DRY AND DUSTY CONDITIONS FOR WRC IN BARCELONA
NO rain is expected to fall on the plains of Spain when the world’s finest racers line up for the qualifying order draw in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRC) in Barcelona tomorrow.
Rallycross events take place on 60% tar and 40% gravel roads of about one kilometre in length, and can feature one or more jumps, which makes driving tactics paramount.
The drivers are knocked out as the weekend progresses and only the six fastest and bravest of them get to contest the final.
After eight rounds to date, the drivers’ log has Peter Solberg’s World RX Team leading the fray in his Citroën DS3 at 181 points, with Mattias Ekström only five points behind in his Audi S1.
The pair can, however, expect a serious challenge from the Peugeot 208 WRX driver Timmy Hansen.
Hansen was on the podium in Barcelona last year and was the highest-scoring driver over the course of the weekend.
After his disappointment at the last race in France, Hansen has collected only 117 points and said his aim this weekend is to finish inside the top three once more to add to his score.
Mr Consistency and third place on the log, Johan Kristoffersson for Volkswagen RX Sweden, will also be a strong contender for a podium in his Volkswagen Polo. He will be chased hard by the Ford Focus RS of fourth-placed Andreas Bakkerud.
Highlights of the race will be televised on SuperSport.
Mexico’s leading WRC driver Benito Guerra shows the action that spectators love watching in the WRC.