VOLLAND RACING TO RUN FIVE AUDI A1S IN SUPER1600
Sunday 10th of March 2019
Volland Racing will run five Audi A1s in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 in 2019.
The German team introduced the new car at Hell in Norway last year and claimed the Championship with Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska, it’s third category title in a row. After sweeping the top four positions in the Super1600 points in 2018, over the winter Volland Racing has built a further three Audis to expand its effort this season.
2018 Super1600 runner-up, Russia’s Aydar Nuriev remains with the team and will switch from a Skoda Fabia he drove last year to the new car. After a number of years driving with the SET Promotion team, Russia’s Timur Shigabutdinov will also climb into an A1 for 2019. Also from Russia, new driver Yuri Belevskiy has only limited experience of motorsport. He has driven so far in karting and some national rallycross races but for 2019 will take part in his first full season, in what is expected to be a learning year for the young driver. Countryman Artur Egorov will build on his first Super1600 Euro RX season last year by moving to the Volland team.
Hungary’s Gergely Marton enters a third year with the Volland team after being fourth in the points last season and is expected to be one of the front-runners this year when the full Euro RX entry list is revealed later this week.
“Our Skoda Fabia’s have been very fast for the last few years, but we’ve been using them for a long time. Everything around us has been improving, and we had to do the same. To stand still means to go backwards and as there was high interest in the Skodas we thought it was a good time to close that book and move completely to the Audi. Having one type of car also makes things easier to handle, and all of my current drivers wanted to drive the Audi, so it was clear what we needed to do,” explained Volland Racing Team Principal Rolf Volland. “We were very pleased with the Audi A1 last year. In the first race we were fastest in Free Practice and were very fast for the whole race. In Riga we dominated and in the end we won the Championship. We have worked on the car after our first attempt and have been able to find areas to improve a bit. We’ve already done the first roll out, but it’s hard to say what we can do this year, we will see what happens during the season.”
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The Super1600 Champions of the last three years, Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo and Baciuska will race full time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship this season. “This is great, I’m really happy for both of them,” said Volland. “If somebody races in Volland Racing, this means more than just driving. We work a lot with the drivers and they become friends, so what could be better than them making the step to the top level.”