The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) kicked off at the prestigious Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Canada (4-6 August). The WRX Championship is a rallycross series organized by the FIA in conjunction with series promoters IMG Motorsport.
For the fourth year in a row, World RX joins the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres (GP3R) – now in its 48th year – for a week-long motorsport festival. Joining the 20 World RX Supercars in Trois-Rivieres for the first flyaway event of the season will also be 17 RX2 cars.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship is a sprint style motor racing event on a closed, mixed-surface circuit and takes place over 12 two-day events worldwide.
The Rallycross Supercars and RX2 cars started the motoring festival on the only street-race circuit of the season along with Formula Drift, Supermoto, and SuperQuads.
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson leads the headline Supercar category going into Canada, thanks to a dominant display in the first half of the season including three victories [Belgium, Norway, and Sweden]. He is 31 points clear of former World RX Champion and PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team-mate Petter Solberg who won the Canadian leg of World RX back in 2014.
Last year’s Canada RX winner Timmy Hansen will be hoping to secure his first victory of the season, having reached every final so far this year and reigning Champion Mattias Ekstrom will return to World RX duty having missed the previous round at Holjes.
Some interesting facts about the championship:
- Kenneth Hansen, from Gotene in Sweden, is the most successful rallycross driver of all time, with 14 FIA European Rallycross Championship titles to his name. Having started his rallycross career racing a Volvo Amazon, he moved into Euro RX in 1987 and switched to a Ford Sierra RS500 in Division 1 support category for 1989, before becoming one of the first professional drivers in the sport.
- The series currently consists of 12 two-day events driven on closed circuits with the mixed surface. Each event consists of 4 Qualifying heats, 2 Semi-Finals and Final.
- Britain’s Nic Hamilton and Norway’s Oliver Solberg – the 15-year-old son of double World RX Champion Petter Solberg – will compete in the supporting categories at Canada RX.
- Hamilton, the younger brother of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, will make his rallycross-circuit debut driving a Canadian side-by-side Can-Am Maverick X3 prepared by Fuca Racing. Solberg Jnr will contest the four-wheel drive CXE national rallycross category while his father competes in World RX.
- The RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will also be in action in Canada for round five of the year. Reigning champion Cyril Raymond continues to lead the way, but now by a reduced margin of six points after Britain’s Dan Rooke clinched the victory at the previous round in Sweden.
- Experienced driver and multiple freeriding World Champion Guerlain Chicherit will make his RX2 series debut with Olsbergs MSE, while America’s Cole Keatts will also make a one-off appearance in RX2.
- At 16, the Idaho-born teenager will be the youngest contender in the field.