Szabó enjoys thrilling debut in France

by Phil Kinch

The 2018 FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercars has given us some thrilling action from the first three rounds of the year and the fourth round in France is proving to be no different.

EKS driver Krisztián Szabó, making his debut in the Supercar class of Euro RX, is the overnight leader at Loheac in France after winning Q1 and taking second place in Q2.

The former FIA European Super1600 Rallycross Champion is piloting an older version of the Audi S1 and holds the lead ahead of former RX2 International Series Champion Cyril Raymond in his 2017 spec Peugeot 208.

Cyril Raymond is in the running for victory in France. Credit: Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

The Frenchman went fastest in Q2 to keep up the pressure and is ahead of Championship leader Reinis Nitiss in his SET Promotion run Ford Fiesta. The Latvia driver has a thirty point lead in the Drivers Championship and is ahead of rival Anton Marklund. The Marklund Motorsport driver is in fourth place overall.

Another driver going well on home turf is Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, who lies in fifth place in the G-FORS Renault Clio and leads team-mate Jere Kalliokoski who enjoying a return to competitive race form.

Championship leader Reinis Nitiss is in third place overnight in France. Credit: Set Promotion

Last years’s RallyX Nordic Champion Thomas Bryntesson is in seventh place in the JC Raceteknik Ford Fiesta. Portuguese driver Mário Barbosa is extracting the best out of his ex-LD Motorsport Citroen DS3 as he lies in eighth place over night.

Hungarian driver Tamás Kárai is right behind in his Audi A1 with Former Double FIA European Rallycross TouringCar Champion Derek Tohill completing the top ten.

Bryntesson is looking to make up ground on Sunday to fight for a Semi-Final place. Credit: Tony Whelan / McKlein

Magda Andersson survived contact in Qualifying to put her DA Racing Pegueot 208 in eleventh place overnight whilst Rene Munnich is showing good pace once again to keep his Muennich Motorsport SEAT Ibiza inside the vital twelfth place needed for the Semi-Finals on Sunday.

Several big names and championship challengers are outside the top twelve and have work to do on Sunday including Ulrik LinnemannAndréa DubourgPeter Hedstrom and Lukas Walfridson.

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