After the successful first visit to round the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track last season, 2020 sees the FIA World Rallycross Championship return to Belgium for the ninth round of the season as well as the circuit playing host to the season finale of the shortened FIA European Rallycross Championship on 21/22 November.
After four double-header weekends during two hectic months, it’s now time to return to the beloved Spa track – which has become the most popular new ‘Formula 1 circuit’ based track so far in the series.
Two-time champion Johan Kristoffersson is currently leading the championship after winning a total four out of the eight rounds and took the victory most recently in Catalunya on the second day of action.
Mattias Ekstöm, who is now confirmed to take part in round nine, is his closest challenger and will be hoping the title fight goes to the end of the season at the Nürburgring in Germany.
Joining the championship regulars will again be Oliver Bennett, who made his first appearance at Catalunya in his eye-catching pink/baby blue Mini Cooper SX1, as well as local home hero Enzo Ide in the third JC Raceteknik Audi S1.
‘Luigi‘ from Hungary was set to make his World RX debut with the Škoda Fabia rented by ES-Motorsport at Catalunya but will now compete at Spa instead.
Juha Rytkönen has teamed up with Ferratum Money to race the Ford Fiesta usually driven by Jani Paasonen for rest of the year. The Finn shocked the World RX paddock after his brilliant performance on his home track of Kouvola earlier this year where he finished on the podium on his debut.
Returning to the weekend will be the UNKORRUPTED team of Guerlain Chicherit and Rokas Basciuska, who had to pull out from Catalunya at the last minute after finding serious issues with both cars. After a longer break than originally planned, they will hopefully now be ready for action at Spa.
In Euro RX, there are a total of 22 drivers entered for the season finale, where reigning RX2 champion Oliver Eriksson is looking to secure the title on his debut season after winning the two previous rounds in Sweden and Latvia.
Jean-Baptiste Dubourg and Sondre Evjen are currently in the second and third place respectively and with the shorted season of only three rounds the fight for silverware is set be the tightest in the championships history.
Joining the regulars will be the oldest rallycross driver in the series to date, the legendary Herve ‘Knapick’.
He will also have some French compatriots that will cross the border for the Belgian round, with Patrick Guillerme – who raced in World RX in Catalunya last time out – moving to Euro RX for this weekend while Laurent Bouliou makes his return to the championship.
Mark Mozer will make his debut in the championship also this weekend, while former regular competitor Attila Mozer will also compete in Belgium.