Rallycross Challenge Europe Teams With Vipor CRM

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Media Release by RCE – 05/29/2015

The Rallycross Challenge Europe is delighted to announce Vipor CRM as it’s new main sponsor.

Vipor CRM is a selection of apps for the iOS and Mac platforms. It has a stunning user interface focussed on the most requested features. On it’s debut the Mac app was rated #5 in the Business category in the App Store. Vipor CRM is the latest product from VIPorbit Software International, Inc. which has it’s head office in Texas, USA.

Max Pucher, co-founder of VIPorbit Software International commented:
As a company we were already involved in the growing sport of rallycross. With the Rallycross Challenge Europe we’ve found a partner with similar ambition and enthusiasm. We think our involvement will help the championship to the next level and are looking forward to a successful partnership.”

The main sponsorship suits the motto of the Rallycross Challenge Europe’s organization perfectly: ‘building a strong future through continuous progression‘. Where several steps have been made the last seasons this opens the door to the next level: professional filming for TV and internet TV.

William Zweerts de Jong, General manager of the Rallycross Challenge Europe said:
With professional filming we can spread the Rallycross Challenge Europe to a much bigger audience. This isn’t only great news for us but also for the drivers who now have bigger exposure for their current and future sponsors. End of the day the whole sport will benefit from this.

Starting this season an extended filmcrew will shoot every race in HD with 4 to 6 cameras along the circuit and numerous onboard cams. The aim is to really bring the action from the circuit to the viewers with spectacular shots and camera angles. Currently the Rallycross Challenge Europe is in contact with a number of national and international TV stations. All the fans will be able to see all videos through internet (TV). Short clips, behind the scenes, interviews and the ‘Vipor Move of the Day‘, which we will introduce soon.

A great partnership and big boost for the Rallycross Challenge Europe.
From today on, the #RCE is powered by Vipor!

Nur Ali Teams up with Rally Ready Driving School

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Media Release from Ali Motorsports 5/24/2015

Nur Ali understands the value of education and for good reason. Throughout his life it has shaped him into a successful racer and businessman. Prior to embarking on any new challenge, Ali seeks out knowledge and wisdom to ensure success. First, it was American University. Next, it was Skip Barber School of Racing. Today, as the Trophy Club, TX resident takes on possibly his biggest challenge by entering the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Lites Series, it’s Rally Ready Driving School.
Rally Ready, based in Austin, TX, is designed from the ground up to teach the skills necessary to compete in professional rallying. Led by three-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb division winner Dave Carapetyan, Rally Ready is made up of a diverse group of motorsport professionals brought together in a common passion for learning, teaching and empowering others.
Throughout the season, Carapetyan will travel to each GRC Lites event with Ali to coach the veteran road racer as he transitions to competing on both dirt and asphalt. Following each event, the two will spend time together at Rally Ready’s purpose-built rally racing facility to continue the education.
“I’ve always placed a high value on education because it prepares you for the journey ahead,” said Ali, driver of the No. 42 Valvoline/Tweaker Energy Shot entry. “As the move is made from road racing to rallycross, it is important that I surround myself with successful people. That’s what makes Rally Ready Driving School such a perfect fit. Dave and his staff are focused on helping others be successful. Having them as a resource both at the events and at home in Texas is a huge boost of confidence.”
Ali has been competing in a variety of motorsports genres for the past 17 years. He earned the distinction of becoming the first professional Pakistani-born race car driver, competed internationally in A1 Grand Prix – World Cup of Motorsports, captured two Formula Mazda Championships and two Legends Car Championships, competed in 12 countries on five continents as well as in select NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Racing Series races.

Last month, Ali announced he would be competing in GRC Lites with San Bernardino, CA-based AFRacing. His AFRacing teammate Alejandro Fernandez finished third in the 2014 GRC Lites Championship.
“Nur is an exceptional racer with a solid approach to motorsports but no matter the experience level, there is a steep learning curve entering a new discipline,” said Carapetyan. “To drive at the limit he needs to develop a keen sense of muscle memory which will allow him to be in sync with his race car. That’s where Rally Ready comes in. At the first event in Ft. Lauderdale, we will find the baseline and build a training program using every resource we have available including lots of seat time and personalized coaching.”
The 12-race GRC Lites schedule in 2015, its longest ever, kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 31 and culminates in Las Vegas in November. The eight-city tour includes four doubleheader events, as well as the class’ first trip outside of the United States with an October visit to Barbados. All races will be telecast on NBCSN.
For more information on Nur Ali visit NurAli.com. For more information on Rally Ready Driving School visit RallyReady.com.

“WORLD RX RETURNS TO SPIRITUAL HOME WITH BUMPER BRITISH LINE-UP “

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Media Release by FIA World Rallycross Championship, 05/20/2015

Round four of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday in Great Britain this weekend (23-24 May) as the Championship prepares for its fourth event in five weeks.  A total of 59 cars (29 Supercars, 18 TouringCars and 12 RX Doran - WorldRX Media ReleaseLites entries) will compete at the Lydden Hill race circuit in Kent with this year’s line-up including a host of British stars such as multiple X Games medallist Liam Doran, Touring Car ace Andrew Jordan, Albatec Racing’s Andy Scott and David Binks plus two-time British Rally Champion, Guy Wilks.

