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Old 21 Aug 2018, 11:43 (Ref:3845161)   #1
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World Rallycross Championship 2019

Probably a bit early for this, but stories seems to be trickling out about the 2019 season already so I thought I'd post in a fresh thread.

ES Motorsport are building a Skoda Fabia Supercar to run in the World Championship in 2019:

https://www.autosport.com/wrx/news/1...y-for-world-rx

To be driven by a “world famous racing driver”.
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Old 22 Aug 2018, 07:25 (Ref:3845322)   #2
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The first year that we have (a few) separate race dates for European Championship and World Championship?

Return for Hockenheim on the calendar?
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Old 22 Aug 2018, 08:43 (Ref:3845333)   #3
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The first year that we have (a few) separate race dates for European Championship and World Championship?
Yeah, I wonder that as well. The comment from Pat (Doran) in one of the GRC articles suggested that split rounds were under consideration for 2018, so does that mean we will definitely see them in 2019?

Or will the delay of electric mean they will retain the existing event format for another year or two?
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Old 22 Aug 2018, 19:58 (Ref:3845442)   #4
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Anyone who has attended an event with WRX supercar, ErX supercar and S1600 will say that it's a great weekend of action.

Recent grumble is that they keep reducing numbers of support classes. If a standalone event means we can get 35-40 ERX supercar (instead of 30) and 35-40 s1600 (instead of 25) and then you throw in a supernational category like in Belgium and Norway, then I say awesome. Let the WRX events keep their 25 supercars and 20 Rx2s. As you say Steve, until they have electric RX to plug the gap then I can't see them wanting to thin grids too much just yet. But who knows, they've shot themaelves in the foot before!
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They wont want to lose ERX<> it bolsters the grids and keeps their coffers flowing as those idiots are happy to hand over thousands when they didn't have to before.

Until a proper rival series is started, this is how it will be
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Old 25 Aug 2018, 08:41 (Ref:3845924)   #6
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Some already started a rival series... It did not work.

Strange, they al want to do ERX, but they drive in the complete shadow of WRX.
Superb entrylsts, hardly some moving images to find on the internet.
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Agreed mivec, I dont understand it either. They get very little credibility for doing so, yet spend tens of thousands on entry fees, cars and travelling to be there.

All it would take is for a group of guys to get the rights from WRX, (they wouldnt sell them, they are not that fair or decent) and a decent European series could start.

Let's hope electric takes off, they can disappear up their own arse with all their fanboys on here and proper rallycross might return in some form.
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Old 25 Aug 2018, 10:15 (Ref:3845941)   #8
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These guys mostly can afford to race due to a benefactor or due to sponsorship. I still think that the biggest audience is the crowds on race day. The Facebook live figures are usually only 2000 at a time. Let's say that 10 times as many people watch later in the day. That's still on 20000, which is less than half the attendance at Holjes or loheac (both of which now have ERX supercars). Maybe sponsors want to stay in the series to ensure good crowds at those places.

I take your point about internet coverage but we must be missing something. People are driven by money not some allegiance to IMG. It must be working for them financially somehow for them to keep coming back in their droves. You need that critical mass which the Euro challenge just never had.
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Where else are they goign to race?

National series other than Scandinavia are dead on their arse,

There are tens of cars out there owned by rich benefactors like Scott and the like, who just want to race among their so called peers.

It's a bit like running a clubby event at a MotoGP meeting, everyone would wnat to be there to race, simply to be there.

That will wear off eventually.
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There was a short spell where expanded European coverage was appearing on You Tube, but that doesn't seem to happen any more. As said, it's surprising that the European Championship has so much appeal (for seemingly little attention) but, whatever the reason(s), I am glad they exist as the European Championship has provided some great racing the last couple of years.

I am holding out for split World and Euro rounds; standalone Euro rounds (hopefully at traditional circuits) would give the old fans what they want when electric arrives on the scene.
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According to a Swedish newspaper, Teknikens Värld (or The Technical World), Audi was the only manufacture in WRX at the moment that said no to electric cars and apparently they weren't interested in it all in 2021. The writer also mentioned a rumor that Audi weren't going to invest in EKS in 2019 and that Dieter Gass, head of Audi's motorsport division, wants him as a team boss for an Audi DTM team.

https://teknikensvarld.se/mattias-ek...baka-till-dtm/
https://teknikensvarld.se/elektrisk-...oss-far-vanta/
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According to a Swedish newspaper, Teknikens Värld (or The Technical World), Audi was the only manufacture in WRX at the moment that said no to electric cars and apparently they weren't interested in it all in 2021. The writer also mentioned a rumor that Audi weren't going to invest in EKS in 2019 and that Dieter Gass, head of Audi's motorsport division, wants him as a team boss for an Audi DTM team.

https://teknikensvarld.se/mattias-ek...baka-till-dtm/
https://teknikensvarld.se/elektrisk-...oss-far-vanta/
I must admit I am very surprised by that. Given that Audi withdrew from the WEC and issued a press release at the time which referenced electric and rallycross I am shocked that they are not one of the manufacturers keen on electric rallycross.
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They are quite happy spending money on the pointless exercise that is FE.

And letting VW spend millions on rallycross that was pencilled in for WRC in the Polo.
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Ok, we can count with Audi WRX departure from today. Will EKS keep running those cars as privateers? That is the question.
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I must admit I am very surprised by that. Given that Audi withdrew from the WEC and issued a press release at the time which referenced electric and rallycross I am shocked that they are not one of the manufacturers keen on electric rallycross.
Could be politics. Who knows what happens behind the curtain or under the green table cloth. If IMG wanted something Audi sees no profit in, or something unrealistic, they walk.
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