HOCKENHEIM RX: OFFICIAL EVENT PREVIEW
The Cooper Tires World RX of Hockenheim will take place at the Hockenheimring in west Germany this weekend (5-7 May) as World RX joins the highly-acclaimed German Touring Car Masters [DTM] for the third year in a row. The World RX entry list features 22 drivers, including the 18 permanent entrants made up of six two-car teams battling for the teams’ championship and six further individual entries.
Reigning World RX Champion and current championship leader Mattias Ekstrom will once again race in both the DTM and World RX on the same weekend as he did in 2016, where he secured victory in the World RX final ahead of EKS team-mate Toomas Heikkinen. After the World RX podium ceremony on Sunday, Ekstrom has just 20 minutes before qualifying for the second DTM race starts.
“The weekend last year was an incredible experience,” explained Ekstrom, who is 14 points ahead of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden driver Johan Kristoffersson. “Thinking about the full grandstands and atmosphere still gives me goose bumps but the competition is even fiercer this year and victory means having to give your all, plus a perfect team performance. Now we have done two out of 12 races, round three in Hockenheim is like my second home race – it will be a tough battle against the clock in more ways than one.”
Joining the permeant competitors at Hockenheim will be former World RX of Argentina winner Robin Larsson. He will compete in his Audi A1 Supercar – the same car that he uses to compete in this year’s FIA European Rallycross Championship. Germany’s Rene Muennich and Poland’s Martin Kaczmarski will also add to their Euro RX programmes by competing in Hockenheim, racing their Seat Ibiza and Ford Fiesta Supercars respectively.
France’s Guerlain Chicherit, who is using the 2017 season to prepare for a full-time assault on the FIA World Rallycross Championship with a brand new Renault Megane Supercar next season. Chicherit – who won the opening round of the French Rallycross Championship last weekend – will drive a Renault Clio Supercar at the Hockenheimring.
Find the full World RX Supercar entry list here.
Full 2017 TV listings can be found here
Monster Energy Super Charge Award
For the past three seasons, World RX drivers have been vying for the infamous Monster Energy Super Charge Award based on securing the race lead into turn one of the final. For 2017, however, the World Championship’s presenting sponsor is turning up the tension again by making the award all about reaction time – to win this year’s coveted award, it’ll be a case of fastest reaction to the lights.
From a Cooper Tires point of view
Paul Coates, General Manager – Motorsport, Cooper Tire Europe, commented: “This event showcases a fast-paced, action packed series of races with top class teams and drivers to a new audience of motorsport fans, and the Cooper rallycross tyre is at the heart of the action. Over the last two years we have seen plenty of action at the Hockenheimring. The circuit’s complex dirt sections mean an increased chance of contact and at high speeds this can easily result in an impact and a broken rim.”
World RX Media Office
Copyright free pictures and key media information can be downloaded via the World RX media office: www.fiaworldrallycross.com/media
The official Fantasy RX website is now live for the 2017 season. Make sure you register via http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/fantasyrx
Thursday 4 May
1400 Pre-event press conference: Topi Heikkinen, Janis Baumanis, Kevin Hansen and Timo Scheider
Friday 5 May
1030-1130: Free practice
1500: Q1, World RX Supercar
1605: Q2, World RX Supercar
Saturday 6 May
1415: Autograph singing, paddock
1730: Q3, World RX Supercar
1830: Q4, World RX Supercar
Sunday 7 May
1045: World RX semi-finals in pre-grid
1110: World RX semi-finals
World RX Final
1210: Top three press conference
1300: Monster Energy Rig Riot
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