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I don't think we had a proper 2019 rallycross thread on the old forum, did we? With more news coming about the forthcoming World and GRC Europe Championships, I thought I'd start a thread up for all the 2019 rallycross Championships. 

Just seen the news that GRX have confirmed three cars for the World Championship in 2019:

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/10226/grx-taneco-launches-three-driver-programme

Full season for Gronholm and Timerzyanov with select drives for Nitiss. 

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Hmm, nice announcement for GRX. But I wonder why they not went for a full ERX programm with Nitiss. Then they could go for both WRX and ERX titles. 
Suprisingly no Loeb, so still the Peugeots than together with the Hansen family or his own team?
I also expect GCK to make an announcement (also 2+1) soon, plus hopefully. I wonder which suprises we still can get. Maybe Bakkerud, private Audi's?

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51 minutes ago, SirPhilMcKraken said:

I was completely out of the loop for the 2018 season, only picking up on the odd event. Will definitely make more of an effort this year!!

No works entries in 2019 @SirPhilMcKraken (so no Kristoffersson, Solberg or Ekstrom), but if they can get a decent complement of privateers it could be a very unpredictable season. 

34 minutes ago, RallyDriven said:

How many entries are there now for 2019 WRX? I wonder what will happen if there is less than 12? It will make the qualifying a lot less exciting as it would only be for positions in the semi finals rather than an actual guaranteed place

Seven confirmed entries so far @RallyDriven: 

ES Motorsport - ? - Skoda Fabia 

GRX - Niclas Grönholm - Hyundai i20
GRX - Timur Timerzyanov - Hyundai i20 
Munnich Motorsport - Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza 
STARD - Janis Baumanis - Ford Fiesta
STARD - ? - Ford Fiesta 
Xite Racing - Oliver Bennett - MINI Cooper 

Full list will be officially revealed in March, though I suspect we will get more announcements before then. 

31 minutes ago, JorritVD said:

Hmm, nice announcement for GRX. But I wonder why they not went for a full ERX programm with Nitiss. Then they could go for both WRX and ERX titles. 
Suprisingly no Loeb, so still the Peugeots than together with the Hansen family or his own team?
I also expect GCK to make an announcement (also 2+1) soon, plus hopefully. I wonder which suprises we still can get. Maybe Bakkerud, private Audi's?

I'm not expecting Loeb, but the Hansen family have confirmed an entry in GRC Europe and are said to be putting something together for World Rallycross. Last I heard they were trying to acquire two of the 2019 Peugeot Sport 208's. 

Four of the EKS cars have gone to new homes now, but that still leaves four unaccounted for. If Bakkerud comes back this year then an EKS Audi is surely the most likely car. 

I wonder if Galli will commit in 2019, there is talk that he is working on the Kia again. 

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25 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

 

No works entries in 2019 @SirPhilMcKraken (so no Kristoffersson, Solberg or Ekstrom), but if they can get a decent complement of privateers it could be a very unpredictable season. 

 

As much as its fun to watch those guys, they were the Red Bull/Merecedes AMG F1 of WRX so if we get a load of privateers then it could be nice and varied. Not just "Oh Johan has won again" lol

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40 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

No works entries in 2019 @SirPhilMcKraken (so no Kristoffersson, Solberg or Ekstrom), but if they can get a decent complement of privateers it could be a very unpredictable season. 

Seven confirmed entries so far @RallyDriven: 

ES Motorsport - ? - Skoda Fabia 

GRX - Niclas Grönholm - Hyundai i20
GRX - Timur Timerzyanov - Hyundai i20 
Munnich Motorsport - Timo Scheider - Seat Ibiza 
STARD - Janis Baumanis - Ford Fiesta
STARD - ? - Ford Fiesta 
Xite Racing - Oliver Bennett - MINI Cooper 

Full list will be officially revealed in March, though I suspect we will get more announcements before then. 

I'm not expecting Loeb, but the Hansen family have confirmed an entry in GRC Europe and are said to be putting something together for World Rallycross. Last I heard they were trying to acquire two of the 2019 Peugeot Sport 208's. 

Four of the EKS cars have gone to new homes now, but that still leaves four unaccounted for. If Bakkerud comes back this year then an EKS Audi is surely the most likely car. 

I wonder if Galli will commit in 2019, there is talk that he is working on the Kia again. 

