Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2022 FIA World Rallycross Championship take place this weekend (October 8-9), as the Benelux World RX at Spa-Francorchamps hosts a double round of the all-electric series.
And with the World RX cars generating 500kW (equivalent to 680hp) and 880Nm of instant torque at the touch of a pedal, the track – which includes the iconic Eau Rouge and Raidillon corners, as well as a new loose surface section – will provide a spectacular setting for what promises to be another close and exciting rallycross encounter.
Last year’s Spa race winner Johan Kristoffersson leads the way as he seeks a fifth world championship title, and although the Swede’s record of four out of five wins this season may seem intimidating for the opponent, the statistics do not tell everything.
In Montalegre, Portugal, it was Niclas Grönholm who won the World RX triumph for the Construction Equipment Dealer team last time out. The son of two-time FIA World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm has had a rough start to the season, but he and the team are quickly finding their bearings and form.
The same can be said of the Hansen brothers, Timmy and Kevin. The Hansen World RX team could have won both rounds in Rīga in Latvia and were on the pace in Portugal as well. The team will therefore be keen to realize their potential in Belgium this time around.
With four podiums from five starts since returning to World RX, Ole Christian Veiby is closing ever closer to his illustrious team-mate Kristoffersson Motorsport, and with the mighty Volkswagen RX1e under him, the Norwegian – now up to second place in the standings – will no doubt be in the running again for silverware this weekend.
Teenage rookie Gustav Bergström has also caught the eye with his raw speed, not to mention his lightning throws, and two recent appearances to date demonstrate he enjoys the tutelage of Kristoffersson and Veiby by his side.
Similarly, Grönholm’s CE Dealer Team mate Klara Andersson made waves, qualifying for the final on her series debut at Hell in Norway and securing a memorable podium finish at Montalegre. The result will motivate her for another performance at Spa, where she first joined the World Rallycross Championship package 12 months ago, impressing with a solid run to fourth place in RX2e.
René Münnich, an experienced rallycross activist, completes the field in his SEAT Ibiza RX1e. The German, who races and drives for the team that bears his name, is getting closer to absolute pace with each appearance.
In the all-electric FIA RX2e Championship, Viktor Vranckx will look to reassert his home supremacy at Spa. The 16-year-old from Lier has taken the series by storm in his rookie season, with two of three wins so far and a sensational turn. A third campaign triumph this weekend would surely secure him the coveted drivers’ crown.
The headlining category of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, Euro RX1, will make its final appearance in 2022 at Spa-Francorchamps.
Anton Marklund clinched his third European title at Montalegre, but the event was won by Enzo Ide – a first rallycross success for the 31-year-old from Tielt, who increasingly demonstrates how much he has learned by working working closely with two of the ultimate maestros of the sport in Kristoffersson and 2016 World Champion Mattias Ekström.
All the action from the race will be streamed live on RX+, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes info, driver interviews, in-depth expert analysis, drone shots, on-board cams, highlights And much more.