive if the car is ready. We will work day and night to try our best to get finished in time.”
26-03-2013 14:08 : According to Helmia Motorsport Norwegian Mats Lysen is not going to make it to the ERX season opener at Lydden Hill as his new car will not be ready in due time.
26-03-2013 12:44 : BilNorge.no: “The body of my Citroën is made of carbon and alloy, of which we have used as much as possible for the car. Everything is unique and was customized to this DS3, and this also took time. With Simon Levett and mechanic Ole Johan Rustad at the helm, the team has been outstanding”, said Solberg, for who Briton Julian Godfrey has made an engine with almost 600 horsepower. Solberg’s Rallycross SuperCar was send yesterday to Dreux in France, to be tested by him over two days before the ferry for Dover will be taken to get to Lydden Hill in England on Thursday.
22-03-2013 11:19 : Morgan Östlund of Finnskoga MK to the Swedish press: “This year there will be as many as 35 SuperCar drivers at Höljes with a chance to win our event. With Johan Kristoffersson and Pontus Tidemand we have chosen for the two most promising drivers of our own Värmland home region to participate. We even try to get the Americans Ken Block and Tanner Foust to come and race here. We hope to break a new record [current record: 2010 = 26,850 people] and should have at least 30,000 spectators this time.”
21-03-2013 12:37 : What has been in the rumours for several months already, but strictly denied by his team, is nothing but the truth: Latest info proves that M-Sport has built a Ford Fiesta Mk7 SuperCar for American ‘Hoonigan in Chief’ Ken Block. Block, who is currently for test drives in the United Kingdom, is said to unveil the new car for Global RallyCross use tomorrow in London. Block on Instagram: “I’m here [with M-Sport] to finalize a project that we’ve been working on for the last five months. Yup, my team and I have been working on a new racecar with the Ford World Rally Car manufacturer – kinda wild!”
21-03-2013 11:49 : Circuit racer Johan Kristoffersson, son of Rallycross legend Tommy Kristoffersson, and Rally rising star Pontus Tidemand, son of former Rallycrosser Tomas Tidemand and stepson of Henning Solberg, will be seen in this year’s Swedish ERX round at the Höljesbanan in a two-car VW Scirocco Mk3 team. Johan is going to drive the KMS SuperCar while Pontus will compete in the from Belgian Jochen Coox rented Scirocco. The one-off ‘RallycrossRX’ guest drive is fully backed by VW Sweden and its Volkswagen Dealer Team.
20-03-2013 11:57 : Henning Solberg to nwt.se: “In Norway and Sweden I will for sure drive with Eklund Motorsport again, these dates do not clash with the WRC. The idea for Höljes is to have four Solberg’s racing. Beside Petter and me my 16 years old son Oskar [JRX Cup?] and my stepson Pontus [Tidemand; in a VW Sweden backed car?] too. Pontus has his own team.”
20-03-2013 11:25 : Per Eklund (66) in an interview with nwt.se: “Henning Solberg rang me up last week. His car [the Saab 9.3 driven by US-based Swede Samuel Hübinette in the 2012 GRC and X Games] will be ready in time and will have, among all else that is needed, a new engine. I was not able to fix a bus for him, but he will take care about this himself.” After being questioned if he still has both Saab’s and what are his other plans for the 2013 season: “We will not be in Brazil for this is not possible due to economical reasons. The plan is to join Global X Games in Spain. If I would drive myself again depends on if we can raise some money. Last year there was none.”
19-03-2013 18:09 : Paul Eastman, Prodrive’s head of rally engineering, after Liam Doran’s test drives with their MINI WRC at Lydden Hill last Saturday to autosport.com: “We need to be prepared to move into Rallycross. The sport is clearly growing. In a few years it could quite possibly be as big or bigger than the WRC and we want to be part of it.”
19-03-2013 15:30 : ERC24 has been informed that entries for the first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship (RX) at Lydden Hill in England remain open until 24.03.2013.
19-03-2013 00:41 : The latest hearsay from Norway has it that Henning Solberg is returning to Rallycross and set to drive one of the Per Eklund Saab 9-3 SuperCars in the ERX opener at Lydden Hill in less than two weeks time. It has also been claimed that the older brother of Petter Solberg is due to drive another and all-new Rallycross SuperCar later on this year.
