16-10-2016 16:00 : 2016 FIA WRX CHAMPION: MATTIAS EKSTROM – P5 at Germany RX is enough to guarantee the points! The first Swedish title winner since Kenneth Hansen in 2008… Congratulations!
02-10-2016 18:19 : WRX Latvia Results: 1. Sébastien LOEB 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Timmy HANSEN 4. Andreas BAKKERUD 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Timur TIMERZYANOV
01-10-2016 18:56 : WRX: Top 12 in Latvia after day one – 1. Andreas BAKKERUD 2. Timmy HANSEN 3. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 4. Sébastien LOEB 5. Timo SCHEIDER 6. Petter SOLBERG 7. Janis BAUMANIS 8. Davy JEANNEY 9. Mattias EKSTRÖM 10. Toomas HEIKKINEN 11. Ken BLOCK 12. Reinis NITISS 34 32 66
19-09-2016 15:13 : World RX of Spain (Barcelona) Results: 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Timmy HANSEN 3. Timur TIMERZYANOV 4. Janis BAUMANIS 5. Robin LARSSON 6. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON
04-09-2016 10:53 : WRX: Top 12 in Loheac – 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 42 4. Ken BLOCK 5. Petter SOLBERG 6. Sébastien LOEB 7. Timmy HANSEN 8. Davy JEANNEY 9. Robin LARSSON 10. Kevin HANSEN 11. Reinis NITISS 12. Andrew SCOTT
08-08-2016 12:02 : WRX: Driver’s Championship standings after Canada RX – 1. Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 4. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 5. Sébastien LOEB 6. Timmy HANSEN
19-07-2016 12:01 : WRX: JRM confirm that they have terminated their 2016 agreement with British driver Liam Doran. It is unclear whether they will seek to replace Doran for the remainder of the season. More to follow. (RS)
03-07-2016 18:13 : (WRX) Höljes Rnd 6 SC Result: 1. Andreas BAKKERUD 2. Sébastien LOEB 3. Timmy HANSEN 4. Anton MARKLUND 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Mattias EKSTRÖM
03-07-2016 18:11 : (ERX) Höljes Rnd 6 SC Result: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Fredrik SALSTEN 3. Tommy RUSTAD 4. Tord LINNERUD 5. Alexander HVAAL 6. Tamás-Pál KISS
03-07-2016 14:57 : (WRX) Top 12 SC in Höljes: 1. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 2. Andreas BAKKERUD 3. Petter SOLBERG 4. Sébastien LOEB 5. Mattias EKSTRÖM 6. Robin LARSSON 7. Toomas HEIKKINEN 8. Janis BAUMANIS 9. Timmy HANSEN 10. Niclas GRÖNHOLM 11. Davy JEANNEY 12. Anton MARKLUND
03-07-2016 14:56 : (ERX) Top 12 SC in Höljes: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Fredrik SALSTEN 3. Tamás-Pál KISS 4. Tord LINNERUD 5. Peter HEDSTRÖM 6. Mats ÖHMAN 7. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 8. Andrew SCOTT 9. Alexander HVAAL 10. Tamás KÁRAI 11. Derek TOHILL 12. Tommy RUSTAD
13-06-2016 10:49 : European Rallycross Championship Round 2 SC Result: 1. Kevin Hansen 2. Tord Linnerud 3. Tamas-Pal Kiss
13-06-2016 10:48 : World Rallycross of Norway SC Result: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timmy Hansen 3. Mattias Ekstrom
12-06-2016 14:35 : Top 12 ERX Supercars after Qualification: 1. Kevin HANSEN 2. Tamas-Pal KISS 3. Tommy RUSTAD 4. Fredrik SALSTEN 5. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 6. Tord LINNERUD 7. Peter HEDSTRÖM 8. Martin KACZMARSKI 9. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 10. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC 11. Oliver O’DONOVAN 12. Mats ÖHMAN
12-06-2016 14:33 : Top 12 WRX Supercars after Qualification: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timur TIMERZYANOV 3. Sébastien LOEB 4. Petter SOLBERG 5. Timmy HANSEN 6. Mattias EKSTRÖM 7. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 8. Janis BAUMANIS 9. Toomas HEIKKINEN 10. Robin LARSSON 11. Reinis NITISS 12. Davy JEANNEY
11-06-2016 14:11 : Rallycross In HELL #WRX Q1 Results:1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Timmy Hansen 3. Timur Timerzyanov 4. Petter Solberg 5. Janis Baumanis
10-06-2016 12:30 : WRX NOR SC Entries: 1. Petter SOLBERG 3. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 4. Robin LARSSON 5. Mattias EKSTRÖM 6. Janis BAUMANIS 7. Timur TIMERZYANOV 9. Sébastien LOEB 13. Andreas BAKKERUD 15. Reinis NITISS 17. Davy JEANNEY 21. Timmy HANSEN 33. Liam DORAN 43. Ken BLOCK 57. Toomas HEIKKINEN 68. Niclas GRÖNHOLM 77. René MÜNNICH 92. Anton MARKLUND 96. Kevin ERIKSSON
10-06-2016 12:29 : ERX NOR SC Entries: 2. Oliver O’DONOVAN 8 Peter HEDSTRÖM 11. Fredrik SALSTEN 12. Riku TAHKO 16. Tom Daniel 24. Tommy RUSTAD 26. Andrew SCOTT 30. Ole Kristian 31. Max PUCHER 49. “M.D.K” 53. Alexander HVAAL 54. Mats ÖHMAN 60. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 69. Martin KACZMARSKI 71. Kevin HANSEN 74. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 79. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC 80. Andreas STEFFEN 87. Jean-Baptiste DUBOURG 95. Andri ÕUN 97. Mark FLAHERTY 99. Tord LINNERUD 102. Tamás KÁRAI 111. Derek TOHILL 124. “CSUCSU” 147. Tamás Pál KISS
28-05-2016 17:39 : SC World RX – Lydden Day One: Supercar Day One: 1. @Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Andreas BAKKERUD 4. Timmy HANSEN 5. Toomas HEIKKINEN 6. Kevin HANSEN 7. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 39 8. Anton MARKLUND
28-05-2016 14:36 : Top Six after Q1: 1. Petter SOLBERG 2. Mattias EKSTRÖM 3. Anton MARKLUND 4. Andreas BAKKERUD 5. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 6. Janis BAUMANIS
28-05-2016 12:30 : Top three after practice: 1. Andreas Bakkerud 2. Mattias Ekstrom 3. Anton Marklund
15-05-2016 13:11 : WRX: (TOP 12 in METTET) 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Petter SOLBERG 3. Sébastien LOEB 4. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 5. Francois DUVAL 6. Timmy HANSEN 7. Janis BAUMANIS 8. Anton MARKLUND 9. Timur TIMERZYANOV 10. Kevin ERIKSSON 11. Davy JEANNEY 12. Reinis NITISS
15-05-2016 13:08 : ERX: (TOP 12 in METTET) 1. Jérôme GROSSET-JANIN 2. Joni-Pekka RAJALA 3. Tord LINNERUD 4. Kevin HANSEN 5. Tamás KÁRAI 6. Tamas-Pal KISS 7. Tommy RUSTAD 8. CSUCSU 9. Martin KACZMARSKI 10. Alexander HVAAL 11. Derek TOHILL 12. Krzysztof HOLOWCZYC
08-05-2016 13:34 : Hockenheim RX Supercar Final Round 2 Results: 1. Mattias Ekström 2. Toomas Topi Heikkinen 3. Ken Block 4. Petter Solberg 5. Liam Doran 6. Robin Larsson
08-05-2016 10:55 : Top 12 in Hockenheimring – After four heats: 1. Mattias EKSTRÖM 2. Johan KRISTOFFERSSON 3. Timmy HANSEN* 5. Janis BAUMANIS 6. Davy JEANNEY 7. Petter SOLBERG 8. Sébastien LOEB 9. Kevin ERIKSSON 10. Robin LARSSON 11. Liam DORAN 12. Andreas BAKKERUD T. Hansen excluded from Q4
06-05-2016 13:36 : Practice Session Fastest: 1. Mattias Ekström 2. Kevin Hansen 3. Timmy Hansen
17-04-2016 17:44 : World RX Montalegre Supercar Final Results: 1) Petter Solberg 2) Robin Larsson 3) Toomas Topi Heikkinen 4) Andreas Bakkerud 5) Sébastien Loeb 6) Johan Kristoffersson
17-04-2016 13:11 : Montalegre RX Supercar Results after Q3: 1) Mattias Ekström 2) Johan Kristoffersson 3) Andreas Bakkerud 4) Petter Solberg 5) Toomas Topi Heikkinen (RS)
16-04-2016 15:51 : Montalegre RX Practice times – 1) K.Eriksson 2) M.Ekstrom 3) A.Bakkerud (RS)
16-04-2016 12:07 : Andreas Bakkerud of Hoonigan Racing Division setting the fastest lap time so far in open practice at round one of World RX at Montalegre (RS)
29-03-2016 17:53 : Dan Rooke takes his maiden British Rallycross Supercar victory at the Championship’s second round held at Lydden Hill over the Easter weekend. (RS)
16-03-2016 12:10 : Reigning FIA European Rallycross Champion Tommy Rustad will spearhead Albatec’s Euro RX campaign in 2016. (RS)
29-02-2016 11:38 : LOEB JOINS WORLD RX WITH TEAM PEUGEOT-HANSEN Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will join Team Peugeot-Hansen to compete in all 12 rounds. (RS)
25-02-2016 15:04 : Reinis Nitišs the Latvian driver from Jēkabpils, & former Super1600 European Rallycross Champion has left Olsbergs MSE. Announcement to follow. (RS)
24-02-2016 13:33 : ‘fiaworldrallycross.com’ have this morning confirmed that Ireland’s Ollie O’Donovan will compete in the Euro RX in 2016, driving a Ford Fiesta Supercar for the second year in succession. More to follow. (RS)
23-02-2016 12:44 : French Rallycross driver JB Dubourg announces plans for new DS3 Supercar to contest 2016 Euro RX title push. More news to follow. (RS)
19-02-2016 10:53 : Two new drivers have been confirmed this morning by fiaworldrallycross.com: “Polish drivers Krzysztof Holowczyc and Martin Kaczmarski will both compete in the 2016 FIA Euro RX. Both drivers will drive a Ford Fiesta RX Supercar built by Swedish team OMSE.” (RS)
19-02-2016 00:11 : American Volkswagen campaigner Tanner Foust has listed the two FIA World Rallycross Championship rounds of Lydden Hill in Great Britain and Buxtehude in Germany in his 2016 ‘to do’ calendar. (EL)
17-02-2016 11:28 : Timur Timerzyanov departs OMSE for World RX Team Austria, to form a new World RX Austria Team to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2016. The team will be headed up by Entrepreneur Max Pucher, who announced plans for his World RX Team Austria during a YouTube Press Release posted this morning. (RS)
05-09-2015 18:45 : After setting the fastest times in both the first and the second qualifying heats Swede Timmy Hansen is leading the overnight standings at Lohéac. Reigning World champ Petter Solberg is in second place, Mattias Ekström in third position. (EL)
05-07-2015 18:18 : Mattias Ekström, who crossed the finish line in second place, has been declared the winner of WorldRX of Sweden at Höljes. Timmy Hansen has been made runner-up and Andreas Bakkerud takes home third place. Hansen first got a 5 seconds penalty (for pushing and driving outside the track) that would have dropped him from first to fourth place. However, the Stewards of the Meeting changed their decision in Hansen’s favour after checking several video clips. (EL)
21-06-2015 18:00 : Davy Jeanney wins the WorldRX of Germany round at the Estering in Buxtehude from Petter Solberg and Timmy Hansen. Tommy Rustad claims the victory of the EuroRX Final while Ulrik Linnemann wins in the Super1600 class and Fredrik Salsten bags the first place of the TouringCar category. (EL)
24-05-2015 17:10 : Reigning World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg has won once again, beating Mattias Ekström and Johan Kristoffersson at Lydden Hill to second and third place in the WorldRX of Great Britain round. Surprise of the day was homeboy MINI 1.6 SuperCar driver Guy Wilks who suffered from a puncture early in the Final to eventually finish sixth overall. (EL)
17-05-2015 16:15 : At the end of Day 2 Finn Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen wins the all decisive Final of the WorldRX of Belgium round at Mettet for the second year back-to-back. Norwegian Petter Solberg, who had to do two Joker Laps for a jump start in his Semi-Final, but nevertheless finished second here, eventually made it to runner-up while Latvian Reinis Nitišs completed the winners podium in third place. (EL)
16-05-2015 18:10 : Day 1 of WorldRX of Belgium in Mettet ended with a tie in SuperCars, Petter Solberg and Mattias Ekström claimed 84 points each. In Heat 1 it was the EKSRX team principal who set the fastest time, in Heat 2 Timmy Hansen was quickest. However, Solberg holds place 1 of the overnight standings now, Ekström is in 2nd position. In Super1600s Dane Ulrik Linnemann tops the order after three heats, in TouringCar it is Norwegian David Nordgård holding the lead after Heat 3. (EL)
