MAGIC WEEKEND IN HOLJES AWAITS WORLD RX CREWS - CatalunyaRX FIA World Rallycross

A record-breaking number of cars will compete at the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy which takes place in Holjes in Sweden this weekend (1-3 July).  A total of 111 cars across five different classes have entered Volkswagen Rallycross of Sweden including 47 Supercars (19 World RX entries; 28 Euro RX entries), 21 TouringCars, 25 Super1600 cars and a further 18 entries in the supporting RX Lites.

Set in the small village of Holjes in the heart of the Varmland region, rallycross is well established in Sweden – it was the first of the Nordic countries to embrace rallycross, and remains the only country to have hosted an event in the European/FIA Championship since it began in 1973.  Current points leader Mattias Ekstrom is the man to beat in Holjes after winning the event both in 2014 and 2015.  If he wins in Sweden this weekend he will become the first driver to win the same World RX round for three consecutive years. Ekstrom commented: “When I look back and remember these events, I still get goose bumps all over my body – the track, the fans, the atmosphere – Holjes really deserves to be called the ‘Magic Weekend’.  We are ready to make it three in a row.”

Crowd pleaser Sebastien Loeb is confident that previous testing at Holjes will stand him in good stead. “This is the first time this year that I have previous knowledge of a circuit,” explained Loeb, who is currently joint third in the drivers’ standings alongside Johan Kristoffersson.  “It’s a complex circuit because there are a number of blind corners and you need to be on the right line all the way round – I saw that for myself when I came testing here.”

Public Timetable

Friday 1 July

1030 Drivers’ draw for Q1 grid

Pre-event press conference (Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen, Anton Marklund and Kevin Eriksson)

1230 Photographers’ briefing

1300 Practice (RX Lites, TouringCar & Super1600)

1530 Q1: TouringCar, Super1600 & RX Lites

1700 Q2: TouringCar & Super1600

1800 Practice: World RX and Euro RX Supercar

 

Saturday 2 July

0700 Welcome Centre open

0800 Photographers’ briefing

0830 RX Practice: World RX & Euro RX Supercar

0930 Warm-up: Super1600, TouringCar & RX Lites

1100 Q2: RX Lites

Q3: TouringCar & Super1600

1230 Lunch break

1245 Autograph signing

1330 Q3: RX Lites

Q1: World RX and Euro RX Supercar

Q4: TouringCar, Super1600 & RX Lites

1745 Monster Energy Rig Riot

1800 Supercar media zone at press room (top three Supercar drivers after Q2)

 

Sunday 3 July

0700 Welcome centre open

0800 Photographers’ briefing

0830 Warm-up, World RX and Euro RX

1000 Q3, World RX and Euro RX

1100 Semi-finals, RX Lites

1130 Q4: World RX and Euro RX

Final: RX Lites

Semi-finals: TouringCar & Super1600

1310 Final: RX Lites

Semi-finals: TouringCar

1310 Monster Energy Rig Riot

1400: Semi-finals: Euro RX Supercar

Final: Super1600 & TouringCar

1445 World RX driver introductions

1500 World RX semi-finals

Euro RX final

World RX final

World RX podium presentation