17-03-2013 18:35 : ERC24 has been informed by a Swedish source that coming Thursday there will be a press conference organised by VW Sweden in Stockholm to reveal a new motorsport project. While checking our vineyard we’ve heard some whispers and came to the conclusion that it has something to do with Johan Kristoffersson, the racing son of Tommy Kristoffersson, Pontus Tidemand and the ERX round at Höljes.
15-03-2013 18:39 : Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme has entered the FIA European Rallycross Championship opener over the Easter weekend at Lydden Hill with the ex-Andy Scott Ford Focus Mk2. The car is now owned by Belgian Koen Pauwels and the Finn hopes to find a sufficient budget for more 2013 RallycrossRX events with the 560bhp SuperCar.
15-03-2013 18:29 : There will be a MINI WRC by Prodrive competing in this weekend’s Rallycross event at Lydden Hill in England. The driver has not yet been named, but it is expected that it would be Liam Doran. Rumours have it that it should be a test drive for Doran’s Global X Games plans. Doran Junior is among those invited drivers for Brazil, but the organisers have no cars named on their list yet.
14-03-2013 20:45 : The 8 invited drivers for the X Games in Brazil are: 1. Ken Block (USA); 2. Brian Deegan (USA); 3. Liam Doran (GB); 4. Tanner Foust (USA); 5. Toomas Heikkinen (FIN); 6. Bryce Menzies (USA); 7. Travis Pastrana (USA); 8. Patrik Sandell (S).
14-03-2013 18:11 : According to a press release of STCC AB the STCC promoter and the Swedish ASN SBF have now agreed to continue their cooperation. For the Swedish Rallycross Championship it means that SBF’s Rallycross committee is taking care of the 2013 SRC, while both parties are working together to improve the series, that will be run by STCC AB from 2014 on for SuperCars and SuperCar Lites.
12-03-2013 23:22 : Petter Solberg to nwt.se: “If we had got a car of Kenneth Hansen, as it was planned, we would have been ready now. But he would not give it to me, he is afraid of competition. Now it gets much worse.”
12-03-2013 23:01 : Petter Solberg to nwt.se: “I’m not sure if I do X Games. They want 150,000 Dollars. They think we are a factory team, but we’re not. We are a private team. We cannot pay that much money.”
11-03-2013 10:37 : 1980 Danish Rallycross Champion Carl-Erik Kristensen passed away last Friday. Find obituary in our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section.
10-03-2013 10:34 : After this week’s divorce of the Swedish ASN Svenska Bilsportförbundet and the organisers of the prestigious Swedish Touring Car Championship/Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) it seems very likely that Swedish top level Rallycross could also be run without the ruling control of SBF (and therewith the FIA…) in the future. Senior Editor Mikael Eriksson in ‘Bilsport’, a leading Swedish carsport magazine: “This means almost certainly that Swedish Rallycross, at least at its elite level, also breaks out of the Swedish Automobile Sports Federation, with all events from next year on.”
08-03-2013 13:53 : During today’s FIA WMSC meeting the 2013 ‘Rallycross Challenge Europe’ was confirmed without any objections. More info to follow as soon as available.
08-03-2013 10:13 : Today has the 10-times in a row (1977–1986) Belgian Rallycross Champion François Monten reached his 66th year of age. Happy Birthday from ERC24, “Swa”! ;o)
07-03-2013 14:25 : Ford Europe’s vice president of marketing, sales and service Roelant de Waard on RallyCross: “There is scope for regional projects in the future, from NASCAR in the US through to the WRC in Europe, but the one that has the most interesting developments on a global scale is the X Games. It gives us the chance to demonstrate the Ford Fiesta ST in a whole different forum; most importantly Rallycross cars are spectacular and they are accessible. Holding the events in a stadium has massive appeal for the public there and for television.”
06-03-2013 12:43 : The 2013 Global RallyCross Championship and Global X Games opener (April 18 to 21) in the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu in the so-called ‘Triple Frontier’ area seems to become also of huge interest for the motorsport enthusiasts in the neighboring countries of Paraguay and Argentina. The venue at Foz is only separated by the river Rio Paraná from Ciudad del Este, the second largest town of Paraguay, and the population of the tri-border area is claimed to be of about one million people.
06-03-2013 11:07 : 13 years old Swede William Nilsson is set to make the transition from the world of Karting to the sport of Rallycross. The youngster from Tomelilla in Skåne, hometown of Rallycross legend Rolf “Myggan” Nilsson and location of the famous ex-ERC venue Svampabanan, has commited to drive the whole six rounds 2013 JRX Cup series to be run alongside selected FIA European Rallycross Championship rounds.
