Wednesday 28th of August 2019

The FIA World Rallycross Championship heads to Loheac in France this weekend for round eight of the 2019 season, one of the most anticipated events on the calendar.

Here’s six reasons to look forward to the Loheac weekend.

Massive Crowd

Every year tens of thousands of fans line the Loheac circuit to watch the action unfold on the first weekend of September. Around 80,000 passionate French fans have attended the event in recent years and even though they are knowledgeable about and enthusiastic for all of the drivers in the field, it is of course the home heroes that get the loudest support.

Bakkerud Back on Form

It hasn’t been an easy season so far for Andreas Bakkerud, but in round seven earlier this month the Norwegian lifted himself right back into the fight to become the 2019 World RX Drivers’ Champion with victory in Canada. Driving the same Audi S1 he is racing this season, Bakkerud came oh so close to winning at Loheac in 2018 and if he can make amends for losing out to Johan Kristoffersson last season, he will enter the final two rounds of the season with the championship momentum.

Hansen Needing Big Weekend

Timmy Hansen was the form driver for the first events of the season, but he hasn’t been on the podium since taking his second win of the year at Silverstone and has dropped to third in the points. But, Hansen and the Peugeot 208 have always been a fast combination at Loheac since World RX began and this could be the weekend where be fights back against leader Kevin Hansen and Bakkerud.

Topi is Back

A double World RX event winner, Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen returns for a wildcard appearance in GRX’s third Hyundai i20 Supercar. Heikkinen is no stranger to success in World RX, he finished second to Petter Solberg in the championship in 2014 and the third GRX Hyundai has already been on the podium twice this season with Joni Wiman and Reinis Nitiss.

Furazhkin Makes Rallycross Debut

Russian autocross star Matvey Furazhkin is an unknown quantity ahead of his rallycross debut with ESmotorsport, but he enters the event with good credentials driving four-wheel drive Skodas in European Autocross and the ESmotorsport team has had a tendency to surprise in its first season with its own Skoda Fabia Supercar. Rokas Baciuska was right on the pace in his Supercar debut in Abu Dhabi, then Kevin Abbring also won on his World RX debut in Norway.

Bumper Entry Across Four Classes

Not only are the Supercar grids in both World RX and Euro RX packed with quality regular and wildcard entries for Loheac this weekend, but the Euro RX Super1600 category also has a capacity entry and the RX2 International Series features its biggest entry of the season. Action gets underway on Friday evening, find the full entry lists here.

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