Fri 18 Aug 2023

Team-mates face off in Euro RX3 duel

For the seventh consecutive season, Euro RX3 honours will go the way of a Volland Racing driver in 2023, but which one is too close to call..

For the seventh consecutive season, Euro RX3 honours will go the way of a Volland Racing driver in 2023, but which one is too close to call, as Damian Litwinowicz and team-mate Espen Isaksætre enter this weekend’s Estering title-decider separated by a mere five points at the summit of the standings.


Last year’s championship runner-up Litwinowicz has led the way throughout the campaign after winning the opening two rounds in Hungary and Portugal, but he then found himself pipped to the top step of the podium in the following two outings in Norway and Sweden, reducing his ten-point margin to just five.


“I expected to be quick in the first two rounds – I enjoy them both, and Montalegre is my favourite track in rallycross,” the Pole revealed. “Equally, I knew Espen would be very quick at the Scandinavian circuits and might have an advantage there.


“We tested here in Germany earlier in the summer, and I’m feeling confident. Of course I want to win, but not at all costs – I want the battle to be fair. Espen and I get on well as team-mates, and neither of us wants to crash into the other. It will be tight, I’m sure, and while five points is not a big lead, perhaps it will prove to be important in the end...”

Isaksætre, for his part, is bidding to overturn that deficit around the challenging Buxtehude-based circuit, where he previously raced in 2018. The Norwegian looked set to pip Litwinowicz to the runner-up spoils on home soil in Hell, only for a mistake on the opening lap of the final to drop him down to third – but he responded in comprehensive fashion by racing to his breakthrough victory in the class at Höljes three weeks later.


“I’m feeling good,” the 29-year-old asserted. “The Estering is a proper rallycross track, and I like it a lot, with its mixture of fast sections and slow corners. Our test here went very well, but it’s a difficult circuit and it’s vital to be competitive in every session.


“Damian is really quick, so we will certainly have to fight for it. I don’t want to think about the points – I simply need to push as hard as possible. We all know that in rallycross, anything can happen, but we just need to focus on ourselves and then let’s see where we are on Sunday afternoon...”

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