03-05-2015 12:30 : Reigning Rallycross World Champion Petter Solberg wins the ‘WorldRX of Hockenheim’ round from Reinis Nitišs and Timmy Hansen. Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen finishes in fourth place while Andreas Bakkerud (1st lap) and Robin Larsson (5th lap) retired. (EL)
26-04-2015 17:07 : The WorldRX weekend at Montalegre in Portugal remained cold, wet and muddy. Day 2 eventually finished with Swede Johan Kristoffersson winning the SuperCars Final from Norwegian Petter Solberg and fellow-Swede Timmy Hansen. (EL)
25-04-2015 18:12 : After Day 1 at Montalegre in Portugal Andreas Bakkerud is leading the Overnight Standings in SuperCars, having claimed a fastest and a second fastest time. Petter Solberg, who set a third fastest and a fastest time, is in second place, Timmy Hansen following in third position. (EL)
09-04-2015 10:01 : Swede Timmy Hansen and Frenchman Davy Jeanney join forces for the 13 rounds of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Both drivers will have all-new Peugeot 208 SuperCars at their disposal. More news to follow. (EL)
08-04-2015 13:00 : Petter Solberg has revealed this morning in Norway that he and Liam Doran join forces under the tag Team SDRX for the 2015 WorldRX series. More information to follow. (EL)
31-03-2015 15:55 : Former Rallycross youngster Finn Teemu Suninen (21) has been chosen by Toyota Motorsport to join its junior driver programme and the test roster for the new Yaris WRC that will debut in the 2017 World Rally Championship. (EL)
24-12-2014 13:00 : Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015 to all of you – from those behind ERC24!
29-11-2014 20:00 : WorldRX of Argentina: While Petter Solberg claimed his 5th overall victory of the now finished 12 rounds season to underline his 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship title win the two Olsbergs MSE teammates Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs saved the FIA World Rallycross Championship title for teams for Ford. (EL)
12-10-2014 15:15 : Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud wins the first ever FIA Rallycross event on Asian and Turkish soil, Round 11 of the all-new WorldRX series. At the former Formula 1 circuit Istanbul Park ‘BabyBlue’ was able to beat Swede Timmy Hansen and Finn Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen to second and third place respectively. (EL)
28-09-2014 16:01 : By finishing in third place behind winner Timmy Hansen and runner-up Richard Göransson it is Petter Solberg who claims the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship title. The 2003 World Rally Champion and 2014 World Rallycross Champion is 60 points ahead of his competitors and, therefore, unbeatable in the two remaining WRX rounds of Turkey and Argentina with currently four overall victories on his tally. (EL)
27-09-2014 17:00 : After claiming a second fastest time in Heat 1 and the fastest time in Heat 2 Johan Kristoffersson is leading the Overnight Standings at the Franciacorta International Circuit. In the same country, where the Swede has previously also been successful in tarmac racing to win the ‘Campionato Italiano Superstars’ title of the year 2012. (EL)
21-09-2014 16:15 : Petter Solberg has won his fourth WorldRX round at Buxtehude in Germany with an advantage of just five one-thousandths of a second over runner-up Mattias Ekström. Robin Larsson, who led the Final for three laps, eventually finished in third place. (EL)
07-09-2014 15:50 : Petter Solberg wins his third 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship round in Lohéac from Reinis Nitišs and Timmy Hansen. Ken Block makes it into fourth, Pontus Tidemand with a puncture into fifth and Timur Timerzyanov retires already in the first lap of the Final to be placed sixth overall. (EL)
17-08-2014 18:30 : Belgian Koen Pauwels (Ford Fiesta Mk7) claimed overall victory of the SuperCars category in Round 5 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) at Valkenswaard in Holland. Czech Stanislav Šusta (Škoda Fabia Mk2) makes the Super1600s class his while fellow-countryman Roman Častoral (Opel Corsa D RWD) wins in TouringCars. (EL)
09-08-2014 02:30 : Norwegian WRX series leader Petter Solberg wins the FIA World Rallycross Championship round of Canada from Swede Anton Marklund and Russian Timur Timerzyanov. (EL)
13-07-2014 15:50 : Finn Toomas Heikkinen (VW Polo Mk5) wins the Final of Round 6 of WorldRX at Mettet in Belgium from Swede Timmy Hansen (Peugeot 208) and Hansen’s fellow-countryman Johan Kristoffersson (VW Polo Mk5). Norwegian Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3), who finished with broken rear suspension in fourth place, takes over the lead in the championship standings from Latvian Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) who did not make it through the Semi-Finals. (EL)
06-07-2014 16:20 : Höljes: Racing all-rounder Swede Mattias Ekström (Audi S1) wins WorldRX Round 5 on home soil with an advantage of 10 seconds from the two Norwegians Andreas Bakkerud (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) and Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3), who both reached the chequered flag with flat tyres. (EL)
29-06-2014 16:40 : American wildcard driver Tanner Foust (VW Polo Mk5) wins Round 4 of WorldRX at Kouvola in Finland from the two OMSE teammates and WRX regulars Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud and Latvian Reinis Nitišs (both Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST). (EL)
22-06-2014 23:20 : Swede Patrik Sandell has won Round 3 of the Global RallyCross series at the RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, from Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. and Finn Joni Wiman, the Fiesta Mk7 ST SuperCar drivers making it a 1–2–3 victory for Ford. (EL)
15-06-2014 18:00 : Latvian 18-year-old Reinis Nitišs (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) wins the WorldRX round of Norway in Hell from homeboy Petter Solberg (Citroën DS3) and American star guest driver Ken Block (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST). (EL)
25-05-2014 18:02 : Norwegian Ford Fiesta Mk7 driver Andreas Bakkerud wins Round 2 of the WorldRX series at Lydden Hill in England from Swede Robin Larsson (Audi A1) and British wildcard guest starter Andrew Jordan (Ford Fiesta Mk7). (EL)
24-05-2014 14:19 : Andreas Bakkerud has won Heat 1 in SuperCars at Lydden Hill from Toomas Heikkinen and Timur Timerzyanov and remains with 2:59.850m the only driver to do 4 laps in under 3 minutes. (EL)
21-05-2014 10:15 : Former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. from Brazil has confirmed to participate in one of the 300+bhp strong RX Lites vehicles in Round 2 of WorldRX, to be held this weekend at Lydden Hill in England. (EL)
04-05-2014 16:55 : 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg wins in Portugal the first ever FIA World Rallycross Championship round in history from the two OMSE teammates Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitišs. (EL)
23-04-2014 09:48 : The organisers of the Canadian WorldRX round in Trois-Rivières have yesterday confirmed that the twofold ‘Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières’ winner and five times event winner of the Champ Car series (formerly known as CART) Patrick Carpentier is going to participate in Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship with a VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar of the Swedish team Marklund Motorsport. (EL)
12-02-2014 11:20 : BREAKING NEWS: According to his native Canadian press former Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve is going to announce tomorrow that he will be racing in all 12 rounds of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship. (EL)
04-02-2014 12:00 : Lydden Hill Circuit, the cradle of the motorsport Rallycross, is set to undergo a major facelift, to be modernised before its round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship by the end of May. First of the work: The 50+ years old circuit control tower has already been removed to make space for a new building to host officials, time-keepers and VIPs. (EL)
31-01-2014 22:31 : News from Portugal has it that threefold Portuguese Rallycross Champion Pedro Matos plans to compete in all five rounds of the 2014 EuroRX series. Matos has also announced his aim to participate in the WorldRX rounds at his native Montalegre and at Lohéac in France with a self-prepared Citroën DS3 SuperCar. (EL)
13-01-2014 17:55 : We at ERC24 are very sad to announce that British ex-Rallycrosser John Button, father of Formula One driver Jenson Button, has passed away yesterday, being 70 years of age. Godspeed and Rest In Peace, John!
18-12-2013 12:35 : Quote of the week: Stefan Moser, Head of Communications at Volkswagen Motorsport, to the Swiss website Speedweek.com: “There are no plans to bring us into Formula One. At VW we focus on the issues World Rally Championship and RallyCross with Volkswagen of America.” (EL)
03-12-2013 15:45 : Italian press claims today that there will be a 2014 RallycrossRX World/European round on September 27 and 28 at the Franciacorta International Circuit near Brescia in Italy. (EL)
03-12-2013 12:26 : 17 years old Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby and 24 years old Swede Johan Kristoffersson forming a two-car team for the 2014 Swedish Rallycross Championship. They are going to drive a Volkswagen backed VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar each. (EL)
29-11-2013 09:43 : According to sources in Canada the 2014 WRXC round of Québec will be officially confirmed by the organisers of the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières (GP3R) today and shall take place on August 8, using parts of the temporary street course as well as of the adjacent all-gravel hippodrome. (EL)
22-11-2013 16:44 : Norwegian Alexander Hvaal today to his local press: “Just to get to the start of the World Rallycross Championship series of next year I need more than half a Million Euros, but it is hard to get sponsors who are willing to invest in motorsport. Currently I am far behind where I hoped to be, considering the results I had at the end of this season. Right now it feels like I need a few miracles to get up the WRXC stage.” (EL)
20-11-2013 14:45 : Today it has been revealed that Norwegian Tommy Rustad is set to drive the ex-Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo C30/4 SuperCar in a minimum of six and as many as possible RallycrossRX rounds of 2014. (EL)
20-11-2013 11:10 : Timmy Hansen (21) has been awarded ‘Rallycross Driver of the Year 2013’ by the Swedish magazine BILSPORT. “I’m very happy and grateful for the recognition,” Hansen says. “It has been an amazing year. RallycrossRX is a challenge in so many levels and I have been able to race some of the best drivers in the World. The BILSPORT award is the most prestigeous award in Swedish motorsport and, therefore, it is an honour to be elected.” While Timmy Hansen was elected as senior-Rallycrosser it was 2013 ERC TouringCar runner-up Robin Larsson (21) who was declared to be ‘Junior Rallycross Driver of the Year’. Congratulations from the crew of ERC24 to both!
