2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship

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2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship
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The 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy is the fifth season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) as the highest class of international rallycross.

Johan Kristoffersson won the Drivers' Championship for the second season running during the World RX of the United States.[1]

Calendar[edit]

Rnd. Event Dates Venue Class Winner Team Report
1 Spain World RX of Barcelona 14–16 April Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
2 Portugal World RX of Portugal 28–29 April Pista Automóvel de Montalegre, Montalegre Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
3 Belgium World RX of Belgium 12–13 May Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet, Mettet Supercar France Sébastien Loeb France Team Peugeot Total Report
RX2 Norway Ben-Philip Gundersen Sweden JC Raceteknik
4 United Kingdom World RX of Great Britain 25–27 May Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
RX2 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE
5 Norway World RX of Norway 9–10 June Lånkebanen, Hell Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
RX2 Belgium Guillaume De Ridder Sweden Olsbergs MSE
6 Sweden World RX of Sweden 30 June–1 July Höljesbanan, Höljes Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
RX2 Belgium Guillaume De Ridder Sweden Olsbergs MSE
7 Canada World RX of Canada 4–5 August Circuit Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
RX2 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE
8 France World RX of France 1–2 September Circuit de Lohéac, Lohéac Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
RX2 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE
9 Latvia World RX of Latvia 15–16 September Biķernieku Kompleksā Sporta Bāze, Riga Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
10 United States World RX of the United States 29–30 September Circuit of the Americas, Austin Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
11 Germany World RX of Germany 13–14 October Estering, Buxtehude Supercar Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Report
12 South Africa World RX of South Africa 24–25 November Killarney Motor Racing Complex, Cape Town Supercar
RX2

Calendar changes[edit]

Entries[edit]

The permanent entrants of the 2018 Supercar season
Johan Kristoffersson won his second successive Drivers' Championship
GC Kompetition entered the championship, fielding two Renault Méganes built by Prodrive
GRX Taneco also entered, using two ex-WRC Hyundai i20's

Supercar[edit]

Factory Teams
Constructor Entrant Car No. Drivers Rounds
Audi Sweden EKS Audi Sport[5] Audi S1 5 Sweden Mattias Ekström All
13 Norway Andreas Bakkerud[6] All
51 Switzerland Nico Müller 9
Peugeot France Team Peugeot Total[7] Peugeot 208 9 France Sébastien Loeb All
21 Sweden Timmy Hansen All
71 Sweden Kevin Hansen All
Volkswagen Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden[8] Volkswagen Polo R 1 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson All
11 Norway Petter Solberg All
Privateers / satellites
Constructor Entrant Car No. Drivers Rounds
Audi Hungary Kárai Motorsport Egyesület[9] Audi A1 102 Hungary Tamás Kárai 4
Belgium Comtoyou Racing[10] Audi S1 67 Belgium François Duval 3
BMW United Kingdom Oliver Bennett BMW MINI Cooper 42 United Kingdom Oliver Bennett 1-2, 4-6, 8-9, 11
Citroën Portugal Mário Barbosa Citroën DS3 75 Portugal Mário Barbosa 2
France Hervé "Knapick" Lemonnier 84 France "Knapick" 1, 4, 8
Ford Austria STARD[11] Ford Fiesta 6 Latvia Jānis Baumanis All
58 China Qinghua Ma[9] 4
60 Finland Joni-Pekka Rajala[12] 5
Republic of Ireland Oliver O'Donovan 2 Republic of Ireland Oliver O'Donovan 8
Austria MJP Racing Team Austria[12][13] 31 Austria Max Pucher 5
32 Austria Alexander Wurz 5, 9
57 Finland Toomas Heikkinen 8-9
177 United Kingdom Andrew Jordan 4, 8
Sweden Olsbergs MSE[14] Ford Fiesta ST 4 Sweden Robin Larsson All
96 Sweden Kevin Eriksson All
Portugal Bompiso Racing Team Ford Focus 41 Portugal Joaquim Santos 2
Hyundai Finland GRX Taneco Team[15] Hyundai i20 7 Russia Timur Timerzyanov All
68 Finland Niclas Grönholm All
Peugeot France Sébastien Loeb Racing[16] Peugeot 208 66 Belgium Grégoire Demoustier1 [17] All
United Kingdom Mark Higgins[9] 134 United Kingdom Mark Higgins 4
France Davy Jeanney 17 France Davy Jeanney 8
France Emmanuel Anne 29 France Emmanuel Anne 8
France Gaëten Serazin 62 France Gaëten Serzain 8
France Cyril Raymond 113 France Cyril Raymond 11
Renault France GC Kompetition[18] Renault Mégane R.S. 33 United Kingdom Liam Doran 8-9, 11-12
36 France Guerlain Chicherit All
74 France Jérôme Grosset-Janin 1-7
92 Sweden Anton Marklund 10-12
SEAT Germany Münnich Motorsport[19] SEAT Ibiza 44 Germany Timo Scheider 6, 8-9
77 Germany René Münnich 5, 11
Volkswagen Sweden Marklund Motorsport[20] Volkswagen Polo 24 Norway Tommy Rustad 4-5, 8
92 Sweden Anton Marklund 4-5
Norway Kjetil Larsen[12] 64 Norway Kjetil Larsen 5, 11

Drivers with a green background are ineligible to score points towards the Championship for Teams.

