Monday 2nd of March 2020

Volland Racing will field a five car Audi A1 line up in the FIA European Rallycrosss Championship for Super1600 for the second season in a row this year. 

The German team introduced the new A1 half way through the 2018 season, on it’s way to winning the title with FIA World Rallycross Championship driver Rokas Baciuska. It then locked out the top four positions in the Super1600 points last year and took the title with Aydar Nuriev.

Russia’s Artur Egorov and Timur Shigaboutdinov, Switzerland’s Yury Belevskiy and Hungary’s Gergely Marton will remain with the Volland team for the six-round Super1600 Championship in 2020, and will be joined by Russia’s Marat Knyazev, who switches from the AG Team that he drove for last year.

The Volland drivers have spent time in Finland recently perfecting their skills ahead of the season. “Our pre-season preparation has been very good. We spent some time in Finland doing some testing on ice. It’s good for the guys because they get to compare themselves against other drivers – rally drivers, circuit drivers, World RX drivers and they get to learn new skills,” said Team Principal Rolf Volland.

“We put them through different programmes and tested different driving styles depending on the conditions. It’s a big part of their learning and development and it ensures that they are well prepared for the new season.

"We will have some more testing before the season starts but I am happy where we are. One of the reasons for our success in recent years is the programme we put in place to have the guys ready for the new season. They are not under so much pressure when they test, we are not in race conditions, we do a lot of data logging so we can try out new things.

"Of course, my ambition along with my drivers in 2020 is to win the title. But we all know one small mistake can be costly, so we will be super focussed. We expect some strong competition this year too.”

The Volland team won five of the six Super1600 rounds last year and Volland is expecting the high-speed circuits, such as Barcelona and Riga, to suit the Audis this season, venues where Nuriev and Shigabutdinov both won respectively last year.

“We have done a little bit of development work and we expect to be good at what I’ll call the high-speed circuits like Barcelona and Riga. Holjes in Sweden is somewhere where we need to improve, and of course we are really looking forward to going to Russia.”

The Euro RX Super1600 season will join World RX events in Barcelona-Catalunya, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, France and Latvia.


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