Neste World RX of Latvia
Neste World RX of Latvia
World RX FIA

Rallycross

About Rallycross

Rallycross is a combination of rallying and circuit racing. It is head-to-head short, sharping racing on mixed surfaces (dirt and asphalt) contained within amphitheatre venues. High profile drivers are equipped with RX Supercars with over 600bhp and the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than two seconds – faster than an F1 car.

What is the history of rallycross?

Rallycross was invented by Robert Reed, who was the producer on ITV’s World of Sport programme at the time. The first event took place at Lydden Hill on 4 February back in 1967, where it quickly became a staple of Saturday afternoon sports in the UK with both ITV and BBC broadcasting rallycross. The popularity of rallycross soon spread, with the first event on the European mainland taking place in Holland in 1969, with the Scandinavian rallycross debut taking place in Sweden two years later.

The FIA World Rallycross presented by Monster Energy was inaugurated in 2014 in Portugal after the FIA granted the World Championship status to the sport, becoming one of only five championships in that category.

World Championship

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy (World RX) was established in 2014. In 2018 there will be 12 rounds, including already the third race in Latvia, the first visit to the United States at Circuit of The Americas, while Silverstone is the new home for the World RX of Great Britain.

Supporting Classes

The FIA World Rallycross Championship is contested by Supercar drivers. The FIA European Championships have separate titles for drivers in the Supercar, Super1600 and TouringCar categories, while the RX2 category appears alongside World RX at selected events.

SUPERCAR

Headline category. Hot hatches /superminis turned into the ultimate racecars by the addition of turbocharged, two-litre, 600bhp engines and four-wheel drive. They accelerate from 0-60mph(100km/h) in 1.9 seconds – faster than an F1 car.

SUPER1600

Front-wheel drive ‘hot hatches’ using 1600cc engines. Many of the top Supercar drivers have developed from here,including Timerzyanov and Bakkerud.

RX2

Spec category for identical 310bhp, mid-engined, four-wheel drive racecars built by Olsbergs MSE. Guest support category at selected World RX events.

Events

Each event is made up of open practice sessions, four rounds of timed qualifying races, and two knock out semi-finals and one final. The qualifying races are run over four laps with a maximum of five cars starting abreast, while the finals are run over prolonged distance of six laps, with six cars being lined-up side-by-side over three starting rows.

Qualifying 1 (Q1)

Starting positions in the races are determined by a draw that is carried out beforehand.

Qualifying 2-3-4 (Q2-Q3-Q4)

Race starters determined according to timed classification of the previous qualifying. Qualifying Classification is based on time of the driver, not the position within a race. This follows the same format until Q4, after which there will be an Intermediate Classification according to each driver’s total points scored in the four qualifiers (see scoring section below).

Semi-finals

There will be six starters arranged on a two-by-two grid and each semi-final will be run over six laps. The Top 12 drivers in the Intermediate Classification are qualified for the Semi-Finals, with odds going to Semi-Final 1 and evens in Semi-Final 2. The winner, second and third placed drivers in each semi-final will qualify for the final.

Finals

Finals will also have six starters, arranged over three rows and will be run over six laps. The semi-final #1 winner will start on the “pole” side of the grid, followed by the other semi-final winner. The same procedure will be used between the two second-placed drivers and two third-placed drivers. The winner of the final will be the winner of the event. Positions one to six in the final classification will be according to the result of the final. The remaining drivers will be classified according to points scored in the event.

Joker Laps

An alternative section of track that can add at least two seconds to the lap time, and through which every driver must pass once in each qualifying race, semi-final and final. Failure to take the Joker Lap is penalised by 30-seconds in the qualifying heats, and by being classified last and loss of points in a semi-final or final.

Championship points

Drivers score Championship points at three stages of the event.
The top 16 drivers after the four qualifyings (Intermediate Classification) score points starting from 16 for the best placed, down to one point for 16th place.
The top 12 progress to two six car Semi-Finals in which points from six for the winner to one for sixth place are awarded. The top three from each Semi-Final then enter the Final.

Scoring for the Final is as follows:
1st: 8 points
2nd: 5 points
3rd: 4 points
4th: 3 points
5th: 2 points
6th: 1 point

Maximum score in an event is 30 points (16+6+8). All points scored in all 12 rounds count.
The Team’s Championship will include all points scored by the two team drivers at all events.

Car Specifications

SUPERCAR

  • Power: 600bhp
  • Min weight: 1300kg inc. driver
  • Gearbox: free (manual shift, no driver aids, no paddle shift, etc). Typically  five or six-speed sequential
  • Torque: 900Nm
  • Capacity: 2050cc turbocharged (with 45mm restrictor)
  • 0-100km/h: 1.9s
  • Wheels: 17in diameter, max 250mm width
  • Tyres: Cooper Tire 205/260-17 or 225/640-17 dry (moulded tread) or 210/635 R17 wet (moulded
  • tread) control tyres. One compound of each
  • Fuel: P1 Racing Fuel 102 octane FIA-spec control fuel

SUPER1600

  • Front-wheel drive, 1600cc
  • Capacity: 1600cc naturally aspirated
  • Power: 220bhp
  • Torque: 190Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.6s
  • Min weight: 1000kg (inc. driver)
  • Gearbox: free, typically five-speed sequential
  • Wheels: 17in diameter, max 250mm width
  • Tyres: Cooper Tire 205/620-17 ACB11 dry (moulded tread) or 210/635 R17 wet (moulded tread) control tyres. One compound of each
  • Fuel: P1 Racing Fuel 102 octane FIA-spec control fuel