Fri 05 Jul 2024

Ferratum World RX of Sweden: Top Five Reasons to Tune In

The 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign gets underway at Höljes in Sweden this weekend (6-7 July), as the series’ exciting new ‘Battle of Technologies’ races into life. If you can’t be on-site, below are five reasons why you need to make sure you tune in on Rally.TV...

The ‘Battle of Technologies’ begins


There has been much talk pre-season regarding the forthcoming duel between drivers in electric RX1e cars and those in sustainably-fuelled RX1 combustion cars –  and which technology will come out on top. This weekend, it’s time for the talking to stop, as battle finally begins around one of rallycross’ most iconic circuits.


Can Kristoffersson do it again?


To rallycross fans, Johan Kristoffersson needs no introduction. The super Swede has been crowned world champion in the dual-surface discipline in six of the past seven seasons. The only time he did not win during that period was when he didn’t compete. In 2024, Kristoffersson has traded his electric Volkswagen RX1e for a sustainably-fuelled VW Polo KMS 601 RX. Can he guide the all-new machine to a seventh career title? Don’t bet against it...

Epic Euro RX1 fight in prospect


With a high-calibre 18-strong field at Höljes, the battle for glory in the FIA European Rallycross Championship’s top-tier is sure to be fierce indeed. Last year’s ‘Magic Weekend’ winner Patrick O’Donovan – the highest-placed returnee from 2023 – is back with his sights solidly set on the coveted crown, but he will face fierce opposition from the likes of regular rivals Sivert Svardal, Ulrik Linnemann and Tamás Kárai as well as former Euro RX3 champions Yury Belevskiy and Damian Litwinowicz.


Without forgetting, of course, Höljes ‘local’ Peter Hedström as a wild card entry, with nothing to prove and nothing to lose in his ex-Hansen Motorsport Peugeot 208 WRX. Can the fans’ favourite spring a surprise on home soil..?


New faces in the field


At the start of a new season, there are always new faces and intriguing new combinations, and this year is no different. Sondre Evjen and Anthony Pelfrene make their World Championship debuts, while rising stars Luka Wlömer and Nicolas Geleyns will be competing in rallycross for the very first time this weekend in RX2e and Euro RX3 respectively.


Reigning Euro RX3 champion Damian Litwinowicz, meanwhile, is stepping up to Euro RX1 alongside Yury Belevskiy, who returns to the paddock full-time for the first time since 2021. Will the Volland Racing duo prove to be the team to beat?


Mike on the mic’


The changes this season are not only inside the cockpit. There will also be a new voice behind the broadcast, as Mike Chen joins Hal Ridge in the commentary booth. ‘Chenny’ has previously covered the Dakar Rally and Red Bull Air Race and is a familiar face to fans of the the FIA World Rally Championship, and he has promised World RX viewers ‘a great show’.


Tune into Rally.TV to follow the action live!

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