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WRX Portugal: Gronholm claims second victory of 2021

Niclas Gronholm drove to a second victory of the World Rallycross Championship season at Montalegre in Portugal thanks to a lap-one joker.

Portugal WRX: Hansen leads Gronholm after Saturday's running

World Rallycross Championship points’ leader Timmy Hansen set a brace of fastest times on the opening day of round seven at Montalegre in Portugal to head the overnight standings.

Spa victory lifts Kristoffersson into World Rallycross title fight

Johan Kristoffersson elevated himself into the midst of the World Rallycross Championship title fight with a dominant victory in the sixth round of the series at Spa-Francorchamps.

Spa WRX: Kristoffersson leads opening day after surviving contact

Johan Kristoffersson heads the overnight order on the opening day of the Belgian World Rallycross Championship round at Spa, after surviving turn one contact in Q2 that claimed Kevin Abbring.

Kristoffersson's team commits three cars for first electric World Rallycross season

Reigning World Rallycross Championship-winning team Kristoffersson Motorsport has committed to the discipline’s new electric era by announcing a three-car effort for 2022.

World Rallycross announces 14-car grid for first fully electric season

The World Rallycross Promoter has revealed a 14-car entry for the series’ wholesale electric transition from next year.

Latvia WRX: Kristoffersson beats Gronholm to score first win of 2021

Triple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson claimed his first victory of the 2021 campaign on the second day of a double-header weekend in Latvia.

Latvia WRX: Gronholm survives contact to win first leg of double-header

Niclas Gronholm put poor fortune in the opening three rounds of the World Rallycross Championship behind him to bounce back with a commanding victory at round four in Latvia.

Ekstrom to make latest World RX comeback at Munnich Seat squad

The 2016 World Rallycross champion Mattias Esktrom will return to the series for the double-header event in Latvia this weekend, joining the Munnich Motorsport team running against his own squad.

France WRX: Timmy Hansen leads another 1-2 from brother Kevin

Timmy and Kevin Hansen continued an incredible streak of 1-2 finishes by claiming the top spots in the third round of the World Rallycross Championship in France.

France WRX: Kristoffersson leads Gronholm on opening day

Johan Kristoffersson and Niclas Gronholm, expected World Rallycross Championship title-protagonists who have had disappointing opening two rounds, stuck back on the opening day of round three in France.

Sweden WRX: Timmy Hansen beats brother Kevin at home

Timmy Hansen banished memories of losing his home round of the World Rallycross Championship at Holjes in 2015 to a controversial penalty by dominating the final at the Swedish venue.

Sweden WRX: Kristoffersson, Hansen tied after qualifying

Former World Rallycross champions Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen claimed a fastest time apiece on the opening day of the second round of the series at Holjes in Sweden to be tied in qualifying overnight.

Bakkerud to return to competitive rallycross action in Sweden

Seven-time World Rallycross Championship podium-finisher Andreas Bakkerud, who lost the 2019 title on countback, will return to competitive rallycross action this weekend at Sweden's Holjes round.

Spain WRX: Kevin Hansen beats brother Timmy to win at 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

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.

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.

The addictive experience of racing a rallycross Supercar Plus

The addictive experience of racing a rallycross Supercar

Racing a Supercar is what every budding rallycross driver aspires to do – and it’s exactly what our reporter had the opportunity to try out. As he found, it lived up to and exceeded expectations

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 World Rallycross Championship crown this year.

Andrew Jordan set for rallycross return with JRT squad

2013 British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will return to rallycross this year in a Ford Fiesta Supercar run by his family’s JRT squad as his only ‘modern’ programme.

Niclas Gronholm targets World RX title on return with father's team

Niclas Gronholm, son of two-time World Rally Champion Marcus, is targeting the World Rallycross Championship title on his return to the series with father’s GRX-SET squad this year.

WRX 2021 opener in Norway cancelled

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.

BTCC legend Matt Neal tests electric rallycross Supercar

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal is weighing up a foray into rallycross this year, following a test in an electric Supercar at Lydden Hill on Wednesday.

World Rallycross releases revised 2021 calendar

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

EKS launches Audi A1 Quattro Rally2 car

An Audi A1 Quattro Rally2 car has been launched by World Rallycross Championship winner EKS JC.

British Rallycross set to introduce electric cars to top class

The British Rallycross Championship is set to become the first series in the UK to adopt electric cars into its highest level this year.

