World RX: All-Swedish podium in France, Bakkerud is new leader
Three Swedish drivers occupied the podium of the Bretagne World RX of France, the eighth round of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship that took place at Circuit de Loheac.
Despite three Swedish racers on a podium, the Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud (Monster Energy RX Kartel, Audi S1), who finished fifth in the Final race, is the new championship leader. Bakkerud has 160 points on his account, two more than Timmy and Kevin Hansen, who are tied in points.
GRX Taneco Team’s Niclas Gronholm, who finished sixth in France in a Hyundai i2o, is fourth in the championship with 135 points. Rokas Baciuška (GCK Megane) recorded his career-best WRX result with the fourth-place finish in the Final.
Twenty-one Supercar drivers participated in the French championship round. Two more rounds are in the calendar, on September 14-15 in Latvia and November 9-10 in South Africa.
Robin Larson is 2019 European rallycross champion
The French event was the fifth and penultimate round of the European Rallycross Championship. Robin Larsson (JC Raceteknik, Audi S1) scored his fourth victory and secured the championship title with one more race to go.
He shared Loheac podium with Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (Peugeot 208) and Tamas Karai (Audi A1). In the championship, Larsson has 34 points more than second-placed Thomas Bryntesson.
In the ERX S1600 class, the battle for the title is still opened. Aydar Nuriev captured his third win of the season and confirmed championship lead but the second-placed Gergely Marton is still in contention.