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Spain WRX: Kevin Hansen beats brother Timmy in Barcelona Barcelona
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Spain WRX: Kevin Hansen beats brother Timmy in Barcelona

Sweden's Kevin Hansen claimed his maiden on-track World Rallycross Championship victory in the opening round of the 2021 season in Spain.

Spain WRX: Kristoffersson stripped of Day 1 lead Barcelona
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Spain WRX: Kristoffersson stripped of Day 1 lead

Three-time World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson has lost his overnight lead at the opening round of the 2021 series in Spain due to being disqualified from the first qualifying session.

Spain WRX: Kristoffersson leads way on Audi debut

On his maiden appearance driving the EKS JC Audi S1 in the opening day of the World Rallycross Championship in Spain, triple drivers’ title winner Johan Kristoffersson twice set the fastest time and to top the overnight order.

World RX postpones maiden Nurburgring round due to flooding Nurburgring
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World RX postpones maiden Nurburgring round due to flooding

The World Rallycross Championship’s maiden visit to the Nurburgring, set to take place next week as the second and third rounds of the 2021 series, has been postponed.

Triple World RX champion Kristoffersson to switch to Audi
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Triple World RX champion Kristoffersson to switch to Audi

Triple World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson will switch to an Audi S1 and the EKS JC team in his bid to win a fourth crown this year.

Abbring to contest World RX campaign with Renault Megane
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Abbring to contest World RX campaign with Renault Megane

Former works Hyundai World rally driver Kevin Abbring will race full-time in the World Rallycross Championship this year in a Renault Megane.

World RX's Norway opener cancelled, new Portugal finale added
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World RX's Norway opener cancelled, new Portugal finale added

The opening round of the World Rallycross Championship in Norway has been cancelled, while the Montalegre circuit in Portugal has returned to the schedule to become the season finale. 

World Rallycross releases revised 2021 schedule

The World Rallycross Championship, now under the leadership of WRC Promoter, has announced a revised European-based 2021 calendar.

JC Raceteknik join forces with Ekstrom’s team

Reigning World Rallycross Teams' Champion JC Raceteknik has joined forces with Mattias Ekstrom's EKS concern to create the EKS JC team, and has committed to returning to World RX this year.

FIA and WRC promoter to run World Rallycross from 2021

The World Rally Championship Promoter Group has signed a deal to promote the FIA World Rallycross Championship from this year, in an agreement with the FIA.

Ten-round World RX 2021 schedule revealed

A 10-round calendar for the 2021 World Rallycross Championship has been revealed following the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, and includes a return to Kouvola in Finland.

FIA confirms Nurburgring World Rallycross finale cancelation

The organisers of the final round of the FIA World Rallycross championship have confirmed that the event, scheduled for December 12-13 at the Nurburgring, has been cancelled “In light of continued health concerns regarding COVID-19”.

World RX finale set to be cancelled, Kristoffersson champion

The final round of the World Rallycross Championship, due to take place at the Nurburgring in Germany next month is set to be cancelled this week by series organisers, thus crowning Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson as the 2020 drivers’ champion.

Spa World RX round cancelled due to COVID-19 spike

The penultimate round of the World Rallycross Championship, which was set to be held at Spa-Francorchamps later this month, has been cancelled.

Spain WRX: Kristoffersson battles to victory to boost title bid

World Rallycross points leader Johan Kristoffersson battled back from a day stuck in traffic to win his fourth round of the campaign in an action-packed Spanish final.

Spain WRX: Timmy Hansen claims first win for a year

Reigning World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen claimed his first victory in over a year by beating points leader Johan Kristoffersson in the first instalment of the series’ Spanish double-header in Barcelona.

FIA launches tender process to find new WRX promoter

The FIA has committed to securing the World Rallycross Championship’s future and has launched a tender process to find a new promoter for the series.

New World Rallycross Championship promoter set for 2021

World Rallycross Championship promoter IMG will end its tenure as the commercial rights holder of the series at the end of this year, Motorsport.com has learned.

Latvia WRX: Ekstrom beats Kristoffersson to close points gap Bikernieki
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Latvia WRX: Ekstrom beats Kristoffersson to close points gap

In a battle between two multi-discipline experts, Mattias Ekstrom came out on top to win the second instalment of World Rallycross’ Latvian double-header, his second win of the campaign.