18-11-2013 14:42 : It has been confirmed by the Ministry of Russian Emergencies that Irek Minnikhanov, son of Tatarstan President and former ERC competitor Rustam Minnikhanov, was among the passengers killed in yesterday’s Kazan plane crash. The 24-year-old had married a French woman just three months ago. ERC24 would like to express our deepest sympathy with the family and friends. (EL)
16-11-2013 12:35 : According to the US website RALLYCROSS360 American skateboard legend Danny Way is keen to join the 2014 Global RallyCross series in a second Prodrive MINI SuperCar, presumably alongside his compatriot Dave Mirra. Way did some test driving with a Prodrive MINI early this year and was expected to show up in the 2013 GRC already. (EL)
08-11-2013 08:37 : ‘Hoonigan in Chief’ Ken Block claimed overall victory in the final round of the Global RallyCross Championship series in Las Vegas last night. Tanner Foust made it to runner-up, while Travis Pastrana took third place. 2013 GRC title winner Toomas Heikkinen reached the chequered flag in fourth place, threefold European champion Sverre Isachsen finished in fifth position. (EL)
06-11-2013 18:21 : The original plan was that Sverre Isachsen would be driving his brand-new Subaru Imprezza GR SuperCar in the final GRC round in Las Vegas, but the team has chosen to use the old car instead. “We want to test the new car sufficently before we start competing with it, so it will not happen before next year. We’ve already had some good test days, but we will develop the car even more over the winter. Therefore, we race the older car here in Las Vegas, but I think it should be possible to win with it too,” said the hattrick European Rallycross Champion prior to the event. (EL)
05-11-2013 17:28 : Global RallyCross has announced a multi-year agreement with Red Bull as the series’ title sponsor and official energy drink. The partnership will mark the first primary sponsorship for the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series since its inception in 2011. (Source: PR Newswire)
05-11-2013 11:51 : After having participated in just three of the eight 2013 Global RallyCross Championship rounds so far Brazilian ex-F1 and current NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. will be back in action at Las Vegas this Wednesday and Thursday. Therefore his Mitsubishi Lancer E10 has been heavily revised and will be at least 80bhp stronger than before. “The engine was completely dismantled and has been equipped with a new bigger turbocharger. With the other transformations of the car this should be sufficient to achieve better results now,” said a spokesman of the team to the Brazilian press. (EL)
04-11-2013 15:15 : Dave Mirra will be driving the MINI RX in Thursday’s final round of the Global RallyCross Championship in Las Vegas. Mirra drove the MINI for the first time at Charlotte in the previous GRC round and was very fast, but ultimately very unlucky not to reach the final. Hopefully he can go all the way this time. (Source: Prodrive)
04-11-2013 12:30 : During the penultimate round of the World Touring Car Championship series in China last weekend Münnich Motorsport has announced that it will take a sabbatical year from the WTCC to concentrate on the 2014 World Rallycross Championship instead. The all-new almost 600bhp strong Audi S3 SuperCar of the German team from Friedersdorf in Saxony is ready for action, after it was legalized for Rallycross use by the FIA in October 2010, and shall be seen in WRXC events next year. (EL)
02-11-2013 02:36 : Five times in a row [2009–2013] Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie is considering to drive Rallycross in the future. After a recent test drive with the same Albatec Peugeot 208 SuperCar that was used by Ulsterman Kris Meeke in the French RallycrossRX round at Lohéac the 26 years old Scotsman from Dumfries is currently evaluating his full switch of motorsports. (EL)
13-10-2013 23:52 : Former Rallycross driver Andrew Jordan today claimed the 2013 British Touring Car Championship title. CONGRATS FROM ERC24!
05-10-2013 17:10 : Peter Hedström (Škoda Fabia Mk2) defended his 2012 Swedish Rallycross Championship title in SuperCars today by winning the 2013 SRC Finale at the Kinnekulle Ring near Götene from Mats Öhman (Volvo S40 Mk2) and Anton Marklund (VW Polo Mk5). Pole setter [fastest driver in Heat 2 and Heat 3] Johan Kristoffersson was dog-hounding leader Hedström, but lost out with two flat tyres on his VW Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar. (EL)
04-10-2013 10:15 : Quote of the week: Volkswagen’s Jost Capito said during the ‘Rallye de France – Alsace’ to members of the press: “The new Rallycross World Championship offers manufacturers a really good alternative to the World Rally Championship. Manufacturers will go where they get the best value for their money. It seems as if Rallycross could offer that. If the WRC promoter fails, we have a great alternative. It’s a very clever idea by the FIA [to pave the way for a World Rallycross Championship]. I think it’s good to have alternatives for the sport.”
03-10-2013 19:12 : ERC24 learned from the USA today that ESPN has announced to drop its X Games events in Europe (Tignes, Barcelona and Munich) as well as in Brazil (Foz do Iguaçu) to concentrate on the events in the United States. A statement of ESPN reads: “We are proud to have run world-class competitions for both the athletes and spectators; however, the overall economics of these events do not provide a sustainable future path. The company remains fully committed to the X Games brand and its full-scale competitions in Aspen, Colorado and Austin, Texas – its newest host city – and we will continue to distribute these premier events around the world.”
27-09-2013 17:12 : From today’s FIA WMSC meeting at Dubrovnik in Croatia: “Following the proposal by the Promoter of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, the WMSC has approved the creation of a new FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2014, on the condition the calendar is based on a total of 11 or 12 events, with nine or 10 European events plus one event in Asia or Africa and one event on the American continent. The formats of the FIA European Rallycross Championships for the support categories, TouringCar and Super1600, are maintained, with the calendar comprising the European events in the World Championship. The format of the European Championship for the flagship category, SuperCar, will be adapted and concentrated over five of the 10 European events in the World Championship. This will also have a specific classification for non-permanent drivers not entered in the entirety of the World Championship.”
25-09-2013 17:16 : In Sweden it was decided that next year the STCC series has Rallycross events running alongside its Touring Car races. The new championship will carry the name ‘Rallycross SuperCar Scandinavia’ and will consist of a total of six events, of which four run under STCC auspices. Three STCC Rallycross events will be run at Ring Knutstorp, Mantorp Park and Tierp Arena, while the fourth venue is not decided yet. Kristoffersson Motorsport (KMS) and OlsbergsMSE (OMSE) have already agreed to take part.
25-09-2013 13:01 : Swedish former Rally and current Rallycross ace Stig-Olov Walfridsson has decided to pull the plug on racing. After having done Rallying and Rallycross over a period of 32 years “Stecka” is simply tired. “I possibly will do the SRC Finale at the Kinnekulle Ring [on October 5] as my last event. But this is still uncertain, because the car is not in good shape after Germany, and the entry for Götene is also pretty thin so far. If not, it’s over now, this is carved in stone,” said the five times Swedish Rallycross Champion [1996, 1997, 1998, 2009, 2010] to his local newspaper ‘Värmlands Folkblad’ today.
22-09-2013 16:38 : After Petter Solberg crashed out soon after the start and the car of Stig-Olov Walfridsson was on fire the SuperCars Final at Buxtehude was red-flagged. As there was no re-start needed after four of the six laps Alexander Hvaal was declared overall winner, ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and Liam Doran.
22-09-2013 13:30 : Since scoring an additional 15 championship points in the qualifying runs of the ERC Finale at Buxtehude the old  European Rallycross Champion in SuperCars, Russian Timur Timerzyanov, is also the new Euro Champ! CONGRATULATIONS FROM US AT ERC24!
21-09-2013 18:29 : After it had been claimed in different European countries that the TouringCars would be living on borrowed time ERC promoter IMG has made a clear statement in favour of the RWD class today. Both categories, TouringCars as well as Super1600s will have full FIA European championships in 2014 again, but each may run with less rounds to reduce travel costs and to make the series more attractive to a wider group of competitors.
21-09-2013 16:31 : At the end of Day 1 at Buxtehude and having set twice the fastest times Petter Solberg is leading the SuperCars class with 2 points, ahead of Timur Timerzyanov with 6 points and Peter Hedström with 8 points. In Super1600s Reinis Nitišs was also fastest in both heats, and same situation with Robin Larsson in TouringCars.
21-09-2013 15:23 : ERC Finale Buxtehude: After Timmy Hansen was fastest in practice, Petter Solberg set the fastest time in Heat 1, being three seconds faster than runner-up Timur Timerzyanov. Davy Jeanney forgot his Joker Lap, to get a 30 seconds penalty and finishing in 22nd place…
19-09-2013 02:54 : Oscar Solberg, the 16 years old son of Henning Solberg, is set to drive a JRX vehicle in the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Buxtehude the coming weekend. It is going to be the same ‘Veidec Racing by US Capital’ sponsored car that Norwegian girl Ada Marie Hvaal used in Hell and Höljes. Solberg Jr. has successfully driven Crosskart and Folkrace/Bilcross events so far.
18-09-2013 15:03 : Irishman Derek Tohill, who won the European Rallycross titles of D2 in 2010 and last weekend at Greinbach in TouringCars, has announced his plans to move up into the SuperCars category. The Dubliner is keen to participate in a possible World Rallycross Championship, but has not yet revealed with what own car or if he is going to join another existing team.
15-09-2013 17:48 : Norwegian Alexander Hvaal claimed the SuperCars overall victory of the Austrian RallycrossRX round at Greinbach, after his compatriot Petter Solberg stalled his car at the starting grid and the car of the Final leading Briton Liam Doran caught fire. In Super1600s both the event victory and championship title fell prey to Latvian Reinis Nitišs, while in TouringCars Irishman Derek Tohill also bagged the race as well as the championship win.
15-09-2013 12:34 : After qualification has come to end Briton Liam Doran (in SuperCars), Latvian Reinis Nitišs (in Super1600s) and Irishman Derek Tohill (in TouringCars) are ahead of the Intermediate Classifications in Austria.
14-09-2013 17:18 : After the first two qualifying heats at Greinbach Liam Doran is leading Saturday’s intermediate standings with 6 points, followed by Timur Timerzyanov and Anton Marklund, both having 8 points each. Reinis Nitišs is ahead in Super1600s, Derek Tohill tops the TouringCars following order.
01-09-2013 15:53 : Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud won Round 7 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Lohéac in France from his compatriot Petter Solberg and Frenchman Davy Jeanney. As 9-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb became fourth in the first Semi-Final he did not qualify for the Final. The Super1600s Final was won by Latvian Reinis Nitišs, while Irishman Derek Tohill made the TouringCars Final his.
31-08-2013 18:20 : After Day 1 and the first two qualifying heats at Lohéac it is Fabien Pailler, the son of 1993 European Rallycross Champion Jean-Luc Pailler, who is leading the Intermediate Standings in SuperCars together with Timmy Hansen, the son of 14-times ERC winner Kenneth Hansen. The Frenchman and the Swede having 3 points each, after both claimed one first and one second place. In Super1600s Latvian Reinis Nitišs scored two wins to grab the lead with 2 points, while Irishman Derek Tohill is on top of the TouringCars order with 4 points from a win and a third place.
31-08-2013 16:10 : Timmy Hansen has marked the fastest time in Heat 1, followed by Fabien Pailler and Petter Solberg. Sébastien Loeb finished in 16th place here. Reinis Nitišs was the fastest in Super1600s, Koen Pauwels set the fastest time in TouringCars.
23-08-2013 10:28 : Norwegian Frode Holte has released the news that he is going to participate in the two last 2013 European Rallycross Championship events, at Greinbach in Austria and Buxtehude in Germany. Holte is set to drive “Donna” again, his wellknown Volvo C30/4 SuperCar. As known for quite some time already for his 2014 RallycrossRX attempt the Norwegian is currently building an all-new Hyundai i20 SuperCar.
18-08-2013 20:04 : Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen has won the SuperCars class of Round 5 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) series at Valkenswaard in Holland today. Czech Pavel Koutný finished as runner-up, Dutchman Marcel Ottink made it to the chequered flag in third place. While Czech Stanislav Šusta claimed victory in Super1600s it was Dane Jakob Teil Hansen who made the win in TouringCars his.
11-08-2013 02:15 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen claims his fifth Global RallyCross Championship round victory in a row at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia. American Tanner Foust made it to runner-up, while Norwegian Sverre Isachsen took the third place.
08-08-2013 15:16 : News from France tells that Jean-Philippe Dayraut, the multiple Andros Trophy ice-racing champion and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competitor, is set to return to the FIA European Rallycross Championship. Like in 2009 Dayraut is said to drive a Peugeot 207 SuperCar at Lohéac on August 31 and September 1.
08-08-2013 00:06 : Henning Solberg is set to replace Bryce Menzies in the second Dodge Dart SuperCar (#99) the coming weekend for the GRC round at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia, while Timur Timerzyanov is once again replacing Travis Pastrana.
05-08-2013 01:14 : Finn Toomas Heikkinen has won the gold medal in the RallyCross competition of the Los Angeles X Games from American Tanner Foust (silver medal) and Norwegian Sverre Isachsen (bronze medal).
21-07-2013 00:24 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen claims his third consecutive GRC round victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, ahead of the two Americans Ken Block and Brian Deegan. With nine of the ten Final laps completed Norwegian Sverre Isachsen and Swede Patrik Sandell make it to fourth and fifth place respectively. Victory of the ‘GRC Lites’ category was claimed by Finn Joni Wiman.
18-07-2013 12:06 : Briton Andy Scott will be unable to take part in Round 5 of the British Rallycross Championship at Maasmechelen this weekend after suffering a double fracture of the left collarbone in testing at Lohéac yesterday. During testing for Round 7 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship next month, Scott went off the track and hit the barrier, sustaining the injury and causing damage to the team’s Peugeot 208 SuperCar.
17-07-2013 12:30 : Rally ace Kris Meeke from Northern Ireland is set to drive an Albatec Peugeot 208 SuperCar in RallycrossRX Round 7 at Lohéac in France by the end of August.
13-07-2013 10:53 : Russian Timur Timerzyanov is going to replace American Travis Pastrana once again in the Dodge Dart SuperCar for Round 5 of the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) on July 20 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Pastrana, meanwhile, is set to race in the Chicago NASCAR event.
12-07-2013 01:36 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen wins the Final of GRC Round 4 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, NH) from Swede Patrik Sandell and American Brian Deegan. Tanner Foust, who was leading the main race for nine of the ten laps, throws the victory away under pressure in sight of the chequered flag to finish fourth overall. Young Finn Joni Wiman wins the first ever ‘GRC Lites’ event from the two Swedes Sebastian Eriksson and Kevin Eriksson.
07-07-2013 15:50 : The Final of the Swedish RallycrossRX round at Höljes was won by Andreas Bakkerud from Mattias Ekström and Timmy Hansen. Fourth place went to Henning Solberg and fifth to Daniel Holten. Petter Solberg retired from second place with an exploded gearbox after just two laps to become sixth overall.
07-07-2013 15:05 : In Race 5 of Heat 4 Swede Johan Kristoffersson cracked the new track record of his compatriot Mattias Ekström, set by the Audi DTM star in Heat 3 today. But Ekström fought back in Race 7 and bettered Kristoffersson’s time again. The new track record of the Höljesbanan stands at 3:02.703 minutes for 4 laps now.
07-07-2013 10:29 : The fastest three drivers of the 60 minutes long Sunday morning warm-up session are Johan Kristoffersson, Mattias Ekström and Timmy Hansen. Petter Solberg, whose team changed the engine of his Citroën DS3 last night, had another powerhouse troubles.
06-07-2013 18:15 : Tommy Rustad strikes back! After being a poor 29th in Heat 1 the Norwegian in the ex-Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo C30/4 SuperCar with 3:06.742m set the fastest time in Heat 2. Second fastest was his compatriot Andreas Bakkerud, third fastest Frenchman Davy Jeanney. The latter is leading the point standings after Day 1, followed up by Bakkerud in second and Petter Solberg in third place.
06-07-2013 16:07 : Norwegian Petter “Hollywood” Solberg (3:04.502m) was the fastest of all SuperCar drivers in Heat 1. Second fastest was Frenchman Davy Jeanney (3:05.535m) and third fastest was Swede Timmy Hansen (3:05.653m).
06-07-2013 13:27 : The 120 minutes long Free Practice session at Höljes ended with Petter Solberg setting the fastest time, ahead of the three Hansen Motorsport teammates Timmy Hansen, Timur Timerzyanov and Alexander Hvaal.
06-07-2013 12:03 : For live timings and results of RallycrossRX Round 6 at Höljes in Sweden please find the necessary links via our ‘Shortcuts’ section below at the right.
30-06-2013 19:50 : Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST) has won the second Munich X Games RallyCross Gold Medal on Sunday evening with a four seconds advantage from Briton Liam Doran, followed up by American Tanner Foust. Swede Mattias Ekström finished in fourth place, American Ken Block made it to fifth and Canadian Steve Arpin to sixth overall.
29-06-2013 17:41 : Pole sitter Briton Liam Doran (MINI Countryman JCW 1.6) has claimed the first of the two Munich X Games RallyCross gold medals by winning the eight laps final, hampered for the last three laps by a flat left rear tyre. American Ken Block made it to runner-up, Finn Toomas Heikkinen finished in third place. The two Swedes Anton Marklund and Mattias Ekström claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.
26-06-2013 23:45 : Townsend Bell, a 7-times Indy 500 competitor and current American Le Mans Series driver, will make his Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) debut at the Munich X Games this weekend. Bell is set to drive the ‘Star Car’ Ford Fiesta Mk7 of the OMSE2 team.
25-06-2013 21:32 : Pastrana Racing has announced that reigning European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov will drive Pastrana’s Dodge Dart SuperCar in the Global RallyCross Championship event of the Munich X Games on June 29 and 30. The Russian will replace the American, who is unable to participate due to other commitments. Pastrana’s return to the GRC will be at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
25-06-2013 17:30 : On June 11 ERC24 revealed on its Facebook that Swede Mattias Ekström is going to drive the second Marklund Motorsport VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar in the Munich X Games. Today it was released that the son of ex-Rallycrosser Bengt Ekström will also participate in the Swedish RallycrossRX round at Höljes. Ekström has not driven in a true Rallycross competition yet, but has claimed four overall victories in as many ‘Race of Champion’ (ROC) events between 2005 and 2009.
16-06-2013 15:55 : Round 5 of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Hell in Norway was claimed by Liam Doran ahead of Timur Timerzyanov, Davy Jeanney and Alexander Hvaal. Pole sitter Andreas Bakkerud lost the lead after about half the distance with a flat tyre while Peter Hedström did not finish due to engine failure.
15-06-2013 16:43 : The Saturday in Hell was clearly dominated by home soil defender Petter Solberg who set the fastest times in practice as well as in both, the first and the second qualifying heats. Second position in the overnight standings has been claimed by his compatriot Andreas Bakkerud, while reigning European champion Timur Timerzyanov from Russia is currently third.
15-06-2013 10:52 : This weekend’s European Rallycross Championship round at Hell in Norway marks the 400th ERC round in motorsports history. Scotsman John Taylor won the first ever ERC round, on May 13 1973 at Melk in Austria, as well as the inaugural ERC series with a 170+bhp strong BDA engine in his Ford Escort (Mk1) RS1600.
09-06-2013 15:30 : American Tanner Foust wins the Finnish FIA European Rallycross Championship round at Kouvola after Petter Solberg, who was leading the all decisive Final with at least 5 seconds by then, broke the steering of his 560+bhp Citroën DS3 SuperCar during a hard jump landing. Russian Timur Timerzyanov made it to runner-up while his Swedish teammate Timmy Hansen claimed third place. Latvian Reinis Nitišs made victory in Super1600s his, Czech Roman Častoral won in TouringCars.
09-06-2013 08:55 : Albatec, the team of Briton Andy Scott, studied data last night and after discussion with its partner Oreca, agreed that to continue running this weekend could result in a terminal engine problem. The team therefore withdraw from this weekend to concentrate on continuing its development of the Peugeot 208 SuperCar ahead of the next round in Norway.
08-06-2013 16:20 : Kouvola: Petter Solberg marked the fastest time in Heat 2 of the SuperCars, followed by Topi Heikkinen, Liam Doran, Tanner Foust, Timmy Hansen and Andreas Bakkerud. In Super1600s it was Ildar Rakhmatullin who set the fastest time and fastest in TouringCars was again Derek Tohill.
08-06-2013 14:51 : Kouvola: Heat 1 in SuperCars was claimed by Briton Liam Doran, ahead of American Tanner Foust, Russian Timur Timerzyanov, Frenchman Davy Jeanney, Norwegian Petter Solberg, and fellow-Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud. Swede Anton Marklund produced a jump start, therefore had to do two Joker Laps instead of one, but nevertheless claimed 9th fastest time. Fastest in Super1600s was Swede Eric Färén while Irishman Derek Tohill was fastest in TouringCars.
28-05-2013 10:40 : From Norway it was confirmed today that Tommy Rustad (winner of the Irish 1992 ERC round at Mondello Park in Martin Schanche’s 650+bhp Ford RS200 E2) is set to drive both the RallycrossRX rounds at his native Hell, on June 15 and 16, and at Swedish Höljes, on July 6 and 7. The car he is going to drive is the Volvo C30/4 SuperCar that has previously been used by his compatriot Ludvig Hunsbedt.
26-05-2013 15:57 : Timmy Hansen won the Hungarian round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship series from his teammate Timur Timerzyanov and Davy Jeanney. Knut Ove Børseth made it to fourth, his teammate Peter Hedström to fifth and Alexander Hvaal finished as sixth in the final race.
26-05-2013 15:27 : Timmy Hansen, Davy Jeanney, Knut Ove Børseth, Timur Timerzyanov, Alexander Hvaal and Peter Hedström are the six drivers who have made it through the semi-finals to the final.
25-05-2013 17:31 : The fastest time of the 2nd qualifying heats put Frenchman Davy Jeanney on top of the SuperCars following order after Day 1. Currently on second place are Norwegian Alexander Hvaal and Briton Liam Doran, both having 7 points each. In Super1600s Latvian Reinis Nitišs is leading the field, and in TouringCars it is Irishman Derek Tohill who tops the order.
25-05-2013 15:54 : Liam Doran scored the fastest time in the 1st qualifying heats, being over one second quicker than runner-up Davy Jeanney and over two seconds faster than Alexander Hvaal, who made it to third. Austrian Klaus Freudenthaler was the best driver in Super1600s, Irishman Derek Tohill was quickest in TouringCars.
25-05-2013 13:45 : The two and a half hours long practice sessions at Nyirád ended with Petter Solberg setting the fastest time in SuperCars, ahead of Timmy Hansen and Mats Lysen. Fastest in Super1600s was Latvian Reinis Nitišs while Swede Robin Larsson drove the fastest time in TouringCars.
22-05-2013 10:53 : Peter Hedström: “I have contacted the Global RallyCross Championship organisers for to start in the Munich X Games. I’m even open for to do a GRC event in the USA.”
21-05-2013 09:47 : Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO: “Due to heavy rain and the resulting adverse course conditions, the Global Rallycross competition at X Games Barcelona was cancelled. Global Rallycross will announce the addition of another race as a makeup race on the calendar shortly.”
19-05-2013 21:17 : After continuous rainfalls and several delays the RallyCross event of the Spanish Global X Games in Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium was eventually cancelled due to an unusable all loose surface track.
19-05-2013 18:52 : SuperCars victory in Round 2 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) series at Essay in France has been claimed by Belgian Koen Pauwels (Ford Focus Mk2) from his compatriot Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) and Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin (Renault Clio Mk3). Super1600s was won by Frenchman Dorian Launay (Renault Clio Mk2) while in TouringCars Czech Roman Častoral (Opel Astra G RWD) made overall victory his.
18-05-2013 20:01 : Belgian Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) won the 1st Heat of the French RCE round at Essay from his compatriot Koen Pauwels (Ford Focus Mk2). Fastest French driver was Alain Heu (Citroën C4) on 3rd place, French 1993 ERC winner Jean-Luc Pailler bagged 4th place, and Briton Kevin Procter (Ford Focus Mk2) finished 5th.
18-05-2013 18:12 : The SuperCars class of the 2013 Finnish Rallycross Championship opener at the Kemoran Moottorirata in Veteli was won today by Ari Perkiömäki in his Ford Fiesta Mk6 from Janne Kanerva (Citroën C4) and Joni-Pekka Rajala (Mitsubishi Lancer E6). Victory of the SRC category was bagged by Peter Helenius in the VW Scirocco Mk3.
18-05-2013 10:55 : RIP: We at ERC24 are very sad to learn about the death of Klaus Stich who died yesterday at the age of 72, while being ill and under treatment in a hospital of his hometown of Siegburg. The former top-ranking army officer of the German Bundeswehr was for almost 25 years a keen Rallycross official, for both the German ASN (DMSB) as well as the FIA Off-Road Commission.
14-05-2013 23:59 : As revealed on our ERC24 Facebook already on May 10 and officially confirmed today double World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz is set to race the second VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar of the Swedish Marklund Motorsport Team in the Global X Games of his native Spain, to be held in Barcelona on Whit Sunday, May 19.
11-05-2013 20:39 : Johan Kristoffersson drove his 560+bhp VW Scirocco Mk3 SuperCar to victory over Mats Öhman (Volvo S40 Mk2) and Tomas Andersson (BMW 1 E81) in the Support Race during Round 1 of the 2013 Swedish Rallycross Championship at the Strängnäs Motorstadion. Daniel Wall (Volvo V40) won in SuperNationals, “Fidde” [aka Fredrik Rosengren] (BMW E30 Coupé) in SuperNationals 2400 and Tommy Johansson (BMW E36) in the Junior Category.
11-05-2013 10:57 : There is a Live Stream of the 2013 Swedish Rallycross Championship opener at Strängnäs Motorstadion in Strängnäs available, link to be found via our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section below.
09-05-2013 09:35 : Detroit is one of the four finalists bidding for a three-year contract to replace Los Angeles and host the US round of the Global X Games (including Global RallyCross) beginning in 2014. The other cities still in the running are Austin in Texas, Chicago and Charlotte in North Carolina. The winner is to be announced late this summer.
28-04-2013 13:55 : For live timings and results of the 2nd 2013 ERX round at Montalegre in Portugal check our ‘Latest Shortcuts’ section to find the necessary links.
27-04-2013 11:00 : Global RallyCross Championship/Global X Games regular Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen has confirmed his entry for his native round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at Kouvola in June. At the Finnish Tykkimäen Moottorirata the Silver Medallist of the recent X Games in Brazil will meet his compatriot Jussi-Petteri “Juspe” Leppihalme, another sporadic RallycrossRX series driver and runner-up to Tanner Foust in the season opener at Lydden Hill.
21-04-2013 21:41 : The first ever Global X Games event in the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu was won by ex-F1 driver American Scott Speed from Finn Topi Heikkinen and Swede Patrik Sandell.
21-04-2013 21:08 : The overall winners of Round 1 of the Rallycross Challenge Europe (RCE) at the Wachauring near Melk in Austria are master of the house Jürgen Weiß (A) with Ford Focus Mk1 in SuperCars, Klaus Freudenthaler (A) with Škoda Fabia Mk1 in Super1600s and Jos Sterkens (B) with Volvo C30/4 RWD in TouringCars.
21-04-2013 00:23 : Former Formula 1 and current NASCAR driver American Scott Speed during the RallyCross event of the Global X Games in Brazil: “After my first lap I thought I wouldn’t make it around the track. However, by the end of the day I really started feeling comfortable and had the most fun I’ve ever had on four-wheels.”
14-04-2013 20:16 : Round 1 of the Dutch Rallycross Championship, counting also as Round 3 for the Belgian Rallycross Championship, at the Eurocircuit at Valkenswaard saw the following overall winners: Patrick Van Mechelen (Ford Fiesta Mk7) in SuperCars, Peter van de Wege (Toyota Yaris Mk1) in Super1600s, Jos Sterkens (Volvo C30/4 RWD) in TouringCars, Kristof Bex (Volvo S40 Mk1) in SuperNationals +2000, and Pedro Cokelaere (Honda Civic EK4) in SuperNationals -2000.
14-04-2013 20:08 : “Mad Mark” Watson (Citroën Xsara) won the SuperCars category in Round 2 of the British Rallycross Championship at Mallory Park. In SuperNationals it was Ashley Simpson who drove his Lotus Exige to victory. In the Junior category it was Swede Kevin Hansen (Suzuki Swift) claiming the 1st place, while guest driver Pat Doran (Suzuki Swift) made the Swift Sport class his.
14-04-2013 19:54 : The overall winners of the different classes in Round 1 of the German Rallycross Championship at the Driving Center at Groß Dölln are René Münnich (Škoda Fabia Mk2) in SuperCars, Mandie August (Škoda Fabia Mk2) in Super1600s, Silva Winterhoff (Volvo PV 544) in SuperNationals, and Jannik Riese (VW Polo Mk3/6N) in the Rallycross Cup category.
12-04-2013 14:53 : ERC24 has just been informed from Maasmechelen in Belgium that Mister André Reul, for many a year the Chairman of the Belgian Rallycross Association BRCV, has suddenly passed away today. May he Rest In Peace!
11-04-2013 12:24 : Swedish youngster Anton Marklund today released the name of his teammate for the Global X Games in Brazil. American racer and 2004 ‘Indy 500’ winner Buddy Rice shall drive the second 560bhp VW Polo Mk5 Rallycross SuperCar of Marklund Motorsport in Foz do Iguaçu, April 18 to 21.
09-04-2013 17:27 : Dodge and SRT Motorsports today announced they’re teaming up with Travis Pastrana again for a second season of competition in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series. Pastrana Racing will now field two Dodge Dart for 2013, Bryce Menzies will drive the second car. The duo is set to drive their Red Bull and Discount Tire sponsored Dodge Dart Rallycross SuperCars in the Global X Games season opener in Brazil.
09-04-2013 10:47 : Canadian former Snowmobile champion, Dirt Track racer and NASCAR driver Steve Arpin has confirmed on his Facebook that he is set to do a full 2013 Global RallyCross Championship/Global X Games season with OlsbergsMSE. Arpin will race a 2012 Ford Fiesta Mk7 SuperCar in OMSE2, a satelite team to the main OMSE squad. The Canadian has been to the Ford testing grounds at Lommel in Belgium recently to test the car prior to the X Games season start in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, April 18 to 21.
08-04-2013 19:15 : Today in São Paulo in Brazil a two-car ‘X Team Mitsubishi Racing’ has been confirmed to race in the Global X Games rounds. The two Brazilian drivers will be ex-F1 pilot and current NASCAR star Nelson Piquet Junior, who is set to compete already at Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, while Rally Raid ace Guilherme “Guiga” Spinelli is going to join “Nelsinho” in Barcelona.
07-04-2013 08:47 : American web-radio man Bill Wood talked to ex-Formula One racer Nelson Piquet Jr. about the RallyCross plans of the Brazilian. Piquet said that the deal was brought to him and he’d only have time to do four or five GRC events including the Global X Games in Brazil, Spain and Los Angeles. He said he possibly could add the non X Games New Hampshire GRC round to that schedule. The current NASCAR driver is set to race a Mitsubishi Lancer E10 prepared for RallyCross by Rhys Millen Racing.
01-04-2013 17:10 : American Tanner Foust wins the 2013 ERX opener at Lydden Hill in England from Finn Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme and Frenchman Davy Jeanney. While victory in Super1600s was claimed by Dane Ulrik Linnemann it was Irishman Derek Tohill who made the TouringCars class his. UPDATE: Jeanney later disqualified and placed 6th overall.
28-03-2013 22:34 : After doubts this week over whether his car would be ready for ERX Round One, Norwegian Mats Lysen confirms that he will not make the event: “The engine builder is not ready with the car, so we will not start at Lydden, I’m really disappointed”, says Lysen.
27-03-2013 20:53 : Henning Solberg is currently with Eklund Motorsport in Arvika to do the final work on the rented Saab 9-3, like displaying his sponsors on the 550bhp Rallycross SuperCar, before leaving for Lydden Hill. We from ERC24 understood that both, Henning and Per Eklund are very happy about the deal, the results of the improvements to the car and the test drives the Norwegian carried out today. According to Solberg the Older the set-up of the 9-3 is perfect and he was very satisfied with his start attempts. The car was used by US-based Swede Samuel Hübinette for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship series in America and was overhauled in Sweden during the winter.
26-03-2013 15:52 :
Sports car racing is a form of circuit auto racing with sports cars that have two seats and enclosed wheels. They may be purpose-built (Prototype) or related to road-going models (Grand Touring).
A type of hybrid between the purism of open-wheelers and the familiarity of touring car racing, this style is often associated with the annual Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. First run in 1923, Le Mans is one of the oldest motor races still in existence. Other classic but now defunct sports car races include the Italian classics, the Targa Florio (1906–1977) and Mille Miglia (1927–1957), and the Mexican Carrera Panamericana (1950-1954). Most top class sports car races emphasize endurance (typically between 2.5-24 hours), reliability, and strategy, over pure speed. Longer races usually involve complex pit strategy and regular driver changes. As a result, sports car racing is seen more as a team endeavor than an individual sport, with team managers such as John Wyer, Tom Walkinshaw, driver-turned-constructor Henri Pescarolo, Peter Sauber and Reinhold Joest becoming almost as famous as some of their drivers.
The prestige of storied marques such as Porsche, Audi,Corvette, Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lotus, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW is built in part upon success in sports car racing and the World Sportscar Championship. These makers' top road cars have often been very similar both in engineering and styling to those raced. This close association with the 'exotic' nature of the cars serves as a useful distinction between sports car racing and touring cars.
The 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 24 Hours of Le Mans were once widely considered the trifecta of sports car racing. Driver Ken Miles would have been the only ever to win all three in the same year but for an error in the Ford GT40's team orders at Le Mans in 1966 that cost him the win in spite of finishing first.
According to historian Richard Hough, "It is obviously impossible to distinguish between the designers of sports cars and Grand Prix machines during the pre-1914 period. The late Georges Faroux always contended that sports-car racing was not born until the first 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1923, and while as a joint-creator of that race he may have been prejudiced in his opinion, it is certainly true that sports-car racing as it was known after 1919 did not exist before the First World War."
In the 1920s, the cars used in endurance racing and Grand Prix were still basically identical, with fenders and two seats, to carry a mechanic if necessary or permitted. Cars such as the Bugatti Type 35 were almost equally at home in Grands Prix and endurance events, but specialisation gradually started to differentiate the sports-racer from the Grand Prix car. The legendary Alfa Romeo Tipo AMonoposto started the evolution of the true single-seater in the early 1930s; the Grand Prix racer and its miniature voiturette offspring rapidly evolved into high performance single seaters optimised for relatively short races, by dropping fenders and the second seat. During the later 1930s, French constructors, unable to keep up with the progress of the Mercedes-Benz and Auto-Union cars in GP racing, withdrew into primarily domestic competition with large-capacity sports cars – marques such as Delahaye, Talbot and the later Bugattis were locally prominent.
Similarly, through the 1920s and 1930s the roadgoing sports/GT car started to emerge as distinct from fast tourers (Le Mans had originally been a race for touring cars) and sports cars, whether descended from primarily roadgoing vehicles or developed from pure-bred racing cars came to dominate races such as Le Mans and the Mille Miglia.
In open-road endurance races across Europe such as the Mille Miglia, Tour de France and Targa Florio, which were often run on dusty roads, the need for fenders and a mechanic or navigator was still there. As mainly Italian cars and races defined the genre, the category came to be known as Gran Turismo (particularly in the 1950s), as long distances had to be travelled, rather than running around on short circuits only. Reliability and some basic comfort were necessary in order to endure the task.
After the Second World War, sports car racing emerged as a distinct form of racing with its own classic races, and, from 1953, its own FIA sanctioned World Championship. In the 1950s, sports car racing was regarded as almost as important as Grand Prix competition, with major marques like Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar and Aston Martin investing much effort in their works programmes and supplying cars to customers; sports racers lost their close relationship to road-going sports cars in the 1950s and the major races were contested by dedicated competition cars such as the Jaguar C and D types, the Mercedes 300SLR, Maserati 300S, Aston Martin DBR1 and assorted Ferraris including the first Testa Rossas. Top Grand Prix drivers also competed regularly in sports car racing. After major accidents at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1957 Mille Miglia the power of sports cars was curbed with a 3-litre engine capacity limit applied to them in the World Championship from 1958. From 1962 sports cars temporarily took a back seat to GT cars with the FIA replacing the World Championship for Sports Cars with the International Championship for GT Manufacturers.
Growth at a national level
In national rather than international racing, sports car competition in the 1950s and early 1960s tended to reflect what was locally popular, with the cars that were successful locally often influencing each nation's approach to competing on the international stage.
In the USA, imported Italian, German and British cars battled local hybrids, with initially very distinct East and West Coast scenes; these gradually converged and a number of classic races and important teams emerged including Camoradi, Briggs Cunningham and so on. The US scene tended to feature small MG and Porsche cars in the smaller classes, and imported Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Allard and Ferrari cars in the larger classes.
A breed of powerful hybrids appeared in the 50s and 60s and raced on both sides of the Atlantic, featuring European chassis and large American engines – from the early Allard cars via hybrids such as Lotus 19s fitted with large engines through to the AC Cobra. The combination of mostly British chassis and American V8 engines gave rise to the popular and spectacular Can-Am series in the 1960s and 1970s.
In Britain 2-litre sports cars were initially popular (the Bristol engine being readily available and cheap), subsequently 1100 cc sports racers became a very popular category for young drivers (effectively supplanting 500 cc F3), with Lola, Lotus, Cooper and others being very competitive, although at the other end of the scale in the early to mid-1960s the national sports racing scene also attracted sophisticated GTs and later a crop of large-engined "big bangers" the technology of which largely gave rise to Can-Am but soon died out. Clubmans provided much entertainment at club-racing level from the 1960s into the 1990s and John Webb revived interest in big sports prototypes with Thundersports in the 1980s. There was even enough interest in Group C to sustain a C2 championship for a few years; at 'club' level Modified Sports Car ("ModSports") and Production Sports Car ("ProdSports") races remained a feature of most British race meetings into the 1980s, evolving into a "Special GT" series that was essentially Formula Libre for sports or saloon cars. After a relative period of decline in the 1980s a British GT Championship emerged in the mid-90s.
Italy found itself with both grassroots racing with a plethora of Fiat based specials (often termed "etceterinis") and small Alfa Romeos, and exotica such as Maserati and Ferrari – who also sold cars to domestic customers as well as racing on the world stage. Road races such as the Mille Miglia included everything from stock touring cars to World Championship contenders. The Mille Miglia was the largest sporting event in Italy until a fatal accident caused its demise in 1957. The Targa Florio, another tough road race, remained part of the world championship until the 1970s and remained as a local race for many years afterwards.
As the French car industry switched from making large powerful cars to small utilitarian ones, French sports cars of the 1950s and early 1960s tended to be small-capacity and highly aerodynamic (often based on Panhard or Renault components), aimed at winning the "Index of Performance" at Le Mans and Reims and triumphing in handicap races. Between the late 1960s and late 1970s, Matra and Renault made significant and successful efforts to win at Le Mans.
In Germany, domestic production based racing was largely dominated by BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, although sports car/GT racing gradually became eclipsed by touring cars and the initially sports car based Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft gradually evolved into the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. Porsche started to evolve a line of sports prototypes from the late 1950s; noted for their toughness and reliability they started to win in races of attrition such as the Targa Florio and as they grew bigger (via the Porsche 910 to the Porsche 908 and finally the Porsche 917) the Stuttgart marque became first a competitor for overall wins and then came to dominate sports car racing – both they and Mercedes have made intermittent returns to the top level of the sport through the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Sports car racing has intermittently been popular in Japan – in the 1960s small-capacity sports racers and even a local version of the Group 7 cars as raced in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup were popular; a healthy local sports prototype championship ran until the early 1990s and now the Super GT series provides high-budget exposure to manufacturers, with many international drivers appearing. The Japanese manufacturers have also been frequent visitors to the US sports car scene (Nissan and Toyota in particular during the heyday of IMSA) and to the European scene, in particular Le Mans, where despite many years of trying by all the main Japanese marques the only victory to have been scored by a Japanese marque was by Mazda in 1991.
1960s and 1970s – Evolution, rise, and decline
Powerful prototypes (effectively pure-bred two-seater racing cars with no real link to production vehicles) started to appear as the 1960s progressed, with worldwide battles between Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Lotus, Alfa Romeo and Matra as well as other more specialist marques running on into the early 1970s. The competition at Le Mans even made it to the movie screens, with Steve McQueen's film Le Mans. This era was seen by many as the highpoint of sports car racing, with the technology and performance of the cars comfortably in excess of what was seen in Formula 1. Homologation saw many out-and-out racing cars produced in sufficient quantities to see them classed as production vehicles; the FIA responded by placing more restrictions on even the allegedly production-based cars and placed draconian limits on the power available to prototypes – these prototypes of the late 1960s/early 1970s were comfortably quicker than contemporary Grand Prix machinery and for 1972 they were constrained to run much smaller engines to F1 rules, often detuned for endurance. Group 4 Grand Touring Cars and Group 5 Special Production Cars became the premier form of "sports car" racing from 1976, with prototypes going into a general decline apart from Porsche 936 domination at Le Mans and a lower-key series of races for smaller two-litre Group 6 prototypes.
A peculiarly American form of sports car racing was the Can-Am series, in which virtually unlimited sports prototypes competed in relatively short races. This series ran from 1966 to 1974 and was an expansion of the USRRC that conformed to FIA Group 7 rules. The original Can-Am fell victim to rising costs and the energy crisis.
The ACO, organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours, attempted to come up with a formula that would encourage more prototypes back to the race but would also be relatively economical – their Grand Touring Prototype rules in the late 1970s, based on fuel consumption rules, gave rise to two different varieties of sports car racing that were widely held to be a high point in the history of the sport.
1980s – Group C and IMSA GTP
In Europe, the FIA adopted the ACO GTP rules virtually unchanged and sanctioned the Group CWorld Endurance Championship (or World Sportscar Championship), featuring high-tech closed-cockpit prototypes from Porsche, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Jaguar and others. In the USA, the IMSACamel GTP series boasted close competition between huge fields of manufacturer-backed teams and privateer squads – the cars were technically similar to Group Cs but used a sliding scale of weights and engine capacities to try to limit performance. Both Group C and GTP had secondary categories, respectively Group C2 and Camel Lights, for less powerful cars, targeting entries by small specialist constructors or serious amateur teams.
The FIA attempted to make Group C into a virtual "two seater Grand Prix" format in the early 1990s, with engine rules in common with F1, short race distances, and a schedule dovetailing with that of the F1 rounds. This drove up costs and drove away entrants and crowds, and by 1993 prototype racing was dead in Europe, with the Peugeot, Jaguar, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz teams all having withdrawn.
