World RX finale: Solberg just a step from 2015 title
The final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place this weekend at completely new rallycross track in Rosario, Argentina. Reigning world champion Petter Solberg is just a step from his new world title, because he has 26 points lead ahead Timmy Hansen. The maximum point amount which the winner car scored is 30, so Solberg just needs to be placed 13th or higher in the Intermediate classification after four qualifying heats to secured the title.
“For me the job is simple: make the semi-final. But, like we know very, very well now, nothing is simple – certainly not winning a World Championship. I must admit, I don’t know so much about the track. It’s a new one and, it seems, this is quite good for me – I won every final at a new track this year. This time, though, I don’t have to win. I have to be safe. That’s the key. We have the strategy and everything is aiming at the semi-final and the five points we need so badly,” Solberg said before final round.
19 drivers of Supercars are on the entry list for the competition at 2.5km long tarmac track, built for the first time at Rosario Circuit. Last year’s World RX finale was also held in Argentina, but in San Luis. Alongside World RX competitora there will be also the drivers who compete in Argentina Rallycross Championship (CARX).
While Solberg is a step from the Drivers’ title, Team Peugeot-Hansen already took the Teams’ title, thanks to three victories of Timmy Hansen and two wins of Davy Jeanney. Ford Olsbergs MSE of Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss is second in the championship, ahead of SDRX of Petter Solberg and Liam Doran. All six drivers we mentioned will compete in Argentina, but there are lots of changes to the regular driver line-up.
18-year-old RX Lites Cup champion Kevin Hansen will debut in Supercar category with Olsbergs’ Ford Fiesta. Marklund Motorsport’s Toomas Heikkinen will be joined by Thomas Bryntesson, who won four RX Lites events this year. Former F1 driver and current touring car driver Gianni Morbidelli returns for his second outing with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, together with team boss Rene Münnich.
Team Volkswagen Sweden’s Tord Linnerud will be replaced by Ole Christian Veiby, while Johan Kristoffersson will be in the team’s second car to defend third place in the championship standings. World RX Team Austria has also made a change to its line-up, giving a seat to recently crowned Super1600 Champion Janis Baumanis. Manfred Stohl will drive the team’s second Ford Fiesta. Rest of the field will be completed with two EKS RX Audi S1s of Mattias Ekstrom and Anton Marklund, Audi A1 of Robin Larsson and Ford Fiesta of Timur Timerzyanov.