The entry list for round six of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, on 9-11 June at Hell, Norway, has just been released.
In addition to the World RX, the Norwegian event will also serve as round two of the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars, round four of the ERX Touring Cars series, and will also be supported by the third meeting of the RX2 International Series.
The World Rallycross field will see four more competitors alongside the eighteen regular entries: Joni-Pekka Rajala of Finland will join the party at the wheel of the Mitsubishi Mirage he débuted last year at the German WRX round at the Estering, France’s Guerlain Chicherit will continue his development year in a Renault Clio ahead of next season, when he will be fielding an all-new, Prodrive-built Renault Mégane Supercar. Also from France, rallycross veteran Hervé Knapick will contest the second of his five World Rallycross appearances this season in his Citroen DS3, while Laurent Bouliou will be driving an ex-Team Peugeot-Hansen Peugeot 208 Supercar.
Round two of the ERX for Supercars will see thirty-three competitors, led by round one winner, Anton Marklund, thus bringing the count of Supercar entries to a whopping fifty-five. The regular ERX entries will be joined by Lithuanian Paulius Pleskovas (Ford Fiesta) as well as Drive for Life CEO, former ERX Touring Car champion Knut Ove Borseth of Norway, back at the wheel of a Ford Focus.
A 14-strong field of rear-wheel-drive Touring Cars is expected at Hell: local drivers Fredrik Magnussen (Ford Fiesta) and Camilla Antonsen (Citroen DS3) are set to return, while Sivert Svardal will race one of the three rotary engined Mazda RX-8s.
As said above, the RX2 Series will also be part of the action-packed weekend: the entry list for the feeder series will be announced later on.
Last year’s World RX of Norway was won, for the first time in the history of the championship, by a Norwegian driver: Andreas Bakkerud also became, on the same weekend, the first ever to achieve the hat-trick of qualifying first in all four sessions. Bakkerud’s former team-mate, Latvian Reinis Nitiss, scored his maiden World Rallycross victory here in 2014, while Team Peugeot-Hansen dominated in 2015, with Timmy Hansen on the top step of the podium and Davy Jeanney in second place.
The Norwegian event is one of the most popular on the calendar: as fans say, playing on the location’s name:
Hell is like heaven…if you love rallycross!