Thanks @tbtstt ! That's a good idea.

We can say that Guerlain Chicherit is already confirmed : https://www.instagram.com/p/BtonjbCAZ3C/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet and https://www.instagram.com/p/Btl2XKuBton/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

The big question is : with ou without the British Bomb ? 🙂

And for sure, we will see Loeb / Solberg and co during individual events (Lohéac, Hell or Holjes are definitely these events which we should see a full supercar entries). IMO 🙂

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9 minutes ago, SirPhilMcKraken said:

As much as its fun to watch those guys, they were the Red Bull/Merecedes AMG F1 of WRX so if we get a load of privateers then it could be nice and varied. Not just "Oh Johan has won again" lol

Yep, absolutely. Although I am gutted Petter isn't driving this year I was actually glad when PSRXVW announced they wouldn't be back in 2019: with no other works teams to challenge them I think they would have walked this season. 

As an aside I also think it will be a good thing for Kristoffersson: I don't think he got anywhere near enough praise for his performance last year, he now has a different Championship to prove himself in. 

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2 minutes ago, JamesMcAdam said:

Thanks @tbtstt ! That's a good idea.

We can say that Guerlain Chicherit is already confirmed : https://www.instagram.com/p/BtonjbCAZ3C/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet and https://www.instagram.com/p/Btl2XKuBton/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

The big question is : with ou without the British Bomb ? 🙂

And for sure, we will see Loeb / Solberg and co during individual events (Lohéac, Hell or Holjes are definitely these events which we should see a full supercar entries). IMO 🙂

Yeah, GCK will almost certainly be back, the question is with who! Doran, Marklund or someone else? 

I also wonder if they will use two or three cars this year. The third Megane was trashed at the end of last year. 

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Just now, RallyDriven said:

What do you think of spa @tbtstt? Me and a friend were kind of loosely talking about possibly going this year. The track looks like it could be decent. They’ve got rxlites and s1600’s there too.

I'm a bit pessimistic @RallyDriven. Eau Rouge/Radillon is a spectacular corner for F1 and WEC cars, but I'm not sure it will be as impressive with rallycross cars. Aside from that section of track the rest of the rallycross layout looks to be based in a car park so, if I'm honest, my expectations are pretty low.

I have done Mettet on multiple occasions, but I doubt I'll go to Spa this year. Might be more tempted once I have seen it on TV. My mates are thinking the same and without group interest it doesn't really work for me anyway (rallycross weekends are expensive on my own!)

At present I think I'll be doing Silverstone and Loheac this year. 

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28 minutes ago, RallyDriven said:

Yeah I was thinking similar, I’ll wait to see how the championship and track is looking closer to the time. Should hopefully be doing silverstone anyway. May is already quite a busy month for me anyway!

May has seemed to be the busiest month for motorsport the last few years now: Blancpain, British MX and two World rounds over four weekends! 

Silverstone is much better priced this year, plus it is a European Championship round, so should be worth a look. 

Loheac is an awesome weekend so definitely aiming to do that. 

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6 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

May has seemed to be the busiest month for motorsport the last few years now: Blancpain, British MX and two World rounds over four weekends! 

Silverstone is much better priced this year, plus it is a European Championship round, so should be worth a look. 

Loheac is an awesome weekend so definitely aiming to do that. 

Yeah we were originally looking at Loheac last year, but I think my mate has been put off by all the manufacturers pulling out. May is busy for me because my sister is getting married!

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12 minutes ago, RallyDriven said:

Yeah we were originally looking at Loheac last year, but I think my mate has been put off by all the manufacturers pulling out. May is busy for me because my sister is getting married!

If you can convince him to go its a brilliant weekend. Maybe not the best track, but it's good for spectating and the atmosphere there is always great. 

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Is silverstone cheaper this year? I’ll definitely try and go as it’s only half an hour from me. It just annoys me that they are putting on the stupid festival later. They announced Sean Paul as the headliner the other day, a man who I would literally leave the country to avoid seeing

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1 hour ago, RallyDriven said:

Is silverstone cheaper this year? I’ll definitely try and go as it’s only half an hour from me. It just annoys me that they are putting on the stupid festival later. They announced Sean Paul as the headliner the other day, a man who I would literally leave the country to avoid seeing

Yeah, it's much cheaper this year. Advance tickets are £70ish for the weekend, last year it was double that! If it's run like last year then you can watch the racing then get out of there before the music starts. If the European Championship round gets a decent entry then I think they may have to relocate the stage to the other side of the track or risk running out of space for the teams to set up (though, given that PSRXVW and EKS aren't there, they may have a bit more paddock space to play with).

