Preview: FIA World Rallycross Championship 2022 Montalegre, Portugal

by Keven S. Reinhart
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As of 2022, the FIA World Rallycross Championship will return to its roots. On September 17 and 18, the Lusorecursos World RX of Portugal will be held in Montalegre, Portugal, with drivers attempting to end four-time world champion Johan Kristoffersson’s dominant rule.

FIA World Rallycross Championship 2022

In 2014, Montalegre played host to the first-ever World Rallycross Championship round. Located approximately 1,000 meters above sea level in the magnificent Vila Real mountains, this rallycross circuit immediately became a favourite among those who were previously unfamiliar with international events. Being able to roll with the circuit’s undulating curves and think on your feet are both essential. In 2018, due to the unpredictable weather, the inaugural WorldRX final was held in the snow.

 

As 2014 came to a close, the question of whether or not anyone could keep up with Petter Solberg’s incredible speed remained open. Even though the championship has evolved dramatically since its inception, the core problem of how to defeat an established sport power has not altered. With more racing victories and championships under his belt than anybody else in the sport’s brief history, Swedish racer Johan Kristoffersson came into this year with an impressive resume. With a perfect record this year, he has established his superiority in the new RX1e all-electric class at the sport’s highest level. The tables have not always been turned in his favour. Every time, he’s had to work hard to put his Volkswagen Polo RX1e in the first place, which must make his competitors wonder how on Earth they can ever beat him. This weekend in Montalegre, the Hansen World RX Team will attempt to win their maiden RX1e race.

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Timmy and Kevin Hansen, brothers and teammates on the Hansen World RX Team, are leading the charge in the team’s resistance to Kristoffersson. Last time out in Riga, Kevin was the driver to beat for the majority of Saturday, and team principal Kenneth Hansen is confident that they can get even more out of the car. A day like Sunday called for much more. Kenneth, reporting from Latvia, admitted that his team “could have controlled the tactics better in the final,” but that they would take the experience and use it to improve in the future. “We weren’t fast on Saturday but had a good result in the end, so we put our heads together and tried some weird stuff with the vehicles. You have to take chances to win, and we did that by improving the cars. Perhaps the family team will finally find success in Portugal, thanks to a new organizational structure and more tactical acumen.

 

They will, however, have to deal with not one but three drivers from Kristoffersson Motorsport. Now that he has returned to the sport after seven years away, Ole Christian Veiby is a common sight atop the WorldRX podium. The third driver, Swedish adolescent Gustav Bergström, is also a quick study; he won widespread praise in Latvia for his extraordinary quick starts and superb tactical driving, both of which contributed to Kristoffersson’s victory.

 

The Team of Construction Equipment Dealers Should Also Never Be Dismissed. Despite a rough weekend in Latvia, Klara Andersson had a terrific season opener in Norway, where she advanced all the way to the final. Now that she’s tasted success, she’ll be eager to have it again. Niclas Grönholm’s season has gotten off to a shaky start. Even though the multiple-event winner hasn’t placed this year, this is perhaps his best chance to return to form and win an event. After a tense final between the Hansen brothers and Kristoffersson in 2021, Grönholm managed to sneak past them and win the match. Assume nothing if he repeats the trick this time.

 

The 4th and 5th rounds of the season are building up to be electric, with two rounds of action taking place at a magnificent site, the field catching up to the current leader, and a renowned driver at the wheel.

How to watch FIA World Rallycross Championship 2022

NBC will air every single round of the World Rally Championship (Peacock, CNBC, NBC)

Fox Sports (Kayo/Foxtel) in Australia will air every round of the World Rally Championship, and viewers may tune in live using Foxtel Now and an Internet-connected device.

Alternative best way to watch Fubo TV

FIA World Rallycross Championship 2022 entry list:

  1. KRISTOFFERSON – SWE- Kristoffersson Motorsport SWE – RX1e Volkswagen.
  2. Klara ANDERSSON – SWE – Construction Equipment Dealer Team- SWE – PWR RX1e
  3. Gustav BERGSTROM – SWE – Gustav Bergström – SWE -RX1e Volkswagen.
  4. Timmy HANSEN – SWE- Hansen World RX Team’s – SWE – Peugeot 208 RX1e.
  5. Ole Christian – NOR – Kristoffersson Motorsport – SWE –  RX1e Volkswagen.
  6. Niclas GRANHOLM – FIN – Construction Equipment Dealer Team- SWE – PWR RX1e
  7. Kevin HANSEN – SWE – Hansen World RX Team – SWE – Peugeot 208 RX1e
  8. René MÜNNICH – DEU ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport – DEU – SEAT Ibiza RX1e

The Lusorecursos World RX of Portugal, RX1e entry list for 2022

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