06-03-2013 10:16 : Connecticut based Briton Mark Williams and Patrick Moro from Ohio have partnered to pool resources and expertize to run a team with at least two Chevrolet Sonic RS (in Europe known as Chevrolet Aveo RS) SuperCars in the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship/Global X Games series. The second driver beside Moro will be announced at a later date. Williams: “Pat is in one seat and the other is TBA. We may even run a third car from X Games [Los Angeles] on. Pat is a very good driver – the Subaru’s didn’t do him justice and he will surprise a few in the right car.”
03-03-2013 17:56 : Swede Anton Marklund (VW Polo Mk5) wins the 1st round of the 2013 Belgian Rallycross Championship at Maasmechelen from Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) and Dutch-Italian Jos Kuijpers (Ford Focus Mk3).
03-03-2013 13:27 : With the Belgian Rallycross Championship kick-off at Maasmechelen the international 2013 Rallycross season has started today. Patrick Van Mechelen made good use of the ex-Jos Kuijpers Ford Fiesta Mk7 to set the fastest practice time in SuperCars, while Koen Pauwels drove the ex-Andy Scott Ford Focus Mk2 to victory in the first SuperCars qualifying heat.
01-03-2013 16:04 : Family ties: Rallycross lady Camilla Antonsen is set to Rally in 2013, the reigning Norwegian Rallycross Champion in SuperCars and 2010 FIA NEZ winner of the 4WD category will be navigated by her just 14 years old niece Anniken Storsveen. The teenager is the daughter of Rally driver Morten Storsveen, who is married to a sister of Camilla as well as a cousin to Petter and Henning Solberg.
01-03-2013 12:04 : Jussi-Petteri “Juspe” Leppihalme had set his focus on a 2013 SuperCar programme, but according to the Finnish press is not able to get the necessary budget together. Therefore, the Rallycross future of the 2012 ERC third overall in Super1600s is still uncertain.
28-02-2013 09:07 : “Mister Rallycross” Martin Schanche: “I think Petter [Solberg] is going to win the European Rallycross title this year, but it will hardly be just a walkover for him. It is all about tough fights 2mm away from each other into the first corner. Much important is to understand the whole system. One must have pointy elbows as well as staying cool where it is needed. All decisions will be taken within a 1/100s of a second. For the series the participation of Petter is very positive, but he must always be on top of the competition and race in every event’s Final.”
27-02-2013 10:54 : US Rallycross ace Tanner Foust has lost his World Record for reaching an in-door speed of 139.98kms/h (with a 560bhp OMSE Ford Fiesta Mk7 Rallycross SuperCar) to Finnish WRC star Mikko Hirvonen. The Finn used a Kart (750cc, 312kgs) to reach 140kms/h and, thereby, to replace the American in the ‘Guinnes Book of Records’.
27-02-2013 09:53 : Reigning European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov was one of the three top nominees for the “Russia’s Driver of the Year 2012” title. But the man from Tatarstan as well as Formula One pilot Vitaly Petrov had eventually to give in to WRC star Evgeny Novikov who won the prestigious award.
26-02-2013 11:26 : Travis Pastrana: “I am still very passionate about racing Rallycross. The Dart is a kick ass car that goes zero to sixty in under 2 seconds. Not much on earth is more fun than sliding and jumping your way through an event. That’s why I’ll be racing as many GRC events as I can this year. I am scheduled to race 6 of the rounds and our team is expecting to be in the hunt to win at every event we enter.”
25-02-2013 14:30 : ERC24 just learned from Anton Marklund that the Swedish youngster is going to participate the coming Sunday with his VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar in the BRC opener at Maasmechelen in Belgium.
24-02-2013 12:37 : As the FIA has granted the use of the tag ERC to the FIA European Rally Championship the organisers of ‘The Rallycross Challenge’ have, on request from Paris, changed their name and logo (from ERC to RC). The organisers of the FIA European Rallycross Championship are using the tags RX and RallycrossRX.
23-02-2013 15:39 : Petter Solberg: “When I focus on something it must always be the very best. That’s the reason why I hired an experienced Formula One engineer, Briton Simon Levett, who leads the project to build my new Rallycross car. But Simon comes not only from the world of F1, he also has extensive experience with Rallycross. For some time he worked together with Martin Schanche.”
