FIA European Rallycross Championship

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FIA European Rallycross Championship
Category Supercars, Super1600 and TouringCar
Country Europe
Inaugural season 1973
Drivers' champion Russia Timur Timerzyanov
Official website www.rallycrossrx.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The FIA European Championship for Rallycross Drivers is a rallycross competition held in Europe, organized under the auspices of the FIA.

History[edit]

The championship began in 1973 as the Embassy/ERA European Rallycross Championship. In 1976 the FIA created regulations for rallycross and awarded the first official European cup. For 1978 two classes became introduced, one class for Touring cars and one for Grand Touring cars, but the FIA European cup was for the driver with the highest amount of scored points from both Divisions, Norwegian Martin Schanche. In 1979 Schanche claimed the first ever true FIA European championship title.

In 1982 the FIA reorganized the classes into Division 1, for Group A but restricted to two-wheel drive, and Division 2 for the so-called Rallycross Specials, which allowed the use of four-wheel drive. The first European Champions under this new rules became Norwegian Egil Stenshagen and Austrian Franz Wurz (father of ex-Formula One driver Alexander Wurz).

After several major accidents, Group B cars were banned from the WRC at the end of 1986, but found their new home in the European Rallycross Championship in 1987. Division 1 continued to use only two-wheel drive touring cars, but the Division 2 received the exotic Group B machinery such as the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2, Ford RS200 E2, Lancia Delta S4, Audi Sport Quattro S1 or MG Metro 6R4, which continued to be prepared past their highest point of evolution in rallying.

Beginning in the 1993 season, the Group B cars disappeared and the four-wheel drive "specials" came in to the era. Division 1 was now open to four-wheel drive cars, but using Group N regulations. Division 2 was based in Group A, but allowing several extra modifications such as changing to a different engine produced by the same manufacturer, adding a turbocharger or four-wheel drive. This allowed the creation of machines based on the Citroën Xantia, Peugeot 306 or Ford Escort RS2000. A third division was added, for two-wheel drive cars up to 1.4 litres, called 1400 Cup, but the title was recognized by the FIA only in 1995.

In 1997, the divisions were swapped, with Division 1 now becoming the primary class, with Group A-based cars, and Group N moving to Division 2. In 1999, Division 1 was allowed cars based on WRC and Supertouring regulations, but with the same set of freedoms as the Group A (adding turbochargers and four-wheel drive where needed). Division 2 kept Group N, but with a maximum displacement of 2.0 litres and only two-wheel drive. In 2001 the 1400 Cup's status was upgraded to Division 2A.

For 2003, the class format was revised once more, assuming the form that is currently used. Division 1 and Division 2 remain essentially identical, with 4WD turbocharged Group A "specials" and 2WD normally aspirated 2.0 litre Group N cars, respectively, but a new Division A1 was created to replace the 1400 Cup, with regular Group A cars up to 1.6 litres.

In 2013 the European Rallycross Championship was promoted for the first time by IMG Motorsports. Rebranded as RallycrossRX the championship underwent changes to the racing format.

In 2014, the FIA approved plans for championship to become a fully sanctioned FIA World Championship. Together with the creation of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), the European Rallycross Championship (European RX) was restructured into a five round championship Supercar series with races in Great Britain, Norway, Belgium, Germany and Italy, while all nine rounds of the World RX to be held in Europe count for the European titles of the Super1600 and TouringCar drivers.[1]

Champions[edit]