Lydden Hill – which is considered the sport’s spiritual home – shot to fame earlier this year when the track was used to film a World RX feature that aired on BBC Top Gear.  The show, which saw James May learn to drive an RX Supercar against the Championship’s greats, was broadcast to millions of people worldwide. Jeremy Clarkson declared the sport as “brilliant” and James May stated rallycross was “pound for pound the most exciting sport in the world.” Now, two months after Lydden Hill appeared on TV screens around the world, the World RX stars will return to Kent.

“I’m the sort of guy who likes to win the big events. I won the European Championship race with a huge crowd in 2013 and then the event with the biggest field of drivers at Lydden Hill,” explained Bakkerud who won last year’s event with Ford Olsbergs MSE. “I grew up watching my idols racing at this track – it was a great place then and it is now. When it’s such a famous circuit, you really want to deliver. We have a good set-up for the Fiesta here, I think we can be strong.”

Another driver who is eager to deliver this weekend is BTCC driver Andrew Jordan who returns to Lydden Hill this year as a wildcard entry with Team Peugeot-Hansen. The Englishman, who turns 26 this weekend, explained: “I’ve been working really hard to put something together to do more events but Lydden Hill is obviously my number one priority being my home event.”

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PHOTO :  FIA World Rallycross

Jordan added: “To finish on the podium last year was one of the coolest thing I’ve done in motorsport… but now I know I have the pace to be right up there with the top guys.  It’s going to be really hard and sometimes you need a bit of luck, but after the podium last year, the aim has to be to win!”

Joining the plethora of British drivers competing on home turf is British Rally star Guy Wilks, who will pilot a JRM Racing prepared MINI RX Supercar #37 – the same number that rally legend Paddy Hopkirk displayed on his Monte Carlo Rally winning MINI back in 1964.  “Everything about rallycross is new to me – the cars, the tyres, the tracks – but I learned a lot at Pembrey in some difficult conditions,” explained 34-year-old Wilks. “I’m determined to fight for every inch of the track and to do the best job I can for JRM Racing in front of the British fans.”

Other notable entries include the reigning World RX Champion and current leader in the overall drivers’ standings after three rounds, Petter

PHOTO:  FIA World Rallycross Championship

PHOTO: FIA World Rallycross Championship

Solberg.  American Top Gear presenter Tanner Foust will also be competing and will be tough to beat considering he has won at Lydden twice before. Furthermore, Super1600 event winner Janis Baumanis will make a step up to the Supercar for the first time weekend as the Latvian prepares to drive a Peugeot 208 WRX as part of the Hansen Talent Development Team.

As well as 29 flame-spitting Supercars, there will also be 18 TouringCars and 12 RX Lites entries set to entertain the crowds. Fredrik Magnussen won last week’s TouringCar season-opener in Belgium will be joined by reigning Champion Daniel Lundh plus a number of rapid drivers including David Nordgard, Anders Braten and Tom Daniel Tanevik.  The TouringCar line-up will also include three female drivers: 16-year old Magda Andersson, Mandy Kasse and Camila Antonsen.

A record number of 12 RX Lites entries will also race over the weekend and includes RX Lites round one winner and reigning Champion, Kevin Eriksson.  Eriksson will be joined by rising star Kevin Hansen and new-for-2015 RX Lites drivers, Tobias Brink and Thomas Bryntesson.

From a Cooper Tire point of view.

Matthew Vincent, Development Chemist – Motorsport, Cooper Tire Europe, spoke of the challenges of Lydden Hill: “This track is considered by many to be the birthplace of rallycross and much of the development of the dry and wet tyres was done here. The quick changes from tarmac to gravel combined with high speeds provide some great action but can result in high wear and the teams have to manage their tyres carefully. This track really shows you what rallycross is about but the drivers have to be careful, if they hit the big kerb before the finish line too hard it can puncture a tyre or even roll the car.”

All photos provided by FIA World RX Media

 

Lydden Hill RX Timetable

Friday May 22
1200-1700: Media sign-on and press room open
1600: Drivers’ draw and press conference: Liam Doran, Andrew Jordan, Guy Wilks and Andreas Bakkerud

Saturday May 23
0800: Media sign-on and press room open
0930: Photographers’ briefing
1000: Open practice
1205: Drift demo
1230: RX Heat One
1440: Drift demo
1500: RX Heat Two
RX Lites & TouringCar Heat three
1800: Track closed

Sunday May 24
0800: Media sign on and press room open
0930: Photographers’ briefing
1030: Warm-up
1130: RX Heat three
Touring Car & RX Lites Heat 4
RX Heat Four
Retro Rallycross final
1400: TouringCar semi-finals
RX Lites semi-finals
TouringCar Final
Group B Parade
1500: RX Supercar semi-finals
RX Lites final
RX Supercar final and podium
1610: Supercar top three press conference
 