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3 hours ago, tbtstt said:

Yeah, it's much cheaper this year. Advance tickets are £70ish for the weekend, last year it was double that! If it's run like last year then you can watch the racing then get out of there before the music starts. If the European Championship round gets a decent entry then I think they may have to relocate the stage to the other side of the track or risk running out of space for the teams to set up (though, given that PSRXVW and EKS aren't there, they may have a bit more paddock space to play with).

Yeah we got out quite quick last time. I can’t imagine many people stayed for the music last year, don’t know how many will this year. I’ll wait until a little closer to the time until I get tickets, last year I waited and got them 20% off through the MSA

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4 minutes ago, RallyDriven said:

Yeah we got out quite quick last time. I can’t imagine many people stayed for the music last year, don’t know how many will this year. I’ll wait until a little closer to the time until I get tickets, last year I waited and got them 20% off through the MSA

Good call. I am hoping to be there as media again, but my mates bought tickets a month or so ago and got a discount. 

The few pictures I saw of the live music last year showed a pretty thin crowd. I would consider staying if they put someone on I really liked, but Sean Paul isn't that artist...

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40 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

Good call. I am hoping to be there as media again, but my mates bought tickets a month or so ago and got a discount. 

The few pictures I saw of the live music last year showed a pretty thin crowd. I would consider staying if they put someone on I really liked, but Sean Paul isn't that artist...

#NoFleetwoodMacNoBuy

Nothing would please me more than seeing Sean Paul performing to a crowd of 10 middle aged, drunk men

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37 minutes ago, PJTierney said:

Here's the Yas Marina circuit:

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/10233/yas-marina-circuits-world-rx

 

Uses some of the Formula 1 layout (Turns 5/6/7 for the Joker) along with the additional roads that make up other configurations.

Image result for yas marina rallycross circuit map

There is an onboard clip doing the rounds on Facebook. It looks like another CotA: flat, featureless and dull.

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GCK confirm a four car (two Meganes & two Clios) entry into the 2019 World Championship:

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/10239/gck-launches-four-car-assault-on

Chichiret will be joined by Anton Marklund in the second Megane, Cyril Raymond and Guillaume de Ridder will be in the Clios.

I'm not sure how competitive that Clio is: would rather have seen Raymond in the Megane and Marklund in the Clio. Surprised not to see Liam Doran involved as well. 

That certainly gives the entry numbers a significant boost though!

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Maybe Liam gets a different position in the team? They still have a third Megane, so it could also be for an ERX or ARX/NRX programm.\

For me, Marklund looked stronger and more consistent in the Megane to me than what Doran did. Next to that I think Doran couldn't bring together a budget for an WRX season. 

I actually was expecting Bakkerud to join GCK. Will he than return with EKS, or with ES (Ekstrom reacted on the ES socials that Bakkerud is fast) or with his own team?

So far the entries not looking bad and it could be an exciting season. Still possible plenty of entries could be added (2nd EKS Audi, Bakkerud with own team, ES with two Skoda, Loeb Racing, Hansen family). So it could still be easily a 14-16 full season entry with some extra guest entries for each round. WRX got a beat, but aint dead yet.

So far I can't say who will be a favorite for the season and that makes me exciting. Szabo got one of the fastest 2018 cars, but it aint updated, Bennett got a full season of experience and an updated Mini, Baumanis has been solid last year and should have a quicker Fiesta now, GRX got probably with Grönholm a strong driver in an updated i20, GCK have quick cars and talented drivers (but maybe the faster drivers are in the slower Clio?), and Scheider has shown speed but I will be interested if the Ibiza has it as well. That it will be unsure how quick the ES Skodas will be and if the brothers Hansen return in the Peugeot, they will be strong, but the car probably had no updates yet. 

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13 minutes ago, JorritVD said:

Maybe Liam gets a different position in the team? They still have a third Megane, so it could also be for an ERX or ARX/NRX programm.