Year Overall
1976 1. Austria Franz Wurz Lancia Stratos HF 2.4
2. Netherlands Cees Teurlings Porsche 911 Carrera
3. Sweden Rolf Nilsson Porsche 911 Carrera
1977 1. Austria Herbert Grünsteidl Alpine A310 16V
Alpine A310 V6
2. Norway Per Engseth Porsche 911 Carrera
3. Sweden Stig Emilsson Porsche 911 Turbo
1978 1. Norway Martin Schanche
(FIA European Cup winner)
Ford Escort RS1800
2. Austria Andy Bentza
(GT Division winner)
Lancia Stratos HF 3.0
3. Sweden Åke Andersson Porsche 911 Carrera
Year TC Division GT Division
1979 1. Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS1800 Sweden Olle Arnesson Porsche 911 Carrera
2. Netherlands Jan de Rooy Ford Escort RS1800 Norway Per Engseth Porsche 911 Carrera
3. Sweden Anders Hultqvist VW 1303S Turbo Austria Andy Bentza Lancia Stratos HF 3.0
1980 1. Sweden Per-Inge Walfridsson Volvo 343 Turbo Sweden Olle Arnesson Porsche 911 SC
2. Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS1800 Austria Andy Bentza Lancia Stratos HF 3.0
3. Norway Per Engseth Volvo 343 Turbo Finland Matti Alamäki Porsche 911 SC
1981 1. Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS1800 Turbo Finland Matti Alamäki Porsche 911 SC
2. Netherlands Piet Dam BMW 320i Sweden Olle Arnesson Porsche 911 SC
3. Sweden Per-Inge Walfridsson 343/16 Turbo Austria Andy Bentza Lancia Stratos HF 3.0
Year Division 1 Division 2
1982 1. Norway Egil Stenshagen Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.6 Austria Franz Wurz Audi Quattro
2. Norway Svein Hagen Talbot Rallye 3 Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS1800 Turbo
3. Norway Knut Boberg Volkswagen Golf GTi Netherlands Jan de Rooy Audi Quattro
1983 1. Norway Egil Stenshagen Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8 Sweden Olle Arnesson Audi Quattro
2. Sweden Lars Nyström Volvo 240 Turbo Sweden Rolf Nilsson Porsche 911 SC
3. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Opel Ascona i2000 Finland Seppo Niittymäki Porsche 911 BiTurbo
1984 1. Sweden Anders Norstedt Saab 900 Turbo Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort XR3 T16 4x4
2. Sweden Lars Nyström Volvo 240 Turbo Finland Seppo Niittymäki Porsche 911 BiTurbo 4x4
3. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Opel Ascona i2000 Sweden Olle Arnesson Audi Quattro
1985 1. Sweden Anders Norstedt Saab 900 Turbo Finland Matti Alamäki Porsche 911 BiTurbo 4x4
2. Sweden Lars Nyström Volvo 240 Turbo Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort XR3 Turbo 4x4
3. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Opel Ascona i2000 Sweden Olle Arnesson Audi Quattro
1986 1. Sweden Anders Norstedt Saab 900 Turbo Sweden Olle Arnesson Audi Quattro 20V
2. Sweden Per-Ove Davidsson Volvo 240 Turbo Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort XR3 T16 4x4
3. United Kingdom Trevor Reeves Ford Escort RS Turbo Finland Matti Alamäki Porsche 911 BiTurbo 4x4
1987 1. Sweden Per-Ove Davidsson Volvo 240 Turbo Finland Seppo Niittymäki Peugeot 205 T16 E2
2. Austria Herbert Breiteneder Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V Finland Matti Alamäki Lancia Delta S4
3. Sweden Anders Norstedt Saab 900 Turbo Sweden Olle Arnesson Audi Sport Quattro S1
1988 1. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Finland Matti Alamäki Peugeot 205 T16 E2
2. Austria Herbert Breiteneder Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V Norway Martin Schanche Ford RS200 E2
3. Sweden Anders Norstedt Saab 900 Turbo 16 United Kingdom Will Gollop MG Metro 6R4
1989 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Finland Matti Alamäki Peugeot 205 T16 E2
2. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Norway Martin Schanche Ford RS200 E2
3. United Kingdom Trevor Reeves Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth United Kingdom Will Gollop MG Metro 6R4
1990 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Finland Matti Alamäki Peugeot 205 T16 E2
2. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Norway Martin Schanche Ford RS200 E2
3. Sweden Bengt Ekström BMW M3 United Kingdom Will Gollop MG Metro 6R4
1991 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Norway Martin Schanche Ford RS200 E2
2. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth United Kingdom Will Gollop MG Metro 6R4 BiTurbo
3. Norway Steinar Jøranli Opel Kadett GSi 16V Norway Thor Holm Ford RS200 E2
1992 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth United Kingdom Will Gollop MG Metro 6R4 BiTurbo
2. Norway Bjørn Skogstad Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth United Kingdom Pat Doran Ford RS200 E2
3. Sweden Michael Jernberg Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Finland Pekka Rantanen Ford RS200 E2
Year Division 1 Division 2 1400 Cup
1993 1. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Escort RS Cosworth France Jean-Luc Pailler Citroën BX GTi T16 4x4 Belgium Tony Kuypers Citroën AX GT
Citroën AX Sport
