WINNERS AND LOSERS: GERMANY RX
Wednesday 21st of August 2019
The FIA European Rallycross Championship visited the Estering circuit in Germany for round four, the first standalone Euro RX round since 2019, with the Supercar final won by Thomas Bryntesson and the Super1600 class claimed by Yuri Belevskiy.
TBRX is one of the smallest teams in the Euro RX paddock, running a 2017 Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo, but Bryntesson is known as one of the best in the sport and when things have been going well, he has challenged Robin Larsson this season. He put memories of a blown engine at Holjes RX behind him in the final at Estering to score his second Euro RX win.
The owner of ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport, Rene Muennich has been a big supporter of rallycross and the Estering for a number of years. A driver who often doesn’t get the credit he deserves, Muennich’s podium at Estering RX was a popular one.
Plugging away at developing his Ford Fiesta Supercar, Lithuania’s Paulius Pleskovas qualified for the final in round three of Euro RX at Holjes, but proved his pace was not a fluke by being inside the semi-final positions all weekend in Germany, with a best time of P6 in Q4.
In his first rallycross season, Yuri Belevskiy is one of five Audi A1 drivers for Volland Racing this year, but even though he is the least experienced, he looked like the smoothest operator in the wet conditions at Estering on Sunday and took his first win.
Russia’s Marat Knyazev has shown flashes of strong pace in 2019 with the Skoda Fabia, but fast starts put him right at the front at Estering RX and he was P1 overall in Q4. He qualified for the final for the first time this year and looked set for a podium until he was pushed wide at the first corner.
Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand had a difficult weekend at Estering with the Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle. He had a startline stall, and was pushed into a spin on more than two occasions. Even with the issues, Tidemand still made the final and finished P4, but was left wondering what might have been after he had finished P2 at Holjes in July.
Portugal’s only Euro RX driver, Mario Barbosa, had his hopes of even completing a qualifying race at Estering RX ended in Free Practice, when a camshaft broke in his Citroen DS3’s engine. His team tried to fix the problem in time for Sunday’s action but it just wasn’t meant to be for the former Super1600 driver.
Norway’s Sondre Evjen was on form at Estering RX, with P2 in Q2 and P4 in Q3. But, his hopes of making it to the final for the second time in 2019 were ended by technical problems after contact in the semi-finals.
Russia’s Egor Sanin made it into the final and had hopes of repeating his podium from Spa RX in the Super1600 class, but he was given a penalty for pushing in the semi and it was Arthur Egorov who made it into the final instead.
Great Britain’s Jack Thorne was pushed off at turn one of Q1 and broke the suspension on his Renault Twingo. He made it onto the grid for Q2 but in the mixed track conditions could only manage P20 time. He was P4 in Q3 and P11 in Q4 but wasn’t able to make the semi-finals.
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