The first 100% electric RallyCross race will be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 29th and 30th October
Catalunya RX will kick off the new electric era of World RX by hosting the first ever 100% electric race in the history of the FIA. A World RX never seen before where power and acceleration will be the protagonists of a double header: two independent races that count towards the World RX championship.
The World RX and RX2e categories are preparing to experience a historic weekend for this new electric era of RallyCross. World-class drivers are already preparing their new electric cars to show their full power at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The five-time World RX champion is still keeping the secret of what his new car will be like, a mystery that will be revealed in the coming months and that visitors will be able to see in situ in the paddock, which will be reopened after the last edition of 2021. The Hansens are all set to kick off the new era with their new 208 RX1e car, which has one of the fastest acceleration times of 0-60mph in just 1.8 seconds.
Tickets to enjoy the first two races of the new era of RallyCross are now available, with an early bird for these first few months.
Rallycross kicks off at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in a historic race that will mark a before and after in the history of Rallycross with two days full of adrenaline.
Are you ready for the new eRXa?
- The World RX comes to Catalunya for the first time ever 100% electric circuit event
- Tickets are now on sale for a weekend full of motor racing from 29th to 30th October.
One of the most emblematic circuits in the world of motor racing returns to the starting grid, hosting the first ever 100% electric World RX race. Power and acceleration will be the protagonists of these new cars that will make us vibrate the weekend of October.
We will have a double header race weekend, with championship qualifying finals on both Saturday and Sunday.
As last year, three types of tickets are available to the public:
- Saturday 29 October
- Sunday 30th October
- 2-Day Pass (Saturday and Sunday)
The paddock is once again open to the public, where visitors will be able to see the ins and outs of the World RX and also enjoy the Emobility Experience, a large electric mobility fair where they can get to know and try out the new products of the main brands on the market.
RallyCross is back in its new eRXa. Are you going to miss it?
- The Swedish driver wins the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship after a breathtaking finish at the legendary Nürburgring track in Germany.
- Belgian Guillaume de Rider becomes the first world champion in the electric rallycross history after confirming his dominance in the RX2e category.
Once again this year the FiA World Rallycross Championship season finale has been another epic chapters in motorsport history. Swedish Johan Kristoffersson has been once again the great winner of the world championship. A championship highlighted by the battle against Timmy Hansen and that has not been decided until the final held yesterday under spectacular snow conditions and with one of the motorsport cathedrals as a witness, the legendary Nürburgring circuit.
Dramatic tie between Kristoffersson and Hansen.
Nobody expected to see a tied season after it’s star at ting at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last July, but reality overcomes fiction and if rallycross has proved something is that it is a kind of motorsport that offers excitement until the very last corner. Timmy Hansen, who arrived at the German circuit as leader with a 17-point lead over Kristoffersson, saw the crown slip away at the last second.
Leaving Lohéac at the beginning of September, Kristoffersson ate away from the championship, 28 points off the top of the standings after an eventful start to the championship. Disqualified from Q1 in Catalunya at the curtain-raiser due to a disconnected data logger and the victim of a double puncture at home in Höljes and transmission problems in France, despite subsequent wins in Latvia and Belgium, he traveled to Germany 17 points behind Timmy Hansen.
A third win of the season in Saturday’s opening round, allied to a disqualification for Hansen, reduced that deficit to just four points heading into Sunday’s all-important World RX return leg in Germany. Hansen described his effort as “all or nothing in an incredible race,” and Kristoffersson joked that his own performance had been “just a little bit better than Hansen’s” as he gave his compatriot the fastest time.
After the three Qualifiers Kristoffersson took the top qualifier and managed to wrest another point from Timmy Hansen to stay just 3 points behind, the excitement was on for the last semifinals of the season. Kristoffersson won his respective semi-final, but while Hansen set a better time overall, he was later penalized seven seconds for contact that caused Niclas Grönholm to make a half-turn. That reduced his lead to a single point before the final, and more significantly, meant that while Kristoffersson would start on pole position, Hansen would be at the back of the grid.
Grand Final, green lights and epic ending
Kevin, the youngest of the Hansen was the one who took the lead in the final, but his goal was not the victory, was to delay as much as possible to Kristoffersson to find a gap in which Timmy Hansen could steal the position and ensure a world championship that escaped him after each curve of the final, and it could not be for the Hansen. Final result: tie between the top two in the standings and fourth crown for a Johan Kristoffersson who is crowned one more year as undisputed king of rallycross.
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“What an incredible weekend, just crazy! We had a tough start to 2021, and since I came here 17 points back, only to finish on level points, it will take some time for it all to sink in, to be honest. To win the championship after starting with a new team and a new car this year is just fantastic. It means a lot. “What an incredible weekend, just crazy! We had a tough start to 2021, and since I came here 17 points back, to then finish on level points, it’s going to take some time for it all to sink in, to be honest. To win the championship after starting with a new team and a new car this year is just fantastic. It means a lot. Said a delighted Kristoffersson after the great final victory.
