More magic moments in prospect as Höljes gears up to host Swedish summer spectacle

More magic moments in prospect as Höljes gears up to host Swedish summer spectacle

24.06.2022: • Star-studded Euro RX1 entry list for rallycross’ iconic ‘Magic Weekend’ • Pauwels and Černý set to reprise thrilling duel for supremacy in Euro RX3 • RX2e kick-starts season two featuring high-profile female competitors



•    Star-studded Euro RX1 entry list for rallycross’ iconic ‘Magic Weekend’


•    Pauwels and Černý set to reprise thrilling duel for supremacy in Euro RX3


•    RX2e kick-starts season two featuring high-profile female competitors
 





The scene is set. The cars are prepped. More than 50 drivers are ready for action at Höljes in Sweden. Heck, after two years of Covid-enforced absence, even ‘Happy Street’ is back. This can all only mean one thing. It’s time for the legendary ‘Magic Weekend’ (2-3 July).



A capacity 25-strong entry in Euro RX1 and high-calibre grids in both RX2e and Euro RX3 are headlined by a multiple World Rallycross Champion, a quartet of European Rallycross Champions, a trio of rallying heroes, a 14-time FIM Women’s Trial World Champion and an ice-racing master. It’s quite the line-up.






EURO RX1: A FIRST-CLASS FIELD



Euro RX1 at Höljes constitutes something of a rallycross who’s who, with Johan Kristoffersson throwing down the gauntlet to his rivals when he announced his participation in his family-run Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo.



The quadruple World Champion will face stiff opposition, however, from a number of quarters. Reigning title-holder Andreas Bakkerud has renewed his relationship with EKS, and the Norwegian will head into battle in the same Audi S1 with which he so very nearly clinched the World Championship crown in 2019.



Anton Marklund proved to be unbeatable in the Nyirád curtain-raiser behind the wheel of his SET Promotion Hyundai i20, though he was pushed hard by the increasingly impressive Enzo Ide (EKS), who is demonstrating just how much he learned competing alongside Kristoffersson last year in the top flight.



Series returnee Ulrik Linnemann fought his way from 18th overnight to a rostrum result in the season-opener, and the indefatigable Dane can always be counted upon to put his absolute heart and soul into his performance.



Former Super1600 king Jānis Baumanis and six-time Andros Trophy ice-racing champion Jean Baptiste ‘JB’ Dubourg are both fired-up to bounce back from a disappointing end to their Hungarian challenges, while last season’s Cooper Tires ‘Rookie of the Year’ Sivert Svardal produced a giant-killing effort to reach the final at Nyirád and is sure to enjoy plenty of home support.



A famous surname returns to the World RX paddock as Oliver Solberg makes his first competitive rallycross appearance in two years with Hedströms Motorsport, as JC Raceteknik fields a pair of Audi S1s for Norwegian duo Sondre Evjen and Ole Christian Veiby, both of whom have previous podium form in European competition.



Perhaps the darkest horse of all, however, is local favourite Linus Östlund. Hailing from nearby Sysslebäck, the 22-year-old knows Höljes like the back of his hand.






EURO RX3: AUDI VS. ŠKODA TAKE TWO



In Euro RX3, Kobe Pauwels and Jan Černý waged a fierce duel for supremacy in Hungary and a similar no-holds-barred scrap looks to be in prospect in round two, but there are a number of other contenders amongst the 16-strong entry.



João Ribeiro and Nuno Araújo will fly the Portuguese flag, with fellow Audi A1 driver Damian Litwinowicz likewise sure to be a threat in his sophomore campaign in the series. Teenage hotshot Jiří Šusta went second-quickest in both of the heats he finished at Nyirád, while two former podium-finishers at Höljes have also thrown their hat into the ring, as Estonian Janno Ligur and Norway’s Espen Isaksætre make their seasonal debuts.




RX2e: AN ELECTRIFYING SHOW




The all-electric FIA RX2e Championship begins its second campaign at the ‘Magic Weekend’. Spain’s Pablo Suárez, rising British star Patrick O’Donovan and Sweden’s own Isak Sjökvist were embroiled in a fierce tussle for third place in the overall standings last year, and all three are back for more in 2022.



Sjökvist’s compatriot Nils Andersson is going from strength-to-strength under the tutelage of Johan Kristoffersson, while the female charge will be led by Extreme E front-runner Catie Munnings and 14-time FIM Women’s Trial World Champion Laia Sanz, who made her RX2e bow at Spa-Francorchamps last season.



So, we’re all-set. Here we go. Ready to Race!




All of the action weekend-long will be broadcast live on RX+. Event passes are available for €7,99, with the full season pass on sale for €49,99. More info can be found here, while race weekend tickets can still be purchased here. All event entry lists can be found here.






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