Renault’s place at the top table of rallycross history
Although the new programme will be Renault’s first official presence in World RX, cars from the French marque have held key roles in rallycross history.
Renault Alpine A110s and A310s were a competitive proposition in the European Rallycross Championship in the 1970s, notably Dutchman Piet Kruythof’s Vialle Autogas run-a110 with which he won his home round of the series in 1977 and the Belgian round the following year. He also finished on the podium at Lydden Hill.
Austrian Herbert Grunsteidl claimed the title in an A310 in 1977, only the second year the series had held FIA status.
More recently, Swedish driver Stig-olov Walfridson (uncle to Petter Solberg’s wife, Pernilla) won his home round of the European Championship in a privately-run Clio in 2009.
His nephew, Lukas, drove a fivecylinder version of the car in Euro RX and to podium finishes in the Swedenbased Rallyx Nordic series.
Norwegian Mats Lysen also won his home round of the European series aboard an ex-walfridson Clio Supercar in 2011
In Euro RX Super1600, Renault Clios and Twingos, largely run by Finnish concern Set Promotion, have won seven of the last nine titles and been key to helping pave the way for Russian Timur Timerzyanov, Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud and Latvian Reinis Nitiss to progress to success in the Supercar category.
Timerzyanov claimed back-to-back European Supercar titles in 2012 and 2013 while Nitiss won only his third ever Supercar event and Bakkerud has six World RX victories.
European Championship frontrunner Jerome-grosset Janin raced Philippe Chanoine’s Clio to the French Championship title in 2013.
The Alpine was a hit in early events, with A110s (above) and A310s