Discover the drivers and teams that will race in the Logitech G World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and in the Logitech G World RX of Catalunya
- World RX and Euro RX Super 1600 races will be held over the weekend of October 17th and 18th.
- Johan Kristoffersson arrives in Barcelona as the world leader, followed by Mattias Ekstrom and Niclas Grönholm.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship couldn’t be tighter. After 6 rounds, no driver has taken an overwhelming advantage to escape the classification and, proof of this, is the distance of less than 20 points from the first and second place. Three weeks ago, at the Riga-Latvia Neste World RX, Johan Kristoffersson (leader) and Mattias Ekstrom (actually in second place) shared the victories, as Ekstrom won on Saturday (R5) and Kristoffersson on Sunday (R6).
Next weekend, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, fans will be able to watch the seventh and eighth rounds of the World RX, which correspond to the Logitech G World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and the Logitech G World RX of Catalunya. Both teams and drivers will arrive with the utmost desire to score, and the fight for the world championship leadership will be served at the Circuit.
Johan Kristoffersson and the VW Polo GTI RX, rivals to beat
With two world titles won in 2017 and 2018, Kristoffersson decided not to compete in the 2019 World RX. The Swede, however, decided to return to the 2020 edition with his own team, the Volkswagen Dealerteam BAUHAUS and the car that had given him the two other world championships, the Volkswagen Polo GTI RX. With three wins in 6 rounds, Kristoffersson is leading the World RX standings and is well positioned to lift his third title.
Mattias Ekstrom and Robin Larsson, cocktail of veteran and youth
Ekstrom is back stronger than ever. The 2016 rallycross world champion once again competed for a full season in World RX, driving the Audi S1 for the KYB Team JC. Both he and his teammate Robin Larsson are not disappointed, as they are second (Ekstrom) and fifth (Larsson) in the standings. Larsson, who also drives the Audi S1, makes his World RX debut for a full season, after winning the Euro RX for two years in a row.
Niclas Grönholm and Timur Timerzyanov, heads and tails of the team
This is not an easy year for GRX Taneco, the Grönholm and Timerzyanov team. While the Finn is doing an excellent campaign, being third in the World RX standings, the Russian is doing an irregular season, being in ninth place in the World RX. The two drivers, who drive a Hyundai i20, are the heads and tails of a team that has made a very good car, but that only one of its drivers is able to take advantage of.
The Hansen brothers, missing
The reigning drivers’ championship winner, Team Hansen, has not found a good solution for its car. Timmy Hansen, winner of the 2019 World RX, is currently in fourth place at the FIA World Rallycross Championship, 50 points behind leader Johan Kristoffersson. His brother, Kevin Hansen, is in sixth place. Team Hansen has to work hard if they want to turn things around, and if they want to get the Peugeot 208 WRX back at the top of the standings.
Andreas Bakkerud from almost winning in 2019 to the mid-table
Bad season for the Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel. While last year one of his two drivers, Andreas Bakkerud, tied for points at the head of World RX with Timmy Hansen and lost the Championship because of fewer victories, this year he is in seventh place. His teammate, the British Liam Doran, is out of the top 10. It’s not the year of the Monster team or the Renault Clio RS RX.
All-inkl.com Münnich Motorsport, no improvements yet
Rene Münnich’s return to World RX, after a year of competing in Euro RX, is still bitter. Both he and his teammate, Timo Scheider, have not been able to take full advantage of the Seat Ibiza RX Supercar and are currently in eighth (Scheider) and fourteenth (Münnich) positions in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Anton Marklund, loneliness has no prize
Anton Marklund is not having an easy year. After announcing that he would compete alone with his team, GCK Bilstein (part of the GCK family), the Swede does not seem to be in good tune with the Renault Megane RS RX. Marklund, who is currently tenth in the world, started the 2020 World RX very strong, coming out third in the first two rounds in Sweden.
Chicherit and Baciuska closing the table.
Guerlain Chicherit, creator of the GCK team, is making a rather loose World RX. Both his team (Unkorrupted) and the other two teams (Monster Energy GCK RX Cartel and GCK Bilstein) are halfway down the table and the situation is critical. The GCK teams, which go with Renault (Clio and Megane), do not seem to have created a good car and the example of Chicherit is the clearest of all. The Frenchman, who is adding very few points to the races, shows no signs of improvement and all indications are that this 2020 is not the year of GCK. His teammate, Rokas Baciuska, is closing the table of drivers taking part in all the World RX tests.
First test of the Euro RX Super 1600 of this 2020
The Super 1600, the European category that allows young drivers to start in the rallycross universe, will make its debut this 2020 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The backstage of the World RX will have two rounds, one on the day of the Logitech G World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 and the other on the day of the World RX of Catalunya.