Saturday 18th of April 2020

There are some tantalising match-ups in the grids for the first round of qualifying for the World RX Esports Invitational - the Catalunya Edition. 

The event, to be staged tomorrow, Sunday, April 19, will be run on DiRT Rally 2.0 in partnership with Codemasters and Motorsport Games. The racing takes place on Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the scheduled opening round of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship which has been postponement due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The entry list features World RX regulars, WRC and GT stars, Youtubers and professional gamers. 

Race 1 features double World RX world champion, Johan Kristofferson, former DTM champion, Germany’s Timo Scheider, the Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja, the third fastest qualifier from the Esport racing ranks and Swedish rally regular Mattias Adielsson. Britain's Oliver Bennett in the Xite Racing Mini starts on pole. 

Euro Super1600 competitor Marius Bermingrud, from Norway, is on pole for Race 2 and will face the Ford Fiesta of RX2 International Series double champion Oliver Eriksson and Yellow Squad's Henrik Krogstad in a Renault Megane. The flamboyant Danish sportscar ace Nicki Thiim (Audi S1) and France's Killian Dall’olmo, the DiRT Rally 2.0 rallycross world series champion, complete the line-up. 

Team Hansen's Kevin Hansen has his Peugeot 208 Supercar starting from pole in Race 3 alongside the runner-up in the 2019 world championship Andreas Bakkerud in the Monster RX Cartel Audi S1 together with former Esports world champion and current rally driver, Jon Armstrong, and Americas Rallycross star Cabot Bigham. Quentin Dall'olmo, who was quickest in the pre-qualifying event, will fly the flag for the Esports contingent.

The 2019 world champion Timmy Hansen lines up in Race 4 beside poleman Kevin Abbring, the Dutch World RX racer and sim specialist in a Renault Clio and Spanish rally ace Cohete Suarez (Renault Megane). They can expect tough opposition from Youtuber and ubiquitous Esports racer Jimmy Broadbent (Ford Fiesta) and fellow YouTube sensation, FailRace in an Audi S1.

The event will be run along similar lines to a real World RX round with four qualifiers, semi-finals and final. The top 10 drivers at the Intermediate Classification will progress to the semi-finals. All the action, called by the World RX regular commentary pairing of Andrew Coley and Neil Cole, will be streamed live from 14:00 BST on Sunday April 19 on World RX YouTubeFacebook and on

World RX Esports Invitational - Catalunya Edition

EVENT SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 19

14:00: Live show starts

14:05: Qualifiers Round 1

14:25: Qualifiers Round 2

14:45: Qualifiers Round 3

15:05: Qualifiers Round 4

15:25: Semi Finals

15:35: Final

15:45: Interviews

16:00: Show Ends

All times in BST (UTC+1)

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