RAYMOND WINS RX2; SZABO WINS S1600
The RX2 International Series and the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Super1600 supported the FIA World Rallycross Championship and Euro RX Supercar at Loheac in France last weekend, where reigning Champions Cyril Raymond and Krisztian Szabo both won.
By dominating his home round of RX2 at Loheac, France’s Raymond secured the single-make category championship title with one round remaining, in South Africa in November. Raymond was quickest in each of the four qualifying sessions in wet and dry conditions, won semi-final one and the final from pole position to be assured of the crown. Raymond’s closest rival for the title, the only other driver to win an RX2 event so far this year, Dan Rooke, didn’t qualify for the final.
Belgium’s Guillaume De Ridder and Russia’s Vasily Gryazin were second and third in the Intermediate Classification and achieved the same positions in the final, De Ridder scoring his third podium in a row and Gryazin going one place better than he had at the previous round in Canada. Set Promotion driver Simon-Wago Syversen finished fourth and Anders Michalak was fifth. For Gryazin, Syversen and Michalak, France was their most successful event of the year so far. Norway’s Thomas Holmen retired from the final on lap five.
Watch the RX2 final from Loheac here.
In the front-wheel drive Euro RX Super1600 class, Hungary’s Krisztian Szabo scored his first win of the 2017 season and moved into the joint lead of the Championship with Latvia’s Artis Baumanis, who finished fifth in the final. Like Raymond, Szabo dominated the Loheac RX event. He was fastest in each of the four qualifying sessions before winning his semi-final and final to take maximum points. France’s Maximilien Eveno won semi-final two and also started on the front row of the final before finishing second in his home event.
There was controversy over the final podium position – debutant Rokas Baciuska initially finished on the podium in his Volland Racing Skoda Fabia, but was later penalised for an overtaking move on Denmark’s Ulrik Linnemann and dropped to sixth. Linnemann moved up to third after the penalty was applied, with Hungary’s Gergely Marton fourth and Baumanis was fifth.
Super1600 returns to action as part of the 10th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Riga in Latvia next week.
Find full Loheac RX results here.
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