2020 drivers and teams: the WorldRX is starting to define
In approximately two months, a new edition of the FIA World Rallycross Championship starts at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit and the driver’s grid is still taking shape. Two weeks are left to know the official composition, but the first rumors are out.
Hansen, the 2019 champion, and Bakkerud, who tied last year at points in the WorldRX, have confirmed their participation in the seventh edition of the FIA World Rallycross Championship via social media. However, it is still unknown whether the two drivers will continue with the Team Hansen MJP and the Monster RX Cartel, their 2019 teams.
GC Kompetition has been training in Portugal with last season driver’s, Anton Marklund and Rokas Baciuska, driving the Renault Megane RS RX.
Clio RS RX or Megane RS RX?
Apart from that, the team has also been testing the Renault Clio RS RX, driven by the young driver Kevin Abbring, who joins the team to race in the Euro RX category, and Guerlain Chicherit. Seeing the Frenchman driving the Clio RS RX again after two years with the Megane RS RX has driven all the fans’ attention, who are already speculating on the return to the Renault Clio RS RX for the 2020 season.
Cyril Raymond announced that he will not continue with GCK this year, because he’s working on new projects, which, according to his partner at the GCK Academy Guillaume De Ridder, are “very exciting”. It remains to be seen what Raymond’s plans are for this season.
After a double podium finish in the last 2019 World RX race in South Africa, the GRX Taneco Hyundai i20 looks like it will run again this year. Fans are already waiting for news from Finland, on whether the drivers are being maintained and if they will repeat the car that so many results gave at the World RX of South Africa.
STARD’s driver Janis Baumanis was spotted training after the 2019 World RX in South Africa with ESmotorsport, generating rumors about whether the Lithuanian would leave the team or not. STARD has not yet announced what drivers will race in 2020, and it remains to be seen whether Baumanis will continue with the team or not.
Posible incoporations and returns
2019 FIA European Rallycross champion Robin Larsson wants to aim higher and compete in the WorldRX. The JC RaceTeknik (with which he ran in 2019) and EKS teams have many similarities, which could cause Larsson to finish running with the EKS Audi S1s this season. Until this year, the Hungarian Kristian Szabo was driving this supercar, but the former Super1600 champion has not yet announced anything about what he will do this season.
There are also rumors that the two-time World RX Champion Johan Kristoffersson will be running the full Rallycross season again in 2020. After an stunning driving in last year’s Sweden race with Olsbergs MSE, fans speculate that he may return to the circuit with this team this season.
For the moment, all of this are rumours, but we will have to pay close attention in the coming weeks, when all the official announcements of the teams will be made. It will be then the time to know how the grid looks for the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2020.