EKS RX Had Strong Start in Belgium

 Mattias EkstromMattias Ekstrom, round 3 of FIA World RX / Photo provided by EKS/McKlein

 

EKS team started out strong this weekend with both drivers showing good pace during practice and heats at round three of FIA World Rallycross Championship in Belgium.  Ekström earned the win in his first heat and was able to enter day two of the competition tied in driver standings with reigning champion, Petter Solberg.  Both Marklund and Ekström made it into the semi-finals on Sunday with Marklund finishing one place behind Ekström, ending the weekend in tenth position.  However, after reaching the final round, the momentum ended for Ekström when his Audi S1 Quattro made contact with a tire wall, causing his hood to fly up and block his view through the windshield.  “The first corner was all right. But then I had a proper hit going into turn 2 and collected the tire wall. Unfortunately the bonnet came loose and I couldn’t see anything, so we had to retire. The car was still fine and drivable, but the problem was that I simply couldn’t see,” says Ekström.”

Anton Marklund via EKS RX media

The team will now be heading to the fourth round of World RX in Great Britain next weekend at Lydden Hill Circuit. “The car was fast and handling very well at Mettet”, said Mattias Ekström. “But there is more work coming up for us. We need to make the car stronger to handle the contacts you have in Rallycross.”

 

Photo of Anton Marklund provided by EKS/McKlein

 

ALBATEC RACING LEAVES BELGIUM ON A HIGH NOTE

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Media Release from Albatec Racing 05/17/2015

 

Albatec Racing took victory in the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (Euro RX) at the Circuit Jules Tacheny, Mettet today.

Frenchman Jérôme Grosset-Janin starting from the front row, powered his two-litre 16v Peugeot 208 RX to a solid victory, to take the lead in the points tables. The result marks a milestone for the Dumfries team, which now leads both Euro RX and British RX, following Andy Scott’s two wins and second place in the opening three rounds.

Former French champion Jérôme, on his debut competition with the team, had been on the pace all weekend, and set himself up with pole position for his semi final, which he comfortably won from the lights. Earning a front row start for the six-lap Final, the former rally man didn’t have an easy run, suffering a heavy hit at the start, which caused damage to his Poujoulat-backed car. Despite that, Jerome drove a perfect and controlled race to score an emotional victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

On the back of a strong performance in his debut Supercar race at Pembrey last weekend, Briton James Grint again impressed with his performance aboard the second Albatec Peugeot 208. After a solid day yesterday, the Hertfordshire driver suffered a puncture in his opening heat this morning, and despite another gutsy drive in the second, he finished just outside the crucial top 12 qualifiers.

Both Jérôme and James will return to race action in the second round of Euro RX, at the Estering, Germany over the weekend of 19-21 June, while the team heads straight to Lydden Hill, Kent for next weekend’s round four of World RX, the Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain, where David Binks returns to the team alongside Team Principal Andy.

Andy Scott, Albatec Racing Team Principal:

“Fantastic! We’ve invested a lot of time and hard work in rallycross over many years and to win our first European championship race as a team is an unbelievable feeling and goes part way to paying us back all the hard work that the team has done to reach what I hope will be the first of many wins. I’ve got to shake myself a bit for it to sink in that we’re now leading both the British and European championships, it really is a dream come true.

“Jérôme has been really quick all weekend, but it’s not been without issues. We’ve had some incidents, we’ve had damage to repair, but it’s testament to the way everyone has worked together to overcome those problems that we’ve been able to deliver a car for Jerome to win the Final. James too has had a great weekend, he’s kept his nose clean, he probably would have reach the semis apart from the puncture he suffered in heat two, and I think it’s a great start to what I hope will be a long career for James.”

Jérôme Grosset-Janin, Albatec Racing driver #74:

“The final was crazy. I had a really good start I felt, and then was hit very hard from behind. The car has been good all weekend, we’ve had good pace all day, and I’m very happy for the team. They gave me a lot of confidence and all the work we did over the winter months with their technical team has given me the best start to the season.

“Now for the team to be leading both the British and European Championships is a good indication of all the hard work they have done during the winter months and the start of the season, so I look forward to continuing that during the year.”

James Grint, Albatec Racing driver #27:

“I think we’ve got some positive things to take away from the weekend, the heats didn’t go quite to plan, but the overall times weren’t too bad. It’s all

2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship / Round 03, Mettet, Belgium / May 15 - 17 2015 // Worldwide Copyright: Albatec

James Grint – 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship / Round 03, Mettet, Belgium

been a learning curve but I think we’re going in the right direction.

“It’s a great result for Albatec to be leading the British and European championships I think it’s amazing, I’m definitely in the right place, with all the right people behind me to push it forward. My set-up is developing, and I’m sure that there’s more to come, I’m really happy to be a part of it.”

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