22-02-2013 11:14 : The 15 “Permanent Drivers” for the 2013 ERX: Andreas Bakkerud (N) Citroën DS3; Knut Ove Børseth (N) Škoda Fabia Mk2; Michaël De Keersmaecker (B) Ford Focus Mk2; Liam Doran (GB) Citroën DS3; Timmy Hansen (S) Citroën DS3; Peter Hedström (S) Škoda Fabia Mk2; Alexander Hvaal (N) Citroën DS3; Davy Jeanney (F) Citroën C4; Mats Lysen (N) Renault Clio Mk3; Anton Marklund (S) VW Polo Mk5; Ronny Scheveneels (B) Peugeot 207; Andy Scott (GB) Peugeot 208; Petter Solberg (N) Citroën DS3; Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) Citroën DS3; Stig-Olov Walfridsson (S) Renault Clio Mk3.
22-02-2013 09:16 : Petter Solberg today confirmed that he is set for a full 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship campaign: “I never do anything only halfway. European Rallycross is my way now. It will be a real show this season, and I want me and my team to be part of it.”
21-02-2013 11:08 : Scotland based Englishman Andy Scott is going to tackle the 2013 FIA/IMG ERX with an almost 600bhp strong Peugeot 208 SuperCar produced by Albatec Racing in cooperation with MTechnologies, Oreca and Sadev.
21-02-2013 10:23 : 2012 NEZ runner-up of the 1600cc class, Lithuanian Ernestas Staponkus, is set for a full 2013 FIA/IMG ERX series in Super1600s. His ex-Eduard Leganov VW Polo Mk4/9N3 is currently been overhauled in the Czech Republic. After Martynas Padgurskis, the 2007 ERC bronce medal winner of Division 2, Staponkas could be the second Lithuanian to do a full European programme attempt.
20-02-2013 11:12 : The British Prodrive company [MINI] is watching the booming Rallycross scene with lots of interest. Richard Taylor of Prodrive: “We have a closer look on Rallycross. That would be an interesting field. We have a look on different projects to which we could supply our technical experience.”
19-02-2013 22:37 : American Danny Way, claimed of being “the greatest skateboarder of all time”, on Instagram after his test drives with a Prodrive MINI: “Had so much fun driving this Prodrive WRC MINI today and look forward to being a part of the introduction of this team/car to the GRC and X Games events!”
19-02-2013 09:36 : US all-rounder Travis Pastrana, who commited to a full 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series programme, has got permission from his team Roush Fenway Racing to compete also in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) when there is no conflict with his Nationwide schedule.
18-02-2013 17:56 : François Duval after the ‘Legend Boucles de Spa’: “There is nothing certain yet, but I want to drive a little bit, because I miss it. I do no longer have the goal of being a World Rally Championship driver. Rallycross is a discipline that I like. Arrival on Friday, and at home on Sunday evening … It’s perfect!”
16-02-2013 11:05 : It seems that Norwegian Torleif Lona is eventually ready to enter the European Rallycross scene – after a delay of some years. The former SuperNational competitor, who yesterday became 28 years of age, has been working on a TouringCar project with a rear-wheel driven Ford Fiesta Mk7 (based on an Olsbergs MSE body) since at least 2010. However, it has been claimed that the car is 99% ready and that Lona Motorsport is preparing to enter the 2013 FIA/IMG European Rallycross Championship kick-off at Lydden Hill.
15-02-2013 22:18 : Round 4 of the German Rallycross Championship (DRX), to be held on August 31 and September 1 at the Driving Center Groß Dölln, will also count as Round 5 towards the Danish Rallycross Championship. Thereby, the Danes returning to race in Germany after a break of three years.
15-02-2013 16:17 : Sjaak Noordermeer, chairman of the Eurocircuit organisers NRV at Valkenswaard to the Dutch press: “Our aim is not to compete against the FIA European Rallycross Championship. With the Rallycross Challenge we rather want to close the emerged gap between the ERX and the NLRC. What we want is a European series that is payable voor organisers and drivers alike.”
14-02-2013 14:59 : Dutch 1982 Rallycross champion Hermy de Windt passed away on February 5. Find obituary in our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section.
14-02-2013 14:51 : Petter Solberg has confirmed to compete in Round 1 (Lydden Hill in Great Britain) of the 2013 ERX. Martin Anayi, Managing Director of RallycrossRX, said: “We are extremely pleased that Petter has committed to competing in the first round of the Championship. Petter is part of a fantastic line-up of drivers which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”
12-02-2013 18:02 : Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) has announced the addition of Joey Mancari as the Director of Competition for the series. Former Director for the ‘NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ Mancari will be responsible for all aspects of competition and will oversee inspection of the cars and event officiating.
