Friday 31st of August 2018

The FIA World Rallycross Championship returns to Europe this weekend for round eight at Loheac in France.

One of the highlights on the 12-round calendar for many, here’s why we’re excited about Loheac RX.

Massive crowds

On the first weekend in September each year, the small village of Loheac turns into a city, in terms of population at least. The banks all the way round the circuit are packed with enthusiastic supporters for the entire weekend. The same fans camp out around the circuit, then enjoy watching the teams work away in the evening in at paddock.

Unique challenge

Each of the 12 circuits in World RX poses a different challenge, but Loheac is definitely one of the most unique. The hard surface of the unsealed sections means that if it’s dry, a clean line develops and the times tumble. Tyre wear becomes a factor for the soft Cooper Tires deigned to spend half a lap on loose surface, making the Loheac event one of the more difficult to manage for the teams. But, should it rain as it has in recent years, the high grip surface quickly turns into low grip and drivers face a whole new challenge.

Capacity entry

Each of the FIA categories: World RX, Euro RX Supercar and Euro RX Super1600 are at entry capacity for this weekend’s Loheac round. In World RX, 10 drivers join the permanent entries, including a pair of two-time World RX race winners Davy Jeanney, racing for Pailler Competition, and Topi Heikkinen, driving for MJP Racing Team Austria. There’s also Topi’s MJP team mate Andrew Jordan and 2015 FIA European Rallycross Champion Tommy Rustad, to name just five. Find the full entry list here.

Loeb town

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb got his first taste of FIA rallycross at Loheac in 2013 and is now one of the permanent drivers in World RX with Peugeot. Loeb scored his first win at Latvia RX in 2016 and won again at Mettet RX this year, but what the French fans really want is for their hero to win at home. Loeb led overnight last season but it was Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson who took the victory at Loheac. Could it be Loeb’s turn this weekend?

GCK’s new look

It’s been all change in the GC Kompetition team since round seven of World RX in Canada. Jerome Grosset-Janin, who finished on the podium at Holjes, in no longer driving for the team and has been replaced for Loheac by Britain’s Liam Doran. Team owner Guerlain Chicherit and Doran tested the Renault Megane RS RX in France this week and there is interest to see what ‘the British bomb’ can do in the car this weekend.

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