Tue 11 Jun 2024

Belevskiy predicts ‘some surprise results and performances’ in 2024

Ahead of his first full season of FIA European Rallycross Championship competition since winning the Euro RX3 title in 2021, Yury Belevskiy is expecting to see ‘some surprise results and performances’ in Euro RX1 this year.

Belevskiy might be regarded as one of the leading protagonists in his quest to clinch a second European crown with Volland Racing in 2024, but the Swiss star is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as the forthcoming campaign approaches apace, suggesting that it may be more than just the ‘usual suspects’ in with a shout.

“With the changes to the regulations, there are a lot of new elements to take into account,” he mused in an interview with French website Pure Rallycross, picking out the likes of Patrick O’Donovan and Sivert Svardal as key rivals before adding: “Who knows, perhaps the new tyres and sporting format will bring some drivers to the front that we aren’t  accustomed to seeing up there... I’m sure we will see some surprise results and performances from people we wouldn’t normally expect.

“Let’s see how everything plays out. When new rules are introduced, it’s generally those who can adapt the quickest who reap the rewards. The good news is that everybody is in the same boat, and I’m not planning to change much in my approach. We’re not taking part in this championship merely to make up the numbers – the goal is 100 per cent to win another European title.”

Belevskiy has similarly made no secret of the fact that he debated a return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship this season, having stunned on his debut at the highest level at Germany’s Nürburgring at the end of 2021, when he finished runner-up to multiple world champion Johan Kristoffersson. While he has elected for an assault on European honours for now, his World RX ambitions clearly still burn bright.

“We’ll keep a close eye on how the ‘Battle of Technologies’ develops this year,” the 29-year-old revealed. “If we see that the combustion cars can be competitive against the electric cars, maybe we will consider stepping up in 2025.”

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM