The entry lists for the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship opening round in Catalunya, Spain next month (July 23-24) beget been printed, with 17-car grids in every World RX and Euro RX3 competition.
There are no longer any fewer than 16 nationalities represented all the device in which by device of the 2 lists, moreover to 9 automobile producers – including Ford, Volkswagen and Renault – and 12 diverse units of car.
The entries purpose two World Rallycross Champions, three European Rallycross Champions and 2 nationwide champions, moreover to title-winners from a host of different disciplines.
The World RX line-up is headlined by defending champion Johan Kristoffersson, who is chasing a fourth World Championship crown this year after switching to Audi machinery for the considerable time with KYB EKS JC.
The Swede will face a stiff topic from 2019 title-holder Timmy Hansen and youthful brother Kevin armed with the potent Peugeot 208 and Niclas Grönholm (GRX-SET) in a Hyundai. Kevin Abbring in the Unkorrupted Renault Mégane, is also likely to topic strongly.
A vary of attention-grabbing ‘wild playing cards’, beget the skill to spring a surprise, including two-time Euro RX Supercar (now RX1) Champion Timur Timerzyanov – an 11th-hour addition to the discipline with GRX-SET – Juha Rytkönen, who made such an impression on his World RX bow on home soil at Kouvola final summer and double DTM king Timo Scheider, who spearheads a 3-strong ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport squad.
Five of ultimate season’s prime 10 finishers in Euro RX3 (formerly Helpful1600) are serve in motion, with very most practical scorer Yury Belevskiy focusing on the trophy denied to him in 2020, when cancellation of events due to the COVID-19 intended no title used to be awarded. He’ll desire to withstand the threats of Volland Racing stablemates Gergely Marton and Marat Knyazev.
Sequence stalwarts Janno Ligur and Espen Isaksaetre every rejoin the fray following a year’s absence from the grid, whereas ex-Helpful1600 entrance-runner Kasparas Navickas returns for the considerable time since 2017. Jan Černý reignited his rallycross occupation final season after higher than a decade away in rallying – tasting success in the FIA European Rally Championship along the intention – and he’s serve for extra in 2021.
There are also, intriguingly, seven novices in the discipline, including Jiří Šusta – whose elder brothers Stanislav and Josef beget been every executed racers of their possess correct, and who will change into the youngest driver in RX3/Helpful1600 history when he makes his debut in Catalunya – and Kobe Pauwels, who arrives with an excellent pedigree from world karting and CrossCar circles.
The entry listing for the FIA RX2e Championship – the considerable-ever FIA electrical rallycross championship – will likely be released at a later date, with reasonably about a substantial names having already signed up to compete.