WORLD RX STARS COMPLETE THIRD OFFICIAL TEST IN RIGA
Friday 20th of July 2018
The third and final official FIA World Rallycross Championship of the season test took place earlier this week at the Bikernieki Circuit in Latvia’s capital city, Riga, which will welcome the ninth round of World RX in September (14 – 16).
The non-compulsory three-day test was attended by competitors from World RX, the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, RX2 International Series and FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600.
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
World RX Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship leaders PSRX Volkswagen Sweden used its Volkswagen Polo R test Supercar for two days in Latvia, dressed in a stealth black livery, with just the front wings giving a nod to the World Champion’s race livery.Norway’s Petter Solberg drove on Monday, with the afternoon session hit by a heavy downfall, before reigning World RX Champion Johan Kristoffersson took over running on Tuesday.
Team Peugeot Total
Driving duties in Team Peugeot Total’s new specification Peugeot 208 WRX were shared between France’s Sebastien Loeb and Sweden’s Timmy Hansen. Both drivers did one and a half days of driving, swapping on Tuesday lunchtime. Hansen ran to the very end of the test on Wednesday and Peugeot completed a significant number of laps.
EKS Audi Sport
Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud drove the Audi-backed team’s 2018 test car on Monday, Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom took the wheel on Tuesday and Switzerland’s Nico Muller – who made his World RX debut in Loheac and Riga in 2017 – drove the car on Wednesday.The team also ran an older test car, which was driven by Ekstrom and Bakkerud, but the most running was done by two time FIA European Rallycross Champion for Super1600, Krisztian Szabo on Monday and Tuesday. Could we be about to see Szabo make a race appearance with the EKS team?
Euro RX Supercar team Helmia Motorsport made the trip from Sweden for the test, but Lukas Walfridson was unable to drive due to illness. The Renault Clio was driven by OlsbergsMSE’s World RX driver Kevin Eriksson on Monday before RallyX Nordic driver Oliver Solberg drove on Tuesday, but the test ended after only a few laps on Tuesday morning due to a technical problem.
Reining FIA European Rallycross Champion Anton Marklund drove his team’s 2018 Volkswagen Polo Supercar on Tuesday and Wednesday in Riga as the Swedish driver hopes to fight back in the Euro RX points at Loheac and Riga in September after a difficult Euro RX round three in Holjes earlier this month.
Sports Racing Technology
Latvian team Sports Racing Technology (SRT) drove in all three days of the test, mainly with 2018 RX2 International Series driver Vasily Gryazin, but also on Wednesday morning with some prospective new drivers for 2019.
FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 team Volland Racing also drove in all three days of the test. Gergely Marton and Aydar Nuriev drove their Skoda Fabias earlier in the week before on Wednesday Championship leader Artis Baumanis and team mate Rokas Baciuska drove the team’s brand-new Audi A1 front-wheel drive cars.The team also had a pair of guest drivers for a few laps in the afternoon, EKS Audi Sport’s Mattias Ekstrom and Andreas Bakkerud sampling the cars. Bakkerud won the Super1600 Euro RX Championship in 2011 and 2012, but for Ekstrom it was his first time driving a front-wheel drive rallycross car.Another Euro RX Super1600 competitor, Pavel Vimmer, made the trip from the Czech Republic and completed a lot of running with his Skoda Fabia.Share this story on facebook Share this story on Twitter