De Ridder is the electric rallycross king
Guillaume De Ridder became the first FIA RX2e electric rallycross champion at the Nürburgring today. Eight points clear of arch-rival Jesse Kallio, the Belgian dragged the Finn away from the start line and raced to his third win of the season, fending off late pressure from Kallio to cap a great performance this season. A first podium finish for Pablo Suarez secured the Spaniard third place in the overall points table.
Guillaume De Ridder, 2021 FIA RX2e FIA Champion, said: “I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, but the tension was so high that the tears were flowing. I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders this weekend; I had everything to lose, and Jesse was super fast throughout, as he has been all season. He’s been a fantastic competitor. It’s such an amazing feeling, I don’t think I’ve fully realized what we’ve accomplished this year.”
Possibly the only person with a bigger smile than De Ridder at the end of the weekend was Kristoffersson. Snow began to fall on the podium as he collected his trophy, but the Swede didn’t care: he had just been crowned four-time world champion.
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Hansen brothers continue to dominate the FIA World RX with third consecutive double in Bretagne World RX at Lohéac
Niclas Grönholm gets the first podium of 2021 for the GRX-SET team and the young talent of 18 years, Dorian Deslandes, stands out in his first participation in the electric series
The Hansen brothers are unstoppable and they continue to dominate 2021 FIA World RX. After winning the first two rounds in Spain and Sweden, the Hansen team has maintained the good start of the season by delivering a dominant double at Bretagne World RX in Lohéac in front of 25,000 fans last weekend, September 3, 4 and 5.
The show in this world championship is served. The clashes between the two Peugeot drivers and Johan Kristoffersson are the highlights of the races that, so far, are being dominated very clearly by the two brothers. Timmy’s victory extends his lead in the championship to 10 points ahead of Kevin, both closer to winning the title this 2021.
In Lohéac, however, it wasn’t all as easy as it sounds. The Hansens had problems with the pace of their Peugeots on the first day, managing only a fourth and a fifth place, but a clever tire strategy helped deliver a much more competitive Sunday for all the fans.
A rivalry dominated by Timmy
Timmy Hansen, who came into the weekend with a six-point lead at the top of the championship standings, again showed what he is capable of and slammed a blow on the table in Q4 to launch himself to the front row of the grid in the first semi-final alongside his main rival, Johan Kristoffersson.
After the double punctures that knocked him out of the race in Sweden, the three-time world champion was dominating the standings in France. However, bad luck sidelined him again. A problem with the drive shaft of his Audi S1 meant that he couldn’t take his place in the final, ceding his position to Dutchman Kevin Abbring. In the absence of Kristoffersson, the Hansen brothers gained a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish in the final.
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The eldest of the brothers is aware of all that they are achieving and wanted to make it clear: “What an incredible season we are having! I think it’s a moment in my career that we will always remember, with a double for the team in each of the first three races. It’s just magic”.
On the other hand, the youngest of the Hansen family assessed his race with his brother: “We both had good pace and good tires. Grönholm was too close for us to take any risks, so in the end we focused on getting another double, which I think is incredible“.
Behind the Rallycross trendy couple, Grönholm overcame his slow start from the semi-final to claim his first podium of the campaign for the GRX-SET World RX team after a difficult season. Behind Niclas, Keving Abbring took fourth position, Hungary’s Szabó fifth and Timo Scheider completed the top six.
The Finn also expressed his feelings after the race: “I’m a bit disappointed because we had the chance to win today. I felt we were finally with the top guys. I guess third place is okay, but I’m here to win. We have the pace in the car, we just need a bit of luck, and then the results will come“.
Lohéac is always a special race in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and a very popular event in France. In this edition, fans were able to see live the great emerging talents of the local scene. Dorian Deslandes, 18 years old, immediately stood out in his first appearance in the electric series. In both the semifinal and the final, the young French prodigy had a great performance, turning pole position into victory on both occasions, leaving his more experienced rivals speechless.
Once again, it has been a spectacular weekend on French lands. The 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign will return in a fortnight’s time in Riga (Latvia), on September 18-19, with a double bill of World RX action.
- The Hansen brothers remain unstoppable in the second round of the championship, this time with Timmy’s victory at HoljesRX, the Swedish stronghold and rallycross cathedral.
- Kevin Abbring sneaks onto a FIA WorldRX podium for the first time.
Are we in the Hansen era of rallycross?
The Hansen Motosport team is clearly dominating the start of the 2021 championship. The second round of the championship landed at the cathedral of rallycross, the Holjes circuit, Sweden. Also nicknamed “magic weekend” by the purists of this sport, the weekend did leave some magical glimpses especially from the Hansen brothers, who have perfected the strategy to be the fastest in each test.
The World Cup promises, and the duel is served. The battles between the two Peugeot drivers and Johan Kristofferssson are leaving spectacular images in the first two races, the battles between Timmy and Johan are happening and today it is the most beautiful that rallycross can offer its fans.
