This week the first drivers for the 2021 FIA European Rallycross Championship have been announced, with three rallycross drivers from Poland set to join the grid when the season kicks off in July.
Driving under the Oponeo Motorsport banner will be two local stars of Dariusz Topolewski and Marcin Gagacki from Bydgoszcz, Topolewski will be entering in the team´s Ford Fiesta while Gagacki will be driving the Volkswagen Polo, which has been used by the Americas Rallycross champion Tanner Foust during his time in the FIA World Rallycross Championship while racing under Marklund Motorsport.
During the 2017-2019 seasons in the Polish Rallycross Championship, Oponeo which is one of the largest tyre companies in Europe, was the promoter of the championship before moved to Mistrzostwa Polski RallyCross in 2020. This year Oponeo is back in the rallycross scene in Poland and they are not set to sponsor both of the rounds that will be taking place at Torun.
“After three successful and very exciting seasons in the national rallycross, in 2021 we are taking a step forward and will be racing in the European championship. The competition behind the wheel of a rallycross Supercar is a fantastic escape from everyday life and a reward for the hard work, but most of all – great fun and if we add the opportunity to test ourselves on completely new tracks, the joy reaches an even higher level.” Topolewski told pl.motorsport.com.
“Although we did not start in 2020, we did not sleep through this time. The break allowed me to scrupulously take care of the cars, thanks to which the Fiesta and Polo are fully ready to compete at a high level. As Oponeo Motorsport, we no longer organize the Polish championship, but we wanted to support this cycle by organizing and sponsoring two of this year’s rounds at the track in Toruń.” Gagacki told pl.motorsport.com.
“Our proposal didn’t meet with interest, therefore we focused our efforts, resources and commitment only on the implementation of the starting plan in the European Championships. Interestingly, this year I will create a crew with Marcin Bilski again. My longtime co-driver, with whom I gained, among others the title of the Polish rally champion in groups N and N3, will be my spotter, so “eyes” that see what is happening on the track and tell me what tactics to choose during the race.”
Beside those two, the third announced driver is the more popular Marcin Wicik who will be entering in a newer Ford Focus, on his YouTube channel he has confirmed he will be taking part in this year´s Euro RX while he presented his own opinion on the current organizational situation of the Polish Rallycross Championship.
Wicik will be running his Euro RX campaign with support by the Radosław Fortuna – Pro Racing that are specializing in four-wheel drive cars but beside Topolewski and Gagacki, it will not be Wicik´s debut year as he has been entering some Euro RX events during the early-2010s.
“No chance of competing in Poznań in 2021. We will also not race in Toruń, because two people did not get along. Althought the track is homologated and can be shared on a budget. If the competition in the 2021 season is going to be like the Słomczyn Cup I will not be there. The good news is that I am going to the European Championships.” Wicik told pl.motorsport.com.
The 2021 Euro RX season will kick-off at the legendary Höljes track in Sweden on 2-4 July.