TITLE FIGHT TIGHTENS BEFORE NESTE WORLD RX OF LATVIA
With the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship nearing its end, the situation in the standings is getting more and more exciting. Before Neste World RX of Latvia this weekend, the top three drivers in the standings – Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin Hansen, and Timmy Hansen – are separated by just two points.
The battle is as close as ever and each earned point could end up moving the title race one way or the other. These three drivers together have won five of the eight rounds this season. Timmy Hansen has been on the top step of the podium three times, which could turn out pivotal if multiple drivers end the season with the same number of points.
Norwegian driver Andreas Bakkerud (Monster Energy RX Cartel) has been on the podium four times, including a victory in Canada, and it has been enough to put him in the lead of the championship with a total of 160 points. The Hansen brothers (both representing Team Hansen MJP) have each earned 158 points, while Niclas Gronholm (GRX Taneco) is fourth with 135 points, despite missing the Belgium and Great Britain rounds earlier this season due to health issues.
All three main title favourites are the only drivers to have been leading the World RX standings this year. Kevin Hansen took the early lead, with Timmy taking over after round four, moving Kevin to second place. Just two rounds later, Kevin regained the lead, but that was not all – right before the Latvian round of the championship, Andreas Bakkerud managed to become the first non-Hansen to be at the top of the standings in 2019.
Latvian driver Jānis Baumanis (STARD) has shown tremendous consistency this year, reaching the semi-final in all eight rounds, getting to the final five times and finishing on the podium zone twice. Baumanis is currently fifth overall, having earned 120 points.
Battle for the top team honours is also heating up – Team Hansen MJP are the current leaders with 316 points. Before the Latvian round, GRX Taneco are second with 283 points, while Monster Energy RX Cartel are third with 260 points. Guerlain Chicherit and his GC Kompetition have 156 points and are fourth, followed by STARD (83 points) and GCK Academy (56 points).
Neste World RX of Latvia will also host the final round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship. Robin Larsson has already secured a victory in the Supercar class, earning 146 out of a possible 150 points in the first five rounds. However, the fight for second place is still on between three drivers. Thomas Bryntesson won the French round and is currently second with 112 points, followed by Jean-Baptiste Dubourg with 110 points, and Rene Munnich with 90 points.
This year, the Euro RX Super1600 class has been dominated by Volland Racing. Its drivers are currently taking up the four top spots in the standings. Aydar Nuriev is leading the championship, with his 139 points being nearly enough to secure the title before the Latvian round. Gergely Marton is second with 110 points, followed by Artur Egorov (94 points), and Yuri Belevskiy (82 points).
FIA World Rallycross Championship event Neste World RX of Latvia 2019 is possible thanks to the title sponsor Neste, as well as the Latvian Ministry of Science and Education, our partner Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD), and our sponsors Ferratum and Live Riga.
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