WORLD RX ESPORTS GOES TO HELL
Saturday 20th of June 2020
Champions and winners from across motor sport will compete in the second round of the World RX Esports series, at Hell-Norway on Sunday (21 June).
World RX stars Timmy and Kevin Hansen, from Sweden, and Lithuania’s Rokas Baciuska will represent the Team Hansen and GC Kompetition teams respectively, but it’s New Zealand’s Shane van Gisbergen who showed the field a clean pair of heals in round one at Yas Marina Circuit and it’s the former Australian Supercars champion who leads the points.
Former FIA World Rally Championship event winner Hayden Paddon is one of the new big names to join a World RX Esports DiRT Rally 2.0™ event, run in partnership with Esports specialist Motorsport Games, and DiRT video game publisher Codemasters.
Returning for a second Esports start, Supercars front-runner Scott Pye joins Van Gisbergen in the list of drivers competing in Peugeot 208s. Russia’s Matvey Furazkin, a newcomer to real-life World RX last year also makes another appearance, together with GT racing star Tom Blomqvist, from Great Britain. South Africa’s Kelvin Van Der Linde took part in the Le Mans 24hr Virtual last weekend but returns to quick fire rallycross action at Hell on Sunday.
Italian WRC2 driver and former European Rally Championship Ladies Champion Tamara Molinaro will compete in an Audi S1, the same car as used to Monster Energy’s drift star Tessa Whittock, making her second appearance in the series.
Flying the flag for the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport team, FIA World Touring Car Cup race winner and former Argentine touring car champion Nestor Girolami, from Argentina, will make his rallycross debut. Another debutant will be Turkey’s Orhan Avcioglu, a former FIA Balkan Rally Trophy winner and FIA European Rally Championship driver who is also the TOSFED Esports winner.
Great Britain’s Max Coates, a British Touring Car Championship and Mini Challenge driver was the final new driver to be announced for the Hell-Norway event, joining anther British name, FailRace, who will again set out to deliver some giant killing performances as he has displayed so far against some of motor sports elite.
One of RX2 International Series team Yellow Squad’s new signings for 2020, Henrik Krogstad, from Norway has been a stand out performer in World RX Esports events so far and will race a Peugeot 208 WRX again, just like team boss Kevin Hansen. Another RX2 driver, Martin Enlund from Sweden, will race a Ford Fiesta in Hell-Norway, joined by newcomer, OlsbergsMSE’s Niklas Aneklev, also from Sweden.
Euro RX Super1600 front runner Marius Bermingrud, from Norway, returns too, and another star Norwegian, former Euro RX TouringCar title-contender and now Euro RX Supercar driver Sivert Svardal joins the fold.
France’s Quentin Dall’olmo leads the way in the Sim category after round one, the class home to 10 top Esports racers. Like at Yas Marina, the Sim class will have the semi-finals and final shown live in the broadcast.
Czech Republic’s Lukas Mateja is second in the points, in front of DiRT 2.0 Rallycross World Champion Killian Dall’olmo, from France. Netherlands’ Nigel Croese, Australia’s Jarod Pesch and Britain’s John Harris return to action. Finland’s Tommi Hallman joins Killian Dall’olmo and Sweden’s Klara Andersson in the SET Esports team, and DiRT World Championship finalists Daniel Johansson and Johan Lundqvist, from Sweden, join the grid for the first time.
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