New Look European Rallycross Under Starters Orders This Weekend


The newly overhauled FIA European Rallycross championship gets underway in less than a week over the Easter weekend at Lydden Hill, Kent and the entry list looks like a who’s who in the world of Rallycross.

The twenty strong Supercar entry list will see the legendary Solberg brothers go head to head. ex-WRC champion Petter Solberg in his DS3 while brother Henning Solberg will be driving the Per Eklund prepared Saab 93 that Samuel Hubinette drove in the Global Rallycross last year. It will also be a baptism of fire for supercar rookie Andreas Bakkerud in only his second outing in the LD Motorsports Citroen DS3.

LD Motorsport Team Principle Liam Doran will be looking to go one better this year and finish as European Champion.

The only missing name from the permanent line up is likely to be Belgian Michaël De Keersmaecker who is still recovering from his crash in the Belgian Championship earlier this month.

Every name on the entry list is capable of finishing the weekend on the top step not least last years winner Tanner Foust who is entered as a wildcard.

# Driver Nationality Car

1

TIMERZYANOV Timur

RUS

Citroen DS3

4

SCHEVENEELS Ronny

BEL

Peugeot 207 WRC

5

WALFRIDSON Stig-Olov

SWE

Renault Clio III

6

JEANNEY Davy

FRA

Citroen C4

7

BORSETH Knut Ove

NOR

Skoda Fabia Mk2

8

HEDSTRÖM Peter

SWE

Skoda Fabia Mk2

9

DE KEERSMAECKER Michael

BEL

Ford Focus Mk2

10

LEPPIHALME Jussi-Petteri

FIN

Ford Focus Mk2

11

SOLBERG Petter

SWE

Citroen DS3

21

HANSEN Timmy

SWE

Citroen DS3

22

LYSEN Mats

NOR

Renault Clio

25

HVAAL Alexander

NOR

Citroen DS3

26

SCOTT Andy

GBR

Peugeot 208

33

DORAN Liam

GBR

Citroen DS3

34

FOUST Tanner

USA

Ford Fiesta

46

DORAN Pat

GBR

Citroen DS3

54

JANSEN Jos

BEL

Ford Focus Mk3

66

BAKKERUD Andreas

NOR

Citroen DS3

88

SOLBERG Henning

SWE

Saab 93

92

MARKLUND Anton

SWE

Vw Polo T16

 

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2012 – A wet weekend at Lydden Hill

Touring cars

In the support categories its the touring car category that seems the hardest to predict. 2012 champion Anton Marklund has taken the step up to Supercars. Irish favourite and 2011 champion Derek Tohill has only currently committed to the first round after a winter of speculation on a possible Supercar change. 2013 could possibly be one of the hardest fought campaigns for Touring Cars

# Driver Nationality Car

2

NORDGAARD David

NOR

Ford Focus RS

3

BRATEN Anders

NOR

Ford Fiesta

4

LARSSON Robin

SWE

Skoda Fabia

5

PAUWELS Koen

BEL

Ford Fiesta

6

LUNDH Daniel

SWE

Volvo C30

11

TOHILL Derek

IRL

Ford Fiesta

73

LONA Torleif

NOR

Ford Fiesta

CASTORAL Roman

CZE

Opel Astra

 

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Ulkrik Linnemann hotly pursued by Andreas Bakkerud.

Super 1600

With Andreas Bakkerud making the move up to Supercars with LD Motorsport there’s still plenty of drivers more than capable of winning the title this year among them Ulrik Linneman, Eric Faren, Vadim Makarov

# Driver Nationality Car

2

LINNEMANN Ulrik

DNK

Peugeot 207

4

RAKHMATULLIN Ildar

RUS

Renault Twingo

6

MAKAROV Vadim

RUS

Skoda Fabia RS

15

NITISS Reinis

LVA

Renault Clio

16

ZAGUMENNOV Sergej

RUS

Skoda Fabia RS

21

FAREN Eric

SWE

Citröen C2

30

WILHELM Ralph

DEU

Renault Clio

37

MÜNNICH René

DEU

Skoda Fabia

38

AUGUST Mandie

DEU

Skoda Fabia

42

PETRAKOVITZ Christian

AUT

VW Polo

89

SHIGABOUTDINOV Timur

RUS

Renault Twingo

STAPONKUS Ernestas

LVA

VW Polo

ERIKSSON Kevin

SWE

Renault Clio

So what are your predictions for 2013, let us know.

Needless to say the 2013 European Rallycross championship will be a season to remember. Before its over there’s 9 rounds of action to look forward to and we at TCF will be working hard to bring you all the news and results.