Wednesday 1st of August 2018

The first flyaway event of the season at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada has been part of the FIA World Rallycross Championship since 2014.

The action will be plentiful on and off track in round seven this weekend. Here’s why we’re excited about Canada RX!

Long haul

It’s been a long break since Holjes RX last month, but it’s been an almost non-stop journey for the World RX and RX2 International Series cars, which were re-prepared immediately after the Swedish round and headed for the docks, where the cars and equipment were loaded into containers and have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to Montreal. The Canadian fans love rallycross and they’ll be ready to cheer their heroes, once the cars have been unloaded from their containers this weekend.

High speeds, narrow streets

Trois-Rivieres is like the Monaco of rallycross. Well, almost, if Monaco had jumps, gravel and the longest straight of the season! Where it is similar to Monaco is with the narrow street-circuit sections and corners lined with concrete walls. With little run-off, drivers can’t afford to put a foot, or wheel, wrong.

Downtown extravaganza

GP3R is a historic motorsport festival, which World RX is now well and truly part of. Between the rallycross event this weekend and the street circuit race a week later, the town is taken over by motorsport teams and fans. On Friday evening the World RX drivers head to the water front with their cars to meet their fans in person, while the bars and restaurants are always buzzing with atmosphere.

The fightback starts now

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson may have a solid lead in the World RX Drivers’ Championship, but EKS Audi Sport and Team Peugeot Total have both run a number of intense test sessions since Holjes and are working hard to close the gap to the Championship leader with their Peugeot 208 WRX and Audi S1 RX quattro. Could we see a third different winner of the season this weekend?

ARX is back, with home heroes

Americas Rallycross re-joins World RX for the first time since the Speedmachine Festival at Silverstone. Former World RX driver Jacques Villeneuve will race a Subaru WRX STI for Subaru Rally Team USA and fellow Canadian Steve Arpin will  race one of the Ford Focus RS RX Supercars that Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block raced in World RX in 2016 and 2017. Block is also back in the Focus after he finished second in ARX round two at the Circuit of The Americas. ARX2 will run a double-header event at GP3R, making for a packed weekend of rallycross action.

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