Saturday 27th of June 2020

Twelve different nationalities will take part in the third round of the World RX Esports series, at Holjes-Sweden on Sunday (28 June).

16 drivers in the Pro category will be joined by 10 entrants in the Sim class to make up the 26 driver field at the famous circuit, which like all World RX Esports events, is held on DiRT Rally 2.0™, run in partnership with Esports specialist Motorsport Games, and DiRT video game publisher Codemasters.

At the halfway stage of the four-round series, the fight for the Esports title is wide open, especially as round one winner Shane van Gisbergen, from New Zealand, will skip the event due to clashing commitments. While Van Gisbergen has messaged to say he’ll be watching the action online, it will be all to play for on track

New Zealand will still be represented by FIA World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon, making his second virtual rallycross start. GT racing star Tom Blomqvist, from Great Britain, won round two of the Esports series at Hell-Norway last week and is in the title fight, together with FIA World Rallycross Championship Drivers’ Champion Timmy Hansen, who has been on the podium in both rounds so far.

Hansen will once again be joined by Team Hansen team mate and brother Kevin Hansen in representing World RX, along with Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska who drives for the GC Kompetition and will race a Renault Megane. Russia’s Matvey, a driver for ESmotorsport in World RX last year, will race a Peugeot 208 like the Hansen brothers.

Joining the Esports grid for the first time will be FIA European Rallycross Championship drivers Fabien and Jonathan Pailler from France in a pair of Peugeot 208s. Italian WRC2 driver and former European Rally Championship Ladies Champion Tamara Molinaro will compete for the second race in a row in an Audi S1, the same car as used by Monster Energy Drift star Tessa Whittock.

Great Britain’s Max Coates, a British Touring Car Championship and Mini Challenge driver was the final new driver to be announced for the Hell-Norway event last week but had connection problems and couldn’t take part. He will be on the grid in Holjes. FailRace (Great Britain), RX2 International Series drivers Henrik Krogstad (Norway) and Martin Enlund (Sweden), Euro RX Super1600 driver Marius Bermingrud (Norway) and former Euro RX TouringCar driver Sivert Svardal (Norway) will also take to the start line.

The Sim category, home to 10 top Esports racers, will feature semi-finals and final in the live broadcast. France’s Quentin Dall’olmo leads the standings, one place ahead of round two winner, Killian Dall’olmo, the DiRT 2.0 Rallycross World Champion. For Dall’olmo’s SET Esports team mate Klara Andersson, from Sweden, it will be a busy weekend as she will race in a real-world Swedish rallycross event at Holjes and in the World RX Esports round on Sunday. Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja will be a victory contender, along with Netherlands’ Nigel Croese, Australia’s Jarod Pesch and Britain’s John Harris. Finland’s Tommi Hallman will make his second start, together with Daniel Johansson and Johan Lundqvist, from Sweden.

The event will be comprised of 22 races and form a two-and-a-half hour show starting at 1330 UK / 1430 CET on 28 June and available on World RX Facebook and YouTube, as well as on, BT Sport and EDGEsport.  

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