The absence of Gronholm gives advantage to Hansen’s brothers
A new race, the third of this season’s World Rallycross, starts this weekend on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps with the outstanding absence of one of the clear candidates to achieve the final victory in this championship, as it is the Swedish Nicklas Gronholm, second of the general classification with 26 points and that will not be able to be in this important appointment of the World-wide one. And as the team GRX Taneco published in a statement, “Due to an operation of appendicitis, Nicklas Gronholm will not be on the grid of the Spa World RX of Benelux. Joni Wiman will take his place with the aim of adding points for the team. Do not worry, Nicklas will be back for the next World Championship event at Silverstone”.
Good opportunity for the Hansen’s brothers
After the Hansen brothers’ double at the Circuit de Catalunya barely a couple of weeks ago, this race, which opens the World RX calendar as it happened with the case of Abu Dhabi, is presumed with an ideal opportunity for Team Team Jansen MJP to extend distances to the front of the team classification, as well as at the individual level.
Precisely, the oldest of the Hansen and currently third in the general classification, Timmy, wanted to praise this new circuit of the World Rallycross. “We are going to compete in the most emblematic place of motorsport. From what I have seen through the photos, it seems a very interesting circuit. It is always a test to go to a new circuit, but it is new for everyone. It’s going to be difficult to learn the whole circuit quickly, so you have to be very alert, “said the Danish.
Duval replaces Baciuska
Another of the highlights of this new World Championship event will be the presence of the Belgian François Duval as a Skoda Fabia pilot of ESMotorsport Labas-Gas. The winner of the FIA European Rallycross Championship will be the replacement of Rokas Baciuska, a pilot who in the first two World Cup races won a total of 14 points and will be out due to a contractual disagreement. Precisely, the young pilot, through his Instagram account, wanted to make clear his position in this regard. “This weekend is probably the most difficult of my career as a race driver. Unfortunately for all my followers, we can not participate in the world RX race at Spa. We were forced to cut the relationship with the team. Do not listen to what others say. The truth is simple. At the moment, we are in negotiations with the team to continue with the participation. Sometimes it’s better to take a step back to be able to jump forward, “Baciuska said with a sad tone.
The engines of the Supercars are already prepared to compete and will do with the Esport 3 cameras live from 14:50 hours next Sunday, with the emission of the semifinals and final.