Saturday 17th of August 2019

Round four of the FIA European Rallycross Championship kicks off today at Estering in Germany, for both Euro RX Supercar and Super1600.

With three rounds for Euro RX in the next five weeks, at the halfway stage of the year here’s a look at some of the season’s moments so far:

Larsson’s Norway Joker

Sweden’s Robin Larsson has won all three Euro RX Supercar rounds so far this season, but it was in Norway where he again and again showed his class by sending it sideways into the joker on every single lap, and hitting the apex every single time too.

Tidemand’s Beetle Effort

Eklund Motorsport’s Volkswagen Beetle has been raced by a number of different drivers in recent years, but Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand has really showed what both he and the car can do this season by being a podium challenger at every round, in between his rally commitments.

Hvaal’s Emotional Return in Norway

Two time Euro RX Supercar round winner Alexander Hvaal returned to the sport for his home race in Norway, his first event in two years and won his first qualifying race in emotional fashion, following the birth of his first child last year, and the passing of his father. 

Bryntesson’s Holjes Engine Issues 

Driving a Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo this season, Thomas Bryntesson has been a constant threat to Championship leader Robin Larsson, but his hopes of challenging for the title took a hit when his team was forced to change the engine in the car between Q4 and the semi-finals at Holjes and just ran out of time, meaning Bryntesson missed the start.

French Car Clash at Holjes

The Holjes first corner always provides plenty of action. This year, in semi-final two, France’s Andrea Dubourg was forced over the gravel trap at turn one, but he kept his right foot planted, returned to the circuit in the path of Sweden’s Lukas Walfridsson. Dubourg’s Peugeot 208 was hit by Walfridsson’s Renault Clio. Walfridsson retired, Dubourg finished the race by was then disqualified for the incident.

Dubourg’s Norwegian Launch 

Dubourg’s brother, Jean-Baptiste, used all of his Trophee Andros Ice Racing experience to launch from the second row of the grid and take the hole shot in the wet conditions of the final in Hell, before taking a lap one joker. In the wet conditions it he climbed back through the field and when leader Robin Larsson took his joker on lap six, the Swede just slotted out in front of Dubourg, the French driver finishing second.

Nuriev’s Audi Form

Continuing from winning the final round of Euro RX at Estering in 2018, Russia’s Aydar Nuriev took maximum points with a dominant display in Volland Racing’s Audi A1 at Catalunya RX, then held off Egor Sanin for the win at Spa. He finished second at Holjes and holds a strong championship position.

Bermingrud’s Holjes Fight Back

When Norway’s Marius Bermingrud ran into problems in Q4 at the World RX of Sweden, in Super1600, it looked like it would be difficult for the young driver to even make the podium. But, he battled his way to victory in the semi-finals, then took the lead of the final and won his first ever Euro RX event to end Nuriev’s winning run.

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