Following the resounding success of the inaugural World RX Esports Invitational series race at Catalunya RX two weeks ago, the grid will be complimented by a host of stellar names, topped by Portuguese hero Antonio Felix da Costa, a DTM and Formula E race winner. Da Costa will make his rallycross debut in a Peugeot 208 WRX in the DiRT 2.0 Montalegre showdown, run in partnership between the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Codemasters and Motorsport Games which provides the esports management and produces the broadcast for the World RX Esports Invitational series across various distribution channels.
Former Ferrari F1 racer Mika Salo joins the field in Montalegre where New Zealand’s Shane Van Gisbergen, of Australian Supercars fame, will also enter the rallycross arena for the first time, and Motocross and FMX freestyle X Games star Blake "Bilko" Williams takes the wheel of Liam Doran’s 2018 Monster Energy RX Cartel Audi S1.
One of the rising stars of World RX in 2019, Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska, will drive the GC Kompetition Renault Megane he raced to quickest times in two World RX rounds last year. Another 2019 World RX newcomer, Russia’s Matvey Furahzkin, will also join the Esports world, along with former World RX race winner, Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss, and former RX2 International Series driver and ARX2 champion, America’s Conner Martell.
Leading the charge of the drivers that competed at the Catalunya edition of the RX Esports Invitational will be the winner, Sweden’s Mattias Adielsson, along with DiRT 2.0 Rallycross World Champion, France’s Killian Dall’olmo, who took the runner-up position, and Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja, who was third.
2019 FIA World Rallycross Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen will return after a strong performance in Catalunya, together with brother and Team Hansen World RX team mate Kevin Hansen. Germany’s Timo Scheider will again challenge in the ALL-INKL.COM
Muennich Motorsport Seat Ibiza, and Great Britain’s Oliver Bennett is looking for better luck second time out with the Xite Energy BMW Mini Cooper.
France’s Quentin Dall’olmo took the TQ (top qualifier) position in Catalunya but the Esports star missed a place in the final. He is back for more, together with Norway’s Henrik Krogstad, Denmark’s Nicki Thiim and Great Britain’s Jon Armstrong. YouTube star Failrace is also back and like all of the drivers on the grid, has eyes on qualifying directly for the semi-finals.
The World RX Esports series is being held on the dates of selected rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy that have been postponed due to health concerns and government regulations relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The Montalegre edition will be streamed live from 14:00 BST (15:00 CET) on Sunday, May 3 on World RX YouTube
and on Motorsport.tv