2. Norway Eivind Opland Nissan Sunny GTI-R Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën ZX T16 4x4 Austria Manfred Beck Citroën AX Sport
3. United Kingdom Richard Hutton Ford Escort RS Cosworth Sweden Tommy Kristoffersson Audi Coupé S2 20V Czech Republic Pavel Novotný Citroën AX Sport
1994 1. United Kingdom Richard Hutton Ford Escort RS Cosworth Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën ZX T16 4x4 Sweden Susann Bergvall Citroën AX Sport
2. Germany Bernd Leinemann Ford Escort RS Cosworth Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Austria Manfred Beck Citroën AX Sport
3. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Escort RS Cosworth France Jean-Luc Pailler Citroën Xantia T16 4x4 Belgium Rudy Lauwers Peugeot 205 Rallye
1995 1. Norway Eivind Opland Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Netherlands Ko Kasse Citroën AX GTi
2. Netherlands Jos Kuypers Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën ZX T16 4x4 Austria Manfred Beck Citroën AX Sport
3. Sweden Gunde Svan Toyota Celica GT-Four France Jean-Luc Pailler Citroën Xantia T16 4x4 Czech Republic Pavel Novotný Citroën AX GTi
1996 1. Norway Eivind Opland Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën ZX T16 4x4 Austria Manfred Beck Citroën AX GTi
2. Sweden Lasse Sällström Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Netherlands Ko Kasse Citroën AX GTi
3. Netherlands Jos Kuypers Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III France Jean-Luc Pailler Citroën Xantia T16 4x4 Germany Sven Seeliger Citroën AX GTi
Year Division 1 Division 2 1400 Cup (Div. 2A)
1997 1. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Norway Eivind Opland Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 106 Rallye
2. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën ZX T16 4x4 Czech Republic Pavel Koutný Ford Escort RS Cosworth Germany Sven Seeliger Citroën AX GTi
3. Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Sweden Lasse Sällström Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Czech Republic Vlastimil Boháček Peugeot 106 XSi
1998 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS T16 4x4 Norway Eivind Opland Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 106 Rallye
2. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 900 T16 4x4 Netherlands Jos Kuypers Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Sweden Magnus Hansen Citroën AX GTi
3. Norway Martin Schanche Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Norway Bjørn Skogstad Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Belgium Jean-Michel Laurant Peugeot 106 XSi
1999 1. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 9-3 T16 4x4 Sweden Magnus Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS Denmark Johnny Jensen Citroën AX GTi
2. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS T16 4x4 Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 306 S16 Belgium Jean-Michel Laurant Peugeot 106 XSi
3. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 Czech Republic Pavel Novotný Citroën Xsara VTS Czech Republic Jaroslav Marchal Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V
2000 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara WRC France Eddy Bénézet Peugeot 306 S16 Germany Sven Seeliger Citroën AX GTi
2. France Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot 206 WRC Finland Jouko Kallio Honda Integra Type R Belgium Michaël De Keersmaecker Peugeot 106 XSi
3. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 9-3 T16 4x4 Sweden Magnus Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS Czech Republic Jaroslav Marchal Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V
2001 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara WRC Belgium Ronny Scheveneels Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Germany Sven Seeliger Citroën AX GTi
2. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Ford Focus WRC Sweden Magnus Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS Poland Tomasz Oleksiak Peugeot 106 XSi
3. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 9-3 T16 4x4 Norway Guttorm Lindefjell Peugeot 306 S16 Belgium Michaël De Keersmaecker Peugeot 106 XSi
2002 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara WRC Netherlands Marc-Jan Vlassak Opel Astra OPC Czech Republic Aleš Zázvorka Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V
2. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 9-3 T16 4x4 Sweden Magnus Hansen Citroën Xsara VTS Poland Krzysztof Groblewski Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V
3. Czech Republic Pavel Koutný Ford Focus WRC
Ford Escort WRC
Belgium Ronny Scheveneels Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Czech Republic Milan Peruth Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16V
Year Division 1 Division 1A Division 2
2003 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara T16 4x4 Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 206 XS Norway Guttorm Lindefjell Opel Astra OPC