I don't know if they do. The third car written off last year, with Prodrive out of the picture now I don't know if that third car will be resurrected. I don't like Marklund, he is a brat off and on the track, but I guess he has the money so he has the drive. 

It could be an unpredictable season though and that's what I think is most critical. 

Favourites for me so far have to be Szabo and Gronholm. Bakkerud could shake things up if he has a drive though and I am very curious to see how the ES Motorsport Skoda performs. They have done a lot of testing with that car, it should be good! 

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10 hours ago, tbtstt said:

That certainly gives the entry numbers a significant boost though!

6 to 10. However, if this was the good news that IMG mentioned regarding an announcement of entries. I am not that convinced.

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18 minutes ago, Myrvold said:

6 to 10. However, if this was the good news that IMG mentioned regarding an announcement of entries. I am not that convinced.

I believe this takes it from 8 to 12.

I think the full entry list will drop tomorrow. 

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Well, that is kinda a suprise from ES after testing with Bakkerud, Abbring, Al-Attiyah announcing Rokas Baciuska.

Though Rokas was mighty impressive in S1600 in its first full season and will sure be someone te reckon with. I believe he only did 8 s1600 ERX events so far. 

World RX entry list should be up today

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Full season entries (13x)
Audi S1 - EKS - Krisztián Szabó
MINI Cooper - Xite Racing - Oliver Bennett
Ford Fiesta MK8 - STARD - Jānis Baumanis
Hyundai i20 - GRX Taneco Team - Timur Timerzyanov
Hyundai i20 - GRX Taneco Team - Niclas Grönholm
Peugeot 208 WRX - Team Hansen MJP - Timmy Hansen
Peugeot 208 WRX - Team Hansen MJP - Kevin Hansen
Renault Mégane RS RX - GC Kompetition - Guerlain Chicherit
Renault Mégane RS RX - GC Kompetition - Anton Marklund
Renault Clio R.S - GCK Academy - Guillaume De Ridder
Renault Clio R.S - GCK Academy - Cyril Raymond
SEAT Ibiza - Münnich Motorsport - Timo Scheider
Škoda Fabia - ES Motorsport - Rokas Baciuška

Part time entries (4x)
Ford Fiesta MK8 - STARD - Pål Try
Hyundai i20 - GRX Taneco Team - Reinis Nitišs
SEAT Ibiza - Münnich Motorsport - René Münnich
Škoda Fabia - ES Motorsport - Kevin Abbring

Still waiting for an announcement than of possible Doran (Prodrive), Bakkerud, maybe some more suprises. Not want to say much, but 2018 season also had about 13 full season drivers, plus an extra full season entry if you cound the 2nd car of GCK was always there, so 14 full season entries. With the possible Doran/Bakkerud RX cartel entry, the full season entry in 2019 is actually higher. With the domination of the factory VW, Peugeot and Audi teams gone, this will be one epic season imo.

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21 minutes ago, RallyDriven said:

Also anyone know what this is about? The date is for Yas Marina

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I was thinking new team when the news broke last night (I actually suggested a Doran/Bakkerud team on Facebook, funny to see that people are quoting that!), but I think this may just be a reference to the Abu Dhabi round being run at night.

Hopefully it's a sign we are getting another team though, Monster will surely want to put their logo somewhere with PSRXVW out of the picture, so another team would make sense. 

I see Hansen have confirmed their (two car) entry into the 2019 Championship, very interesting to see that they have partnered with Max Pucher. 

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Yeah, great entry list. It is a strong solid unpredictable entry list. More full time entries than 2018. Based on 2018 the Audi S1 and the Pug 208 are the cars to beat. But I think they are also the only ones which were not really updated in the off-season.

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I’m actually really excited for this season! Anyone know if freesports will be showing the coverage in the U.K. again this year? I can’t wait for silverstone again, I might be tempted to go both days, especially as I’m only half an hour away

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Yeah, missing Estering. It is kinda my home track. I'm thinking which track I should choose for my second visit at an WRX event. Logically would be Spa, as that will be the closest now to my home. But maybe I will combine something with a holiday. 

 

I also wonder what tactics Codemasters and World RX have with possible RX DLC. Looks like an ARX DLC will come, the remaining 4 2018 RX tracks will come. Maybe an 2019 WRX DLC with Abu Dhabi and Spa?

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