LOHEAC ENTRIES REVEALED
The official entry list for the eighth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Loheac in France (3-4 September) has been released by the FIA, where 12 French drivers will form part of the bumper 38 car World RX field.
Sebastien Loeb will race at his home event for the second time, driving his Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 208, following his debut in 2013. Loeb won’t be the only French driver competing in the seven permanent teams as Yann Le Jossec will deputise for Sweden’s Kevin Eriksson in the Olsbergs MSE squad; Eriksson instead racing at a RallyX Nordic event in Sweden as he bids to secure his national title for the second year in a row.
As part of the host of French drivers that will contest the event, Davy Jeanney will partner Kevin Hansen in the Peugeot-Hansen Academy team and Guerlain Chicherit will return to World RX in a JRM Racing Mini RX. Female Adeline Sangnier will make her World RX debut at the wheel of a privately run Peugeot 207.
Jean-Baptiste Dubourg scored an incredible podium finish at his home round of World RX last year at the wheel of a Citroen C4. The Andros Trophy champion will be hoping for a repeat performance at the wheel of DA Racing’s new-for-2016 Citroen DS3. A number of French Rallycross Championship regulars will join the line-up, including Patrick Guillerme, Pascal Le Nouvel, Fabien Chanoine and veteran racer “Knapick”. Multiple Andros Trophy champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut will join Knapick in a sister Citroen DS3.
Philippe Maloigne completes the list of French drivers, driving for Albatec Racing alongside the team’s FIA European Rallycross Championship competitors Tommy Rustad and Andy Scott. Fellow Euro RX campaigners Fredrick Salsten, Michael de Keersmaecker, Ollie O’Donovan, Derek Tohill, Tamas Karai and Max Pucher will also compete. Lithuanian Nerijus Naujokaitis will make his World RX debut in a brand new Skoda Fabia Supercar, while former Euro RX competitor and WRC3 front-runner Ole Christian Veiby will return to a Volkswagen Polo Supercar for the event.
On the bill alongside the World RX Supercars will be the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600, which features a 34-car entry. Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann and Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo are separated by a single point at the head of the order, while 2015 front-runner Andrea Dubourg – who finished second at Loheac last season – returns to action at wheel of a Tedak Racing Renault Clio.
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