Christoffersson and Ekstrom teams join forces in WRX

Reigning World Rallycross teams' champion JC Raceteknik has joined forces with Mattias Ekstrom's EKS concern to create the EKS JC team, committing to returning to the series this year

WRC to take over promotion of World RX 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

Rallycross and DTM title winner Ekstrom to contest WRC Arctic Rally Finland

Former World Rallycross champion and double DTM title-winner Mattias Ekstrom will return to the World Rally Championship for the Arctic Rally Finland later this month, driving a Skoda Fabia R5

WRX Finland return in 2021 as part of 10-round calendar

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

Driving the electric beast behind XE's off-road crusade Plus

Driving the electric beast behind XE's off-road crusade

In October, Autosport headed to the South of France to sample the ODYSSEY 21 - the titanic 550bhp machine underpinning Alejandro Agag's latest electric venture. But, for such a big beast, it's a nimble machine that should provide spectacular entertainment

Ekstrom to make Dakar debut with Yamaha prototype

Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom will make his debut on the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January, driving a new Yamaha SxS machine prepared by the experienced X-Raid team

Kristoffersson crowned World Rallycross champion with final round cancelled

The final round of the 2020 World Rallycross Championship due to take place at the Nurburgring next month is set to be cancelled, crowning Johan Kristoffersson as champion

Belgian WRX round cancelled due to COVID-19

The penultimate round of the World Rallycross Championship set to be held at Spa-Francorchamps later this month has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

WRC legend Gronholm to contest WRX-supporting Projekt E race at Spa

Double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm will make his second rallycross appearance of 2020 next month in an electric Ford Fiesta, contesting World Rallycross's Projekt E support class at Spa

World Rallycross Barcelona: Kristoffersson survives Bakkerud clash to win

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

Barcelona World RX: Hansen survives Kristoffersson contact to win

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' Barcelona double-header

Tender process launched for new World Rallycross 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

World Rallycross promoter IMG to end tenure as commercial rights holder

World Rallycross Championship promotor IMG will end its tenure as the commercial rights holder of the series at the end of this year, Autosport has learned

Riga World Rallycross: Ekstrom beats Kristofferson to second Latvia WRX win

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

Riga World Rallycross: Kristoffersson flawless for victory in Latvian opener

World Rallycross championship 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

Ekstrom to continue with KYB Team JC in Riga WRX 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

WRX to run alongside WRC at Spa as Belgium round moved to November

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 the same weekend as Rally Ypres

Kouvola World Rallycross: Gronholm withstands huge pressure for home win

Finnish driver Niclas Gronholm withstood enormous pressure in wet conditions to win his home round of the World Rallycross Championship at Kouvola, becoming the third different winner this season

Kouvola World Rallycross: Kristoffersson in control as he takes second 2020 win

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

Mattias Ekstrom remains with KYB Team JC for World RX Finland

One-time World Rallycross Champion Mattias Ekstrom will remain with KYB Team JC for the second double-header of the series in Finland this weekend after his winning return in Sweden

WRX Sweden: Ekstrom turns the tables on Kristoffersson for Holjes victory

Returning World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom beat round one winner Johan Kristoffersson in an enthralling fight to claim victory on the second day at Holjes

WRX Sweden: Kristoffersson makes winning return in World Rallycross opener

Double World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson made a winning return to the series after a year away, claiming the spoils in the opener at his home circuit

Mattias Ekstrom to make World RX comeback for 2020 opener at Holjes

One-time 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

Sir Chris Hoy, TT legend John McGuinness set for one-off British Rallycross entries

Sir Chris Hoy and Isle of Man TT motorcycle legend John McGuinness will compete in one-off rounds of the British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy this year

WRC winner Ostberg to make RX debut in electric Citroen

Citroen works rally driver Mads Ostberg will make his rallycross debut in the Holjes World Rallycross Championship season opener on 22-23 August, racing in the new electric Projekt E category

Block joins WRX-supporting Projekt E category in electric Fiesta

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

Hansen claims World RX Esports title as Van Gisbergen wins South African event

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

Preview: Round 4 of the World RX Esports at Cape Town

Reigning World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen will bid to claim the series' first Esports title this weekend, at the venue where he claimed his maiden real-world crown last season

Preview: Round 3 of the World RX Esports at Holjes

Arguably the most revered circuit on the World Rallycross Championship's roster, Holjes in Sweden, will host round three of World RX's Esports series this weekend

WRC driver Neuville to make international rallycross debut in RallyX Nordic series

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville will make his international rallycross debut at the opening rounds of the RallyX Nordic series as team-mate to World Rallycross champion Timmy Hansen

World Rallycross confirms trio of 2020 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

FIA rule change would allow Subaru World RX entry in 2021

Subaru would be eligible to enter to the World Rallycross Championship next season following changes to the series' engine regulations

Oliver Solberg to make rallycross return in RallyX Nordic at Holjes

Rising World Rally Championship star Oliver Solberg will return to his roots by racing in the opening rounds of RallyX Nordic at Holjes in Sweden next week

Watch Live: Van Gisbergen headlines World RX Esports Hell

Watch live as one-time Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen leads the World Rallycross Championship's Esports series order into the second round at the Hell circuit in Norway from 1:30pm BST on Sunday