Wednesday | 15 Sep 2021

Entry lists released for Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will return to one of international motorsport’s most iconic tracks next month – the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (8-10 October) – and entry lists have today been published for three of the four categories.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship will return to one of international motorsport’s most iconic tracks next month – the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (8-10 October) –  and entry lists have today been published for three of the four categories.

Nestled in the midst of the Ardennes forest, Spa joined the World Championship calendar for the first time two years ago and was an instant hit amongst drivers and fans alike. After the 2020 event fell victim to the international Covid-19 pandemic, it returns in just over three weeks’ time, with Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps marking the sixth of nine rounds on the 2021 World RX schedule, the season finale for Euro RX1 and the penultimate outing in Euro RX3.

The World RX title fight will be taking serious shape by the time competitors arrive in Belgium, with Hansen brothers Timmy and Kevin currently leading the way from consistent GRX-SET ace Krisztián Szabó.

Three-time world champion Johan Kristoffersson is playing catch-up in fourth for KYB EKS JC, and has yet to drive the Spa circuit having not raced in 2019. Team-mate Enzo Ide – the home hero – and GRX-SET’s Niclas Grönholm will similarly be discovering the track for the first time, as will Unkorrupted’s Kevin Abbring, who hails from Son en Breugel, barely 150km away across the Dutch border.

Juha Rytkönen will endeavour to replicate his final appearance from Sweden last month, while Ollie O’Donovan and Hervé Knapick make their second seasonal appearances and Anton Marklund steps up to the highest level for the first time this year after setting the pace on the European stage at Höljes.

The battle for glory in Euro RX1 will reach its conclusion in Belgium, with a number of viable contenders. René Münnich will be bidding to build upon his breakthrough Lohéac triumph for ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport, Tamás Kárai is aiming to maintain his momentum from the opening rounds and French duo Andréa Dubourg and Fabien Pailler have set their sights solidly on the coveted crown. Not to discount, of course, ESmotorsport star Jānis Baumanis, who advanced to the World RX final at Spa in 2019.

In Euro RX3, meanwhile, experienced campaigner Yury Belevskiy and rapid rookie Kobe Pauwels – who, coming from nearby Diest, will enjoy the lion’s share of the crowd’s support – will resume their duel for honours, but will be pushed hard by their Volland Racing team-mates as well as Škoda duo Jan Černý and Janno Ligur, while Belgian Clément Picard rejoins the fray in a Renault Twingo.

The entry list for RX2e – the first-ever electric FIA rallycross championship – will be published at a later date.

Entry List Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps (Published by the FIA on 15.09.2021)

No. Driver Nat. Competitor Nat. Car
1 Johan KRISTOFFERSSON* SWE KYB EKS JC SWE Audi S1
2 Oliver O'DONOVAN IRL Oliver O'Donovan IRL Ford Fiesta
9 Kevin HANSEN* SWE Hansen World RX Team SWE Peugeot 208
18 Juha RYTKÖNEN FIN Juha Rytkönen FIN Ford Fiesta
21 Timmy HANSEN* SWE Hansen World RX Team SWE Peugeot 208
23 Krisztián SZABÓ* HUN GRX-SET World RX Team FIN Hyundai i20
68 Niclas GRÖNHOLM* FIN GRX-SET World RX Team FIN Hyundai i20
69 Kevin ABBRING* NLD Unkorrupted FRA Renault Mégane RS
84 Hervé KNAPICK FRA Hervé Knapick FRA Citroën DS3
91 Enzo IDE* BEL KYB EKS JC SWE Audi S1
92 Anton MARKLUND SWE Hedströms Motorsport SWE Hyundai i20

*Denotes Permanent Entrants

Entry List Euro RX1 - Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps (Published by the FIA on 15.09.2021)

No. Driver Nat. Competitor Nat. Car
6 Jānis BAUMANIS LVA ESmotorsport | K&N LTU Škoda Fabia
7 CSUCSU* HUN CSUCSU HUN Renault Clio
11 Aleš FUČÍK* CZE KRTZ Motorsport ACCR Czech Team CZE Volkswagen Polo
12 Anders MICHALAK SWE Hedströms Motorsport SWE Volkswagen Polo
18 Jonathan PAILLER* FRA Jonathan Pailler FRA Peugeot 208
20 Fabien PAILLER* FRA Fabien Pailler FRA Peugeot 208
23 Andréa DUBOURG* FRA Andréa Dubourg FRA Peugeot 208
24 Sivert SVARDAL NOR Sivert Svardal NOR Volkswagen Polo
38 Mandie AUGUST* DEU ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport DEU SEAT Ibiza
44 Dariusz TOPOLEWSKI* POL Oponeo POL Ford Fiesta
50 Attila MÓZER HUN Nyírad Motorsport KFT HUN Ford Fiesta
55 Paulius PLESKOVAS* LTU TSK Baltijos Sportas LTU Ford Fiesta
66 LUIGI* HUN GFS Motorsport Egyesület / ES K&N HUN Škoda Fabia
73 Tamás KÁRAI* HUN Kárai Motorsport Sportegyesület HUN Audi S1
77 René MÜNNICH* DEU ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport DEU SEAT Ibiza
83 Patrick GUILLERME* FRA Patrick Guillerme FRA Hyundai i20
85 Hans-Jøran ØSTRENG NOR Hans-Jøran Østreng NOR Hyundai i20
88 Marcin GAGACKI* POL Oponeo POL Ford Fiesta

*Denotes Permanent Entrants

Entry List Euro RX3 - Benelux World RX of Spa-Francorchamps (Published by the FIA on 15.09.2021)

No. Driver Nat. Competitor Nat. Car
6 Damian LITWINOWICZ* POL Damian Litwinowicz POL Audi A1
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
18 Zsolt SZÍJJ JOLLY HUN Speedy Motorsport HUN Audi A1
20 Siim SALURI* EST RS Racing Team EST Renault Twingo
22 Kobe PAUWELS BEL Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
23 Radosław RACZKOWSKI* POL Automax Motorsport POL Škoda Fabia
28 Clément PICARD BEL Meunier Competition FRA Renault Twingo
54 Marat KNYAZEV* RUS Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
61 Jiří ŠUSTA* CZE Josef Šusta CZE Škoda Fabia
86 Lukas NEY* DEU ADAC Team Wesser-Ems E.V. DEU Škoda Fabia
89 Timur SHIGABUTDINOV* RUS Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
95 Yury BELEVSKIY* CHE Volland Racing KFT HUN Audi A1
96 Marcel SUCHÝ* CZE Jihočeský Autoklub V AČR CZE Škoda Fabia

*Denotes Permanent Entrants