1990s – Rebirth and revival
In an attempt to provide a top-class endurance racing series to replace the WSPC, a number of GT series sprung up at national and European level, with the BPR series eventually evolving into the FIA GT Championship. IMSA GTP continued for a few more years but was replaced by a series for World Sports Cars – relatively simple open-top prototypes – which gave rise to cars such as the Ferrari 333SP and the Riley & Scott Mk 3, supported by GTs. As the 1990s progressed, these prototypes and others like them started to be raced in Europe and an FIA Sports Car series evolved for them.
Since the demise of Group C (where Japan and Germany both had successful series of their own) Japan has largely gone its own way in sports car racing; the Super GT series is for very highly modified production-based cars; although prototypes are slowly returning to Japanese racing in the Japan Le Mans Challenge many of these 'prototypes' are little more than rebodied Formula 3 cars (although there has been a long Japanese tradition of such hybrids; a Grand Champion series ran for many years with rebodied Formula 2 and Formula 3000 cars, rather similar to the second incarnation of Can-Am).
In the US, however, road racing actually saw a decline. The IMSA GT Championship had been prototype-based since 1983, with less emphasis on production cars. NASCAR was becoming increasingly dominant, and the IndyCar Series' split from CART in 1996 put more emphasis on ovals regarding domestic open-wheel racing. Also contributing to the decline was the retirement of Mario Andretti from Formula One. It would be over a decade before another American driver would join Formula One, viz. Scott Speed, although Speed was ultimately unsuccessful and eventually joined NASCAR himself.
2000s – Resurgence in the US
The debut of the SpeedVision television network brought a resurgence of interest in sports car racing in the US, with the network originally showing a large amount of sports car racing and sports car related programming before being replaced by Fox Sports.
The IMSA GT Series evolved into the American Le Mans Series; the European races eventually became the closely related Le Mans Series, both of which mix prototypes and GTs; the FIA remains more interested in its own GT and GT3 championships, with the ACO's rules the basis for the LMS and ALMS. The Le Mans Prototype is somewhat reminiscent of the old Can Am prototype.
Further splits in the American scene saw the Grand American Road Racing Association form a separate series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, with its own GT and prototype rules aimed at providing cheaper, lower-cost racing for independent teams. Grand Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, a support series for the Rolex Series, provides a similar series to the old Trans Am Series, mixing conventional sports cars and touring cars. Due to Grand Am's affiliation with NASCAR, many NASCAR drivers occasionally participate in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Max Papis is a notable example in that he was a road racer prior to his tenure in the Sprint Cup Series. Many of these drivers only participate in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The original Trans-Am Series dissolved in 2006, but returned to action in 2009 with tube frame TA1 and TA2 divisions racing with production-based TA3-American and TA3-International divisions. In addition, the SCCA continues to provide a major support series for Trans-Am. This series, known as the SCCA World Challenge, consists of a one-hour race for each round, combining three classes: GT (Chevrolet Corvette, Aston Martin DB9, etc.), "GTS" (Acura TSX, BMW 3 Series, etc.; replaced the former touring car class), and Touring Car (a "showroom stock" class similar to Grand Am's Continental Challenge). The Trans Am series returned in 2009, but has yet to establish a television contract.
2010s – Reformatting
The 2010s have seen a major overhaul of sports car racing in the United States. The Pirelli World Challenge reformatted in 2010 to have a showroom stock touring car group comparable to that of the Continental Challenge's Grand Sport class, promoting its other touring car class to "GTS". This came after several years of the old TC class being an Acura-BMW-Mazda affair. For 2012, the series will be adopting a "B-spec" touring car class comparable to that of the Continental Challenge's Street Tuner class.
Meanwhile, the Rolex Sports Car Series has overhauled its Daytona Prototype class for 2012, allowing for production-based designs. Already planned is a Corvette-based prototype.
The ALMS's new LMP/LMC format, however, has not held up. The prototype classes split again in 2011, with LMP1 having three cars and LMP2 having one. A new "GT Pro Am" class was added. Initially, this format was only to be used in endurance races, but was eventually applied to all races. For 2012, only a handful of LMPs are being entered, with almost all of them being powered by Japanese manufacturers (Nissan, Honda, etc.). The British manufacturer Morgan has entered a Judd-powered LMP. Aston Martin Racing, who for several years had entered an LMP, has returned to GT for 2012.
The reformatted Trans-Am Series has remained stagnant, being heavily overshadowed by the SCCA's World Challenge, and failing to garner a television contract. A major factor in this is the fact that Trans Am's teams still use vehicles dating back to 1999. In most other series, teams tend to update their vehicles every few years or so (examples include the 2005 vs. 2010 Mustangs in the Continental Challenge and the two different generations of Mazda RX-8 in the Rolex Series).
Other television changes include Speed Channel losing the rights to almost every series. The World Challenge was transferred to Versus, while the ALMS was transferred to an ESPN/ABC partnership. ALMS races are shown live online with a telecast the following day (although Speed still has the rights to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is still televised live). For 2012, some races will be televised live. Speed, having a partnership with NASCAR, still has exclusive rights to the NASCAR-owned Grand Am series.
The ALMS has now introduced "GTE-PRO" and "GTE-AM" for endurance races.
Types of cars
There are many kinds of sports cars that compete, but they can be broadly broken down into two main categories: Sports prototypes and Grand Touring (GT). These two categories (or "classes") are often mixed together in a single race, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In mixed-class races an overall winner is awarded, but also individual class winners are often recognized.
Sports prototype is the name given to a type of car used in sports car racing and is effectively the next automotive design and technological step up from road-going sports cars and are, along with open-wheel cars, the pinnacle of racing-car design.
The highest level in sports car racing these cars are purpose-built racing cars with enclosed wheels, and either open or closed cockpits. Since the World Sportscar Championship was conceived there have been various regulations regarding bodywork, engine style and size, tyres and aerodynamics to which these cars must be built. Sports-prototypes may be (and often are) one-of-a-kind machines, and need bear no relation to any road-going vehicle, although during the 1990s some manufacturers exploited a loophole in the FIA and ACO rules which meant cars racing in the GT category were actually true sports-prototypes and sired some road-going versions for homologation purposes. The Dauer-Porsche 962LM, Porsche 911 GT1-98, Mercedes CLK-GTR and Toyota GT-One were prime examples of prototypes masquerading as GTs.
In simplistic terms, sports-prototypes are two-seat racing cars with bodywork covering their wheels, and are as technically advanced and, depending on the regulations they are built to, as quick as or quicker than their single-seat counterparts. Although not widely known, sports-prototypes (along with Formula 1 cars) are responsible for introducing the most numbers of new technologies and ideas to motorsport, including rear-wings, ground effect 'venturi' tunnels, fan-assisted aerodynamics and dual-shift gearboxes. Some of these technologies eventually filter down to road cars.
In the ACO regulations, two categories of sports-prototypes are now recognized: P1 and P2. Cars competing in the P1 category must weigh no less than 900 kg and are limited to 6000 cc naturally aspirated and 4000 cc turbocharged engines. 5500 cc turbo-Diesel engines are also permitted in P1 – Audi scored Le Mans victories with such a car in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and Peugeot returned to racing in 2007 with a car with a similar powerplant (Peugeot 908). P2 cars can weigh much less — first 675 kg, then 750 kg and now 825 kg — but are restricted to 3400 cc V6 or V8 normally aspirated or 2000 cc turbocharged powerplants. In the European series in which endurance is a priority and P2s have been run largely by privateers, P2s have not challenged P1s for outright victories; in the American Le Mans Series with generally shorter races P2 has become the most active prototype category with serious involvement from Porsche and Acura and whereas P2 in Europe tends to involve races of attrition, in the US series the P2s, particularly the Porsche RS Spyder are often quicker round a lap than P1s, with the Porsche having scored many overall victories against the Audis in P1.
Prototype rules for 2010 and beyond will encourage production-based engines (GT1 engines in LMP1, GT2 engines in LMP2) and rules to equalise the performance of petrol and diesel LMP1s are also being addressed.
Daytona Prototypes are a product of the Grand-AmRolex Sports Car Series, and offer a different interpretation of the prototype theme. DPs, as they are often called, are closed-cockpit, purpose-built racing machines which are less expensive and (deliberately) somewhat slower than Le Mans Prototypes, which were becoming dangerously quick on the Daytona oval and prohibitively expensive for smaller teams to run. Compared to the LMPs, DPs are severely limited in terms of approved technology; for instance, they are required to be constructed of steel tube frames with carbon-fiber skins, rather than being carbon-fiber monocoques, and must use production-based engines. The intention of the DP formula was to provide a class in which tight technical regulations encouraged close competition and where budget would be relatively unimportant. DP chassis are subject to a franchise-like approval system in which only approved constructors are eligible, with rules stability enforced for several years at a time, although this led in 2007 to established constructors like Lola and Dallara entering the 2008 series by taking over the rights of existing constructors (Multimatic and Doran respectively).
Grand Touring (from the Italian Gran Turismo) racing is the most common form of sports car racing, and is found all over the world, in both international and national series. Historically, Grand Touring cars had to be in series production, but in 1976 the class was split into production based Group 4 Grand Touring Cars and Group 5 Special Production Cars which were essentially pure-bred racing cars with production-lookalike bodies. GT racing gradually fell into abeyance in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, with silhouette cars continuing to race in IMSA races in the USA. When GT racing revived after the collapse of the World Sports Car Championship at the end of 1992, the lead in defining rules was taken by the ACO. Under the ACO rules, Grand Touring cars are divided into two categories, Grand Touring 1 (GT1, formerly GTS) and Grand Touring 2 (GT2, formerly GT). As the name of the class implies, the exterior of the car closely resembles that of the production version, while the internal fittings may differ greatly. GT2 cars are very similar to the FIA GT2 classification, and are 'pure' GT cars; that is production exotic cars with relatively few internal modifications for racing. The Porsche 911 is currently the most popular car in the GT2 class. 2009 will be the last run of the GT1 class as a result of budgeting issues. GT1 teams are currently enlisting to run their cars in the GT2 class next year. The American Le Mans Series also runs a "GT-Challenge" class, which currently only uses Porsche 911 GT3 Cups but will open to other cars next year. This category is designed for privateer and rookie teams as an easier way to enter the series.
For 2011, the ACO split GT2 into two categories, GTE-Pro (for all-professional teams with current-spec cars) and GTE-Am (for teams with one amateur and one professional per car using previous-spec cars), as a way to entice rookies to enter one of the three Le Mans Series.
FIA divides GT cars into four categories called GT1 (formerly GT), GT2 (formerly N-GT), GT3 (recently introduced) and GT4. The GT1 and GT2 divisions are very close to the ACO rules outlined above, and again some crossover racing does occur, particularly in the GT2 class. The GT3 class is relatively new and was introduced for 2006. These cars are closer to standard form than in GT2, and in most cases modifications are restricted to those found in one-make cups. GT4 is another new category for non-professional drivers in production-based cars with very few racing modifications – for example, no aerodynamic aids or body modifications are permitted. All of the categories (with the exception of GT2) have their own championships/cups run by the FIA. Currently, GT2 is defunct in the FIA, and only runs in Le Mans Series/ALMS; however, the FIA has also announced that GT2 cars will be able to compete in the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012 in a World Class along with GT3 cars.