RX2[edit]

RX2 Teams
Constructor Entrant Car No. Drivers Rounds
OMSE Sweden JC Raceteknik Olsbergs MSE RX2 2 Norway Ben-Philip Gundersen All
6 Sweden William Nilsson All
69 Norway Sondre Evjen All
77 Norway Henrik Krogstad All
90 Sweden Jimmie Walfridson 6
91 Sweden Jonathan Walfridsson 6
99 Sweden Marcus Höglund 5-6
Finland Set Promotion 8 Norway Simon Wågø Syversen All
22 Finland Sami-Matti Trogen 4-7
65 Finland Jami Kalliomaki All
Norway Glenn Haug 9 Norway Glenn Haug All
Sweden Martin Jonsson 10 Sweden Martin Jonsson 6
Sweden Mats Oskarsson 11 Sweden Mats Oskarsson 6
Sweden Anders Michalak 14 Sweden Anders Michalak All
Sweden Hampus Rådström 17 Sweden Hampus Rådström 6
Sweden Olsbergs MSE 16 Sweden Oliver Eriksson All
18 Sweden Linus Östlund 6
53 United States Cole Keatts All
96 Belgium Guillaume De Ridder All
Sweden Team Faren 21 United States Conner Martell All
50 United Kingdom Nathan Heathcote All
Belgium Koen Pauwels 23 Belgium Koen Pauwels 3
Norway Petter Leirhol 27 Norway Petter Leirhol 6
United States Christian Brooks 44 United States Christian Brooks 6
Sweden Simon Olofsson 52 Sweden Simon Olofsson All
Latvia Sport Racing Technologies 55 Latvia Vasily Gryazin All
Spain Albert Llovera 66 Spain Albert Llovera 2 All
Sweden Santosh Berggren 68 Sweden Santosh Berggren 6
Sweden Johnny Andersson 86 Sweden Johnny Andersson 6
Norway Stein Frederic-Akre 98 Norway Stein Frederic-Akre 6


2 Despite having been born in Andorra, Albert Llovera is recognised by the RX2 International Series and by extension, the FIA World Rallycross Championship as a Spanish driver for the duration of the 2018 season. [22] [23]

Team changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

  • Andreas Bakkerud left Hoonigan Racing Division to join EKS RX.[25]
  • Toomas Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs both left EKS RX.[26][27] Nitišs will instead re-join Set Promotion, the team in which he won the Super1600 championship with in 2013, and compete in the FIA European Rallycross Championship with an M-Sport Ford Fiesta. Heikkinen also joined the team, but stepped down from driving duties, becoming Nitišs’ team manager and a driving coach for Set Promotion’s Super1600 drivers.
  • After spending a year with MJP Racing Team Austria in 2017, Kevin Eriksson returned to his father’s Olsbergs MSE team alongside fellow countryman Robin Larsson, who will make his return to World RX after a year sabbatical.
  • Jérôme Grosset-Janin will partner team owner and driver Guerlain Chicherit, driving for the new GCK team.
  • Double European Rallycross champion Timur Timerzyanov left STARD to join GRX Taneco, partnering Niclas Grönholm in the new Hyundai i20.

Results and standings[edit]

World Championship points are scored as follows:

Position
Round 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th
Heats 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Semi-Finals 6 5 4 3 2 1
Final 8 5 4 3 2 1
  • A red background denotes drivers who did not advance from the round

FIA World Rallycross Championship for Drivers[edit]

