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RACING TO STAY SHARP ON A WEEKEND OFF

Thursday 8th of October 2020

During the short break between round six of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship at the NESTE World RX of Riga-Latvia and round seven at the Logitech World RX of Pirineus-Barcelona 2030 next week, drivers have been racing in different disciplines to stay sharp at the wheel of race cars and to increase their overall experience. 

Naturally, as rallycross circuits are made of part unsealed, part sealed surfaces, experience in circuit racing and off-road competition can be beneficial to any rallycross driver.

Double World RX Drivers’ Champion and 2020 points leader, Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson, returned to the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia  – a title he has won three times previously – at Mantorp Park last weekend. He spent the weekend battling with World RX Esports star, Great Britain’s Tom Blomqvist. Kristoffersson finished P2 in two of the races, then won race three from pole position, but had to overtake Blomqvist during the race to take his 44th Carrera Cup win. “It was really fun to make a guest appearance with Fragus Motorsport and I had great fights with Tom Blomqvist during the weekend. He made a small mistake in race three, which was too bad because I would have liked to have taken the fight we had all the way to the finish line,” said Kristoffersson who will also race in the final round of the same series this weekend at Ring Knutstorp.

Team Hansen’s Kevin Hansen meanwhile has gone off-road, and is right now driving in the five day, 1354km Andalucia Rally in Southern Spain. Standing in for Blade Hildebrand in the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team, Hansen is racing an OT3 by Overdrive buggy in the side-by-side (SxS) contest, his first experience of using a co-driver. "To have a co-driver is nice because I can share this adventure with someone. It's like learning a new language to understand pace notes with Francois Cazelet, my navigator. I have to learn driving with pace notes and a new car, but it's always exciting to try different things,” said Hansen. After the first 100km stage on Wednesday he was in P7, with 240 competitive kilometres ahead of him on Thursday.

The pair will return to their regular Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 208 Supercars in Barcelona next week.

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