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 Kristofferson wins Canada RX!

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson has produced another dominant display in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy after winning today’s World RX of Canada, round eight of the World Championship.  The victory is Kristoffersson’s third event win in a row – and fourth of the season – and has seen the Swede extend his lead at the top of the driver standings by 35 points.  It is also the first time in World RX history that a driver has finished on the podium in seven consecutive events.

Two-time World RX Champion Petter Solberg finished runner-up, making it a one-two for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden this weekend. Team Peugeot-Hansen’s Sebastien Loeb took the third podium spot.  EKS driver Topi Heikkinen is the only driver to have reached every Canadian final since it was introduced to the World Championship in 2014.  He was awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award following his rapid launch on the start of today’s final but was denied a podium spot due to a slow puncture.

Canada RX winner Kristoffersson credited his team in the end of event press conference. “This win is definitely a team effort, they really deserve it as they work so hard.  We had very tricky conditions and yesterday was so wet - for the team to deliver a car that is both consistent with the launches and out on the track is a huge credit to the them. Obviously I’d love to make the podium on every event this year but I don’t like to take risks - the biggest and most important trophy is the one at the end of the year so I need to focus on that. I’m very happy to take 30 points this weekend and I will continue to try to do so but without taking risks.

Runner-up Solberg added: “The weekend has been very good - both of us have performed well and we’re now leading the teams’ standings by over 100 points. Of course, we want to win every qualifying session but sometimes you need to settle for a position further down to ensure we make it to the semi-finals.  We have a good team plan of how to work together and for the team championship - that is always the main goal

Loeb – who finished on the podium for the third time in a row – added: “My car is very good but the VW Polo Supercar and the driver performance is impressive.  Things are going well for us but we still need to do better.  We had a difficult day yesterday – I hit Andreas [Bakkerud] in Q2 and in Q1 I had some complications.  I had a tough fight in the semi-finals and maybe we could have been second if I had taken the Joker Lap later but this is a good result for the team and I hope I can make it a fourth podium when I go to my home event next month.”

 

 

GUMTREE SA SIGNS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF CAPE TOWN RX

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has signed Gumtree SA as the headline sponsor of the final round of the World Championship, which takes place at Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway (10-12 November 2017). As part of the new partnership, the World RX season-closer will be officially named as Gumtree World RX of South Africa. Gumtree SA is the country’s leading online classifieds site and the new partnership with World RX will allow the brand to use the World Championship’s global platform for various advertising and promotional purposes. The deal also includes onsite activation rights, track branding rights, content creation plus various hospitality packages. The Cape Town leg of World RX is the only new addition to the rallycross calendar in 2017 and marks the first time that the World Championship has visited the continent of Africa. Dating back to 1947, Killarney International Raceway had its first taste of international Formula One racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was held at Killarney back in 1960. Since then, the complex has grown and hosts several forms of main circuit racing as well as motocross, karting, stock cars and drag racing. The new rallycross circuit at Killarney is about a third of the size of the main circuit and is twisty in nature with a jump. The gravel and asphalt track will use sections of the existing circuit between Turn 2 (Engen Corner) and Turn 3 (Rose Foundation Corner). Several low level grandstands around the stock car oval have already been demolished and will be replaced by larger structures. A grass bank for spectators is currently under construction.

World RX Managing Director for IMG, Paul Bellamy, spoke positively about Gumtree SA partnering with Cape Town RX. “It is an honour to have Gumtree SA onboard and supporting the first ever rallycross event to be staged in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a key player in the auto trader sector, Gumtree SA is the perfect fit and we are confident that our global platform can help promote the brand to a wider audience who are both digitally-savvy and passionate about the automotive industry.” Gumtree SA Director-GM, Johan Nel, added: "Gumtree is thrilled to participate in this landmark event. Our automotive category is our most popular by far, drawing close to a million and a half visitors every month. The motoring community has always been staunch supporters of our site and this event marks our commitment to them and to the industry at large." The Gumtree SA website can be found on the following link: https://www.gumtree.co.za/

 

 

 

Dramatic victory for Sykes in Rimini sunshine 
Sykes wins Race 1 at Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round, with Lowes and Rea also on the podium as Davies and Melandri crash on last lap

A breathtaking Race 1 at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” on Saturday afternoon saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) take advantage of three big crashes ahead of him to secure maximum points, with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) also on the podium.
 
In the final stages of the last lap Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) crashed out of the lead and was hit by Rea, with Rea able to pick up his bike to finish third, behind winner Sykes and second placed Lowes. Moments before that incident Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) also crashed out when fighting for a podium finish and he would ultimately finish 15th.
 
Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) also spectacularly crashed out at turn 13 with 7 laps to go, with Rea close by, after the Dutchman had led for most of the race. Van der Mark took over at the front from provisional leader Rea in the early stages and had built up a big lead at one stage before his advantage decreased and then he went down.
 
Behind Sykes, Lowes and Rea the top five also featured Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team).

 

Marvelous Melandri takes 100th Italian victory at Misano
Dramatic WorldSBK race two as Kawasaki complete the podium

 

At the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round on Sunday it was home rider Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) who took a stunning first win of 2017, with Kawasaki Racing Team pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes also on the podium.
 
Responding positively to his last lap crash in Race 1, Melandri came from tenth on the grid to return to winning ways with a +1.113s victory over Rea. It was Melandri’s first WorldSBK win since 2014 and the 100th victory for an Italian rider in the top class of the championship.
 
The second place result for World Champion Rea strengthened his title defence as he now leads the standings by 50 points after seven rounds. It was also a successful weekend for Sykes as he followed up on his Race 1 win with another podium result to continue his excellent recent form.

Championship Standings after Race 2, Round 7
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki (276 points)
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki (230 points)
3. Chaz Davies (GBR) Ducati (185 points)