The 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship makes its first ever visit to Spain as the Barcelona Grand Prix Circuit hosts its first WorldRX event to add to an impressive list of motorsport events including Formula One and MotoGP where 42 Supercars will take part.
After taking Supercar Final wins in the last three WorldRX events, Team Peugeot-Hansen drivers Timmy Hansen and Davy Jeanney will be hoping to have an edge against what will be an even playing field for all of the teams and drivers taking part.
But make no mistake, after his second place finish in Loheac, SDRX driver Petter Solberg will be looking to take the fight for the championship seriously as he looks to score a minimum of 21 points per meeting. Solbergs team-mate Liam Doran has been fast but fragile in recent events and he will be looking to change his fortune this weekend.
Marklund Motorsport drivers Topi Heikkinen and P.G. Andersson were fast at the tight and twisty Mettet circuit in Belgium back in May in their Volkswagen Polo‘s and the same circuit characteristics could see both drivers troubling the front runners this weekend.
Munnich Motorsport sees a driver change take place for Spain as Team Principal and driver Rene Meunnich races in the TCR International Series at Singapore. Meunnich is replaced by former DTM Champion Timo Scheider who will make his WorldRX debut in one of the teams Audi S3 Supercars, something that Scheider is excited about.
“Barcelona is a great place and I have had some fantastic races there with DTM,” explained Scheider, who has had two tests in the Audi S3 Supercar. “I’ve looked at the rallycross track already and I’ve been watching onboard videos of the Championship in general. I think the most difficult part for me is to get the right speed and timing on the asphalt and gravel. This is something I have to adapt to but I’m really looking forward to it.”
American Tanner Foust makes his fourth and final appearance in the 2015 WorldRX Series in a Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo. The last time he took part in a WorldRX event in Canada earlier this Foust took a podium finish in the Final and his form has transferred to his Red Bull Global Rallycross programme where he has been successful in a Volkswagen Andretti RX Beetle Supercar.
Speaking of Volkswagen Beetle Supercars, The Eklund Motorsport machine returns, this time in the experienced hands of Henning Solberg, who drove an Olsbergs-run Ford Fiesta in Norway earlier this year.
The Spanish venue also sees the penultimate round of the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship take place this weekend. Marklund Motorsport’s Tommy Rustad will be looking for his third victory after taking wins in Germany and Norway in his Volkswagen Polo, however Albatec Racing‘s Jerome Grosset-Janin will be looking to close the gap on his championship rival after winning the Mettet opener in his Peugeot 208 RX. Ole-Christian Veiby lies in third place in the drivers title in his Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo.
British driver James Grint managed to get his Albatec Racing Peugeot into the Semi-Finals in Norway and will be looking to go one better in Spain whilst recent Lydden Hill BritishRX victor Ollie O’Donovan is hoping to add to his third place finish in Norway by making another visit to the podium.