Latvia WRX: Kristoffersson takes third win in dominant style Bikernieki
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Latvia WRX: Kristoffersson takes third win in dominant style

World Rallycross points leader Johan Kristoffersson played a perfect tyre strategy in the first instalment of the series’ Latvian double-header to cruise to his third win of the campaign.

Rytkonen to remain in World RX for full 2020 season

World Rallycross podium-finisher Juha Rytkonen has been handed a golden opportunity to race in the remaining four rounds of the World Rallycross season.

Ekstrom gets permission to contest Latvia World RX round

Former World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom will continue his campaign in the 2020 series with the KYB Team JC squad this weekend, at the Latvian double-header in Riga.

Portugal World Rallycross round cancelled

The Portuguese round of the revised World Rallycross Championship calendar has been cancelled.

Citroen-supported electric rallycross car to debut in Latvia

The works-supported Citroen C3 ERX electric rallycross car, initially planned to race in the first Projekt E event during World Rallycross’ Swedish opening weekend, will make its debut in Latvia next week, driven by Cyril Raymond.

Spa World Rallycross round delayed again

The date of the World Rallycross Championship's Belgian round has been moved for a second time, and is now planned to take place on November 21-22.

Finland WRX: Gronholm holds on to win wet home event

Finnish driver Niclas Gronholm withstood enormous pressure in wet conditions to win the fourth round of the World Rallycross Championship at Kouvola, his home circuit.

Finland WRX: Returnee Kristoffersson wins, Ekstrom retires

World Rallycross returnee Johan Kristoffersson netted his second series victory in a week, winning the third round at Kouvola in Finland ahead of local star Juha Rytkonen.

Hungaroring in frame for World Rallycross round

The Hungaroring is in the frame to host a round of the World Rallycross Championship within the next few years, with Hungarian driver Krisztian Szabo pushing to have a home event.

Ekstrom to continue World RX comeback in Finland

Former World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom will remain with KYB Team JC for the second double-header of the series in Finland this weekend. 

Holjes WRX: Ekstrom outduels Kristofferson to win on Sunday

Less than a week after announcing his shock return to the World Rallycross Championship, former champion Mattias Ekstrom beat round one winner Johan Kristofferson in a enthralling fight to claim victory on the second day at Holjes.

Holjes WRX: Johan Kristoffersson makes winning return

Double World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson made a winning return to the series after a year away, claiming the spoils in the first round of the campaign at his home circuit.

The future of motorsport must be electric says WRX’s Paul Bellamy
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The future of motorsport must be electric says WRX’s Paul Bellamy

This weekend the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) restarts in Sweden, the season now set at seven rounds with the goal to have fans potentially in attendance from round three in Latvia.

DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series season two announced

Rallycross champion will win a test drive in QEV electric rallycross car. Online Qualification begins 25th August in game.

Ekstrom to make shock World RX return in Sweden opener

Former World Rallycross Champion and double DTM title winner Mattias Ekstrom will make a shock return to World RX for the 2020 season-opener in Sweden this weekend.

Citroen driver Ostberg to make rallycross debut in Projekt E

Citroen works rally driver Mads Ostberg will make his rallycross debut in the opening weekend of the World Rallycross Championship in Sweden, racing in the new electric Projekt E category.

Ken Block to make World RX return in electric Ford Fiesta

Ken Block will return to the World Rallycross Championship for the opening round of the 2020 season at Holjes in Sweden, racing an electric Ford Fiesta in the new Projekt E support category.

Citroen co-developed electric rallycross car set for debut

Citroen Racing and Manfred Stohl’s STARD team have collaborated to develop an electric version of the French marque’s latest R5 machine, the C3 ERX, which will make its competitive debut later this month in the World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt E support category.

World RX announces cancellation of Abu Dhabi round

The Abu Dhabi round of the World Rallycross Championship at Yas Marina Circuit has been cancelled.

Olsbergs MSE to field single-car entry in Sweden

Swedish rallycross team Olsbergs MSE will run a single car in the opening double-header of the World Rallycross Championship season in Sweden next month for Sebastian Eriksson, who won the Holjes round last year.

Szabo gets part World RX campaign with Gronholm's team

Double European rallycross Super1600 champion Krisztian Szabo will contest selected rounds of the 2020 World Rallycross Championship season with Marcus Gronholm’s team.