2. Sweden Per Eklund Saab 9-3 T16 4x4 Poland Krzysztof Groblewski Volkswagen Polo GTI Norway Harald Sachweh Opel Astra OPC
3. France Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot 206 T16 4x4 Netherlands Ron Snoeck SEAT Ibiza 16V Finland Jussi Pinomäki Renault Clio RS
2004 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara T16 4x4 Netherlands Ron Snoeck SEAT Ibiza 16V Finland Jussi Pinomäki Renault Clio RS Ragnotti
2. Sweden Michael Jernberg Ford Focus T16 4x4 Poland Krzysztof Groblewski Volkswagen Polo GTI Norway Harald Sachweh Opel Astra OPC
3. Netherlands Jos Kuypers Ford Focus T16 4x4 Poland Marcin Laskowski Peugeot 106 S16 Sweden Per Gustafsson Peugeot 206 RC
2005 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën Xsara T16 4x4 Netherlands Ron Snoeck SEAT Ibiza 16V Finland Jussi Pinomäki Renault Clio RS Ragnotti
2. Sweden Michael Jernberg Ford Focus T16 4x4 Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 206 XSi Belgium Michaël De Keersmaecker Honda Civic Type R
3. Norway Sverre Isachsen Ford Focus T16 4x4 Denmark Morten Jespersen Peugeot 106 S16 Sweden Marcus Nilsson Peugeot 206 RC
2006 1. Sweden Lars Larsson Škoda Fabia T16 4x4 Poland Krzysztof Groblewski Volkswagen Polo GTI Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra OPC
2. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Denmark Morten Jespersen Peugeot 106 S16 Sweden Mattias Thörjesson Opel Astra OPC
3. Norway Tommy Rustad Ford Focus T16 4x4 Finland Jussi Pinomäki Renault Clio 1.6 Czech Republic Tomáš Kotek Honda Civic Type R
2007 1. Sweden Lars Larsson Škoda Fabia T16 4x4 Belgium Michaël De Keersmaecker Opel Corsa GSi Czech Republic Tomáš Kotek Honda Civic Type R
2. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Czech Republic Jaroslav Kalný Peugeot 206 XS Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra OPC
3. Sweden Andréas Eriksson Ford Fiesta ST T16 4x4 France Olivier Bossard Citroën Saxo VTS
Citroën C2 GT
Lithuania Martynas Padgurskis Renault Clio RS
2008 1. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Finland Jussi Pinomäki Renault Clio Czech Republic Tomáš Kotek Honda Civic Type R
2. Norway Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo S40 T16 4x4 France Olivier Bossard Citroën C2 Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra OPC
3. Sweden Michael Jernberg Škoda Fabia Mk2 T16 4x4 Czech Republic Zdeněk Čermák Škoda Fabia Mk1 Czech Republic Ondřej Smetana Honda Civic Type R
2009 1. Norway Sverre Isachsen Ford Focus ST T16 4x4 Norway Mats Lysen Renault Clio Mk2 Norway Knut Ove Børseth Ford Fiesta ST RWD
2. Sweden Michael Jernberg Škoda Fabia Mk2 T16 4x4 Russia Eduard Leganov Volkswagen Polo Mk4 Belgium Jos Sterkens Ford Focus ST RWD
3. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Russia Timur Timerzyanov Renault Clio Mk2 Belgium Guino Kenis BMW 120
2010 1. Norway Sverre Isachsen Ford Focus ST T16 4x4 Russia Timur Timerzyanov Renault Clio Mk2 Republic of Ireland Derek Tohill Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
2. Sweden Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Russia Ildar Rakhmatullin Renault Clio Mk2 Norway Knut Ove Børseth Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
3. United Kingdom Liam Doran Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Norway Andreas Bakkerud Peugeot 206/Renault Clio Mk2 Norway Ole Kristian Nøttveit Citroën Xsara RWD/Mazda RX-8
Year SuperCars Super1600s TouringCars
2011 1. Norway Sverre Isachsen Ford Focus Mk2 T16 4x4 Norway Andreas Bakkerud Renault Clio Mk2 Norway Lars Øivind Enerberg Ford Fiesta ST RWD
2. United States Tanner Foust Ford Fiesta Mk7 T16 4x4 Denmark Ulrik Linnemann Peugeot 207 Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra OPC RWD
3. Russia Timur Timerzyanov Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Poland Krzysztof Skorupski VW Polo Mk4/9N3 Republic of Ireland Derek Tohill Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
2012 1. Russia Timur Timerzyanov Citroën DS3 T16 4x4 Norway Andreas Bakkerud Renault Twingo Mk2 Sweden Anton Marklund Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
2. United Kingdom Liam Doran Citroën DS3 T16 4x4 Poland Krzysztof Skorupski VW Polo Mk4/9N3 Republic of Ireland Derek Tohill Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
3. United States Tanner Foust Ford Fiesta Mk7 T16 4x4 Finland Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme Renault Clio Mk2 Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra OPC RWD
2013 1. Russia Timur Timerzyanov Citroën DS3 T16 4x4 Latvia Reinis Nitišs Renault Clio Mk2 Republic of Ireland Derek Tohill Ford Fiesta Mk7 RWD
2. France Davy Jeanney Citroën C4 T16 4x4 Russia Ildar Rakhmatullin Renault Twingo Mk3 Sweden Robin Larsson Škoda Fabia Mk1 RWD
3. Sweden Timmy Hansen Citroën DS3 T16 4x4 Denmark Ulrik Linnemann Peugeot 207 Czech Republic Roman Častoral Opel Astra G RWD

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