FIA World Rallycross Championship in Kouvola, Finland
With three different winners from the opening three rounds in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship, the battle to become the first ever World RX Champion is heating up.
Eighty miles north-east of the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Kouvola is Finland’s 10th biggest city and was home to round four of the season. At just over 1060 metres and split between 58% asphalt and 42% gravel, the circuit features one jump and a joker section towards the end of the lap.
An estimated 15,000 spectators attended the Finnish RX round this weekend to watch 24 Supercars battle it out in Kouvola, renowned as one of the most technically challenging circuits on the World RX calendar. Heavy rain added extra pressure for the drivers who were also forced to contend with a treacherously slippery track. Joining the headline Supercar category over the weekend were 11 TouringCar entries, 16 Super1600s and 10 entries in the supporting RX Lites Cup.
iON Cameras (the Official Action Cameras for World RX) are used in the supercars to capture the in car action. In the video below, iON Athlete Petter Solberg takes us for a guided tour of one his favourite race circuits in the world! – iON Cameras capture the fancy footwork.
American Top Gear presenter Tanner Foust took a lights-to-flag victory at today’s rain-soaked World RX of Finland, round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Driving a Polo RX Supercar as a wildcard entry with the Volkswagen Marklund team, Foust overcame tricky driving conditions to take his second win in Kouvola. Ford Olsbergs MSE team-mates Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss finished second and third respectively.
Foust was pleased with both his performance as well as the Marklund Polo RX Supercar. “I’m absolutely delighted,” beamed the two-time Formula Drift Champion who will also compete at World RX of Canada and Turkey later this year. “This is such a challenging track and with rain it is unbelievably difficult. When you’re not at the front it’s murder to see where you’re going as the car is caked in mud from the moment you’re off the line. I have to say the Polo is very, very good. The VW Marklund team have done an excellent job with the car.”
Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG Motorsport, concluded: “What an action-packed weekend it’s been in Kouvola. Nobody could have predicted what we witnessed today and the non-stop entertainment in World RX is what the fans love about this sport. It also creates drama from start to finish for our broadcasters across the globe. Kouvola is known for its changeable weather but today’s rain created a mud bath, it’s a real testament to those drivers who made it through to the final. Normally rallycross is all about how fast you can drive but today drivers had to find the right balance between pushing and knowing when to hold off the throttle. Tanner managed this perfectly. Now we have had four different winners from the opening four rounds of the season, which just goes to show how many competitive drivers we have competition in our Championship.”
There will be little time to rest for the World RX crews as round five of the Championship, Volkswagen World RX of Sweden, will take place in Holjes next weekend (5-6 July).