World Rallycross Esports Series attracts over 1.24 million live views

Reigning FIA World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen claims esports title against drivers including Charles Leclerc, Shane van Gisbergen and Hayden Paddon.

World RX Esports: Hansen beats Blomqvist to seal title

Reigning World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen secured the inaugural World RX Esports series title at the Killarney International Circuit in South Africa, as Shane Van Gisbergen claimed his second series victory.

Preview: World RX Esports series visits iconic Holjes circuit

Holjes in Sweden, arguably the most revered circuit on the World Rallycross Championship roster, will host round three of World RX’s Esports series this weekend, but points leader Shane Van Gisbergen has been forced to skip the event due to the real-world Supercars season restarting this weekend.

World RX resumes 2020 campaign with three double-headers

The World Rallycross Championship will feature a trio of double-header events to get its revised 2020 season underway, while the new Finnish round has been officially launched.

Rules change would allow Subaru to enter WRX

Changes have been made to the World Rallycross Championship's technical regulations that would allow Subaru to enter the series next year.

World RX Esports: Blomqvist upsets van Gisbergen in Norway

GT ace Tom Blomqvist upstaged Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen to win the second round of the World RX Esports Invitational Series at a virtual Hell circuit.

World RX Esports series heads to Norway as Paddon joins field
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World RX Esports series heads to Norway as Paddon joins field

Former Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen leads the World Rallycross Championship’s Esports series order into the second round at the Hell circuit in Norway this weekend, having dominated the series opener held on the Yas Marina Circuit.

World RX reveals revised 2020 calendar, adds Finland

The World Rallycross Championship’s revised 2020 calendar was approved by the World Motor Sport Council on Friday, and includes a new round at Kouvola in Finland.

Latvia in talks to make late addition to WRC calendar

The organiser of Latvia’s World Rallycross Championship round, RA Events, is in talks with the World Rally Championship Promoter about hosting a round of the WRC this year.

Electric WRX kit could make 2021 competition debut

The electric kit designed for the World Rallycross Championship's top-flight electric switch, which has been postponed until 2022, could make its competition debut in rallying next year.

Van Gisbergen wins World RX Esports, Leclerc has frenetic debut
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Van Gisbergen wins World RX Esports, Leclerc has frenetic debut

Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen won the opening round of the World RX Esports Invitational Series while Ferrari Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc had a mixed time on his virtual rallycross debut.

Leclerc to make World RX Esports debut at Yas Marina

Ferrari Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc will make his virtual rallycross debut in the first round of the World Rallycross Championship’s four-round Esports Invitational Series at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.

Champion Hansen headlines World RX Esports opener

World Rallycross Champion Timmy Hansen will enter the first round in a new Esports Invitational Series for the discipline this weekend with unfinished business from the real-world 2019 season-opener at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Lydden Hill eyeing World Rallycross return

British circuit Lydden Hill has eyes on a return to the World Rallycross Championship calendar in the future, once a number of improvements to the venue have been implemented.

Kristoffersson eyes Nordic event ahead of World RX return

The Scandinavian-based RallyX Nordic rallycross series is planning to run its opening rounds of the 2020 season on the weekend originally set to host the Swedish World Rallycross round at Holjes, and double World RX champion Johan Kristoffersson is eyeing a start in the event.

French World Rallycross round cancelled for 2020

The French round of the World Rallycross Championship at Loheac has been cancelled for 2020, the event has announced.

Virtual WRX series launched in association with Motorsport Games

After the success of its previous two standalone rallycross Esports events, World Rallycross promoter IMG is launching morer DiRT Rally 2.0 events in partnership with Esports specialist Motorsport Games.

Former WRC driver Paasonen establishes World RX team

Former works World Rally driver Jani Paasonen has set up his own team to compete in the World Rallycross Championship with a Ford Fiesta.

World RX season to begin in August as new calendar is issued

The World Rallycross Championship is planning to get its 2020 season underway in late August, the series has revealed as part of a revised nine-round calendar.

World RX Esports heads to Montalegre for round two

Following the resounding success of the inaugural World RX Esports Invitational series event, IMG can confirm today that the second round – the Montalegre Edition – produced in partnership with Motorsport Games and Codemasters, will be streamed live from 14:00 BST (15:00 CET) on Sunday, May 3 on World RX YouTube, Facebook and on Motorsport.tv.