Grand-Am has only one class for Grand Touring cars which allows production-based GT racers at a spec somewhere between FIA GT2 and GT3 in terms of modification (e.g. the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) to compete with purpose-built tube-frame "silhouette" machines reminiscent of the former IMSA GTO/GTU classes. Grand-Am also runs various under-classes more reminiscent of GT4, though closer to factory cars. For 2012, GT3 cars will be allowed, with spec wings and splitters, as long as they pass a test at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, thus allowing GT3 cars to run with few modifications relative to other series (NASCAR, the parent company of Grand-Am, does not permit anti-lock brakes or traction control to be used on Grand-Am GT cars).
As of 2012[update], the four GT categories are in mixed health. GT1 has been all but phased out with the removal of the class from the FIA GT1 World Championship and later the discontinuation of the series. GT2 is used by the American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, FIA World Endurance Championship, Asian Le Mans Series, and the International GT Open. GT3, currently the most popular of the GT classes, is used by the FIA GT3 European Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, and most national series such as ADAC GT Masters or the British GT Championship. GT4 has also been phased out like GT1 with the removal of the category from the Blancpain Endurance Series and the cancellation of the GT4 European Cup for 2012 due to issues regarding the organiser.
Technology escalation and control
While GT cars are at least in theory based on road-going models, some GT1 cars in the mid to late 1990s were effectively purpose-built sports-prototypes which spawned exotic production cars with homologation production limits of 25 cars (for small-scale manufacturers, such as Saleen) or 100 cars (for major manufacturers like Daimler AG).
The original form of GT1 racing was dropped in 1998 because of rising costs. The GT1 class was for the purebred supercars and purpose-built race cars, such as the McLaren F1 GTR, Ferrari F40, Porsche 911 GT1, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Toyota GT-One and Nissan R390 – while the first two were a derivatives of roadgoing sports cars, the German and Japanese contenders were pure-bred racing cars – virtually sports prototypes. Rising costs coupled with declining entries led to the death of this class, and it was replaced by what is called GT2 (FIA, which later evolved into the GT1) and Le Mans Prototype (LMP, by the ACO).
This process is due to happen again in 2009 as a response to cost increases in GT1 and GT2 racing: for the 2009 season, GT1 and GT2 as they currently stand will be abolished. Various proposals exist to control technology and costs, mainly by abolishing the existing GT1 class and creating new class boundaries between current GT2, GT3 and GT4 cars.
Sports car racing in general extends far beyond ACO and FIA rules, encompassing the Grand-Am professional series as well as amateur road racing classes in the Sports Car Club of America in North America.
Amateur sports car racing throughout the United States is sanctioned by clubs such as the Sports Car Club of America. The SCCA's sports-racing classes include C and D Sports Racing, Sports 2000 and Spec Racer Ford, in descending order of speed and sophistication, as well as a number of production-based and one-make classes.
In Japan, the Super GT series divides cars into two classes, called GT500 and GT300. These cars are less restricted than their European and American counterparts, with cars often sporting tube frame clips and forced induction kits. Teams are also free to change engines with other models made by the manufacturer. The numbers in the classifications refer to the maximum power (in horsepower) available to each class; this is achieved through the use of engine restrictors. Proponents of the series claim that the Super GT cars are the fastest sports cars in the world, while critics deride the cars as being outside the limits of 'acceptable' modifications. In recent years however, rule changes in both GT500 and GT1 (aimed at eventually allowing both classes to compete with each other in the future) have brought the cars closer to each other, although GT500 cars still have a notable advantage in terms of aerodynamics and cornering performance (enough to compensate for GT1 cars greater power).
In Europe, although most national championships (British, French, German and the Spanish-based International GT Open) run under FIA/ACO GT regulations with some modifications to ensure closer racing and lower costs, some championships are open to non-homologated GT cars. The Belcar series in Belgium allows silhouettes and touring cars to race alongside GTs, while the VdeV Modern Endurance allows small prototypes from national championships such as the Norma, Centenari and Radical to race alongside GT3 class cars. Britcar permits a wide range of touring and GT cars to compete in endurance races, and Britsports permits various kinds of sports racer.
Notable racing series
- World Sportscar Championship – The former World Championship, which dissolved in 1992. Originally contested in 1953 by Sports cars, GTs and even Touring cars, towards its end it was Sports cars only. At various times it was also known as the International Championship for GT Manufacturers, International Championship for Sports Cars, International Championship for Makes, World Championship for Makes, World Endurance Championship and World Sports Prototype Championship. 1963 saw the first formal separation of Sports Cars and GT cars in separate championships. The practice continued until 1977, after which it became a Sports car only series.
- FIA GT1 World Championship – A short-lived GT series in the 2010s created by promoting the FIA GT Championship to World Championship status.
- Porsche Supercup – One make series for Porsche Carrera Cup cars. Supports the Formula One world championship. Predominately European series, has ventured into western Asia.
- American Le Mans Series – Based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Run in the United States and Canada although held events elsewhere, as far away as Australia. Emerged from the IMSA GT split, and essentially replaced IMSA GT. Lasted from 1999 to 2013 and merged into the United SportCar Championship.
- Intercontinental Le Mans Cup – Global Championship, however not an official World Championship because it is not organised by the FIA, starting in 2010 and ending in 2011.
- WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - the current top-level North American sports car and GT series. Replaced the Rolex Sportscar Series and the American Le Mans Series for the 2014 season.
- SCCA World Challenge – GT and Touring Car Racing series in the US and Canada
- Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – support/feeder series to the Rolex Sports Car Series and successor WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, mixes GT and touring cars
- IMSA Prototype Lites – Support series for the American Le Mans Series, formerly called "IMSA Lites". Single seat sports cars with motorcycle engines.
- Rolex Sports Car Series – Grand-Am's top-level US sports car series, emerged from the USRRC. Lasted from 2000 to 2013, merged into the United SportsCar Championship. Separate classes for Sports cars and GT cars.
- Can-Am – Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Prototype-based series which ran from 1966 to 1974 and in revised form from 1977 to 1986; revived in 1998 as a part of the USRRC)
- USERA – United States Endurance Racing Association – Pro-Am Endurance Championship in the United States
- IMSA GT Championship – lasted from 1971 to 1998 and replaced by ALMS and the Rolex Series.
- United States Road Racing Championship- emerged from the IMSA GT split, became the Rolex Series.
- Trans-Am Series – Originally a touring car series incorporating some GT elements in later years but remained primarily for touring cars. Gradually evolved into a silhouette racing car series, mirroring NASCAR trends. Began in the 1960s was hugely popular during the Pony car era of muscle cars in the late 60s and early 70s, it folded in 2005. A new Muscle car series evolved in 2009.
- International Race of Champions – The popular IROC one-make series has been run in the United States, in later years predominately on oval for GT and Muscle cars.
National and domestic championships
- British GT Championship – national level GT series
- Speed – National level endurance car championship run by MotorsportVision Racing. Sometimes called LMP3 cars.
- Thundersports – a British series of the 1980s in which pretty much any kind of sports racer, GT and even touring cars were eligible.
- Clubmans – a long-lived British formula which featured sophisticated, quick but economical front-engined/rear wheel drive sports racers well into the 1990s. Based originally on the popularity of the Lotus Seven.
- Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft – German series which originally pitted touring cars against GT racers, Gr 6 and then Gr. C was later added.
- Supercup – A Group C only national series in Germany, replaced DRM and ran until 1989. Not to be confused with the various Porsche Supercup series.
- ADAC GT Masters – ADAC level GT series
- Interserie – German based series, originally similar to Can-Am.
- Denis Jenkinson, "Automobile Year Book Of Sports Car Racing" (photographic history of sports car racing from the early 1950s to the 1970s)
- János Wimpffen, "Time and Two Seats" – 2 vols. Extensive history of World Championship sports car racing from 1952 to the late 1990s.
- János Wimpffen, "Open Roads And Front Engines" – a photographic companion to the above, covering the early 50s-early 60s.
- János Wimpffen, "Winged Sports Cars and Enduring Innovation" – a sequel to the above covering the early 60s-early 70s.
- János Wimpffen, "Spyders and Silhouettes" – a sequel to the above covering the early 70s-early 80s.
- John Wyer, "The Certain Sound" – memoirs of Aston Martin and Ford GT40 team manager
- Chris Nixon, "Racing With The David Brown Aston Martins", 2 vols.
- Anthony Pritchard, "Sports Racing Cars" – profiles of 25 sports racers through history.
- Brooklands Books, "Le Mans" – 5 volumes of contemporary race reports
- Brooklands Books, "Mille Miglia" – 2 volumes of contemporary race reports
- Brooklands Books, "Targa Florio" – 5 volumes of contemporary race reports
- Brooklands Books, "Carrera Panamericana" – 1 volume of contemporary race reports
- Ian Briggs, "Endurance Racing 1982–1991" – the Group C and IMSA GTP years, race by race.
- Michael Cotton, "Directory of World Sports Cars" – IMSA and GpC car histories outlined in detail.
- Andrew Whyte, "Jaguar: Sports Racing and Works Competition Cars" – 2 vols. Authoritative history of the marque.
- Ian Bamsey, ed. "Super Sports: The 220 mph (350 km/h) Le Mans Cars" – technical summary of large-capacity coupés.
- Chris Nixon – "Sports Car Heaven" – Aston Martin vs Ferrari
- Karl Ludvigsen – "Quicksilver Century" – competition history of Mercedes-Benz
- Karl Ludvigsen – "Porsche: Excellence Was Expected" (3 vols) – extensive history of Porsche
- Vic Elford, "Reflections on a Golden Era of Motorsport" – covers Vic's rallying, single seater and mostly sports car career in depth.
- Norbert Singer, "24:16" – his role in Porsche's Le Mans wins
- John Horsman, "Racing In The Rain", an account of his engineering career with Aston Martin, John Wyer and Mirage.
- Curami/Vergnano, "'La Sport' e i suoi artigiani" – Italian domestic sports car competition from the 1930s–1960s and the 'specials' that competed in it.
- J. A. Martin & Ken Wells, "Prototypes: The History of the IMSA GTP Series" – team by team account of various racing teams and manufacturers that competed in the top flight IMSA series.
- Mike Fuller & J. A. Martin, "Inside IMSA's Legendary GTP Race Cars: The Prototype Experience", ISBN 0-7603-3069-7, Motorbooks International, 25 April 2008. Technical and historical overview of IMSA GTP racers
- ^ abHough, Richard Alexander (1961). A History of the World's Sports Cars. London - George Allen and Unwin Ltd. p. 23. OCLC 907907085.
- ^"A newer concept altogether is the modern "Gran Turismo" class, which was in effect unknown before World War II; sustained high-speed motoring from relatively modest engine size and compact closed coachwork"--The Sports Car, Development and Design; p.179; Stanford, John; B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1957.
- ^Denis Jenkinson, Automobile Year Book Of Sports Car Racing, 1982