Pos. Driver BAR
Spain
POR
Portugal
BEL
Belgium
GBR
United Kingdom
NOR
Norway
SWE
Sweden
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
LAT
Latvia
USA
United States
GER
Germany
RSA
South Africa
Points
1 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 311
2 Sweden Mattias Ekström 6b 7 4 4 2 6 4 4 2 5 2 228
3 Norway Andreas Bakkerud 3 4 6 2 6 2 7 2 8 3 3 224
4 Norway Petter Solberg 5 3 2 12 3 7 5 3 7 2 5 221
5 France Sébastien Loeb 2 2 1 3 8 9 3 6 3 4 8 205
6 Sweden Timmy Hansen 12 6 3 11 5 4 2 5 5a 6a 7 177
7 Finland Niclas Grönholm 4 9 8 5 7 11 8 11 4 8 4 142
8 Sweden Kevin Hansen 13 11 9 6 4 5 9 7a 6 7 6 128
9 Latvia Jānis Baumanis 8 8 7 14 12 10 6 13 14 11 11 88
10 Russia Timur Timerzyanov 7 12 11 9 21 8 11 9 11 13 20 77
11 France Guerlain Chicherit 9 5 10 15 15 14 15 12 10 9 13 62
12 France Jérôme Grosset-Janin 10 14 14 7 14 3 13 47
13 Sweden Kevin Eriksson 14 10 16 10 9 13a 10a 10a 16 10 10 35
14 Sweden Robin Larsson 11 13 12 13 10 12 12a 21a 17 14 12 32
15 Sweden Anton Marklund 17 11 12 9 23
16 United Kingdom Liam Doran 8 12 19 19
17 Norway Tommy Rustad 8 13 16 14
18 Belgium Grégoire Demoustier 16 15 15 18 22 16 14 19 19 15 17 11
19 Switzerland Nico Müller 9 10
20 United Kingdom Oliver Bennett 15 16 21 20 15 18 20 15 7
21 Finland Toomas Heikkinen 14 15 5
22 Germany Timo Scheider 17 25 13 4
23 Belgium François Duval 13 4
24 Norway Kjetil Larsen 19 14 3
25 United Kingdom Andrew Jordan 20 15 2
26 Germany René Münnich 17 16 1
27 Finland Joni-Pekka Rajala 16 1
28 Isle of Man Mark Higgins 16 1
29 France "Knapick" 17 22 23 0
30 Portugal Joaquim Santos 17 0
31 Austria Alexander Wurz 18 18 0
32 Portugal Mário Barbosa 18 0
33 France Cyril Raymond 18 0
34 Hungary Tamás Kárai 19 0
35 France Davy Jeanney 20 0
36 France Gaëten Serzain 21 0
37 Republic of Ireland Oliver O'Donovan 22 0
38 Austria Max Pucher 23 0
39 China Qinghua Ma 23 0
40 France Emmanuel Anne 24 0
Pos. Driver BAR
Spain
POR
Portugal
BEL
Belgium
GBR
United Kingdom
NOR
Norway
SWE
Sweden
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
LAT
Latvia
USA
United States
GER
Germany
RSA
South Africa
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

a Loss of fifteen championship points – stewards' decision
b Ekström received no points from the final as he was disqualified after crashing into Solberg.

FIA World Rallycross Championship for Teams[edit]

Pos. Team No. Drivers Points
1 Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden 1 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson 532
11 Norway Petter Solberg
2 Sweden EKS Audi Sport 5 Sweden Mattias Ekström 452
13 Norway Andreas Bakkerud
3 France Team Peugeot Total 9 France Sébastien Loeb 382
21 Sweden Timmy Hansen
4 Finland GRX Taneco Team 28 Russia Timur Timerzyanov 219
68 Finland Niclas Grönholm
5 France GC Kompetition 33 United Kingdom Liam Doran 134
36 France Guerlain Chicherit
74 France Jérôme Grosset-Janin
92 Sweden Anton Marklund
6 Sweden Olsbergs MSE 4 Sweden Robin Larsson 67
96 Sweden Kevin Eriksson

RX2 International Series[edit]

(key)

Pos. Driver BEL
Belgium
GBR
United Kingdom
NOR
Norway
SWE
Sweden
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
RSA
South Africa
Points
1 Sweden Oliver Eriksson 7 1 2 4 1 1 154
2 Belgium Guillaume De Ridder 8 7 1 1 2 3 140
3 Norway Henrik Krogstad 3 8 3 2 8 6 108
4 Latvia Vasily Gryazin 5 6 5 14 4 10 95
5 Norway Ben-Philip Gundersen 1 10 8 5 7 11 90
6 Norway Sondre Evjen 2 3 4 22 11 5 88
7 Sweden William Nilsson 4 12 6 7 9 8 78
8 United States Conner Martell 10 2 12 17 6 4 69
9 Finland Jami Kalliomäki 6 9 10 11 10 9 69
10 Finland Sami-Matti Trogen 11 9 15 5 2 63
11 United Kingdom Nathan Heathcote 14 17 11 10 13 7 41
12 Norway Simon Wågø Syversen 11 13 7 24 12 12 38
13 Sweden Simon Olofsson 12 15 15 3 14 29
14 Sweden Anders Michalak 13 4 14 21 14 15 29
15 Norway Glenn Haug 9 5 13 18 25
16 United States Cole Keatts 16 14 16 27 3 13 24
17 United States Christian Brooks 6 20
18 Sweden Jimmie Walfridson 8 14
19 Sweden Marcus Höglund 17 9 13
20 Norway Petter Leirhol 12 6
21 Sweden Linus Ostlund 13 4
22 Spain Albert Llovera 17 16 18 29 15 17 3
23 Belgium Koen Pauwels 15 2
24 Norway Stein Frederic-Akre 16 1
25 Latvia Edijs Oss 16 1
26 Sweden Santosh Berggren 19 0
27 Sweden Mats Oskarsson 20 0
28 Sweden Hampus Rådström 23 0
29 Sweden Martin Jonsson 25 0
30 Sweden Johnny Anderson 26 0
31 Sweden Jonathan Walfridsson 28 0
Pos. Driver BEL
Belgium
GBR
United Kingdom
NOR
Norway
SWE
Sweden
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
RSA
South Africa
Points

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