11-02-2013 16:46 : 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has stated that he will participate in Round 1 of the FIA/IMG ERX series in England, to be held over the Easter weekend at the cradle of Rallycross, Lydden Circuit.
10-02-2013 14:48 : Erik Jockel, the just 17 years old son of 2004 and 2008 German Rallycross Champion Jörg Jockel, is set to drive the ex-Münnich Motorsport VW Polo Mk3/6N2 in the Super1600s class of the 2013 German DRX series.
09-02-2013 17:35 : Petter Solberg, 2013 Rallycross returnee, and his wife Pernilla Solberg, daughter of 1980 European Rallycross Champion Per-Inge Walfridsson, have won the 2013 ‘Rally Sweden Historic’ with their Ford Escort RS1800. Per-Ove Davidsson, 1987 European Rallycross Champion, drove his Volvo 240 Turbo to 5th place overall.
09-02-2013 11:11 : Petter Solberg in an interview during the running Rally Sweden: “If there will be more outings with my Mk2 Escort this year? That would be nice! Maybe I will enter the ‘Midsummer Rally’ in August. But my calendar is quite busy with Rallycross EC and X Games events. Time will tell.”
08-02-2013 00:11 : Belgian 1970s and 1980s Rallycrosser Ferdinand Stevens killed in terrible workshop accident. See our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section.
07-02-2013 20:23 : From the USA ERC24 was informed (without further notice of his reason) that George Tamayo has resigned with immediate effect from his position as Global RallyCross Championship’s General Manager.
06-02-2013 12:22 : From US info we understand that Ford is launching its 2013 GRC/Global X Games programme during the Chicago Auto Show (open to the public from February 9 to 18). OMSE is going to present its new Ford Fiesta Mk7 SuperCars, based on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST that goes on sale later this year. Two cars will be driven by Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan.
04-02-2013 16:49 : Norwegian Tommy Rustad, in the early 1990s known as the “Crown Prince” to his famous compatriot “Mister Rallycross” Martin Schanche, has today revealed that he will return to his Rallycross roots. Find more info under ‘Latest Shortcuts’.
04-02-2013 14:24 : According to the French purerallycross.com website the Rallycross oganisers of France are set to launch their own AFOR challenge for foreign competitors, to be run under the tag ‘Top 10 SuperCars Open’. Interested SC drivers need to enter a minimum of four FRC rounds, two of the four events must be the rounds of the 2013 European Rallycross Challenge (ERC), Essay in May and Kerlabo in July. However, if foreign competitors are keen to fight for the official French Rallycross titles they need to participate under a racing licence of the French ASN FFSA.
03-02-2013 20:16 : As American allround racer Travis Pastrana has commited to do more NASCAR events in 2013 his seat in the GRC/Global X Games Dodge Dart Rallycross SuperCar will most of the times be taken by compatriot Bryce Menzies. Menzies has recently tested the OMSE built Dodge Dart at the DirtFish Rally School grounds at Snoqualmie near Seattle and is awaiting the season start with confidence.
03-02-2013 15:21 : The spectator ticket prices for the rounds of the 2013 FIA/IMG ERX series have been discussed among Rallycross fans for quite some time now. For the first round at Lydden Hill ERC24 found the following rates at the seetickets.com website: Standard Weekend Pass = about €40 [£35], VIP tickets for Sunday and Monday = about €138 [or rather two times £60].
02-02-2013 21:16 : Former WRC star and later GRC ace Marcus Grönholm has pulled the plug on racing. Find more info about the Finn’s retirement under ‘Latest Shortcuts’.
31-01-2013 22:44 : ERC24 has been informed that the 2013 FIA/IMG ERX series will not be run with the planned ‘Round Robin’ system. Instead all classes are going to do four Qualifying Heats with timing, followed by two Semi-Finals and one Final.
31-01-2013 20:41 : ERC24 has been informed that the 2013 FIA/IMG ERX series will be run over 9 instead of the planned 10 rounds, the Irish Mondello Park Circuit event was removed from the calendar.
31-01-2013 09:00 : Petter Solberg today released the news that he will be back to Rallycross action this year. “It feels a bit like coming home,” claimed the 2003 World Rally Champion, who started his motorsport career back in 1992 in Rallycross. Solberg revealed that he is preparing his own Citroën DS3 SuperCar [based on a bodyshell that came to him via Hansen Motorsport] in his workshops at Torsby in Sweden to take part in either the new FIA/IMG ERX series [10 rounds] or in GRC as well as Global X Games events [a total of 9 rounds, 5 plus 4].
