PREVIEW: 2016 FIA Euro RX of Norway


2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship / Round 03, Mettet, Belgium / May 14 - 15 2016 // Worldwide Copyright: IMG/McKlein

Hell, Norway plays host this weekend to the second round of the 2016 FIA European Rallycross Championship and it will witness another competitive outing with 26 cars confirmed to take part.

After dominating the opening event in Belgium, Albatec Racing’s Jerome Grosset-Janin is tied for the lead of the Drivers Championship along with Mettet winner Kevin Hansen in his Peugeot-Hansen Academy 208. Whilst Grosset-Janin will be looking for his first win of 2016 at the wheel of his Peugeot 208 RX, Hansen will be looking for a second win to try and break the points tie-break. Tommy Rustad will be looking to get his season off the ground at his home event after a poor start in Belgium, whilst Team Boss Andy Scott will make his 2016 Euro RX debut in a third Albatec Racing Peugeot.

Further challengers for the win will come from Tamas Pal Kiss in his Speed Box Racing Peugeot 208 and Tamas Karai in his Audi A1, who both showed good pace last time out and have been waging battle in their Domestic Rallycross series along with World RX Team Austria Team Principle Max Pucher in his Ford Fiesta. Jean-Baptiste Dubourg also returns in his brand new Citroen DS3 and will be looking to improve on his recent performance.

Surprise challengers for the podium in Belgium were Tord Linnerud in his Volkswagen Polo and the two Eklund Motorsport VW Beetles of Joni-Pekka Rajala and Alexander Hvaal, with Hvaal making it to the Final at Mettet. Peter Hedstrom will also be looking to capitalise on the performance of his Ford Fiesta after using the car to compete at last years event.

The British fans will have plenty of talent to cheer for this weekend. As well as the return of Andy Scott, Ollie O’Donovan begins his 2016 Euro RX season in his upgraded Tony Bardy Motorsport prepared Team RX Racing Ford Fiesta. Derek Tohill returns for round two after qualifying for the Semi-Finals at Mettet in his PCFRX Fiesta whilst Mark Flaherty is back for more in his Mk2 Ford Focus.