Monday | 13 Jun 2022

European entries announced for Höljes’ ‘Magic Weekend’

A capacity 25-strong field in Euro RX1 and a high-calibre grid in Euro RX3 will contest Höljes’ legendary ‘Magic Weekend’ next month (2-3 July), headlined by a multiple World Champion, a quartet of European Champions, a brace of rallying heroes and an ice-racing master.

A capacity 25-strong field in Euro RX1 and a high-calibre grid in Euro RX3 will contest Höljes’ legendary ‘Magic Weekend’ next month (2-3 July), headlined by a multiple World Champion, a quartet of European Champions, a brace of rallying heroes and an ice-racing master.

Indeed, the 41 European Championship entries for Cooper Tires World RX of Sweden represent something of a who’s who of the discipline, with Johan Kristoffersson throwing down the gauntlet to his Euro RX1 rivals when he announced his participation in his family-run Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo last week.

The Swede will face stiff opposition, however, from a number of quarters. Reigning title-holder Andreas Bakkerud has renewed his relationship with EKS, and team-mate Enzo Ide is showing just how much he learned competing alongside Kristoffersson last year in the top flight. Not only that, but the Belgian achieved his best World RX result to-date at Höljes.

Anton Marklund proved to be unbeatable in the Nyirád curtain-raiser behind the wheel of his SET Promotion Hyundai i20, while the indefatigable Ulrik Linnemann can be counted upon to put his absolute heart and soul into his performance and former Super1600 (now Euro RX3) king Jānis Baumanis is fired-up to bounce back from a disappointing end to his Hungarian weekend.

Last season’s Cooper Tires ‘Rookie of the Year’ Sivert Svardal produced a giant-killing performance to finish fifth at Nyirád, but six-time Andros Trophy ice-racing champion Jean Baptiste ‘JB’ Dubourg will be eager to make amends for uncharacteristic errors that curtained his challenge before the final.

A famous name returns to the World RX paddock as Oliver Solberg makes his first competitive rallycross appearance in two years in Hedströms Motorsport’s Hyundai i20, while JC Raceteknik fields a pair of Audi S1s for Norwegian duo Sondre Evjen and Ole Christian Veiby, both of whom have previous podium form in Euro RX.

Perhaps the darkest horse in the field, however, is local favourite Linus Östlund. Hailing from nearby Sysslebäck, the 22-year-old knows Höljes like the back of his hand.

In Euro RX3, last season’s championship runner-up Kobe Pauwels and Rally Italia-Sardegna WRC3 winner Jan Černý waged a fierce duel for supremacy in Hungary. Another no-holds-barred scrap looks to be in prospect in round two, but there are a number of other contenders for glory amongst the 16-strong entry.

João Ribeiro and Nuno Miguel Da Costa Araújo will fly the Portuguese flag, with fellow Audi A1 driver Damian Litwinowicz similarly sure to be a threat in his sophomore campaign in the series.

Teenage hotshot Jiří Šusta went second-quickest in both of the heats he finished in Hungary, while two former podium-finishers at Höljes have also thrown their hats into the ring, as Estonian Janno Ligur and Norway’s Espen Isaksætre make their seasonal debuts.

The FIA RX2e Championship entry list will be revealed in the coming days.

Euro RX1 Entry List - Cooper Tires World RX of Sweden 2022

No. Driver Nat. Competitor Nat. Car
2 Oliver O’DONOVAN IRL Oliver O’Donovan IRL Proton Iriz
3 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport SWE Volkswagen Polo
6 Jānis BAUMANIS* LVA #YellowSquad SWE Peugeot 208
12 Anders MICHALAK SWE Carexperience AB SWE Volkswagen Polo
13 Andreas BAKKERUD NOR EKS SWE Audi S1
14 Oliver SOLBERG SWE Hedströms Motorsport SWE Hyundai i20
17 Dan ÖBERG SWE Dan Öberg SWE Volkswagen Polo
21 Linus ÖSTLUND SWE Linus Östlund SWE Volkswagen Polo
24 Sivert SVARDAL NOR Sivert Svardal NOR Volkswagen Polo
26 Gustav BERGSTRÖM SWE Kristoffersson Motorsport SWE Volkswagen Polo
30 Tom André SAETNAN NOR Tom André Saetnan NOR Volkswagen Scirocco
31 Stefan KRISTENSSON SWE Team Skåab SWE Ford Fiesta
33 Ulrik LINNEMANN* DNK Linnemann Promotion DNK Ford Fiesta
38 Mandie AUGUST* DEU ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport DEU SEAT Ibiza
44 Dariusz TOPOLEWSKI* POL Oponeo POL Ford Fiesta
50 Attila MÓZER* HUN Nyirád Motorsport KFT HUN Ford Fiesta
52 Ole Christian VEIBY NOR JC Raceteknik SWE Audi S1
55 Paulius PLESKOVAS LTU TSK Baltijos Sportas LTU Ford Fiesta
67 Frank VALLE NOR Frank Valle NOR Ford Fiesta
69 Sondre EVJEN NOR JC Raceteknik SWE Audi S1
73 Tamás KÁRAI* HUN Kárai Motorsport Sportegyesület HUN Audi S1
87 Jean Baptiste DUBOURG FRA Jean Baptiste Dubourg FRA Peugeot 208
88 Marcin GAGACKI* POL Oponeo POL Ford Fiesta
91 Enzo IDE* BEL EKS SWE Audi S1
92 Anton MARKLUND* SWE SET Promotion FIN Hyundai i20

*Denotes Permanent Entrants

Euro RX3 Entry List - Cooper Tires World RX of Sweden 2022

No. Driver Nat. Competitor Nat. Car
6 Damian LITWINOWICZ* POL Damian Litwinowicz POL Audi A1
7 Nick SNOEYS BEL OTRT BEL Ford Ka
8 Espen ISAKSÆTRE NOR Espen Isaksætre NOR Peugeot 208
10 Janno LIGUR EST Ligur Racing EST Škoda Fabia
11 Jan ČERNÝ* CZE Pajr S.R.O. CZE Škoda Citigo
13 Per Magne EGEBØ-SVARDAL NOR Per Magne Egebø-Svardal NOR Audi A1
14 Anders HANSEN NOR Anders Hansen NOR Audi A1
22 Kobe PAUWELS BEL Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
30 Nils VOLLAND DEU Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
33 Martin KJÆR NOR Martin Kjær  NOR Ford Fiesta
58 Dominik SENEGACNIK AUT KRTZ Motorsport CZE Volkswagen Polo
60 Marius SOLBERG HANSEN NOR MSH RX NOR Škoda Fabia
61 Jiří ŠUSTA CZE Josef Šusta CZE Škoda Fabia
88 Nuno Miguel DA COSTA ARAÚJO* PRT Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
99 João RIBEIRO PRT João Ribeiro PRT Audi A1
169 Guttorm LINDEFJELL NOR Guttorm Lindefjell NOR Škoda Fabia

*Denotes Permanent Entrants