In this case, Timmy won the game over Kristoffersson, who with a double puncture in the semifinal was deprived of getting a place to fight for the podium in the grand final, this allowed Kevin to get a position on the front row of the grid. the final. A position that is worth gold in order to get on that podium. Once the first two positions were achieved in the semis, the strategy for victory was ready. Timmy achieves an unprecedented victory at home, a test that had resisted him for years and getting the championship lead to the detriment of his brother Kevin. “It has been a fantastic weekend. I have tried to win here for a long time and I was very close on several occasions, and now we finally succeeded! This is a magical moment and I am super happy.” Timmy commented after his victory.” It was a shame to see that Johan [Kristoffersson] did not reach the final because he really wanted to continue the battle, but for our part, each session passed without problems and I am very happy with the pace we have had, it shows that all our hard work during the winter has paid off. The first two rounds of the season have gone perfectly, and now we have to keep concentrating and working Lasted”.
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Third place in the drawer went to GCK Unkorrupted driver Kevin Abbring, the Dutch rider had a weekend at a very good pace and ended up on the heels of the Hansen brothers in the final. Kevin ranks as one of the strongest drivers on the grid. “First of all, congratulations to Timmy and Kevin. I would love to be able to share a podium with my brother, but sadly I don’t have a brother, and my sister is very slow … Seriously though, I think we should be very happy. We were consistently fast from free practice to the final and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes. “Obviously we had to fight after Q1, and we stayed out of trouble, if it weren’t out of the traffic! I really think we could have pushed for the win if we hadn’t been trapped behind Szabó in the final, but I’m still happy to add my first podium and I think we put on a good show for the spectators.” Kevin commented after the final.
Enzo Ide was fourth in Holjes, the Belgian made up for Kristoffersson’s poor performance and scored some valuable constructors’ championship points for KYB EKS JC. Krisztían Szabó and Juha Rytkönen closed the sextet of the final. The Hungarian GRX-SET World RX Team driver placed third in the overall championship standings. His teammate Niclas Gronholm missed the final after a penalty in the semis.
Kallio wins the second electric event in rallycross history
If Saturday was the Fraser McConnell show, then Sunday was all about Jesse Kallio in the second round of the FIA RX2e Championship as he produced an unrivaled performance to claim his first all-electric single-brand series win. McConnell seemed to be on his way to glory as he dominated Q1 and Q2, but today, Kallio really lit the fuse. The pair lined up side by side in the front row of the grid for the final, with the Jamaican on pole, but it was the Finn who made a better start to take the lead and, from then on, never will. it was headlong.
CatalunyaRX winner Guillaume De Ridder couldn’t replicate the same pace in Sweden and suffered a puncture in the final, but fourth place keeps the Belgian at the top of the table, just one point ahead of Kallio, with McConnell a plus point. in arrears on the third. Pablo Suarez was left at the gates of his second final when he reached fourth position in his semifinal sleeve.
Once again it’s been a magical weekend in Swedish lands. Next stop, the French Loheac race track.
- Kevin Hansen wins the FIA World RX de Catalunya ahead of the world champions Timmy Hansen and Johan Kristoffersson.
- The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya grandstands have once again been filled with the public to experience the first round of the 2021 Rallycross World Championship live.
Script twist on the second day of the FIA World RX of Catalunya 2021. The film began on Friday afternoon with a great command of the Swedish driver Johan Kristoffersson after the first two qualifying heats, although he was finally disqualified from Q1 due to problems with the device that transmits the data to the FIA. This Saturday the positions have been exchanged and the victory has been for the little Hansen, Kevin, who has celebrated the first place with great joy along with his brother Timmy, who finished second and finally Kristoffersson has closed the podium.
“I have worked very hard to achieve this victory all winter and I have been waiting for it for a long time. I am very happy,” said Kevin Hansen after celebrating with great energy this first win of the season. His brother Timmy added: “I’m super proud of Kevin, he has done a great job. We had a plan on how to get through the first corners, and we carried it out perfectly.” For his part, the compatriot who debuted his Audi S1, he has not finished as happy as he expected. Kristoffersson has counted “The result is good. We are on the podium and it is more than I expected if you ask me yesterday. Still, I clearly want more. This weekend shows us that anything can happen in Rallycross races.“
The guests enjoys again the Rallycross show at the Circuit de Barcelona-Cataunya
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been the setting for this film where the Nordics have been the main protagonists and where the Catalan public has filled the stands to the limit allowed by the Covid19 prevention protocol regulations. The fans have enjoyed two spectacular sessions where around 50 races have been held and have experienced many emotions with constant overtaking and collisions between cars.
Electric rallycross is now real
The Catalunya RX has been a great demonstration of how electric cars can offer a great show to fans and fans of motorsport. They have been the protagonists with careers with a lot of contact and that the public has enjoyed from beginning to end. The young Canarian rider Pablo Suárez has been one of the surprises and that is that he narrowly missed the podium, crossing the finish line of the final in fourth position. He is sure that he will be one of the drivers to follow throughout the season.
Carcroos has always a place inside CatalunyaRX
This weekend the V Open Car Cross Catalunya RX was held, a test that offers local drivers their opportunity to race in front of their public. Today the great protagonist has been Ares Lahoz. The female representative led the whole day and in the final, when she was in the lead with a difference compared to her pursuer, her car cross engine said enough.