FIA World Rallycross Championship

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FIA World Rallycross Championship
Fia-world-rallycross-championship logo.jpg
CategorySupercars
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2014
Tire suppliersCooper
Drivers' championSweden Johan Kristoffersson
Makes' championSweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
Official websitewww.fiaworldrallycross.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (official abbreviation is WRX) is a rallycross series organised by the FIA in conjunction with series promoters IMG Motorsport.

Format[edit]

Regular lap vs. Joker lap (2016 World RX of Norway)
Cars line up on the grid before a Semi-Final
Semi-Final 2 at the 2016 World RX of Portugal

The series currently consists of 12 two-day events driven on closed circuits with mixed surface (mostly asphalt and gravel). Each event consists of:[1]

  • 4 Qualifying heats. In each of the 4 series there are smaller races containing 3 to 5 cars, and the driver with the fastest overall race time after 4 laps (including one so-called Joker Lap) is declared the qualifying winner of Q1, Q2, Q3 and/or Q4. Drivers earn 'intermediate points' based on their positions. After the 4 qualifying series, the points are added up and the 12 drivers with the most points in the 'intermediate standings' move into the next round.
  • 2 Semi-Finals. 6 cars race in each of both semi-finals, which are run over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The top 3 drivers in each semi-final move into the final round.
  • Final. Like the semi-finals, this race is contested by 6 cars over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The winner of the final is deemed to be the event winner. However, the final winner has not necessarily claimed the most championship points from the whole event.

Categories[edit]

Two classes are currently run, Supercar and RX2. An electric category was planned to be introduced in 2020,[2][3] but it was announced on 16 August 2018 that the introduction of a fully electric Championship would be delayed until 2021[4] to allow manufacturers more time to submit an interest to join following the rules change.

Points system[edit]

World Championship points are scored as follows:

Points Scale Position
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

Drivers[edit]

Events[edit]

Results[edit]

Records correct up to and including the 2018 World RX of Barcelona.

Champions[edit]

Season Championship for Drivers Championship for Teams
Driver Team Car Team Car
2014 Norway Petter Solberg Sweden PSRX France Citroën DS3 Sweden Olsbergs MSE Germany Ford Fiesta ST
2015 Norway Petter Solberg Sweden SDRX France Citroën DS3 Sweden Team Peugeot-Hansen France Peugeot 208
2016 Sweden Mattias Ekström Sweden EKS RX Germany Audi S1 Sweden EKS RX Germany Audi S1
2017 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo GTI Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo GTI
2018 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo R Sweden PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Germany Volkswagen Polo R
Season RX Lites/RX2 Champions
Driver Team Car
2014 Sweden Kevin Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE Sweden OMSE RX Lite Car
2015 Sweden Kevin Hansen Sweden Hansen Junior Team Sweden OMSE RX Lite Car
2016 France Cyril Raymond France Cyril Raymond Sweden OMSE RX Lite Car
2017 France Cyril Raymond France Cyril Raymond Sweden OMSE RX2 Car
2018 Sweden Oliver Eriksson Sweden OMSE RX2 Car Sweden OMSE RX2 Car

Statistics[edit]

Event wins by driver[edit]

The drivers champion of the first two seasons, Petter Solberg
2016 champion Mattias Ekström
Johan Kristoffersson, champion of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, holds the record of most points scored in a season.
L-R: Reinis Nitišs, Andreas Bakkerud, Toomas Heikkinen and Ekström. They have all won events in the top class.

Key

Driver is a World Champion
Bold Driver has competed in the 2018 season
Wins Driver First win Last win
20 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson 2015 World RX of Portugal 2018 World RX of South Africa
10 Norway Petter Solberg 2014 World RX of Portugal 2017 World RX of Great Britain
Sweden Mattias Ekström 2014 World RX of Sweden 2017 World RX of Germany
6 Norway Andreas Bakkerud 2014 World RX of Great Britain 2016 World RX of Argentina
5 Sweden Timmy Hansen 2014 World RX of Italy 2016 World RX of Canada
2 France Davy Jeanney 2015 World RX of Germany 2015 World RX of Canada
Finland Toomas Heikkinen 2014 World RX of Belgium 2015 World RX of Belgium
France Sébastien Loeb 2016 World RX of Latvia 2018 World RX of Belgium
1 Sweden Kevin Hansen 2019 World RX of Abu Dhabi 2019 World RX of Abu Dhabi
Latvia Reinis Nitiss 2014 World RX of Norway 2014 World RX of Norway
United States Tanner Foust 2014 World RX of Finland 2014 World RX of Finland
Sweden Robin Larsson 2014 World RX of Argentina 2014 World RX of Argentina
Sweden Kevin Eriksson 2016 World RX of Germany 2016 World RX of Germany


Event podiums by driver[edit]

Podiums Driver
30 Norway Petter Solberg
29 Sweden Johan Kristoffersson
24 Sweden Timmy Hansen
Norway Andreas Bakkerud
22 Sweden Mattias Ekström
17 France Sébastien Loeb

Event wins by car[edit]

Wins Car
24 Germany Volkswagen Polo
10 Germany Audi S1
9 France Citroën DS3
France Peugeot 208
5 United States Ford Fiesta
3 United States Ford Focus
1 Germany Audi A1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIA World Rallycross Championship". Fiaworldrallycross.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Ridge, Hal. "World Rallycross to introduce electric cars as early as 2020". Autosport.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ "World Rallycross set to add electric cars in future". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ "World Rallycross delays electric switch until 2021". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  5. ^ Scammell, David (2 July 2015). "DiRT Rally partners with FIA World Rallycross Championship for World RX update". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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