29-01-2013 16:22 : Buxtehude organiser ACN has cancelled the August round of the 2013 German Rallycross Championship (DRX) at the Estering. We need our time and power to prepare everything well for the FIA/IMG ERX Finale in September, was claimed by a spokesman of the German club.
28-01-2013 12:25 : Timmy Hansen, the older son of 14-times European Rallycross Champion Kenneth Hansen, has announced that he is set to change from single-seater racing to Rallycross. Timmy unveiled his 545bhp strong Hansen Motorsport Citroën DS3 SuperCar for the 2013 FIA/IMG European Rallycross Championship during the Stockholm Lifestyle Motor Show last weekend.
28-01-2013 12:01 : The ‘Circuit de Faleyras’ near Bordeaux, venue of the French ERC rounds of 1995, 1999 and 2002, is in severe danger. The area of the track has recently been sold by the General Council of the department Gironde, thereby making its motorsport future rather unpredictable.
25-01-2013 18:18 : The Swedish Touring Car association STCC today launched the 2014 ‘RallyX SuperCars Scandinavia’ series. The Rallycross events will be held under STCC’s wings, together with STCC events as well as at Rallycross only venues. The so-called ‘SuperCar Lites’ of OMSE will also feature in all of these events as an entry-level category that should ensure re-growth for the sport.
25-01-2013 16:20 : German team Münnich Motorsport has now released its plan to back the 2013 German Rallycross Championship (DRX) with several cars, including their long awaited all-new Audi A3/S3 SuperCar in the making.
24-01-2013 12:06 : The Swedish team Hedströms Motorsport is set to enter the 2013 FIA/IMG European Rallycross Championship with two Škoda Fabia Mk2 SuperCars. Alongside Peter Hedström in an all-new car Norwegian 2009 ERC winner (in Division 2) Knut Ove Børseth is going to race the 2012 Fabia of Hedström in ‘Drive For Life’ livery.
23-01-2013 12:15 : The Provisional 2013 GRC/Global X Games Dates: 20.04. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) Global X Games • 17.05. Barcelona (Spain) Global X Games • 29.06. Munich (Germany) Global X Games • 13.07. New Hampshire Motor Speedway (New Hampshire) GRC with NASCAR • 20.07. Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee) • 04.08. Los Angeles (California) Global X Games • 11.08. Atlanta Motor Speedway (Georgia) • 22.09. Charlotte Motor Speedway (North Carolina) • 20.10. TBA
23-01-2013 12:14 : The European Rallycross Challenge organisers: “We really take the Super1600 and TouringCar drivers seriously and it’s not only SuperCars that we are interested in. The Challenge is about Rallycross in all classes and we hope that drivers/teams will realise that.”
23-01-2013 11:29 : With over two years invested in design, planning and building US RallyCrosser Ken Block has opened his new team headquarters, based near his home in Park City, Utah. The former ‘Monster World Rally Team’ has now been renamed to ‘Hoonigan Racing Division’.
22-01-2013 10:35 : The Swedish Hedströms Motorsport squad is set to do the 2013 FIA/IMG ERC with a two cars team. The second and all-new Škoda Fabia Mk2 SuperCar chassis has been built by Michael Jernberg and will be raced by Hedström himself, while a yet to be named Norwegian is going to drive Hedström’s 2012 car.
21-01-2013 20:26 : 2011 ERC runner-up and 2012 fourth overall in Super1600s Ulrik Linnemann to ERC24: “I can’t find big enough sponsors for 2013, so I only drive the ERC rounds of Norway and Sweden as well as the Danish Rallycross Championship.”
20-01-2013 11:45 : Münnich Motorsport has decided to enter the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with three Seat Leon cars, one for Marc Basseng, one for Markus Winkelhock and one for team principal René Münnich himself. The German team has not yet taken a final decision upon its Rallycross future. René Münnich to ERC24: “The WTCC goes over a total of 13 races, and that does not leave enough time for a full Rallycross season. Nevertheless, a couple of selected Rallycross events we will also do.”
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18-01-2013 19:32 : Sébastien Loeb: “It would be interesting to try out more Rallycross this year. But I don’t know yet if in the Global RallyCross Championship or in the European Rallycross Championship.”