SIX REASONS TO WATCH BARCELONA WORLD RX
Thursday 15th of October 2020
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosts the seventh (Logitech G FIA World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030) and eighth (Logitech G FIA World RX of Catalunya) rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend, and the first two rounds of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600. Here’s six reasons to watch the action unfold live.
Turnaround for 2019 title rivals?
It’s been a difficult first period of the World RX season for the three drivers that battled for the Drivers’ title in the final round of the 2019 season in South Africa last year, but Team Hansen’s Timmy Hansen and Kevin Hansen, from Sweden, have been testing the Peugeot 208 WRX in Sweden, the pair have shown on their social media channels. Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel driver, has also revealed on his Bakkerud Life YouTube channel that he has tested the Renault Megane RS RX in France last week. Have the drivers and teams found what they’ve been missing, and can they fight for victory in Barcelona?
August’s World RX debut
Euro RX Supercar regular, Germany’s Mandie August has replaced Rene Muennich for the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport team in Barcelona, joining Timo Scheider. The event will be former Super1600 driver August’s World RX debut, and the first female driver to race in World RX since Sweden’s Ramona Karlsson raced with Per Eklund Motorsport and Albatec Racing in 2014, and in her own Volkswagen Scirocco in 2015.
World RX title fight hots up
The battle to become the 2020 World RX Drivers’ and Teams’ Champions is heating up. Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson and Mattias Ekstrom are in the hunt for the Drivers’ title, 17 points separating the top two in the points. The drivers placed from P3 (Niclas Gronholm) to P8 (Timo Scheider) in the Drivers points are well in the fight for an overall podium at the end of the year. In the Teams’ Championship KYB Team JC is at the top of the table, 43 points ahead of Team Hansen, with GRX Taneco just 31 points further back.
RX2e public launch
The test car built for the new-for-2021 RX2e electric series, that will effectively replace the RX2 International Series in World RX next year, will make its public track debut this weekend. The test car will be on display for interested teams to take a closer look, and two-time RX2 International Series driver Oliver Eriksson, the RX2e official test driver, will do demo runs on track on Saturday and Sunday.
Euro RX Super1600 season begins
The first two rounds of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 will take place this weekend, and will join the World RX Supercar races as part of the World RX livestreams. In a late move, Norway’s 2019 Holjes-Sweden Super1600 winner Marius Bermingrud has joined the Volland Racing team to race an Audi A1, one of five drivers to compete for the team that has won the Super1600 Championship in recent seasons. Former Champions SET Promotion also return with a Renault Twingo for Finland’s Rasmus Tuominen. For Portugal’s Joao Ribeiro, this is will be his ‘home’ event. Read a full Super1600 preview on the website before the weekend.
Second half of the season begins at world-famous venues
Three World RX event weekends have been held so far in 2020, the first two at traditional circuits in Sweden and Finland, the next in Riga, and starting this weekend with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the final three race weekends of the year will be held at world-famous Formula 1 venues. World RX has been racing at the Barcelona-Catalunya track for six years now, but the circuit that will host round nine, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, made its debut last season and was loved by fans and drivers. The final race of the trio will be at the Nurburgring in Germany, a brand-new track to World RX.
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